We were talking in our office in Ghent about drones, we’re a drone startup, so no big surprises there.
We came to the conclusion that everyone on the team has a favourite drone and that's what this blogpost is about. The following list is in no way the absolute best drone proven by lots of data,… They’re just our favourite drones in terms of awesomeness, features and so on.
A good drone pilot needs good equipment, there’s no doubt in that. Without a high quality drone it gets very hard to create high quality solutions. That’s why we created this list, our pick of the top 5 professional drones. Maybe we’ll write another blogpost about our favourite toy drones. Who knows.
- DJI Matrice 600 Pro - €5.699
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro - €1.499
- Freefly Alta 8 - € 15.792,74
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 – €1.699
- Autel Robotics EVO - €946,54
DJI Matrice 600 ProPrice: €5.699 | Weight: 9.500g | Camera resolution: N.A. | Battery size: 4.500mAh | Range: 5km
+ Flexible design - Expensive
+ Long lasting battery - Heavy
+ Extremely stable The DJI Matrice 600 Pro is a perfect drone to get professional cinematic drone footage and for other industrial uses. Pre-installed arms and antennas make the setup easy, and the system’s modular design gives you the possibility to mount additional modules.
The DJI Matrice 600 gives you the possibility to carry heave camcorders while flying stable at a decent height. Which is great for people who are looking for professional cinematic shots. It’s made to be easy to fly and reliable in the sky.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Price: €1.499 | Weight: 907g | Camera resolution: 20MP | Battery size: 3.850mAh | Range: 5km
+ Compact design - hyperlapse only 1080p
+ High quality footage - No D-log in intelligent mode
The DJI Mavic pro is a compromise between the Phantom and the smaller DJI drones. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is very small and foldable which makes it a good drone for people who are on the go and unwilling to compromise on quality.
The Hasselblad-camera is a top notch Swedish camera. Hasselblad shot a lot of iconic footage over the years including the first moon landing. With a focus on color detail, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro will get you amazing areal shots with stunning color detail.
Freefly Alta 8
Price: € 15.792,74 | Weight: 6.200g | Camera resolution: N.A. | Battery size: N.A. | Range: N.A.
+ Top or bottom - Very expensive camera mounting - Heavy
+ Extremely stable
+ ‘Easy’ to transport
If you want the most stable drone for your professional drone footage whether it’s for cinematic or industrial purposes and money is not a problem. This is the way to go. The altitude hold of the Freefly Alta 8 is one of the best in the field, especially compared with DJI drones. The Freefly Alta 8's altitude hold has the option to be put in manual mode which gives you full control.
The Freefly Alta 8 folds up compact and the handle on the top of the drone makes it easy to carry the drone to your take-off spot. It takes about 15 minutes to switch from bottom mount to top mount and gives to same stable footage as flying with a bottom mounted camera. This is a great way to mix up your shots!
DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
Price: €1.699 | Weight: 1.380g | Camera resolution: 12.4MP | Battery size: 5.350mAh | Range: 5Km
+ 4K footage - Bulky
+ Smartphone app - No built-in display on the remote
+ DJI integrations
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is the 4th generation in the phantom line of DJI. It’s one of DJI’s most popular drones. A lot of professional drone pilots go for the DJI Phantom 4 for it’s great price and all round ussage.
The 4k video recording possibility combined with the gimbal gives you high quality and stable footage. Compared to his younger siblings the Phantom 4 has a more robust design and a better camera. This makes it worth it to make the upgrade from your Phantom 3 to a Phantom 4.
Autel Robotics EVO
Price: €946,54 | Weight: 370g | Camera resolution: 12.4MP | Battery size: 6.700mAh | Range: 7Km
+ Compact design - Not very windproof
+ Supports UHD - Not a lot of safety features
+ Works without smartphone
The Autel Robotics Evo drone is a drone made to challenge the DJI Mavic. On paper the Autel Robotics Evo outperforms the DJI Mavic on every front. If you’re not specifically looking for a DJI drone, the Autel Robotics Evo is a solid option as a small semi-pro level drone.
The controller allows you to let the Autel Robotics Evo travel for 7 kilometers which is a lot further than most drones in this price range. The app for the drone comes with the pre-installed option to do 3D mapping which makes it perfect for people who are exploring this area of the drone world. The camera supports 4K video recording which makes it a great choice for areal photographers as well.
This top 5 is based purely on our personal opinions.
The list is not sponsored and we have no connection to any of these manufacturers.
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