Top 6 Best Camera Drones

Day after day, new devices are emerging in the market and making themselves felt in households. After the smartphone or the tablet, maybe drones are the next Eldorado of the high-tech world.

Best Camera Drones 2018

NameFlight timeCameraControl range
 
DJI Phantom 4
28 minutes12 MP5 km Check Price
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
30 minutes12.71 MP7 Km
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro
30 minutes
20 MP7 Km
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DJI Spark
16 minutes
12 MP2 Km
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Parrot Bebop 2 FPV
25 minutes14 MP2 KM Check Price
Yuneec Typhoon H Pro
25 minutes12.4 MP1.6 Km Check Price

DJI Phantom 4

With 1,380 grams, the DJI Phantom 4 has taken a bit of weight compared to the DJI Phantom 3 Standard, while maintaining almost identical dimensions. But it’s for a good cause. In addition to its enticing new features, it is more powerful, faster, more maneuverable, more stable and even easier to drive.
The Phantom 4 is a fantastic machine. Its review line gives it an elegant look that goes along with amazing features. “Obstacles Avoidance” and “Visual Tracking” modes are stunning, although they still deserve some improvement, while the flying experience is not only cheerful, but also disconcerting. Be careful not to be fooled by this illusion and not take unnecessary risks. Image quality, finally, takes a step forward and will satisfy the greatest number. For better, it is necessary anyway to turn to a GoPro or a dedicated system, but it is more expensive. In short, the 5 stars are well deserved.

DJI Phantom 4 Pros & Cons

Pros
  • High quality design.
  • Easy handling and stability.
  • Avoidance of obstacles
  • Fun flight modes.
  • Good overall image quality.
  • Lightbridge connection.
  • Raw Photo (DNG) + Jpeg.
  • S-Log and Cinelike curves available.
  • Fashion 4K 30p.
  • Full application.
  • Autonomy up.
  • Flight in stable interior thanks to the sonar and the camera.
Cons
  • Image quality in low light.
  • Obstacle detection that only works from the front.
  • No screen on the remote control.
  • Landing pads too cumbersome in transport.

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

The Mavic Pro has a rare advantage: it folds on itself and fits in just about any bag. Do you think this applies to any RTF drone and that a backpack is enough to carry one? Lost ! We have written “any bag”, which means that a classic backpack, a camera bag, a satchel, or even a large purse can carry the Mavic Pro. Suddenly, this drone changes the deal: it is no longer a question of wondering if you can take it with you or not, we can in most cases.
Of course, there are small drones, “dronies”, like Yuneec Breeze 4K, but whose performances or qualities are sacrificed on the altar of compactness. This is not the case of the Mavic Pro which has nothing to envy to the larger drones, quite the contrary. Here, the finish is excellent and consistent with our first impressions. The manufacturing is upscale, the construction is serious and the materials used inspire confidence.

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Design.
  • Foldable and compact.
  • Performing and versatile.
  • Stabilization.
  • Good image quality.
  • Many relevant autonomous flight modes.
  • Detection and avoidance of obstacles.
  • Our favorite of the year 2018.
Cons
  • Autonomy could be even better.
  • Shadows of the propellers in the image in case of lateral light source.
  • High price.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Faced with a Mavic Pro, certainly perfectible, but more versatile and very interesting, the DJI Phantom 4, more expensive and released a few months earlier, had only few arguments to oppose it. The brand has decided to rethink the hierarchy of its range by offering a drone that is aimed not only at the general public but also professionals: The Phantom 4 Pro. We tested the Plus version, equipped with a radio control incorporating a touch screen.
The list of features of the Phantom 4 Pro is long. It takes all the technical features of the Phantom 4 and adds new features to stand out not only from the competition. But also the Phantom 4 is characterized by (obstacle detection in 5 directions, maximum speed at 72 km / h, range increased to 30 minutes and , especially, camera with a 1 inch sensor for 20 megapixel photos and videos in 4K cinema at 60 i / s).
Features that appeal to the most demanding aerial image enthusiasts and some freelancers who were serious about investing in a Ready To Fly quadricopter but who feared that the image quality of the everlasting 1 / 2.3-inch sensor in service since the Phantom 3 is not enough in terms of definition and video rate. Note that in addition to these new features, additional flight modes are emerging such as Selfie, Terrain Follow, Tripod or Gesture. Modes taken from the Mavic Pro but do not prevent the application evolves little and the latter is still very messy. We will come back to it a little further.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Quality of manufacture.
  • Remote control with Screen on Pro Plus version.
  • Full application.
  • Versatility of use.
  • Follow up on the subject.
  • Vision positioning and obstacle detection.
  • Image quality up to 1600 ISO.
  • Video mode 4K 60p.
Cons
  • Dimensions.
  • Trains still not retractable.
  • Clutter application.
  • Saccades of the video return in 4K.
  • Image quality in the periphery in Photo.
  • Autonomy does not exceed 20 min by flying in 4K video.
  • Very high price.

