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Top 9 Best Quadcopter for Aerial Photography in 2016

Top 9 Best Quadcopter for Aerial Photography in 2016
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One of the most sought features in quadcopters is aerial photography. Drones brought a new set of creative possibilities with them. The ability to record aerial footage from the ground has never been more promising. We have the top 9 best quadcopters here. Thanks to our friends at DronesGlobe.com. Please check out their guide to buying your first drone.

Turn on the TV, most likely you will come across with aerial footage recorded from a drone. Either on a sport event, a movie or any other kind of outdoor activity nowadays uses a drone to record or broadcast. But UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) suited for aerial footage are not just used on professional events.

On parties, marriages, or even a Sunday family day out on the park or the beach, drones with cameras are always fun and useful. With this in mind, we at Quadcopter 4K have compiled a list of the:
 

Top 9 Best Quadcopters for Aerial Photography and Videography.

 

9. Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2 | Top 9 Best Quadcopter

Unlike the rest of the quadcopters on this list Parrot Bebop 2 (new upgraded version of Parrot Bebop) has a built-in HD camera. Parrot Bebop 2 is the best fit for beginners, very easy to fly, capable of good quality footage, this drone sparks the ‘cool’ factor among enthusiasts.

Built-in camera is 14MP, records at 30fps and a fish eyes lens. There are two ways to control Bebop 2, through a smartphone or tablet device with Android or iOS, or through a Skycontroller Black RC remote which has a holder for your tablet to work as a FPV screen and OSD flight data.

If you are a beginner Parrot Bebop 2 is the drone for you.

Features:

Specifications:

Built-in 14MP (30fps) camera with fish eye lens

Remote Frequency: WiFi

3-Axis Stabilisation System

Control Distance: 300 meters

FPV Ready

Flight Time: 25 minutes

Charging Time: 120 minutes

 

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8. Blade 350 QX3 AP Combo

Blade 350 X3 Combo | Top 9 Best Quadcopter

If by now you are not familiar with the Blade drone series produced by Horizon Hobby, you should. They have released great aerial products packed with useful photography and videography features at an affordable price.

Within the Blade’s family we can find Blade 350 QX3. A 46.5 x 13.8 cm quadcopter with a payload of 250 grams, capable of carrying any GoPro or other action camera. QX3 features two flight modes: Smart Mode and Aerial Photography Mode. Smart Mode works much like Headless Mode, the quadcopter flies in whatever direction the control stick is pushed.

This Mode also creates a SAFE Circle barrier which prevents the aircraft from flying too close to the pilot (great for beginners). The Aerial Photography Mode allows for faster panning and tracking shots. Blade 350 QX3 may include a 16MP camera (optional) or a gimbal which supports GoPro cameras.

Features:

Specifications:

CGO2 GB 16MP Camera (optional)

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

GPS Antenna

Control Distance: 1000 meters

5.8GHz Wi-Fi

Flight Time: 10-15 minutes

Advanced SAFE Technology

Smart Flight Mode

AP Flight Mode

Return To Home

Charging Time: 120 hours

Drone Size: 46.5 x 46.5 x 13.8 cm

 

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7. 3DR Solo

3DR Solo | Top 9 Best Quadcopter
Are you familiar with Iris+? Well 3D Robotics has come up with a, yet again, amazing product. 3DR Solo is built to evolve, designed to be “future-proof”. Packing powerful technology, which can be easily and inexpensively updated and upgraded to fit the new requirements of a future new drone generation.

3DR Solo has a Pixhawk 2 Auto-Pilot system, a Selfie Mode (drone will fly around the pilot while recording video or taking photos), Orbit (circle an object for a “wrap-around” video shot), Follow Me (drone will follow targeted person).

Solo is highly manoeuvrable and fast (89km/h), perfect for capturing video in sport events. 3DR Solo is compatible with GoPro HERO 3, 3+ and 4 cameras but optimized for HERO 3+ and 4 (most recent modules).

Features:

Specifications:

3-Axis Stabilized Gimbal

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

Pixhawk 2 Autopilot

Selfie

Control Distance: 800 meters

Orbit

Follow

Flight Time: 20 to 25 minutes

FPV Ready

Charging Time: 120 minutes

 

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6. Yuneec Typhoon G

Yuneec Typhoon G | Top 9 Best Quadcopter
Typhoon G, produced by Yuneec, is a huge competitor to Walkera Voyager 3. First of all, Yuneec Typhoon G makes use of a Personal Ground Station with a built-in touchscreen and FPV (real time transmission) video feed, meaning you’re able to see what your GoPro in real time plus OSD flight data.

Typhoon G packs important features to all photography and videography enthusiasts such as Smart Mode (much like Headless Mode), Follow Me, Angle Mode, Home Mode and GPS. All Modes which are very useful for recording, allowing the drone to become more autonomous and enable pilot to focus on the video.

Features:

Specifications:

Gimbal

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

GPS

Control Distance: 1Km

Smart Mode

Flight Time: 25 minutes

Follow Me

Angle Mode

Home Mode

Charging Time: 2 hours

Drone Size: 42 x 42 x 24 cm

 

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5. Voyager 3 GoPro


Walkera Voyager 3 | Top 9 Best Quadcopter

Voyager 3 GoPro is Walkera’s upgraded GoPro version of their high-quality quadcopter the Voyager 3. It comes with a GoPro 4 (4K) camera with a 3D Gimbal capable of turning 360º. Its powerful brushless motors give it a payload of 320 grams (a bit below average). On the other hand, Voyager 3 Modular and Transform Design allows the pilot to “shape” the quadcopter to most adequate recording form.

