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The Mighty Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge

jordanthe

The Golden Gate Bridge connects the City of San Francisco with Marin County to its north, at the opening of San Francisco Bay.  It was conceived during the depths of the Great Depression, and at the time of its completion in 1937, it was the longest and tallest suspension span bridge in the world at 1.3k meters (4.2k ft.).  Contributor Jordanthe used a drone to create a memorable aerial view of this bridge, which since its construction has been one of the most iconic sites in the United States.   

Golden Gate Bridge

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Aloft in California - Golden Gate 4K

AdventurousDrone

AdventurousDrone brings us this beautiful look at a fog-enshrouded Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world's most recognized landmarks.  One of the reasons why it's almost universally recognized is that it's one of the world's biggest movie stars.  Literally dozens of feature films have used the bridge as a shooting location, ranging from its use as the backdrop for a well known shot in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo to the scene of an epic fight in the 1985 James Bond movie View to a Kill

Bay Area Drone Tour

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EPIC San Francisco Travel Video!

jayxlamar

EPIC is right. Check out this amazing travel video from contributor Jayxlamar.  He used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro to create an amazing aerial portrait of San Francisco, the City by the Bay.  Strap yourself in for a ride which will take you along the city's Pacific coastline, over the Golden Gate Bridge.  There's a great fly-by of Coit Tower at night at the :52 mark, and a great shot of the eastern terminus of the Bay Bridge.  It also includes some amazing shots of the Financial District, the hills of Marin County, and more.

60 Second Drone Tour of San Francisco

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iDroneU - Experience San Francisco

iDroneU

For a 60 second tour of the proverbial City by the Bay, it's tough to beat this one by iDroneU. With short bursts of epic footage, you will be taken around to see virtually all of the highlights of San Francisco. Watch it for bird's eye views of Lombard Street, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, the Financial District, the Marina area, and more.  The highlight is probably some amazing overhead shots of Alcatraz, the former prison-island in the middle of San Francisco Bay.  

Aerial Tour of San Francisco

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Aerial Visuals of San Francisco: DJI Mavic Pro

AttilioRuffoPhotography

A great deal of care went into this 4k cinematic drone reel of San Francisco from contributor AttilioRuffoPhotography. He cautiously flew a DJI Mavic Pro drone over the northern California city, capturing its skyline (including the new Salesforce Tower), the famed Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill, Dolores Park, and more.  If you love the City by the Bay, these bird's eye views will delight you! 

SF Skyline During Fire Season

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San Francisco Smoke

sfdrones

Sfdrones created this amazing (if haunting) drone video of San Francisco choked in smoke from nearby wildfires.  As the sun struggles to fight through the smoke, you will see some of the most familiar (and beautiful) sights of the city (including the Financial District and Rincon Park) from a completely different perspective.  The most chilling footage shows the new Salesforce Tower, now the tallest building in the city, looming menacingly in the distance.  The smoke triggered major air quality alerts.  

The Bay Area by Drone

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Bay Area By Air

sfdrones

Contributor SFDrones put together this epic aerial video of the San Francisco Bay area.  While it's got amazing bird's eye views of the iconic San Francisco skyline, much of the video is shot outside of "the City" as its known to the locals.  It has some amazing aerial shots of the South Bay, including the area around the Dumbarton Bridge (the southernmost of the three bridges which cross the bay, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara (home of the 49ers football team), and much more.  

The "New" SF Bay Bridge

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Cinematic Shots of the "New" SF Bay Bridge

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Top contributor Bbloss created this stunning drone video of what may be the world's most expensive bridge. Following its partial collapse during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, a decision was made to rebuild the eastern half of the landmark San Francisco Bay Bridge, which spans over 7 km (almost 4.5 mi.) over the bay.  Construction on the eastern span replacement began in 2002 and wasn't completed until 2013, a six year delay. Its final coast was $6.5 billion, vs. an initial estimate of $250 million!  

SF's New Skyline

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Don't Call It "Frisco"

Matt Dutcher

San Francisco has one of the most widely recognized skylines of any city in the world.  That skyline has been transformed recently with the construction of the Salesforce Tower, a new skyscraper in the heart of the city's Financial District.  It has a rooftop height of 326 meters (1,070 ft.), handily ending the 45 year reign of the TransAmerica Pyramid as the city's tallest building.  Contributor Matt Ducher used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this amazing aerial look at the city's new-look skyline.

