Best Drones With Camera
I think we can all agree that aerial photography has never been easier. Drones with high-def cameras can be picked up for cheap, allowing you to explore a location like you’ve never seen it before. To me, it’s still quite unbelievable that drones allow us to see pictures such as this one.
Which of course brings us to the question: “What are the best camera drones in 2017?”
Although the drone market changes quite a bit, in this article we have some solid suggestions – and fortunately, you can’t go wrong with any of them. They combine some of the finest features for aerial photography – for example, the Phantom 4 Pro now has obstacle avoidance in every direction, which makes it extremely hard to crash due to pilot error (don’t fly it recklessly though!)
But first, there’s something we need to talk about:
Let’s talk about DJI’s Supremacy
With the recent release of the Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic Pro and Inspire 2 and their huge market share, DJI have pretty much established themselves as the “Lord of the Drones” at this point.
And rightly so. In my opinion, the three aforementioned aircrafts perfectly represent three different target groups and are arguably the best in them:
- Those who are seeking the best portable drone with a camera would most probably choose the Mavic Pro. Its foldable design, ease of use and top of the line specs are easily putting it at the #1 spot in this category. (The GoPro Karma could be a tough competitor, but since it has been recalled and currently re-released, we can’t really say how well it will perform in real life.)
- If you’re looking for the best drone with a camera which gives you the most for your money and is a top-notch choice for all kinds of aerial photography that you can earn money with (real estate photography or videography, shooting weddings etc.) – the Phantom 4 Pro is an extremely solid choice.
- In case you’re somebody who’s always looking to get the latest and greatest equipment that has just been released – you might want to look at the Inspire 2. This aircraft is made for people who’re constantly working with drones – most of them professionally, for shooting commercials, movies etc. (Let’s be honest, if you’re one of those people, it’s unlikely that you’re looking for a camera drone advice on the web 🙂 )
Anyway, if for whatever reason you’re not a fan of DJI, or you are just looking for other camera drones for sale – just keep reading, because there are some quality aircrafts for aerial photography from other brands that are definitely worth mentioning.
But first, let’s bring you up to speed with some of the most common terms that are used when we talk about aerial photography and camera drones:
FPV stands for First Person View. Simply put, FPV is the ability of the user to see from the visual perspective of the drone that he’s controlling. That’s possible thanks to the camera, mounted on the aircraft. There are a few different variants of flying with First Person View: the most common are with an integrated screen in the remote controller of the drone (such as the Typhoon H for example), with an additional device (smartphone or a tablet) mounted on the drone’s remote controller (like the Phantom 4 Pro), or with FPV Goggles, which are more immersive and are highly preferred among people who are into Drone Racing.
The gimbal is a device that keeps the camera leveled by pivoting around it.The gimbal stabilizes motion in 3 axes: pitch, roll, and yaw. This helps maintaining a stable footage throughout your flight, no matter the drone’s direction and tilt. To best emphasize on the importance of a gimbal, here’s a video demonstrating how a footage looks with gimbal vs. without a gimbal.
FOV stands for “Field Of View”. This is especially important for drone photography, where the wider field of view gives you a bigger “canvas” to work with. For example, some of the most popular drones for aerial photography from DJI have different fields of view:
The narrower field of view of the Mavic means that any movements of the drone will be more noticeable, so bear that in mind.
The range of the aircraft will limit from how far you can control your drone. I advise you to think what you want to achieve with your camera drone before buying it. The range is very product-specific and can vary from 50-100 meters for most of the beginner quadcopters to 7000 meters for more advanced products such as the DJI Mavic Pro (which is one of the best long range drones out there at the moment).
Often in the lower-range camera drones, quick movements will make the image from the camera wobble like jello, consequently images can become skewed with straight lines becoming distorted. This happens mostly with more inexepensive quadcopters with camera, so if your drone has a gimbal, this will rarely be the case.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dive into more details about each and every one of my top camera drone picks:
It’s safe to say that camera drones are here to stay. From this point, they will only get better and better, and I’m sure we can all expect some great drones with camera in 2017.
That being said, keep an eye on this article, as I plan to continuously update it as we go.
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So which camera drone is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always up for a chat!