The top drones with 4k cameras reviewed here also have excellent GPS and autopilot systems, giving you many options, when it comes to flying, aerial filming and photography.
Along with great cameras, GPS and autopilot, these drones with low prices have many safety features.
These top drones featured below all have 4k cameras and can be flown by pilot manually or on autopilot. A drone flying on autopilot has big advantages over manual flight. With an autopilot programmed route, called waypoints, the drone can take aerial photos or video much better than any pilot can.
This is especially true in difficult weather conditions. A drone flying in autopilot mode is monitoring and adjusting its position thousands of times per second. Manual flying will never be able to achieve this flight accuracy.
For aerial photography, it is great to let the drone fly on autopilot on a given route, while you concentrate on working the camera capturing the best of video and stills.
The 12 top drones reviewed here are full of innovation and this post is right up to date. These drones are also very affordable. All drones have advanced GPS systems, intelligent autopilot systems, advanced stabilization technology and top of the range 4k cameras. One of the most sought off features is follow me technology, which all the below drones have.
The below drones also have collision avoidance technology, which give you an increased level of safety when you are flying and filming.
If you would like to learn more about unmanned aircraft, then read this drone article, which describes the technology very easily.
Top Drones With Cameras, GPS And Autopilot
Below, we review the following top drones with excellent cameras, GPS, autopilot systems and are low in price;
- DJI Mavic Air / Air 2
- DJI Mavic Pro
- DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom (New)
- DJI Inspire 2
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro
- Yuneec Typhoon H
- Yuneec Breeze
- Yuneec Mantis Q
- Walkera Vitus
- Autel X-Star Premium
- SwellPro Splash Drone 3 Auto
All of the drones featured below are all very easy to fly.
Most of the above drones have dual GNSS with coverage from both GPS and GLONASS giving extra satellites and full coverage no matter where you are on the globe. Also the above drones have excellent 4k cameras with great automatic settings and loads of manual settings.
The drones with the best autopilot modes are the Mavic 2 and Phantom 4 Pro.
DJI Mavic 2 Drone With Camera, Dual GPS And Autopilot
The new Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom editions just released on 23rd August 2018 has some major advancements over the previous Mavic Pro, which I also discuss below.
Both Mavic 2 versions and the original Mavic Pro are close in looks. However, the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom are far superior.
The only difference between the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom is the camera. So I have separated these below.
The Mavic 2 is faster, quieter and can fly further. Obstacle sensing is now on all 6 sides with front and back collision avoidance technology, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly around obstacles.
Below, we look at the Mavic 2 GPS, Cameras and Autopilot modes. To find out more on these new DJI quadcopters just released, the read our full Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro review, which also includes some terrific videos.
Here is the DJI introduction to the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom with dual GPS, superb 4k camera including the Zoom option and so lots of autopilot modes.
Mavic 2 Global Navigation Satellite System
Both Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom use both GPS and GLONASS so the quadcopter connects up to a number of satellites. The dual satellite system is used by the Mavic 2 to assist with precision flying, return to home, obstacle avoidance, waypoints, points of interest and much more.
To fly your quadcopter safely it is important to have a strong GPS signal, which is why dual satellite systems are the best.
GPS is also essential for the geotagging of aerial photographs for photogrammetry using 3D mapping software.
Mavic 2 Autopilot Flight Modes
The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom have the following autonomous Intelligent Flight Modes;
- ActiveTrack 2.0
- Points Of Interest (POI 2.0)
- Waypoint Navigation
- Cinematic Mode
Mavic 2 Pro Drone Camera Features
1 Inch CMOS Sensor – The new 1 inch CMOS sensor has an active sensing area four times more effective than the original Mavic Pro. The large sensor also means better performance in low light environments with a more extensive ISO range, max ISO lifted from 3,200 to 12,800.
10 Bit Dlog-M Color Profile – The Mavic 2 Pro supports a 10 bit Dlog-M color profile, which yields higher dynamic range for more flexibility in the grading room.
