Drones have become a staple tool for photographers in recent years. Here are our picks for the most popular and best value drones you can buy for $1400 to $5200
DJI Mavic Pro 2
With a casing that folds down to the span of a water bottle, compactness is the signature of the DJI Mavic Pro.
The Mavic additionally boasts a 4K 12MP camera with a high-accuracy 3-hub mechanical adjustment framework for smooth, crisp recordings and bright clear still photos.
A tripod mode decreases the working, turning and gimbal pivoting rate of the Mavic Pro for recordings with phenomenal stability, and the locally available sensors make it possible to fly the Mavic indoors.
The DJI Mavic Pro uses DJI’s iOS and Android application based control as well as a joystick for tap-and-fly control and ease of setting, however the joystick can be used without an application.
Collapsed, the Mavic is just under 20 cm in length by 8.3 cm in width and its height is 8.3 cm in height.
Its weight is at 750 grams including battery, propeller and gimbal cover. Mavics start from around $1500
Yuneec Typhoon H920 Plus 4
With cutting edge features, the Typhoon H features the company’s CG04 gimbal framework and a camera by Panasonic that highlights a 3x optical zoom focal point, 16MP pictures and 4K resolution, with the capacity to utilise Olympus Micro Four Thirds focal points.
The CGO4 camera can be separated and mounted on the organization’s ProAction steadycam for ground shots.
The handheld controller has a 18cm screen and so you can enjoy a 720p view and also view telemetric data.
A versatile APP is downloadable for controls as well.
The Yuneec Typhoon H920 has various robotized picture capture modes, with the inclusion of Orbit Me and Curve Cable Cam (where the UAV moves between focuses and controls the camera automatically) and a watch-me mode.
The Journey selfie-mode naturally flies the UAV to travel 150 feet away while pointing the camera at the controller for an epic selfie.
The drone can stay airborne for 24 minutes and measures 5 kilograms and comes with two batteries.
Video signals can be transmitted up to one mile. The maximum operating height is capped at the 400-foot to remain within CAA 101 mandated height restrictions. Price starts from $2499
DJI Phantom 4 Pro 3
The stuff of a drone photographers fantasies, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro has a 20MP, 1″ CMOS camera with 24mm focal point, 84° FOV, recording bitrate of up to 100Mbps and 6400 greatest ISO for video.
All components are shielded from harm by a progressive multi-directional hindrance evasion framework.
At around 1.3 kg, the Phantom 4 Pro isn’t difficult to transport, despite the fact that the blade edges don’t overlay like the ultra-compact Mavic.
With a best speed of 73 kph (brandish mode) and a maximum height of 19,685 feet, the Phantom Pro 4 can truly take off.
Forward, in reverse and descending crash sensors help shield the unit from hazards, and the Phantom 4 Pro has all the propelled following and route frameworks — Active Track, TapFly, Return to Home — a couple of additional benefits.
A touch screen mapping mode allows navigational routes drawn with a finger.
A motion mode enables subjects on the ground to trigger a selfie snap simply by waving at the drone. Prices start from $2200
DJI Inspire 2
DJI’s Inspire 2 is perfect photographers and cinematographers. It can capture video in CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes.
The Inspire 2 can work with X4S or X5S camera options, purchased separately from the unit.
The X5S works with various Micro Four Thirds focal points and can record 5.2K video at 30 fps and 4K at 60 fps, with 100 Mbps H.265.
It catches 20MP pictures in DNG RAW. An incorporated SSD and microSD card offers ample onboard recording capacity.
The Inspire 2 has a range limit of around 4.2 km.
This drone can transmit video and control signals up to 6 km, which is more than enough range considering CAA’s visual line of sight rules.
The drone can stay in the air and capture up to 27 minutes of footage.
The Inspire 2 can accelerate from the hover to 80 kph in five seconds, with a best speed of just shy of 100 kph. Buy this drone for around $5200.
GoPro Karma 1
The eagerly awaited GoPro Karma accompanies a removable stabilizer and grip. It delivers smooth, high-accuracy shots.
Video and photographic quality rely upon the GoPro unit attached to the Karma With the minimised controller, it doesn’t require an iOS or Android gadget to operate.
The Karma has a top speed of 56 kph and a maximum separation of around 2 kilometres.
It can achieve 10,500 feet altitude which you would need airspace permission. This also applies when operating over 400 feet above ground level.
When collapsed, the 1kg body measures 36 cm in length by 21 cm wide by 9 cm tall. This makes it simple to transport in something as little as a satchel or backpack.
Runtime is up to 20 minutes with the included battery.
There is no obstacle collision protection with the Karma compared to DJI and other models.
- awareness around what permissions you need to photograph persons or property
- maximum height limitations
- that you cannot fly at night
- permissions you will need when flying above or around people and property
- who you need to ask when flying within 4km of an aerodrome or helipad
If you intend using your drone commercially, you need training to understand your legal and practical limitations.
Becoming 102 certified can lift many of the restrictions non licensed pilots are subject to
This means they can utilise more drone features and capabilities. They can achieve angles and perspectives not possible under standard part 101 CAA rules.
Learn more about our 102 courses here
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