Today, there are so many drone brands out there that beginners may have a hard time figuring out which ones are the best out of all, but for drone veterans, there is only one brand that they usually recommend to beginners and co-veterans if they want high-quality drones, and that brand is DJI.
Affordable DJI Drones
There are plenty of drones that DJI offers, and all of them provide various features that may be unique to each model. To help you decide on which DJI drone is the most suitable for you, we will be dividing the best DJI drones according to their main function and the aspect of a drone that they are good at. First, let us look at excellent drones by DJI that are affordable.
First on the list is the cheapest DJI drone on the market, the DJI Tello. The DJI Tello is a small drone that has a built-in 5-megapixel camera that is capable of recording 720p MP4 video as well as taking high-resolution JPEG photos.
Despite its small size, the DJI Tello can fly up to 10 meters on the air, and it can fly far away from the remote controller for up to 100 meters. Once it is fully charged, the drone can fly in the air for up to 13 minutes. If you want to increase its flight time, you may have to buy the DJI Tello Boost Combo, which has two extra batteries to give the drone 26 more minutes to fly. These extra batteries, along with the main battery, can be charged using the triple battery charger included in the combo.
The standalone version of the DJI Tello is priced at $99, while the Boost Combo is at $149.
The next affordable DJI drone is the Mavic Mini, which is priced at $399 and boasts a 12-megapixel camera that is able to capture 2.7 Quad HD videos while flying in the air. In addition, the camera support on the drone is a 3-axis motorized gimbal that makes the camera stable, thus allowing it to record videos with clarity.
If it is fully charged, the DJI Mavic Mini can fly for up to 30 minutes thanks to its hefty battery. The package for the drone includes a screwdriver and six extra screws if you want to make adjustments on the aircraft or if you want to replace broken screws on it. There is also a more expensive bundle called the Fly More Bundle for $499 that has two extra batteries, a two-way charging hub, a 360-degree propeller guard, and a special carrying bag for the Mavic Mini.
The Spark is in between the range of cheap DJI drones as well as the company’s mid-range line, but for all of its great features, the DJI Spark at $589 is already a bargain. Like the DJI Mavic Mini, the Spark features a 12-megapixel camera that is able to take 1080p videos at 30fps; however, its main selling point is its GPS-based navigation that allows the drone to fly more smoothly in the air.
Also, the DJI Spark is one of the fastest affordable drones in the market, as it is capable of flying at 31mph, so you will be able to capture short videos from one angle to another in a wide location. The DJI Sparks has a total flight time of 16 minutes, which is sufficient for capturing breathtaking photos and magnificent videos in an area.
Mid-Range DJI Drones
While the drones in this category are still great for beginners, they usually perform better if they are piloted by veterans or by those who already know how to pilot a drone and how to take stunning shots on the aircraft. Here are the best mid-range drones manufactured by DJI.
The Phantom series is highly regarded as the best line of drones that DJI offers, with the Mavic series coming in second place. For those who want to experience piloting a Phantom drone, the suitable one for them is the Phantom 3 Standard, as it is the most affordable, and it is the easiest to use.
The Phantom 3 Standard can record 2.7K HD videos at 30fps, and it can also fly in the air for up to 25 minutes. But the most interesting feature found on the Phantom 3 Standard it the automatic flight assistant, which can let the Phantom 3 fly more stable in the air on its own without the pilot adjusting the position of the drone. In addition, the feature also allows the drone to fly back to the pilot in just a press of a button.
Priced at $549, the Phantom 3 Standard is an excellent entry point for people who want to learn more about piloting Phantom drones.
The DJI Mavic Air is a bigger and heavier drone than the Mavic Mini, and it also packs better features than its little brother. Instead of only capturing 2.7K videos, the 12-megapixel camera on the Mavic Air has the ability to take 4K videos. In addition, the camera also has a 3-axis gimbal support/mount that reduced the vibration or the shake on the camera while the drone is flying.
Furthermore, the camera can also take stunning 32MP sphere panoramas. Sphere panoramas are taken by capturing an image in a circular motion and make the photo look like a planet. The DJI Mavic Air also has an 8GB internal storage that can be expanded via a micro SD card slot. The total flight time for the drone is 21 minutes, which is 9 minutes less from the Mavic Mini, but the reduction of battery capacity is due to how heavy the drone is as well as how powerful its camera is.
The DJI Mavic Air is priced at $799, and it is available in three colors. Those colors are white, black, and red.
Similar to the Mavic Air, the DJI Mavic Pro is able to take 4K videos using its 12-megapixel camera. But the Mavic Pro has a longer flight time than the Air, as it can fly for up to 27 minutes if it is fully charged. Moreover, it is relatively faster than the Mavic Air or even the Mavic Mini, as it is capable of flying at the speed of 40mph.
To assist pilots in its flight, the Mavic Pro relies on its built-in GPS and GLONASS sensors so that it can position itself better on the air, whether it is outdoors or indoors. Like all the Mavic series drones, the Mavic Pro has foldable propellers so that it can fit better inside a bag or a case.
The Mavic Pro is priced at $899. Newer packages of the drone also include an extra battery to add 27 more minutes of flight time for the device.
Top-of-the-Line DJI Drones
The drones belonging in this category are considered the best of the best not only in the DJI brand but for the entirety of the drone market.
The best drone in the current Phantom lineup, the DJI Phantom 4 PRO features a 1-inch 20-megapixel camera that can record 4K HD videos not only at 30fps but also at 60fps. Also, the camera on the Phantom 4 Pro has a mechanical shutter, a first for DJI drones, and it is able to reduce or even eliminate shutter distortion that can sometimes reduce the quality of videos or photos taken on the camera.
Because its camera is quite big, the frame of the Phantom 4 Pro is also large to accommodate the camera’s size and weight. The controller of the Phantom 4 Pro, once the smartphone is attached to it, has an upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission for you to see the images shown on the drone’s camera with better clarity.
Since the Phantom line has its top-of-the-line drone, the Mavic series must have one as well. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the poster boy of the Mavic line, as it is packed with the best features that can be found on a DJI Mavic drone. Firstly, the drone boasts a 20-megapixel Hasselblad camera that has the power to take 4K HD videos like the one seen on the Phantom 4 Pro. The drone can also reach a maximum speed of 74kph once its sports mode is activated.
Along with its speed, the Mavic 2 Pro has an omnidirectional obstacle avoidance features that let it avoid objects and obstacles in the air without being controlled by the remote controller. The drone will be able to track objects in front of it, in its back, and on its sides.
The ultimate bundle for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro includes all the items necessary for its battery to charge as well as a pair of VR goggles and a special bag where the drone and its accessories can fit inside. This bundle is priced at $1,599.
If you have plenty of money to spend on drones without thinking about your budget for it, then the most expensive DJI drones are the best ones for you. However, the affordable and mid-range drones will suffice if you are just a drone newbie who is looking for a first drone or a drone pilot who is on a budget.