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Best Photography Drones [COMPARED]

Photography drones come in a bunch of prices varying from $100 all the way to thousands of dollars. However, in this article, I’ll be covering the best photography drones in the initial five $200 price brackets.

Not so surprisingly, all 5 of them have a DJI touch. DJI has been in the industry for quite a while now and its tech is way ahead of its competition. Their drones are a bit pricey but totally worth it.

Without further ado

Here are the basic features of my top picks:

PRICE BRACKET$0 – $200$200 – $400$400 – $600$600 – $800$800 – $1000
Camera5 mp12 mp12 mp12 mp12 mp
Video720p1080p 30fps2.7k 30fps4k 30 fps4k 30fps
Flight Time13 min16 min23 min21 min27 minutes
Transmission Range100 m200 m1000 m4000 m7000 m
Dimensions (folded)3.86 x 3.66 x 1.61 inches5.63 x 5.63 x 2.17 inchesunfoldable6.6 x 3.2 x 1.9 inches7.79 x 3.26 x 3.26 inches
Weight0.18 lbs0.66 lbs2.82 lbs0.94 lbs1.64 lbs
Max Speed17.9 mph31 mph35 mph42.2 mph40 mph
GimbalNo2-axis electronic3-axis electronic3-axis electronic3-axis electronic

The 5 Best Camera Drones [With Pros & Cons]

1. DJI Ryze Tello (Under $200)

Comes with propeller guardsMax 720p resolution
Good features for the priceLow range
CheapNo Gimbal
Comes with an extra propeller set 

2. DJI Spark (Under $400)

Mechanical Gimbal StabilizationMax 1080p resolution
200 m rangeLow Wind Resistance
Excellent Gesture ControlDated Camera
Auto palm take off and land 

3. DJI Phantom 3 Standard (Under $600)

Mechanical Gimbal StabilizationUnfoldable and bulky
1 km rangeNo gesture control
6 km altitude range 
Durable with extra flight time 

4. DJI Mavic Air (Under $800)

Mechanical Gimbal StabilizationA bit noisy
4 km rangeLesser battery life than mentioned
Obstacle Avoidance 
Sport Mode 

5. DJI Mavic Pro (Under $1000)

Mechanical Gimbal StabilizationA bit noisy
7 km rangeComparatively, a bit slower
Obstacle AvoidanceAuto-land doesn’t work in low-light
Gesture Mode 

Why should pilots have all the fun?

Best Photography Drones

Whether or not you’re getting paid for capturing aesthetic aerial footage, the fun in flying a drone in itself pretty much compensates for the price.

And the fun just keeps increasing, thanks to technological advancements. You can send a drone away with a wave and call it back by waving both your hands. Have it capture your snap with a peace sign and land it by merely spreading out your palm beneath it. The extent to which you can communicate with a drone today is almost overwhelming.

Drones are classified into a variety of categories based on their utilization. These categories include racing drones, photography drones, toy drones, surveillance drones, cinematic drones, etc.


The above-mentioned drones are the best in their price brackets and one can go ahead with the purchase without thinking twice.

On a different note, for people with no budget, I would like to recommend the DJI Mavic 2 series. A bit pricy, but an incredible work of art and technology.

Let me know which one you finalize in the comments below.

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