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TOP-18 Best Drones With a Camera for Aerial Photography

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

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TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Once upon a time, drones were used only by the mil­i­tary, for recon­nais­sance of the area. Now, UAVs can be bought by any­one. You can take the same pho­tos or even bet­ter with top aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy drones. We have col­lect­ed the best in this rat­ing, respec­tive­ly, the prices for them will not be small. Let’s start with the last — 18th place. For those who do not have time to ful­ly famil­iar­ize them­selves with the rat­ing, we have pre­pared a table below.

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18th place: Hubsan Zino 2

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Hub­san’s top mid-range solu­tion built for high qual­i­ty aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy. Zino 2’s key cin­e­mat­ic fea­tures include: 4K cam­era built on a 1/2.3‑inch Sony CMOS sen­sor; High per­for­mance Ambarel­la H22 chipset; Shoot­ing in 4K mode at 60 fps; Panoram­ic shoot­ing modes; Hyper­lapse mode; 5 × auto­mat­ic flight modes; Max. bitrate 100 Mbps. It is rec­om­mend­ed in the hob­by as an alter­na­tive replace­ment for expen­sive quad­copters when buy­ing the lat­ter is not con­sid­ered. Read more about Hub­san Zino 2 in our review.

Hub­san Zino 2 from $499

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

6/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Exe­cu­tion qual­i­ty
  • Fold­able frame and pro­pellers
  • Easy to oper­ate
  • Flight per­for­mance
  • 4K at 60 fps
  • FPV removal dis­tance 8 km
  • Auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes
  • Flight time 33 min­utes
  • Price

Minuses

  • Does not iden­ti­fy obsta­cles
  • No prop guards includ­ed

17th place: FIMI X8 SE 2020

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The best full-sized alter­na­tive in the $400+ price range that rivals top brand drones for qual­i­ty. In the list of key cin­e­mat­ic fea­tures of the 2020 ver­sion: 12MP 4K cam­era built on a 1/2.6‑inch CMOS sen­sor with a pix­el size of 1.55μm; Top Hisil­i­con ISP chipset; 3x dig­i­tal zoom; F‑Log and DNG RAW modes; HDR mode for photo/video; Mode for shoot­ing in low light con­di­tions “Night Shot”; 3 × vari­ants of panoram­ic shots; 3 × Motion-lapse options that do not require post-pro­cess­ing; Max. bitrate 100 Mbps; H.264/H.265 video com­pres­sion for­mat. Rec­om­mend­ed as a well-exe­cut­ed long-term aer­i­al photo/video shoot­ing solu­tion when buy­ing pre­mi­um drones is out of the ques­tion. Release date for ver­sion 2020: April 2020. Learn more about FIMI X8SE 2020 in our review.

FIMI X8 SE 2020 $419

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

6/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Exe­cu­tion qual­i­ty
  • Portable (fold­ing arms and props)/Props with quick release mech­a­nism
  • Pow­er­ful, qui­et pow­er plant
  • Con­trol­la­bil­i­ty and posi­tion­ing accu­ra­cy
  • Improved cam­era qual­i­ty / Added HDR mode for pho­to / video; Added night mode
  • Added H.265 codec
  • Auto flight and shoot­ing modes
  • FPV flight up to 8 km
  • Slid­ing remote design with remov­able sticks (for smartphone/tablet)
  • Price

Minuses

  • Does­n’t fly around obsta­cles
  • No 4K at 60 fps
  • Bulky remote

16th place: PARROT ANAFI

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The devel­op­er’s portable answer to all exist­ing com­peti­tors, unlike any of them. For aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy, the drone received a high-per­for­mance 21MP 4K HDR cam­era, which works in tan­dem with a hybrid image sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem con­sist­ing of a 2‑axis motor­ized gim­bal and 3‑axis elec­tron­ic sta­bi­liza­tion. Inno­v­a­tive loss­less dig­i­tal zoom, var­i­ous cin­e­mat­ic photo/video effects, Hyper­lapse and Slow-Mo modes, sup­port­ed Adobe/DNG/RAW for­mats, auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes, allow the user to eas­i­ly cap­ture unique con­tent from the air. It will be one of the best options for those who are look­ing for a com­pact and easy-to-use drone to expand their cre­ativ­i­ty in pho­to / video shoot­ing. It will show itself as much as pos­si­ble on vaca­tion and trav­el. Mod­el release date: June 2018. Read more about Par­rot Anafi in our review.

