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Top RC Drones With a Camera

Updated With New Drone Models for 2022

If you're in a hurry, check out our top pick:
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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DJI Avata
Camera | 4K/60fps
Flight Time | 18 Minutes
Camera | 4k/60fps
Flight Time | 18 Minutes
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DJI Mini 3 Pro
Camera | 4K
Flight Time | 34 Minutes
Camera | 4K
Flight Time | 34 Minutes
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Autel Nano+
Camera | 50MP, 4K Video
Flight Time | 28 Minutes
Camera | 50MP, 4K Video
Flight Time | 28 Minutes
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DJI Air 2S
Camera | 20MP stills, 5.4K video
Flight Time | 31 Minutes
Camera | 20MP stills, 5.4K video
Flight Time | 31 Minutes
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Skydio 2 +
Camera | 12 MP, 4k HDR Video
Flight Time | 27 Minutes
Camera | 12 MP, 4k HDR Video
Flight Time | 27 Minutes
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Autel EVO Lite+
Camera | 6K
Flight Time | 40 Minutes
Camera | 6K
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

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, DJI, Skydio, and Autel — as Amazon, Skydio, Autel, 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

DJI Avata

camera

4K/60fps

battery life

18 Minutes

good for

Hobbyists, FPV Racing

The DJI Avata is a lightweight and compact drone made for a safe and immersive flight experience.

Equipped with a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, DJI Avata supports 4K ultra-wide-angle recording with an f/2.8 aperture. Most camera drones offer, at best, an 84° FOV. DJI Avata kicks things up a gear with its super-wide 155° FOV.

For an additional price, you can purchase the DJI Motion Controller and DJI Goggles 2 for an incredible flying experience.

Key Specs/Features

  • Camera resolution: 4K/60fps
  • Flight time: 18 Minutes
  • Notable Attributes: Immersive flight experience, intuitive motion control, powerful video stabilization, enhanced safety
DJI - Introducing DJI Avata
02

DJI Mini 3 Pro

camera

4K

battery life

34/47 minutes

good for

Hobbyists / Content Creators

The DJI Mini 3 Pro sports a completely new look that is optimized to get more out of every flight. With larger propellers, an aerodynamic body tilt, and a powerful obstacle sensing system, the streamlined design allows for increased flight time and safety.

The reimagined gimbal offers a wider rotation range for low-angle shots and True Vertical Shooting, allowing endless creative opportunities. Every aspect of this facelift has been carefully considered to take Mini to never-before-seen heights.

The DJI Mini 3 Pro has three buying options and the option to add one of two ‘Fly More’ kits. In the Fly More Kit Plus, you’ll receive two Intelligent Flight Batteries Plus which has a 47-minute flight time.

Key Specs/Features

  • Weighs Less than 249 g
  • Tri-Directional Obstacle Sensing (Forward/Backward/Downward)
  • Record up to 4K/60fps Video and 4K/30fps HDR Video
  • 34-min Max Flight Time (47-minute with Intelligent Flight Battery Plus)
  • True Vertical Shooting
  • FocusTrack (ActiveTrack, Spotlight, and Point of Interest)
  • MasterShots
  • Timelapse
DJI Mini 3 Pro | Intelligent Flight Modes (ActiveTrack, Point of Interest, Spotlight) & Top Features
03

Autel EVO Nano+

camera

50MP Still Photos, 4K Video

battery life

28 Minutes

good for

Photography/Videography

The Nano+ is Autel’s smallest drone weighing in at 249 grams. It’s the first and only aircraft series of its size to offer an advanced obstacle avoidance system.

With the touch of a button, the Nano will rise into the air and snap a photo of you and your friends, automatically adjusting the lens so no one gets left out. Blur the background automatically for additional cinematic effect or dramatically reveal your epic destination — whether it’s the top of a mountain or your own backyard.

Recruit your Nano to automatically follow any person, animal, or vehicle so you can focus on your activities while your Nano handles the cinematic side.

It is the perfect tool for photographers and outdoor adventures!

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 50 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 4K
  • Max flight time: 28 minutes
  • Level 5 Wind Resistance
  • Notable Attributes: Obstacle avoidance, 16x digital zoom, Dynamic Track 2.1
Autel Nano+ (Plus) | Full Set Up and App Walkthrough for Beginners
04

DJI Air 2S

camera

20MP stills, 5.4K video

battery life

31 Minutes

good for

Hobbyist-Filmmaking-Marketing

Capture any moment with the rich clarity and authentic color tones it deserves with the DJI Air 2S. Shoot RAW format photos with a dynamic range of up to 12.6 stops to capture more visual information in every scene, even when lighting conditions are bad or complex. This provides more flexibility in post-processing, giving creators more possibilities to get the look they want.

Features like MasterShots and FocusTrack effortlessly turn any adventure into cinematic footage.

Key Specs/Features

  • 1-inch CMOS Sensor
  • 5.4K Video
  • MasterShots
  • 12km 1080p Transmission
  • Obstacle Sensing in 4 Directions

 

 

DJI - Introducing DJI Air 2S

05

Skydio 2+

camera

12 megapixel stills, 4K HDR video

battery life

27 Minutes

good for

Construction-Filmmaking-Public Safety

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. The new KeyFrame mode allows drone pilots to create impossible camera motion that’s smooth, precise, and repeatable.

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.

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

  • Still Image Resolution: 12 megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 4K HDR at 60 fps
  • Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing
  • Max Flight Time: 27-minutes
  • Max Flight Speed: 36 mph (57 kph)
  • Notable Attributes: 3 km transmission range, NVIDIA processor, intelligent flight modes, three control options, KeyFrame

 

Skydio 2 | Set Up and App Walkthrough for Beginners

06

Autel EVO Lite+

Camera

6K

Battery Life

40 Minutes

Good For

Hobbyist

The Autel EVO Lite+ is the perfect balance of power and portability. The Lite+ can stay in the air for 40 minutes and features cinematic flight modes and camera settings to further enhance its professional-grade camera.

With up to 40 minutes of flight time, you will have to worry about having enough battery life to get the shot you want. With Dynamic Track 2.1, your Lite+ can automatically follow any person, animal, or vehicle so you can focus on your activities.

The Autel EVO Lite+ premium combo includes:

  • Aircraft (including battery, propellers and gimbal cover)
  • Remote Control
  • Power Adapter
  • Multi-Charger
  • 2 Spare Batteries
  • USB-C Chargine Cable
  • Lightning Connector
  • USB-C Connector
  • Micro-USB Connector
  • Spare Screws
  • Shoulder Bag
  • Spare Propellers
  • Screwdriver

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 1 inch CMOS, 20 MP
  • Video resolution: 6k/30fps
  • Max flight time: 40 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: Forward, backward, and downward obstacle avoidance, three-axis mechanical stabilization gimbal, and software cropping to obtain a portrait screen.

 

Autel Lite+ (Plus) | Full Set Up and Demo for Beginners

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

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