Are you tired of flying with toy drones? Then you should check out our test of drones with HD camera that suits both professionals and beginners. Many believe that these slightly finer machines are harder to control and fly compared to cheap toys, but that's exactly the opposite. Real drones have both better and more sensors that facilitate the flight and anyone can fly these machines.
In our test of drones, we have concentrated on the best drones with cameras for ordinary hobby enthusiasts and consumers. Our best test is suitable for those who want to be able to fly a good drone but who at the same time have a great interest in photography and video filming. This test is of course also suitable for those who want to get started with this amazing hobby.
If you are a beginner, we also recommend that you read our short buying guide that gives you basic information before purchasing your first drone. Everything from laws and regulations, to how much a good drone may need to cost that meets your requirements.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – Best in Test
The first version DJI Mavic 1 Pro got the best in test in Råd & Rön but how does the newer DJI Mavic 2 Pro really stand? If we look at popular sources such as the Swedish M3 and English Wired, It has more or less received the highest rating. When we compile the rating from all test and product reviews, DJI Mavic 2 Pro becomes a clear best in this.
Best portable drone with camera - HD camera for 4k video
DJI Mavic 2 Pro offers something that very few can and it is an HD camera that supports 4K video at 30 fps (20-megapixel stills). In addition, the sensor in the camera is 1 inch and it makes a huge difference in quality at cloudy days or when there is less light in the evening. Compared to virtually all others in this test, this means that the camera in the Mavic 2 Pro lets in four times as much light.
Hasselblad and DJI have collaborated to produce an outstanding camera for test winner DJI Mavic 2 Pro and if you love photography, this is one of the best drones right now. With this 1-inch CMOS sensor, you can capture video footage in real 10-piece HDR while recording in modern H.265/HEVC codec. The new encoding also saves you 50% more information without taking more space on the disk.
Best in test winner DJI Mavic 2 Pro is not only a cool drone with a camera but this is also a model that offers sports mode at speeds up to 72 km/h. It is also fully equipped with sensors that make the drone very safe to fly so you don't have to worry about the drone colliding with anything. These obstacle sensors can detect obstacles from 8 to 40 meters depending on the speed the drone flies.
Quieter drones and longer flight time than ever
DJI, the company behind this test winner, has made a variety of improvements since Mavic 1 Pro and a big change are the rotor blades themselves. With small adjustments in both chassis and propellers, DJI Mavic 2 Pro has been given a much quieter flight. Which most people advocate because we would like to avoid disturbing objects and surroundings.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the most advanced drone that has come out at present from DJI. With an actual flight time of 31 minutes, this is now one of the market's best. One of the best with DJI Mavic 2 Pro is also the option of flying indoors at custom speed when there is a little less space.
The DJI drone is also packed with several smart and creative features such as the DJI drone. Active Tracking (follow moving objects), Waypoint 2.0 (Set up a predetermined orbit that the drone will fly), panoramic photography, hyper-lapse with much more.
This is undoubtedly one of the market's best drones with camera for 2019 and 2020. If you're looking for a multi-functional drone, this is clearly an option.
DJI Mavic Air – Small drone but powerful
If the best in the test winner is a little too expensive for the wallet, DJI Mavic Air could be a better choice. This 4K camera drone has, among other things, received top marks in M3 and Digital Foto.
Ultraportable drones with a stunning photo and film recording
A portable little drone such as a DJI Mavic Air or DJI Mavic 2 Pro has great advantages over e.g. DJI Phantom models. The best drone is the one you always have with you. As with regular cameras, you always want to be able to carry drones without having transport and the like. With these new portable drones, you can actually fold the drone so it fits in a larger pocket.
For those who love to video or take stills, DJI Mavic Air has an amazing camera sitting on a 3-axis gimbal. However, the video resolution of the camera is 4K ultra HD with 30 frames per second, 1080p gives you up to 120 frames per second. The image sensor is 1/2.3 inches and takes pictures up to 12 megapixels.
As with any other DJI drone, this is equipped with dual sensors such as redundancy and safer metrics. The drone is equipped with several obstacle sensors to avoid unnecessary collisions and which of course also makes this drone easier to fly for beginners. The drone can also be controlled without a controller using your hands with different hand signs.
Despite the small form factor and the low weight, this is a very stable drone that flies unhindered in gusts up to 10 seconds. It also provides improved responsiveness and more.