San Francisco Skyline by Drone

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San Francisco Skyline & Beyond by Drone in 4k

Glazed Aerials

San Francisco has one of the USA's most impressive skylines.  With some of the tallest skyscrapers on the West Coast, and a stunning setting on the bay, the SF skyline is even more of a marvel when seen from an aerial perspective.  In this reel, contributor Glazed Aerials used a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone to create this amazing aerial tour of the city, which includes footage of the Transamerica Pyramid, SalesForce Tower, and more.  

Sunrise over the Financial District

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Early Morning in downtown San Francisco

91 Kilometers

Check out this beautiful early-morning view of the area around the San Francisco Financial District, compliments of 91 Kilometers.  It begins with a nice shot panning west, with the Bay Bridge appearing in the background.  Then the drone heads north along the Embarcadero, an area once covered by a freeway which was torn down following the 1989 earthquake.  From there you'll get to see the Embarcadero Center office complex, the Transamerica Pyramid, and the new Salesforce Tower.  

The Transamerica Pyramid

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Aloft in California - Transamerica Pyramid 4K

AdventurousDrone

The TransAmerica Pyramid is one of the USA's most iconic skyscrapers.  Completed in 1972, it had a two year run as the tallest building west of Chicago, surpassed by LA's Aon Center in 1974.  Its run as the tallest building in San Francisco lasted considerably longer: the 260 meter (about 850 ft.) structure held the title of the tallest building in the City by the Bay for over four decades before being passed by the Salesforce.com tower during construction in 2017.

The New Embarcadero

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Rincon Park on San Francisco's Waterfront

91 Kilometers

Contributor 91 Kilometers created this great drone video of San Francisco's Embarcadero, the eastern part of the city's waterfront.  After the Lomita Prieta Earthquake of 1989, it was feared that the elevated freeway which had obscured the area for years was not structurally sound and was torn down.  Since then, the waterfront has been  completely transformed.  It's now a lively pedestrian scene and home to one of the country's largest farmers markets.    

Coit Tower

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Aloft in California - Coit Tower in 4k

AdventurousDrone

Adventurous Drone created this brilliant aerial of Coit Tower, one of San Francisco's most recognizable landmarks.  The 64 meter (210 ft.) concrete tower is situated atop Telegraph Hill, by most accounts the most scenic of the city's seven main hills due to its panoramic vistas.  The Art Deco tower was completed in 1933, and was dedicated as a memorial to firefighters who perished in San Francisco's fires.  The video will give you the view from above the tower, one of the best in the USA. 

The Presidio

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Presidio of San Francisco / Golden Gate Bridge

pedrooninsta

Check out this amazing dronie from the Presidio in San Francisco, compliments of contributor Pedrooninsta.   Now part of the Golden Gate Recreational Area, the Presidio was a US Army fortress until being phased out after the Cold War.  Originally a Spanish fortress, the forces stationed at the Presidio were called upon to assist the city when it was devastated by the great 1906 Earthquake.  In the video, the shot pulls in the Golden Gate Bridge looming behind the fortress.

Crooked Lombard Street

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Lombard Street from above

NGreyTravels

NGreyTravels created this beautiful drone video of what has been billed as the "crookedest street in the world" - Lombard Street in San Francisco.  Actually, the moniker applies to just a single block of this major east-west thoroughfare: the western side of Russian Hill.    With its eight hairpin curves here, the road's design was intended to reduce its grade at a time (the 1920's) when motor vehicles had less effective engines and brakes.  It's one of the city's most iconic sights.  

Treasure Island

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Treasure Island, San Francisco

400ft

This is a drone video from 400ft of Treasure Island, an artificial island in San Francisco Bay.  The island was built in the 1930's for the World's Fair.  It was originally planned to be the site of a second San Francisco airport, but when World War II started it was taken over by the US military.  Following base closure in the late 1990's the island has been undergoing a process of environmental remediation and redevelopment.

The Olympic Club Lake Course

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The Olympic Club Lake Course, San Francisco

caldroneflyer

San Francisco's Olympic Club is the oldest athletic club in the United States, having been founded in 1860.  Its Lake Course is the best-known of the club's three golf courses.  The course is located overlooking Lake Merced in the western part of the city.  Ranked #33 in the influential Golf Digest ranking of the top 100 USA courses, the course hosted the US Open Golf Championship in 2012.  You can see this famous course from above in this drone video by caldroneflyer, which was shot with a DJI Mavic Pro 2.  

