The top 10 drones for stunning 4K video, pin-sharp photos and aerial selfies
Drones have taken the market and our hearts by storm and not without a reason. They’re basically small helicopters which you can control and explore your surroundings with. Not to mention how amazing the videos recorded from these babies are. Did I mention how fun they actually are to play with?
Who wouldn’t like them? That’s why this list has been devised- to bring you the top drones on the market right now. More specifically, the best camera drone. From beginners to experts, there's a camera drone for everyone and every budget here.
In the very near future, drones are likely to be regulated more heavily than they are currently. We're not saying that's a bad thing – it's long overdue – but that does make right now a good time to buy one. But how do you know which is the best drone for you? There are a number of factors to consider, so let's dig deeper.
so here are our top 10 drones that you can buy today,.
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With the fly more combo offered in the package, you will be able to obtain extra dynamic videos and images for your professional needs.
This drone is also foldable, thereby easy to carry anywhere you desire. The 4K camera also offers a unique look on the world, from a bird’s eye.
Impressively enough, this baby goes up to 40mphs. If that wasn’t enough, it also has enforced obstacle avoidance combined with sensor redundancy,
The Mavic Air is small, fast and can do a lot of neat tricks. It can track moving subjects, boomerang around them on a pre-coordinated path, and take spherical video as if it's crashing down to earth to capture your ultimate drone selfie.
The Mavic Air’s hand controller is smaller than the Mavic Pro’s and it doesn’t come with an LCD screen so you’ll need to rely solely on the data and picture feed to your smartphone or mini tablet. But that’s no big issue as long as your mobile has enough battery.
The 4K video quality from the Air’s robust 3-axis camera system is generally on a par with the larger Mavic Pro while its 12mp photos are arguably more detailed and blessed with better contrast. It can also take four styles of panorama images and it does this all by itself. Simply select the panorama function and the drone hovers in one spot while it takes a series of images from different angles (with no pilot input) which it them stitches together to produce a seamless widescreen vista.
Like the Spark, the Air can also be controlled with palm gestures or a mobile phone; handy additions for those times when you can’t be bothered to dig out the supplied hand controller. That said, flying with the hand controller is far and away the most satisfying way to operate it. It also lets you fly much further – up to 4km (2.48 miles) away and back again on a battery that lasts around 21 minutes.
3. DJI Spark
The DJI Spark is the company's most approachable drone. With its incredibly cool gesture controls that make you feel like a Jedi and its different colored body shells, it's definitely more fun out of the box than a lot of the others on this list.
It is easily controlled using your smartphone, but it's worth noting that that's the only controller you're going to have unless you fancy buying a separate controller. It's definitely affordable in terms of drones, but still we would like to have a controller thrown in for good measure.
The Spark comes with front obstacle avoidance and is rock steady when flown indoors or out. Its camera shoots very acceptable 1080p video and 12-megapixel photos and is equipped with a two-axis mechanical stabiliser for relatively smooth video footage. The battery provides around 16 minutes of flight time, which can be considered quite decent for a drone of this size.
It's an incredibly light drone, unsurprisingly as it's the size of a can. This is both one of its greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses as it's super easy to carry around in your bag, but will be affected by wind during flight.
Rather like a car manufacturer launching different variants of the same model, DJI’s Mavic 2 Zoom has the same DNA as its stablemate the Mavic 2 Pro. Both birds are the same size and pretty much the same weight (the Pro is a measly 2g heavier), and they’re both equipped with the same multi-directional obstacle avoidance systems and the very same internals. In fact, the only difference between the two is the camera they’re equipped with.
Where the Pro comes with a Hasselblad camera replete with one-inch sensor for professional, high quality aerial photography, the Zoom forfeits image resolution in favour of a 2x optical zoom with a 35mm format equivalent focal length of 24-48mm. However, when it comes to 4K video, both models boast the same rosy specs (4K at up to 30fps, 2.7K at up to 60fps, 1080p at up to 120fps), so this is the model to buy if you plan to shoot far more video than you do stills.
You might not use the zoom facility much, mind, but it certainly comes into its own when you want to shoot animals without scaring them off or getting closer to an interesting subject.
Of course, one of the first things most new owners will do is select the DollyZoom function from the Mavic 2 Zoom's submenu and bore the world of YouTube with a surfeit of Vertigo-style snippets of themselves standing in front of a large subject like a monument or a mountain, while the whole background lunges forward behind them as if it were pumped up on steroids. It’s a brilliant effect used by Hitchcock, Spielberg and other directors but it will probably soon wear thin.
Battery life: 25 mins
Range: 4.3 miles
Camera resolution: 12.35MP
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It's now been superseded by the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, but this is still one of the best consumer drones around - and now it's more affordable too. Until the DJI Spark came along, the Mavic Pro was the smallest drone in DJI's lineup. Don't let its diminutive size fool you though – this pint-sized flyer boasts the kind of performance that DJI's larger drones are famous for.
The camera is mounted on a gimbal, which is unusual for drones of this size. It delivers fantastic results with both photos and video in good lighting, although the small size of the sensor means low-light shooting can sometimes be tricky. The Mavic Pro has a top speed of around 40 mph, so it's no slouch in that department, and the battery is good for around 20 to 25 minutes of aerial action.
As is the case with other DJI drones, the Mavic Pro comes with a dedicated remote control that uses your phone's display to show you exactly what the device is seeing. Range is quoted as being over four miles, giving you the opportunity to capture some amazing stills and video without worrying about the connection dropping.
This folding pocket drone is smaller than an iPhone and cheaper than the DJI Spark although, it should be said, it doesn’t sport nearly as many features.
Dobby is easy to get off the ground and can fly up to 100 metres away via Wi-Fi from any iOS or Android device. Just unfold the prop arms, sync your phone and open the DoFun app. Now launch Dobby from the ground or toss it out of your hand and tap one of its intelligent flight modes – face/target tracking, video selfie, orbit and somersault. You can even control it with your voice, though I can’t see many British people over the age of 12 using this feature in public.
Dobby can shoot in 4K but only when digital stabilization (EIS) is off. As soon as you switch EIS on – and you need to, realistically – the image is cropped to 1080p. Also, because the camera’s angle can’t be controlled from the app, you’ll need to tilt it manually to your preferred angle before take off.
Dobby takes pretty good 13 megapixel stills but, because its camera doesn’t have a gimbal, you do get an awful lot of rolling shutter (jelly-like movement) when shooting videos. This is fixed to some degree by the tiny ND filter they now ship with the drone but it’s still far from perfect.
In a nutshell, the supremely portable Dobby may not be much use as a cinematic video drone unless there's almost zero wind, but it is brilliant for taking selfie snaps and short video bites.
7. DJI Tello
DJI Tello is the cheaper option for those who do not want to invest much. It is controlled using a smartphone. It is really compact and easy to carry. It features a 5 megapixels HD camera can record 720p videos. It also features electronic image stabilization.
It can also go 50 meters above ground level. It also offers a flight time of around 13 minutes. If you are a beginner and want a drone camera to learn how to fly and shoot from it, go with DJI Tello. If you were looking for a cheap but best drone camera, this is for you.
Syma X8HG RC Quadcopter Drone has a good altitude hold making it easier to concentrate on flying with 6 axis gyro, Quad is pretty stable even in strong which helps in getting excellent HD video quality with 8mp camera.
it has a 360 degree eversion and colorful flashing lights, which helps in keeping your drone for night flying.