The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone is number 2 and the top choice among more expensive drones. DJI Mavic enjoys the reputation as the foremost manufacturer of easy-to-fly drones and drones with superior aerial photography systems. Ideal for commercial use, the Mavic 2 Pro Drone fulfills the needs of business professionals and the most experienced drone enthusiasts.
The DJI Mavic Pro has been designed to be taken anywhere when you feel like flying or need to capture an astonishing view, unfold it and you’re basically ready to go in under a minute.
DJI’s Mavic Pro changed what was possible with the best camera drones back in 2016, making it possible to fold and carry a decent-quality lens without being overly heavy or bulky. It sold so well that perhaps the appeal of simple aerial imagery is waning, so DJI has added clever software features. One of the most stunning (on both the Mavic 2 Pro and the Zoom model) is Hyperlapse – an aerial time-lapse which can include motion and is processed in moments onboard. The Zoom model also gains a dolly zoom effect (ask a horror movie geek), which is great fun.
Furthermore, the Mavic relies on a 5 sensor system to recall locations and connects with up to 20 satellites so it can head back by itself. Last and not least, this drone comes with precision landing technology that enables it to land exactly where it took off. Also the ability to avoid objects at its path.
It also has sport mode to make your pulse and blood pumping while you fly at an incredible 40mph, trace mode enables you to follow behind your targets while they move. With just a few simple taps everything can be controlled using the gamepad sized controller you can carry in your pocket.
|Item Weight||19 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||18 x 14 x 12 inches|
|Batteries||3 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
- Very portable
- Optical Zoom (on the Zoom model)
- Great software features
- No 60fps for 4K
PowerVision is certainly an inventive company – as its awards shelf will testament – and it has been making underwater drones as long as flying ones, so the PowerEgg X shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but it did. Their original PowerEgg was a stunning product, yet rather than revising it, PowerVision opted to go back to the drawing board. They created an altogether new egg which could be used as a drone, a hand-held or tripod-mounted camcorder making use of the gimbal for stability and A.I. for subject tracking, and – in the optional ‘Wizard’ kit – a beach-ready drone which can land on water or fly in the rain.
Points to note:
- PowerEgg X is a multi-function device that can be used as an autonomous personal AI camera, a handheld 3-axis AI camera, or a high-performance drone.
- The AI Face Recognition technology delivers accurate, efficient, multi-angle, remote face recognition and subject lock-on when following the subject.
- The patented SyncVoice technology picks up high-fidelity sound using the mobilephone’s microphone or a wireless micophone and automatically synchronizes the audio with the pictures.
- The 4K UHD camera on a 3-axis gimbal captures stabilized views.
- The waterproof accessories enable the PowerEgg X to fly in rain and take off from / land on water.
- What’s included: PowerEgg X, Remote Controller, Wrist Strap, Full Set of Arms & Propellers, 3 Spare Pairs of Propellers, 2 Intelligent Batteries, Intelligent Charger, Waterproof Housing, Water-landing Floats, Carrying Case, Protective Case for Arms
|Product Dimensions||7 x 4 x 4 inches|
|Item Weight||10.65 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||10.65 pounds|
|Item model number||PXW10|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Customer Reviews||3.5 out of 5 stars|
|Best Sellers Rank||#168,468 in Electronics
#1,196 in Sports & Action Video Cameras
|Date first listed on Amazon||December 31, 2019|
- Waterproof & water landing mode
- Audio-sync recording option
- Camcorder mode a nice option to have
- No record button in camcorder mode
- Small image sensor
The DJI Spark Mini Drone comes in Lava Red and other signature colors, and it really sparks up your drone flying time. The high-performance camera captures astonishing photos and videos, and the model offers many signature DJI technologies that include Intelligent Flight Modes for outstanding speed and precision control. In TapFly mode, you can control your flight on your phone screen. The drone’s 2-axis gimbal reduces shakes and rolling, and the camera system features a f2 2.6-wide lens with a 25 mm focal length. The lightweight, aerodynamic engineering speeds the drone through wind and weather resistance.
Points to note:
- In the box: DJI Mavic Mini, Remote Controller, Intelligent Flight Battery, Pair of Spare Propellers, Micro USB Cable, Gimbal Protector, RC Cable (Micro USB connector), RC Cable (USB-C connector), RC Cable (Lightning connector), Pair of Spare Control Sticks, 6x Spare Screw, Screwdriver
- Required Operating System: iOS v10.0 or later. Android v6.0 or later
- Weighing under 250 grams, Mavic Mini is almost as light as the average smartphone.
- Mavic Mini’s weight allows it to stay in the air longer than similar consumer FlyCams on the market. Enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery.
- In the United States and Canada, you can fly Mavic Mini without the need to register your drone with the government.
- Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos. A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, ultra-smooth footage.
- Shots that look like they came from a Hollywood film set are just a few taps away with Mavic Mini’s QuickShot modes, which include Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket. Just select your QuickShot and Mavic Mini will execute an elaborate preset motion while recording.
The DJI Spark Mini Drone comes in Lava Red, Alpine White, Sunrise Yellow, Meadow Green and Sky Blue. The drone system only costs about $350, and it’s a good alternative to the high price of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone. The Spark has many of the great DJI features. The pros and cons of the DJI Spark Mini Drone include
– 12 megapixel internal camera
– Can be used with the controller or your phone, but phone use reduces battery life
– Special modes that open with a tap
– Simple control without using a controller
– Ability to take stunning photos and videos in the Intelligent Flight Mode
– Automatic editing templates
– Starts and rises instantly when seeing your face with FaceAware Mode
– Recognizes and tracks people and objects with ActiveTrack
– Ability to fly indoors with ActiveTrack
– Easy portability because the drone only weighs 300 grams
– Limited 1080P taping
– Short battery life
– Limited flying and hovering times
– No support for high frame rates
The Spark can be controlled with hand gestures, a cool feature that younger users will love. The range of intelligent flight modes, durable construction, lightweight design and affordable price make it the third choice our list.
Number 4 on the list is the Holy Stone HS120D Drone, which is the second least expensive at $140. The HS120D packs a lot of punch for a low price, and it’s one of two drones in the list that are perfect for beginners and children. The 1080P full HD camera captures clear still photos and stable videos if you’re not looking to win a photography contest or filmmaking prize. The drone earns 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon reviews.
Points to note:
- Built for Adventure: The specially designed backpack can carry everything for HS120D, allows you to take this drone anywhere, incredibly convenient for travel and outdoor
- 1080p HD 120° FOV Adjustable FPV Camera: Capture high definition footage and directly save to the SD card or smartphone; Gesture Control: pose to the camera, you can take automatically generated photos and videos, share it instantly with friends on social media.
- Smarter Return Home: GPS assisted flight, it can perform automatically return home when the drone lost signal, out of range or low power, never have to worry about flying it away
- Follow Me, Object Trace, Custom Path: The drone can trace and automatically follow you, let you focus on the moment, take a good selfie. Besides, it will fly as you want once you set a unique path
- Better Flight Experience: 2 batteries give you up to 36 minutes immersive flying experience, 250g lightweight yet powerful, save you from FAA registry. Headless Mode, Altitude Mode and One Key to Take-off / Land functions make it so easy to operate
The benefits of choosing the HS120D include:
– TapFly function to draw the drone’s flight path on your phone screen
– 75° adjustable wide-angle lens
– Follow Me mode that makes the drone follow you while freeing your hands
– GPS positioning for safer flying
– Altitude hold, Headless Mode and One Key Start/Landing functions made flying extra easy
– 18 minutes of flight, which is double what similarly priced models offer
– FPV live video feed that allows you to view video taping n real-time up to 300 meters from your position
– Upgraded real-time transmission
– Short battery life
– Initial setup can be frustrating
– Must download app to receive images on your phone
Overall, the HS120D Drone strikes a balance between low cost and a wealth of flying features. The drone has a good cost-value percentage for use by children, beginners and hobbyists.
The DJI Inspire 1 gives you everything you need for aerial filmmaking and photography as it is integrated into an advanced and sophisticated turnkey system.
Specifications wise, the Inspire 1 weighs 6.5lbs with the 6000mAh battery included. The camera supports 4k video recording capability both full 4k in 24 and 25P as well as Ultra-HD 4k in 24-25 and 30 P at up 60fps and the lens offers a 94 degree of view. Regarding the gimbal.
In-flight the Inspire 1 feels extremely stable even in high altitude and with strong winds, this drone also has the ability to set a dynamic home point thanks to its advanced GPS technology. Another feature that has been introduced by DJI via this drone is Optical Flow, a downward-facing camera that helps with the stabilization of the unit by tracking the terrain below.
The Inspire 1 design advanced and ready-to-fly design is lightweight and flexible and will allow you to start flying right away. It’s actually a whole new model not just an upgrade to the other Phantom products.