Sports Mode and Active Tracking
Like our choice of best drone for 2020 (DJI Mavic 2 Pro), DJI Mavic Air has many of the best features in the test the winner offers even though it almost costs half as much. So in many people's eyes, this drone can often be more affordable than the test winner if you don't value the HD camera as highly.
DJI Mavic Air is also a drone that has two cameras for navigation and to be able to fly completely automatically without any human control. With DJI ActiveTrack, you can set the drone to stalk you while videoing/shooting when performing any activity. As, for example, running, cycling or similar. With QuickShot, you can easily and smoothly film/shoot yourself and your surroundings in different patterns/movements such as Rocket, Dronie, Cicle, Helix, Asteroid and more.
Like many other drones from DJI, this model is also equipped with a sports mode that allows speeds up to 68 km/h. However, we recommend that you first get to know your new drone before embarking on this as sensors and stuff are turned off in this mode. But it's great fun to try out
DJI Mavic Mini – Best drone for beginners
DJI Mavic Mini is a new small drone on the market that was released as recently as November 2019. Several independent tests have already been tested by the drone and virtually all test sources are very positive about the new cheaper drone from DJI. According to the Swedish M3, this is the perfect drone for the hobby photographer who has not dared to buy a drone in the past.
With a lower price tag of AROUND 4,500 SEK, DJI tests a price segment that has previously been difficult to establish itself.
Does DJI manage to attract people who haven't really dared to buy drones before?
The DJI brand has almost a monopoly on the market when it comes to drones with a HD camera but there is a price segment that DJI has not yet managed to dominate. Which is the segment for cheap drones. It is quite clear that DJI wants to enter this market with its new DJI Mavic Mini drone. Something that is extra interesting is that they market the model as a flying camera and not just a drone. So what does DJI Mavic Mini have to offer anyway?
If we start with the camera, it doesn't offer 4K video recording like the best drones in our test. Although we might have liked support for 4K recording, we have to settle for 2.7K and 30 fps. 1080p, on the other hand, gives us 60 frames per second. This means that we can still take amazing pictures and video with good resolution.
Before, we thought that many portable drones in our best test had a low weight, but DJI Mavic Mini easily wins with only 249 grams of total weight with battery. But how does it affect flight time anyway? It doesn't, the drone can fly 30 minutes on a full charge. Which is also one of the best flight times we have in our test.
Cheap drones for hobby photographers
So to whom does this drone fit best? We'd say that if you're a person who's long been watching drones but never really dares to press the buy button, this is a crazy affordable drone. Sure, it may not have all the sensors or features that more expensive drones with camera offers. But for someone who has never dared to buy and who really wants to try it out, this is a very good little drone.
DJI Mavic Mini is a drone that is of course slightly slimmed down compared to more expensive options but it still offers a very good camera with gimbal, creative flight patterns, a hands-on controller that is connected to the mobile phone for LiveView and more.
Parrot Anafi 4K – Silent Drone
DJI is not the only manufacturer of good drones with a camera and the fact is that Parrot Anafi 4K delivers a lot of good things. Parrot Anafi 4K has received some mixed ratings when we check independent tests and we look at British ExpertReviews, the drone has received the highest rating. Even in Dronesgator.com, the model has almost received the best rating. But I don't think this little drone is the right choice for everyone.
Stunning drone with a good camera, but lacks collision sensor
There are also other independent tests such as TechRadar, which is not nearly as impressed with the drone as it lacks certain characteristics offered by DJI drones. Something TechRadar didn't like at all was the lack of sensors that prevent collisions and the fact is that this drone completely lacks this. But is it completely useless because of this? Maybe not.
If this is your first drone, we cannot recommend this drone as the price of this model is equivalent to, for example, the price of this model. DJI Mavic Air that suits beginners better. For someone who has never flown drones before, we recommend a model of sensors that avoid collisions.
But for someone who has little experience flying a small drone, Parrot Anafi 4K offers amazing video and photo features. The camera on the Parrot drone can videotape with 4K UHD in 30 frames per second and 21-megapixel camera for still images. Most independent tests on the drone agree that image quality beats DJI Mavic Air.
Something that makes this drone something unique is the camera that can be adjusted vertically up/down to 180 degrees. Something that for movie enthusiasts is a feature that enables new types of movie angles.
