DJI Mavic Pro
The DJI Mavic Pro is a game-changer for both amateurs and pros looking for a drone they can take on the road. With the ability to shoot pristine 4K video, the versatility of being able to control the drone with either your smartphone (a relief for the intimidated first-timer) or a controller, a wide range of automatic flight modes, and a network of obstacle-avoiding sensors, the Mavic Pro by industry-leaders DJI is ideal for those who might have tried a couple of less powerful models and are ready to make an investment into upping their game.
For the person who wants something portable enough to fit in their coat pocket that can take quick shots to the next level, the Hover Camera Passport is ideal. It has a small, but powerful camera, sophisticated facial recognition software that allows it to follow a subject, take a “dronie”. The boxy design not only allows you to fold it in half like a book for maximum portability, but also protects the propellers from damage and your fingers from cuts when you want to grab it out of the air.
If we had to choose one drone for someone who is curious, but not totally committed to the idea of drone-flying, it would be this. Tiny? Check—this thing weighs as much as a can of soda. Versatile? Yep—you can launch it straight from the palm of your hand and control it with your hand gestures, Luke Skywalker style; use your phone to engage automated modes and fly it manually; or take things up a notch with an optional controller that lets you fly it 1.24 miles away from you at 31 miles per hour. Quality photography? The fact that the engineers at DJI were able to pack this amount of features, a 12 megapixel camera that can shoot HD video, and an ease of use that is missing from any of its competitors in this class is frankly astounding. DJI’s Mavic Pro is still a more powerful machine, but for the newbie and the seasoned flier alike, the DJI Spark offers a whole lot in a small package.
The Anafi, which engineers built using insect anatomy as inspiration, weighs just 0.7 pounds, but with a powerful camera and the ability to fly up to 34 miles per hour, it’s seriously impressive for a drone of its size. It has all the trappings we expect from a drone in its price range—automated shooting modes, 4K video, solid stability even in windy conditions—but it also has some features that are pushing the envelope. The positioning of its camera at the front of the drone means it can shoot in any direction, including upwards, and it’s significantly quieter than some of its buzzier competitors.