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Top RC Drones With a Camera

Updated With New Drone Models for 2022

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DJI Mavic 3
The latest and greatest camera drone from DJI, with a professional-grade dual camera system from Swiss camera manufacturer, Hasselblad.

Drone aerial photography is, wait for it, taking off.

Whether you’re using them for recreation, to build an aerial service business, or to integrate UAS into your existing business or organization, the goal of this article is to explore the best RC drones with a camera on the market today.

Top RC Drones With a Camera

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U49WF FPV Camera Drone
Camera | 720p HD
Flight Time | 12-15 Minutes
Camera | 720p HD
Flight Time | 12-15 Minutes
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Holy Stone HS270 2.7K Drone
Camera | 2.7K
Flight Time | 18 Minutes
Camera | 2.7K
Flight Time | 18 Minutes
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DJI Mavic Air 2
Camera | 48MP, 4K Video
Flight Time | 34 Minutes
Camera | 48MP, 4K Video
Flight Time | 34 Minutes
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Skydio 2
Camera | 12 MP, 4k HDR Video
Flight Time | 23 Minutes
Camera | 12 MP, 4k HDR Video
Flight Time | 23 Minutes
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DJI FPV Drone
Camera | 4K, 60 fps
Flight Time | 20 Minutes
Camera | 4K, 60 fps
Flight Time | 20 Minutes
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Autel EVO II Series
Camera | 48 MP, 6K, 8K, Thermal
Flight Time | 40 Minutes
Camera | 48 MP, 6K, 8K, Thermal
Flight Time | 40 Minutes
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DJI Mavic 3
Camera | 20 MP, 5.1K/50 fps
Flight Time | 46 Minutes
Camera | 20 MP, 5.1K/50 fps
Flight Time | 46 Minutes
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
Camera | 20 MP, 4K Video
Flight Time | 30 Minutes
Camera | 20 MP, 4K Video
Flight Time | 30 Minutes
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(Premium Combo)
Camera | 20 MP, 5.1K/50 fps
Flight Time | 46 Minutes
Camera | 20 MP, 5.1K/50 fps
Flight Time | 46 Minutes

There are a lot of good remote control drones to buy out there, so it’s important to think about what kind of sUAS best fits your intended operation, and then to perform proper research on the best options. This article is an attempt to help you learn the bullet points of each of the most popular camera drones on the market today.

From pricing and different camera specs and handling/responsiveness to flight software and battery life, it’s important to do your research and to make sure you’re buying a drone that’s suited to your needs.

All of the models in this list are ready-to-fly. After charging your LiPo battery and reading through your user manual a few times, you’re ready to power up, calibrate, configure, and then to start racking up those flight hours.

For a quick look at all the models we’ll be discussing in more detail below, here’s the full list:

Click here for a much bigger list of drone companies to check out in the industry.

Enjoy!

Note #1: All specs/features are obtained from the manufacturer or retailer.

Note #2: On this list, we’ve included models available for sale on Amazon and DJI — as Amazon and DJI Associate partners, we earn a small commission for qualifying purchases. Please know that we’ve tested many of the models on this list, and we wouldn’t recommend anything we wouldn’t fly ourselves!

01

U49WF FPV Camera Drone

camera

720p HD

battery life

12-15 Minutes

good for

Hobbyists, FPV Racing

The U49WF FPV Camera Drone boasts altitude-hold and a first-person-view (FPV) screen with Camera Live Video, so you can see exactly what the HD camera of your drone sees in real-time.

It also comes with an extra battery to help you fly for even longer before having to charge, and an outstanding 720p camera for clear HD pictures and live video.

Add to that it’s impressively long flight time of 25 minutes with the extra battery, and you’re looking at a great drone for beginners (or intermediate pilots, for that matter) at an inexpensive price.

Key Specs/Features

  • Camera resolution: 720p HD
  • Flight time: 12-15 minutes (Per battery)
  • Notable Attributes: Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, Full Trim, and Real-Time WiFi FPV
Blue Heron Wi-Fi FPV HD Camera Drone | Beginner RC U49WF Quadcopter | Force1
02

Holy Stone HS270 2.7K Drone

camera

2.7K

battery life

18 Minutes

good for

Hobbyists

The Holy Stone 2.7K GPS drone proves that you do not have to drop hundreds of dollars for a great starter drone. The 2.7k camera system features 5G image transmission, ensuring crisp pictures every time. The included follow-me, tap fly, and point of interest modes allow you to capture cinematic footage or even capture a selfie.

Enjoy up to 18 minutes of flight time with the intelligent flight battery system. The rugged design of the HS270 and its altitude positioning system ensures a stable and safe flight experience. The ease of operation and the number of robust features make this the perfect drone for beginner drone pilots.