The system records over 1 billion colors (compared to the 16 million colors from traditional 8 bit color coding technologies) and retains more in-depth detail in both highlights and shadows. This allows you can capture the subtlest gradations at sunset or sunrise.
HDR Video – With 4k 10 bit HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4k television with HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and it will immediately play back footage with the right color tones.
Adjustable Aperture – The Mavic 2 Pro has an f/2.8 to f/11 adjustable aperture, which deliver outstanding image quality in high and low light environments. When shooting in low light, set the aperture to f/2.8 to allow more light in and to capture bright and clear photos. When shooting in well lit environments, set the aperture to f/11 to lower the shutter speed and make your videos smoother.
H.265 Codec For Higher Image Quality – The Mavic 2 Pro records 4k video at a higher bitrate with advanced H.265 compression. Videos in H.265 / HEVC codec maintain 50% more information than videos in H.264 / AVC, creating high-quality videos with better-preserved details.
Mavic 2 Pro Camera Specifications
- Sensor: 1” CMOS
- Pixels: 20 million
- Lens FOV: 77°
- Aperture: f/2.8 to f/11
- Electronic Shutter Speed: 8 – 1/8000s
- Still Image Size: 5472 × 3648
- Max Video Bitrate: 100 Mbps
- Color Mode: Dlog-M (10 bit), support HDR video (HLG 10 bit)
- Photo Format: JPEG and DNG (RAW)
- Video Format: MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265)
Mavic 2 Pro ISO Range
- Video: 100 – 6400
- Photo: 100 – 3200 (auto)
- Photo: 100 – 12800 (manual)
Mavic 2 Pro Still Photography Modes
Burst shooting: 3/5 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) – 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval – JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s and RAW: 5/7/10/15/20/30/60s
Mavic 2 Pro Video Resolution
4k: 3840 × 2160 at 24/25/30p
2.7: 2688 x 1512 at 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920 × 1080 at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Camera Features
The Mavic 2 Zoom camera allow you to capture everything from wide angle to mid-range shots giving your aerial photography and videography new creative perspectives.
12 Megapixel, 4 x Zoom, 2 x Optical Zoom – This new Mavic 2 Zoom camera is powered by a 1/2.3 inch 12 megapixel sensor with up to 4 x zoom, including a 2 x optical zoom (24–48 mm).
48 mm Telephoto Lens – Compared to a 24 mm wide angle lens, the 48 mm telephoto lens compresses your perspective, enhancing the parallax effect for a classic cinematic look. A telephoto lens has a long reach, allowing you to photograph a subject, which is far away. It will magnify the subject in your frame.
Lossless Zoom – When shooting Full HD video, 4 x lossless zoom (including 2 x optical zoom) gives you a closer view of faraway subjects, making unique scenes more accessible to capture at a distance. This option also helps you maintain a safer distance from buildings, vehicles, animals, and people.
Quick and Accurate Focus – The hybrid auto-focus on the Mavic 2 Zoom combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40% more than before. The auto-focus tracking system makes subjects appear clear and sharp when zooming in and out.
Zoom During Flight – Dolly Zoom is a new QuickShot for the Mavic 2 Zoom, giving another creative perspective to your videography. Dolly Zoom automatically adjusts focus when flying, adding an intense, warping visual effect to your video.
When flying manually, you can also set proper focus speed values for even more creative shot options.
Super Resolution Photos – The Mavic 2 Zoom has a new Super Resolution feature, which is a major plus when capturing vivid details in landscape photography. When taking a picture with a 24 mm equivalent field of view, the camera will capture and patch nine photos with its telephoto lens, resulting in a 48 megapixel super resolution photo.
Compared to ordinary panoramas, the super resolution photos retain the original look of the shooting targets with a more accurate composition.
H.265 Codec For Higher Image Quality – The Mavic 2 Zoom also records 4k video at a higher bitrate with advanced H.265 compression. Videos in H.265 / HEVC codec maintain 50% more information than videos in H.264 / AVC, creating high-quality videos with better-preserved details.
Here is a beautiful video filmed using the Mavic 2 Zoom up in Alaska. The vivid color and sharpness of the film is outstanding.
