Photography

Rent or Buy the Best Camera Drone

Photography is all about composition and perspective. Camera drones allow you to see angles and viewpoints you’ve never before imagined! We’ll help you choose the best photography drones and understand the tradeoffs you need to make when selecting how to buy a drone for aerial photography.

 

Choosing the Camera Drone that’s Right for You

Camera choices used to come down to brand loyalty. Photographers purchased into a system from Canon or Nikon and stayed in that brand for decades. With drones, those affinities are up for grabs as new players like DJI enter the market. Let’s go back to basics and look at all the factors that will help you decide which features are the most important to you when buying a camera drone.

Megapixels vs. Sensor Size

With the advent of digital cameras, the “megapixels wars” dominated photo news headlines as users sought higher resolution above all else. Drone cameras have followed a similar trend, but quickly changed in the same way as traditional cameras when users began to realize that sensor size often has a larger impact on overall image quality. A larger sensor, even one with fewer megapixels, allows the drone’s camera to capture more light and produce less noise, which gives a sharper, more pleasing image. We recommend that you start with the size decision and then don’t worry about the megapixels as you buy the drone you can afford in a particular price range.

 

Drones typically come in three classes of sensor size: large, medium, and small. The large sensors are the same ones you’ll see on interchangeable lens cameras from traditional makers such as Canon, Sony and Panasonic. The small sensors are probably the same ones in your high end cell phone from Apple or Samsung. In between are the 1” sensors that, while too big for a cell phone, almost always have a fixed lens.

Camera Drones with Interchangeable Lenses

If you have a micro four-thirds (MFT) camera and want to use your existing lenses on your new drone, the decision is really easy: buy an MFT camera and you’ll be instantly ready to go. The best example of MFT drone cameras is the Zenmuse X5S from DJI. It can be flown on either the DJI Inspire 2 or the Matrice M200 series, but the Inspire 2 is targeted much more toward photographers and video users.

 

The Zenmuse X5S has the micro four-thirds sensor, which is slightly smaller than a typical DSLR. With 20 megapixels of resolution, the pixel-density will yield a great balance of noise and resolution, so this drone can yield some stunning landscapes, equivalent to what you’d capture with a traditional DSLR or mirrorless camera. You’ll often see the X5S packaged with a proprietary DJI MFT lens, but you can use any wide-to-medium MFT system lens that’s light enough to be carried on the drone (around half a pound is a good rule of thumb).  Long zoom lenses won’t be stable enough in flight, so if you have the need to really get in close, we recommend trying out the Zenmuse Z30 zoom camera, which zooms up to 30X and takes 2MP still photos.

 

If you want the absolute best photography drone camera available today and don’t mind buying proprietary lenses, check out the DJI Zenmuse X7. It’s got a larger Super 35mm sensor for low noise and high resolution (24 MP). You’ll need one of DJI’s new prime lenses, but they come in a wide variety of focal lengths that should meet any use case for landscape photography, architectural photos, or grabbing stills of people and crowds.

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Autel Robotics Xstar premium – Buy NEW

Autel Robotics Xstar premium The X‑Star Premium is a quadcopter, designed for amazing aerial imagery. The 4K camera, integrated with a 3-axis stabilized gimbal, can record crystal clear Ultra HD videos. It can also take 12 MP photos. An intelligent flight control system and autopilot functions power the quadcopter. It stays safe with precision positioning via dual satellite navigation and Autel Robotics Starpoint Positioning System. Customer Support Each X‑Star comes backed by Autel Robotics’s 7-day-a-week customer support. Autel Robotics Xstar Gimbal Prevent unwanted camera movements while in the air. With the help of the 3-axis gimbal you can also capture stable and smooth video footage. The camera and gimbal are removable for convenient replacement or future upgrades. Remote Controller Equipped …

$ 799.00
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DJI Inspire 1 – Buy NEW

$ 1,999.00

DJI Inspire 1 – Buy NEW

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$ 1,999.00
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DJI Matrice 600 Pro Hexacopter – Buy NEW

  • Works with Zenmuse Gimbals / Cameras
  • Works with Ronin-MX Gimbal
  • Up to 34 Pound Total Take-Off Weight
  • Integrated Lightbridge 2 Support
  • Full HD 1080p Live Monitoring
  • A3 Pro Flight Controller
  • Controllable with DJI Go App
  • Increased Performance / Modular Design
  • Collapsible Design for Easy Transport
  • Six Flight Batteries and Six-Bay Charger
$ 4,999.00
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DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo (Arctic White) – Buy NEW

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • 8GB of Internal Storage
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
  • ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
  • Up to 21 Minutes Flight Time
  • Foldable, Portable Body
$ 999.00
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DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo (Flame Red ) – Buy NEW

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • 8GB of Internal Storage
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
  • ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
  • Up to 21 Minutes Flight Time
  • Foldable, Portable Body
$ 999.00
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DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo (Onyx Black ) – Buy NEW

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • 8GB of Internal Storage
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
  • ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
  • Up to 21 Minutes Flight Time
  • Foldable, Portable Body
$ 999.00
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DJI Phantom 3 Professional – Refurbished

$ 999.00 $ 599.00

DJI Phantom 3 Professional – Refurbished

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$ 999.00 $ 599.00
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian – 20MP Camera, 4K Video – Buy NEW

