Jacob Osborn

10 Best Drones to Buy For Photography and Video | Man of Many

No two drones are exactly the same and nor are any two users. Before you spend over a thousand dollars on the latest and greatest model, consider the following:

Things to Consider When Buying a Drone

The extensive test runs and camera drone reviews are in and here are the results! Here is a list of the 10 best drones to buy for photography and video.

The Best Drones to Buy

1. DJI Mavic Air 2

An ideal entry point, the DJI Mavic Air 2 covers all the bases in top-notch style. Easy to control, long-lasting, equipped with various shooting features, and good for 4K/60p video, it’s nothing short of quintessential. It’s also pretty affordable (relative to its perks).

2. DJI Inspire 2

Around the world and here in Australia, DJI is the brand to beat. Nowhere is that more evident than with the Inspire 2, which targets all the professionals out there (hence the lofty price tag). Bolstered by advanced object-avoidance technology, a 30MP camera, and a sleek metal body, it delivers everything you can possibly want out of a modern drone.

3. Autel Robotics EVO Foldable Drone

Combining smarts and style to high-flying perfection, the lightweight EVO detects incoming obstacles and offers 4K 60fps Ultra HD camera video. The remote control is effortless to use and equipped with a built-in OLED screen. This is a fantastic and foldable drone and it’s built for adventure. Take it anywhere.

4. Parrot Anafi

Want some bang for your buck? Look no further than the Parrot Anafi, a slim and foldable stunner that’s impressively functional. From its robust camera setup, you get 4K UHD video, 21MP photos, and 2.8x lossless zoom, amongst other things. Due to a lack of obstacle-avoidance sensors, however, this one is best used by experienced navigators.

5. DJI Mavic Mini

Giving the aforementioned Parrot Anafi a run for its money, the DJI Mavic Mini puts huge things in a preciously small package. Just how small? Try small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, with a weight of just 249g to match. While its video quality isn’t top of the line, this drone flies like a champ.

6. DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

As any recent drone review can tell you, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum is as sexy and stealth as its name might suggest. Between its 30-minute flight time, epic range, 4K camera, 3-axis gimbal, and 60% noise power reduction, this gadget achieves the topmost tier of smooth and quiet performance.

7. DJI Spark

Also known as the “selfie drone,” the DJI Spark is controllable by way of hand gestures. Nimble, lightweight, and intuitive, it’s kind of like something out of an old Steven Spielberg movie. Yes, this is a great FPV drone for kids and teenagers, but don’t take that to mean adults won’t love it as well.

8. Ryze Tech Tello

Powered by DJI, the Ryze Tech Tello is a drone for kids by design. To that end, it’s supremely fun and easy to control, though short on range and technology. It can take off and land in the palm of your hand and fly for about 13 minutes at a time. Consider it an ideal gift for the young one(s) in your life. And who can argue with that painstakingly low price tag?
Improving upon its predecessor, DJI’s newest Phantom is equal parts streamlined, smart, and robust. Its object-avoidance technology has never been better and its 4K video never stabler. The fish-eye lens also makes for a nice touch. Sync it with the adjoining app to unlock a bevy of choice features.

9. DJI Phantom 4

10. DJI Mavic Air

Sure, you can buy the new Mavic Air 2, or you can pick up its distinguished predecessor. Rest assured you’ll still be getting a solid and high-performing quadcopter. Lightweight and ultra-portable, it cranks 21 minutes of prime flight time out of a single charge. Features include smart capture hand gesture control, 3-directional environmental sensing, and so much more.
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