Best Premium Camera Drone
The Mavic 3 Pro is the proud flagship of the Mavic 3 series and the first consumer/prosumer drone in the world to feature a triple-camera setup. The most flexible Mavic drone to date, it features a 20MP Four Thirds main camera, along with a 70mm wide-angle camera and a 166mm telephoto camera. The Mavic 3 Pro has superb overall image quality, but its weight of more than 31.74 ounces (900 grammes) puts it in the restricted C2 European drone category, along with versions that are even lighter.
Identical to the original Mavic 3/Mavic 3 Cine/Mavic 3 Classic, the main camera is a 20MP Four Thirds Hasselblad. The camera has the largest dynamic range of the three at 12.8 stops and an aperture that can be adjusted from f/2.8 to f/11.
Video resolution is available up to 5.1K in Normal, HLG (hybrid log-gamma high dynamic range), and 10-bit D-Log M profiles at 200Mbps, while three Apple Pro Res options offer a significantly higher bitrate for professional workflows. 5.1K can be shot at up to 50fps, DCI 4K (4096 x 2160 17:9 cinematic 4K) up to 120fps, 4K up to 120fps and FHD up to 200fps. Plus, photos can be captured in 12-bit raw and JPEG.
The two telephoto cameras provide a 70mm equivalent with the same 48MP 1/1.3-inch sensor as the Mavic Mini 3 Pro and a 166mm camera with a 12MP 1/2-inch sensor. Both will shoot photos in raw and JPEG alongside a range of video options with manual control over both. This makes them incredibly useful in a range of situations, although the main 4/3 is likely to be the go-to option most of the time.
Moving beyond the cameras, which are undoubtedly the jewels in the Mavic 3 Pro’s crown, the drone offers excellent flight and safety features, including APAS 5.0 collision avoidance, ActiveTrack 5.0 for subject tracking, GEO 2.0 geofencing, Advanced Return to Home and Quick-shots automated flight patterns. It’s not cheap, though, and launches at a similar price as the original Mavic 3 / Mavic 3 Cine, which it supersedes to become the flagship model in the Mavic 3 lineup.
Best sub 250g camera drone
The most advanced 'Mini' drone released is the DJI Mini 4 Pro. This drone is certain to be a popular with both novice and experienced pilots because to its 20km FHD video transmission range, omnidirectional object detection, ActiveTrack 360° with the new Trace Mode, and excellent photography capabilities.
You may fly the DJI Mini 4 Pro in most countries with less restrictions because it weighs just under 249 grammes. We are able to fly the DJI Mini 4 Pro in the United Kingdom without a minimum distance from people and buildings due to its weight of under 249g.
The camera on the Mini 4 Pro is powered by a 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor with Dual Native ISO Fusion, f/1.7 aperture, and 2.4 m 4-in-1 pixels, making it simple to capture more intricate details. High dynamic range and more highlight and shadow details guarantee flawless results in each frame.
Best FPV camera drone
An average camera drone's field of vision (FOV) is 84°. The DJI Avata takes things to the next level with its incredibly wide 155° FOV. This magnified perspective creates strong, very captivating images since it is more in line with what we see with our actual eyes.
Compared to the sensor on the DJI FPV, which is 1/2.3 in, this one is a huge enhancement, boasting a whopping 1/1.7 in. The Avata camera's sensor has a far larger 43mm2 area compared to the 28.46mm2 area of the Sony, for an increase of over 64% in light collection.
This not only improves sensitivity in low illumination but also offers greater flexibility for post-production colour correction.
The camera's native sensitivity range is 100-6400 ISO, however, users can manually increase this to 25600 ISO to better capture low-light situations.
The sensor size is often too large for video capture, and only a fraction of the sensor is utilised to reach the maximum 4K resolution. DJI implemented a new function called HorizonSteady on the Avata by utilising some of the extra capture space.
The Avata uses the same RockSteady smoothing technology as the DJI FPV, but DJI has added HorizonSteady, which produces stable footage without the banking of the drone being seen in the footage.