What’s the Best Drone For Photography?

Drone and camera technology is developing at an incredible rate. This is great news for anyone interested in shooting aerial pictures, but it can also make it confusing when it comes to buying the best drone for photography. 

Budget is likely to be a key factor in your choice of camera drone of course. Thanks to mass production and falling prices you don’t have to break the bank to pick up a quadcopter capable of professional standard aerial photography. Remember that you may also need some money for memory cards, a spare battery, filters and other accessories. 

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Some other factors to consider when looking for the best drone for photography include the following.

Do you want to shoot aerial video as well as stills? Most modern drones are equally as capable at producing both, but some features could sway your decision. 

The option to shoot video in 4K should be on your wish list of you want to produce cinematic aerial videos. Shutter speed options are also more important if you want to shoot video. The DJI Mavic Air 2 can shoot 60fps at 4K and up to 240fps at 1080. The latter is great for producing stunning slow motion shots.

The ability to track moving objects can also be important for drone video work. DJI’s ActiveTrack function first appeared with the Phantom 4 in 2016. It enables a drone to identify and follow a runner, car, boat or other moving object – as long as it’s not going too fast!

Vision and sensing systems maintain flight safety allowing the operator to concentrate on getting the best shots as the drone moves. Most DJI drones have ActiveTrack software and the Mavic Air 2 has the third iteration AtiveTrack 3.0

Do you want to be able to switch cameras and lenses? The DJI Mavic and Phantom ranges can produce fantastic images and video, but if you’re really serious about aerial photography you may want to consider a drone capable of carrying external payloads. 

If budget wasn’t an issue most filmmakers would agree that the DJI Inspire 2 is the best drone for photography currently available. 

The spec of the machine itself is incredible, but it’s the range of cameras and lenses that really set it apart. If you’re making an action movie the ability to accelerate your aerial camera from 0 to 50 in 5 seconds and to fly at a fraction under 60 mph means you can create mind blowing sequences! 

The DJI Inspire 2 can record video recording video at up to 6K in Cinema DNG/RAW. Advance obstacle avoidance and intelligent flight modes mean that a single operator can capture complex sequences. Fitted with the Zenmuse X7 camera Inspire 2 really takes some beating.

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Is portability important to you? If you plan to go on long hikes and trek up mountains to capture aerial landscape images the size and weight of a camera drone are important factors to consider.

A folding drone like the Mavic 2 Zoom would be a great option as it fits neatly in a backpack. The DJI Mavic Mini shouldn’t be overlooked if you want something you can have with you at all times and not worry about missing that stunning sunset. 

At 249g the Mavic Mini is ultralight but still delivers impressive results from its onboard 12 megapixels onboard camera. It’s incredibly easy to fly and its low weight means it’s exempt from drone regulations in many countries so it’s perfect for travel photography.
 

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  • 22 June 2020

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