There are many camera drones flying around the market these days. You can find cameras on uber-small mini drones all the way up to hyper-expensive professional rigs.
With this amount of camera drones out there, it can be tough to know which to buy, especially if you are a professional pilot and your work depends (in part) on your equipment.
In this article, I’m going to break down what I think are the five best all-around camera drones. These drones come with powerful cameras and a full suite of features to make aerial photographers and videographers happy.
Let’s get to it:
1. DJI Phantom 4
My vote for the best all-around drone on the market right now goes to the DJI Phantom 4.
It comes with all of the features a pilot could hope for:
- A powerful 4K camera that shoots 12 megapixel stills
- Obstacle avoidance technology
- Powerful motors for high speeds and strong lift
- DJI’s reliable software
- Autonomous flight modes
- And a whole lot more
For the features and capabilities you get, its current price of $1,199 is more than reasonable. It’s a great quadcopter if you’re serious about your shots and you want a drone that you can use for years to come.
2. Yuneec Typhoon H
If you’re looking for a competitor to the Phantom 4, this is it.
This is the Yuneec Typhoon H. It’s a hexacopter (six blades) that comes with some powerful technology.
First, its six blades give it added lift and power. It can fly for up to 25 minutes while filming in 4K resolution.
The hexacopter also relays a live first-person-view feed that you can view in real time in 720p. This allows you to make sure you’re getting the most accurate shots possible.
The Typhoon H is also manufactured so that it’s landing gear rises up during flight, to give your camera a full 360-degree view.
This is a great drone for aerial filming.
3. DJI Inspire 1 PRO
The Inspire 1 PRO was truly made for the serious filmmaker or photographer.
Like the Typhoon H, its legs move up and out of the camera’s view during flight, and they come back down when the quadcopter lands.
With the DJI Go app, you can make intricate adjustments to your drone’s controls and camera mid-flight. And the quadcopter comes with four intelligent flight modes for autonomous flight (Point of Interest, Waypoints, Course Lock, and Home Lock).
It’s tough to go wrong with the Inspire 1.
4. DJI Phantom 3 Professional
In terms of price-to-features ratio, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional can’t be beaten.
It’s going for less than $900, and you get a fully-featured professional quadcopter.
It comes with a 4K camera standard and a Vision Positioning system that allows stable flight indoors. You can also stream a live video feed of the camera’s view in 720p, and it has a nice flight time of about 23 minutes, which is great for making sure you get the shots you want.
Its control distance of 5km also ensures that you will almost never lose control of your quadcopter mid-flight.
The Phantom 3 Professional makes for one of the best all-around camera quadcopters around.
5. 3DR Solo
The 3DR Solo is one of the coolest quadcopters on the market.
It comes with Smart Shots, which helps even novice pilots take great quality video and images.
It’s the only drone that can deliver an HD stream from your GoPro to your mobile device and allow you to adjust your GoPro’s setting mid-flight. The controller is also designed similar to video game controllers, making it comfortable and natural to use.
You can adjust the camera angle, presets, auto takeoff, return to home, and pause at any time from the ground.
With a flight time of 20 minutes, Solo is a pioneer in autonomous flight and video/image capture.
Over to You
These are what I believe to be the best all-around camera drones on the market. What do you think is the best all-around camera drone?
Let me know in the comments below.
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