Drones are an essential piece of equipment for those wanting to map large scenes or take high-resolution video from the air. Most drones are equipped with high-resolution cameras, GPS, obstacle avoidance sensors, can fly for 25-30 minutes on a single battery, and can fly missions without controller input from the user using apps from Pix4D or DroneDeploy.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a great upgrade over the Mavic Pro and fills the role as DJI’s primary video and mapping drone, as the Phantom series is being discontinued.
The Mavic 2 Pro offers a 20 MP camera, 4K video at 30 fps, and a 30-minute flight time, all in a foldable form factor for easy transportation. The bundle linked below has extra batteries and accessories for longer flight time and ease of use.
Autel Robotics EVO
Autel Robotics is a US-based company that competes with DJI in the drone market. While possibly not as well known, the Autel EVO is a direct competitor of the Mavic 2 Pro and brings a lot of the same technology to their drones, such as a 12 MP 4K camera which can shoot video in 60 fps, built-in GPS, obstacle avoidance, and a 30-minute flight time. The EVO also works with the latest Apple and Android apps.
DJI Inspire 2
The Inspire 2 is DJI’s enterprise solution for mapping and cinematography. The Inspire is able to carry large cameras and other payload to assist professionals in their work, while still maintaining the key features of smaller drones, such as obstacle avoidance, intelligent flight modes, and a smart return to home feature. While the Inspire 2 is not shipped with a camera, the bundle linked below includes the Zenmuse X5S camera, which is capable of 20.8 MP stills and 5.2K video.