27 of The Best Drones of All Time
The Drone is a technology innovation whose time has come. Since the first pilotless aircraft was launched in 1917 and due to massive technology shifts over the last decade, drones have evolved into a billion Dollar industry.
With so many drones on the market in 2020, from ones that take selfies, film movies, inspect hazardous spaces, to those that can fly at up to 100 miles per hour, how do you go about choosing the best one for you?
In this article where we review 27 of the best drones of all time, purchasing the right product for your needs, whether it’s for fun or business, has never been easier.
BEST OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY DRONE
DJI MAVIC 2 PRO
- Hasselblad cameras
- Video Resolution 4k: 3840×2160, 2k:2688×1512 and FHD: 1920×1080
- 100 Mbps Video Bitrate
- 4000×3000 Still Image Sizes
- Supports Micro SD cards with a capacity of up to 128GB
- 3850 mAh intelligent flight battery
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro everything you could possibly need in a high tech, lightweight and efficient photography and videography drone. It comes with an extremely high-quality camera which features 4k resolution at a very high bitrate, meaning you get the most amount of quality possible without losing pixels due to movement.
The DJI Mavic 2 pro comes equipped with omnidirectional obstacle sensing, can fly at an altitude of 6000m above sea level, can travel at a constant speed of 25 Km/h for 31 consecutive minutes depending on wind conditions and features the option to use any SD card of your choice up to 128GB.
- Forward, back and side: surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting.
- Detects diffuse reflective surfaces such as walls, trees, people, etc.
- 3-axis tilt roll and pan stabilization.
- 3950 mAh Battery Remote Controller
The features of the DJI Mavic 2 pro are almost unbeatable, besides being powerful. It’s portable, can easily dodge obstacles autonomously and the best part of all; it has a camera that can produce some of the best-looking high-quality aerial imagery that is unparalleled to its counterparts.
The Mavic 2 pro is equipped with a fully omnidirectional environmental awareness system, which means it can see in all directions, forward, backward, upward, downward and even left and right.
The camera that is featured on the Mavic Pro 2 is equipped with a larger 1-inch image sensor and extremely better processing tech; it can capture 4k video in 10-bit colour which means it has the ability to capture nearly one billion more discrete colours than previous generations.
|Amazing high-quality Camera||Touch Focus isn’t always completely accurate|
|Low Noise Propellers
|Take-off and landing might be slightly tricky|
|Great Battery Life||Complex features require some time to get used to|
|Environmental Awareness sensors||When using intelligent modes, you cannot shoot in Dlog|
With a $1,449 price tag, this drone is by far the best of the best drone in its category. This is a fantastic drone for high quality photography and videography for personal or business use.
DJI Inspire 1
Aerial photography and cinematography
- Excellent 4k resolution video at 30 frames per second
- Compatible with a handheld mount
- Carbon fibre landing gear
Larger, more menacing looking than the company’s other line of phantom 3 drones, the Inspire 1 was purely designed and made for professionals. It’s easier to fly and pilot compared to the phantom models. This drone is priced at $2,900.
The Inspire 1’s camera and gimbal can be removed by releasing a lock and twisting it off. This not only makes it safer for travel, but future upgrades are possible for a better or different camera.
- Gimbal designed for a more substantial higher level of stability
- Larger body makes it easier to spot
- Equipped with Vision positioning system
- GPS availability when outdoors
|High-quality 4k 30 frames per second camera||High price tag|
|Detachable camera||Can only use DJI Manufactured batteries|
|Famous 30axis gimbal technology||Sensors sometimes fail to trigger the landing procedure right away|
The DJI Inspire 1 is a fantastic drone for aerial photography or cinematography. It features quad retractable landing gear; the gimbal can rotate at 360-degrees and tilt up to 125-degrees which is something no other aerial photography drone can match to date.
DJI Inspire 2
Drone for filmmakers and videographers
- $3000 price tag
- Range of up to 4.3 miles
- Top speed of 67 miles per hour
- Forward obstacle avoidance
- Stabilization Autopilot
- Supports Image processing with professional image quality
- Upward and forward avoidance system with accurate indoor hovering and positioning
- Intelligent flight modes
- Smart return to home, it maps as it flies
- Up to 27 minutes flight time
- 1080p live view
The DJI Inspire 2 delivers some seriously impressive specs. Besides the speed and range, this drone is equipped with a very high-tech mirrorless micro four thirds camera which was designed specifically for aerial photography and cinematography it can shoot 5.2k video at 30 frames per second, or 4k video at 60 frames per second.