Key Specs/Features

  • Camera resolution: 2.7K
  • Flight time: 18 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: 5G image transmission, GPS positioning system, foldable arms, intelligent flight modes.
03

DJI Mavic Air 2

camera

48MP Still Photos, 4K Video

battery life

34 Minutes

good for

Construction Marketing

DJI has done it again — the drone manufacturing juggernaut just released the Mavic Air 2, it is the first consumer drone to be equipped with AirSense. Which is essentially ADS-B In tech that enables the drone to pick up on nearby aircraft. DJI has done an incredible job packing this new drone with a large array of features.

The popular foldable design from the Mavic series has carried on in the new Mavic Air 2, making it one of the highest tech portable drones on the market. With a 34 minute flight time, 48-megapixel camera, and an 8K Hyperlapse feature, it will be difficult to find a comparable aircraft in this size and price range.

The Mavic Air 2 is going to be the drone to beat for the serious hobbyist and content creators, and even for new professional pilots looking to get into the industry with an affordable drone.

See our review of the Mavic Air 2 here.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 48 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 4K at 60 fps
  • Max flight time: 34 minutes
  • Max speed: 42 mph (67 kph) in sport mode
  • Notable Attributes: DJI Geofencing, 8K Hyperlapse, Return-to-Home, OcuSync 2.0, and APAS 3.0 obstacle avoidance.

Two Buying Options

Base Package

Fly More Bundle

Fly More Combo + Refresh

DJI - This Is Mavic Air 2
04

Skydio 2

camera

12 megapixel stills, 4K HDR video

battery life

23 Minutes

good for

Construction Filmmaking Marketing

Looking for Hollywood-style shots without complex equipment and high operating costs? Well, then the Skydio 2 is a drone that you should seriously consider. With an advanced 45-megapixel obstacle avoidance camera system, it’s designed to take the heavy workload off the pilot. Intelligent flight modes allow it to zip through even the most complex terrain without losing sight of the subject.

Featuring a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, the Skydio 2 records stunning 4K HDR footage at 60 fps and captures 12-megapixel stills. With autonomous speeds up to 36 mph, it captures dynamic cinematic shots with ease. Fly from the app, hand-held Beacon remote, or with a controller for even more precision. Its portable design makes it a compelling option for travel bloggers, documentary compilers, and commercial drone pilots in any industry.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still Image Resolution: 12 megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 4K HDR at 60 fps
  • Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing
  • Max Flight Time: 23-minutes
  • Max Flight Speed: 36 mph (57 kph)
  • Notable Attributes: 3 km transmission range, NVIDIA processor, intelligent flight modes, three control options

Accessories

Skydio 2 Beacon
Skydio 2 Controller
Skydio 2 Battery

 

Introducing Skydio 2

05

DJI FPV Drone

camera

4K, 60 fps

battery life

20 Minutes

good for

Hobbyists, FPV Racing, Filmmaking

The DJI FPV drone has created an entry point for FPV flying. It has also shaken up the more traditional offerings from DJI by allowing those who have never flown FPV before to dive right in without needing to build a custom drone or learn specialized piloting skills. Its hybrid design makes it great for both cinematic FPV flying or racing. With a 4K Super-Wide camera and RockSteady Stabilization, action-packed footage has never looked so good.

The optional Motion Controller redefines the flying experience by giving the pilot real-time control and feedback within a simple hand movement. The new audience mode allows others with FPV goggles to watch your flight in real-time. Other flight modes include:

  • N mode for new users
  • M mode for manual FPV racing
  • S mode for capturing cinematic FPV footage

New to FPV flying? Not to worry, with Emergency Brake and Hover, you can stop on a dime and hover at any moment. Other safety features include:

  • An auxiliary bottom light
  • Smart and Low Battery Return to Home
  • Forward and backward obstacle sensors

Key Specs/Features

  • Camera resolution: 4K at 60 fps
  • Max flight time: 20 minutes
  • Max speed: 86 mph (140 kph) in M-mode
  • Notable Attributes: Ocusync 3.0 allows for 6.2-mile transmission range, color-changing front LED’s, 150° FOV, auxiliary bottom light, obstacle sensing, DJI AirSense
DJI - Introducing DJI FPV
06

Autel Evo II Series

camera

48 MP, 8K, 6K, Thermal

battery life

40 Minutes

good for

Construction Filmmaking Marketing

With a price point starting just under $1500, the newly released Autel Evo II Series  is a serious contender in the increasingly competitive foldable drone segment. The Autel Evo II Drones pack some serious hardware under their bright orange shells. With 40-minutes of flight time, it also has the longest flight time of any prosumer drone offered on the market.

A unique feature with the EVO II is the ability to change out the gimbal payload. It can be equipped with an 8K sensor, 6K Pro Sensor, or a Dual sensor that combines an 8K sensor with a thermal sensor. The ability to alternate sensors is unheard of in the consumer/prosumer drone market. With 12 advanced omnidirectional computer vision sensors, the drone can easily navigate the most challenging environments while focusing on the task.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still Image Resolution: 48 megapixels*
  • Video Resolution: Up to 8K*
  • Max Flight Time: 40-minutes
  • Max Flight Speed: 45 mph (72 kph)
  • Notable Attributes: Interchangeable gimbals, thermal sensor option, 5.5-mile transmission range (9 km), HDR video, built-in landing lights, intelligent flight modes.