Slim and very quiet drone
That this little drone lacks sensors to avoid a collision is a bit of a shame and is probably a real deal-breaker for people who are new to drones. It is simply completely blind except for the landing sensor that is underneath and you as a driver have to handle everything so that no accident occurs.
However, if you are an experienced drone user who doesn't want any sensors that hold you back when you fly, parrot Anafi 4K is actually a good choice. So apparently there is also a great interest in drones without sensors.
The Parrot drone's camera is perhaps one of the best in it all, but another feature that also stands out extra is how quiet the drone flies. Basically, all the drone tests we've found on the model say it flies unusually quietly compared to many other competitors.
- Drones that received top marks in many tests online.
- A small drone that completely lacks sensors that counteract collisions but at the same time gives the user more freedom. Not a drone for beginners.
- Stunning camera that can record video in 4K UHD with 30 frames per second.
- 21 megapixels for still images in HDR.
- 180 degree vertical angle on the camera.
- Relatively good flight time of 23 minutes.
- Parrot Anafi 4K is a portable drone that can be folded.
DJI Inspire 2 – Ultimate drone for movie recording
DJI Inspire 2 is one of the market's most advanced drones with a camera for professional use and if you have way too much money or this is a fantastic purchase. DJI Inspire 2 focuses primarily on professional filmmakers and companies that want to create classic film sequences for their products.
A large drone with great opportunities
We're supposed to be honest, this isn't really a drone that fits into our test of drones with a HD camera. But we still felt that DJI Inspire should, after all, be in our test to show our visitors what is on the market. DJI drone Inspire 2 is a very professional drone suitable for companies/filmmakers who want to be able to film in tougher conditions.
If you as a company place high demands on a drone that must be able to accelerate from 0-80 km/h in 4 seconds, fly up to 3,000 – 5,000 meters, manage low temperatures down to -20°C (smart batteries that are self-heated and more. Well, this is the right drone for your film project.
The DJI drone has a flight time up to 27 minutes with its dual battery system with automatic heating at colder temperatures. Live feed also uses dual signal speeds for better and faster transmission.
DJI Inspire 2 has a stunning 5.2K camera that can record video in both CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRe. The file formats supported are both FAT32 and XFAT for faster transmission/copying.
A drone built for advanced tracking mode
The best thing about DJI Inspire 2 is all the advanced flight/tracking features with the ability to accelerate. But at the same time can be used by unaccustomed users, allowing for complex and rather dramatic video sequences. This is what DJI calls Spotlight Pro which is a special tracking mode that allows beginners to film cool cutscenes as well.
Spotlight Pro tracking mode locks onto an object and follows even if the object moves at 50 km/h. The sensors also allow DJI Inspire to detect obstacles up to 25-30 meters in front of the drone and so clearly allow the drone to avoid a collision. With such good sensors, the drone can move at speeds of up to 50 km/h without the risk of collision.
For filmmakers who want to get started, DJI offers two recording modes that facilitate filmmaking. A mode called Quick Mode which allows you to select an object to track, Also a Composition Mode mode where you control both subject and tracking mode.
DJI Inspire 2 is more or less packed with film/video recording features such as video recording features. TapFly, ActiveTrack, Smart Return Home and much more.
Undoubtedly one of the market's best DJI drones for serious filmmakers as long as you can afford to buy.
DJI Phantom 4 – Most Iconic Drone
The DJI Phantom series is probably the model that is most iconic when we think of drones with good camera because this is where it all started when a little more serious drones came onto the market. DJI Phantom 4 is a series of drones that have more or less received top ratings in virtually any independent test and found in a couple of different models. Common Phantom 4, Pro and then Advanced.
A serious camera drone for hobby enthusiasts and professional filmmakers
DJI Phantom 4 is arguably the top 10 best drones that has ever come on the market and the Phantom 4 series offers a lot of upgrades since the 3 series. Many became worried when DJI Phantom 4 came out that the camera will be about the same as on the previous models. But in several in our tests, it turned out that the lens had improved significantly, which became clear in the sample images and films available online. Both photo and video footage are now better thanks to the improved lens.
The DJI Phantom 4 offers 4K video recording with a sensor resolution of 12 megapixels and the lens has an aperture of f/2.8. If you prefer more frames per second, you can go down to 1080p with both 60 and 120 frames per second. The camera, of course, sits on a gimbal that makes the image steady during flight.
