DJI FPV Drone Iceland Volcano Lava
Photo credit: Daniel Haussmann via Peta Pixel
Capturing a volcanic eruption up-close just isn’t possible with standard photography equipment, and that’s where drones come in. Photographer Daniel Haussmann found out the hard way that these flying machines can still get hit with the unexpected, and in this case, a flying chunk of lava from the erupting Geldingadalir volcano in Iceland. In all, he made a total of six visits to the site, and despite the accident, still managed to capture some amazing footage. Read more for two videos and additional information.



Haussmann mistakenly flew his DJI FPV drone a little too close to an erupting fissure, and believe it or not, he managed to recover the device with just some scratches as well as burn marks. The flying chunk spared the propellers and camera, which means that after some cosmetic repair work, it should be as good as new.

DJI FPV Combo - First-Person View Drone UAV Quadcopter with 4K Camera, S Flight Mode, Super-Wide 150° FOV, HD Low-Latency Transmission, Emergency Brake and Hover, Gray
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DJI FPV Combo - First-Person View Drone UAV Quadcopter with 4K Camera, S Flight Mode, Super-Wide 150° FOV, HD Low-Latency Transmission, Emergency Brake and Hover, Gray
  • 【IMMERSIVE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE】Feel the thrill of immersive flight provided by the DJI FPV Goggles V2 and DJI FPV’s super-wide 150° FOV, giving you an ultra-smooth, real-time view of your flight.
  • 【4K/60FPS VIDEO】The DJI FPV aircraft can record 4K/60fps video at up to 120 Mbps, capturing crisp details that make footage look as exhilarating as the flight.
  • 【BRAND-NEW S MODE】Get the dynamic look of FPV footage easily in S mode. This hybrid flight mode combines the freedom of flying manually with the simplified controls of previous DJI drones.
  • 【ADVANCED SAFETY FEATURES】An auxiliary bottom light, Smart Return to Home (RTH), Low Battery RTH, and forward and downward obstacle sensing are all integrated into DJI FPV to help ensure a safe flight, even at high speeds.
  • 【OCUSYNC 3.0 TRANSMISSION SYSTEM 】Enjoy crystal-clear real-time and HD Low-Latency Transmission video, even at distances of up to 6.2 miles. Note: The remote controller and accessories are located on the lower layer of the box

“My theory is that the piece it hit was still soft and therefore it only caused some scratches or burn marks on the plastic and did not actually break the arms that are as seen in other crashes. The interesting thing is that I see there are some red marks, too. I guess I was also lucky that the piece did not hit the propellers or the camera. I am relatively new to FPV, although I have flown classic DJI drones since 2014, starting with a Phantom 2,” he says. “When the first leaks of the DJI FPV drone surfaced in December, I started training in a simulator and also bought some TinyWhoops to learn to fly FPV,” said Daniel Haussmann to Peta Pixel.