Mavic 2 Zoom Camera Specifications
- Sensor: 1/2.3″ CMOS
- Pixels: 12 million
- Lens FOV: 83°
- Aperture: f/2.8 (24 mm) to f/3.8 (48 mm)
- Electronic Shutter Speed: 8 – 1/8000s
- Still Image Size: 4000 × 3000
- Max Video Bitrate: 100 Mbps
- Color Mode: D-Cinelike
- Photo Format: JPEG and DNG (RAW)
- Video Format: MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, HEVC / H.265)
Mavic 2 Zoom ISO Range
- Video: 100 – 3200
- Photo: 100 – 1600 (auto)
- Photo: 100 – 3200 (manual)
Mavic 2 Zoom Still Photography Modes
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) – 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval – JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s and RAW: 5/7/10/15/20/30/60s
Mavic 2 Zoom Video Resolution
4k: 3840 × 2160 at 24/25/30p
2.7k: 2688 × 1512 at 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920 × 1080 at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom Bundles and Prices
- 【UP YOUR GAME】: The Mavic Air 2 camera drone takes power and portability to the next level. It combines a powerful camera with intelligent shooting modes for stunning results. Push your imagination to its limits because aerial photography has never been this easy.
- 【NEXT-LEVEL CONTENT】: Capture impressive 48MP photos with a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor while the 3-axis gimbal provides 4K/60fps video. The secret to incredible HDR video is a high-performance Quad Bayer image sensor. OcuSync 2.0 has a video transmission distance of up to 6.2mi / 10 km and can also deliver 1080p FHD resolution livestream directly from the drone’s camera.
- 【IMPROVED FLIGHT】: An impressive flight time of up to 34 minutes allows you to pull off epic, fast-paced shots. Obstacle sensing in three directions makes it extra convenient for beginners and improves safety for your Mavic Air 2.
- 【INTELLIGENT TRACKING】: Mavic Air 2 features intuitive shooting functions that make aerial photography easier than ever. Spotlight 2.0 keeps the camera locked on a subject while you fly freely. ActiveTrack 3.0 keeps subjects centered. POI 3.0 tracks moving subjects like people and vehicles.
- 【APP COMPATIBILITY】: The DJI Fly app requires iOS v10.0, Android v6.0, or above. Compatible devices include: iPhone (11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6s Plus, 6s, 6 Plus, 6), iPad Pro (9.7’’), iPad Air 2 (9.7’’), iPad mini 4 (8’’), iPad Pro (10.5’’), iPad Pro 2018 11’’, iPad Pro 12.9’’, Samsung Galaxy (S20, S10+, S10, S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 edge, S7, S6, Note10+, Note9, Note8), Huawei (P30 Pro, P30, P20, P10, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 10, nova 5, nova 4, nova 3e, nova 2, Honor 8X, 10, 9, 20 Pro, Magic 2, Mi 8, MIX 2S, MIX 2, Redmi Note 5, Oppo Find X, R15, Vivo NEX, X27, X21, X20A, OnePlus 7, 6T, 5, Pixel 3 XL, 2 XL, 2, LG V20, LG G6, Sony Xpeial 1.
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DJI Mavic Air Drone With Camera, GPS And Autopilot
DJI released the new Mavic Air in January 2018. In size, it fits between the Mavic Pro and Spark quadcopters. While it is called the Mavic Air, it has massive improvements on both the Mavic and Spark drones. It is perhaps the ultimate small drone.
Vision & Infrared Sensors
This Mavic air quadcopter now has front, below and backward dual vision sensors. It also has a downward infrared sensing system. Both Vision and IR work together to give you extra flying obstacle detection and collision avoidance.
Mavic Air Global Navigation Satellite System
The new DJI Mavic Air uses both GPS and GLONASS which means the quadcopter will pick up maximum satellite connectivity, up to 20 satellites.
Mavic Air Gimbal
The Mavic Air portable drone has a 3-axis mechanical gimbal. The integrated gimbal camera is set differently in a triangular formation and along with new gimbal dampener technology helps create even steadier shots than any other quadcopter in this sector.
