All thanks to drones, aerial photography is breathing new life into marketing campaigns. Some years ago, aerial shots would have cost thousands and required a helicopter and highly specialized equipment but today things have changed. Drones have made aerial photography a lot simpler, better as well as cheaper than in times past.
What Are Drones?
Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are basically unpiloted aircraft that can be used to perform an impressive range of tasks, ranging from military operations, photography to package delivery.
Developed originally for the military and aerospace industries, drones have now found their way into the mainstream. From being used as toys to being the hottest photography trend in real estate and construction company marketing campaigns, they are literally everywhere because of their remarkable capabilities.
A Whole New View with Drones
Drone photography provides a unique bird’s eye view of your subject. Whether you’re a real estate agent taking pictures of a large property or a marketer taking videos of a marathon, drones are the best possible way for you to obtain astonishing aerial shots.
Drones produce high-quality photos and add another angle to your digital content. Their use doesn’t just stop at amazing photographs. With unlimited versatility, you can do anything from live streaming drone footage to putting drones themselves in the show. They can be amazing at generating buzz and building brand awareness across all your marketing collateral and social channels.
Drone photography has really taken off. Whether you are planning to use them for recreation or for your marketing campaigns, we have compiled a list of drones with 4K cameras that can give you professional-level quality pictures and videos with minimum investment.
- DJI Mavic Air 2
It is one of the best drones in the market that combines a high-end camera with the latest autonomous technology for less than $1000. It’s a full-featured drone that maintains stability in the air and includes strong safety features. If you are a travel photographer or a hiker, you are going to love this small and lightweight drone.
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
It is one of the most recognized drones in the market that put DJI on the map. The V2.0 series is very good at avoiding obstacles and comes with a 20MP 4K camera. The advanced omnidirectional obstacle sensing mechanism makes it easier for the photographer to capture picture-perfect shots without worrying about the safety of the operation. It’s one of the reasons why this is so popular with professional drone photographers, filmmakers, and construction industries.
- Skydio 2
Equipped with six, 200-degree color cameras, Skydio 2 is an incredibly smart, follow-me drone. The drone is easy to fly and has excellent build quality at a reasonable price. If you are looking to capture Hollywood-style shots of sweeping down a terrain or following a horse ride along the track, Skydio 2 would do an excellent job. This makes it an excellent fit for travel bloggers, documentary filmmakers, construction and real estate filmmakers, and marketing.
- Autel EVO II Series
Along with some serious hardware under the orange hood, it also has the longest flight time (40-minutes) compared to any other drone currently available in the market. EVO II also has an additional unique feature that allows users to change out the gimbal payload with an 8K sensor, 6K Pro sensor, or a dual-sensor that combines an 8K sensor with a thermal sensor. If you are looking for a camera that can capture huge construction sites, real estate properties, or events this would be a perfect choice.
- Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter
It is a fantastic hexacopter armed with an ultra-high-definition CGO3+ camera that captures breathtaking 4K drone videos and images with ease. The 6 rotor arms are collapsible ensuring that they can be folded for traveling. Another feature that makes it an excellent choice for capturing complex shots is its ability to allow two-person control. Using this feature one person can fly the aircraft while the other one can control the camera to create awesome-looking aerial visual content.
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro
You might be surprised to see more than a couple of cameras from DJI on the list, but we couldn’t help it as they are that good. The features that make this one so popular are its compact size and a large array of intelligent features. There’s a professional-grade camera from a Swedish camera manufacturer with a 1-inch CMOS sensor offering 20MP photography. DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a small but powerful drone for perfect aerial shots, which is one of the reasons why it’s so popular with travel bloggers, documentary makers, and commercial drone pilots.
- PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard
Flying a drone is certainly great when the weather is good, but what about times when it suddenly starts drizzling during an event or a photoshoot? The PowerEgg X is a perfect drone for such conditions. It has excellent weatherproofing, is fast and stable in the air even under difficult conditions. It’s a little different than other drones so it may take some time to get used to it. If you are beginning with drone photography then this is not for you. But, if you are a pro this drone definitely packs a lot of goodness in the shell.
- DJI Inspire 2
We have saved the best for the last. DJI Inspire 2 is aimed at professional filmmakers, news organizations, and aerial photographers. And our professional drone aerial photography team at Studio52 absolutely loves it. It is the finest drone available on the market today that offers top-notch safety functions, incredible build quality, great app functionality, and stunning optics. It is no wonder that top moviemakers and advertisers love the drone so much. The only downside to this drone is, you need to buy the camera as an add-on. There are a number of compatible Zenmuse camera options that one can buy but for professional aerial photographs and filmmaking, the Zenmuse X5S and Zenmuse X7 are excellent options.
So, there you have some of the best drones in the market right now with a 4K camera. If you want to pursue aerial photography or simply use it for personal photography or videography you can use this handy list to buy the one that you like the best.
In recent years, commercial drone usage has spiked in a variety of industries including, agriculture, real estate, construction, news media, film production, and many more. The real estate industry is a perfect example of an industry that’s capitalizing on drone-captured aerial photography and videography.
If you are looking to capture professional aerial photos and 4K drone videos for your business, please get in touch with us for more information on how we can help you.