Drones for Photographers: The Flier for You
Drones have become significantly cheaper—and smaller. Some of this year’s hottest fliers are pocket-sized, literally, making it easier to toss one inside your camera bag alongside your other gear rather than lugging a dedicated drone case.
These top camera drones for 2017 are relatively easy to fly and include return-to-home and auto-landing capabilities to make the pilot’s job easier. We’ve categorized our list by price and capability.
Professional drones offer cinema-quality video and many allow for interchangeable camera bodies and lenses. The legs on these drones can lift away to allow 360-degree video. The Prosumer drones offer at least 4K video and come in at a lower price point than many DSLR bodies. Budget drones have a camera with HD video. Though images may not be as high quality, they’re lightweight and easy to fly.
Sally French is the founder of The Drone Girl website, which provides news and information about drones. She served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its first year.