Despite the difficulties associated with registration and coordination of flights, the popularity of quadrocopters does not subside. Starting from 2020, about 150,000 devices are sold annually in Russia. Such devices are bought for work (for example, to take beautiful photos and videos) and entertainment.
We have collected a rating of the 8 best quadcopters with a camera, which, in our opinion, deserve attention. All prices are valid at the time of writing.
Do I need to register a quadcopter and a permit for it
Yes, you need to register the device if it weighs more than 150 grams. How to do it? You can apply to the Federal Air Transport Agency or fill out an online form on the State Services portal. This must be done within 10 days after the purchase of the device. Registering a quadcopter with a camera will not take much time. After approval of the application for the device, you need to apply the registration number.
You also need a flight permit. Different regions may have different procedures for issuing permits. In Moscow, permission is issued by the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption of Moscow, in the border areas — by the FSB, in the rest — by local governments.
When exactly do you need to get permission? If the quadcopter weighs less than 150 grams, and the flight altitude is less than 150 meters (it is desirable that the flight zone is not over the city).
In all other cases, permission is almost always required. It is important that flying in the selected area is possible. The rules may change during public events, holidays, rallies. Therefore, it is better to clarify the information in the Federal Air Transport Agency.
What to look for when choosing a device
one. Camera resolution. An important characteristic if you buy a quadrocopter for photo and video shooting. It is desirable that the device can shoot video in 4K with 30 frames per second (minimum). In this case, the picture will be clear, bright.
2. Flight time. This is the period during which the device can operate on a single charge. The longer the better. But — the higher this indicator, the more capacious the battery, the heavier it is. Consider this if weight is important. For example, if you need to fit in 150 grams, so as not to register the device.
3. Quadcopter flight range. Depends on the strength of the radio signal, video signal. This is the distance at which the drone can be controlled.
four. Flight altitude. Consider what altitude is allowed in the places where you plan to shoot. For example, if the maximum is up to 4,000 m above sea level, then it makes no sense to overpay for a model that can rise up to 7,000 m above sea level.
5. Size and weight. If you do not want to register the device, you buy a drone as a toy, it is better to choose models up to 150 grams. But both the price and the shooting quality of such “toy” models are usually low. If you want to comfortably shoot video in high quality, it is better to choose a large quadcopter with a camera. He will weigh more.
6. Additional features. These are optional bonuses. This includes the presence of an autopilot, the ability to return to the takeoff point, maximum speed, etc.
Important: the weight of models from the rating is above 150 grams. Therefore, any of them must be registered.
Cheap quadcopters with a camera
Hubsan H117S Zino
The most budget model from our top (price from 36,000 rubles). This is a large (304.6 x 252.4 x 90 mm) quadcopter that weighs 700 grams. It will be suitable as the first aircraft. For example, for those who have minimal or no piloting skills.
The Hubsan H117S Zino quadcopter is easy to control with a remote control. The model is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones. The video is streamed to the phone. Camera resolution 4K — the picture is bright, the colors are natural. The camera is located on a 3‑axis gyroscopic suspension. Thanks to this, the picture is smooth, without jerks.
This is a quadcopter for beginners that can automatically return to the starting point and fly in windy conditions (thanks to the barometer, GPS module and 6‑axis gyroscope). The foldable model is easy to assemble and transport. Of the minuses — this drone does not know how to fly around obstacles.
FiMi X8 SE
Stylish snow-white model from Xiaomi. This small (204 × 106 × 73) inexpensive (from 38,000 rubles) quadcopter with a camera can:
- return to the take-off point;
- fly around obstacles;
- shoot video in 4K format;
- reach speeds of up to 64 km / h, while maintaining high detail of the picture.
The Xiaomi FiMi x8 SE 2022 quadcopter is smart, like most Xiaomi equipment. How is it shown? In smart modes available to the user:
- flight planning shooting — you can create a travel plan by highlighting the main points that need to be filmed;
- smart tracking — the drone flies after the specified object and takes pictures of it;
- panoramas — horizontal and vertical panorama;
- hyperlapse — shooting accelerated videos;
- cine shot — offline shooting with real cinematic effects. For example: a drone flies around an object, moves away from it in a spiral, rises at an angle, while maintaining focus on the object.
This is the last cheap quadcopter in our 2022 ranking. It is easy to fly, so it is also suitable as a first drone for adults and teenagers. This is the lightest model from the top (400 g), which can work on a single charge for 25 minutes and develops a speed of up to 13 m / s. You can compare all the characteristics of the Parrot Anafi quadrocopter with other models from this list in the table at the end of the article.