*Still image and video resolution vary depending on which gimbal is equipped. 

Two Buying Options

 

Introducing: EVO 2 Series

07

DJI Mavic 3

Camera

20 MP, 5.1K/50 fps

Battery Life

46 Minutes

Good For

Construction Filmmaking Marketing

The DJI Mavic 3 is a lightweight, highly portable prosumer drone that comes with two high-quality cameras. Compared to its predecessor, almost every aspect of it has been upgraded from the Mavic 2 Pro. The dual-camera system features a Hasselblad 4/3” sensor and a ½” Tele camera sensor that has 28x hybrid zoom.

One of the biggest upgrades in the new Mavic is that its flight time has increased by almost 50%—it can fly for 46 minutes, 15 minutes longer than the Mavic 2 Pro’s 31 minutes. The Hasselblad sensor provides a 12.8-stop dynamic range that retains more details in highlights and shadows, upgrading your work to a professional level. Advanced Active Track 5.0 and the new omnidirectional collision avoidance sensors ensure a safe and smooth flight every time.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 4/3 CMOS, 20 MP, JPEG/DNG
  • Video resolution: 5.1K/50fps, 4K/120fps
  • Max flight time: 46 minutes
  • Max speed: 42 mph (67 kph) in S-mode
  • Notable Attributes: O3+ allows for 9.3-mile transmission range, advanced RTH system, 84° FOV, auxiliary bottom light, omnidirectional binocular vision system, DJI AirSense.

Two Buying Options

DJI Mavic 3 Standard

DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo

08

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

camera

20 megapixel stills, 4K Video

battery life

30 Minutes

good for

Construction Filmmaking Marketing Inspections

The DJI Phantom series drones are some of the most capable and recognizable drones on the market. The Phantom 1 was a revolutionary aircraft that put DJI and prosumer drones on the map. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has collectively built on the series success and continues to be used for photography, filmmaking, inspections, and various other applications.

The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 features a professional-grade 1-inch CMOS sensor that can record in 4K video resolution and 20 megapixel still photos. Its mechanical shutter makes this model a rarity and highly sought after for aerial inspections and mapping. Advanced omnidirectional obstacle sensing makes it even easier to capture that picture-perfect shot, without compromising the safety of the operation.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still Image Resolution: 20 megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 4K at 24-60 fps
  • Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing
  • Max Flight Time: 30-minutes
  • Max Flight Speed: 45 mph (72 kph)
  • Notable Attributes: Mechanical shutter, OcuSync 2.0, intelligent flight modes, available with Intuitive Remote Controller (built-in screen)

Two Buying Options

Standard RC
RC with Screen

Accessories

Phantom 4 Series Intelligent Flight Battery
Phantom 4 Series Battery Charging Hub

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is back
09

DJI Mavic 3 CINE (Premium Combo)

Camera

20 MP, 5.1K/50 fps

Battery Life

46 Minutes

Good For

Filmmaking

The Mavic 3 CINE is DJI’s latest creation that pushes the boundaries of what a foldable drone can achieve. It builds on everything that made the Mavic 2 Pro successful, but the CINE version is unlike any Mavic drone before it. The dual-camera system features a Hasselblad 4/3” sensor and a ½” Tele camera sensor that has 28x hybrid zoom.

With up to 46 minutes of flight time, you will have to worry about having enough battery life to get that picture-perfect shot. Speaking of its imagery capabilities, The Hasselblad sensor provides a 12.8-stop dynamic range that retains more details in highlights and shadows, upgrading your work to a professional level. Drone pilots will enjoy the built-in Apple ProRes 422 HQ encoding and 1 TB SSD for true professionals.

The Mavic 3 CINE premium combo includes:

  • DJI RC Pro Controller
  • DJI RC Pro Control Sticks (pair) ×1
  • 3 DJI Mavic 3 Intelligent Flight Battery
  • DJI Mavic 3 Low-Noise Propellers (pair)
  • DJI Mavic 3 Battery Charging Hub DJI 65W Portable Charger
  • DJI Mavic 3 Storage Cover
  • DJI Mavic 3 ND Filters Set (ND4/8/16/32)
  • DJI Mavic 3 ND Filters Set (ND64/128/256/512)
  • DJI Convertible Carrying Bag
  • DJI 10Gbps Lightspeed Data Cable
  • Type-C Cable

See our review of the Mavic 3 CINE here.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 4/3 CMOS, 20 MP, JPEG/DNG
  • Video resolution: 5.1K/50fps, 4K/120fps
  • Max flight time: 46 minutes
  • Max speed: 42 mph (67 kph) in S-mode
  • Notable Attributes: O3+ allows for 9.3-mile transmission range, Advanced RTH system, 84° FOV, auxiliary bottom light, omnidirectional binocular vision system, DJI AirSense.

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