5 drones that will fit any budget.
As I wrote a few blogs back, drones have evolved very quickly with the ever-changing technology. Where in the past, if you wanted aerial footage you would pay hundreds of dollars to rent a helicopter or a plane to get any type of aerial photography. You still would be too high to get a good aerial view of whatever was on the ground. Drones have changed this. Anyone now with a drone can get breathtaking aerial footage. Now, with prices coming down on some of these camera drones, it is easier to get your paws on one and start shooting!
I will outline what I believe to be the best five drones. This is through experience and as a witness as to what these drones can do, but it should be to no surprise, they are all made by DJI. (At least until Autel gets their @ss in gear with the EVO 2)
1. DJI Mavic Mini
This little baby can pack up in a small space and it only weighs 249 grams. Although it does not shoot in 4K, it does in 2.7 videos in MP4. It takes photographs with a 12mp camera. It shoots in 4:3 and 16:9 JPEG formats. It has a flight time at about 30 minutes. Although it does not offer any avoidance collision sensors, this little guy is a perfect starter drone that won't break the bank, that's for sure. DJI has it listed at $399 and the fly more combo kit at $499.
2. DJI Mavic Air
This drone is a step up from the air, but not quite at the level of the Mavic Pro. This drone weighs in at 430 grams and is easily compact, small and lightweight. It shoots 4K video at 30fps. It also has a 12MP camera but shoots in multiple modes, where the mini does not. Although its flight time is just 21 minutes, it does have forward and rear obstacle avoidance. This drone is listed at $919 dollars and the fly more combo is at $1149.
3. Mavic 2 Pro
4. Mavic 2 Zoom
Hands down, the best two consumer drones on the market. These guys are just over 900 grams. The Pro offers a Hasselblad Camera that shoots 4K video with a 20MP camera. The Pro also has multiple flight modes and photography options you will find on a professional camera drone.
The Zoom has a zoom capability of 2x 24-48mm Optical Zoom with a Dolly Zoom. It has a 12MP camera and shoots multiple formats in 4K.
Both drones have a flight time of about 31 minutes and offer multiple flight and camera modes. It has a speed up to 45mph in sport mode and the omnidirectional obstacle avoidance will keep you out of the trees, and maybe keep you from striking a few buildings too. DJI has the Mavic 2 PRO at $1729 and the fly more combo at $2178. The Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at $1439 and the fly more combo is priced at $1878
5. DJI Phantom 4 Pro+
The Phantom series still takes on similarities with all their versions released. The shape is still remotely close but still one of the best and reliable drones I have ever owned. I learned on the phantom series. Jeez, probably everyone who flies a drone has.
The drone weighs a whopping 3.03lbs. It's as close to flying a rock as possible. In a good way of course. This drone shoots in 4K with a 20MP camera with also multiple flight and camera modes. It has a sport mode speed of 45mph and with a forward, downward and backward visioning system, if you crash this, stop flying drones. This drone is still my favorite for catching awesome cinematic quality shots that are breathtaking when editing in Final Cut Pro. DJI has this reliable drone listed at $1729.
There you have it. My five favorite picks from a beginner drone to a professional camera drone. Who knows what 2020 will offer in the drone world. As I write this, I'm still waiting for Autel Robotics to release their EVO 2. I am positive DJI will be releasing their next big drone shortly. Rumor has it, it may still be the Mavic series. Who knows, they are similar to Apple when it comes to releasing information on a new product, Everything is hush-hush!