Drones are widely recognized for their ability to capture otherwise-impossible videos and images, but which ones are the very best for filming? Let’s review some of the coolest options currently on the market: 

DJI Phantom 2 Vision +

Considered one of the foremost drones currently in existence, this quadcopter features a 3-axis gimbal, making it capable of capturing “super-smooth” video. The redesigned high-definition camera and built-in FPV link allow streaming of live videos and stills to smartphones, while the camera is also built in.

DJI Inspire 4K

The first 4K filming drone, DJI Inspire 4K makes it possible to capture immaculate videos and stills. The camera shoots up to 4K video and 12 megapixel photos, with the lens featuring nine separate elements, including an aspherical element “for extreme clarity.” Adobe DNG Raw support allows you to “make every shot a masterpiece.”

DJI S1000 Octocopter–Professional UAV Aerial Filming & Photography 

A drone for “the true professional drone,” the DJI S1000 Octocopter carries considerably more weight than your standard quadcopter. It features a low gimbal mounting position, and allows you to mount personal camera equipment for taking awe-inspiring videos and images. Wings are safe, stable, and easy to use, with the drone also featuring retractable landing gear. 

DJI Vision Phantom Vision 2

The DJI Vision Phantom Vision 2 is ideal for “semi-professionals” just getting started with aerial photography and videography. A less expensive option, this drone is easy to control, features a fantastic gimbal camera, and provides smooth, beautiful footage. Considered one of the best quadcopters in the industry, the Phantom Vision 2 is truly cost-effective.

If dipping a proverbial toe in aerial videography and photography for the first time, look for options that come with everything set up so you don’t spend hours trying to figure out which piece goes where. It’s also recommended you go with a cheaper drone until you’re used to maneuvering them and taking aerial footage.