What are the best drones for aerial photography?

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    #1Phantom 4

    Phantom 4

    Phantom 4 is a portable quadcopter and smart drone equipped with a 4K camera. Users can track and monitor its movement using ActiveTrack. Simply download the TapFlay app to control the drone.

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    Theresa Peterson
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "I am a photographer, I mainly do family portraits and some scenic prints, but I know the newest thing is getting aerial images, so to stay relevant I decided to give it a try. The Phantom 4 was my unit of choice, it's pretty expensive but had really good reviews. The unit is very solid, the learning curve is a bit hefty, for me at least. It took me about a week just to get the flying down, but once you have the controls figured out, the videos and photos are well worth the price. I cant get enough of this, the photo quality is superb!"
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    #2GoPro Karma

    GoPro Karma
    Karma captures amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air, handheld or body mounted. The Karma Drone is foldable and fits into its own lightweight case that’s comfortable to wear during any activity. A game-style controller featuring an integrated touch display makes it easy and fun to fly. Karma comes with a camera stabilizer that can be removed from the drone and attached to the included Karma Grip to capture ultra-steady professional-looking handheld and body-mounted footage
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    $1099

    Micky Yu
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The GoPro Karma is one of the best drones for aerial photography. Everyone knows about GoPro quality from their action cameras and now they have taken to the skies. If you need a drone, it is worth checking out the Karma because you know it's going to be good."
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    #3Obtain F803

    Obtain F803

    GPS positioning system, 3-axis brushless gimbal, follow me function. Foldable and portable, on and off with one touch. 5.0MP camera for 2K photo and 1080P video. Brushless motor with strong power, 22 minutes super long flying time. 500m control range and 1000m image transmission.

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    Aditya Nair
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This drone has an excellent range, so you don't have to worry about losing it as long as you're careful. I like the "live" option and the range of motion for the lens. The One Key Return is especially useful. If I'm going to pay $500 for something, I don't want to be so afraid of something happening to it that I don't even use it. It's the best way I've found to spy out my neighbor's secret to growing better carrots. Next year's state fair ribbon is MINE!"
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    #4Yuneec Breeze 4K

    Yuneec Breeze 4K

    Yuneec Breeze 4K is a smart drone that can shoot high-definition 4K videos indoor and even outdoor. Users can download the app on their mobile devices to control this electronic product on a tap of a button.

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    Robert Fernandez
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "While it is doubtful that the Yuneec Breeze is the best drone for aerial photography it does offer some unique features. It seems that Yuneec has decided to completely simplify the process of doing aerial photography and is focused more on offering simplicity versus functionality."
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    #5Generic Xiaomi Mi Drone

    Generic Xiaomi Mi Drone
    Xiaomi mi done with camera has superb stabilization and advanced flight modes so you can focus on taking superb photography and video recordings.
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    Brenda Jensen
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is a great little drone! I needed to get something that would be able to handle a local Fireworks show and man did the video turn out great from this drone. The controls were somewhat hard to learn at first, but once I got the hang of it, this little machine flies steady and true. I wish the battery lasted a little bit longer, but it did average about 20 minutes, which was only slightly less then what it advertised. I give it a 4 out of 5!"
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    #6DJI Spark RC Quadcopter

    DJI Spark RC Quadcopter

    Spark, is a mini-drone that features all of DJI's signature technologies, and a powerful camera that will allow you to capture many beautiful moments whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, and a maximum time of flight of 16 minutes and a 50kmph speed you will enjoy taking pictures and video.

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    Raymond Campbell
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "If you need a drone that's more than just a toy, DJI Spark RC Quadcopter might be what you're looking for. Affordable but rugged and professionally built and designed, DJI Spark RC Quadcopter isn't just a hunk of plastic with some props, it's truly a heavy duty drone for the serious user."
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    #7DJI Mavic Pro

    DJI Mavic Pro

    DJI Mavic Pro is a portable smart drone that works outdoor and even indoor. It can capture 4K video resolution and it comes equipped with a 12MP camera. DJI Mavic Pro can nonstop fly for up to 27 minutes.