The camera can take 20.4 megapixel still images and has an amazing ISO range of 100 – 25 600. The body also features a vibration dampened 3-axis gimbal which means your footage will look decent no matter how crazy you fly.
|Extremely seamless superior high quality 5/4k video resolutions||$3 000 price tag|
|Obstacle avoidance, fast speeds and accurate flying with upgraded sensors||You are required to obtain a licence key to use Cinema DNG and Apple ProRes video compression price tag of $1500|
|Excellent battery system||SSD cards are a requirement in order to utilize the correct video formats|
The DJI Inspire 2 is a drone that you would only purchase for professional or enthusiastic reasons. The camera equipped on the Inspire 2 is unrivalled, you can still get some really good quality images and video regardless of how unstable the flight might be.
You also don’t need to have experience in film and piloting skills to get the professional looking footage; however, for the price of this guy it’s best to have some piloting experience.
BEST BANG FOR YOUR WALLET
Tactic Air Drone
Designed for Aerial Photography
- Tactic Air
- 4K UHD video resolution at 30 frames per second
- Intelligent gesture control
- Dual wide-angled cameras
The Tactic Air Drone was created with simplicity in mind so that everyone who owns one can use it easily. The design is ultra-compact, and you can carry it wherever you go, even in your pocket.
It features gesture controls and a very high-quality camera with wide angle lenses. It comes with a price tag of $198 which is very reasonable considering the camera.
- Professional camera stabilization
- Long extended battery life of more than 20 minutes
- Features a follow me mode, which means no matter what you do, the Tactic air drone will follow you around with the push of a button
|Affordable||Wide angled lens may distort 4k video resolutions|
|Good sturdy body and design||No GPS equipment|
|Good battery life with a high-quality camera||Wind and weather conditions might make it extremely difficult to fly|
For a very affordable price, the Tactic Air Drone comes equipped with a variety of features fitted to suite the needs of a beginner drone photographer or cinematographer.
The only downside is that this drone should be used as an entry level unit. Besides it being tiny with reasonable battery life, the range of features definitely makes the price worth it.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
Designed for professional Photography and Cinematography
- 4k video resolution at 60 frames per second
- 25 minutes battery life
- Max range of 7km/4.1mi
- Max speed of 72kph/44.7mph
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has a rugged body design, which features a very high quality 4k 60 frames per second camera. It was redesigned from its predecessor for quieter flight and better control; however, this guy weighs in at 1375g so it’s pretty beefy and sturdy.
- Gimbal-stabilized camera
- Supports OcuSync radio system
- Professional Drone
|Large Image sensor||Size is a bit large and clunky|
|Subject tracking||No reason to upgrade if you own a previous phantom pro 4|
Overall this is a fantastic, beefy drone. It comes equipped with an intelligent flight battery and supports forwards, backwards and downwards field of view.
The infrared sensor system on this guy supports surfaces with diffuse reflective material such as, humans, walls, trees etc. For professional use this drone is fantastic and comes with a price tag of $1,729.
Photography and Cinematography
- 720P 30 frames per second video resolution
- Speed of 49mph
- Control range of 70m
The Drone 720x is a mini flying machine with a camera that allows you to get the most epic shots from a variety of aerial views. The battery life only has a maximum amount of 8 minutes, however, it’s fast and has a very reasonable control range.
It’s capable of performing aerial stunts, is easy to operate, has a fantastic stable video output and allows you to live stream.
|Extremely easy to use and operate||Proper training is required to avoid accidents that can damage the drone|
|Very good motion picture quality||Rules have been set in place for this drone, so it’s important to take note of the rules before flying|
|Reasonable price tag||Low battery life|
Overall the pros of this drone outweigh most of the con; even though it has a limited battery life of 8 minutes, the price tag makes up for it. It can be controlled using your phone with Wi-Fi. However, when using this drone it’s important to practice properly as flying it can be quite difficult.
Designed for photography and cinematography
- Lightweight and folds to fit into the case
- Features a Karma Stabilizer
- Stabilizer can be removed and attached to the karma grip for ultra-steady shots.
