What Camera Drone Should I Buy?
Over the past several months I have found myself coming up with excuses to purchase a drone. I don’t mean one of those cheap, plastic things you see on market stands. I mean a proper drone.
With drone technology coming on leaps and bounds in a short space of time, you can now easily catch beautiful, cinematic footage, on a fairly decent budget. There are many cheap models available and to be honest, they are great fun to use, although you do get what you pay for in terms of quality. Anybody looking for higher quality will of course have to expect to pay a higher price.
In the list below, you will find the best drones on the market at the moment.
The DJI Mavik Pro is a very powerful little drone. It has 4.3 Mi (7km) range and has a built in 4K video camera. The Mavic Pro also has built in Sky Autonomy technology built in, which can detect obstacles up to 49ft (15) away. Create action shots easily with the Active Track feature which allows you to follow your subject 3 different angles. The drone is controlled with its own remote controller which has a built in screen for monitoring. Small enough to fit in your backpack, the Mavic has got to be a top contender for anyone considering buying a drone.
The majority of the early drones required an additional camera attached to it. Since most of the top drones have built in cameras now, it makes sense why GoPro would design their own drone. The GoPro Karma comes with a GoPro HERO5 Black camera, Seperate remote controler with built in HD screen. Automatic takeoff and landing feature. Included in the package is the Karma Grip, a handheld gimble, simply detach the GoPro camera from the drone for ultra steady handheld shots. Its lightweight and folds down to a neat package so you can take it just about anywhere.
The Phantom series from DJI have been very popular, and have attributed to the rise in popularity of drones and the build qualily. Since DJI dominate the drone market due to its high quality products, competition has needed to up its game in order to compete. With 2 latest models available at the moment, the Phantom 3 and Phantom 4. Both of which offer slight different variations calling them Advanced, Pro or Basic models. The Phantom drones all come with remote control but does not have any screen for monitoring. For this you will need to use the App on your smart phone or tablet. The newer models now have built in 4K cameras, but early models require a GoPro attached, which need to be purchased separately.
The smallest and cheapest drone in the list. The Bebop 2 is capable of recording HD 1080p film and around 25 minutes flying time. Unlike the previous drones in this list, the Parrot Bebop 2 is controlled using your mobile device. The image quality is fairly decent but at half the price of the higher end of the scale you can expect to see some differences in quality. The unit does not feel too cheap, but compared to other, more expensive model, you know where your money went. All in all not a bad little camera drone for the price.
Quickly catching up DJI in popularity is Yuneec. And looking at the selection of drones they offer its easy to see why. The Typhoon H caught our attention. Fully packed with professional features such as a UHD 4k built-in camera. 360° gimble rotation and 98° field of view. The drone is controlled by the ST16, an integrated transmitter, receiver and Android platform which gives you full control over the drone including programming autonomous routes and capturing video. All displayed on a 7” screen