Which Photography Drone Should I Buy?

The popularity of photography drones has boomed in the last few years, and over that time drone technology has become more advanced and far more affordable.

This has meant it has become far easier to take up the hobby, and has allowed photographers to capture amazing aerial photographs they wouldn’t have been able to get without an expensive helicopter ride!

Whether you have been using drones for a while, or you are thinking about taking up the hobby, this rundown of the top camera drones will help you pick the best one for you.

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter

The DJI Phantom 4 sits at the top of the price range for drones, but for the price, you are greatly rewarded. It has fantastic battery life for a drone, and can fly for up to 30 minutes.

DJI have engineered the magnesium frame so that it is lighter than previous iterations. It offers photographers magnificent video and photo opportunities, and doesn’t skimp on quality, as it shoots video in 4K.

It’s Vision Positioning System and obstacle sensors mean you won’t have to worry about running into any obstacles! Whether you’re new to drone photography or a drone pro, the DJI Phantom 4 is a great choice!

Parrot BeBop 2 Drone

Parrot BeBop 2 Drone

The Parrot Bebop 2 offers photographers 1080p video capabilities and an excellent fish-eye lens with a 170 degree view.

The BeBop 2 uses this impressive wide angle view to ensure digital stabilisation in your videos, so you capture smooth, professional looking video.

It’s even safe to fly indoors and if you’re feeling confident, you can even pilot it to perform aerial rolls and flips! From the sophisticated app using in-app purchases, you can also set a flight plan so your drone can fly autonomously.

ZeroTech Dobby Drone

ZeroTech Dobby Drone

The ZeroTech Dobby Drone is super affordable and perfect for people looking to get into drone photography but not ready to splurge. It’s also a great drone if you’re looking for one that you can take with you anywhere.

The Dobby is compact and lightweight; you won’t need a massive equipment bag to carry this little beauty around. It’s small enough to take off from the palm of your hand!

Instead of a remote control, you can use the dedicated Android or iOS app. It has a built-in camera that captures fantastic video and stills. It’s also a drone that can follow you with facial recognition and target tracking.

3DR Solo Aerial Drone

3DR Solo Aerial Drone

The 3D Solo Aerial Drone is a great option for those looking for a mid-tier drone and is perfect for a photographer who already owns a GoPro. 3D Robotics have worked tirelessly to bring to market a drone that is intelligent and “future-proof”.

If you’re looking for an entry point into professional drone photography, the 3DR Solo is easy to learn and offers many interesting features that make it stand out from other drones.

Features include:

  • Selfie mode, where the drone flies around you while recording
  • Orbit which allows the drone to orbit a subject capturing great video
  • Follow where the drone will follow a person without you having to pilot it.

DJI Mavic Pro Drone

DJI Mavic drone

The DJI Mavic is such an impressive drone for photographers and filmmakers, it is considered a professional photography drone.

It might not look it, but this drone is full of sophisticated technology and has been expertly engineered by DJI. It’s not as bulky as some other drones, which makes it easier to carry with you. Image and Video quality is superb, offering 4K video capabilities.

Its battery life is impressive, while other features include obstacle avoidance, VPS, GPS and GLONASS. Whether you are looking for a drone to take on your travels, or one that will let you capture professional landscapes, the Mavic is for you.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0

Parrot AR Drone 2.0

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is on the lower end of the price spectrum and is great for beginners. It offers HD video capabilities and 2MP camera resolution.

You can pilot this drone by using an app for your phone or tablet, or by using the dual-joystick controller. On the app you can see details like altitude and speed, as well as keep track of your battery level.

If you are looking at trying your hand at aerial photography, the Parrot AR drone 2.0 is an excellent place to start.

To get your start in drone photography, check out the Camera House online store. If you’re looking for more helpful tips on drones and photography, head in-store and chat to our expert staff today.

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