Quadcopters quickly ceased to be a curiosity, managed to survive the wild popularity, and finally settled on the fact that they became a specialized device for aerial photo and video filming. Today you can find quite a few models, from the simplest and most budgetary to the most expensive, which promise great endurance and high-quality results. And while there are plenty of models that are designed to mount your camera, today we will focus on one-piece drones that include both a filming tool and an aircraft. We consider the top models of quadcopters for 2019, which cope with weather conditions, and with a photo or video. Ironically, there are only three gadgets on our list, all of which belong to DJI’s top line. But let’s not delay, and look at what these devices are able to offer us.
DJI Mavic Air
This quadcopter won the title of the best in 2019 for a reason. Many experts and reviewers agreed on this, and we are only trying to confirm their words. DJI Mavic Air is a balance between power, price and size. It is much lighter than the Pro 1 and Pro 2 models, and not much larger than the Spark model from the same manufacturer. Its dimensions would like to be called close to ideal. If you have experienced the transportation of a quadcopter, you will surely agree with this. And if you add to this also four folding screws, on which the quadrocopter actually flies, and a 4K camera, then you don’t need to think of anything. You can immediately see that you have a great device.
The video quality provided by the Mavic Air does not suffer at all due to its size. The 3‑axis camera stabilization system built into this quadcopter can compete with larger models, such as the Mavic Pro, which we will talk about later. Photos taken with the 12MP camera are just as detailed, if not better. In addition, it is worth noting the high contrast of the resulting images. The drone shoots panoramas in four different styles, and it doesn’t need any help to do it. You just need to select the appropriate mode. Mavic Air will hover at one point and shoot a series of shots from different angles, while it will stitch the shots on its own.
Like the Spark, Mavic Air can be controlled using gestures or a smartphone. This is very convenient, especially if you have a habit of throwing the remote control somewhere and forgetting about it. You will never be left without control. However, don’t throw away the original Mavic Air controller. Working with him is a separate pleasant experience. Controls are light and responsive, so you really feel in control of your device. The controller itself is slightly smaller than on the notorious Mavic Pro, and is not equipped with an LCD display, all for the sake of compactness and price. But do not worry, because you will also have a smartphone with all the data at hand.
The quadcopter can fly over a distance of 4 km and back, taking into account the fact that one battery charge is enough for about 20 minutes. This figure is less than that of the Pro, but it is quite enough for shooting.
The obstacle course system of the DJI Mavic Air deserves special attention. Sensors are installed both front and rear. That is, the chance of crashing is negligible, and it helps you fly the quadcopter with more confidence.
We’ve already noted the Mavic Air’s compact size, but we haven’t yet answered a question that will rightfully bother many: at this size, how does the gadget cope with the wind? The answer is simple — amazingly good. With wind speeds up to 9 meters per second and even higher (medium to strong windiness on the Beaufort scale), Mavic Air moves smoothly and confidently. And if you connect the sport mode, then even stronger winds will be on the shoulder.
But you can’t do without cons, and one, even the only one that users note is the high-pitched sound that the device makes. Some compare it to a mosquito swarm, others to bees, but everyone agrees, the sound can be very annoying. This, of course, is solved by replacing the screws, but if you are ready to endure the sound, or on the contrary, you will like it, then the Mavic Air is just perfect for you. And in this you are not alone, the quadcopter is really very good, which is why we chose it as the best.
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DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI’s professional quadcopter model immediately arouses interest. Partly because outwardly it repeats the design of its predecessor, differing only in size. The Mavic 2 Pro is slightly larger and therefore heavier. In appearance, it may even seem that it will not take off, and even dropping it in flight or even just like that, to be honest, is scary.
But to ensure that the Mavic 2 Pro does not fall, DJI took care of it professionally and carefully. Obstacle sensors are not just present, there are only 10 of them on the body, and they face in almost every direction. The sensors are especially successful in the follow mode, when the quadcopter flies behind the owner. Try to pass through thickets, trees or any other obstacle course and see for yourself. The device captures and bypasses everything that gets in its way, regardless of size. You can even say that the Mavic 2 Pro is extremely attentive, which in this case plays a significant role.