The Karma was designed to take smooth GoPro footage in the air, either handheld or body mounted. It’s compact and easily portable. What’s different here is that it comes standard with a game-style controller with an integrated touch screen display, which makes it easy and fun to fly.
- Prices up to $1099 with a GoPro camera included
- 20 minutes of estimated flight time
- Four modes, Orbit, Dronie, Reveal and Cable Cam
|Good image quality with the GoPro hero 5 4k action camera||Lack of collision detection/autonomous tracking|
|Excellent stabilization||Short battery life|
|Tight controls with a portable design||Limited range|
The Karma is a fantastic drone for capturing images, however, it doesn’t exactly have the easiest flying mode or the battery life to compete with some of the other drones out there today.
Although if you don’t mind sacrificing a tiny amount of image quality when comparing a GoPro to some of the other cameras on the market, it’s worth the price.
A huge camera drone that takes interchangeable cameras
- Video resolution of 4k at 30 frames per second
- Battery life of 29 minutes
- Max range of 5km/3.1 mi
- Max speed of 65 kph/ 40mph
PowerVision’s PowerEye makes all the other video capture drones look like a tiny piece of tech. Weighing in at 3950g this monster is equipped with a micro-4/3rds camera, supports 4k footage. It also is surprisingly compact; the manual folding arms makes it easy to fit into the included travel case.
- The camera features a MTF mount, a micro thirds lens, which lens you receive depends on the model
- Can switch from thermal to natural light modes via the app
- SMV camera has a 4/3” CMOS sensor, allowing you to produce still images at 4,640×3,480 pixels
- The ability to carry a 6.6-pound payload and maintain 30 minutes of flight time
- Rechargeable smart battery
|Cheaper way of interchangeable zoom lenses||Software slightly lacking and outdated|
|3-year 24-hour no-question guarantee||Control might be excessively delicate|
|High-quality case bundled|
Yuneec Typhoon H
Designed specifically for aerial photography and cinematography
- 3-axis anti-vibrational gimbal
- Full 360-degree camera with up to 4k video resolution
- Retractable landing gear
- Autonomous flight with GPS
The Typhoon’s 6 rotor type design helps it stay perfectly stable in flight, even if one of the motors fails randomly. It comes equipped with quick release type propellers that are very easy and simple to install, as well as remove.
The Typhoon features folding arms, so it remains compact and portable while traveling. The sonar collision detection sensor helps the Typhoon H avoid all distractions on the way and keeps your device safe from crashes.
It also comes equipped with real sensor technology which allows it to navigate around objects that are detected by the collision detection sensor.
- Up to one-mile control range
- Expected flight time of 25 minutes travelling at 45mph
- FOV of 115 degrees
- 4k/30fps camera
- 3-axis gimbal
|Advanced features available at a reasonable price range||Not as sturdy as other comparable drone units|
|360 degree shooting capability with a 4k camera||Layout and size aren’t that user-friendly|
|Sonar base object recognition||Charging times can be long|
The Typhoon H’s 6 rotor design allows you to have maximum control over your flight while taking fantastic pictures, it has a fantastic collision detection system and a real nice camera. The drone unit can be folded into a compact size for travel; however, it might take some time to get used to.
The battery does take a bit long to charge, two hours in fact which is a bit of downer for people looking to capture specific footage, besides the battery charging taking while its features and price range make it a very suitable choice. If you are a filmmaker, this drone should cover all your needs with a reasonable price tag of $1 300.
Best suited drone for beginners
- 4K Camera
- $200-$230 price tag
- 720p HD Live view
The Yuneec Breeze is another great and affordable image capture drone. It features optical flow and infrared positioning sensors that allow it to hold its position both indoors and outdoors, without having to require flight experience. The drone is easy to operate for beginners, comes standard with connectivity to social media platforms and comes with 24/h technical assistance.
- Supported flight modes: Pilot mode, selfie mode, Orbit mode, Journey mode and follow me mode.
- Suited for pilots who would like durability, its easy to fly and comes with a camera that has multiple upgrade module options.
