The 10 Best Drones for Aerial Property Photos and Videosposted on 3 October 2018
Aerial property photography and video is one of the biggest markets for today’s drone pilots. In such here are the 10 best drones for aerial property photos and videos currently on the market.
Because drones are uniquely suited to shooting property from a variety of angles, and at a price that’s affordable for a lot of property owners. Choosing your equipment is one of the biggest decisions a professional drone pilot can make. It’s usually a large investment ($1,000 or more) and it has a big impact on the work you do.
In this article, I’m going to break down the ten best drones for taking aerial property photos. These drones are excellent investments and they fit a wide range of budgets.
1. DJI Phantom 4
I consider the DJI Phantom 4 to be one of the best all-around drones on the market. It’s arguably the best combination of price, features, and durability.
The DJI Phantom 4 Professional comes with a 20-megapixel camera that shoots video in 4K. It comes with a gimbal for image stabilization while flying, an extremely long 30-minute flight time, and a long control distance of 7 kilometres.
Its autonomous flight modes are great for taking property shots. For example, you can use Point of Interest to get a 360-degree shot of the property and Waypoints to get rise and reverse shots.
The regular DJI Phantom 4 comes with a 12-megapixel camera that also shoots 4K video, has 28 minutes of battery life, and has a 5km control distance. If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper quadcopter, you’ll be more than happy with this model, as well.
2. DJI Inspire 2
Another behemoth from DJI, the Inspire is a feature-rich, powerful quadcopter that is used by many professional pilots, especially those taking property photography and videography.
The DJI Inspire 2 comes with similar specs and features to the DJI Phantom 4. However, it is much more conducive to switching the camera/gimbal for one of your choosing. So if you like customizing your shots based on your camera equipment, and you still want a long flight time and autonomous flight modes, the Inspire might be up your alley.
3. DJI Mavic Pro
When the DJI Mavic came out, it took the small UAV world by storm. It combines superior camera quality and flight capability with portability you almost never see in a drone of this size (it can fold down to about the size of a water bottle).
This quadcopter is great for pilots who travel often and want to have a powerful piece of technology at their disposal.
4. Yuneec Typhoon H Pro
Yuneec is one of the few manufacturers that can compete with DJI.
The Typhoon H Pro is a hexacopter rather than a quadcopter. It comes with six blades, making it generally more stable than a quadcopter. When shooting aerial property photos, stability is one of the most important factors to consider.
This hexacopter comes with a 7-inch touchscreen built into its controller, allowing you to control the drone and its autonomous flight modes, and to get a first-person view (FPV) of what your drone is seeing in real time. (Most other models require you to buy a monitor or FPV goggles separately.)
If you’re not a big fan of DJI, Yuneec is a great alternative.
5. Autel X-Star Premium
The Autel X-Star Premium is usually the quadcopter I recommend to people who want to spend less than $1,000 and aren’t into DJI or Yuneec.
It comes with a solid camera (12MP, 4K video), is ready-to-fly, has a 25-minute flight time, and has a respectable 2km range. Its batteries only take 60 minutes to charge, as well.
The X-Star Premium comes with four autonomous flight modes, including Orbit, which is great for aerial property shots. It’s GPS system also allows it to be flown safely indoors.
6. Yuneec Typhoon 4K
The Yuneec Typhoon 4K is one of the lower-tier versions of the Typhoon H and H Pro. It has a 25-minute flight time, which is on the longer end in this price range, and an 800m control distance.
The Typhoon 4K is an excellent quadcopter if your flying skills are quite good. If you rely heavily on autonomous flight modes, the drone comes with Watch Me and Follow Me, which aren’t great for property photography.
But if flight modes aren’t that important to you, the Typhoon 4K is a solid drone in the under $1,000 price range.
7. GoPro Karma
If you’re a GoPro user, the Karma is one of your best options.
This quadcopter was specifically designed by GoPro for their cameras. Most drones that can carry a GoPro do only that, they hold the camera. Karma allows in-flight access to your camera to adjust controls and get a first-person view.
It can be operated by two people, so one flies while the other controls the camera, and it comes with some excellent flight modes (Dronie, Cable Cam, Reveal, and Orbit).
It doesn’t get much better for GoPro users than this drone.
8. DJI Phantom 3 Standard
I have recommended the DJI Phantom 3 Standard to more pilots than any other drone. For the price, it has one of the best values on the market.
For under $500, you get a 12-megapixel camera that shoots 2.7K video, a 25-minute flight time, and a 1km range. It can be flown both outdoors and indoors with its GPS, and it comes with five autonomous flight modes.
It’s also one of the most stable drones I’ve had the pleasure of flying. If you’re on a budget, I can’t recommend this quadcopter enough.
9. DJI Spark
Like the Mavic Pro, the DJI Spark is an ultra-compact quadcopter, so it makes for an excellent travel companion.
Like most of DJI’s drones, it comes with a ton of autonomous flight modes. Its camera is less powerful, understandably, but its flight modes are some of the most advanced of any drone.
10. Parrot BeBop 2
The Parrot BeBop is a tried and tested drone. Parrot has been around for a while and makes quality RC products.
The BeBop 2 isn’t as feature-rich as the other drones on this list, but it does come with a solid flight time, FPV capability, and some flight modes. It’s also compact and easy to travel with.
To Wrap It Up
There are a lot of good drones for property photography and videography, but I think these are the best on the market right now in each price range.
About the Author
Mark Sheehan has flown over 100 RC aircraft models over the last 10 years. He started My Drone Authority to help people get the most out of this amazing hobby and profession.
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