It uses a 3 Axis gimbal system with a full 360-degree pan range allowing the camera to maintain a fixed angle on the subject no matter how the drone moves. The Inspire 1 is also compatible with both iOS and Android all you need to do is connect your device into the remote control and you’re all set. more of the features include:
- This item includes: DJI inspire 1 V2.0 ready-to-fly quadcopter – Remote controller – camera with gimbal – 4x propellers (pair) – intelligent Flight Battery (TB47) – battery charger – SD card (16GB) – ND filter – manual – power cable – 2x micro-USB cables – Remote controller charging cable – camera with gimbal box – carrying case – harness – DJI
- Capture 4K video and 12MP stills
- 3-Axis gimbal stabilizes camera
- Up to 1.2 mile radio range, ps-based flight control system, vision positioning for indoor flying, live 720P HD monitoring with Lightbridge
- Thrust-boosted motors/ new propellers, retractable carbon fiber arms, unobstructed 360° shooting, dual transmitter operation supported
The camera drone to buy when the optics are your priority
Weight: 4000g | Dimensions: 605 diagonal mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 5.2k @ 24fps | Camera resolution: 20.8MP | Battery life: 23-27 minutes (4280mAh dual battery) | Max Range: 7km / 4.1mi | Max Speed: 94kph / 58mph
The Inspire 1 brought with it a jaw-dropping (and obviously Klingon-inspired) design that keeps the props comfortably out of most shots while allowing for a big, stable frame. The Inspire 2 cements that professional quality with a magnesium hull (careful where you grip it) and lots of dual redundancy for safer flight.
One of those duplicated parts is the battery; you need both to fly and they buy you about 25 minutes of power depending on the camera you choose. That’s great, but a spare pair of batteries is an eye-watering £360, and the X4S camera is comparable to the Phantom. The X5S (to which you can attach a zoom lens from a Micro 4/3rds camera) is rather better with its big image sensor, but flight times come down, making the phenomenally expensive Zenmuse X7 more appealing.
The Inspire 2 also has sophisticated object tracking, (optional) multi-user operation and other pro features and isn’t really for casual use. It only lacks redundancy on the motors (six would be safer).
7. Ryze Tello
A great drone that proves size isn’t everything!
Weight: 80g | Dimensions: 98x93x41 diagonal mm | Controller: No | Video resolution: 720p | Camera resolution: 5MP | Battery life: 13 minutes (1100mAh) | Max Range: 100m | Max Speed: 29kph / 18mph
This microdrone – well below the likely minimum weight for registration – proudly proclaims that it’s “powered by DJI.” To back that up, it has a great array of software features and positioning sensors. With surprisingly good image quality and straight-to-phone saving it could give your Instagram channel a new perspective.
The price has been kept down; there is no GPS, you have to charge the battery inside the drone via USB, and you fly with your phone (a charging station and add-on game controllers can be used – Ryze offers its own). Images are recorded directly to your phone, not a memory card. The camera is stabilised in software only, but the 720p video looks good given that handicap.
If you want to look cool flying, you can launch it from your hand, or even throw it into flight. Other modes let you record 360-degree videos, and the software includes some clever swipe-directed flips. Geekier pilots can even program it.
Great for enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists
Weight: 863g | Dimensions (folded): 139×76×89mm | Dimensions (unfolded diagonal): 338mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K 60fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 30 minutes (4300mAh) | Max Range: 7km / 4.1mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 45mph
Autel’s drone might not have been launched with the quite the same fanfare as some of the others on this list, but it quickly cemented it’s place in this list, producing excellent video from its 1/2.3 sensor. It also has a good collision sensing system; binocular at the front to assist with tracking features, topped off with landing and even a rear
For convenience, many professionals prefer working with the EVO thanks to the inclusion of an OLED screen for FPV in the standard remote. If a bigger screen is needed, a phone can still be attached, but a color monitor in the compact controller is far more functional than the telemetry-only screen in the Mavic controller, and it still manages 3 hours between charges.
Better still, in early 2020, the announcement of the forthcoming EVO II (which brings all-round sensors and up to 8K video depending your chosen model), has knocked the already attractive pricing on the original Evo down still further. Why wait to pay more?
(Image credit: Powervision)
A monster camera drone that takes interchangeable cameras…
Weight: 3950g | Dimensions (folded): 340×285×296mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 513×513×310mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 30fps | Camera resolution: 16.1MP | Battery life: 29 minutes (9000mAh) | Max Range: 5km / 3.1mi | Max Speed: 65kph / 40mph
The PowerEye is a great example of the benefits to consumers of being in a market dominated by one brand (DJI, in case you were in any doubt). It really makes new contenders look for ways to impress, and by carrying a Micro-4/3rds camera this drone is firmly putting itself against the Inspire 2 with a Zenmuse X5S.
It makes it case well; there’s no showy 5k mode but the 4k is good, the two batteries supplied each split into two for shipping (so it’s not too big for carry-on rules), and the manually folding down arms allow for a surprisingly compact traveling position in the (included) travel case.
I was only able to test the drone on a very gusty day, and the system struggled to hold position at first, but it won out. The control app and remote are less complex than DJI’s, so there are fewer software features, but the FPV camera is of a high standard and dual-pilot flight is there for pros.