Mavic Air Drone Camera
The Mavic Air shoots video in 4k at 30 frames per second, recording at 100 Mbps to capture every second in ultra high definition quality. To capture slow motion video, the Mavic Air supports video recording of 1080p at 120 frames per second.
The Mavic Air’s camera integrates a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and an f/2.8 lens with a 35 mm equivalent focal length of 24 mm to shoot high-quality photos and videos.
Mavic Air Video Resolution
4k Ultra HD: 3840 × 2160 24/25/30p
2.7k: 2720 × 1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920 × 1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
HD: 1280 × 720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Mavic Air Storage
In addition to a Micro SD card slot, there is an 8 GB of internal storage, which allows the saving of photos and videos directly to the quadcopter.
Autopilot and Intelligent Modes
This new Mavic Air has the following autopilot intelligent flight modes.
- Tripod Mode
- Cinematic Mode
You can read the full Mavic Air review which looks at all the features such as hand gesture recognition, APAS collision avoidance, ActiveTrack follow modes, TapFly, QuickShot technology and much more.
New DJI Mavic Air 2 With Camera Dual GPS and Autopilot
DJI have just released the Mavic Air 2 on April 27th, 2020. Here are some of the improvements on the above original Mavic Air.
- Flight Time – The Mavic Air flight time is now 34 minutes, which is vast improvement over the Mavic Air.
- Stronger Stabilization – The Mavic Air 2 can also fly in higher winds than the original Mavic Air.
- Video Transmission – The Mavic Air 2 has OcuSync 2.0 with a HDR video transmission of 6.2 miles (10 km), compared to 2.5 miles (4 km) on the original Mavic Air.
- Superb Improved Camera – The Mavic Air 2 has a 48 megapixel camera, allowing you to shoot photos up to 8k.
- New Camera Features – The Mavic Air 2 uses High Dynamic Range, color optimization and a new SmartPhoto intelligent mode allowing you to capture stunning professional photos. The new Mavic Air 2 can also shoot 4k video at 60p and slow motion video at 240 fps, all in HDR.
- Improved Intelligent Flight Modes – The Mavic Air 2 now has ActiveTrack 3.0, new Spotlight 2.0, Points Of Interest (POI) 3.0 and more 6 QuickShots.
- Improved Obstacle Avoidance – The Mavic Air 2 uses Vision Sensors and ToF Sensors, along with APAS 3.0 for vastly improved obstacle avoidance technology.
- Remote Controller – Totally new Remote Controller.
- New App – The Mavic Air 2 uses the DJI Fly app, whereas the Mavic Air used the DJI Go 4 app.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Dual GPS / GLONASS
The Mavic Air 2 use both GPS and GLONASS, allowing the quadcopter to pick up many satellites. The dual satellite system is used by the Mavic Air 2 to assist with precision flying, very precise hovering, return to home and much more.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Autopilot
The Mavic Air 2 has the below autonomous Intelligent Flight Modes;
- ActiveTrack 3.0
- Spotlight 2.0
- POI 3.0 (Points Of Interest)
- 8k Hyperlapse
DJI Mavic Air 2 Camera
48 Megapixel Photos – With a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor, the Mavic Air 2 captures impressive 48 megapixel photos. The 48 MP camera supports a high megapixel count, which allows for vivid detail, even when you zoom in on an image.
SmartPhoto – integrates scene recognition, HyperLight, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) into one mode for terrific results. The scene recognition camera technology optimizes different camera parameters for various scenes and supports intelligent recognition of five categories; sunset, skies, grass, snow, and trees.
Hyperlight – improves photos taken in low light situations by combining images and removing noise. Scene recognition optimizes camera shooting parameters based on the recognition of the sunset, sky, grass, snow, and trees.
HDR – uses advanced algorithms to optimize the dynamic range of your image. SmartPhoto provides an intelligent approach to drone photography making it easier to take stunning photos.
HDR Panorama – Mavic Air 2 offers DJI’s most advanced panorama mode, with a higher dynamic range and colors which are vivid and incredibly accurate.
