In the drone market, it is often difficult to distinguish between good affordable drones and real price blocks, which, however, do not really matter in terms of quality.
We have set ourselves the task of introducing you to the best professional camera drones in more depth and highlighting what you can expect from the corresponding model in practice.
So that we do not tire you with text descriptions, we have made a video report on the tests of most drones, which you can also find on our YouTube channel.
DJI, Yuneec, Hubsan and Karma Drones Review
We have selected the best professional drones for you from a variety of suppliers, which have been tested, more precisely, in terms of suspension and flight characteristics.
We have paid special attention to the varied selection of different manufacturers. Next, we’ll introduce you to drones from DJI, Yuneec, Hubsan and Parrot.
DJI Mavic Pro is our first choice
The DJI Mavic Pro is a versatile talent among professional drones, especially suitable for pilots who love to travel. The quadcopter can be folded to fit in your backpack approximately 10 cm wide, 20 cm long and 8 cm high. You will learn about what else a copter can do in the following video review.
In addition to being incredibly compact, the Mavic features a 4k camera and 2x digital zoom.
Flight performance is outstanding despite its light weight – just under 770g: no matter in strong winds or fog, the Mavic Pro stands alone in the air and does not move.
In Sport mode, the drone has a top speed of just under 65 km / h and thus provides an extra sensation for fast moving pilots. The coolest thing is that the rotor blades do not appear on the video even in sport mode. This issue has been resolved in previous Phantom 3 series models.
In our endurance test, the actual flight time with maximum use of the drone was just under 23 minutes. The great thing here is that the batteries are smaller than, for example, the P4, so they are fully charged again after 60 minutes. We bought the Fly More Combo kit because the package includes 2 extra batteries.
In our test, the range of almost 500 meters was not a problem. in the USA, drones can only be flown within line of sight, otherwise you would be violating current drone law. American Youtubers have even traveled over 5km with the Mavic, so the manufacturer’s information seems realistic for a range of up to 7km.
In our test, the collision avoidance system worked great with both large objects, such as a car, and a thin wooden strut. However, it should be noted that the objects being approached must have a clear enough structure for the system to function properly.
Photo and video recordings are really top notch in good lighting. As you can see in the video, the gimbal works flawlessly and always provides a stable image without hesitation.
4k recordings are recorded at 30fps. Resolutions of 120 FPS (frames per second) in Full HD are possible, so you can also create slow motion recordings that are worth watching.
Photos were taken at 4000 × 3000 pixels in JPG or DNG format. Demanding photographers will also pay off and be able to save images in DNG format so they can later be edited in Photoshop.
All in all, DJI offers a consistent overall package that is already available on select online stores for just under € 1,100 in the smallest version.
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced: the highest quality from DJI
The Phantom 4 Advanced is one of the most expensive drones from DJI, but it also has a lot of great features for a proud price of almost 1,500 euros. The following video shows in detail what to expect from this drone in practice.
The quadcopter has a 4k action camera which with 60 FPS is currently the best one can buy on the market.Even Ultra HD videos can be recorded at 60 frames per second.
Videos look incredibly smooth and crisp, even in low light. Photos can also be taken in 4000 × 3000 pixel format at 20MP resolution. It is of course possible to save images in DNG format so that they can be edited later.
The gimbal system does an excellent job of keeping the drone camera quiet even during small storms. Compared to the previous P3 series, the entire exterior has been redesigned and they are now less prone to damage in the event of falls or collisions.
In practical tests, we were able to achieve an effective flight time of just under 27 minutes. Compared to the competition, this is a really decent price, which is impressive. It takes 90 minutes to fully charge the battery.
The flight characteristics are just great and look very mature. The drone can even withstand strong winds without any problem and stands calmly and relaxed in the air. The flight commands you give to the drone via the remote control are direct and smooth.
The helicopter reaches a top speed of 80 km / h in Sport mode and thus tops the list of the fastest drones we have tested. Flying through the air is a lot of fun, but caution is advised here as the P4 no longer detects obstacles in this flight mode.
Intelligent Flight Modes allow even inexperienced pilots to create impressive videos. Everything from Interest Mode to Paint Mode is included, making the drone’s heart beat faster.
