There’s no better way to get great images and videos of your adventures, but lugging a drone around from place to place is not like taking your Iphone. Luckily, drones are getting smaller and more portable as technology advances, making it increasingly possible for every traveler to take professional-quality photography on the road.
Right now there are so many drones on the market that I’ll specificly write about drones in a price range between 500 – 1700 euro’s. We just take the middle and highrange ‘hobby’ drones with a camera.
“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s an unmanned aerial vehicle!”
DJI Mavic Pro
The latest release from DJI (the biggest brand for drones) is the DJI Mavic Pro. This is the most perfect drone for travellers. It’s like a Swiss army knife of drones. Planning to go on a daytrip to the beach or a picnic in the park? You can fold it to a size of a water bottle, what makes it ideal to take it with you on every trip. Even if you’re going to hike in the mountains. The Mavic pro got some other magnificent specs, like around 25 minutes of flying on 1 single battery, max. speed of 65km/h and a range of more than 6km. With a 4K camera on board, 30FPS and 12 megapixel photos it beats all the other drones in our pricerange, except from 1.
DJI Phantom 4 PRO
The one who can beat the DJI Mavic Pro on specs, is it’s big brother, the DJI Phantom 4 PRO. At the moment, this drone is by far the most innovative one on the market. Last week DJI released the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced. So, what are the differences between the Pro and Advanced? Both drone camera’s have 20 megapix photos, 4K video with 60FPS. No other mide-range drone has a camera like this! The difference is that the Pro version have 5.8 GHz RC and backwards facing avoidance sensors. That’s all. This is why the Advanced will be around 150 euro less. The Pro version will cost you around 1699 euros. It’s a big price difference comparing to the Mavic, which is 1199 euros.
DJI Phantom 3
So, if you’re looking to spend a little bit less money on a drone, but you still want to buy some quality, the DJI Phantom 3 is maybe a good option to consider.
Like the Phantom 4, the Phantom 3 is coming in a Standard, 4K, Advanced and Professional. The 4K version is the same drone as the Standard, but, as the name already says, it can shoot in 4K in stead of 2.7K. The price of the 4K and the Advanced are the same. The only thing is; the Advanced doesn’t have a 4K camera.
Why would I recommend you the Advanced? Because the range, reliability and video streaming quality of the Phantom 3 Advanced is much better than the Phantom 3 4K. It’s also connected to American and Russian satallites what makes the GPS signal 2 times more reliable.
The Phantom Professional comes with everything. It’s like the Advanced with a 4K camera. Because it’s an older model, the prices already have been going down. Nowadays the Professional will only cost you about 800 euros. The Advanced is the same price but the 4K will be around 650 euros, the Standard around 500 euros.
Typhoon H and the Q500 4K
Are all good drones made by DJI? No, of course not… A good competitor is the company Yuneec. They have 2 drones that can compete with the DJI Phantoms, the Typhoon H (around 1600 euros) and the Q500 4K (around 900 euros).
Unlike all the Phantom series, the Yuneec drones already have a big difference on the outside. The Typhoon H doesn’t have 4 rotors like the Q500 4K and Phantom serie, but it has 6 rotors what makes him look like the more expensive DJI Inspire 1. They both have a 4K camera on board, but the operating range of the Typhoon H is double, 1600 meters.
The Typhoon H is slightly larger and heavier than the Q500, yet it’s more portable. The six masts for the propellers fold away with the push of a button. Reducing the footprint of the Typhoon H, it makes it easier to transport. Add in a camera that can rotate freely, which is a big deal for cinematographers who want more freedom than a forward-facing camera allows, and you have an aircraft that sounds like a class-leading product on paper.
These drones are the leaders and best drones in this price class. But, when you like to travel with your drone, for me, there is only one drone which is ahead of the others.The DJI Mavic Pro is the perfect marriage of unparalleled flying ability, a high quality camera, and a low profile design. Concluding; it’s the best all-around drone that money can buy. But, if you don’t mind to take some more wheight and want to have better specs? Maybe the DJI Phantom 4 Pro will be your new friend,