Par­rot ANAFI from $650

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

9/10

flight qual­i­ties

8/10

com­pact­ness

8/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Quality/Portability
  • Patent­ed mate­r­i­al struc­ture (durable and light­weight)
  • Unique fold­able beam design
  • GPS/Glonass posi­tion­ing + sen­sor com­plex
  • Qui­et propulsion/Dynamic (up to 50 km/h)
  • 21MP 4K HDR Cam­era (Bitrate: 100Mbps)
  • 2‑axis mechan­i­cal + 3‑axis EIS
  • Auto flight and shoot­ing modes
  • Max. removal dis­tance 4 km/Max. flight time 25 min
  • Comes in a trans­port case

Minuses

  • Offi­cial­ly not deliv­ered to the World
  • Does­n’t fly around obsta­cles
  • No 3‑axis gim­bal
  • No 4K at 60 fps
  • View­ing angle

15th place: DJI Mini 2

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The hob­by’s best portable, light­weight solu­tion for real­iz­ing aer­i­al photography/videography. The poten­tial of the sec­ond ver­sion is so good that the mod­el can eas­i­ly com­pete with many full-sized UAVs. In the list of key cin­e­mat­ic fea­tures of the drone: 12MP 4K cam­era built on 1/2.3‑inch CMOS sen­sor; 24mm lens; Aper­ture F/2.8; FOV 83°; 3‑axis mechan­i­cal sus­pen­sion; 4x dig­i­tal zoom; Max. bitrate 100 Mbps; Pho­to modes DNG/RAW/AEB/Panorama; 5 × auto flight and shoot­ing modes; 3 × panora­ma auto modes. Release date: Novem­ber 2020. The price depend­ing on the con­fig­u­ra­tion (stan­dard / extend­ed) is $ 449/599. As much detail as pos­si­ble about the Mini 2 in our review.

DJI Mini 2 from $449

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

9/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

8/10

com­pact­ness

9/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Flight weight 249 g
  • Qual­i­ty of per­for­mance and work
  • More durable than its pre­de­ces­sor
  • Fold­able design
  • More pow­er­ful and at the same time less noisy pow­er plant
  • Exem­plary wind resis­tance
  • 4K zoom/JPG/RAW/AEB/Panorama cam­era
  • New More Com­fort­able Remote/OcuSync Technology/Max. flight dis­tance 10 km/Support DJI Smart Con­troller
  • Max. flight time 31 min
  • Direct upload and instant photo/video edit­ing func­tions

Minuses

  • Does­n’t fly around obsta­cles
  • The charg­ing hub can­not charge the bat­ter­ies and the remote con­trol at the same time
  • Pro­peller guards are not includ­ed in the com­bo
  • No Tri­pod Mode

14th place: XDynamics Evolve

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Win­ner of var­i­ous awards for the best design of mono­coque car­bon con­struc­tion, as well as for the best func­tion­al­i­ty adapt­ed to dif­fer­ent users from ama­teur to pro­fes­sion­al. Depend­ing on the tasks, the user can choose one of three avail­able cam­eras built into a 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal with a patent­ed quick release mech­a­nism. The stock high-speed 12MP 4K cam­era built on a 1/2.3‑inch Sony CMOS sen­sor with a 21mm F/2.8 lens, cou­pled with a patent­ed dual-dis­play mul­ti­func­tion­al remote con­trol, will allow the user to real­ize any shoot­ing sce­nario in impec­ca­ble qual­i­ty. And thanks to the trans­mis­sion of a video stream in 1080p res­o­lu­tion at 60 frames per sec­ond with zero delay (below 10 mil­lisec­onds), FPV flight over long dis­tances will be as com­fort­able and safe as pos­si­ble. In addi­tion to ama­teur aer­i­al film­ing, it will become an indis­pens­able tool in such areas as tele­vi­sion and film pro­duc­tion, infra­struc­ture inspec­tion, mon­i­tor­ing, etc. Mod­el release date: Feb­ru­ary 2017 Ready for FPV flight out of the box. Learn more about the unique Evolve in our review.