Golden Gate Park by FPV

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San Francisco - Golden Gate Park

InspireFPV

You will get an entirely new perspective on San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in this awesome first person view (FPV) video by contributor and FPV pilot InspireFPV.  The rectangular-shaped park is almost 5 km long (just under 3 mi.) and is 20% larger than New York's Central Park in terms of land area.  The video will give you some epic first-person views of some of the park's top sights, including Music Concourse plaza, the Academy of Sciences, and the Hamon Observation Tower.

The Palace of Fine Arts

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Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco 4K

AdventurousDrone

San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts is one of the cultural landmarks of the City by the Bay.  Located in the Marina District, it was built for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition of 1915, the world's fair billed as San Francisco's rebirth party following the devastating 1906 Earthquake.  It was the only Expo venue which was deemed permanent, although it had to be more or less demolished and reconstucted in the 1960's.  It houses the Exploratorium science museum as well as a live theater.  

Chase Center: New Home of the Warriors

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Chase Center, San Francisco

FlyinCameras.com

Check out this drone video of San Francisco's just-completed Chase Center, compliments of FlyinCameras.  The 18k seat arena opened in September, 2019 as the new home of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball League, NBA Champions in three of the five seasons beginning with the 2014-15 season.  Chase Center is located in the Mission Bay area, just south of the Bay Bridge.   Prior to the 2019-2020 NBA season, the team had played at Oracle Arena in Oakland for nearly five decades.  

The Port of Oakland

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Port of Oakland, California

caldroneflyer

Caldroneflyer used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this aerial view of the port of Oakland, California.  Lying on the east side of San Francisco Bay just west of downtown Oakland, Oakland's seaport long ago overtook the port of San Francisco.  The primary seaport for Northern California, Oakland is the fourth busiest seaport on the USA's West Coast, after Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Seattle-Tacoma (since 2015 a single facility).  It's one of the ten busiest container ports in the country. 

University of California - Berkeley

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University of California - Berkeley

caldroneflyer

By most accounts, the University of California at Berkeley is the USA's most prestigious public university.  In fact, the UofC's flagship on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay is generally ranked amongst the top half-dozen research universities in the world, on a par with its cross-bay rival Stanford.  Its campus in the hills north of Oakland is easily distinguished by Sather Tower, the world's third-highest clock tower.  In this video, caldroneflyer gives us an aerial perspective on the Cal Berkeley campus.   

DJI Mavic Pro over Oakland

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Oakland CA from a Mavic Pro

nickandrew25

Contributor nickandrew25 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone and some nice editing techniques to create this very creative aerial of Oakland, California. The city sits to the east of San Francisco, on the opposite side of the bay.  Most of the video was shot along the Oakland waterfront, which extends southward from the eastern terminus of the SAn Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.  In addition to being a major Bay Area population center, Oakland is also home to what is now the area's largest seaport.  

Muir Woods

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Fog over Muir Woods at Sunset

trosencrantz

Muir Woods is one of the great natural treasures of the San Francisco Bay area. It's an area of old growth redwood forests near Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The main area of the woods was donated to the US government from a private citizen, and later converted to a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt.  In this video from Trosencrantz, you'll get a bird's eye view of the fog-enshrouded ancient forest.

Marin County: Mt. Tamalpais

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Mt. Tamalpais - 2018

mamitagadventures

Check out the views from atop Mt. Tamalpais overlooking San Francisco, complimens of Mamitagadventures.  The mountain is situated in Marin County, on the far (north) side of the Golden Gate Bridge.  It has a peak elevation of about 780 meters (just under 2.6k ft.), with very high prominence due  to its base being right at sea level.   It's a very popular hiking area, and its peak affords unmatched views of the City (as San Francisco is known to the locals) and the entire northern bay. 

Rodeo Beach, Marin County

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Northern California Coast

travispacheco

Contributor travispacheco created this absolutely stunning drone video from a beach just north of San Francisco.  It's called Rodeo Beach, and it's located in Marin County just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  It's part of the 80,000 acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Backed by magnificent looking cliffs, the beach is visually compelling but dangerous for swimmers due to strong currents and the risks (albeit remote) of sharks in the Pacific Ocean waters here.  