DJI Spark

The Spark is a small drone that fits in a cube of 14.3 cm side and 5.5 cm high. It is part of the recent vein dronies and other mini-drones that have recently invaded the market. However, here we are far from a plastic construction where the slightest shock would break the body of the device. Compared to the Mavic, the arms of the Spark do not fold, but DJI boasts its magnesium alloy construction and guarantees high resistance in the event of a fall. If we did not throw it against a wall, it is clear that its manufacturing quality inspires confidence and despite its size, the Spark is well finished. In addition, and this is purely subjective, its silhouette has something touching and racy that gives it a certain aggressiveness. Strongly that this kind of drawing extends on the range Phantom of the manufacturer.
At the front, there is a small 1 / 2.3-inch sensor camera under the 3D recognition module to recognize a face, hand movements or obstacles, and below the chassis the positioning vision takes place. And, at the back, the Lipo 3S battery is the body of the camera, just above it is a small door that houses a slot for a microSD card and a USB type B connector. made of plastic, but the owner will be able to choose from five hull colors. In its bowels, the Spark contains 24 processors, a GPS / GLONASS chip, and the IMU.

DJI Spark Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Dimensions.
  • Finish.
  • Many flight modes.
  • PalmControl.
  • Overall picture quality in photo and video.
  • Obstacle detection.
  • QuickShot mode.
Cons
  • No 4K video.
  • Distance of the video return too short.
  • No USB charging type-C.
  • Autonomy is too weak.
  • Few image settings.

Parrot Bebop 2 FPV

In appearance nothing changes. The Bebop 2 Power is, like the Bebop 2, made of a reinforced fiberglass and Grilamid structure and its dimensions, contained, do not evolve: 328 x 382 x 89 mm (L x W x H). The silhouette of the Bebop 2 Power gains aggressiveness with its Dual Black tint and if the production is not perfect, it remains at a correct level. The design is sober and practical, the battery is inserted and extracted easily. The lens is protected by a soft shock absorber and polystyrene. In any case, it will be easy to replace parts, for sale on the Parrot Store, or to tighten some if necessary.
The plastic is hollowed out to lighten the weight without affecting the rigidity and the construction is in two parts: the electronic part (video system, battery, general electronics) is suspended on a cradle which also serves to absorb the vibrations generated by the engines. Although getting started is simple, we know more effective now. Indeed, the folding propeller system that is found on the Breeze 4K or the DJI Spark is exemplary and is not equipped to pass for latecomer. It is therefore necessary here to use a tool (supplied) to tighten the propellers once engaged on the engines. Nothing complicated, but be careful not to lose it. In addition, attention must be paid to the direction of assembly, because now all the propellers are black. Before, it was even simpler: the white went ahead, the black behind.

Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Easy handling.
  • Effective autopilot modes.
  • Convincing automatic shooting modes.
  • Good autonomy.
  • Intuitive application.
  • Stability.
Cons
  • Disappointing image quality
  • No 4K video.
  • Lack of image settings.
  • Low range of the video signal.
  • Software image stabilization only.

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro is a surprising, handy, powerful, fast and particularly stable drone. It is perhaps the most stable drone we have tested. Moreover, its management is a treat and with GPS, Visual Positioning and Obstacle Avoidance activated, one feels confident and quickly at ease.
The ST16 radio control could serve as an example to all drone manufacturers, as it is convenient to use not to have to pair your smartphone with a radio remote control, while enjoying a large touch screen, dense interface but fluid. The piloting and control experience is thus overall very pleasing.
The picture quality is good, but a little below what we expected. We thought Yuneec could do better than DJI: this is not strictly speaking the case. The appearance of fine granulation on some rushes will not be to everyone’s taste and, above all, the deficiency of the automatic white balance can play ugly turns if you do not take care of it. The 30p UHD image quality is still excellent, especially on a still shot, and the 1080 60p HDTV for moving subjects will satisfy professionals and aerial photographers alike.
Another point will convince them: the overall compactness of the machine. Although equipped with 6 engines, the folded set stores in a backpack and is easily transported thanks to its contained weight. This compactness and lightness do not affect the quality of construction; even though the Inspire 1 looks much better finished, it is much more tedious to carry and prepare for takeoff.

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Retractable arms
  • Retractable landing gear
  • compactness
  • Design
  • 360 ° aerial platform
  • Stability of the camera
  • Stability in flight
  • Easy handling
  • Remote ST16
  • Integrated touch screen
  • Back HD video
  • Operator-driver dual control function possible
  • Many automated functions
  • RealSense
  • Overall satisfactory image quality
Cons
  • Autonomy is still too weak
  • Bad automatic white balance
  • Neither Way Points nor Tap Fly
  • Control distance and video back a bit limited
  • Unattractive slowdown in 120p
  • 50 Mbps in UHD only
  • High price.

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