XDy­nam­ics Evolve $2499

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

9/10

flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

8/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Quality/Design
  • Car­bon Mono­coque (Light/Durable)
  • Pow­er­ful pow­er plant (up to 96 km/h)
  • Ultra-pre­cise posi­tion­ing sys­tem
  • 4K cam­era
  • 3‑axis mech. hang­er with quick release mech­a­nism
  • Mul­ti­func­tion­al Remote Control/Video Stream Qual­i­ty 1080p@60fps
  • Add. acces­sories: DSLR/Panoramic/Thermal cam­eras
  • Auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes
  • Voice con­trol

Minuses

  • Offi­cial­ly not deliv­ered to the World
  • Price
  • Flight time

13th place: YUNEEC TYPHOON H Plus

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The one and only, designed from the ground up hexa­copter that has recent­ly received a num­ber of key improve­ments, thanks to which the poten­tial of the drone con­tin­ues to eas­i­ly com­pete with the best of the best in the drone hob­by. The Plus ver­sion has a new high-per­for­mance cam­era built on a 1‑inch Sony CMOS sen­sor, capa­ble of shoot­ing in 4K res­o­lu­tion at 60 fps. It is posi­tioned by the devel­op­er as a sim­ple and afford­able tool for imple­ment­ing high-qual­i­ty pho­to / video shoot­ing from the air in both man­u­al and auto­mat­ic modes. More details about the hexa­copter in our review.

Yuneec Typhoon H Plus RS from $2192

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

9/10

Flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

7/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Workmanship/Design
  • 6‑motors/Foldable design
  • Flight qual­i­ties
  • Auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes
  • Intel RealSense/IPS (Opti­cal Flow Sen­sor) flies around obsta­cles of any size even at night
  • Range of ver­sions with cameras/The qual­i­ty of shoot­ing each/Ability to shoot 360º
  • Emer­gency land­ing mode for 5 motors
  • Portable Wiz­ard remote/SkyView FPV gog­gles
  • Does not require UAV con­trol skills
  • Price

Minuses

  • Lug­gage dimen­sions
  • Noisy
  • The cur­rent bat­tery charge of the drone can only be found on the dis­play of the per­son­al sta­tion

12th place: DJI MAVIC PRO (Platinum)

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

It has almost all the capa­bil­i­ties of a mod­ern drone and at the same time folds com­pact­ly. One of the best trav­el drones that fits eas­i­ly into any bag. With its porta­bil­i­ty, it has a 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal and a cam­era that shoots video in 4K res­o­lu­tion. When unfold­ed, the Mav­ic is about the size of a Par­rot Bebop 2, but the lat­ter only has 1080p video qual­i­ty and elec­tron­ic image sta­bi­liza­tion. Read more about the Mav­ic Pro in our review, as well as the inno­va­tions of the revised ver­sion of the Mav­ic Pro Plat­inum.

DJI Mav­ic Pro (Plat­inum) from $999

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

9/10

Flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

10/10

Equip­ment

8/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Com­pact when fold­ed
  • Portable con­trol pan­el
  • Ocu­Sync
  • Range of flight
  • Camera/Gimbal (image qual­i­ty)
  • Autonomous qual­i­ties
  • Ges­ture con­trol
  • Object fol­low­ing mode
  • Com­pat­i­ble with DJI Gog­gles
  • Ready to fly out of the box

Minuses

  • When fly­ing with a pro­tec­tive cap, glare appears on the record­ed video / pho­to
  • Nar­row cam­era angle
  • No mech­a­nism or sys­tem warn­ing when the gim­bal lock is not removed
  • The obsta­cle detec­tion sys­tem is not per­fect. Cau­tion is required when pilot­ing.

11th place: Autel Evo

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The only portable solu­tion to stand up to the leg­endary Mav­ic Pro (Plat­inum). EVO has one of the best fold­ing UAVs in its arse­nal, mount­ed in a 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal, capa­ble of shoot­ing 4K at 60 fps. Autel Evo will be indis­pens­able when trav­el­ing, or just on vaca­tion with your fam­i­ly and will allow you to save the best moments of life in max­i­mum qual­i­ty. More details about Autel Evo can be found in our review.

Autel Robot­ics EVO from $799

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

9/10

Flight time

9/10

flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

10/10

Equip­ment

8/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Fold­able design
  • Com­pact and con­ve­nient con­trol pan­el with a wide infor­ma­tion­al OLED dis­play
  • Mobile appli­ca­tion (con­ve­nient and infor­ma­tive inter­face)
  • Fly­ing qual­i­ties + hold­ing posi­tion (con­fi­dent­ly holds posi­tion even in strong winds)
  • Posi­tion­ing accu­ra­cy
  • 4K at 60 fps (gen­er­al image qual­i­ty)
  • Obsta­cle sen­sors front and rear
  • Removal dis­tance up to 7km
  • Autonomous flight modes
  • Ready to fly out of the box

