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The Best Drones for video and photography

There is no better way to get an extreme aerial shot than the modern drone, so we wanted to find out what the best drones for video and photography are. Here's our results!

These days, everybody wants a drone! Content creators are no exception as there is simply no more efficient way to capture your own aerial photos and videos.

Courtesy of Heidi Kaden

As usual, we narrow down our favorites. We think these are the best drones for video and photography in 2021, and you don’t want to overlook any of them.

Let’s fly.

Read: DJI Air 2S is the Best Consumer Drone – Tech Square

  1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Loaded with the best features, like the Hasselblad camera, and an ability to sense obstacles, the Mavic 2 Pro from DJI is at the top of our list.

Why Buy: The Mavic 2 Pro captures 20 megapixel photographs and 8K video. It has a top-notch 1-inch image sensor and is the safest drone to fly on the list.

Why Not Buy: This drone is almost twice as expensive as some pretty exceptional options. It also might have the worst battery life on the list.

Amazon $1,699.00

Best Buy $1,599.99

Walmart $1,959

2. DJI Inspire 2

The crazy price tag is the only thing keeping this drone from being number one. It is superior to other drones in almost every category, but we think the cost should make most consumers keep looking.

Why Buy: Because this drone is perfect, and money is no object for you.

Why Not Buy: Because how dare they charge over three grand for a drone? Seriously!

Amazon $3,299.00

Best Buy $5,299.99

Walmart $5,299.00

3. Autel Robotics Evo 2 Pro

Easy to fly, and equipped with an 8K camera, the Evo 2 Pro has the best battery life on the list at over 40 hours!

Why Buy: The Evo 2 Pro is priced a few hundred dollars less than the Mavic 2 Pro, and has superior battery life, plus the ability to zoom.

Why Not Buy: Inferior image quality, and controls to other drones on the list.

Amazon $1,495.00

Best Buy $1,499.99

Walmart $2,188.95

4. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Featuring the same obstacle avoidance and smart-flight technology as the Mavic 2 Pro, this drone swapped out the Hasselblad camera for a lossless zoom camera, making it a favorite for video creators.

Why Buy: Similarly priced to the Evo 2 Pro, listed above, this zoom-capable camera offers better image quality, and is easier (and safer) to fly than Autel’s entry.

Why Not Buy: The battery life is pretty good at about 30 hours, but doesn’t match the battery life of the Evo 2 Pro.

Amazon $1,349.00

Best Buy $1,349.99

Walmart $1,349.99

5. Parrot Anafi Work Drone

This is an amazing value, and it’s a perfect drone for beginners!

Why Buy: 4K HDR camera, 21 megapixel photos, 3X zoom, easy-to-learn controls and a fantastic price tag.

Why Not Buy: Frustrating app, a middling battery. The video image quality is just okay.

Amazon $999.00

Best Buy $999.99

Walmart $1,463.95

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