The DJI drone also offers Live Feed directly to your connected phone at a resolution of 720p and works up to 2 km long distance. Keep in mind the rules/laws that exist regarding drones.
A steady drone with a good flight time of 27 minutes
This may not be a portable drone in such a way that you transport it in your bag like the smaller drones in our test. But this design is really solid and many enthusiasts prefer this format of drones as it is a bit more in the professional direction.
This is a relatively heavy drone weighing in at 1380 grams but this has its advantages when flying. A heavier drone is not nearly as sensitive if it were to start blowing up a bit. But despite this weight, this drone has good flight time and can fly away 5 km without any major problems.
It's equipped with GPS/GLONASS, WiFi, radio transmitter, FPV live video, sensors to prevent collision and more.
There are also rumors that DJI Phantom 5 is in the works but we've heard something else. On some drone pages, several people so that the 5 may have been canceled. Which we do not hope, of course, as this is a drone that many are probably waiting for.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom - Best Option in Test Winner
The drone DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is basically identical to in test winner DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the only thing that actually separates it is the camera module. More on this a little further down. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, on the other hand, has received almost as good marks in tests and product reviews as test winner Mavic 2 Pro.
An alternative to best in test winner DJI Mavic 2 Pro
If you think our choice of "best drone" Mavic 2 Pro is too expensive then Mavic 2 Zoom can be a good option. The only difference is the camera where the Pro version has the famous HD camera with 1-inch image sensor. Mavic 2 Zoom has a significantly smaller image sensor of 1/2.3 inch, but does that mean that DJI Mavic 2 Zoom has a worse camera? Maybe not.
The image sensor on the Mavic 2 Pro is larger and can capture more light and colors but the lens is fixed i.e. without any zoom whatsoever. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom has as the name might suggest a 2x optical zoom and this opens up new ways to photograph and record video. With optical zoom, this camera drone can create unique so-called Dolly Zoom which provides a cool zoom effect against the background.
It's also worth mentioning that 2x optical zoom isn't at all the same as 2x digital zoom. Mobile phones usually have a regular digital zoom and it's significantly worse than real optical zoom that Mavic 2 Zoom offers. With real optical zoom, you won't have to lose valuable image quality when you're going to photograph objects from a distance. Perfect if you don't want to interfere with the item you want to film or shoot.
Mavic 2 Zoom also supports something called SuperRes where the camera takes nine quick images and pastes together into one large detailed photo. Even if the camera "only" has 12 megapixels, a SuperRes photo will be a whopping 48 megapixels.
So which drone should you buy, test winner DJI Mavic 2 Pro or the cheaper Mavic 2 Zoom?
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is undoubtedly one of the better drones on the market with a HD camera and if you prefer fast wide zoom cameras, this is a fantastic choice. to get that classic movie feeling.
Best in test winner DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is perhaps slightly worse under darker conditions with the smaller sensor, but for many, it's not a problem if you're going to fly your drone under bright conditions. To learn how well DJI Mavic 2 Zoom performs compared to Mavic 2 Zoom
With the DJI remote control, you connect on your mobile phone to get live stream directly from the drone. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is otherwise completely identical to the Pro version i.e. the same flight time of 31 minutes and the same range of 8 km.
Buying Guide - How to choose the best drones according to your needs
The choice of drones is not always so simple as we have different expectations and needs. An example is the camera. For someone who wants to be able to video stylish scenes, drones with a good cameras are of the highest importance. They have a camera that can video in 4K resolution, adjustable aperture, HDR, and more.
But for someone who just wants to be able to fly their drone and possibly take simple images, the camera may not be as important anymore. Although you may not value the camera, we recommend that you choose a model with a relatively good camera. Maybe you'll get up your interest in being able to take photos and video areas you visit with your new machine.
Another thing that really affects your choice of a drone is, of course, the price. They are something that can cost quite a lot if you are primarily looking for one with a high-end camera. But a high-end camera is not a requirement to be able to take amazing images or videos from drones. A little further down this guide you will be able to find videos from different drones.
In our test, we have chosen to stick only to models that are not classified as toys. There is a huge difference between a toy and a model that we have included in our test. Even if you are a beginner at flying a drone, virtually all models are very easy to fly.