Manual Controls – The Mavic Air 2 also has manual camera settings, allowing you to control the settings you need for the perfect photo.
Quad Bayer Filter – The Mavic Air 2 drone features a Quad Bayer filter, which controls the use of different exposures to produce an image with a higher dynamic range.
HDR Video – The Mavic Air has HDR as the default video shooting mode. It uses the high performance Quad Bayer image sensor, where a single frame separates exposure levels in different areas, accurately capturing light and dark details. The images are layered to create a colorful, balanced shot with higher dynamic range.
4K/60 FPS Video – Mavic Air 2 captures exceptional quality video at 4k at 60 fps, 2.7k at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps.
D-Cinelike Color Profile – The Mavic Air 2 offers D-Cinelike as a flat color profile, which offers great detail recovery in highlights as well as the ability to adjust tones while retaining all the details.
8K Video – Available in Free and Waypoint Hyperlapse modes.
Mavic Air 2 Price
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DJI Mavic Air 2 Review
You can read the full Mavic Air 2 review here, which includes excellent review videos and footage.
DJI Mavic Pro With Camera, Dual GPS And Autopilot
The Mavic Pro was first fold up drone from DJI. While this quadcopter is small, it does not lack in technology. It flies perfectly still both outdoors and indoors, has collision avoidance sensors, a terrific 4k camera and plenty of autopilot flight modes.
Now, DJI have released their latest Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom highlighted above. Up to 23rd August, the Mavic Pro was the one of the best drones on the market. It had longer flight time and more camera options then even the Mavic Air.
So the Mavic Pro is still a top drone with dual GPS, top 4k camera and great autopilot flight modes, which make flying and filming very easy.
Because the Mavic 2 has come on the market, you will now get even better Mavic bundle offers, which give you the quadcopter, extra batteries, props, chargers carry case and much more.
Now, lets take a look at the Mavic global positioning systems, autopilot modes and camera.
Mavic Pro GPS / GLONASS
All DJI drones now use dual satellite connectivity using both GPS and GLONASS navigation systems. The Mavic Pro also uses both. These dual satellite navigation systems can give you a maximum connectivity of up to 20 satellites. Which means you should never loose a signal outdoors. Along with the 2 vision sensors and satellite systems, the Mavic has terrific return-to-home point and a new more precise landing technology.
Perfect Flight Stability
The technology is called “FlightAutonomy” and is made up of 7 components including 5 cameras (forward and downward dual vision sensors and the main camera), dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), 2 ultrasonic rangefinders, redundant sensors, and a group of 24 powerful, specialized computing cores.
Cameras on the left and right side in the front of the Mavic are fixed in place using an aluminum bracket to ensure the optimum alignment of the vision sensor lenses.
As the Mavic flies, dual forward and downward vision sensors measure the distance between itself and obstacles by taking photos from all four cameras and using the information to create a 3D map that tells it exactly where obstacles are.
The dual forward and downward vision sensors require visible light to function, and in bright light can see as far as 49 feet out in front.
This obstacle avoidance system is activated in all Intelligent Flight Mode including all ActiveTrack modes, TapFly and Terrain Follow. It is also available during automatic Return to Home, so that the Mavic can easily make its way back without bumping into anything in its path.
Mavic Pro With Collision Avoidance
The Mavic uses 4 Vision Sensors which sees in front and below whether you are on a cliff or in a forest. These vision sensors also work indoors giving it the smoothest flying and hovering of any drone to date.
Mavic Pro Autopilot Modes
The Mavic Pro has plenty of autopilot modes, which make flying and filming so very simple. Here is a look at the Mavic Pro autopilot modes.
ActiveTrack is the intelligent technology which gives you the various autopilot modes to follow, track and film with. The Mavic Pro has the following autopilot modes.
- Spotlight – circle, follow behind or in front on an subject while stationary or moving.
- Profile – fly alongside the subject.
- Trace – keep the camera targeted on the subject while the Mavic flies.
- Terrain Follow Mode – Program the Mavic to fly as the same level above ground no matter what the terrain is.
