The rise in drone piloting of the last few years has born some of the most enterprising uses for this new, continually evolving technology. Quad or multi-copters are favoured by hobbyists and professional drone companies alike for the unique perspective they offer of the world.
Pairing engineering ingenuity with technological acumen, drones today feature an onboard processor which serves to keep the drone’s level at a constant speed – and this is merely one feat of this ever-evolving technology.
Drone collision sensors are becoming increasingly prevalent in newer models. Designed to avoid an accident and placate governing bodies who are understandably keen to negate the possibility of drones prompting danger in the skies, expect sensor detection technology to evolve throughout 2019 and into the future.
Arguably, one of the most notable ways drones have caught our imagination is the breath-taking aerial photography in Dubai – and indeed all over the world – that they can create. This, however, would not be possible without cameras that set the standard in HD aerial imagery.
What are the best camera drones for capturing Dubai aerial photography in 2020?
We’ve compiled a list of the drones that ardent aerial photographers need to invest in this year. There are lots of new drones being released often, so be sure to lookk out for even newer models for your Dubai aerial photography.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
In 2016, the DJI Mavic was a game-changer for the drone market, making it possible to fold and carry a fair quality lens without adding too much to the weight or volume when carrying the drone. Such was the success of the drone, it’s even be argued that drone enthusiasts haven’t sought to upgrade – something that DJI sought to rectify with enhanced software features.
One of the more prominent software features on subsequent iterations is Hyper lapse. This is an aerial time-lapse which takes drone motion into account – something that is processed in seconds. The Zoom model also features a dolly zoom effect which alters visual perception, allowing foreground imagery to inflate in size and overwhelm the background. Think the iconic scene in Jaws when Chief Brody spies the shark from a deck chair on the beach and you’ll get the idea.
The airframe is surprisingly sturdy for a foldable drone however it still features powerful motors and speed control systems, capped with surprisingly quiet propellers. These attributes make the drone just as capable in high winds than heavier drones. Not only that, and what makes the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom great for capturing aerial photography in Dubai, is its responsive controls which can be softened for cinematic shooting. The omnidirectional sensors also make the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom very difficult to crash, something that provides assurance to novice and experienced pilots alike.
Generally thought of as the drone that offers the best value for money, the DJI Spark is renowned as one of the leading ‘selfie’ drones and lauded for its hand gesture control features.
In addition, the DJI Spark features a reassuringly rugged design and design the only foldable element being the propellers, it’s surprisingly lightweight, nimble and easy to transport. HD Dubai aerial photography and videography can be achieved as the drone can be equipped with 1080p cameras. Whether you’re considering a professional shoot or looking to take some shots or video of Dubai’s sumptuous desert and share them with friends, the DJI Spark still sets the benchmark in drone cameras.
However, the gesture recognition is really where the DJI Spark shines. The drone can be launched and controlled from the palm of your hand. You can also capture predefined selfies or shots of the surrounding landscape using hand gestures.
This may to some seem like an entry-level done, and therefore one that’s not wholly capable of helping pilots capture aerial photography in Dubai that’s worthy of an exhibition, but trust us, the DJI Spark is worth the investment.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
The earlier versions of the DJI Phantom caused a stirring in the drone community, with many learned pilots singing its praises to the high heavens – mainly thanks to it being the first drone to feature a gimbal-stabilised camera, rather than relying on the pilot to supply their own. Today it’s fixed design may not be favoured by drone enthusiasts, deeming it difficult to transport and store, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is still a marvel in terms of drone functionality.
Drone pilots who are about to embark on a road trip to get to a shooting location, and don’t mind packing the drone into a specially designed carry-all, would do a lot worse than choosing the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 for all their Dubai aerial photography. Not necessarily, the obvious choice of drone for novices who prefer the practicality of a folding done, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is still highly sought-after by experienced pilots.
Nevertheless, the latest update on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro makes purchase very tempting. The drone features redesigned props for a quieter flight – something that drone videographers will surely appreciate. However, the star of the show is the new OcySync radio system which makes 1080p video possible!
The Ryze Tello proves that size isn’t everything when it comes to the best drones for aerial photography in Dubai. This micro drone markets itself on the back of being ‘powered by DJI.’ Moreover, this small drone has an array of software features and positioning sensors, making it easy to handle and navigate.
One of the most competitively priced drones on the market today, the Ryze Tello does not feature an in-built GPS and the battery is charged inside the drone via a USB. However, the drone is piloted using your phone (though Ryze are happy to provide a controller to customers upon request.)
Despite its cost and functionality, the Ryze Tello does benefit from a stabilised camera that is capable of capturing 720p video and crystal-clear images. Perfect for anyone looking for a camera-ready drone on a budget, this drone has proven to be popular with novices and hobbyists alike.
So, there you have it – our picks for the best camera drones to capture sublime aerial photography in Dubai in 2020. The only question that you need to ask yourself is which is best for your purposes? If you aren’t sure then let the experts at Sky Vision film your aerial photography or videography project.