Your quick look guide to photography drones
Drone’s are seemingly everywhere at the minute, all over the news, congesting the skies, getting caught in our hedges and powerlines seemingly everyday… Okay not quite, but you get the idea – there’s a drone obsession at the minute flooding the globe and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down – quite the opposite if anything. Drone fever is snowballing and well, we want to make sure that if you’re looking to get in on the action that you go for a product that you’ll not only love – but will be perfect for your purposes. Whether you want to become competitive in the field, pick it up as a hobby or invest in your business or workplace – we’re here to help by giving you a quick look guide to photography drones.
1. DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
This little quadcopter is one of the most important little drones available on the market with a whole host of fantastic features to brag about for the reasonable $1000 price tag:
A fantastic motorised gimbal system
A 4K camera with a fixed aperture of f/2.2 –Meaning a great quality picture, even in low light.
A 12MP resolution camera for impressive stills.
It’s foldable and portable, something that’s often rare in high quality drone photography.
It has a super long range of upto 7 km in perfect conditions, that’s absolutely plenty for anybody.
An expected 30 minutes of flight time.
Great GPS and return home features.
Front sensors for detecting obstacles and for stopping in time.
For the price, we really can’t think of any disadvantages.
2. Xiaomi MI 4K Drone
The Xiaomi 4K drone comes in at the cheapest of the drone’s I’m talking about today and with a price tag of around $500 – it’s hard to make a bad case for it. With amazing photo and video results – you’ll be treated to:
An amazing motorised gimbal system
The ability to shoot 4K photos (12.4 mp) and video with the option of slow-motion in lower resolution with higher FPS
A respectable range of 3km/
An expected battery life of 27 minutes
A great GPS system with return home function when the battery begins to run low
There are however a few drawbacks with the drone – as you’d expect from the lower price – but don’t get discouraged by the Xiaomi:
It’s not quite as portable
It is louder
It doesn’t have the front facing sensors to stop before impact
3. DJI Phantom 4 Professional
The DJI Phantom 4 professional is probably the world’s worst kept secret in aerial photography and for good reason too. The $1500 package comes with all kinds of goodies to keep you well and truly pleased with your purchase:
The 4K camera that we’re used to now has been improved with the addition of a 1-inch sensor meaing low light photography will be less noisy compared to previous iterations
The 20mp sensor is sure to deliver amazing quality photo and video.
The drone is fully capable to shoot in 4K in 60fps and Full HD in 120FPS
You’ll also get a mechanical shutter (just like your DSLR), which means you’ll be getting a smooth video image and no rolling shutter effect
There’s sensors in 5 directions, 2 front, 2 side and a bottom sensor for landing – meaning it’s super secure to fly
Expect a 30 minute flight time and a 7km range, it’s the best drone for the money
There’s only really one disadvantage in it’s portability which – as a bit if a bulkier drone – can be difficult to cart around places – making travel a bit of an issue with the device.