Reference rates for a drone audiovisual services

Every drones pilot member of the HOsiHO Drone Network agrees to apply the rates below

(in a range of plus or minus 10%)

Reference pricing for a drone shooting assignement in aerial filming or photography in France, without editing (excluding options, travel expenses, administrative costs)

Type of drone shootingType of drone et number of operatorsTime on locationTax-free rates
(from ; +/- 10%)
Audiovisual  (photo/video) Phantom 4 ou Mavic 2 pro (one pilot) 1 hour (except Paris area, tbd) 350,00€
Audiovisual  (photo/video) Phantom 4 ou Mavic 2 pro (one pilot) 4 hours (half-day) 550,00€
Audiovisual  (photo/video) Phantom 4 ou Mavic 2 pro (one pilot) 1 day (8h + rest 1h) 750,00€
Audiovisual  (photo/video) Inspire 1 or 2 + Zenmuse X5/X5s camera (h264/265) and double-operator (pilot + cameraman)
Available Options on Inspire 2 : 6K with zenmuse X7 - ProRes - Cinema DNG Raw - ProRes Raw
1 hour (except Paris area, tbd) 650,00€
Audiovisual  (photo/video) Inspire 1 or 2 + Zenmuse X5/X5s camera (h264/265) and double-operator (pilot + cameraman)
Available Options on Inspire 2 : 6K with zenmuse X7 - ProRes - Cinema DNG Raw - ProRes Raw
hours (half-day) 950,00€
Audiovisual  (photo/video) Inspire 1 or 2 + Zenmuse X5/X5s camera (h264/265) and double-operator (pilot + cameraman)
Available Options on Inspire 2 : 6K with zenmuse X7 - ProRes - Cinema DNG Raw - ProRes Raw
1 day (8h + rest 1h) 1300,00€

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Important :

  • Each HOsiHO Drone Network member is free of its commercial and pricing policy
  • Many options are available, it could be added upon request, like: type of camera, specific focal lengths or recording codec (ProRes or Raw), etc ...
  • You will directly order the shooting to the chosen drone company and will pay their related invoice
  • Specialized or additionnal services will be subject to a study case by the contacted drone operator, after analysis of your request. His offer is binding only on himself
  • The HOsiHO company does not act as an intermediary and as such does not charge any commission on any services provided by the network's members

To complete a drone shooting, all our memebers can offer you the video-editing of your footage, or even the entire conception of a short film, whether on the basis of aerial videos only or a combination of images captured also on ground, indoors on your premises or outdoors, depending on your needs. Indeed, all can provide additional shooting on the ground with dedicated cameras and stabilizers. Some are full-fledged audiovisual production companies and incorporate all the skills and talents to meet your new image needs to serve your corporate communication. Feel free to compare and view their achievements, on their page or on their website.

Other services offered by HOsiHO Drone Network operators: 360VR video, Construction site supervision by drone, Timelapse and aerial or ground hyperlapse, Classic photos panoramas or ultra-high resolution (giga-pixel) aerial panoramic photography, Thermography, Photogrammetry, Video post-production, Scouting locations in France by drone or ground, ...

Complete your drone shootings with our stock aerial videos available online through our image bank wide choice of images of the world seen from the sky, with more than 34 000 photos and aerial footage shot by the 200 artists represented by the agency, from drone, helicopter or plane!

DroneFAQ about the costs & prices : Why a drone shooting is quite expensive ?

Most serious UAV french pilots, established over the last few years, seek to maintain balanced accounts in their annual accountancy. 

This approach is reasonable and responsible but for this, they have to set a daily rate around 1300 € excl. taxes, this for a shooting by drone, manned by an experienced and talented team, composed of one pilot and one cameraman. This price includes a high-end camera with a set of prime lenses (Wide-angle to short-angle like a 45mm on the X5s), plenty of batteries to last a full day without charging, plus two or three control TV monitors. 

This amount of money is generally divided into four different share: 

  • a share goes to the pilot's wage
  • another to the cameraman wage
  • 25% helps to finance the gears costs (bank loans or cash purchase)
  • and the last quarter covers the flat fees spent every monts to run the activity (office rent, insurance, marketing, website, accounting, etc...)

Not to mention that owning several drones and several cameras means a lot of money invested, often by very small l businesses and often thanks to a bank loan. As everyone know this kind of high-Tek material has a rapid obsolescence.

It means that between ten to fourty-thousands euros are invested every 2 to 3 years in most cases. 

These short-term credits means high monthly payments. Barely reimbursed, one must go for another loan in order to buy new drones, new batteries, new remote-controllers, always more efficient, and always very appreciated by customers.

Other factors directly affecting the rates of the french drone companies that you might want to hire through our UAV Network : flying a drone is not something you can do all year round, everywhere. It really depends on the location and the forecast, so it is highly depending on good weather and beautiful nature with nice colors. In a word the season you can fly is very short, or lasts 6 to 8 months at the best.

This means you can only expect to have steady revenues during half to two-third of the year, meanwhile expenses are every month of the year.
This creates an imbalance that has to be compensate somewhere, ie the rates !
Among the expenses that a drone pilot has are the maintenance of the flying or not flying gears. The most expensive is the batteries replacement (100-200 € / each) because it doesnt last forever, and are quite expensive consumables whose life is last between 50 to 100 flights at most.
The risks of a loss or a crash/accident are far from being negligible: insurance costs are substantial , count another 1000 to 2500 € per year.
Having a certified drone pilot means also that he had to comply with the regulations and that requires a training (3000 €) before being able to pass the exams.
Do not under estimate the time to research each location, check what are the needed permits  and then contact the authorities: this could range from one hour to a day of paperwork. This time is usually not charged, but it is time spent for you.
Other thing to take under consideration is how great is the experience of pilots and cameraman : their accuracy  their inspiration, their know-how, their knowledge of the area, as well as their enthusiasm are a true added value because it means better images shot without being stressed-out.
In our humble opinion, you must ask yourself this simple question:

'Can I afford to risk missing this shoot by choosing a cheaper drone company?'

Because as you might suspect it, cheaper often leads to less experience, less reliability, maybe less talent and enthusiasm.
And how to evaluate the added value of precision, creativity, responsiveness, strength of proposal?
The answer belongs to you and you know from experience, that anything has a price !

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