PHOTOGRAPHY HAS NEVER BEEN THIS HOT
Drones allow you to take new videos and photos that are unparalleled, allowing even the amateur photographer to capture never before seen angles. If you’ve heard of a drone in the news, you’ve probably seen or heard of one of these drones in the list below. While people tend to use drones for a variety of different reasons, the most people include exploring the world from new angles and perspectives, experiencing what it feels like to fly, and capturing memories in a completely new way.
LIST OF CAMERA DRONES
Below you will find a list of the most popular camera drones for sale right now, with the best drones being at the top. One thing to note after taking a look at this list is that DJI is King. Their drones are top notch, best quality, and offers the most stable high-quality footage you’ll find on the market. While the GoPro Karma and 3DR Solo are viable options, I would not recommend them due to their battery and image quality issues.
TOP CAMERA DRONES
The main feature of the Phantom 4 is the added 3D cameras and new computer hardware for mapping out environments in three dimensional space. This is what allows it to avoid obstacles and maneuver around them. However, features like obstacle avoidance aren’t the only thing that puts the Phantom 4 above all the other drones out there.
From a design standpoint, the Phantom 4 is made extremely well. It’s not the kind of drone where it just looks cool. Every part has been designed to be functional, but still elegant.
Recently, DJI has expanded their customer support team and now they even have DJI Care, which is like a damage protection plan for drones. With DJI Care, you can send your Phantom 3, Phantom 4, or even Inspire 1 to DJI and they will fix it for free even if the crash was your fault.
One of the best drones for sale right now is the Phantom 4. Here are some of the features that make the Phantom 4 my favorite video drone.
- 4K Video with 12 Megapixel Photos
- HD Video Streaming to your Mobile Device (over 4 mile range in good conditions)
- Powerful Mobile App (just like the DJI Inspire)
- Longer Battery Life (over 22-28 minutes)
- Advanced 3D Vision Positioning for More Stable Flight
- Front Facing Obstacle Avoidance
- Active Visual Subject Tracking Technology
- Quick Release Propellers
- Free In-app Flight Simulator for Learning to Fly
Let me just start off by saying, if you ever get a chance to see this drone in person, you’re going to want one for yourself. With a design that looks like it came from a sci-fi movie, the inspire 2 is the most professional ready-to-fly drone you can buy.
The DJI Inspire 2 is probably one of the most advanced quadcopters I’ve ever seen. There isn’t much that the Inspire 2 CAN’T do. it comes standard with all of the features of the Phantom 4 Professional, but with a much bigger, cooler and higher quality design. It’s almost twice as big and twice as fast as the Phantom 4 and with it’s transforming design, the propellers will almost never be seen in your videos. Additionally, the Inspire 2 comes with a 4K camera on a 360 degree panning gimbal, which means that you can control the motion of the camera completely independently of the Inspire 2. This makes it great for dual pilot operation, but also for getting locked in shots in almost any wind conditions.
For Professional video use, the Inspire 2 comes in two other variants with superior image quality to even the most expensive aerial platforms in its size. If you need a high-quality camera for shooting pro quality video The Inspire 2 Pro is a version of the Inspire 2 that features a micro-four-thirds 4K camera with 13 stops of dynamic range, interchangeable lenses and a sensor that’s 8 times larger than the standard Inspire 2 camera.
I can’t cover everything about the Inspire 2 in this article, but one thing that I will talk about is that this is not something that you would buy your 10 year old son as a gift. The Inspire 1 is fairly expensive and is mainly for people who want an amazing tool for aerial photography, videography, search and rescue, 3D mapping, or any other professional application. That being said, the Inspire 2 is actually one of the easiest drones to use and fly out there. So whether you have a real use for this drone, or you just want something that will impress all of your friends, the Inspire 2 is definitely something worth looking into.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is one of the more technologically advanced drones for sale right now. It’s the AR Drone’s smaller, smarter, faster and more expensive little brother.
Just like the AR Drone, you can control the Bebop with your iPhone or Android device. But with the Bebop, there’s an optional SkyController which will allow you to have real joystick controls, extended range, HDMI output and a few other cool things.
The Bebop has a lot of improvements over the AR Drone 2.0, but the most interesting feature is the video system. It has a 14 megapixel camera with a 180 degree field-of-view fisheye lens. Since the camera lens has such a wide field-of-view and a really fast processor, the Bebop is able to take the full 14 megapixel image, fix the image distortion (eliminating the fisheye effect), stabilize the image, then send the live video back to your phone. What all that means is that you’ll be getting a digitally stabilized standard definition video feed straight to your phone. At the same time, It also records digitally stabilized 1080p video to the 8GB of onboard memory.
The Parrot Bebop is a really cool drone, but there’s a few issues that I have with it. The first is that the video stream seems to have a lot of lag, making it unusable for really fast and precise FPV (first-person-view) flying.
The second problem is the price. The price for the Bebop is $499 USD. It’s not a bad price, but you have to use your smartphone to fly it, which means that you won’t have precise controls unless you buy the optional $400 SkyController (making it $899 USD total). A lot of people are also having reliability problems with the Bebop. Take this review from The Verge for example.
Overall, I think that the Bebop will be very popular “as a cool tech gadget” for the Christmas season, but I can’t see it being used for professional video in the same way that people use the Phantom 2 and Phantom 3. On the other hand, it’s a pretty good price (not including the SkyController), so I guess it wouldn’t be a bad gift idea.