Minuses

  • In track­ing mode, prone to los­ing the object
  • Rear sen­sors are extreme­ly demand­ing on the struc­ture of the rec­og­nized sur­face

10th place: SKYDIO 2

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Today’s best fly­ing robot built on pow­er­ful arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. Able to imple­ment intel­li­gent sta­bi­lized 4K aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy in self­ie mode with­out human inter­ven­tion, in almost any envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions (for­est, indoors, etc.). The drone’s shoot­ing arse­nal includes high-per­for­mance elec­tron­ics, work­ing in tan­dem with a no less pro­duc­tive 12MP 4K HDR cam­era installed in a 3‑axis motor­ized gim­bal. Despite such a pow­er­ful poten­tial and func­tion­al­i­ty, any user can mas­ter the drone con­trol with­out being tied to own­er­ship expe­ri­ence. Depend­ing on the user’s pref­er­ences, it can be con­trolled either through a sin­gle smart­phone / Bea­con con­troller, or as a pair of smart­phone + remote con­trol. It will prove itself as much as pos­si­ble in any man­i­fes­ta­tion of an active lifestyle, as well as wher­ev­er a bet­ter angle and high qual­i­ty shoot­ing are required. Mod­el release date: Octo­ber 2019 Ready for FPV flight out of the box. As much as pos­si­ble about the most intel­li­gent drone, in our review.

Sky­dio 2 from $1349

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

7/10

flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

8/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Portable Design/Quality
  • Devel­op­er War­ran­ty
  • A unique sys­tem for detect­ing and fly­ing around obsta­cles imple­ment­ed on AI algo­rithms
  • Dynam­ic (up to 58 km/h in auto mode)
  • Pow­er­ful 4K photo/video sys­tem
  • 3‑axis mech. sus­pen­sion
  • Auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes
  • Con­trol: Smartphone/Beacon/Remote+Smartphone/Apple Whatch
  • Max. removal dis­tance 3.5 km
  • Com­pat­i­ble with DroneDe­ploy

Minuses

  • Non-fold­able design
  • No land­ing legs
  • Offi­cial­ly not deliv­ered to the World

9th place: DJI Mavic Air 2

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

When cre­at­ing the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Mav­ic Air, mar­keters clear­ly gave the engi­neers a lit­tle more free­dom than usu­al. For a drone from the mid­dle price niche, the final result was so impres­sive that even despite the soft­ware damp­ness of the first copies sold, the nov­el­ty imme­di­ate­ly gained con­sumer recog­ni­tion, and after the devel­op­er fixed the iden­ti­fied bugs, Air 2 became the most rec­om­mend­ed drone in the hob­by.

The list of key cin­e­mat­ic fea­tures of the nov­el­ty includes: 48 MP 4K cam­era built on a 1/2‑inch Sony IMX586 CMOS sen­sor with a pix­el size of 0.8 microns, with a built-in Bay­er col­or fil­ter array; Max. Movie Record­ing Mode: 4K@60fps; Pop­py. bitrate 120 Mbps; D‑Cinelike col­or pro­file; 4‑mode 8K Hyper­lapse; HDR modes for photo/video/panorama; 5 × auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes, H.264 and H.265 video codecs. All this and more is com­bined with impres­sive flight poten­tial from DJI Inno­va­tions, which both begin­ners and advanced users have been able to appre­ci­ate. Release date: April 2020. Learn more about the Mav­ic Air 2 in our review.

DJI Mav­ic Air 2 from $559

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

9/10

Flight time

8/10

flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

9/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Portable Design/Foldable Design
  • Anterior/posterior and infe­ri­or envi­ron­men­tal imag­ing sys­tem
  • Ocu­Sync 2.0 Dig­i­tal Video Trans­mis­sion (Max FPV Dis­tance 10km) / Sup­port DJI Smart Con­troller
  • Max. flight time 34 min
  • 48MP 4K cam­era (best image qual­i­ty among competitors)/4K@60fps
  • The best poten­tial in pho­to / video shoot­ing (due to var­i­ous modes and func­tions that improve the qual­i­ty of the footage)
  • D‑Cinelike col­or pro­file (more free­dom in post-pro­cess­ing)
  • Focus­Track Intel­li­gent Fol­low­er Suite
  • APAS 3.0 (Secure Man­age­ment)
  • Price

Minuses

  • No Tri­pod Mode

8th place: DJI Mini 3 Pro

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

DJI’s top answer to all cur­rent and future com­peti­tors in the UAV niche. In the arse­nal of this ultra-portable bird, only the most mod­ern tech­nolo­gies are metic­u­lous­ly intro­duced into such a minia­ture fuse­lage. It will not leave any­one indif­fer­ent, from the qual­i­ty of shoot­ing to the flight poten­tial, includ­ing in ful­ly auto­mat­ic mode.

