Best Camera Drones of 2018
Drones have become very popular nowadays. These Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are controlled by computers, remotes, and smartphones. Previously they were only used in the military for surveillance purposes, but today they are used for photography, racing, filming, wildlife monitoring, disaster management and a lot more.
There are different types of drones, but Cameras Drones has gained a lot of popularity. They are used for taking amazing aerial pictures and videos. There is another type of drone, Racing Drone which uses FPV or First Person View system. Some racing competitions have Drone Racing tournaments with good prize money. It has started taking place as a real sport. In this article, we will focus on Camera Drones.
DJI SPARK has made its place on the list of best camera drone of 2018 because of its stunning design, smart camera and advanced technology used, still very easy to handle. Launch the drone by your hand gesture and make it fly within 30 seconds. This palm-sized drone can attain the maximum speed of 31 MPH and roam up-to range of 1 mile. The small-sized, lightweight drone weighs only 300 grams and comes at an affordable rate.
DJI SPARK Features
The machine learning technology and artificial intelligence used in the creation of DJI Spark make it a very useful drone with many features. Let’s take a look at the specifications of DJI Spark.
Take beautiful aerial pictures with 12 megapixel sensor camera and click perfect selfie just by your hand gesture. The ShallowFocus mode can take pictures like professional DSLR camera. It has auto exposure and panorama mode which gives you lot of options to click an amazing photograph. The drone also allows you to create blurred background effect in the image. You can even track a moving object by encircling it. DJI SPARK shoots videos of 1080p with 24 megabits per second.
Speed & Range
When DJI SPARK is controlled by the phone, the maximum range of wireless transmission can be 262 Ft and up to the height of 164 Ft.
The drone can attain the maximum speed of 31 miles per hour when it is controlled by a dedicated controller. When connected to phone or tablet the normal speed of DJI is 6.5 miles per hour.
The flight time of the drone is around 16 minutes. DJI SPARK battery is 1480 mAh, the battery life is short and the drone starts prompting for charging in 10-12 minutes of flight.
DJI SPARK is a lightweight drone of 0.66 pound or 300 grams. This small sized drone can be launched from your palm.
Easy & Cost Effective
DJI can be the first drone that you want to fly. It is one of the best choices for beginners and kids. All you need is your phone with Wi-Fi connection and you can fly this drone in 30 seconds. It is very easy to launch with few simple steps.
DJI spark comes at an affordable rate. It is cheaper when compared to other drones.
DJI Mavic Pro
DJI Mavic Pro is one of the most advanced drones available in the market. This camera drone comes with an impressive design which can fits easily into the backpack and very popular among travelers. Mavic Pro is small in size and weighs 734 grams. The arms can be folded inside which makes it portable and easy to handle. OccuSync technology used in the drone permits it to travel up to 4.3 miles.
DJI Mavic Pro Features
Hi-tech design and advanced technology used in DJI Mavic Pro made it popular among drone lovers. There are many amazing features in this sophisticated drone, let’s take a glance at the important features of DJI Mavic Pro.
The camera of DJI Mavic Pro is 12.35 megapixels that capture high-quality images like professional DSLR camera. You can create videos of 4k at maximum video bit rate of 24 frames per second. One notable feature of Mavic camera is, you can adjust the style setting and color profile of the camera to click a perfect photograph. With an aperture of f/2.2, this drone shoots amazing pictures and even works well in low light.
Mavic Pro battery is of 3,830 mAh which makes the flight time remarkable. The drone can fly for 27 minutes. Due to the design of DJI Mavic Pro, it can fly for a longer time than hovering over an object.
Before charging, the battery must be removed from the drone. The battery is separately placed for charging.
Weight & Size
This small-sized, lightweight drone weighs 1.62 pounds or 734 grams. It can be folded to half of the original size that makes it very portable. The size of Mavic Pro is 3.5 x12x11 inches which reduce to 3.2×3.2×7.8 inches. Because of its compact size, DJI Mavic Pro can be called a traveler’s friend as it easily fits in the backpack.
Speed & Range
The maximum speed that Mavic Pro can attain is 40 miles per hour. If we talk about its sensors, this incredible drone detects the object that comes between 2 to 49 feet when it is flying at a speed of 22 mph.
Mavic Pro transmission range is 4.3 miles when connected to the controller, with mobile its range is around 99.6 meters.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
With 20 megapixel camera, three direction vision systems and the infrared sensor which can sense the obstacle in 5 directions, DJI Phantom 4 Pro has become one the most advanced drone in the market. The Intelligent flight mode in the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is capable of following the pre-programmed route, understanding hand gesture and finding the best possible path to return home. You can shoot fast moving objects, create slow-motion shots, and take beautiful aerial photos and high-resolution videos of 4k/60fps.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Features
DJI Phantom 4 Pro has a lot to offer to its users, you can draw a route to follow, shoot a fast moving object and click your best selfie using your hand gesture. It can even return back to its owner by intelligently choosing the best path to return according to the environment.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro camera is first of its kind which has the mechanical shutter, unlike other DJI camera which has in-built rolling shutters. The 1 inch 20 megapixel camera sensor takes high contrast brilliant photographs.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro shoots incredible videos of 4k/60fps at a bitrate of 100Mbps. The mechanical shutters help in shooting fast moving objects with high resolution. It can even create slow-motion shots.
The Intelligent Flight of DJI Phantom 4 Pro offers five amazing features- Draw, Gesture, TapFly, Return to Home and ActiveTrack.
- You can draw a route on the screen of the drone to follow; it will keep the altitude locked and fly at a constant speed as per the route.
- ActiveTrack can recognize and track any object, the user can choose one of three modes to click pictures at perfect angles.
- TapFly allows the user to control the direction of the drone by tapping on the screen. You can fly backward, forward or free.
- The Return to Home mode records the path and selects the best route while returning back to the user. The drone changes the route as per the environment.
- You can click the perfect selfies and beautiful photographs by using Gesture Control mode of DJI Phantom 4 Pro. All you need to raise your hand and the drone will recognize the movement, put you at the center of the frame and clicks the photograph.
The advanced infrared sensor in DJI Phantom 4 Pro is capable of avoiding object from 4 directions and senses the obstacle in 5 different directions which makes it a perfect drone to shoot in remote and difficult places. There are three vision systems of the drone forward, backward and downward. Avoiding all the objects in its path DJI Phantom 4 Pro is capable of flying at a maximum speed of 31mps.
Speed, Flight Time & Weight
With the battery of 5870 mAh, DJI Phantom 4 Pro can fly in the sky for 30 minutes. The drone weighs 1388 grams and flies at a maximum speed of 45mph in sports mode.