DJI Phantom 4
The Phantom 4 represents a modest bump in image quality from the Phantom 3, but a major leap in flying smarts. An object avoidance system uses sensors in the front of the aircraft to keep the drone from colliding with obstacles (and people!) during flight. Ground-facing sensors keep the drone from crashing when a GPS connection is lost. The Phantom 4 can track a moving subject and record 4K video. HD video can be captured at up to 120 fps and you’ll enjoy both RAW and JPEG still image shooting.
Yuneec Typhoon H with RealSense
The Typhoon H uses Intel’s RealSense 3D camera to detect and route around objects in flight. It not only avoids obstacles in its path, it remembers their location to avoid them in the future. Armed with a 4K camera and a three-axis gimbal, the H can stay aloft for up to 25 minutes. The camera can be rotated a full 360 degrees when in flight and includes a controller with a built-in 7-inch touch screen that can display a video feed from the H up to 1 mile away.
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
The X-Star sports a 4K/30p camera affixed to a three-axis, stabilized gimbal to keep your aerial footage smooth. It snaps 12-megapixel stills and uses the company’s Starpoint positioning technology to fly accurately even when GPS is lost. It taps both GPS and Russia’s GLONASS satellites for accurate outdoor navigation. You can program the drone to follow a subject, orbit a location or fly to user-selected waypoints for hands-off flight.
Dromida XL 370 FPV
If you’re in the market for a low-cost, easy-to-fly drone to get started in aerial shooting, Dromida’s XL 370 could fit the bill. It has an auto takeoff and landing feature, altitude hold and is built to withstand its share of beginner crashes. It has an HD video camera and gets about 10-12 minutes of flight time on fully charged batteries. The Wi-Fi-enabled camera and 2.4GHz radio controller give you a real-time video feed from the camera during flight.
GDU Byrd Premium 1.0
Like our feathered friends, this Byrd can fold its wings (propellers) and tuck safely into a backpack for easy transport. It offers an integrated 4K/30p camera that’s stabilized with a three-axis gimbal, has Wi-Fi for remote operation and a flight time of about 20 minutes. Using the Wi-Fi video downlink, you can view a video feed from the camera on your mobile devices from up to 1,000 meters away.