- Relatively decent price tag for a starter drone.
|Portable, lightweight and generally can withstand crashes||Poor livestream video quality|
|Easy flight controls and performance
|Short battery life|
|Infrared and optical flow position sensors||Shorter range|
If you’re a beginner looking for a decent drone, the Yuneec Breeze is for you. The price tag is decent, the video quality might not be up to standards with other generations of drones, however, if you’re first starting out this is the drone for you.
Ryze Tello Quadcopter
- Tech Co
- 5-megapixel camera
- 720HD video
- Reasonable price tag of $99
- VR headset compatibility
- Controller compatibility
- Flight time of 13 Minutes
- 100m flight distance
- Throw and go take off
- Intel processor
When we talk about the Ryze Tello Quadcopter, firstly we’re talking about affordability, with a price tag of $99 this drone is by far the most reasonable priced drone on the market. Under the body you’ll find a 14-core intel vision processing chip, flight stabilization tech from DJI and it is relatively easy to fly, with or without experience.
The only downside of this drone is that it doesn’t come standard with a controller, so you will have to fly it with virtual joysticks or by using the smartphone app.
|Cheap and affordable||Low quality video|
|Easy to fly and learn the controls||Doesn’t come standard with a remote controller
|Features all the essentials for a beginner drone||Low battery and flight time of 13 minutes|
For the price tag of $99 this little guy might not have the best quality camera or battery life, it still gets the job done for someone looking to buy a starter drone. It does lack advanced features and might be flimsy, however for the price tag this is without a doubt a decent entry-level drone.
Uvify Draco HD
The best drone for racing
- Uvify Inc
- Modular and customizable
- Extremely quick and nimble
- Good choice for pro’s and beginners
- Low centre of gravity with curved super magnets
- High-strength carbon chassis
- High functional cooling system
- Supports swapping and upgrades of the video system
The Uvify Draco HD, besides being extremely fast and nimble, isn’t super complicated to fly or maintain. You don’t need to be a pro to use this drone. Even when the drone is in stock configuration it’s still extremely fast and nimble.
The Uvify Draco HD is fully customizable which means you are free to upgrade or swap out any of the components such as the camera, motors, video transmitter etc. The max flight speed of the Uvify Draco HD is a whopping 100 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest RTF model drones for beginners and professionals alike.
|Fully customizable and modular||Comes standard with 720p HD video, however, all the components can be upgraded at anytime|
|Strong performance and precise flight controls||Battery life isn’t the best (aggressive flight time of 7 minutes)
Casual flight time of 14-15 minutes
|Extremely fast and nimble while still being easy to fly||Price tag of $699|
The Draco HD is among one of the first professional-grade quadcopters that combine both a high-quality camera with performance and durability. Besides it being completely customizable it’s also extremely fast and easy to fly. It’s able to perform advanced aerial tricks and stunts with precise movement.
Specially designed with kids in mind
- Parrot SA
- Perfect for kids
- Shoots darts
- $120 price tag
- Stable and easy to fly with a range of fun attachments
- High-tech sensors
- Capable of fun acrobatics such as flips or barrel rolls
- Grabber and cannon accessories
- Control flight with your smartphone or parrot fly pad controller
The Parrot Mambo was designed specifically with kids in mind. It features a range of motion sensors and advanced autopilot software that helps maintain the drone’s stability in flight.
It was mainly made to be a fun activity for kids, and it comes with a few attachments such as a cannon attachment, 50 foam cannon balls and a grabber arm which can be used to clamp and carry small objects around.
|Very easy to use||Low battery life with an expected flight time of up to 9 minutes|
|Compatible with a variety of different accessories||The cannon’s firing speed is slow|
|Extremely fun to fly|
This drone shouldn’t be used professionally as it was designed for kids and fun in mind. The range of accessories allows you to customize it for all the fun you and your children could need.
Its flight performance proved well in tests and the take-off and landing commands are very easy to use. Also it’s fairly small, so it won’t be too much of a nuisance around the home.
Flyability Elios 2
For Indoor Inspections
- Designed for confined spaces
- Collision Resilience
- Intuitive flight operations
- Protective frame to avoid crashes
- Confined space accessibility
- Inspect beyond line of sight
- GPS-free stabilization
- Full HD live streaming
Here’s a drone that’s a little different. The Elios 2 is specifically made and designed to be able to collect data through confined spaces – for the use of indoor inspections or exploration.
