10 Best 4K Camera Drones (Feb. 2017) – Buyer’s Guide

Are you a photographer, hobbyist, or a new drone user in search of a drone that will perfectly fit your needs? You are just at the right place, read on to gasp much about these devices. Drones with powerful cameras will always give better results compared to those with low-resolution cameras. For this reason, the camera becomes a crucial aspect when making a drone selection. You might have heard of 4K cameras, this means the camera has a 4K Ultra HD resolution with 3840 pixels by 2160 lines. This equals 8.3 megapixels. That sounds incredible. Here are 10 best 4K camera drones to buy in 2017.

10 Best 4K Camera Drones 2017

 

1. DJI Phantom 3 Professional

Starting with the DJI Phantom, it’s a drone designed to deliver maximum performance. Two more drones have been added to the market, the Phantom 3 Advanced and the Phantom 3 Professional. The drones are difficult to distinguish since they offer almost the same features. The difference in the services they offer is negligible.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional

Key specs

• Camera:
• 4480mAh Battery with 15.2V
• Transmitter and maximum range
• Maximum speed: 16m/s
• Maximum flight time: approximately 23 minutes.

The drone includes other incredible features like indoor positioning sensors that prevent the drone from crashing when filming indoors. Another feature is the automatic take-off and landing, this gives beginner pilots humble time. DJI pilot app for Android and iOS, allows other advanced features like complete camera control and live viewing.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Footage

DJI Phantom 3 accessories

The Phantom 3 Pro comes with these accessories:

• Battery charger
• Intelligent flight battery
• Vibration Absorbers
• Micro-USB cable
• 16GB Micro-SD Card
• Landing pads
• Propeller Wrench
• Power cable
• Remote controller
• Gimbal Clamp
• Anti-drop Kit

2. Yuneec Q500 4K APV

This another wonderful drone that will amaze you is designed to give maximum performance on aerial photographing and filming. Just like the DJI, the Yuneec also produce drones with great features. Let us spare some time and look at the features of this 4K drone.

Yuneec Q500 4K APV

Key specs

• 5400mAh battery with 11.1V
• 25 min flight time, 8m/s speed, and 3m/s climb rate.
• 4k camera with 12 megapixels and 3-Axis Gimbal stabilizer.
• Maximum range, 400 meters
• 10 channel 2.5GHz transmitter

The drone features three modes which include home mode, smart mode, and angle mode. These modes simplify the flight for you with just a single click. The 5.5-inch receiver is something the Yuneec boasts of. Its “watch me and follow me” mode enables hands-free video recording and photography. Apart from the follow me feature, Yuneec consists a couple of added features. These are the features that make the Yuneec stand tall among other drones.

Its app enables you to turn audio recording on and off. Yuneec Q500 4K spare parts are cheap and readily available. After the drone has accomplished its mission, you don’t have to fly it back home. What you need is to enable the home mode and the Yuneec will fly back to where the ground station is and land safely from four meters above the ground.

Yuneec Q500 4K Footage

Yuneec Q500 4K accessories

• Extra battery
• Extra propellers
• Propeller guards

The Yuneec q500 4k is quite a cool and powerful model that you can get at an affordable price. Its services can be compared to those once of Phantom 3.

3. DJI Inspire 1

The DJI Inspire 1 makes your aerial filming so much easier. The days of purchasing two separate devices are gone, all you need is the DJI Inspire 1 and all your aerial 4K filming will be catered for.

DJI Inspire 1

$1,999.00

Let’s look at its features.

• 22m/s maximum speed
• 5m/s Max ascend speed
• 4m/s max descend speed
• 12.76 Megapixels camera
• Supports SD Card up to 64GB
• 5700mAh battery with 22.8Volts

Apart from the above key features, the Inspire 1 includes other advanced features like the ability to remove the camera which is fitted on the gimbal for upgrade or safety storage.
The amazing fact about DJI Inspire 1 is that it gives you the option of buying the drone with double-controllers. With two controllers you will just have to enable dual-operator mode which lets one pilot control Inspire 1 and the other one take control of the main camera. I am sure it will fell difficult flying solo once you are used to dual-mode flights.

DJI Inspire 1 4K Footage

DJI Inspire 1 accessories

• Extra propellers
• Hard case
• One/two controllers
• Extra battery
• Deluxe bundle
• Lens filters

The 360 degrees camera rotation is the headline of the drone plus the dual-operator mode, its larger frame, and the extra battery makes DJI Inspire 1 a great choice.

4. DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Here comes the great improvements of the Phantom 3 series from battery life, camera lens to obstacle avoidance. Its design has been improved with a lighter magnesium skeleton that makes it lighter on the air. What I like most in this drone is its forward and downward vision system, this enables you to view vertically down and forward at an angle of your choice.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

$1,499.00

Key features

• 28 min Maximum flight time
• 5340mAh battery
• 20m/s maximum speed
• Video at up to 4K 60fps
• 12 megapixels camera
• Multiple flight modes: sport mode and position mode
• 5km maximum control range

The ability to sense obstacles gives you great confidence of flying indoors or places with a lot of obstacles around. 5km control range, it’s unbelievable. This is something rare to find in drones. Just figure out what you can do with a flight time of 28 minutes at speeds of up to 20m/s and a 5km range, not forgetting the 2.4GHz speed of transmission.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Footage

DJI Phantom 4 Accessories

• Battery charging Hub
• Extra battery
• Lighting kit
• Quick-release propellers

The Phantom 4 has gone miles ahead of the features expected of a quadcopter and its predecessor. Security has been checked through implementation of the obstacle sensors which are mounted on the nose of the quad. If you are in need of a great bird to carry out breathtaking missions, DJI Phantom 4 is your ultimate choice.

5. DJI Inspire 2 5K

5K!

We had looked at its previous version, Inspire 1. Let us now differentiate between the two. Of cause we expect it to beat the Inspire 1. Launched on November 2016, it’s among the newest model of the drone which is more tougher than its predecessor. A slight upgrade has been made to the frame but the most shouting one is the two different cameras fixed on it. That sounds crazy?

One camera offering a full 360-degree rotation is located underneath the aircraft while the other one is mounted on the one its nose for better FPV. Using the Inspire 2’s dual-operator mode, the remote pilot takes command of the front camera while a photographer takes control of the bottom-mounted camera. Wow, that deal is absolutely awesome.

DJI Inspire 2 5K

$2,999.00

Key Features

• 30 Megapixels camera
• Up to 27 minutes flight time
• 67mph maximum speed
• Notable Attributes: Two cameras, Dual-operator mode, and Obstacle avoidance.

To handle a lot of videos and photos, the drone has an added SSD.

DJI Inspire 2 5K Footage

DJI Inspire 2 5K Camera features

  • Captures 5.2K-resolution video for Adobe CinemaDNG raw videos
  • Supported formats – Adobe CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes 422 HQ (5.2K, 4K) and ProRes 4444 XQ (4K), H.264 and H.265
  • Records 4K-resolution video in H.264 and H.265 with a bit rate up to 100Mbps
  • Streams video at broadcast standards of 1080i50/720p60

6. Yuneec Typhoon H

Having discussed the Yuneec q500, you must be having a clue about the Yuneec series. Don’t miss out those high quality photos and videos offered by Yuneec that can perfectly match needs. lets see what the Typhoon has prepared for pilots.

Yuneec Typhoon H

To start with, the Typhoon H has been equipped with six propellers that offers a very effective thrust in any of the sides. In addition, the 360-degree gimbal camera producing stunning 4k Ultra HD video is the talk of the day.

Key Features

• 25 minutes flight time
• 43.5mph max speed.
• 12.5 Megapixels camera
• Ultrasonic collision prevention
• Integrated autonomous flight modes

The ST16 controller of the Typhoon is Android based with integrated 7-inch display and 720 HD FPV downlink for real-time video viewing.

Yuneec Typhoon H Footage

Typhoon H accessories

• Hardshell Backpack
• Extra battery

Yuneec has been consecutively producing great drones and finally it produces that one drone that can compete with the DJI series, the Typhoon H. Just like the Phantom 4, the drone is smart enough to carry great tasks. Typhoon’s price which is $100 less that one of Phantom 4 is impressive enough to buy the drone.

7. Xiaomi Mi Drone

The Xiaomi Mi drone is a quad copter that is as a result of Xiaomi and Flymi company collaboration. It is affordable and comes with a 3-Axis gimbal. Mi drone in two models, one is capable of recording 4K videos and the other version is a 1080p model with a 12Megapixel sensor.

