Last week, I got a message from one of our readers requesting to know the 5 best drones with camera. So, instead of replying him I decided to make a post about it.
You see, a lot have changed about drones over the years; drones aren’t just for paparazzi and film crews anymore. You can get a simple beginner’s model for 100 buck or even less nowadays. On the other hand, if you have a big project and you want more complex drones that offer customizable and programmable features, you can get them around $1000.
With popularity of drones today, there is a drone for every need and purpose. But today, we are going to take a look at best drones with camera; these types of drones are best for aerial photography. Drones mentioned below made our list based on the quality of their cameras, control, flight times, battery and their advanced technology features;
Here are list of 5 best drones with cameras:
- DJI Phantom 4
DJI is a well-known when it comes to drones with camera. They are currently the most sought after Drone Company.
The new Phantom 4 is packed a lot of features that make it a darling-drone to aerial photography lovers. It offers 4K video, 25 minutes flight time, and it is very easy to fly even for a beginner.
The quadcopter also comes with advanced flight control and other features such as:
- Collision Avoidance System
- Active Track
- Sports Mode
Phantom 4 is designed to make it hard to crash. You can now lock on an object with “Active Track” feature and automatically follow the object while at same time avoiding colliding with obstacles with its Collision Avoidance System.
The sports mode allows you get to the location faster. The new Phantom 4 battery can last up to 25 minutes or more and it takes less than 1 hour to get fully charged. This drone camera is indeed the best drone camera at the moment.
- YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon
Lately, Yuneec has been releasing series of camera drones with advanced features to compete with DJI Phantom series. In fact, their latest quadcopter, the Q500 4K Typhoon is one of the most advanced quadcopter you can purchase today.
The first thing to notice about this drone is the 3-axis gimbal camera built-in which has the capacity to shoot 4K video and even shot 12 mega pixel still photos.
If you will like to get the footage of your actions on the go, Yuneec q500 4K Typhoon comes with a feature known as “Watch Me” and “Follow Me” that allow you to accomplish such task.
Another feature is the in-built “No Fly Zone” feature that helps you to stick to FAA guidelines. We recommend that you check out the Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon if you are looking for a solid all-around camera drone.
- Parrot Bebop 2
Parrot Bebop 2 is a camera drone with a difference; it comes with a 1080p video camera that will bring out the action movie director in you.
You can control Bebop 2 either with SkyController or integrate it with your smartphone. The SkyController is the best when you want it to travel long range. On the other hand, if you want to look cool, you can simply install FreeFlight 3 application on your smartphone and pilot Bebop 2 to any location you want.
Bebop 2 boost of a 25 minutes battery life and an on-board flash drive with capacity to store up to 8gig video. It comes with a 2700 mAh battery that gives you long minutes of flying.
Bebop 2 camera has the capacity to shoot 3 frames a second video at a resolution of 1920x1080p. You can as well move the fish-eye camera with special software instead of a physical moving gimble.
We recommend you get Parrot Bebop 2 if you are looking for camera drone that takes awesome aerial photographs and gives you more flight time.
- 3D Robotics Iris+
Without a doubt, the 3D Robotics is at the top of its game when it comes to autonomous flight and advanced technology.
Iris+ gives you an opportunity to control it either manually using the controller or autonomously using your smartphone which is way cooler. You can as well control it with your laptop.
You can easily install Droidplanner 2 App on your smartphone and plan flights by drawing a flight path for your UAV to take. To make it more interesting, you can set a Region of interest waypoint to command the Iris+ to keep its camera focused on the exact location you need it to.
It also offers solid flight time which is in the range of 16 to 22 minutes and can as well carry a payload of up to 400g
3D Robotics Iris+ is highly recommended for GoPro users and pro pilots that want to capture expert shots.
- Syma X5C-1
Syma X5C-1 is among the best aerial photography and videography training quadcopters. This new drone is the upgraded version of X5C.
It comes with a 2MP camera which has the capacity to store up to 800 pictures and 30 minutes of video recording time which makes it ideal for aerial photographers.
We included this drone for those that are just getting started in aerial videography or just want to take some cool pictures. It is very affordable. The only issue is that unlike DJI Phantom 4 or Parrot Bebop 2, it does not have a great flight time; you can get about 7 minutes flight time when you use this drone.
We recommend Syma X5C-1 for entry-level aerial photographers.