The Elios 2 can successfully and easily inspect dangerous and confined spaces, while delivering the most accurate and actionable data to make critical maintenance decisions. It comes equipped with collision-tolerance and active intelligence which is built into the flight controller and the motors.
The drone has seven vision stability sensors pointing in all directs, provides GPS-free stabilization and the best part of all: it’s available to anyone. However, you must sign up and download the product offering package to see the price.
The camera on the Eilos 2 comes standard with a full HD 1080p 30 frames per second thermal camera. The Full HD camera offers a total field view of 215 Degrees and a horizontal field of view of 130 degrees.
|Improved safety and reduced downtime||Not for conventional use|
|Full HD and thermal Camera
|Price is only available on request|
|Light and robust protective frame|
The Elios 2 is one of the first drones of its kind, able to conduct accurate data collection while exploring hazardous indoor locations, preciously and quickly.
It’s also collision tolerant and carries its own protective frame. This means that it can access the tightest spaces without any risk of crashing. Instead, it bounces off and rolls onto them to find the safest way to the objective possible.
DJI Agras MG-1
Best Agricultural Drone
- Designed specifically for the use in Agricultural projects
- Can carry more than 10kg of chemical solution
- Radar sensing
- Intelligent memory
- Folding design
- Follows terrain using a microwave radar
- Dust and anti-splash proof
- Interchangeable Nozzle with atomized and comprehensive spraying
The Agras MG-1 is also different from your normal conventional drones. It’s made with the sole purpose to assist with agriculture.
By using the drone’s specific software, a farmer can fly pre-determined routes, acquire images and generate a collection of visual data that can greatly assist with their farming to optimize efficiency and productivity.
The Agras MG-1 can also effortlessly spray crops in an area of around 4000-6000 square meters and can accomplish this task within 10 minutes.
|Easy to use||Doesn’t come standard with an equipped camera|
|Liquid storage tank at the expense of a camera||Costly, with a price tag of $15 000|
|Excellent battery life|
The Agras MG-1 is one of the most sought-after agricultural drones for spraying and other purposes on the market today. It uses an octocopter designed for spraying crops.
The liquid storage tank can be filled with whatever substance you like such as, herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, making it a definite help to farmers, reducing time while delivering efficient data on how to improve certain scenarios.
senseFLy eBee Classic
Specifically Designed for Surveying
- Excellent Battery life with a flight time of 50 minutes
- senseFly SODA camera
- weighs 3kg
- Fully autonomous
- Cruise speed of 40-90 Km/h
- Max flight time of 55 minutes
- Max flight range of 33km
- Automated Landing
The senseFly eBee is another take on newer developed drones. It is fully autonomous and is very easy to use. Designed for capturing high-resolution aerial photographs which you can then map in 3D models.
This drone can cover up to 12km squared in a single automated mapping flight. It comes standard with an equipped RGB camera, battery, radio modem and eMotion software. After which you can use optional software such as Pix4Dmapper to analyse the eBee’s images.
|Safe, efficient and easy to use||Belly landings means possible damage on gravel or high plant and forest areas, landing zones must be planned to be safe|
|Lightweight and sturdy while being extremely fast||Smaller sensor cameras and lower pixel density|
|Excellent battery life||Hand launches might be dangerous without experience|
Whiles the eBee is small and lightweight, it packs a punch in speed and image mapping accuracy. This drone can travel extremely fast with speeds up to 90km/h, is safe and weighs in at just 700g.
Its design allows it to minimize its kinetic energy while autopilot manages a wide range of intelligent failsafe features. Its camera the senseFly S.O.D. A features a 20-megapixel RGB sensor while maintaining a video resolution of 5472 x 3648 pixels which is fantastic quality.
DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual
Designed for Inspections, public safety or even search and rescue
- Visible & thermal imagery cameras
- Integrated radiometric Thermal Sensors
- Multiple display modes
- 4k Video recording resolution at 30 fps
The Mavic 2 Enterprise dual was specifically built and designed to serve sectors involved in public safety, inspections, fire response, law enforcement and even search and rescue.
This drone comes equipped with a 4k sensor for capturing visible light and a FLIP lepton thermal sensor for capturing thermal data. Its 4k camera is capable of 2x optical and 3x digital zoom, the camera itself is stabilized with a 3-axis gimbal equipped on its housing with a side by side 4k sensor for capturing thermal imagery.