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    $999

    Johnny Herrera
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I want to buy a drone for aerial photography, to hopefully reduce my need to purchase stock photos for work projects. I heard that the DJI Mavic Pro was among the best for this task, but I was immediately reluctant after seeing the price tag for this model. Overall this is a great drone, but the design flaws make me feel that this is a bit overpriced. "
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    #8Yuneec Typhoon H Pro

    Yuneec Typhoon H Pro

    Capable of detecting obstacles and intelligently navigating around them, Typhoon H Pro with Intel RealSense Technology gives you the freedom to explore new creative options. RealSense integrates with Follow Me mode to avoid objects while filming in any direction. The Intel RealSense R200 camera with Intel Atom-powered module builds a 3D model of the world, allowing you to focus on the subject without worrying about flying into obstacles. 

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    Brandon Hoffman
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Drones are pretty cool.The watch me mode on the Typhoon 4k is pretty cool and it is one of the best drones for aerial photography. It allows the pilot to set a height and distance from the controller. After enabling the “watch me” mode, we just have to move the flight stick to the left or right and the Typhoon 4k will orbit around the controller. "
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    #9DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter Drone

    DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter Drone

    The Phantom 3 Standard drone is a quadcopter drone that uses a perfect system for your aerial photography necessities. It has a GPS flight assistant that helps you to get track of the drone and with a large range of Wifi to live streaming the images and video you are recording. 

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    Matthew Cooper
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "The DJI Phantom P3-Standard quadcopter drone is great for aerial photography because it is capable of taking high quality 12MP HD photos. It is also has GPS assistance so it's very easy to send it to a set of coordinates and focus on taking great photos while it does all of the hard work. "
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    #10DJI T600-Dual-Controllers Inspire 1 Quadcopter

    DJI T600-Dual-Controllers Inspire 1 Quadcopter

    DJI’s most advanced technology comes together in an easy to use, all-in-one flying platform that empowers you to create the unforgettable. This version comes with 2 controllers, one to operate the drone and one to operate the 4K Video Camera.

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    #11JJRC H37 Mini Baby Elfie

    JJRC H37 Mini Baby Elfie

    Smaller than the previous generation, JJRC H37 Mini Baby Elfie is more portable. The little foldable RC drone comes with a Gravity Sensor and remote control for moving the drone whit your smartphone. Contains a WIFI 720P camera for getting great selfie and real-time transmission FPV system with altitude hold rolling 360º. 



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    Eric Burke
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "I am an old time photographer and with all the buzz about drones the idea of doing some aerial photography had been working on me for some time. I definitely did not want to invest any serious money into it and so luckily along came JJRC H37 MINI BABY ELFIE for less than $35. Of course just because the interface on my phone is easy and the drone is compact it does not mean an old man can learn to fly quickly, especially when surrounded by tall trees. But soon I was able to maneuver with some competency but I don’t think I will ever be ready to take on the Red Barron. The images are good enough for us amateurs and I don’t think National Geographic photographers need to worry about their job security yet."
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    #12DJI Spreading Wings S900

    DJI Spreading Wings S900

    DJI Spreading Wings S900 is a professional Hexacopter perfect for the professional hobbyist, photographer, filmmaker, and search and rescuer/law enforcement. Includes DJI A2 Flight Controller and Any Z15 Gimbal.

     

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    Timothy Crawford
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "This is an impressive drone that comes with a lot of features for people who take their drones seriously. It's built sturdy and has the power to take pictures or video from high in the sky. I was impressed with how easy the drone was to fly. The controls felt very responsive and I never doubted that I could safely manuever the drone to where I wanted it to go."
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    #13Hover Camera Passport

    Hover Camera Passport

    Hover Camera Passport is the flagship flying camera extremely portable brand developed by Zero Zero Robotics. Just let go and fly, Your own dedicated photographer. 720P HD WiFi FPV; shots 4K UHD videos, 13MP photos and saves them to the 32GB internal memory. Multiple filming modes available on App, including Orbit, 360-degree Spin, Auto Follow Me, etc.

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    Jason Martinez
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "I am totally into photography and love making videos. I recently thought about changing a few things and bought a Hover Camera Passport. This drone which is built by ZeroZero robotics is incredible. I have never had so much fun. Now I don't know if I am a photographer or a pilot ! "
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    #14JXD 509W FPV Quadcopter Drone

    JXD 509W FPV Quadcopter Drone

    JXD 509W Quadcopter features a WIFI Real-time transmission, APP control, Headless mode, 360 Degree Rollover, One Key for automatic return function, a bright LED light to see the drone in dark, HD photography camera for shooting and filming, and more.