Key cin­e­mat­ic fea­tures include: Advanced 3‑way obsta­cle detec­tion and avoid­ance sys­tem; 48MP 4K cam­era built on 1/1.3‑inch CMOS sen­sor with 2.4µm pix­el size; with built-in Bay­er col­or fil­ter array; FOV: 82.1°; aper­ture: f/1.7; equiv. focal length: 24mm; 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal with extend­ed oper­at­ing range; “True Ver­ti­cal Shoot­ing” func­tion or ver­ti­cal shoot­ing mode; Dual Native ISO tech­nol­o­gy; Time­lapse func­tion; 4 × panoram­ic pho­tog­ra­phy modes; 4x dig­i­tal zoom; Col­or pro­file 10-bit D‑Cinelike; Intel­li­gent auto-flight and Mas­ter­Shots; A set of intel­li­gent Focus­Track fol­low­ing modes; advanced Quick Trans­fer fea­ture.

Release date: May 2022. Imple­ment­ed by the devel­op­er at a price of $759. As much detail as pos­si­ble about the Mini 3 Pro in our review.

DJI Mini 3 Pro from $759

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

9/10

Flight time

8/10

Flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

9/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Com­plete­ly redesigned and fold­able. Still in the weight cat­e­go­ry up to 250 grams
  • 3‑Way (Front/Aft/Bottom) Obsta­cle Detec­tion and Avoid­ance Sen­sor Sys­tem with New Sen­sor Lay­out
  • DJI O3 Top Dig­i­tal Video Stream­ing Tech­nol­o­gy (Ocu­Sync 3.0)
  • Max. FPV removal dis­tance: 12km
  • Max. flight time (batteries/batteries Plus): 34/47 min
  • 48MP 4K cam­era built on 1/1.3‑inch CMOS sen­sor with 2.4µm pix­el size; with built-in Bay­er col­or fil­ter array; FOV: 82.1°; aper­ture: f/1.7; equiv. focal length: 24mm
  • 10-bit D‑Cinelike col­or pro­file
  • Intel­li­gent flight and shoot­ing modes: FocusTrack/MasterShots/QuickShots
  • Advanced Pilot Assis­tance Sys­tem APAS 4.0
  • Price

Minuses

  • Lack of declared HDR video mode (actu­al­ly it is 8‑bit SDR REC 709; May be cor­rect­ed with the next firmware update)
  • Incor­rect oper­a­tion of the noise reduc­tion sys­tem at ISO 800 and high­er in 4K up to 30 fps (Pos­si­bly cor­rect­ed by the next firmware update)
  • Lack of man­u­al adjust­ment of sharp­ness, con­trast and sat­u­ra­tion (Pos­si­bly cor­rect­ed by the next firmware update)
  • Lack of flight mode Tri­pod mode (Per­haps they will add the next firmware update)
  • Inabil­i­ty to con­nect and con­trol the drone with a sin­gle smart­phone
  • Bat­tery Plus is not avail­able for sale in all coun­tries
  • Image qual­i­ty when using DJI ND fil­ters
  • Built-in mem­o­ry: 1.2 GB

7th place: DJI AIR 2S

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

An incred­i­bly pow­er­ful solu­tion for the mid-bud­get niche, look­ing at which it is excit­ing­ly dif­fi­cult to imag­ine what the upcom­ing DJI pre­mi­um mod­els will be capa­ble of. From the ide­al pre­de­ces­sor, a min­i­mum is inher­it­ed, oth­er­wise only top and inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies that allow you to eas­i­ly imple­ment any cre­ative idea in shoot­ing from the air at a high lev­el with­out ref­er­ence to expe­ri­ence.

AIR 2S key arse­nal includes: 595g flight weight, fold­able portable design, 20MP 5K cam­era built on 1‑inch 2.4µm CMOS sen­sor, 8x dig­i­tal zoom, HDR photo/video/panoramas, 10-bit col­or pro­file Dlog‑M, RAW for­mat with dynam­ic range up to 12.6 stops, H.265/H.264 video codecs, 4‑mode 4K Hyper­laps, 3‑mode panora­ma shoot­ing, inno­v­a­tive Mas­ter­Shots smart func­tion, top and more advanced Focus­Track intel­li­gent sub­ject-fol­low­ing modes , auto­mat­ic Quick­Shots modes, top-of-the-line Ocu­Sync 3.0 dig­i­tal video trans­mis­sion tech­nol­o­gy, a pow­er­ful 4‑way visu­al­iza­tion sys­tem of the sur­round­ing world, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion advanced pilot assis­tance sys­tem APAS 4.0, and sup­port for the DJI Smart Con­troller. Release date: April 2021. As much detail as pos­si­ble about the best uni­ver­sal drone in our review.