- TapFly – tap the screen and the Mavic will fly in the straight line you tapped in the DJI Go App.
Mavic Pro 4k Stabilized Camera
DJI’s engineers designed the stabilized gimbal to be smaller than ever. This camera is able to use every single pixel giving you crystal clear photos and film. With brushless motors on all three axes, the gimbal can control the camera with precision, adjusting it to eliminate shake caused by the movements of the Mavic.
This 4k camera uses core technologies found in all DJI cameras. It is equipped with a 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor, commonly found in professional sport cameras, and an aerial imaging optimized integrated lens with an equivalent focal length of 28 mm. this allows the camera to provide smooth 4k video at 30 frames per second, 1080P video at 96 frames per second and 12 megapixel photos.
Mavic Pro Drone Camera Specifications
- Sensor – 1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels: 12.35 million (Total pixels: 12.71 million)
- Lens FOV: 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm equivalent) f/2.2 with distortion of < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
- ISO Range: 100-3200 (video)
- Shutter Speed: 8 seconds -1/8000s
- Max Image Size: 4000×3000
Video Recording Modes as follows;
- 4k – 4096 × 2160 at 24 frames per second
- 4k – 3840 × 2160 at 24 / 25 / 30 frames per second
- 2.7k – 2704 × 1520 at 24 / 25 /30 frames per second
- FHD – 1920 × 1080 24 /25 / 30 /48 / 50 /60 /96 frames per second
- HD: 1280 × 720 24 /25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120 frames per second
The Mavic Pro has more terrific features including a 4.3 mile (7 km) transmission range.
Because of its size, excellent fight stability and top notch camera, the DJI Mavic quadcopter produces stunning images. This makes it excellent for producing top quality still shots, aerial film and also for creating 3D photogrammetry images.
More Info On The Mavic Pro
There are now 2 versions of the Mavic Pro with the Pro Platinum is the latest just released.
You can read further on the fantastic features along with watching great videos on the DJI Mavic Pro here. The article also contains a review of the Mavic Pro with videos and answers to your frequently asked questions.
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Phantom 4 Pro Drone With Camera, Dual GPS And 12 Autopilot Modes
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a top of the range professional drone.
The Phantom 4 Pro can be used for professional filming and can also be used to create 3D photogrammetry imagery. For perfect 3D imagery, the drone GPS, autopilot system and camera needs to work seamlessly. The Phantom 4 Pro does all there perfectly.
Also required to create 3D maps of land mass or buildings, you also need to use the best photogrammetry software.
The Phantom 4 Pro is perhaps the most frequently used drone commercially. You can read about the hundreds of terrific uses for drones here.
Phantom 4 Pro GPS
The Phantom 4 draws on up to 24 satellites to give you more accuracy and a faster connection to satellites. It uses a combination of GPS and GLONASS. The Phantom 4 is completely aware of its starting point, location and relation to you during flight.
These intelligent flight system means it knows its last position, provides return to home, shows you where it is on a map and much more.
Phantom 4 Pro Autopilot Flight Modes
The Phantom 4 flight autonomy systems make flying and filming so very easy. However, to make flying and filming this easy, there is some serious technology behind it all.
The Phantom 4 Pro uses a complex network of ten component groups including seven cameras — forward, rearward and downward dual vision sensors and the primary camera — an infrared sensing system, dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), two downward facing ultrasonic rangefinders, redundant IMUs and compass, and a group of powerful, specialized computing cores.
The Phantom 4 Pro acquires a real-time view of its environment and information about the height and position of nearby obstacles to create a 3D map it can locate itself within. The IMU and compass collect crucial flight status, speed and direction data, while redundant IMUs and compass monitor critical data and rule out possible errors, dramatically enhancing the reliability of flight.
Along with it GPS autopilot system, you have the following technologies;
- Active Track (Profile, Spotlight, Circle)
- Draw Waypoints
- Terrain Follow Mode
- Tripod Mode
- Gesture Mode
- S-Mode (Sport)
- P-Mode (Position)
- A-Mode (Attitude)
- Beginner Mode
- Course Lock
- Home Lock
- Obstacle Avoidance
You can read further on these on the Phantom 4 Pro Intelligent Flight Modes here.