GG Bridge and Marin Headlands

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Golden Gate Bridge & Headlands Coastal Views

trosencrantz

Contributor trosencrantz created this phenomenal drone video of one of the most well-recognized spots in the USA: the area around the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay area.  The video opens with an epic shot looking eastward over the Depression-Era landmark towards the skyline of San Francisco, featuring some amazing time-lapse shots over and around the bridge.  Then the video shifts to the stunningly beautiful Marin Headlands, the area near the northern end of the great bridge.  

Tesla Factory in Fremont

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Tesla Factory, Fremont, California

caldroneflyer

Contributor caldroneflyer used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to film one of the world's largest and best-known factories - the main Tesla assembly plant in northern California.  It's situated in Fremont, a large community on the east side of San Francisco Bay.  The plant began its life in 1962 as a General Motors factory, then became part of a joint venture between GM and Toyota which ended in 2009.  Purchased by Tesla the next year and heavily renovated, it began producing Tesla Model S's in 2012.  

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara

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Levi's Stadium: Home of the 49ers

caldroneflyer

Here's a nice aerial view of Levi's Stadium in south San Francisco Bay, compliments of contributor caldroneflyer.  Opened in 2014, the 68,500 seat stadium is the home of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the most storied teams in the National Football League.  It's located in the town of Santa Clara, just north of San Jose.  The stadium replaced Candlestick Park just south of the city of San Francisco, which had also been the home of the San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball team until 2000.  

Stanford University, Palo Alto

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Stanford University Campus, Palo Alto, California

caldroneflyer

Caldroneflyer brings us an aerial look at one of the world's most famous universities.  Stanford University is in Palo Alto, California, about 45 minutes south of San Francisco.  It was founded in 1891 by railroad magnate Leland Stanford.  While considerably younger than most of its  East Coast competitors, it is nonetheless considered one of the top half-dozen research universities in the world.  Watch the video to get bird's views of Hoover Tower, the Quad, and other sights on its 8k acre campus.

Apple and Google Headquarters

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Apple and Google: Giants of Silicon Valley

caldroneflyer

The area south of San Francisco, California known as Silicon Valley is the center of the world for the technology industry.  Amongst the thousands of companies born here, two names stand out: Apple and Google.  In this drone video from calfdroneflyer, you'll get  bird's eye view of the headquarters of the two behemoths, which command a combined market capitalization of nearly $2 trillion as of mid-2019: the "Googleplex" in Mountain View and Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino.  

FPV: Oracle Headquarters, Redwood City

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Oracle HQ 2 #cinestyle

InspireFPV

Contributor InspireFVP created this "inspiring" FPV drone video of the campus of Oracle Corporation in the San Francisco Bay area.  Oracle is the worldwide leader in relational database technology and applications; for its last fiscal year it reported revenue of nearly $40 billion. Its world headquarters campus is in the Redwood Shores area of Redwood City, right off the bay.  Its glass buildings are familiar to anyone who has traveled south from the San Francisco Airport on the 101 Freeway.  

Ballooning in Napa

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Napa Hot Air Balloons

sfdrones

Bright sunny skies, low winds, and beautiful aerial winery views are three reasons why hot air ballooning has always been a big draw in Napa, California.  This large wine growing center northeast of San Francisco has many balloons floating over it on a given day, probably as many as any spot in the United States.  In this video, top contributor SF Drones gives us a drone view of the balloons floating in the crystal blue California sky. 

San Francisco Luxury Apartment

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$8.5M luxury estate drone real estate video by Douglas Thron

Douglas Thron

By virtue of space constraints, building restrictions, and the ever present allure of living in the Bay Area, San Francisco is perenially among the most expensive real estate markets in the USA.  The city has become a magnet for the ultra-rich who are not put off by sky-high prices.  In this video, contributor Douglas Thron used a drone to help create a promotional video for a high end penthouse condominion in the heart of the city.  

Around SF Bay by Drone

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Aerial Reel of the San Francisco Bay Area

91 Kilometers

Check out this beautiful tour-by-drone of the San Francisco Bay area, compliments of contributor 91 Kilometers.  It opens with a beautiful shot of the Palace of Fine Arts in the San Francisco Marina District.  From there it jumps across the bay to the Port of Oakland, downtown Oakland, the hills of Marin County, and even as far as Santa Cruz, located well to the south of the Bay Area.  You'll also get some overhead shots of the new eastern section of the SF Bay Bridge, completed in 2013.

