Some media interpreted the guidelines roughly as: You can't fly over 50 meters high or farther than 100 m away from the remote control without any authorization, and never over a populated area.
But only two weeks ago, the DGCA published a new note to clarify the distinction it makes between commercial and hobbyist activities. Hobbyists are now allowed to fly their drones (under 25 kg) below the 150 m altitude limit, but never over populated areas and neither near airport routes nor other specific flying zones as described in aeronautical charts.
In effect, this restricts the use of these consumer drones to the confined space of your private home or garden, or in remote places. It also implies that users should be made aware of their local aeronautical charts.
"This is why our latest promotional videos only feature groups of friends in wide natural landscapes rather than in a city," says Levy, putting forward Parrot's latest consumer drone announcement, the Bebob featuring an HD video camera and a 300 m range, extensible to 2 km using the company's Skycontroller pack.
Parrot’s soon to be launched Bebop drone, features HD resolution and a 300 meter range, extensible to 2 km using the company’s Skycontroller pack (compatible with Oculus Rift for a first-person-view flight immersion).
"We are also encouraging users to consult the local regulations that apply, and that's why the DGCA is also looking at how to communicate better on the topic."
The notion of "putting the lives of others at risk" is not a specificity of flying drones and hasn't required any particular amendments to French law.
As for the embarked camera, the issue is whether you use the recorded media for commercial purposes or not, with consent or not from the people being filmed.