Most drones have the camera fixed as part of the aircraft. In contrast, the kite photographer has an unlimited choice for shooting stills or videos: a GoPro clone or compact camera, or even a premium SLR. The heavier the camera the bigger the kite or the stiffer the breeze required to get airborne. However, there are many kites available that can lift a mountain of gear.
I use two 10 foot span kites as my standard ‘lifters’. One is a Delta Conyne that combines a central triangular box section with swept wings in a flexible structure that can bend to absorb gusts. The second is the unusual Hoffman’s Canard Delta that features a unique nose wing with a sturdy carbon frame and a trailing tubular tail. Both kites combine the strength and flight stability required for KAP over a wide range of wind speeds, while rising at high line angles.
For flights to about 700 feet I use 100 pound rated braided Dacron line on a home made reel. Find out how to make this by going to the PROJECTS page. Higher flights require high tensile thin line with less wind resistance, such as super-thin Dyneema.