Voyager 3 also uses a GPS and GLONASS global double satellite navigation and positioning system which allows a more accurate and safer flight. It also comes with a DEVO F12E RC controller with a built-in FPV 5” Monitor for FPV (First Person View) flights. An amazing high-quality quadcopter for photography and videography.

Features:

Specifications:

GoPro 4 + 3D Detachable Gimbal

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

Autopilot

GPS and GLONASS

Control Distance: 1000 meters

Intelligent flight (auto take-off and auto return)

Follow Me

Fly around in circles

Flight Time: 25 minutes

FPV Ready

Charging Time: 120 minutes

Drone Size: 47.3 x 46.3 x 30 cm

 

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4. Xiro Xplorer 2

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Remember Xplorer Aerial? Well, be prepared for its new upgraded version the upcoming Xiro Xplorer 2! Zero UAV really stepped up their game, Xplorer 2 has ultrasonic sensors on board, is designed around a 360° anti-collision system based on a camera module that uses ground texture and optical flow – LiDAR. Xiro 2 uses both GPS and GLONASS satellite systems for navigation which power features such as: One-key Take-off and Landing, Altitude Holder, Lost Control Protection and One-key Return Home. Xiro 2 includes its own 4K camera at 30fps or 1080p at 120fps and 3-axis gimbal. Xiro 2 is great at recording slow motion videos and transmitting live video to your Android or iOS device in 720p quality.

Features:

Specifications:

4K Camera and 3-axis Detachable Gimbal

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

Autopilot

GPS

Control Distance: 1000 meters

Return to Home

Altitude Holder

One-Key Automatic Take-off and Landing

Follow Me

Position Holder

Flight Time: 25 minutes

FPV Ready

Charging Time: 120 minutes

Drone Size: 50 x 50 x 19 cm

 

3. DJI Phantom 3

DJI Phantom 3 Professional

One of the most adventurous modules of the Phantom series by DJI on the photography and videography field. Mainly because Phantom 3 marked DJI’s entrance on the action camera business. Previously all Phantom series quadcopters were compatible with GoPro, however, DJI decided to build their own action camera to compete with GoPro. Therefore, Phantom 3 presents its own 12MP 2.7K (or 4K) Camera.

Very good quality camera which can successfully match a GoPro. Phantom 3 includes amazing features such as for example Auto-Pilot (through waypoints) Follow Me mode (drone follows target), Point of interest (Phantom flies around a targeted object) and many others. It is also important to mention Phantom 3 range, an astonishing 3.5 to 5Km!

Features:

Specifications:

12MP 2.7K (or 4K) Camera

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

GPS

Control Distance: 3.5 to 5 km

Auto-pilot (waypoints)

Flight Time: 25 minutes

Follow Me

Point of Interest

Charging Time: 2 hours

Home Lock

Vision Position System

Flight Live Data

 

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2. DJI Inspire 1 Pro

DJI Inspire 1 Pro | Top 9 Best Quadcopter
DJI’s high-end quadcopter and one of the most expensive drones currently in the market. It is the upgraded version of Inspire 1 and it embraces all the high-quality technology together with the finest hardware. First of all it has an overwhelming payload of 3500 grams. Secondly, it comes with a Zenmuse X5R camera, among the smallest Micro 4/3 cameras ever manufactured and designed specifically for aerial imaging.

It captures ultra-quality 4K video at up to 30fps. X5R is also one of the first cameras to be able to shoot 4K raw video, perfect for professional videography. Inspire 1 Pro also features Point of Interest Mode, Auto-Pilot (waypoints), Course Lock and Home Lock. Inspire 1 Pro is the ideal quadcopter for professional aerial photography and filmmaking.

Features:

Specifications:

Zenmuse X5R 4K Camera + 3-Axis Detachable Gimbal

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

Autopilot

Point of Interest

Control Distance: 3.5Km

Course Lock

Home Lock

Flight Time: 15 minutes

FPV Ready

Charging Time: 120 minutes

 

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1. DJI Phantom 4

DJI Phantom 4 Front Camera
DJI Phantom 4

Yes, it’s true, it’s time for DJI Phantom 4! DJI just keeps us overwhelming with great innovative products and Phantom 4 will surely keep amazing the crowds. Everything from design to gimbal and including new features Phantom is getting better and better.

A new Fly with Tap feature inside the Android and iOS application can make the quadcopter fly without any further pilot input. It can also target a person or object and follow it autonomously enabling pilot to focus on photography and videography. A Sense and Avoid safety feature, which enables Phantom 4 to avoid and fly around obstacles and identified possible danger to flight performance.

The new Sport Mode (great for outdoor sport events) increases agility and speed. Without any doubt Phantom 4 promises to be the ideal number one drone in 2016. If you seek more information about the best quadcopter for photography and videography in 2016 please check our more detailed article here.  For a Quick Test video of this astonishing high-quality quadcopter watch it here.

Features:

Specifications:

4K camera + 3-Axis Gimbal

Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz

Autopilot

Fly with Tap

Control Distance: 5km

Active Track

Sense and Avoid (safety function)

Flight Time: 28 minutes

Sport Mode

FPV Ready

Charging Time: 120 minutes

 

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The 10 best quadcopters for aerial photography and videography currently in the market. Which one best fits your needs? Tell us in the comment section below. We at Quadcopter4K are always happy to hear from you!
 

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