With the Mavic 2 Enterprise you can expect flight times of around 20-30 minutes depending on how much energy is being used.
- Camera still image size of 4000 x 3000
- Max video bitrate of 100Mbps
- 4k, 2.7k and FHD video resolutions
|Visible thermal imagery||FLIR camera not in a gimbal, footage can be slightly jittery|
|Adjustable parameters with an intergrade FLIR Thermal sensor||Price tag of $3 199|
|Good battery life|
Besides the FLIR camera not being inside a gimbal, this camera does the job it was designed for extremely well. It’s fast, reliable and safe, while being relatively easy to fly.
However, this drone wouldn’t usually be used for conventional means; it’s an extremely impressive seek and retrieval objective drone with the sole purpose of keeping public sectors safe.
BEST VALUE FOR YOUR WALLET – LEISURE
Parrot Bebop 2
Designed for leisure
- Very reasonable price tag of under $600
- Extremely lightweight and fast
- 25 minutes of battery life
The Bebop 2 is designed specifically for leisure and comes equipped with everything you would want from a drone that costs under $600. Equipped with an improved 3-axis accelerometer and ultrasound sensor, this drone is one of the best for the price.
It comes with a return to home feature where you can set desired waypoints for the drone to land after flight, or after it runs out of battery. The camera housed in the Bebop 2 comes standard with a 14-megapixel fisheye lens, which is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 frames per second with decent image quality.
The best part about what makes this guy so popular though, is the speed; it can reach a height of 100 m in just 18 seconds after take-off, making it a very fast and highflying drone.
- Can fly uninterrupted for 25 minutes or less
- Great stability controls
- control range of up to 2km
- Free flight app
|Extremely lightweight||Camera functions haven’t been improved much from the previous version|
|Respectable camera with fisheye lens||Images might sometimes slightly distort|
| Able to capture 14-megapixel shots with stable movement
|The control sticks might become unresponsive before its extended service range|
Overall, the Bebop 2 shines in features for its price tag. It’s extremely fast, lightweight and easy to control. The fisheye lens equipped on the camera makes for some excellent footage.
It can also autonomously fly when you use the free flight app; you can set waypoints using a tablet and GPS functions and it can return to those waypoints after flight. For under $600 this drone shines. If you’re just looking for something to have fun with and take some good pictures or video, the Bebop 2 is an excellent choice.
Dji Mavic Mini
Designed for aerial Photography
- Lightweight weighing at 250g
- 30 minutes estimated flight time
- Price tag of $399
The DJI Mavic Mini Comes equipped with a 12 Megapixel 2.7k camera which is supported on a 3-axis motorized gimbal to assist with stability, allowing you to capture superior, clear and ultra-smooth footage on demand.
- Comes with two extra batteries and a 360-degree propeller guard
- Video resolutions of 2.7k at 30 frames per second or 1080p at 60 frames per second
- Can be connected out of the box via Wi-Fi to your phone
|Very Lightweight||No Manual controls|
|High quality stabilized camera||Can be a challenge to fly depending on weather conditions|
|Low cost, excellent battery life, automated cinematic camera movements||Doesn’t support RAW or HDR images or 4k video resolution|
Overall the DJI Mavic Mini is an excellent, affordable and lightweight aerial photography drone. You can capture some amazing quality footage without spending an arm and a leg. Even with all the equipment, this little guy weighs only 250g.
The only downside is that it lacks obstacle and collision detection, so, depending on the conditions you would need to have some amount of flight experience to avoid crashes and incur damages.
Drone X Pro
Designed for leisure and photography
- Drone X
- 720PHD rotating camera
- 120-degree wide angle lens
- One key take-off and landing
The Drone X Pro is extremely easy to set up and use. It comes equipped with a 720PHD camera with a wide-angle lens, this drone will help you take some great photographs while still being very lightweight and portable.
It comes equipped with flight tracking which helps you plan your trajectory in advance. The flight time, however, only lasts about 10 minutes.