DJI AIR 2S from $999

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

7/10

flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

9/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Portable Design/Foldable Design
  • 4‑Way Envi­ron­ment Visu­al­iza­tion Sys­tem
  • Ocu­Sync 3.0 Dig­i­tal Video Trans­mis­sion (Max FPV Dis­tance 12km) / Sup­port DJI Smart Con­troller
  • Max. flight time 31 min
  • 20MP 5K cam­era built on a 1‑inch CMOS sen­sor with a pix­el size of 2.4 microns
  • 10-bit Dlog‑M/RAW col­or pro­file with dynam­ic range up to 12.6 stops
  • Active Track 4.0
  • DJI AirSense/APAS 4.0 Secu­ri­ty Sys­tems
  • Inno­v­a­tive intel­li­gent flight and shoot­ing func­tion Mas­ter­Shots
  • Price

Minuses

  • 8 GB built-in mem­o­ry
  • There is no EV con­trol scroll on the remote
  • Edit­ing with the app is lim­it­ed to 1080p
  • HDR HLG work­flow for pro­fes­sion­als only
  • Raw images are not auto­mat­i­cal­ly trans­ferred to smart­phones and tablets
  • No Tri­pod Mode

6th place: Yuneec Typhoon H3

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The top solu­tion imple­ment­ed by the devel­op­ers of Yuneec Inter­na­tion­al with the direct par­tic­i­pa­tion of engi­neers from the Ger­man com­pa­ny Leica Cam­era AG on the plat­form of the unique and one of a kind Typhoon hexa­copter. A pro­fes­sion­al tool designed to expand the cre­ative poten­tial of the pho­tog­ra­ph­er, the list of key cin­e­mat­ic fea­tures includes: a 20MP 4K Leica ION L1 Pro cam­era designed from scratch, built on a 1‑inch CMOS sen­sor, built into a 3‑axis 360-degree mechan­i­cal gim­bal; Leica opti­mized and cal­i­brat­ed image modes (AWB, col­or repro­duc­tion, sharp­en­ing, noise reduc­tion, etc.); Leica DNG for­mat cal­i­bra­tion with cor­re­spond­ing ADOBE pro­file; 10-bit YLog video mode based on Leica spec­i­fi­ca­tions; Semi-auto­mat­ic ISO/Shutter and 1/3 EV/ISO/Shutter step set­ting; Wide dynam­ic range (WDR); AEB mode (Auto Expo­sure Brack­et­ing); Short JPEG inter­vals for Hyper­lapse video; Cus­tom Pic­ture mode and sharp­ness set­tings; Pro­fes­sion­al his­togram; Loss­less dig­i­tal zoom; Max. 4K video qual­i­ty at 60 fps with a bit rate of up to 100Mbps; Panoram­ic shoot­ing; The pos­si­bil­i­ty of sep­a­rate con­trol of the drone and shoot­ing. Learn more about the Yuneec Typhoon H3 hexa­copter in our review.

Yuneec Typhoon H3 $3292

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

5/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Workmanship/Design
  • 6‑motor configuration/Foldable design
  • Flight qual­i­ties
  • 360 degree sus­pen­sion
  • Cin­e­mat­ic poten­tial with the new Leica ION L1 Pro
  • Auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes
  • Intel RealSense/IPS (Opti­cal Flow Sen­sor) flies around obsta­cles of any size even at night
  • Emer­gency land­ing mode for 5 motors
  • Portable Wiz­ard remote/SkyView FPV gog­gles

Minuses

  • Lug­gage dimen­sions
  • Noisy
  • The cur­rent bat­tery charge of the drone can only be found on the dis­play of the per­son­al sta­tion

5th place: DJI PHANTOM 4 PRO V2.0

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

An improved ver­sion of the not with­out that unique drone. The drone has a 20-megapix­el mechan­i­cal shut­ter cam­era built on a 1‑inch CMOS sen­sor, which, cou­pled with high-per­for­mance elec­tron­ics, allows you to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per sec­ond, record­ing high-qual­i­ty video mate­r­i­al at a speed of 100 Mbps. As well as one of the best Ocu­Sync video stream­ing sys­tems, a 4‑way obsta­cle detec­tion and avoid­ance sys­tem, autonomous flight and shoot­ing modes. Today, P4P V2.0 is the best tool in the UAV niche for real­iz­ing high-qual­i­ty pho­to and video con­tent from the air, the poten­tial of which has already been appre­ci­at­ed not only by ama­teurs, but also by pro­fes­sion­als. You can learn more about the quadro­copter from our review.

