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The Best Drones With Cameras

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Drones with cameras have revolutionized the field of aerial photography. Getting that perfect bird’s-eye-view perspective in a photo or video is a lot safer when it doesn’t involve risking life and limb in an airplane or helicopter. Drones have also made it possible to get shots that are impossible for traditional camera setups – tilting and whirling quickly with 360 degrees of motion.

But perhaps the biggest change to the field is the fact that drones have made aerial photography and videography accessible to everyone. Some of the high-end drones on this list may get a little pricey, but these are all consumer-grade products perfect for anyone with an interest in the field. We’ve hand-picked the top 24 best drones with cameras for all needs and all experience levels – and we’ve flown each one personally!

Table of Contents FAQ About Drones with Cameras The Best Rated Professional Drones with Cameras The Best Rated Hobby Drones with Cameras #1 Hobby Drone With Camera($169)See Best Price #1 Toy Drone With Camera($129)See Best Price #1 Budget Long Range Drone ($129)See Best Price #1 Long Range Hobby Camera Drone ($260)See Best Price The Best Rated Micro Drone with Cameras Choosing the Best Drone for Photography Conclusion About The Best Rated Camera Drones Professional Drones with Cameras

This category is better for those who need it for commercial reasons, possibly for recording clips for an advertisement or a picture for their business’ profile, for example, or for residential fliers who want the best camera drone on the market. These camera drones for sale are professional in all aspects, with both the camera and the drone being high tech in accordance with the design.

Overall, professional drones with cameras are of high quality. They have some of the best cameras that money can buy onboard and ensure perfect stability for aerial photography and videography purposes through the gimbal and gyro axis.

The Best Rated Professional Drones with Cameras DJI Phantom 4

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This quadcopter for sale packs quite a punch. The battery allows for up to 28 minutes of flying with a very reasonable recharge time. In fact, this top rated drone can last for up to 5 kilometers, which is pretty decent. The outdoors positioning module consists of both GPS and GLONASS for better accuracy and stability when in the air, with a top speed of 45mph.

The onboard camera captures videos in 4K resolution at 30fps, as well as slow motion at 1080p for 120fps. It also has some incredible features, such as the Vision Positioning System, for example, which provides a reliable, safer flight both indoors and outside.

The following is a list of the specifications:
5350mAh battery

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hour charge time Weighs 8.8 pounds 12.8”x8.66”x14.96” 6-axis gyro 4 channels

Pros:

One-touch controls Multiple modes for different areas of flying Features that make flight easier and more accurate

Cons:

Issues with it being crash-proof as advertised Longer setup time that requires additional tightening when compared to other models, such as the Phantom 3

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DJI Phantom 3 Professional

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The Phantom 3 Pro boasts approximately 23 minutes of flight time, comes with 4K video resolution and 12MP still photos, both at 30fps. The operating range is 2,000 meters, which is very decent for a drone of this type, being one that is made for aerial photography.

This one sports multiple features that aid with getting the best shots, including GPS-assisted hovering through GPS and GLONASS. You also get Return to Home, Point of Interest, Ground Station, Follow Me, and more.

The following is a list of the specifications:
4480mAh battery 1 hour charge time Weighs 9.2 pounds 18”x13”x8” 6-axis gyro 8 channels

Pros:

An affordable drone considering what it brings to the table Easily controlled Has a very stable system that makes flying easier

Cons:

With videos, you will sometimes see the wings of the craft, which can be problematic for some Can be very stubborn in cold temperatures, so the batteries may need to be warmed up beforehand

Click To Shop or Read Reviews   DJI Inspire 2

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The DJI Inspire 2 is leaps and bounds better than it’s brother, the first Inspire, and includes revamped features. The flight time is approximately 27 minutes, which is quite impressive. The operating range is approximately 7,000 meters, which is something rarely seen in other drones.

The video resolution is an extraordinary 5.2K RAW, which can later be converted to 4K if need be, with 30MP still photos. Spotlight Pro, Quick mode, Composition mode, Point of Interest, Waypoint, and QuickSpin are just a few of the many features available.

The following is a list of the specifications:
4280mAh battery 1 hour and 30 minute charge time Weighs 7.2 pounds 48cmx47cmx32cm 6-axis gyro 8 channels

Pros:

Handy Apple ProRes Codec integration A very improved drone when compared to the first Comes with multiple safety features

Cons:

Can ruin “flyby” shots because of the obstacle avoidance system Focusing has yet to be improved Very high price, close to $3k

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DJI Inspire 1

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The DJI Inspire 1 may already have an improved brother, the Inspire 2, but it’s definitely still worth considering. You can only get up to 18 minutes of flight time, or approximately 15 if there’s wind, but it’s still got a great camera and is a perfect aerial photography drone.