FPV Diving Coit Tower

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Coit Tower Night Dive

SFPV
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Coit Tower is an art deco architectural masterpiece on Telegraph Hill in the heart of San Francisco.  It is dedicated to those who perished in major fires in San Francisco, including the fire which occurred in connection with the great 1906 earthquake.  In this video, top drone racing pilot and contributor SFPV flew a racing quadcopter via first person view (FPV) over this iconic California landmark, which sits in the USA's Register of Historic Places.  

San Francisco at Sunset

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San Francisco Sunset in HD

Zachary Bostick

Zachary Bostick used a DJI Mavic Pro to create this beautiful aerial view of San Francisco at sunset.  It opens with a great shot of the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building, which once was used to shuttle tens of thousands of passengers across the bay before the city's bridges were built.  From there it's on to a shot of the western part of the Bay Bridge, some beautiful shots of the financial district, a look northward towards Coit Tower.  At the end, you'll be able to see Alcatraz off in the distance.

Aerial Tour of SF

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San Francisco by Air

trosencrantz

Check out this beautiful aerial tour of San Francisco, compliments of contributor trosencrantz. The video features some amazing bird's eye views of the Transamerica Pyramid, the new Salesforce Tower, and the other skyscrapers of the Financial District.  It's also got some great shots of Golden Gate Park, including some amazing views of the windmills at the park's western end.  Just for good measure, you'll also see some great views of Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the city's Pacific beachfront.

Mussel Rock FPV, Daly City

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Mussel Rock Golden Hour - Pacifica, CA

InspireFPV

InspireFPV does just that with this amazing FPV video from a famous rock in the Pacific Ocean just south of San Francisco.  Mussel Rock is a "family" consisting of one large rock and several small ones.  It sits just off the coast of Daly City, the "suburb" situated just south of San Francisco.  The significance of this spot is that it was believed to be the very epicenter of the great 1906 Earthquake which nearly leveled San Francisco and was by some measures the worst natural disaster in American history.  

San Francisco at Sunrise

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SF Sunrise

sfdrones

Here's an amazing aerial look at an early morning San Francisco, compliments of contributor sfdrones.  The video opens with some epic shots of some almost glass-smooth waters on the bay, then transitions to some amazing shots of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (specifically its western section).  From there you'll get some amazing aerial views of the Embarcadero waterfront area, the financial district, and an amazing finale looking westward over the whole city towards the ocean.  

GG Bridge by FPV

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Golden Hour || FPV Freestyle

inburst

You may have seen some epic drone videos of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, but it's a good bet you've never seen anything quite like this.  Contributor Inburst used a 5" Alien racing drone to capture this magnificent view of the great bridge from a first person view (FPV) perspective.  Mounting an HD camera to the drone and donning FPV goggles, he was able to create an entirely new way of looking at this magnificent landmark, one of the most iconic spots in the USA.  

Sailing in the Bay by FPV

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SailGP San Francisco

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While gimbal-stabilized camera drones such as the DJI Phantoms have revolutionized the world of sailing, these quadcopters aren't suited to high speed sailing.  Even if they are fast enough to keep up with fast-moving sailboats, they aren't able to get shots like what you will see in this remarkable video by top contributor and first person view (FPV) pilot SFPV.  He used a GoPro mounted to a racing quadcopter to film some seriously insane catamaran sailing action on San Francisco Bay.  

Iconic SF Sights

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Views of San Francisco

Wasim Mazahreh

Contributor Wasin Mazareh used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this excellent mini-tour of of some of the most iconic sites in the city of San Francisco, California.  It features Mission Dolores Park in the Mission District, Alamo Square's Painted Ladies (Victorian and Edwardian homes repainted during the 1960's), Lombard Street (the famously curvy street on Russian Hill), the Palace of Fine Arts, Crissy Field (a now-closed airfield near the Presidio), and Golden Gate Bridge. 

Bay Area Drone Tour

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Tour of San Francisco - Waterfront, Golden Gate Bridge, and China Town

TampaRandy

Anyone who has ever been to San Francisco, California will be impressed with this aerial tour of the Bay Area hub by drone pilot TampaRandy. This nicely-narrated tour, which features a mix of drone and ground camera footage, includes the following locations: the Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island, Oracle Park, the Oakland Coliseum, Oracle Arena, downtown Oakland, the San Francisco Financial District, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Terminal, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, and more.

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