The main feature of the model is that the camera itself (shoots in 4K) can rise. This means that you can take photos and videos of objects located above the drone.
Comparison of cheap quadcopters with a camera from our top.
|Feature/Model||Hubsan H117S Zino||FiMi X8 SE||Parrot Anafi|
|Camera Resolution||4K 30fps||12MP 4K 30fps||4K 30fps|
|Image Broadcast||There is||There is||There is|
|Flight time (min)||up to 23||up to 35||up to 25|
|Flight range (m)||before 2000||up to 5000||up to 4000|
|Maximum speed (m/s)||eighteen||eighteen||13|
|Obstacle flying||Not||There is||There is|
|Flight altitude (m)||up to 3500 above sea level||500 from takeoff point||up to 5000 above sea level|
|Size (mm)||304.6x 252.4x 90||204×106×73||244x67x65|
|Price, rub)||from 36 000||from 38 000||from 74 000|
PowerVision PowerEgg X
A cool model from our ranking of the best quadcopters with a camera in 2022. The main feature of the model is that it shoots where others cannot — in the water. There is a removable waterproof shell, the drone can land on the surface of the water and take off from it.
The PowerVision PowerEgg X quadrocopter has an unusual shape — an elongated egg. It is a versatile device that can be a drone, a handheld AI camera, and a camera with 3‑axis gimbal. The drone can recognize faces, synchronize video and sound, can track an object and understands gestures (you can control the drone with gestures).
DJI Air 2S
The only model from our top with a flight range of up to 18,500 meters. This is the best indicator. Develops high speed (19 m/s), can fly up to 31 minutes on a single charge.
With the DJI Air 2s quadcopter, you can shoot video in 5.4K (30 fps) and 4K (60 fps). The Dlog‑M profile captures up to 1 billion shades. Thanks to this, the image will be even more juicy and bright.
The drone can shoot panoramas, accelerated videos, track the selected object, recognize obstacles, take close-ups. Therefore, it is suitable for creating real video masterpieces.
Massive (795g), large black drone that is suitable for beginners and experienced pilots. Easy to manage, maneuverable, able to fly around obstacles and return to the take-off point. Develops high speed (20 m/s). But on one charge it can fly no more than 20 minutes.
The DJI FPV Combo Quadcopter is a special model. The kit includes next generation FPV goggles and a new motion controller. This is a unique system with which a person can feel like a real pilot. Glasses allow you to fully immerse yourself in the control process with the effect of presence. There are several control modes (mixed, automatic, manual). The advantages and disadvantages of the DJI FPV drone were discussed in detail in a separate article.
Autel EVO 2
The model from our top with the coolest camera is 48 MP with the ability to shoot video in 8K. The drone has several intelligent flight and shooting modes, can recognize and track objects.
The Autel EVO 2 quadcopter can shoot first-person video, return to the take-off point, notify about restricted areas, and recognize gestures. Equipped with many sensors: ultrasonic, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer. They allow him to better navigate in space and be maneuverable.
DJI Mavic 3
The fastest professional quadcopter with a camera and remote control from our top. Movement speed — up to 21 m / s. The drone’s camera came from Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad. It meets all stringent professional equipment standards.
The DJI Mavic 3 quadcopter can operate in the “reconnaissance” mode. This is the mode that activates the second camera, with a telephoto lens. For what? For example, if the object you need is far away. With a telephoto lens, you can see it in detail even from a distance.
We chose the key features of expensive devices, brought them together in one table.
|Feature/Model||Power Vision Power Egg X||DJI Air 2S||DJI FPV||Autel EVO 2 Series||DJI Mavic 3|
|Camera Resolution||4K, up to 60 fps||20 MP, up to 5.4K||4K||48MP, 8K||up to 5.1 K|
|Image Broadcast||There is||There is||There is||There is||There is|
|Flight time (min)||up to 30||up to 31||up to 20||up to 40||up to 46|
|Flight range (m)||up to 6000||before 18500||up to 10000||up to 9000||up to 15000|
|Maximum speed (m/s)||17||19||twenty||twenty||21|
|Obstacle flying||Not||There is||There is||There is||There is|
|Flight altitude (m)||up to 4000 above sea level||up to 5000 above sea level||up to 6000 above sea level||up to 7000 above sea level||up to 6000 above sea level|
|Size (mm)||630x480x127||253x183x77||255x312x127||265 x 355 x 110||221x96.3x 90.3|
|Price, rub)||from 94 000||from 110 000||from 170 000||from 200 000||from 270 000|