- LED nightlight for night-time use
- WiFi connection makes it easy to transfer data in real time
- Affordable with a price tag of just over $180
|Perfect personal camera for the price||You might need experience to fly without training|
|Great stability in flight||Short battery life|
|Designed to capture wide angles with a compact size and aesthetic design||Might not survive crashes|
Overall the Drone X pro is a great catch for a price tag of $180 making it affordable and being able to do exactly what it was intended to do. It has high quality features such as folding blades, a slow-motion mode to reply your highlights, a wide-angle lens and built-in gravity sensors with collision detection.
This drone offers a great range of features for its price, while still being able to capture high quality photos and videos.
BEST OF THE BEST SELFIE DRONE
The ultimate selfie drone
- Video resolution of 4k 60 frames per second
- 23 minutes battery life
- Max range of 3.5Km/2.1 miles with controller
- Max speed of 58kph/37mph
The Skydio 2 features a really advanced onboard AI-supercomputer which is more powerful than two core i7’s, however, it’s small enough to draw little to enough power. It comes equipped with extensive subject tracking abilities which means it might not need a pilot at all, except for its artificial intelligence.
The main camera is a 12-megapixle stabilized 4k model which offers up to 60 frames per second which is great for capturing slow-motion footage.
- Equipped with 6 cameras on its extremities adding over 45 megapixels of live data for the AI system
- Can follow a runner, cyclist or ATV driver down a forest path while avoiding trees and obstacles
|Incredible tracking technology||Cannot track pets or animals|
|Full range of shooting modes/angles||Limited Wi-Fi range unless you buy a controller|
|Better priced than the previous Skydio R1||Battery life is average|
Priced at $999 this drone is capable of doing some tasks that other drones might find impossible.
The software they use is powered by Nvidia Jetson this drone can fly itself and follow you on your outdoor activities while being able to avoid a wide range of obstacles, giving you the freedom to enjoy your day while the drone captures your favourite moments.
- Smaller Hull
- Intelligent flying modes
- Avoidance system
- Price tag $500
- Camera comes equipped with a mechanical gimbal
- Flight Autonomy
- Intelligent Battery
- Flight protection
- 50km/h speed with a 2km HD Wi-Fi Video transmission
The DJI Spark comes equipped with a variety of features packed into a smaller hull. This drone is tiny compared to others of its kind, this is useful for its purpose as this drone was designed purely for taking selfies and pictures.
The DJI spark comes with a 12-megapixle camera that can easily shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second and also comes standard with a two-axis gimbal which mechanically assists with stabilizing the camera to cancel out any shaky rapid movement, which in turn results in smoother, better looking footage.
|Reasonable price tag||Shorter flight times|
|Portable and lightweight||Slightly outdated camera|
|Intelligent flight modes||Lower wind resistance|
Overall, the DJI Spark has everything an aspiring photographer could want, if you’re just starting out. The 12-megapixle 1080p 30 frames per second camera might not cut it for advanced professional work, however, it has everything you could need for an entry level drone.
If battery life and low flight times are a concern you could buy two additional batteries. Also, if your location is prone to high wind speeds, you might want to consider purchasing a sturdier, stronger model. Besides that, this drone is affordable, and comes with a variety of intelligent flight modes to suite any of your photographic needs.
BEST BANG FOR YOUR WALLET
- Extremely lightweight and portable
- Ultrasonic and optical Positioning system
- 4k Video resolution at 30 frames per second
Another fantastic image capture drone is the ZeroTech Dobby. This drone is tiny and weighs in at 199g including the battery. It comes equipped with a 4K camera and can take photographs at an image resolution of 4208 x 3120.
Another real bonus is that this drone can be carried in your pocket and it’s also foldable – all of this for a decent price of $199.00.
- Effective range of 328 feet
- Integrated into social media sharing
- Flight time of 9 minutes
|Extremely small and lightweight||Low profile propellers limit take-off and landing|
|Works with Android and IOS||Video can sometimes be wobbly or shaky with short film times|
|GPS Stabilization and return-to-home feature||Low battery life|
Overall the ZeroTech dobby is another fantastic entry level, or leisure drone. Its capable of taking care of all of your basic photographic needs, is extremely small, weighs next to nothing and is affordable.
BEST BANG FOR YOUR WALLET
Foldable, best for travel
- Video resolution: 4K HDR 30 frames per second
- Max range of 4KM
- Battery life of 25 minutes
The Parrot Anafi is a very portable lightweight drone, coming equipped with a 4k camera and a 180-degree vertical-turn gimbal which supports zoom. It has a max speed of 55kph and is priced at $699.
