Ted’s Top 5 Drones & Quadcopters

25/06/2019 9:18 AM

Ready to take your photography skills to the skies?

With so many drone models on the shelves and new ones coming out all the time, it’s an exciting time to play pilot. It can also make it confusing to choose the right drone. At Ted’s Cameras, we keep a close eye on the ever-evolving drone market so we can whittle down the list for our customers.

Without further ado, these are our pick of the 5 best drones:


1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Megapixels: 20.9

Sensor size: 1” 

Video resolution: 4K

Memory type: Micro SD

 

Designed by DJI – the kings of the drone world – the Mavic 2 Pro Drone is one of the most technologically advanced models on the market today. With a Hasselblad-branded camera and 1” sensor, it stands out for its incredible image quality. Unlike many drones on the market, it offers an adjustable aperture range from a bright f2.8 to f11. If you want to take jaw-dropping landscape photos, this is the drone to add to your kit.

 

Ted's Top 5 Drones & Quadcopters

As for video, its 4K resolution and 3-axis gimbal will capture smooth, blur-free footage throughout the flight and leave you with crisp video content. It can also transmit full HD 1080p video at up to 8km, which is rare.

 

While it’s a lightweight drone, the Mavic Pro 2 holds its own in the sky. It can reach a top speed of 72kph, and it features Active Track 2.0 for the easy tracking of subjects. It’s also fitted out with omnidirectional obstacle sensing technology to steer it away from trouble (and boost your confidence as a pilot!). With a flight time of 31 minutes, you’ll never need to worry about missing ‘the’ shot. You’ll also be able to experiment with different angles and viewpoints

 

The Mavic Pro 2 is compact and folds up to a convenient size, making it perfect for travel. The only question is: where will you go next?


2. DJI Mavic Air

Megapixels: 12

Sensor size: 1/2.3” 

Video resolution: 4K

Memory type: Micro SD

 

For high-quality video, send a video drone soaring into the sky. There are a few reasons why the DJI Mavic Air is one of our top picks. One of the best travel drones, it captures clear, 4K videos and 12MP stills, and boasts a 24mm fixed lens with a bright f2.8 aperture. The result? Stunningly detailed drone content. Thanks to these technologies, you can move on to experiment with more advanced techniques, such as hyperlapse videos and sphere panoramas.

 

On the practical side, its 3-axis gimbal not only steadies the drone and reduces the dreaded camera shake, but it allows you to smoothly pivot in the sky – and perhaps find a fresh angle on the scene below. It has a top flight speed of 68.4kph, and it’s compatible with the DJI Go 4 App, so you can play around with various flight controls with the click of a button. Tap Fly helps you to navigate the sky, and DJI’s FlightAutomony works to keep the drone safe from harm (and obstacles). 

 

Most video drones can fly for 15 to 20 minutes, but the Mavic Air inches out the competition with a 21-minute flight time. It’s also portable. Both the unit and remote fold down, so you’ll have no problem packing the drone into your gadget bag.

Ted's Top 5 Drones & Quadcopters

3. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Megapixels: 12.8

Sensor size: 1/2.3” 

Video resolution: 1080p

Memory type: Micro SD

 

As you might have guessed, this drone has a feature that sets it apart from its competition: zoom! The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is kitted out with a versatile 24-88mm zoom lens, which means you can experiment with any focal length between those two points to compose your photos and videos. If you’re unfamiliar with zoom lenses, think of them as sending a list of lenses into the sky – and switching them up as needed. Thanks to the drone’s in-built focal lengths, you can also frame or crop scenes with a quick tap of the DJI app.

 

The drone’s impressive specs don’t stop there. It has Dolly Zoom, a unique feature that automatically adjusts the camera’s focus while it’s flying, leaving you with crisp and dramatic videos. The Mavic 2 Zoom boasts 1080p video with an up to 8km transmission range. ItsIt’s 3-axis gimbal cuts out camera shake and rewards you with smooth and steady footage. Last but not least, the drone’s 31-minute maximum flight time means you’ll have plenty of time to play pilot.

 

The Mavic 2 Zoom strikes the perfect balance between power and nimbleness. Plus, its compact, foldable design means you can take it with you anywhere. 

Ted's Top 5 Drones & Quadcopters

4. DJI Spark

Megapixels: 12

Sensor size: 1/2.3”

Video resolution: 1080

Memory type: Micro SD

 

This drone may be mini, but it has all the bells and whistles you need for a phenomenal flight. With the help of top-notch technology, the DJI Spark can fly for 16 minutes and reach a speed of 50kph – which is incredible for a pocket drone. If you’re planning to go on a photographic adventure, just be sure to pack a spare battery.

 

The best bit about this drone? Instead of using a remote, you can control it with hand gestures.

Ted's Top 5 Drones & Quadcopters

Wave your hands, and the drone will respond accordingly, making it a go-to drone for beginners. We can’t wait to see what DJI comes up with next! Thanks to FaceAware, the Spark can take off within seconds of powering on. FlightAutomony protects the drone in the sky, and helps it to touch down safely when you’re ready.

The DJI Spark also has built-in panoramic mode, which makes it easier to capture jaw-dropping landscape photos and cuts down on your editing time later on. For a small drone with a camera, it packs a powerful punch, with full HD video and 2km transmission straight to your smartphone.


5. DJI Tello

Megapixels: 5

Sensor size: 1/5 “ 

Video resolution: 720

Memory type: Micro SD

 

New to flying? Sharpen your skills with the DJI Tello, one of the best drones for beginners. A collaboration with Ryze Tech, the Tello is lightweight (just 80g!), durable and affordable. It’s also easy to use. Before you lift off, download the Tello app to control your drone from your smartphone. Once you’re in the air, you’ll be able to seamlessly capture 5mp photos and 720mp videos – which are amazing numbers for a toy drone!

 

The Tello has a 13-minute flight time, and you’ll get an alert on your phone when the drone is running out of battery. It’s rechargeable, but you may want to save time by investing in an extra battery. The drone features failsafe protection, too, which means it'll land safely, even if you lose the connection.

 

With such simple controls, you can try your hand at popular drone techniques like the 360, circle and ‘up and away.’

Ted's Top 5 Drones & Quadcopters

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Whether you’re a keen beginner or a seasoned pilot, our team can help you to decide on a drone. Head to a local Ted’s Camera stores for expert advice, and check out our guide to learn more about drones in the meantime.


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