Best Photography Drones [COMPARED]

Best Photography Drones [COMPARED]

The Best Photography Drone For Every Budget In 2019 [COMPARED]

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.

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

DRONE

DJI RYZE TELLO

DJI SPARK

DJI PHANTOM 3 Standard

DJI MAVIC AIR

DJI MAVIC PRO

Camera

5 mp

12 mp

12 mp

12 mp

12 mp

Video

720p

1080p 30fps

2.7k 30fps

4k 30 fps

4k 30fps

Flight Time

13 min

16 min

23 min

21 min

27 minutes

Transmission Range

100 m

200 m

1000 m

4000 m

7000 m

Dimensions

(folded)

3.86 x 3.66 x 1.61 inches

5.63 x 5.63 x 2.17 inches

unfoldable

6.6 x 3.2 x 1.9 inches

7.79 x 3.26 x 3.26 inches

Weight

0.18 lbs

0.66 lbs

2.82 lbs

0.94 lbs

1.64 lbs

Max Speed

17.9 mph

31 mph

35 mph

42.2 mph

40 mph

Gimbal

No

2-axis electronic

3-axis

electronic

3-axis

electronic

3-axis

electronic

Price

$99

$325

$599

$715

$949 (Fly More Combo)

Link

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*The above-mentioned prices are Amazon.com prices as of in May 2019.

The 5 Best Camera Drones [With Pros & Cons]

DJI Ryze Tello (Under $200)

best drones under 200
  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • 100m real-time transmission
  • Advanced Intel chipset powered by DJI algorithms
  • Vision Position System: Auto palm take off/ land
  • Low Battery and Failsafe protection
  • Few pre-programmed shots

PROS

CONS

Comes with propeller guards

Max 720p resolution

Good features for the price

Low range

Cheap

No Gimbal

Comes with an extra propeller set

DJI Spark (Under $400)

Photography drone
  • Available in 5 colors
  • Shallow focus feature:
  • QuickShots feature: Programmed
    shooting around an object
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Face Recognition: Lifts as it recognizes you
  • TapFly: Flies towards the selected spot
  • PalmControl Mode: Fly it with the palm gestures
  • 720p real-time transmission

PROS

CONS

Mechanical Gimbal Stabilization

Max 1080p resolution

200 m range

Low Wind Resistance

Excellent Gesture Control

Dated Camera

Auto palm take off and land

DJI Phantom 3 Standard (Under $600)

camera drone
  • Available in white color only
  • 500-1000m Real-time HD transmission range
  • Unfoldable
  • Electromagnetic motors add to its durability
  • 3-axis Mechanical stabilization gimbal
  • Can go 6000m above sea-level
  • Pre-programmed flight modes
    • Point of interest
    • Follow me
  • Ready to fly out-of-the-box

PROS

CONS

Mechanical Gimbal Stabilization

Unfoldable and bulky

1 km range

No gesture control

6 km altitude range

 

Durable with extra flight time

 

DJI Mavic Air (Under $800)

dji drone for photography
  • Available in Onyx Black, Arctic White and Flame Red colors
  • Pocketable controller
  • Obstacle Avoidance    
  • Sphere Panorama   It clicks ans titches 25 photos together to make  a 32 MP Panorama
  • Preset recording modes
    • Asteroid: Will capture a video flying backward and higher from the object and then reverse it.
    • Boomerang, Dronie, Helix, Circle, and ROcket are some other presets
    • Sport Mode: Allows the drone to fly at a maximum speed of 42.2 mph
  • Follow Me Feature
  • 120 fps slow-motion

PROS

CONS

Mechanical Gimbal Stabilization

A bit noisy

4 km range

Lesser battery life than mentioned

Obstacle Avoidance

Sport Mode

DJI Mavic Pro (Under $1000)

best drone in 1000
  • Ready to fly out-of-the-box
  • ActiveFly
  • TapFly
  • Obstacle Avoidance    
  • Vision Positioning
  • Retracting Legs
  • Preset Recording Modes
    • Follow Mode, Point of Interest, Waypoints, Courselock, Terrain Follow
    • Gesture Mode
  • 1080p real-time streaming for shorter distances
  • Precision landing
  • Come Home Feature
  • Ready to fly out-of-the-box
 

PROS

CONS

Mechanical Gimbal Stabilization

A bit noisy

7 km range

Comparatively, a bit slower

Obstacle Avoidance

Auto-land doesn’t work in low-light

Gesture Mode

So?

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.

If you feel there’s a drone that I’m missing out on, do contact me at hello@smarthonk.com  

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