I spent hours upon hours researching and testing the features on what I believe to be the top 10 drone picks for photographers in 2017. It doesn’t matter if your a beginner or advanced this list has a suitable drone for your skill level. These multirotor drones for photographers are specifically designed with versatile capabilities to provide an agile eye in the sky and capture stunning aerial imagery.
In no order here are the drones I picked to be the best on the market for photography.
I provided a brief run down of the specs and features to consider. Hope This helps you make a choice.
AEE AP 10
AEE AP 10 comes with Integrated Camera (16mp Stills & 1080p Video), Radio Controller with Wi-Fi Link, Battery and Chargers GPS-Based Autopilot with Return to Home Feature
Capable of reaching speeds up to 55 MPH and climbing to altitudes of nearly 5000 ft. WARNING: Only fly this Quadcopter in compliance with Local and FAA Regulations. Included 5300 mAh
Lithium Polymer Battery provides extra Long 25 minute Flight times Free IOS/Android App for Monitoring & Control from your Smartphone.
Parrot Bebop 2
Parrot Bebop 2 is compact and lightweight (1.1 lbs) Ultra-precise piloting and extended flight range of up to 1.2 mile with Parrot Skycontroller 2 Immersive flight experience with Parrot
Cockpitglasses (FPV goggles) Shoot full HD 1080P videos and 14Mpx photos with the built-in wide-angle camera. Footage can be captured in RAW, JPEG and DNG format. High capacity
2700mAh battery with up to 25 min battery life Unmatched 3-axis digital stabilization system ensures smooth and stable videos regardless of the drone’s movements Compatible Smartphone screen
size for the Cockpitglasses: 4.7 – 5.2″ / 12 – 13 cm
Go Pro Karma
Karma captures amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air, handheld or body mounted.
The Karma Drone folds to fit into the included lightweight case. Take it anywhere. When you’re ready to fly, just unfold, attach the propellers and go.
The Karma Stabilizer captures breathtaking shake-free video both in the air and on the ground.
Featuring Improved CGO3 4K Ultra-HD 1080P 120FPS SLOW MOTION HD VIDEO With Enhanced Zero Distortion Lens
Combining A 12.4MP, 4K ULTRA-HD CAMERA with A 3-Axis Gimbal Android Powered 5.5″ TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY Ground Station
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Quadcopter Drone 32GB MicroSD High-Speed Memory Card Micro Fiber Cloth
YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter CGO3-GB Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal ST10+ Personal Ground Station / Transmitter | YUNA100 USB I
nterface / Programmer | 2 x 5400mAh 3S LiPo Flight
Battery for Q500 Quadcopter | Balancing Connector Lead | 8GB microSD Card with SD Adapter
The DJI Spark has many great features. 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera; 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video
Gesture and TapFly Control; FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
Subject Tracking from Various Angles; GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
Top Speed of 31 mph in Sport Mode; Up to 16 Minutes Flying Time
Up to 1.2 Mile Control Range; Control, Edit, Share with DJI GO App
DJI Phantom P3 Standard
Standard lets you focus on taking great pictures and videos from the sky. With a range of over half a mile and crystal clear live video streaming over Wi-Fi to your mobile device on the free DJI Go
app, the Phantom 3 Standard delivers sophisticated functionality with a simple learning curve and an accessible price point.
