Last month, we shared a video that showed pilot Bjorn Steinbekk flying a DJI FPV drone over the Fagradalsfjall volcano, located near Reykjavik, Iceland. Now, we’re back with a new video from professional photographer and filmmaker Stefan Forster, who pushed his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone a little too far as he hovered over the same active volcano to get incredible shots for his four-minute video.
A screenshot from the above video showing the volcano in action.
After first hearing about the volcano, which erupted into life after thousands of earthquakes shook the peninsula of Reykjanes, Forster hopped on a plane, waited out his mandated quarantine in Iceland and then hightailed it to the volcano to take photos and record footage for ‘several days and nights.’
The damage done to one of Forster’s DJI Mavic 2 Pro drones shows what it took to get the shots for his video.
That’ll buff right out, right?
To capture it all, Forster brought along three Mavic 2 Pro drones, one of which was ‘sacrificed’ for the close-up shots from above the volcano. He says the ‘flights through the lava spray were pure luck and [while] the drones record footage internally,’ he also screen recorded the video feed on his phone in the event he permanently lost a drone to the volcano. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and we have the full-resolution video to view in all its glory, but one of the Mavic 2 Pro drones didn’t make it out entirely unscathed.
Forster tells DPReview the drone still flies and can capture stills and video, but notes ‘there are so many malfunctions and errors that it’s funny to fly.’
Image credits: Photographs shared with permission from Stefan Forster
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