Another plus is the Hasselblad 3‑axis camera, which is equipped with an inch CMOS sensor (same as on Sony’s RX10 and RX100). The aperture ranges from f/2.8 to f/11. Impressive? Whether there will be more, the camera is capable of shooting 4K at 30fps, and video of the less popular 2.7K format at 60fps. If you want to shoot Full HD, then at your service as much as 120 frames per second.
Photos can be taken in RAW format at 20 megapixels. If you translate everything into the usual user language, then you can expect excellent photo and video results from the Mavic 2 Pro.
When it comes to flying and the endurance of a quadcopter, there is also something to pay attention to here. The Mavic 2 Pro flies professionally, otherwise it simply cannot be called. At the same time, it is completely controllable and obeys you. The new motors used on this quadcopter are significantly heavier than those seen on previous ones. But their power is much higher. In Sport Mode, the Mavic 2 Pro is capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h, and the battery, also upgraded from the previous model, will provide up to 30 minutes of flight time on a single charge. The quadcopter also works much quieter, at long distances you won’t even hear it. As for memory, there is 8 GB of internal memory and the ability to expand it using a microSD card.
The controller is perhaps another detail that has hardly changed from the previous version of the quadcopter, although even it received a new speed switch for normal flight, sport or tripod mounting modes.
The app that comes with the Mavic 2 Pro quadcopter is a pretty neat system that allows you to select modes, shooting functions, and more. The only thing the Mavic 2 Pro loses to the Air, aside from its weight, is gesture control. The Mavic 2 Pro does not have this feature. But the difference, of course, is in the level of the device, and when it comes to a serious professional-level quadcopter, Mavic 2 fully confirms the Pro set-top box, providing high-quality performance and wide functionality in a rugged, durable body.
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DJI Mavic 2
And one more quadcopter, not surprisingly, from the same manufacturer. What is so special about the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom? It’s practically a transformed version of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, with some significant changes right where it counts. Both quadcopters are similar in size and even in weight, although the Pro model still outweighs by a couple of grams. All the same obstacle sensors work on the case, which works only in plus for both models, and inside they are almost indistinguishable.
But we have already said that there are still differences, but it is hidden, as you probably already guessed, in the camera.
The Pro got a Hasselblad for professional aerial photography, and we’ve already discussed all of its specifics above. Zoom, on the other hand, prefers not the resolution of the matrix, but the optical zoom, confirming its name. Therefore, we get a 2x optical zoom, and a focal length of 24–48mm (by 35mm). All this is designed for shooting video. At the same time, the video capabilities of the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom are exactly the same as those of the Pro. That is 4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 60fps and Full HD at 120fps.
If you still don’t quite understand why a camera for video, and even from the air, has a zoom, then we have a few ideas. For example, with such a device, you can shoot wildlife, animals, without frightening them. We do not recommend photographing closed objects, but if we talk about the capabilities of the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, then it does an excellent job with shots where you need to shoot and fly away.
The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom offers a variety of shooting modes, including some quite artistic ones. So, for operators, this tool is very interesting and can add specifics to any video.
By the way, probably the most attractive difference from the Pro model is the price. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is significantly cheaper than the Pro. So much so that it can play a decisive role in the final choice. One has only to remember that the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is still more focused on video, so for photos it will not be an ideal choice. This, however, does not mean at all that he cannot cope with them.
DJI has arguably made a big name for itself in the world of quadcopters, and looking at these three flagship drone models, we don’t wonder why for a second. Each of them is characterized by high power, the ability to overcome obstacles without much effort, withstand difficult weather conditions and, most importantly, is able to produce excellent results.
Of course, there are other models that are suitable for different purposes: DJI SPARK, which is excellent at taking photos and selfies, Parrot Bebob, which allows you to control the drone using VR, DJI Inspire 2, which is capable of shooting professional-quality videos, and many others.
Always remember that quadcopters should be handled with extreme care. And you need to choose the right model based on your requirements and preferred shooting styles.