DJI Phantom 4
VISIONARY INTELLIGENCE ELEVATED IMAGINATION The DJI Phantom 4 is the smartest flying camera DJI has ever created. Able to fly intelligently with a tap, automatically create seamless
tracking shots, fly intelligently over or around obstacles and much more. Flying has never been this easy or as much fun. SENSE AND AVOID Obstacle sensors enable the Phantom 4 to sense and
react to its environment. FLY WITH TAP Simply tap on the screen to fly the Phantom 4 in the direction you want. It will avoid obstacles in its path. VISUAL TRACKING Lock on to your subject and
track them as they move, let Phantom 4 take care of everything. INTELLIGENT FLIGHT SUPPORT SYSTEMS A dual satellite positioning system and an enhanced Vision Positioning System provides the Phantom 4 with a safer, more reliable flight experience both outdoors and indoors. POWERFUL CAMERA DESIGNED FOR THE SKY Capable of capturing 4K video at 30 frames per
second and slow motion 1080p at 120 frames per second, creating impressive footage has never been so easy. ACTIVE CAMERA STABILIZATION A 3-axis u-frame camera stabilization system
cancels out unwanted camera movements during flight. EXTENDED FLIGHT TIMES Fly with confidence for 28 minutes. INTEGRATED LONG RANGE TRANSMISSION See what the camera sees
in 720p HD from up to 3.1 miles (5km) away with the Phantom 4’s integrated HD video downlink. Frame up your shot from far away with perfect precision. BUILT-IN REDUNDANCIES A dual
compass module and dual Inertial Measurement Unit (IMUs) greatly increases reliability. ADVANCED AERODYNAMICS AND STABILITY Sleek, streamlined aerodynamics help the Phantom 4 slip
more smoothly through the air. HIGH-SPEED FLIGHT Fly at up to 45mph with satellite and Vision Positioning support with the new Sport Mode on Phantom 4.
Yuneec Typhoon H
The Typhoon H provides capabilities for enthusiasts previously only found in high-end professional drones, yet at a consumer price. With GPS stabilized flight control, 5 Rotor Fail-Safe, and 8 smart
flight modes including auto takeoff and land, the Typhoon H requires no experience to fly. The 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ gimbal camera captures ultra- stable 4K Ultra High Definition video, vivid
12 megapixel still images and can be rotated through an unlimited, 360 degree range of motion. The CGO3+ gimbal camera features a high quality glass 98 degree field of view, wide-angle lens,
and offers manual camera settings while in flight.
The X-Star Premium is a sophisticated yet amazingly easy-to-fly quadcopter designed for superb aerial imagery. The 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal can record crystal-clear, smooth Ultra HD videos
or take 12-MP photos with HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away. This drone is ready to fly out of the box, and can be flown with or without the help of the free Starlink mobile app. Powered by an
intelligent flight control system, dual GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation and aided by the Starpoint Positioning System, the drone stays safe and stable, even indoors or at low altitudes. Where
other drones might become erratic or fly away when there is magnetic interference, the X-Star is equipped with our exclusive SecureFly technology to help your drone come back home safely.
Learning to fly the X-Star is easy: you can start the motors, take off and land, hover, or have the drone automatically return home by using the one-touch buttons on the remote controller. The
controller’s integrated LCD displays critical flight information, allowing the Starlink mobile app to show fullscreen live HD video. Starlink brings a wealth of autopilot features such as follow, orbit,
waypoints, and also lets you adjust camera settings and record images in flight. With the X-Star Premium from Autel Robotics, a new perspective is just one flight away.
DJI Mavic Pro
Wherever You Go The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvass easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its
compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a
4.3mi (7Km) range, 4 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger. POWERFUL Fly for
miles. From your pocket. Inside the DJI Mavic Pro pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3mi (7km) and Full HD 1080p video
streaming. No bumps and scrapes When you know what’s in front of you, you won’t bump into it. The same is true of the Mavic. Using Flight Autonomy it can see obstacles as far away as 49ft (15m)
in front, so that it can fly at up to 22mph (36kph) while avoiding the things it sees. Absolute Precision Flight Autonomy technology means the DJI Mavic Pro can hover precisely in more
environments, and automatically land almost exactly where you took off. Stay flying longer Why fly for 10 or 15 minutes when you can fly for up to 27? With the Mavic you can. Use every single pixel
The DJI Mavic Pro is the only drone of its size to carry an integrated high-precision 3-axis mechanical camera stabilization system, giving you crystal clear photos and smooth videos, without losing
a single pixel.