- Equipped with autonomous take-off and landing
- GPS-Based return to home feature
- Comes with Parrot Anafi FPV
|Very portable||Only 2-axis control|
|4k 100mbps video with HDR||Some features are in-app purchases|
|180-degree vertical-turn gimbal and zoom||No obstacle collision detection|
The Anafi proves to be another fantastic travelling and portable drone to help you capture video and images on demand. The Anafi comes with Anafi FPV which combines this drone with heads-up display or first-person view goggles for a fully immersive flying experience.
Overall, for the price tag this drone really gives the best bang for your wallet when it comes to an intermediate drone for travel. You will, however, need some flight experience as this model leaves the task for avoiding obstacles up to the pilot.
DJI Mavic Air
Designed to be portable and foldable
- Battery life of 21 minutes
- 4k 60 frames per second video resolution
- Max range of 10KM/6.2mi and a max speed of 68Kph/43 mph
Another great choice for portability and travel, the DJI Mavic Air comes equipped with a fantastic 4k camera and has its own object avoidance system with course correction, it weighs in at 430g.
The battery life is a little questionable, however, it makes up for its low battery time with a high amount of computing power.
- Extremely portable
- Exceptional avoidance system
|Portable/foldable||Low flight time and battery life|
|4k video at 100Mbp||Need to spend extra on a case|
|Object avoidance and course correction||Slightly fiddly might not take to damage very well, might need some flight experience|
The Mavic Air is a fantastic choice for portability and quality. The camera is fantastic and besides having all the odds and ends, this drone comes with front, downward and rear-facing distance sensors. The Mavic Air is capable of identifying obstacles and not just warning the pilot, but also plotting a course to avoid a wall or tree if needed.
BEST OF THE BEST – PORTABLE
Autel Robotics Evo
Foldable and compact, designed for travel
- Bright vivid and eye-catching colours
- Fast position locking with both GPS and GLONASS satellite connection
- 26 minutes flight time
Priced at $999 the Autel Robotics Evo comes with a range of cool features such as a camera that can record footage at 4k 60 frames per second resolution, while still being able to be extremely portable and compact. It’s also easy to spot; its bright orange body and black struts makes it easy to identify against a bright sky.
- Can fly up to 70kph/44mph
- Comes equipped with Geofence, when enabled the drone won’t fly farther away from the launch point than the intended limit
- Includes a remote control with a pause button allowing you to stop the Evo and hover it in place
|Compact folding design||Default video profile is over sharpened|
|Stable 4k video up to 60 frames per second||Memory card door is not very tight|
|Obstacle avoidance system, while still maintaining a solid battery life||Not as many safety features as other drones|
The bottom line is the Autel Robotics Evo is a very solid small drone with a decent strong battery life, a stabilized 4k camera, and a fantastic obstacle detection system. The price tag on this guy is $999.00
DJI MAVIC 2 Zoom
Best rated for shooting long-range video
- 2x Optical Zoom
- Lush 4k video with 12-megapixel camera
- Battery life of 31 minutes
- Max range of 8km/5mi
The Mavic 2 Zoom has the same components as its predecessor the Mavic 2 pro. Both drones are pretty much the same size and weight; they’re also both equipped with the same multi-directional obstacle avoidance system.
In fact, the only difference between the two is the camera they are equipped with. The zoom forfeits image resolution to favour a 2x optical zoom with a 35mm format which is the equivalent focal length of 24-48mm. The video quality doesn’t really change.
- Priced at $1,299 excluding the fly more kit bundle. The price including the fly more bundle is $1,795.00.
- 4k video up to 30 frames per second or 2.7k up to 60 frames per second
- Captures impressive raw hi-res aerial still images
|Impressive optical zoom||Depending on the reason for buying this drone you might not use the zoom as much|
|Range of uninterrupted signal distance||Price of this unit is quite high as well as the price of batteries|
|Obstacle avoidance system|
Overall the Mavic 2 zoom is one unit that you would only purchase for the use of its 2x optical zoom feature. Still, equipped with a high-quality camera and avoidance system, this drone is fantastic for aerial photography or videos where a hi-res zoom is required.