The obstacle detection sensors work very reliably, as do the return to home function and other built-in safety mechanisms such as automatic takeoff and landing.
If you’re on a little more budget and don’t have to travel by drone every day, then the P4 Advanced is definitely the right choice for you.
DJI Spark – Taking Gesture Control to the Next Level
DJI’s smallest drone, the Spark, can be controlled with gestures. Not only is it incredibly cool and innovative, but it also makes it easier to use when you need to carry a lot with you. You can see how advanced this technology is in the following video.
Spark is a mini drone equipped with a lot of good technology for almost 600 euros. Particularly noteworthy are the Intelligent Flight Modes, which are not found in many much more expensive models from DJI:
- Rocket fashion
- Circular flight mode
These flight modes create cinematic flight recordings for you, with the camera operating and the drone taking over the flight. So you don’t have to worry about which direction the drone is flying or at what angle the camera is tilted towards you – it all happens completely automatically. This is where beginners pay off especially.
Spark reaches speeds of almost 50 km / h in Sport mode when there is no opposition. You can also shoot movies without rotor blades spoiling your recording.
A flight time of just under 16 minutes is too short for our taste and ends really quickly. Therefore, it is worth considering buying a Fly-More-Combo Kit (like us) that contains an extra battery.
The range of almost 200 meters is quite affordable. However, we have to point out that we are a little disappointed as the standard P3 was able to reach nearly 300m without major transmission problems.
Videos are recorded in Full HD at 30 frames per second. In both good and bad lighting conditions, the DJI Spark camera delivers good footage, which is impressive (I think the river test video recordings are really great!).
Images are recorded at 4000 × 3000 pixels at 12MP in JPG format. Unfortunately, images cannot be saved in any other format.
Overall, DJI offers a great all-round package that might be of interest to those who save money.However, if you are looking for a high-end drone, then the Mavic Pro or P4 Advanced is the best option.
Yuneec Typhon Q500 4K: Price-Performance Ratio Winner
As you know from Yuneec, when you buy a drone, you get a lot of power for little money. The Q500 4k is the clear winner in terms of value for money in our pro drones test. Both the videos and the CMGO3 (drone cameras) images convinced us completely. The following video also shows in detail why we made this decision.
We were especially impressed with the crisp footage. For no more than € 700, you get a really cool quadcopter that can record Ultra HD (4K) videos at 30fps to Full HD at 120fps.
Photos were taken at 4000 × 3000 resolution and 12 MP and saved in JPG format. The images are incredibly clear, even in depth, and produce great shots.
The drone weighs just under 1.7kg when fully loaded, which is slightly noticeable in the air. The drone can fly at a speed of 40 km / h. There is no sport mode, which, in our opinion, is not needed at all.
The flight characteristics are very good, and even in stronger winds, the unmanned flying object does not bend, but stands like a stone in the air.
The package always includes two batteries, which provide a flight time of just over 22 minutes per battery. This value is definitely suitable for really expensive equipment.
Yuneec also supplies a handheld gimbal that can be used to mount the drone camera. It’s very simple: you take the camera off the drone and simply slide it onto the gimbal rail and you have a selfie stick ready. This very simple yet effective method is a lot of fun and saves you the hassle of buying an extra GoPro camera with a selfie stick or similar gear.
To summarize, we can say that with this model, Yuneec offers a truly excellent all-round package that is unmatched in the market for its price.
Conclusion on our comparison
Buying a drone is a really tough and daunting decision as there are many different parameters that affect your buying decision.
If you’re looking for an entry-level drone with really great flight modes, the DJI Spark is definitely your best bet.
The Mavic Pro is best suited for the frequent traveler with high demands on photo and video recording as this quad folds up and relaxes around the backpack.
Professional filmmakers who have the highest demands on their drone should use the Phantom 4 Advanced or Professional model. Not only long flight times, but also 4k videos at 60 frames per second convince theater goers to watch your drone movie.
All newbies as well as experienced users looking for a lot of drones at a low price can shoot a drone with a bargain with the Yuneec Q500 4k.
We hope our report helped you make your purchasing decision.
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