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1″ 20MP CMOS Sensor
Electroplated Magnesium Gimbal
Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
TapFly – Fly With a Tap of the Finger
Distinctive Matte-Gray Obsidian Finish
Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time

$ 1,499.00
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 – Buy NEW

$ 1,499.00

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 – Buy NEW

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  • 30 Min Flight Time
  • 7 km Control Range
  • 4K Video 60fps
  • 4 dB Noise Reduction
  • 30m Sensor Range
  • 5-Direction of Obstacle Sensing
$ 1,499.00
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Obsidian – 20MP Camera, 4K Video – Includes 5.5″ Screen – Buy NEW

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1″ 20MP CMOS Sensor
  • Electroplated Magnesium Gimbal
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
  • Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Distinctive Matte-Gray Obsidian Finish
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time
  • Remote Controller with 1080p Display
$ 1,799.00
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DJI Spark Mini-Drone – Buy NEW

$ 499.00 $ 399.00

DJI Spark Mini-Drone – Buy NEW

DJI Spark is here! Spark is a mini-drone featuring DJI’s signature technologies. Spark also has intelligent flight control options and an awesome camera. Sparks small features and smart technology allows you to get creative and have fun.

Includes FREE Remote Control!

$ 499.00 $ 399.00
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DJI Spark Mini-Drone Bundle Pack – Buy NEW

DJI Spark is here! Spark is a mini-drone featuring DJI’s signature technologies. Spark also has intelligent flight control options and an awesome camera. Sparks small features and smart technology allows you to get creative and have fun.

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$ 549.00
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DJI X5 Camera – Buy NEW

$ 1,799.00

DJI X5 Camera – Buy NEW

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$ 1,799.00
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DJI Zenmuse X4S – Buy NEW

$ 599.00

DJI Zenmuse X4S – Buy NEW

The NDVI Zenmuse X4S Camera Unit is a custom triple band (RGN) NDVI camera for the DJI Inspire 2 and Matrice 200 series.

Upgrade your current platform into an NDVI scouting device instantly, using DJI’s exchangeable gimbal design.

$ 599.00
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DJI ZENMUSE X5S – Buy NEW

$ 1,899.00

DJI ZENMUSE X5S – Buy NEW

5.2K video support for high-end professional filmmaking

  • Gimbal + Camera + Lens
  • Micro 4/3 Sensor
  • 5.2K at 30 fps / 4K at 60 fps
  • 20.8MP Still Images
  • 12.8 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 12-Bit Raw
  • 20 fps Continuous Burst
$ 1,899.00
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DJI Zenmuse X7 – Buy NEW

$ 2,699.00

DJI Zenmuse X7 – Buy NEW

Fully compatible with the DJI Inspire 2, the Zenmuse X7 is a compact Super 35 camera with an integrated gimbal made for high-end filmmaking.

Super 35 Sensor | 6K CinemaDNG | 5.2K Apple ProRes | 14 Stops of Dynamic Range

$ 2,699.00
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DJI Zenmuse X7 DL/DL-S Lens Set – Buy NEW

DJI DL/DL-S Lenses are professional prime lenses specially designed for aerial photography. Featured light-weighting carbon fiber casing, those lenses are able to reduce the payload of the gimbal and camera, improving the stability when shooting. With the DJI DL mount (diameter: 58mm), the lenses can be mounted onto Zenmuse X7, providing varying focal lengths. When used with Zenmuse X7, the focal length multiplier is 1.5 when taking stills.

$ 4,299.00
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Inspire 2 with X5S camera – Buy New

 

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  • 25-27M Battery Life
  • 4.6Mile Range
  • Includes ProRes Unlock
$ 9,850.00
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Parrot Bebop 2 – Buy NEW

$ 399.00

Parrot Bebop 2 – Buy NEW

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capture 1080p Video / 4096 x 3072 Photos
  • 3-Axis Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Up to 984′ Line-of-Sight Wi-Fi Range
  • 7-Sensor Flight Stabilization System
  • 8GB of On-Board Flash Memory
  • Apps for iOS and Android Mobile Devices
  • GPS-Enabled Autopilot Functions
  • Up to 52 ft/s Top Horizontal Speed
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Compatible with Skycontroller System
$ 399.00
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Parrot Disco FPV, Includes R/C & FPV Goggles – Buy NEW

Parrot Disco FPV, Includes R/C & FPV Goggles Buy brand new or rent a Parrot Disco FPV today! Parrot Disco FPV is the perfect gift for the flying or RC hobbyist.? Get the amazing sensation of flying adventure without being in the cockpit of an aircraft.? This fixed wing RC is also the perfect trainer for those looking to step up to other fixed wing platforms for professional / commercial use such as mapping, surveying, etc.? Total immersion FPV experience with the cockpit glasses. Buy new or rent one today!? We are a Parrot authorized re-seller. 1 Parrot Disco: fixed-wing drone 1 High-capacity battery: 2700 mAh 1 Charger cable 1 USB cable 1 User guide 2 Additional propeller glades 1 …

$ 1,299.00 $ 899.00
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Phantom 4 Pro Plus (With LCD Screen) – Buy NEW

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  • ~30Min Flight Time
  • 4-way Obstacle Avoidance
  • 4K Video / 20MP camera
  • Includes 5.5″ Screen
$ 1,799.00
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