Which Drone Should I Buy?

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Which drone company is the best?

In my experience, DJI takes this title every time. DJI's products are both reliable and consistently groundbreaking. There isn't another company out there that has such a powerful lineup of drones and has impressed time and time again with new products and firmware updates. Yes, the price point is a little higher than some competitors, but the camera quality, flight stability, and simplicity makes it worth it. They are currently doing a Black Friday sale so check all their deals out here. 

Nordstrom is also doing a sale on the Mavic and Spark, so make sure you look there too!

Which drone should I buy?

I've listed three of DJI's consumer product lines below. This isn't everything they make, but it will give you an idea of which drone is best for you based on your interests. Check it out!

Phantom: For the Photographer

I use my Phantom 4 Pro so much that I've named it Droney McDroneFace. The Phantom 4 Pro is DJI's premiere drone in their Phantom line. The original Phantom revolutionized consumer camera drones and their latest model has everything you could ever need. It has the best camera with a 1 inch sensor and a mechanical shutter it boasts shooting video in 4K at 60 frames per second and a 20 megapixel camera. The P4P is nearly impossible to crash. With obstacle sensors in five directions, you would have to try to hit something before you lose it. The only downside is that it is less portable than the Mavic and Spark, but that doesn't mean it isn't portable. It is about the size of a soccer ball and I carry my Phantom in my backpack with me everywhere I go.

Camera: 5/5

Portability: 3/5

Sensors/Automation/Range: 5/5

Mavic: For the Traveler

The Mavic is about the size of an iPhone 7 Plus laying flat with about 3 inches of height added to it. That means it is very small. You don't even need a backpack for it if your jacket pocket is big enough (not that I recommend letting it bounce around in your pocket). The Phantom may have revolutionized drones the first time, but the Mavic revolutionized drones again by packing almost all the power of a Phantom into a much smaller vessel. Its camera resolution is 12 megapixels at caps out its video capabilities at 4K and 30 frames per second. Both the Mavic and the Phantom have amazing 3-axis gimbals that keep your footage stabile all the time. My personal favorite part of the Mavic is how fast you can unpack it and get it in the air due to its foldable wings and propellers. 

Camera: 4/5

Portability: 4/5

Sensors/Automation/Range: 4/5

Spark: For the Hobbyist

This little guy is a lot of fun, but it won't get you the quality footage the other two drones will. The Spark fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and when facing you will automatically take off just by looking at your face. Even better, without even buying a remote you can use your hands to direct it to take selfies from all angles. If you want to take it farther than selfie range, you can use your phone to connect to the drone via wifi, but you have to buy the remote to get beyond wifi range. This thing is tiny and perfect for anyone looking to get started, but it is limited to a 2-axis gimbal and a 12 megapixel camera. If you're a beginner and aren't looking to go crazy with photos, this could be the drone for you. Just keep in mind, that for not too much more, you can buy the much more powerful and almost as portable Mavic.

Here is Nordstrom's link to buy it without the remote for only $399!

Camera: 3/5

Portability: 5/5

Sensors/Automation/Range: 2/5

 
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Looking for something bigger?

Inspire: For the Professional

I hesitated to include the Inspire because of its insane price point, but if you are a professional looking to add some aerial footage to your shot list, take a look at this machine. The new Inspire 2 can reach over 60 miles per hour and each of the cameras you can attach to it can create some of the most beautiful aerial imagery you'll ever see. This isn't a drone you can carry on a plane or fit in your pocket, but its power makes up for it. Also, it doesn't have as powerful of sensors as the Phantom, but you would be operating this with two people, one to film and one to fly, so the sensors aren't as necessary.

Camera: 5/5

Portability: 1/5

Sensors/Automation/Range: 3/5

Still have questions?

Feel free to drop a comment below with any questions or concerns. I'm happy to try and help you decide which drone is best for you!

Stay tuned for my drone cinematography course. It's in the works!