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.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The Phantom 4 is DJI’s legacy solution for mapping and cinematography, and although a great drone, is reportedly being phased out of production. The Phantom 4 Pro offers a 20MP camera with a global shutter, and is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 FPS. Also on board are obstacle avoidance sensors for safe and reliable operation. Like the Mavic 2 Pro, estimated flight time is 30 minutes on a single battery.

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.