Flying drones is both fun and practical – you can take photography or film to new heights. However, there is a lot to think about when it comes to buying drones. They should both be easy to fly while being able to capture outstanding movies. Some models are complicated to understand, while others have short flight times that are barely enough to drive around the block. If you want to be able to catch a lot of films, it is also essential to have a good reach.
Although the drones are now much more cost-effective compared to a few years ago, it is still a relatively expensive investment. There are many factors to consider before your purchase; everything from price range and quality to features and features. We at AeroFlyDrones.com will help you with all this in our buying guide. At the bottom of the page, we tip about the best models in the market in our drone best in the test.
1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro
If you are looking for the best drone on the market, this is the Mavic 2 Pro you should bet on. This drone has an outstanding performance and is incredibly smooth to fly with. Here you get an optimal combination of security and cruel image quality, which opens new possibilities with excellent hardware and software to capture every moment in high resolution.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro is admittedly quite expensive, but you get a drone that really has everything. The model is developed in collaboration with camera manufacturer Hasselblad, which is equipped with a high resolution of 4K, 10-bit HDR support, 100 Mbps, and 10-bit DlogM color profile. The camera captures up to a billion colors, and with its newly developed single CMOS sensor, you get four times the sensitivity compared to the previous model from Mavic. We at testarna.se are mainly impressed with how well the drone is filming and taking pictures in limited lighting, where the HyperLight function minimizes noise for improved picture and recording material.
Best of all, the drone is equipped with intelligent obstacle sensors and subject tracking. This ensures that the drone never collides with obstacles, whether you control the drone manually or if it follows you automatically. The sensors detect obstacles up to 40 meters away, giving plenty of time to adjust the flight path.
Thanks to its lightweight, compact size and its collapsible design, the drone is easy to carry everywhere. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is easy to boot and has a superior signal strength, which ensures a steady video stream up to a full 8 km. You can choose between using the supplied controller or pairing it with your smartphone. With your mobile devices, you can access a wealth of information, such as flight altitude, battery level, and flight speed. Unfortunately, the signal strength deteriorates a lot through the phone, where you will not be able to fly with an 8 kilometers range.
2. DJI Phantom 4 Advanced
In second place in our drone test, we have the fantastic DJI Phantom 4 Advanced. The model is equipped with a high-quality 20-megapixel camera and can detect obstacles 30 meters away. This drone is highly appreciated by both consumers and test panels around Sweden, which are acclaimed for their easy-to-maneuver flight and fantastic image quality.
The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced is equipped with a variety of functions to allow the drone to move freely. The five obstacle sensors, together with a satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), ultrasonic rangefinders, and redundant sensors, allow the drone to travel in complex environments completely without GPS signal. The model detects obstacles up to 30 meters away and can automatically brake or avoid the obstacle through a detour.
We at testarna.se are very impressed with the high-quality camera, which has a one-megapixel sensor with 20 megapixels. You can record 4K / 60fps videos and record Burst Mode still images at 14 fps. The drone has an excellent ability to stand perfectly lightning in the air when the pictures are taken but also manages to capture fantastic images when flying at high speed. Optical performance measures with most professional cameras and shoots in detail with a broad dynamic range.
Another fantastic feature is that the drone can automatically return to the starting point, which selects the best route depending on environmental conditions and possible obstacles. At the start, the drone records the scene below and compares his recording with what it sees on the way back, for a more accurate landing. The purchase includes a 16 GB MicroSD card. If you want to expand the memory further, the drone supports memory up to 128 GB.
3. DJI Mavic Air
DJI Mavic Air is a perfect drone, which comes with a bunch of practical flight characteristics to be as easily maneuvered as possible. The model is acclaimed for its smooth flight of consumers, and test panels, which has been among other things voted third best drone by AeroFlyDrones.com
DJI Mavic Air is our third best model in our test drone, which comes with a high-quality camera and several features for world-class performance. With its three-axle Glimbal, you get reduced vibrations and minimal angular changes right down to 0.005 °. This allows the drone to take pictures with incredible accuracy, without the risk of blurring or poor focus.
The drone shoots videos in 4K at 30 fps and has a data rate of 100 Mbps to capture lots of colors and details. Thanks to its impressive 180-degree panoramic view, you can stitch together 25 photos in just 8 seconds and get a spherical panoramic image. Although the drone has a lower sensor resolution than previous models, we are very impressed with the picture and video results. This is mainly due to its ability to hover completely lightning free without disturbing motor vibrations.
Other advantages are its peculiar flight characteristics, which are super-convenient to fly in both windy and windy weather. The control is easily understood, and you can adjust its sensitivity on several levels. The drone has a versatility that matches with elite class models, where you can follow the drone in live image and record epic slow-motion videos. The smart Active Track system detects up to 16 objects at a time, allowing you to choose precisely what you want to follow.
4. DJI Spark
If you want to shoot and film with high-quality drones at a lower price, DJI Spark is, without a doubt, the best option for you. Thanks to its outstanding stability, you get high exposure images and movies – even when the drone is flying at high speed. The 35 mm wide lens gives a realistic view, and thanks to its high flight characteristics, it is easy to capture hard-to-reach objects.
DJI Spark is an excellent alternative for those who are not used to flying drones. You can connect the device to your smartphone, and via DJI Go, you can conveniently practice flying your Spark up to 100 meters from your position. The app also gives you access to live streams, where you can see directly through the drone’s camera on your screen.
Best of all is the drone’s fantastic ease of use, which is provided with easy-to-understand functions and commands. Through the screen of your smartphone or the accompanying control, you can easily select the object you want the drone to follow automatically. If you use TapFly, tap a point on the screen where you want Spark to move, and it moves seamlessly to the specified location.
We are particularly impressed by the innovative Gesture feature, which allows the drone to take pictures of you as you gesture to the camera. That way, you won’t have to get lots of pictures of yourself with the control in hand. However, both reach and battery life are shorter than previous models, which does not make it optimal for those who want to use a drone for long flights.
5. Ryze Tech Ryze Tello
If you are a beginner and want to test on a cheap but good model, we recommend Ryze Tech Ryze Tello. The drone stands out mainly for its light use, which is easy to fly and is equipped with easy-to-handle camera functions.
You can fly directly connected to your smartphone or pair with a game console control. No matter what, we at testarna.se believe that the drone is fantastically easy to use, where you control controls with simple button sets for photographing, filming, landing, and much more. With the Up & Away feature, you get the drone back away from you to take a selfie at an optimal height, which then returns to you automatically. With the 360 functions, the drone rotates a full lap at a slow pace and then stops in the same direction it started.
We are particularly impressed by how well the drone flies in windy weather, which beats many of the earlier models we presented in the test. This is because the Ryze Tech Ryze Tello is equipped with infrared sensors, which help with precision in landing even under compelling wind conditions. You also get excellent signal strength through the dual antennas, which transmit images and movies quickly and easily.
Since the model belongs to the category of low-cost drones, one must, of course, expect lower performance than our top-performing models. Flight time is quite short, and you do not get features such as automated flight or obstacle detection.