The camera can record videos at 4K resolution, has 12MP still photos, and a 360-degree range. You are able to record 4096×2160 at 25fps in 4K or 1920×1080 at 60 fps HD. The lens is a 9 element rectilinear wide angled lens, which is pretty impressive. You can also get a wireless, live HD video transmission through the DJI Lightbridge application.

While this is a more camera oriented drone, there are plenty of useful features. These features include Failsafe, Vision Positioning System, Orbit mode, Follow Me, to name a few.

The following is a list of the specifications:
4500mAh battery 1 hour and 40 minute charge time Weighs 6.2 pounds 17.2”x17.5”x11.8” 3-axis gimbal 8 channels

Pros:

Multiple improvements through entire drone, even though the next generation has come out, that being the Inspire 2 Great camera capabilities and quality, also is detachable Can remain stable in certain weather conditions where others would fail Strong durability through carbon fiber landing gear

Cons:

Very high price for the drone and all other accessories needed Disappointing battery life If the ground isn’t flat the landing gear will be automatically triggered No system for obstacle avoidance

Click To Shop or Read Reviews   Yuneec Typhoon H

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The Yuneec Typhoon H presents a next generation step forward in terms of aerial photography. It comes with a 360-degree anti-vibration gimbal and landing gear that retracts for the purpose of taking 360-degree filming and photography. Paired with 12MP stills and 4K ultra HD resolution recording, it’s one heck of a camera drone.

It features 8 smart flight modes, auto takeoff, auto landing, and an automatic return to home feature when the battery gets too low. The 5-rotor fail-safe and 6-rotor safety measures ensure that crashes are avoided as much as possible, especially with the ultrasonic collision prevention system.

The following is a list of the specifications:
5400mAh battery 2 hour charge time Weighs 12 pounds 21.2”x17”x12.5” 3-axis gimbal 16 channels

Pros:

Propellers fold down for easy storage and compact needs One-touch controls for ease of use Obstacle avoidance system Robust landing system that’s practically fool proof

Cons:

It’s made of plastic, so cannot withstand a large or multiple small crashes Very large landing gear

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Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon

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Though there are quite a few cons to this drone, which you will see in a minute, the Yuneec Q500+ makes up for it with the camera specs. This is the perfect drone for someone who cares more about the camera than the drone itself. You get 16MP stills and 1080p full HD video resolution that can be adjusted to 48, 50, or 60fps.

The drone camera includes a custom case, a 5.5” tablet display, and an onboard microphone. You also get a 5.8GHz integrated download link for the purpose of streaming and viewing your flight on the Personal Ground Station, your transmitter, which pairs well with the ProAction SteadyGrip capability.

You also get 25 minutes of flying, which is pretty decent when you look at the amount of time it takes to charge for a full battery. While there are limited features, the ones you do get are pretty useful where aerial photography is concerned. You get Smart mode, Angle mode, Home mode, Follow Me and Return to Home.

The following is a list of the specifications:
5400mAh battery 1 hour and 20 minute charge time Weighs 2.5 pounds 22.2”x16.5”x9.4” 3-axis gimbal 10 channels

Pros:

The streaming quality to a phone or tablet is pretty decent and doesn’t lag too badly Does not require a separate smart device, although you can use one if you wish The camera is pretty impressive compared to everything else, considering it’s the main focus There is a Personal Ground Station capability that’s basically all-in-one

Cons:

It’s a large drone, so the speed is affected The transmitter is a bulky size, bad for smaller hands Setting up Follow Me usually takes more than one try Waypoint navigation is not supported Changing positions in the air is not possible, meaning getting a response from the air is not supported and must be done while the drone is on the ground

Click To Shop or Read Reviews   Walkera Voyager 3

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The Walkera Voyager 3 has somewhat set the stage for other aerial photography drones. It focuses on both camera and drone aspects to create the perfect camera quadcopter. You can get between 20 to 25 minutes of flight time depending on certain weather conditions.

The camera only gives 1080p HD resolution with 60fps, but it’s still a very decent level of quality that is just under 4K. Both the camera and the gimbal can be removed easily, and the transmitter is also pretty decent. It uses a 5.8GHz frequency with LED indicators and comes with a 5” display screen.

You also get a handful of features as well, which include Follow Me, one-key Go Home, one-key landing, and one-key takeoff, to name a few. There is also a dual-navigation Russian GPS system that uses both GPS and GLONASS. The landing gear is retractable, too.

