As drone technology gets more advanced, the price-to-features ratio of each model gets better and better. In other words, $800 will get you a lot more than it would have two years ago.
This is excellent for anyone looking to get into professional drone videography or photography. It lowers the barrier to entry, to the point where your skills can set you apart more and more (as opposed to your equipment).
In this article, I’m going to break down 8 camera drones for professional pilots.
These quadcopters are packed with advanced features, and they can fit a wide range of budgets.
Let’s get started:
1) DJI Phantom 4
The Phantom 4 is DJI’s latest quadcopter in their ever-popular Phantom series.
It’s the first version with obstacle avoidance, giving the drone the ability to autonomously avoid trees, buildings, and other obstacles that might enter its flight path. This is helpful for both manual and autonomous flight.
It shoots video in crisp 4K quality and takes 12 megapixel still photos. And the Phantom 4 has the longest flight time of all of the Phantom quadcopters.
It’s one of the best drones for any professional pilot.
2) Blade Chroma 4K
If you’re looking for a reliable drone for professional filming, check out the Chroma.
Blade is well-known for their smaller indoor quadcopters, but they really outdid themselves with this drone.
It has a nice, long 30-minute flight time. This gives you more time to get the shots you need without having to return and change batteries as often. The Chroma also shoots 4k video, which is on par with the Phantom 4 and other much more expensive drones.
The camera also gives you the fisheye effect to add uniqueness to your shots.
3) DJI Inspire 1 Pro
Of DJI’s many quality models, the Inspire 1 is at the top of many pilot’s lists.
Using DJI Lightbridge, you can transmit live wireless HD video from the sky.
It comes with a 4k camera and a 3-axis gimbal stabilization system, And its arms move up and out of the way of your camera’s view when flying. This gives you an unobstructed 360-degree field of view in which to take pictures and videos.
The Inspire 1 Pro also comes with DJI’s advanced autonomous flight modes.
4) Yuneec Typhoon G
If you’re on a budget, Yuneec’s Typhoon G is one of the best options available.
It comes with two autonomous flight modes, Watch Me and Follow Me, to allow you to get professional shots even if your skills aren’t up to par just yet. And it comes with a 3-axis gimbal to hold GoPro Hero cameras.
5) Yuneec Typhoon H
The Typhoon H is one of the most technologically advanced drones on the market today.
First off, it’s a hexacopter. This gives it a stronger lift, allowing you to carry heavier and more powerful cameras.
Like the DJI Phantom 4, the Typhoon H also offers obstacle avoidance. And it comes with retractable landing gears to give your 4K camera an unobstructed view.
6) 3D Robotics Iris+
3D Robotics manufactures some of the top drones with autonomous flight. The Iris+ is one of their prized creations.
It comes with five computer-assisted flight modes: Stabilize mode, Altitude Hold Mode, Loiter Mode, RTL Mode, and Auto Mode. Each helps you take professional quality shots.
The drone doesn’t come with a camera standard, but it can hold a GoPro, which is widely regarded as one of the best cameras for aerial drone filming.
It’s ready-to-fly out of the box, and the Iris+’s remote control shows you on-screen flight telemetry data.
7) Parrot Bebop 2
The Parrot Bebop 2 has one of the highest powered cameras on this list (14 megapixel), yet it’s one of the cheapest, at under $500.
The quadcopter has a 25-minute flight time, which is more than enough to maximize your shots and get what you need. Its powerful motors also give it the ability to handle higher altitudes and rough flight conditions.
8) DJI Phantom 3 Professional
The Phantom 3 is a staple among drone pilots. The Professional version gives pro pilots all of the features they want and need.
It comes with a camera that shoot 4K video and takes 12 megapixel still photos. With the DJI Pilot app, you can get a live feed of your camera’s view to your Android or iOS smartphone.
The Phantom 3 Professional’s Vision Positioning technology allows you to fly safely in GPS-free environments, and it has a solid 23-minute flight time.
As a professional pilot, it’s tough to go wrong with the drones listed above.
Make sure you know what features you need/want, then choose a drone that fits your budget, get in the air, and start taking those shots.
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