What is the Best Drone for Me?
Drones are cool. There is no denying it. Even if you don’t really need one. Some are glorified tech toys, but many models are useful tools for use in imaging and cinematic applications small and large. If you are looking for a flying camera to use on your next project, chances are you will find something to your liking and which fits your budget: this industry has come a long way in a very short time. There are models on the market now that have amazing video quality and stabilization, something we couldn’t even have dreamed of just 5 years ago.
However you must be aware that you get what you pay for, and if you want a drone that can capture stunning footage, you need to be ready to invest. And like any investment, doing your research to make sure you find it’s actually worth your money is always a good idea.
Here are some of the best DJI Drones on the market in 2020: this will make your research a little bit easier. Consider this our gift in getting you closer to your flying endeavors!
The drones listed are ready-to-fly models, which means you can use them right out of the box. In most cases, you’ll need to bring your own Android or iOS device to view the camera feed in real-time, but a few models also stream video directly to a remote control.
Regulations and Safety
The rules of the air vary from region to region. Generally, if your drone weighs 250g and up, you’ll need to register it in order to fly it outdoors legally—even over your own property.
The latest addition to the DJI drone family, the DJI Mavic Mini actually weighs 249g (without accessories), making it much easier for pilots to fly it without needing registration.
Its light weight however means it lacks a safety feature—obstacle avoidance. But it includes all of the other expected tools to help ensure a safe flight, including GPS stabilization, automated return-to-home, and automatic takeoff and landing.
We know it may be daunting to understand the flying regulations in your country; this is why we’ve released a free online course on Drone Flying Regulations in Dubai. The course takes you everything you need to start flying your UAV safely whether you are a local or a tourist and whether you wish to fly your drone for commercial or non-commercial use. In the course we describe the procedures and walk you through how to register your drone as well as how to request a permit for aerial shooting in Dubai. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of participation and be ready to fly safely and happily in one of the most vibrant cities on Earth!
Why DJI is the Best Brand for Drones
DJI is world leader in the drone industry, and there’s a good reason for that. The company is simply a few steps ahead of its competition right now, and has a product catalog with models at various price points, making it the go-to brand for all drone-enthusiasts. Its iconic Phantom series continues to be appreciated to the day, and the Mavic Series is by far the most sold worldwide.
DJI’s pro line Inspire is currently in its second generation. These drones offer functionality well beyond what you get with a Phantom, including dual-operator support—one person flying and the other working the camera—as well as interchangeable lenses and camera modules, a Raw cinema workflow, and retractable landing gear.
Small vs. Large Drones
The request for small, portable drones is on the rise. Hikers, travel photographers and even just hobbyists are looking for lightweight options that can fit into a backpack (or in a Pocket in the case of the Osmo Pocket camera!).
The best small drone currently available is without a doubt the Mavic Mini. However there are other options!
If you wish to use your drone mainly for fun, you can opt for the DJI Tello. Weighing only 80g, with a flight time of up to 13 minutes, the DJI Tello has a 720p HD camera and is extremely easy to use.
On the other hand, if you want more features and a sturdier body, you can choose the DJI Mavic Air, which features ActiveTrack, QuickShot, SmartCapture and TapFly and the powerful FlightAutonomy 2.0 visual system for more precise stationary flight and optimized performance.
If you are looking to use your drone for professional projects, the Mavic 2 Pro is guaranteed to satisfy your needs. It features a Hasselblad L1D-20c with a 1-inch 20 MP CMOS sensor, adjustable aperture f/2.8-f/11, 10-bit Dlog-M and 10-bit HDR video. If you are looking for extra zoom power, you can opt for the Mavic 2 Zoom, featuring a 4x lossless zoom and Dolly Zoom Feature.