DJI Phan­tom 4 Pro V2.0 from $1599

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

5/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Qual­i­ty
  • Design
  • Mod­i­fied low-noise pow­er plant
  • Flight char­ac­ter­is­tics
  • Autonomous qual­i­ties
  • Ocu­Sync video trans­mis­sion sys­tem
  • Camera/Mech. Shutter/Gimbal (Best in niche image qual­i­ty)
  • Removal dis­tance up to 7km
  • Price

Minuses

  • Side obsta­cle detec­tion sen­sors are not active for all flight modes
  • Bulky lug­gage in tran­sit

4th place: DJI MAVIC 2 Pro

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The Mav­ic 2 is the best home UAV devel­op­ers have to offer today to the mod­ern user who is look­ing for afford­able, high-tech, portable solu­tions for real­iz­ing high-qual­i­ty aer­i­al pho­to / video shoot­ing. Each of the two M2 mod­els will allow both a begin­ner on vaca­tion and a pro­fes­sion­al at work to get the max­i­mum result asso­ci­at­ed with a sea of ​​pos­i­tive emo­tions. We rec­om­mend our detailed review.

DJI Mav­ic 2 Pro from $1599

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

Flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

9/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Portable
  • crash resis­tant
  • Zoom/Pro cam­eras (fea­tures and qual­i­ty)
  • dynam­ic
  • Guided/Flight Modes
  • Offline modes and fea­tures
  • Active Track 2.0
  • Ocu­Sync 2.0/FHD FPV
  • FPV removal dis­tance up to 10 km
  • APAS

Minuses

  • Does not shoot in 4K at 60 fps
  • No pro­tec­tion against water and dust
  • The abil­i­ty to change cam­eras only through a ser­vice cen­ter
  • Unlike its pre­de­ces­sor, it does not have a Wi-Fi con­nec­tion (the abil­i­ty to launch the drone from a smart­phone is exclud­ed, which, for exam­ple, is very impor­tant dur­ing a bike ride when the drone is in the Active­Track object auto­mat­ic fol­low­ing mode). As a result, you have to con­stant­ly both­er with fix­ing the tan­dem (remote con­trol + smart­phone) on the steer­ing wheel.

3rd place: Autel EVO II Pro

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The top solu­tion in the UAV niche occu­pied by Autel Robot­ics for aer­i­al photo/video shoot­ing. The first fold­able drone with a 6K cam­era on board. In the list of key cin­e­mat­ic fea­tures of the Pro ver­sion: 20-megapix­el 6K cam­era built on a 1‑inch Sony CMOS matrix of the lat­est gen­er­a­tion, with vari­able aper­ture f / 2.8 — f / 11, ISO up to 6400/12800 (Video / Pho­to), 8x zoom , 10-bit A‑Log Col­or mode, 4K HDR video mode, video record­ing with max. bitrate 120 Mbps. Despite such a pow­er­ful hard­ware poten­tial, the mod­el is extreme­ly easy to use, which makes it rel­e­vant for both ama­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als, who are unit­ed by increased demands on the qual­i­ty of the mate­r­i­al being shot and max­i­mum free­dom in post-pro­cess­ing. Release date: Jan­u­ary 2020. Learn more about Autel EVO II in our review.

Autel Evo II Pro from $1795

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

9/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Portable (Dimen­sions when fold­ed)
  • 3 quick change cham­ber options
  • 6K cam­era qual­i­ty
  • 10-bit A‑LOG Col­or mode (more free­dom in post-pro­cess­ing)
  • 10-bit 4K HDR video mode
  • Dynam­ic (up to 72 km/h)
  • Man­aged
  • Com­pre­hen­sive obsta­cle detec­tion and avoid­ance sys­tem operation/Dynamic Track 2.0 sys­tem oper­a­tion
  • Max. flight time 40 min
  • Max. FPV removal dis­tance

