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When considering a drone for film and photography purposes, it’s important to consider what you actually need it for. Are you more interested in flying a drone with an average camera but a great price, or do you want something more high end that can produce gorgeous videos and photos?
Whether you’re looking for a cheap aerial photography quadcopter or a high end drone, this list will give you all of the information you need to know for the best drone to fit your photography and video needs.
Cheap or High End?
You probably have a good idea on what you need from a drone: a good camera, great handling, and/or quick speed. For people learning to race drones, speed would most likely be your biggest priority. For aerial photographers and videographers, the camera quality is most important. But another important question to ask yourself is this: how much are you willing to spend?
If you are serious about filming and shooting photography, then spending more will be in your best interest. Otherwise you’ll have a drone with an average camera that you’ll get sick of after a couple of days.
If you’re more laid back and don’t mind the quality of the camera that much, then spending less is totally fine, and is actually advisable. Imagine having an $800 drone collecting dust in your room!
1.The Best Drone For Filming
As of this year (2016!), the best quadcopter for taking aerial photos and videos has to be the DJI Phantom, specifically the DJI Phantom 3.
If you’re planning on using a drone a lot, the Phantom 3 is the best drone for filming and photography for numerous reasons. Whether it’s the Vision Postion Module, or the 25 minute long flight time, this drone is top tier for those who want to buy a drone with a HD camera.
DJI Phantom 3 List
Below is a list of the different versions of the DJI Phantom 3. Click below to see if any of these high end drones are for sale!
|DJI Phantom 3 Type||Estimated Price||Resolution||Battery Life|
|Standard||$475 - Check today's price||2.7K at 30fps||25 minutes|
|4K||$499 - Check today's price||4K at 30fps||25 minutes|
|Advanced||$695 - Check today's price||2.7K at 30fps||23 minutes|
|Professional||$871 - Check today's price||4K at 30fps||23 minutes|
DJI Phantom 3 Specs
Weight: 2.8 pounds
Length: 23.2 inches
Flight Time: 25 minutes
Video Quality: 2.7K/30fps or 4K/30fps
- LiPo battery
- Radio controller
- 2 full sets of propellers
- 8GB micro SD card
- Battery charger
- 2.7K/30fps Camera
Below is a video of the video quality of the standard DJI Phantom 3 with the 2.7K HD video camera. The video is unedited, so you can see exactly what you’ll get when using a DJI Phantom.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
The second video is footage from the professional DJI Phantom 3, which boasts a 4K HD video camera.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional
As you can see, both these cameras are great, which is why the DJI Phantom in general is used by many popular YouTubers.
- Amazing range
- Great camera quality
- Long flight times
- Quick charging time
Vision Positioning Module
A key feature that all of the different versions except for the standard boast is the Vision Positioning module, which allows the drone to fly indoors, low to the ground, in areas with no GPS! This is a feature that most other drones do not have, making the DJI Phantom 3 very unique.
Another impressive feature with the Phantom 3 is the range. Depending on which model you are interested, the Phantom 3 can travel as far as 5 km away from the radio controller, which is about 3 miles.
On a single charge, A DJI Phantom 3 LiPo battery can last about 23-25 minutes. It takes about 60-90 minutes for a full charge as well. With a really long battery life and a short chart time, you’ll be enjoying the DJI Phantom for a long time without worrying about where the nearest electrical outlet is.
The Phantom 3 also uses Glonass, which stands for GLObal NAvigation Satellite System. This allows the Phantom to use the Russian satellite-based navigation system with the GPS system, which means greater precision and accuracy when flying.
2. Cheap Aerial Photography Quadcopter
If you’re looking to buy a drone for photography or film, but don’t want to break the bank, then take a look at the Cheerwing Peregrine U28W (Check here to see if this video drone is for sale). Taking aerial photos doesn’t have to be expensive, and this drone is good at doing the job. I mentioned the Cheerwing Peregrine U28W in another post, so if you’re interested in learning more about cheap fpv drones, feel free to check that out.
Cheerwing Peregrine U28W Specs
Weight: 2.4 oz
Length: 6.5 inches
Recommended Age: 8+
Flight Time: 5-6 minutes
Video Quality: 1280X720 and 2MP
Price: Check here
- U28W Peregrine Quadcopter
- 2 3.7V 500mAh Drone Battery
- USB Charger
- SD Card Reader
- 4 Blades
- User Manual
- Low price
- Great durability
- Headless mode feature
- Return to home function
- Virtual reality compatible
- Relatively short battery life
- Long battery charge time
In terms of resolution, the camera is 1280×720 with 2 MP. The camera faces forward on the drone, and unfortunately cannot be moved. Like many other drones with the ability to film, the Peregrine allows you to achieve real-time FPV by connecting to your phone via WiFi. You can download the app on Google Play and the iOS app store.
An interesting feature when using the FPV app is that you can quickly edit video parameters as well as select a storage location for pictures and videos.
The control range of the transmitter is about 175 ft, which is not very impressive, but it can get the job done.
Something to keep in mind before purchasing the peregrine is the life of the battery during a flight. It only lasts about 5 minutes, but can easily be fixed by purchasing more batteries. They also provide an extra battery to compensate for the life span. Another thing to take note of is that the charging time is about an hour.
Not Good Enough?
If the 2 MP is not good enough, and you’re willing to spend a little more, check out the next drone on this list.
3. Best Quadcopter for GoPro
If you ‘re looking for the best quadcopter for GoPro, take a look at the Syma X8G. This is the best aerial photography drone for sale that won’t leave you complaining you have no money left.
Syma X8G Specs
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Length: 19.7 inches
Flight Time: 5-8 minutes
Video Quality: 1080P at 30fps or 720P at 60fps
Price: Check here
- Syma X8G Quadcopter
- 8MP HD Camera with holding case
- 8 rotating blades
- Protective frames
- Charging cable
- USB card reader
- Landing gear
- User manual
- Able to hold GoPro
- Intelligent Orientation Control feature
- Much cheaper than the Phantom 3
- Bit of a learning curve
- Long charging time
So there is a camera that comes with the purchase of the X8G. You can either buy the 5MP or the 8MP option. The camera is able to support HD 720P and 1080P MOV video quality.
One downside is that you cannot see what you are filming or taking pictures of live. This may pose a challenge for people who are trying to get a very specific picture or video.
If you do not want to use this camera, you are more than welcome to use your own GoPro if you have one. I would suggest practicing on the camera that it comes with until you get the hang of flying, and then switch over to the GoPro when you feel comfortable.
The control range of the Syma X8G quadcopter is not too shabby at 70 meters, or roughly 230 feet. To put that into perspective, a football field is 300 feet long from end zone to end zone.
On a single charge, the X8G can fly nonstop for about 5-8 minutes. Without attaching the camera the drone can last a bit longer.
The downside is that it takes over an hour to charge the battery. To prevent this from being an issue, it’s recommended that you get more than one battery. That way you can switch them out and go right back to flying again.
The IOC (Intelligence Orientation Control) system is just a fancy name for headless mode. Headless mode just means that the forward direction has nothing to do with nose direction when you are flying. This makes it easier for beginner pilots to fly while slowly learning each specific orientation of the quadcopter.
Hopefully this guide helped you identify what kind of drone you are looking for, and how much you are willing to spend to get it. They all have their pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide which drone meets your needs the best.