The DJI Mavic Air is an older model so you can get it at a discount price. It has all the major features you would expect a high-end drone to have. It can follow a subject around, perfect for shooting action scenes like a snowboarder. It also has pre-recorded paths to animate your scene even more. It films in 4K at 60 frames per second. The battery life is standard for a drone this size, one charge will last you about 21-minutes of flying time. The drone comes with a three battery pack option which I recommend, this will give you an hour of flying time. The DJI Mavic Air is foldable and fits in a backpack or a cargo pocket. This is the best drone on the market when it comes to price vs quality.
The Mavic 2 Pro comes with with features that allow you to follow a subject around like the Mavic Air. Its filming capabilities are superior and it shoots the best videos. Its stabilizing technology makes it better than any other consumer available drone. It also has better features like its hyper-lapse option. The Mavic 2 Pro is also foldable making it easy to carry around. Never loose your drone with the return to home feature.
The EVO by Autel is DJIs biggest competition, it has similar features but one stands out, its bright color. The EVO has an an eye catching orange color scheme making it easy to spot in the sky. The EVO is 5″x5″x10″ so it can fit in most bags. When it runs out of batterie the “return to take off” function is automatically switched on. It can also avoid obstacles in its flight path. It has an advertised batterie life of 30 minutes but expect it to last around 25 minutes. The EVO films in 4k at 60fps and produces amazing quality videos.
The best price for a quality drone, you can get the Parrot Bebop 2 for under $200 at Amazon. Although it doesn’t film in 4K the Bebop 2 shoots video in full 1080P HD at 30fps. This small drone uses an app as its controller, you can use any smartphone or tablet to control it. The Bebop 2 also has a VR option where you see as if you where in the cockpit of the drone. But this is not recommended because most state laws demand you to have your drone is sight at all times.
The Parrot Anafi has a surprising image quality with a 180 degree vertical range. It has a 2.8X zoom and films in 4K at 60fps. The Parrot Anafi is not recommended for people new to flying drones. It doesn’t have a collision avoidance feature. But its flying modes are impressive – Orbit, Boomerang, Parabola and Tornado. This is the perfect drone for experienced users.
The Mavic Pro is an older model so its is less expensive then ever before. It also packs some surprising specs. With a flying speed of 40mph and a battery life of 25 minutes this small portable drone still makes the cut. It films in 4K at 30fps or HD in 96fps which is good for a compact drone. The Mavic Pro comes with a dedicated remote that uses your smartphones screen as a display. With a range of 4.3 miles you can film almost any scene.
Best consumer available drone but it comes with a price tag. The Inspire 2 films in stunning 5K with a 30MP camera. It has a good flying time of 25 minutes using twin batteries. Perfect for shooting movie scenes on a budget. With a top speed of 58mph you can follow almost any subject. Built to withstand a beating with an aluminum shell and carbon fibre arms. Geared with collision sensors the Inspire 2 avoids objects 90 feet ahead. This drone is perfect for an indie film studio or to film special outdoor events.
The Dobby is another affordable drone that fits in your pocket. But it films in 4K and is great to take live action selfies. Take it on vacation or film your outdoor activities. Don’t expect too much out of this drone it does have its limitations like the 90 feet range. But you can take it anywhere. The Dobby also has some fun features like palm takeoff and landing so you can use it indoors. It also has a surprising 10 minutes of flying time on a single charge. The Dobby can also orbit and has object tracking.
The drone anyone can fly. The Spark is a compact selfie drone you can control by moving your hand. It has amazing feature like obstacle avoidance and tracking capabilities. This drone is fast for its size at 31mph. Its also very compact and only measures 2.2″x5.6″x5.6″. Flying time will last about 15 minutes. The video quality is not bad 1080p HD at 30fps. The Spark is perfect for beginners because it is the easiest drone to control. But don’t expect filming movie quality scenes with this drone. Its perfect for beginners and for travellers.
The Mavic 2 Zoom is another drone by DJI. It is perfect for filming outdoor scenes in 4K at 30fps. Its camera has a 2X zoom with no quality loss. The Mavic 2 Zoom packs a punch with features like obstacle detection and HD stitch image mode. Its 2x optical zoom films stunning scenes without compromising the picture quality. The Mavic 2 Zoom uses gimbal stabilization to deliver steady 4K video. The Mavic 2 Zoom is one of the best drones for semi-professionals and professionals. DJI has donne it again by delivering a quality compact drone at an affordable price.