Until a few years ago, every one of us was fascinated by how things look from above. Remote controlled flying toys were available however the technology at that time didn’t allow embedded cameras in them. Furthermore, those remote controlled flying devices were very costly. We needed something which could provide more functionality such as a camera and could also be affordable. Our wishes were granted and drones came and changed the way we view the world. They have taken once difficult and expensive moviemaking techniques and made them accessible to anyone and everyone.
Earlier only movie makers and production houses can afford a device with which and has a camera on it, however now, a comparatively larger number of people can do the same. You will be able to find numerous videos on YouTube of small creators who has uploaded aerial shots. We are hopeful that drones become cheaper and affordable in the future so that everyone can fulfill their dream of seeing their own world from above. In this article, we will let you know about 5 best drones of 2020 which you must check out. You can rely on our list as we have considerable research in making it.
Top 5 Best Drones in 2020:
1. DJI Mavic Air
It is known as the love child of Mavic Pro and Spark drone as it has features that resemble both of them. This drone has taken the tech and foldable rotor arms part from the DJI Mavic and the smallness from the Spark drone. It offers high end specs with a lower price point than DJI Mavic and its camera is one of its plus-point. You can shoot 4K videos with the 32 Megapixel camera for 21 whole minutes. DJI Mavic Air is considerably cheaper than its ‘Pro’ siblings. In this price, you’ll get several things in the package such as the drone itself, a powerful battery, charger, a newly designed remote controller, carrying case, four propeller guards and two full sets of propellers.
We suggest you get extra batteries as drones, in general, have limited flying time. So it would be wise to invest in a battery in order to enjoy the drone to the fullest. The drone weighs around 430g and is 300g heavier than the Spark however it is considerably lighter than the 743g Mavic Pro. The drone is compact and you wouldn’t face any issues slipping it into a backpack. The drone looks like a small toy, however, it’s commendable that DJI has made it sturdy and well-built. The clip-on camera provides additional protection to the camera however popping the cover back on to the drone is a bit challenging and you might face some issues regarding it. It is available in three colors of red, black and white.
The black and red ones attract fingerprint marks, but the white does comparatively less. However, black and red ones are easy to trace if lost in the bright sky. Through Mavic Air, DJI has made it possible for users to transfer data through USB-C, so that’s an impressive move by DJI. However, you won’t be able to charge the drone through the USB-C. Another interesting feature is the inclusion of onboard storage. So you can use a microSD card slot as well as 8GB onboard storage of the drone itself. The drone comes with an improved obstacle avoidance system through which it just doesn’t stop when an obstacle comes around, instead it charts an alternate route and continues flying.
In order to make this Advance Pilot Assistance System (APAS) work, the drone needs to fly and survey the location. The small size allows the DJI Air to fly at high speeds and it can reach a maximum speed of 68.4 km/h, or 40 mph. The transmission range is limited to 4km using the controller and 50 meters using the phone. So overall it is a great drone made by DJI and we suggest you go for it if you are looking for a middle ground between DJI Mavic Pro and Spark.
2. DJI Mavic Pro
It is considered the most powerful consumer drone as it has gimble-stabilized hasselblad camera with a 1-inch CMOS sensor for stunning aerial 4K video and images. You’ll get the following things in the packages which are: the aircraft itself, remote controller, intelligent flight battery, chargers, power cable, propellers, RC cable, gimbal protector, communication cable, USB adapter, among other things. The drone could be plugged into a 4K TV and will immediately play back the footages with the appropriate color tones. You can adjust the aperture as the f/2.8-f/11 aperture on this drone is adjustable. It gives you around 31 minutes of flight time and 44 mph max speed.
The propellers that DJI have used don’t produce much noise which is an added advantage and you fly the drone discreetly without drawing much attention. The 3-axis gimbal gives you steady shots which makes sure that you get the proper cinematic shots that you desire. Another added feature is the 8GB onboard storage. Though it doesn’t amount to much when you are shooting on 4K, however, it still helps sometimes. You get 128 GB SD card support through which you can do a large amount of recording using this drone.
3. DJI Mavic Mini
This is termed as one of the lightest drones available out there. It weighs only 250 grams and is light as an average smartphone. This makes it exceptionally portable and lights and thereby easy to travel with. The drone has a 30 min max flight time thanks to the powerful battery it comes with. However again, we suggest you buy additional batteries to enjoy the drone experience to the fullest. The drone has a 4KM HD video transmission, so you can fly your drone up to 4 KM of your location and thanks to the powerful sensors you won’t have to worry about the same. You also get the 360 degree propeller guard which fully protects the propellers and improves flight safety. Thanks to the advanced sensors, the drone can also hover precisely, this allows you to take some steady shots which look unreal.
The Mavic Mini has a 12MP camera and it supports 2.7K Quad HD videos. There are some complex shots such as circle, rocket, helix, drones which are easy to take and the drone automatically executes the shot with just a tap. Just take the automatically generated video and upload it on social media. There are many benefits of using this drone and we have just elaborated some of them. We suggest you go to YouTube and see some of the user’s uploaded videos to get an idea about the picture quality. Rest assured DJI is the master in the drone industry.
4. Parrot Anafi
You might be hearing this name for the first time. However, after knowing the features that this drone offers, you might not forget this company. Anafi is the new generation of drone and it clicks high-quality pics and stunning cinematic videos. It has a 4K HDR camera with 180 degree tilt gimble that gives you up to 2.8x lossless zoom capability. Parrot has made sure that the drone is ultra light and compact because no one likes carrying a heavy piece of equipment with them. The battery life of Anafi is decent and you get 25 minutes of battery life with advanced performance.
You can take advantage of Anafi’s embedded AI to take automated flight shots. Furthermore, a free two month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan or Adobe Premiere Pro CC is provided with the drone which eases out the burden of a new entrant in the world of video or photo editing. There are several other cool features such as availability of a 3-axis gimble and low weight of only 320 grams. You can also charge the drone anywhere with a USB Type-C cable with a power-bank. It is also compatible with Power Delivery chargers that charge up to 60% faster than regular 5W USB-A. The drone can resist winds of up to 31 mph and can fly at an impressive speed of 33 mph in sport mode.
5. DJI Phantom 4 Pro+
This is the most powerful drone on our list. It has a lot to offer, let’s start with the camera. The uprated camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60 FPS video and burst mode stills at 14FPS. The onboard camera is the first DJI camera that has a mechanical stutter which makes sure that any sort of rolling stutter distortion is avoided when you are taking fast moving shots or high speed shots. The drone comes with 5 direction of obstacle sensing and 4 direction of obstacle avoidance which does a great job in protecting the camera from any sort of damage.
The controller of Phantom 4 has a 5.8Ghz transmission support which is quite powerful and does the needful. The drone can automatically recognize subjects, follows and captures them as they move, making it easier to get complex shots. There are several other features available in this drone such as gesture mode for taking selfies, return home mode for automatically choosing the best route to return home depending on the prevailing environmental conditions. The flight time of this drone is 30 minutes, drone provides you the alerts when it reaches a minimum safe amount of battery required for a safe journey back to the takeoff point.
So this is all from our side. We hope you found this list of 5 best drones of 2020 helpful.