The following is a list of the specifications:
3000mAh battery 1 hour and 50 minute charge time Weighs 8 pounds 30”x15”x12” 3-axis gimbal 12 channels

Pros:

The gimbal and the camera can be removed The 3D design is perfect for the purpose, that being aerial photography and videos It’s very resistant to damage and crashing The 360-degree rotation allows for a camera view that is unobstructed The DEVO F12E transmitter is very high tech One-touch controls

Cons:

Only has a range of 1000 meters, which is somewhat disappointing considering the price and the hype Because the battery is one that is very uncommon, finding a replacement can be extremely difficult

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Thunder Tiger Robotix

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The Thunder Tiger Robotix is the absolute perfect camera drone for those who want to be able to provide their own camera. The Morpheus series of gimbal are designed for those who are dead serious about aerial drone photography and have any GoPro camera from the Hero series.

You can get a maximum of 25 minutes of flying time, which may

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$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest!

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AirVuz is the top spot for drone videographers to show off their work.  Show off your best with a chance to win $1,000 every week in the AirVuz Video of the Week contest!

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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The Alliance for Drone Innovation

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Manufacturing giant DJI has announced the launch of the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI), an effort to broaden the support for the goals of the former Drone Manufacturers Alliance originally formed 2 years ago by 3DR, GoPro, DJI and Parrot.

The new organization will address the same issues – but the coalition has now expanded to include suppliers and software developers of both personal and professional drones “as well as the innovative Americans who fly them for recreational, artistic, and business purposes,” says the Alliance.

Led by Jenny Rosenberg, former Department of Transportation Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, the group’s focus is on legislative and regulatory activity: matters of critical importance right now to stakeholders in the recreational drone industry.  Recent arguments over the repeal of Section 336 in the next FAA Authorization package – a move which would grant the FAA broad authority to impose laws for recreational drones – could threaten the growth of the sector.  Recreational drone manufacturers and advocacy groups are committed to keeping the law in place, which would mean that recreational droners do not have to get a Part 107 license or additional training to fly as long as they fly within the framework of a community-based flight organization, such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) or the Drone User Group (DUG.)

“ADI is focused on promoting innovation and the growth of the unmanned aircraft industry for both personal and professional use,” says ADI.  “…ADI promotes awareness among policymakers, media and the general public of how drones help society, ensuring that government policies allow everyone to achieve the benefits of safe and responsible drone flight.”

“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration, and other stakeholders on policies that promote innovation and allow the drone market to flourish in a responsible and safe manner,” said ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg.

In addition to legal protections for recreational operators as mentioned above, the ADI supports a micro-drone classification exempting very small and lightweight aircraft from certain laws, and the preservation of FAA preemption.  FAA preemption refers to the idea that the FAA should maintain ultimate authority over the airspace, preventing state, tribal and local governments from passing their own drone laws.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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TWITTER:@spaldingbarker

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Firefly Drone Shows: The Team Behind That Viral Video Expands Their Fleet

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Press Release: Firefly Drone Shows, founded by Kyle Dorosz and Ryan Sigmon, is expanding their fleet to 200 custom-built drones and booking for a variety of outdoor events this summer. They are the third company in the United States to gain approval for performing across the country, and one of the few in the world to also possess a night waiver from the FAA for drone shows. Routines are pre-programmed, choreographed, and automated by a computer to create any design imaginable in the sky. This level of customization makes light shows an ideal alternative to traditional fireworks for corporate, private, and special events.

Firefly recently made headlines in regional news outlets, including MLive and ABC 12, after a video of their first test performance, recorded by Grand Blanc resident Kaylin Adams, went viral. Dorosz was operating 30 drones at dusk, from Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field, which piqued the curiosity of Adams plus 10-15 other drivers who parked on the shoulder of the I-75 highway to safely view the synchronized light show.

Traditional fireworks are loud, costly, can be used only once, and emit various harmful toxins. Drone shows don’t leave a carbon footprint and can be executed repeatedly, something co-founder Dorosz believes will appeal to to eco-conscious industries including music and entertainment. “We are able to create bright, impactful displays in the sky without the significant pollution or steep costs generally associated with fireworks.”

A light show can last up to 20 minutes. However, additional drones can be launched to replace drones with depleted batteries, creating a seamless and continuous light show. Anyone attending a music festival, county fair, or corporate event this summer will be relieved to know that if they spot groups of lights performing mesmerizing routines, it’s likely a Firefly Drone Show at work and not a visit from extraterrestrial beings.

Firefly is currently booking summer events across the nation. View more of their shows, and follow along, on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, or visit fireflydroneshows.com.

About Firefly Drone Shows

Firefly provides synchronized drone light shows for corporate and private events, as well as custom applications. One of the only FAA-approved companies in the world, Firefly offers the latest technology operated by the most experienced pilots.

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