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Top RC Drones With a Camera

Updated With New Drone Models for 2020

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If you're in a hurry, check out our top pick:
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
The latest and greatest camera drone from DJI, with a professional-grade camera from Swedish 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 Mavic 2 Pro
Camera | 20 MP, 4K 10-bit Dlog-M
Flight Time | 31 Minutes
Camera | 20 MP, 4K 10-bit Dlog-M
Flight Time | 31 Minutes
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DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
Camera | 12 MP, 4K Ultra HD
Flight Time | 31 Minutes
Camera | 12 MP, 4K Ultra HD
Flight Time | 31 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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U49WF FPV Camera Drone
Camera | 720p HD
Flight Time | 12-15 Minutes
Camera | 720p HD
Flight Time | 12-15 Minutes
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Ruko B7 4K Drone
Camera | 4K, 1080p
Flight Time | 36 Minutes
Camera | 4K, 1080p
Flight Time | 36 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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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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Autel EVO II Series
Camera | 48 MP, 6K, 8K, Thermal
Flight Time | 40 Minutes
Camera | 48 MP, 6K, 8K, Thermal
Flight Time | 40 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

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Camera

20 MP, 4K 10-bit Dlog-M

Battery Life

31 Minutes

Good For

Construction Filmmaking Marketing

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is one of the most popular drone models on the market because of its compact size and a large array of intelligent features. With a professional-grade camera from Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad; the 1-inch CMOS sensor, Hasselblad camera offers 20-megapixel photography with enhanced HDR and color sensitivity.

The Mavic 2 Pro may be small but it is perfect for professional photographers, videographers, and content creators just to name a few. Its portable design makes it an essential companion for travel bloggers, documentary compilers, and commercial drone pilots in any industry.

Omnidirectional obstacle sensing can sense obstacles from five directions (forward, backward, downward, left, right). Plus, it’s equipped with upgraded versions of Active Track, Waypoint, and Point of Interest modes, so professional photographers and videographers never have to place a cap on their creativity.

See our review of the Mavic 2 Pro here.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 20 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 4K 10-bit HDR Video
  • Max flight time: 31 minutes
  • Max speed: 45 mph (72 kph) in sport mode
  • Notable attributes: foldable/portable, intelligent flight modes, obstacle sensing

The Mavic 2 Pro is great for professional photographers, videographers, and content creators. Its portable design makes it an essential companion for travel bloggers, documentary compilers, and commercial drone pilots in any industry.

Introducing the DJI Mavic 2
02

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Camera

12 MP, 4K Ultra HD

Battery Life

31 Minutes

Good For

Construction Filmmaking Marketing

The Mavic 2 Zoom introduces brand new zooming capabilities. The 24mm – 48mm zoom lens offers 2x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom, giving photographers and filmmakers more flexibility when it comes to framing their shots. It also offers an upgraded QuickShot mode with the fun and creative Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang, and Asteroid and Dolly Zoom flight modes.

Both the Mavic 2 Pro and the Zoom have advanced tracking capabilities, but the Zoom takes it up a level. With Hybrid Autofocus, the Zoom improves autofocus speed by up to 40% with better accuracy.

If image quality is your priority, then you might opt for the Mavic 2 Pro over the Zoom. The 2 Pro is equipped with a 1” CMOS, 20-megapixel camera co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad, the world’s leading manufacturer of medium format cameras and lenses. The Zoom’s camera system is still professional-grade however, with a 1/2.3” CMOS, 12-megapixel sensor.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 12 megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 4x Lossless Zoom FHD Video
  • Max flight time: 31 minutes
  • Max speed: 45 mph (72 kph) in sport mode
  • Notable attributes: foldable/portable, intelligent flight modes, obstacle sensing, 2x optical zoom 2x digital zoom

Two Buying Options

Base Model

Fly More Kit Bundle

Introducing the DJI Mavic 2
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 Bundle + DJI Care Refresh

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04

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
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05

Ruko B7 4K Drone

camera

4K, 1080p

battery life

36 Minutes

good for

Hobbyists

The Ruko B7 drone proves that you do not have to drop thousands of dollars for a great drone. It features a unique dual-camera system with a 4K front camera and a 1080p camera on the bottom of the drone which is unheard of at this price point. The included follow me modes and gesture control allows you to capture cinematic footage or even capture a selfie.

Enjoy up to 36 minutes of flight time with two intelligent flight batteries. The rugged design of the Ruko B7  and its optical flow 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: 4K / 1080p
  • Flight time: 36 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: Dual camera system, optical positioning system, foldable arms, 1-Key Take Off/Landing

 

06

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)

Three Buying Options

Standard RC
RC with Screen

Accessories

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

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is back
07

Skydio 2

camera

12 megapixel stills, 4K HDR video

battery

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

08

Autel Evo II Series

camera

48 MP, 8K, 6K, Thermal

battery

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. 

Three Buying Options

 

Introducing: EVO 2 Series

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