Minuses

  • Not offi­cial­ly sup­plied in the World / No ser­vice sup­port in the World
  • No pro­tec­tion against water and dust
  • Ques­tion­able qual­i­ty of shoot­ing 8K cam­era (pos­si­bly cor­rect­ed with the next firmware updates)

2nd place: DJI Mavic 3 (Cine)

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

The top ful­ly redesigned portable iter­a­tion of the leg­endary Mav­ic series, tra­di­tion­al­ly imple­ment­ed in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with pho­to­graph­ic equip­ment guru Vic­tor Has­sel­blad AB, on the exam­ple of which the devel­op­er once again demon­strates his vision of what a mod­ern cin­e­mat­ic drone should be, capa­ble of sat­is­fy­ing any cre­ative idea at a pro­fes­sion­al lev­el.

The M3’s key arse­nal includes: 380mm diag­o­nal fold­able portable design, Has­sel­blad’s unique dual-sen­sor cin­e­mat­ic dual cam­era (Low­er Has­sel­blad L2D-20c: 20MP 5.1K, 4/3 CMOS / Upper Tele Cam­era: 12MP 4K, 1/ 2 CMOS), 360-degree obsta­cle detec­tion and avoid­ance sys­tem, fifth-gen­er­a­tion advanced pilot assis­tance sys­tem APAS, Focus­Track (Spot­light 2.0/ActiveTrack 5.0/Point of inter­est 3.0) set of intel­li­gent fol­low­ing modes, Mas­ter­Shots intel­li­gent auto-flight and shoot­ing func­tion, 16-bit auto­mat­ic Has­sel­blad Nat­ur­al Col­or Solu­tion (HNCS) col­or cor­rec­tion sys­tem, sup­port for Apple ProRes 422 HQ codec and 10-bit D‑Log col­or pro­file, as well as built-in mem­o­ry up to 1TB. Max. flight time: 46 min­utes. Release date: Novem­ber 2021. Price: from $2,049. As much as pos­si­ble about DJI Mav­ic 3 (Cine) in our review.

DJI Mav­ic 3 from $2049

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

9/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Portable
  • Avail­abil­i­ty of secu­ri­ty sys­tems (APAS 5.0/AirSense)
  • Auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes
  • 5.1K video sys­tem from Vic­tor Has­sel­blad AB built on a Micro 4/3 matrix
  • Video stream qual­i­ty (1080p at 60 fps)
  • Flight range up to 15 km
  • Sup­port con­nect to 4G con­nec­tion
  • Flight dura­tion up to 46 min
  • Built-in 1TB SSD (Cine ver­sion)
  • Wi-Fi 6 Quick­Trans­fer func­tion

Minuses

  • No sup­port for the first ver­sion of DJI Smart Con­troller
  • DJI RC Pro does not sup­port oth­er drone mod­els (but this may be tem­po­rary)
  • Giv­en the poten­tial of the drone, but­tons like 5D / C1 and C2 are miss­ing on stan­dard equip­ment
  • No dual-equip­ment con­trol mode (pilot/camera oper­a­tor)
  • Max. 15km range only avail­able with DJI RC Pro
  • When record­ing in ProRes for­mat, video is record­ed only on the built-in SSD
  • No pos­si­bil­i­ty to change SSD
  • Giv­en the cin­e­mat­ic poten­tial of the drone, 8GB of inter­nal mem­o­ry is very small (for the Mav­ic 3 ver­sion)
  • No Tri­pod Mode

1st place: DJI Inspire 2

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Inspire 2 can be summed up in three words: qual­i­ty, unique, pow­er­ful. Suit­able for those for whom size and price are not the main thing, who want to get the qual­i­ty of pro­fes­sion­al-lev­el aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy at the out­put. More than just a drone, the Inspire 2 is a pro­fes­sion­al tool specif­i­cal­ly designed for the film and broad­cast indus­try. Detailed review of Inspire 2 at the link.

DJI Inspire 2 from $3299

TOP-18 best drones with a camera for aerial photography

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

9/10

Flight qual­i­ties

10/10

com­pact­ness

5/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Qual­i­ty
  • Design
  • Reli­able (com­plex of redun­dant sen­sors + 2 bat­ter­ies)
  • Flight qual­i­ties (han­dling / dynamism)
  • Cin­e­mat­ic poten­tial of a pro­fes­sion­al lev­el
  • Sup­port­ed cam­eras
  • Pos­si­bil­i­ty of sep­a­rate con­trol (Drone/Shooting)
  • Auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes
  • Flight time
  • Price

Minuses

  • Dimen­sions
  • Noisy

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