At times, even with the best cameras and recording equipment, it becomes highly challenging to attain good quality aerial recordings. Despite using expensive options like choppers and lighter planes, it cannot be guaranteed that one can shoot steady and smooth images or videos. Drones designed for this purpose can easily come to the aid of such aerial photography enthusiasts. Below are 5 of the best drones suited for aerial photography.
1.) DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ – The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ comes with a built-in, high-definition camera, GPS, and a transmitter. It is equipped with a 3-axis gimbal that lends enhanced stability for capturing images and videos. It also has an in-built FPV link. Using this as well as the high-definition camera, it is possible to stream live recording from the drone to a smartphone. The drone can achieve elevation between 1500-2000 ft. and can span as far as 1.2 miles. With the 14 megapixel camera, the picture quality is awesome even at greater altitudes.
2.) DJI Inspire 4K – The DJI Inspire 4K boasts of features such as sizeable propellers, robust motors, carbon fiber arms for smoother navigation, and 3-axis gimbal system for enhanced stability during photography. It comes with a detachable 4K camera that can record at 24 to 60fps. It can capture images at 12 megapixels. The drone can rotate 360 degrees allowing for filming and photography at numerous angles. Real time streaming to smartphones is possible at 720p HD. It comes with a 6000mAh battery and smart battery system that indicates how long the battery will last and also the time required for the drone to fly back.
3.) Phantom 2 with Zenmuse Gimbal – Getting quality aerial footages are a cakewalk with the Phantom 2 with Zenmuse Gimbal with its capability to mount Go Pro Hero 3+ Black camera. It can record up to 120 fps and has a resolution of 4K, thus delivering the best video quality in air. The customized gimbal support is there for added steadiness during recordings. Other features include return-to-home and auto landing, IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control), flight capacity of 25 minutes as well as better power management. All in all a great buy for photography enthusiasts.
4.) Aries BlackBird X10 – The Aries BlackBird X10 comes with a 16 megapixel camera and f2.8 lens. It supports a 120 degree viewing angle for better viewing and sightings. It can record video at 30 fps with 1080p resolution. For stability during action, the drone is equipped with six-axis gyro. Camera controls are available on the transmitter to regulate, start, or stop recordings. The device can be paired with a smartphone for first-person viewing and monitoring. Also, comes with a return-to-home feature. It contains a 5300 mAh Lithium battery which provides a flight time of 25 minutes. The Arise BlackBird can be considered for the DJI series drones.
5.) UDI U818A 6 Axis RC Quadcopter – This drone from UDI is flaunts a sleek and modular design that makes it easier to install as well as repair. It comes with a first-person view 640×480 pixels Camera and 6-axis gyro with posture control to maintain stability. Its 4 channel control ease navigation and enhance steadiness in-flight. Lithium Metal batteries ensure 7-9 minutes of flight time, while the drone’s operational range is around 328 ft. A good buying option for beginners as it is cost-effective and ready-to-fly.