I am a fully qualified aerial drone operator. I hold the legal requirement to use a drone for commercial purposes. It is called a "Permission for Aerial Work" or PFAW, and is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on a yearly rolling basis. This approach is encouraged as it requires all operators to keep an up to date Operations Manual which is reviewed yearly to provide evidence of a mature approach to aerial filming and activity, along with the obvious flight records and data recording.
Our Filming and Stills CapabilitIes
The bulk of my work is carried out on a DJI Inspire 1 using the DJI X5R camera. It shoots RAW film and stills up to 4k resolution. The X5R is suitable for very high end work, from TV to feature films.
I have a flight time of around 10-15 mins per battery (temperature dependant). I can fly constantly as long as I have a source to recharge batteries.