About us

Embracing the game changing technology

Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and what recently appeared as Underwater ROVs are all commonly known as drones. Those robotic devices that are operated by the means of simple remote control and possibly an Android or Apple cell phone or a tablet are currently challenging many businesses, who often redesign their process flows in order to take full advantage of this amazing technology. They have also – in various forms – reached consumer market.

With powerful cameras, obstacle sensors, GPS and multitude of applications, they are becoming easier and easier to use. They are great to have fun with – just look at FPV racing drones or even semi professional drones such as any of the consumer DJI drones (Mavic series), Autel Evo or Fimi X8 SE. Heavier drones (although the light ones will also do the job, but the bait amount will be smaller) can be used for bait dropping. Underwater drones can be used for fish finding and filming of underwater life or, more professionally, for screening diving conditions and inspections of the ship bottoms (to name a few).

They usually have decent camera and quite often and additional camera (such as as 360 camera) can be mounted for “special effects”. The choice of drones, cameras, accessories, and potential configurations is insane!

But… The famous photographer Chase Jarvis once said “the best camera is the one that’s with you” and we completely agree. As a matter of fact, same goes for drones and any other equipment we wish we had at a specific moment. Far too many photo or flying opportunities have passed by the time we complete what we think is ideal gear. Knowing that right choice is a prerequisite for success, at Drones and Pixels we are committed to make this choice as good as possible, by accurate analysis of capabilities of the UAVs in reference to specific needs of the consumers.

“It won’t fly” they said… Guess what? It did!

Mike is as keen RC model builder who started as a tween, spending his pocket money on motors and balsa frames and putting hours and hours to make it all work. He later got diverted into project industry, but still loves flying. Agnies is a computer geek, fascinated by modern technology and electronics – especially if they include a camera or fly! Taking apart drones, laptops and remote controls has become her past time in COVID19 lockdown. Other than that, she is keen photographer and a qualified drone pilot.

Together, we are a strong and dedicated team with a vision to provide sound drone solutions. In between the two of us we have over 40 years experience in professional procurement and business relationship management, that we are intending to fully use to he benefit of our Clients.

We seek to expand by leveraging the latest developments in the UAV industry with technical knowledge of hardware and software applications, so that we can deliver our clients purpose fit solutions within pre-defined budgets. Within reason, we will price match local offers within South Africa (i.e. offers including all clearing and shipping charges).

Why us?

We strive to make photography and drone equipment as affordable and accessible as possible by working with only most reliable sources. We honour manufacturer’s warranty and provide after sales support for our products, including hands on training, if required. Our product offering is not somehow limited but definitely growing – and we are keen to add the newest products and the products that we think will compete with market leaders in the drone industry.

At Drones and Pixels we are equally passionate about flying as we are about photography. With stellar experience in international procurement, we constantly scout the manufacturers and distributors databases in order to bring you right products at the right cost. 

We also create content and edit material provided to us – our services in the area include uploading content to yours or your client’s website either manually or using plug-ins (this is often needed for 360 and VR footage).

Our Mission

We aim to equip our customers with the best solutions on the market to guarantee their drone operations are safe, precise, reliable and sustainable.

This will happen through concrete actions:

  • providing clarity and insight into current regulations and restrictions associated with flying in South Africa (yes, even though we mentioned “bait dropping” this is not always allowed from air. Underwater drone with bait dropper might be a better solution from legal standpoint).
  • understanding of capabilities and limitations of various UAV’s – same as there is no need to buy a truck to be an Uber driver, there often there is no need to over-invest, if you require simple drone solution.
  • on the other hand – money well spent will go a long way, so it pays to be realistic about needs taking into consideration future operations
  • provide alternatives to most common (and not always best!) solutions on the market by introducing new, competitive products and providing for them full local support
  • encouraging innovation by exploring new technologies, such as AI and Machine Learning – and incorporating them into custom solutions

Our Commitment

SAFETY & RELIABILITY – our first commitment is to make sure that our clients solutions are safe, efficient and reliable. We assist our clients in set up and testing of any equipment, without interfering with proprietary hardware or software (as this frequently voids the warranty) .

CUSTOMER FIRST – our drive for innovation enables us to anticipate technological solutions and work on their adaptability.
This includes set up of visual simulation of flights before they are carried out.

COMPLIANCE – Drones and Pixels will always comply with applicable laws and regulations. While we are in process of application for our own ROC, any services that involve flying drones in South African airspace will be provided by partnering with an existing ROC holding company.