The Top 4 Drones By DJI
Over the past few years, drones have exploded into the consumer technology market. As years have passed, drones have evolved from being simple quadcopters with a standard camera, to full-fledged, production quality pieces of equipment with gimbals and 4K cameras that can be interchangeable. Unlike RC planes that have always been available for purchase at large retailers, drones now have GPS, giving quadcopters stability in the air, particularly during high-wind scenarios. Because of the growing field end excitement surrounding drones, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created laws requiring hobbyists to obtain registration for their Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). For individuals who want to turn their hobby into a business, the FAA has a commercial license (Part 107) pilots can purchase by taking a test.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert when it comes to drones, this list showcases the top drones for sale by DJI today.
Phantom 3 Standard
The Phantom 3 Standard is perfect for beginner drone hobbyists. This entry-level drone has a 2.7K HD video camera, 3-axis gimbal, and 25 minutes of flight time. The four intelligent flight modes add to the traditional flight experience most drones on the market have. Point of Interest, Follow Me, Waypoints, and IOC are unique features are what make the Phantom 3 Standard the most bang for your buck. In Point of Interest, the Phantom 3 will circle around an object automatically. Follow Me allows the drone to follow a user holding the remote controller. With Waypoints, the user can select multiple flight path points, and the Phantom 3 will fly to each of these. IOC, or Intelligent Orientation Control, allows pilots to control focus on the camera while the drone flies in a single direction. The Phantom 3 Standard also feeds back a 720p live video feed to users’ tablet or smartphone, ensuring a crisp and clear picture while flying.
DJI Mavic Pro
The Mavic Pro is the first drone of its kind, rivaling GoPro’s Karma drone. The Mavic is small and foldable – so small, in fact, it can fit in a standard size purse. For individuals who can’t spend $1,499 for the Phantom 4 Pro but want similar capabilities, the Mavic is for you. The Mavic has 4K video resolution, can travel up to 4.3 miles away (just like the Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2), and obstacle avoidance. The Mavic’s obstacle avoidance only aims in front of the aircraft, which may be a detractor for some consumers, however to have this feature at all is a luxury. Plus, the Mavic has ActiveTrack – a feature that allows pilots to tap a subject, of which the drone will follow. The Mavic’s flight time clocks in at 27 minutes and speeds max out around 40mph. While the Mavic is space-saving and is a powerful device given its size, it is because of the Mavic’s size that pilots experience difficulty flying in heavy winds.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
The Phantom 4 Pro is DJI’s latest installment of its Phantom series. Improving upon the Phantom 4’s features, the Phantom 4 Pro takes aerial imaging to the next level. The Phantom 4 introduced a forward-facing obstacle avoidance system, so users could fly without having fear of crashing into an object. Unfortunately, this system only worked while flying forward. With the Phantom 4 Pro, this obstacle avoidance system has been expanded to face the front, sides, rear, and underneath the aircraft, providing 5 directions of obstacle avoidance. Flight time also improved with the Pro, as users can take flight for 30 minutes. The camera also received improvements; Pilots can now record 4K video at 60fps, plus the Pro has a control range of over 4.3 miles. An additional feature that many drone enthusiasts have long waited for is the built-in bright screen. This makes flight much easier for users, as the sun can oftentimes create a glare on a mobile device or tablet while flying, making it difficult to see the video transmission. The draw feature is also revolutionary because it allows pilots to literally draw a flight path on the DJI Go app’s map and the drone will fly the route. The Phantom 4 Pro is made for beginner hobbyists and commercial operators alike, given its easy-to-use interface and
DJI Inspire 2
The Inspire is a step up from the Phantom 4 Pro, targeting professional filmmakers who are in the commercial drone industry. The Inspire 2 is larger and bulkier than the 4 Pro, however the camera quality is unparalleled. Quality doesn’t stop at 4K – the Inspire 2 stretches to 5.2K. Although many people in the world do not have 5.2K quality screens, recording in this quality will ensure the highest output quality on any device. Like the 4 Pro, the Inspire 2 travels up to 4.3 miles from the user. Flight time varies between 25 and 27 minutes, and top speeds max out around 58mph. The biggest selling point for the Inspire 2 is for its versatility when it comes to cameras. Users have the option of mounting and unmounting cameras, giving them multiple cinematic styles, all using a single drone. Plus, the Inspire 2 keeps with the predecessor’s “master-slave mode” feature, allowing one person to control the UAS with a remote, and another person to control the camera with a second remote. The Inspire 2 is also cinematographers’ first pick because of the 360 rotating gimbal. This gives camera operators greater flexibility and further maximizes on the various angles users can capture while up in the air.
Whether you purchase a Phantom 3 Standard, Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 2, or Mavic Pro, you will be pleased knowing you are buying a quadcopter from DJI, the world’s leader in drone sales. The Phantom 3 Standard is for entry-level consumers who are new to the drone industry. The Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro are also for beginners, but those who wish to have a better experience and are able to spend more money. The Inspire 2 is intended for aerial cinematographers who are willing to spend over $2,000 for a drone, and for those who want the flexibility of changing cameras.