Xiaomi Mi Drone

 

Key features

• 5100mAh battery
• 27 minutes flight time
• 12 Megapixels camera
• 104 degree wide angle lens
• Automatic landing and take-off
• GPS-equipped

Xiaomi MI Drone 4K Footage

Its frame designed to be light using the carbon fiber material and the tall stands makes a good protection of the camera. Most interesting, the Mi drone has the ability to track a location in real-time just in case the device crashes. The Xiaomi Mi drone is a fully equipped drone with high performance and ideal for amateur drone users. It’s less costly compared to drones with nearly the same specifications.

8. Blade Chroma Camera Drone 4K

Here is another amazing drone that you will absolutely like. By the end of this discussion, I bet you will be spoiled for choice. The Blade is one of the latest in the drone series and is taking a top position. Its 4K camera is designed for people who want nothing else but a bird’s-eye view while on the go. Apart from its promising features, Blade is much easier to use.

blade chroma 4k

Key features

• 6300mAh battery
• Up to 30 minutes flight time
• 4k videos at 3840 by 2160 pixels
• 12 Megapixels still shorts

Blade Chroma 4k Footage

The camera uses an ultra-wide angle lens. This makes it a bit difficult to estimate the drone’s distance from objects. The Blade Chroma 4k will make a great companion for all your travel and recreational adventures. Most probably, you will not to need a technician to do the repair and replacements for you. The assembly of the drone is made simple and user-friendly. It offers a great experience for both experienced and new pilots.

9. DJI Mavic Pro

Introducing the Mavic pro, its small size hosts a wide variety of features that are ideal for aerial photographing and filmmaking making it more powerful and easier to transport. Mavic’s design has been highly improved such that you can fold its arms and propellers to achieve one solid body, this makes it easier to transport.

It boasts of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. In addition it includes a vision positioning system which is connected to GPS and GLONASS.

DJI Mavic Pro

Key Features

• 12Mp camera resolution
• Flights of up to 27 minutes
• 40mph maximum speed (without wind) in sport mode
• 4k at 30 FPS video resolution

Everyone was eager to try the new Mavic and see how it would stack up the DJI Phantom 4 and the Inspire 2. However, the Mavic performed as expected, its long life battery that enables it to have an increased flight time and the 4k camera cannot be underestimated. Its forehead has been fitted with a curved clear screen that protects the camera lens from damaged and moisture when flying in areas with high humidity.

DJI Mavic Pro Footage

DJI Mavic Accessories

• Extra battery
• Extra propellers
• Lens filters
• Car charger
• Travel bag
• Hard case

By the look of these accessories, you can tell that Mavic will make a great deal for travelling. The extra battery pays the fare of the second flight while the car charger comforts you when you forget to charge you drone. Photographers, hobbyists and anyone who is getting into this experience, consider the Mavic in your choice.

10. Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

You might not have heard of the X-star but it’s a pretty cool quadcopter. It’s an easy to fly quad with a design close to that one of the DJI Phantom. There are so many admirable features that this simple looking drone hosts. For example, its auto pilot functions and intelligent flight control system. On top of that, think of the 4K 12Mp camera integrated with a 3-Axis stabilized gimbal. Let’s discover more about the Robotics X-star.

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

Key Features

• 4k Ultra HD camera that takes 12Mp photos
• Speeds of up to 16m/s
• 5.8GHz receiver frequency
• Flight modes: GPS, IOC, ATTI
• 4900mAh battery with 14.8V charging voltage
• Up to 25 min flight time

Autel Robotics X-Star Footage

X-Star Premium accessories

• Extra battery
• Propellers
• Carrying case
• Propeller guards
• Remote controller with training cables

The gimbal is something to admire, it prevents the camera from unwanted movements when flying thus giving you a smooth and stable video footage. It’s clear that this drone offers one of the best services. Its controller is designed to fit perfectly on your arms and includes a device holder that allows you to attach your phone or tablet an FPV screen. Filming has been made far much safer!

Conclusion

After a long discussion about the best 10 4K Camera Drones, you must be spoiled for choice. It is important that you put all the considerations before purchasing one. Drones have really saved much of our time and resources especially infilmmaking. It is a full proof of how technology is evolving. Before we were using the helicopter with a photographer on board to take the photos and record videos which was much expensive and risky. Today, with just a small device you can take those exclusive photos and videos so cheaply. It is safer to fly drones when the air is quiet or has minimal disturbances, especially if you are a young pilot. Drones should not be used when raining or in the dark.

 

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