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    Kenneth Clark
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "This drone is absolutely amazing. I've only owned a couple drones before, but this one takes the cake by far. It flies smoothly and I have never even gotten close to crashing it. Absolutely worth purchasing."
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    #15Holy Stone F181W Drone

    Holy Stone F181W Drone

    Holy Stone F181W Drone is a WiFi camera drone which features 720P 120° wide-angle high-definition capture. This drone also has quadcopter design, and compatible with a virtual reality headset.

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    Eric Black
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This was everything I wanted. It is actually a lot better than expected. I am new to flying these things and it is a great beginner drone. I was going to practice and then upgrade but I very well may stay with this one, I like it that much. Customer Service was excellent...I had a battery issue and it was resolved very quickly. "
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    #16Syma X5UW WiFi FPV

    Syma X5UW WiFi FPV

    The Syma X5UW WiFi FPV Drone is designed with upgraded One Key Take-off / Landing, Custom Flight Route Mode. This drone is lightweight, ready to fly design makes it a good choice for novice pilots and experienced flyers.

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    Dennis Hudson
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "I don't know anything about drones but there's no way you can get good shots with a pathetic looking drone from a chinese website. You would have to invest hundreds of a dollars for a good drone."
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    #17Kidcia RC Quadcopter Drone

    Kidcia RC Quadcopter Drone

    Kidcia RC Quadcopter is easy to use and portable Drone features 6-axis gyro based on 4 channels to ensure a stable and fast flight, 2.0MP FPV Camera & Live Video, easily adjust the direction of the camera to take high-quality photos, LED Navigation lights, and more. Recommend for ages 14+.




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    Jessica Hamilton
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "This drone fits my criteria for a drone that takes aerial photography. It does seem to have a good camera at a budget price, although I'm not sure that it is the best camera or drone out there for aerial photography. I would definitely consider this option, although I'd need to do further research to decide if it's the one for me."
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    #18Parrot Ar. Drone 2.0

    Parrot Ar. Drone 2.0

    Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition allows you to see the world from above and to share your photos and videos on social networks instantly. It manoeuvres intuitively with a smartphone or tablet and offers exceptional sensations right from take-off.

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    Madison Brown
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "I bought this as a gift for my 16 year old son. He loves taking aerial shots of our city. We live near a lake and weren't able to stop it from a water crash. I would still buy again, using caution where we use it."
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    #19Altair #AA108 Aerial Drone

    Altair #AA108 Aerial Drone

    This easy fly drone with a camera is perfect for kids, beginners and pro pilots (3 Skill modes). Contains a 120 degree wide-angle 720P HD Camera. With custom route modes, also includes an advanced remote control technology. Out of range alarm, emergency landing function, and low battery alarm will keep the pilot and your Altair drone safe.


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    Virginia Silva
    Written on December 21, 2017
    "For photographer enthusiasts of any level. It comes with a 120 degree wide-angle 720P HD Camera and an emergency landing function. It is easy to pick up and fly, and great for beginners or more advanced drone pilots. Use for fun or businesses such as the real estate agents. "
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    #20DJI Matrice 600 (M600) Pro

    DJI Matrice 600 (M600) Pro

    The Matrice 600 is a ready-to-fly commercial platform, a great choice for serious professional filmmaking and aerial photography. Features a powerful and flexible multi-rotor workhorse, suitable for a wide range of applications, thermal imaging & inspection and more.

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    $4999

    Bob Xu
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "I'm an advanced photography hobbyist, and I looked around for a top of the line drone to help me with a project I was working on, and found the DJI Matrice 600 to be very highly recommended. I managed to get a test flight out of a local drone dealer, and I was blown away. This thing cooks, it's incredibly fast and maneuverable, and the quality of the photographs was about as good as if I'd been up there setting up to take them myself. I couldn't buy it, because as you'd expect for such a fine piece of equipment, it's about as expensive as a car, but as soon as I get the money together, this will be my first choice."

Summary

Best What are the best drones for aerial photography
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Phantom 4Electronics 15 Paid
2GoPro KarmaElectronics 11 Paid
3Obtain F803 Electronics 9 Paid
4Yuneec Breeze 4KElectronics 7 Paid
5Generic Xiaomi Mi Drone Electronics 4 Paid
6DJI Spark RC Quadcopter Electronics 4 Paid
7DJI Mavic ProElectronics 3 Paid
8Yuneec Typhoon H ProElectronics 1 Paid
9DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter Drone Electronics 0 Paid
10DJI T600-Dual-Controllers Inspire 1 QuadcopterElectronics 0 Paid
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