Phantom 4 Pro Obstacle Sensing
Flight Autonomy on the Phantom 4 Pro uses a set of high-resolution stereo vision sensors placed at the rear in addition to the pair placed at the front as well as infrared sensing systems placed on the left and right sides. This network creates a total of 5 directions of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance, protecting the Phantom 4 Pro and allowing the pilot to be more adventurous in their flying and filming.
Phantom 4 Pro Drone Camera
The Phantom 4 Pro camera system has been significantly upgraded from the Phantom 4, improving every part of the camera including, sensor size, resolution, image processing system, and more, making it the most powerful Phantom camera ever.
The sensor size is more important to image quality than the number of pixels because a larger sensor captures more information in every pixel, improving dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio, and low light performance. The 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor in the Phantom 4 Pro is almost four times the size of the Phantom 4.
It uses larger pixels and has a maximum ISO of 12,800 as well as increased contrast. It is good enough for images to be used immediately, while also capturing enough detail for advanced post-processing.
An enhanced video processing system allows video to be captured in cinema and production optimized DCI 4k/60 (4096 x 2160/60 frames per second) at a bitrate of 100 Mbps, enabling you to get high-resolution slow motion shots. The Phantom 4 Pro also supports the H.265 video codec (Maximum resolution 4096 X 2160/30 fps).
For a given bitrate, H.265 doubles the amount of image processing as H.264, resulting in significantly enhanced image quality. Record in the high dynamic range D-log mode to make the most of this image data for color grading.
Phantom 4 Review And Price
Here is a full DJI Phantom 4 V2.0 review, which includes some excellent videos. Find out the latest Phantom 4 Pro v2 prices on the below link;
Here is a terrific Phantom 4 review video. It has to be the most innovative drone to date.
DJI Inspire 2 Drone With Camera, Dual GPS And Autopilot
The Inspire 2 released in November 2016, takes everything that was great in the Inspire 1 and further improves on it. It has an all new image processing system which records at up to 5.2k in Cinema DNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more. It goes from 0 to 50 mph in just 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 58 mph.
A dual battery system prolongs the flight time to a maximum of 27 minutes.
Flight Autonomy has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Increased intelligence adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots.
An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an on-board FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration.
Inspire 2 GPS And GlONASS
The Inspire 2 uses both GPS and GLONASS satellite systems which can locate up to 24 satellites giving you more accuracy and a faster connection to satellites.
4G LTE Network Connection
The Inspire 2 supports control over 4G. However, a USB dongle and SDK development is required. This high bandwidth allows the Inspire 2 to transmit high quality videos to a network server or can be used for ultra-long distance control. It also cuts video transmission latency to 500 milliseconds.
Inspire 2 Autopilot Systems
Sense And Avoid – Forward and downward vision systems enable the Inspire 2 to detect obstacles up to 30 meters ahead, allowing for protected flight at up to 34 mph at a controllable attitude angle of 25°. Upward facing infrared sensors scan obstacles 16 feet above, adding protection when flying in enclosed spaces.
Obstacle sensing systems are active during normal flight, Return To Home and all Intelligent Flight Modes. These sensors are core components of the DJI Flight Autonomy system, which brings the below intelligent features to the Inspire 2:
Spotlight Pro – is a powerful tracking mode which uses advanced visual tracking algorithms to lock onto a subject during flight, regardless of the direction that the Inspire 2 flies, creating shots that would once have required a dedicated camera operator.
If the gimbal comes close to reaching its rotation limit, the Inspire 2 itself will rotate in the same direction without affecting flight control or the shot being captured to free up gimbal movement.
Other Inspire 2 Autonomous Flight modes are:
- Spotlight Pro
- Points of Interest
- Smart Return To Home
- Obstacle Sense And Avoid
Spotlight Pro is available in all intelligent flight modes.
DJI Inspire 2 Drone Cameras
Integrated into the Inspire 2 is the brand new CineCore 2.1 image processing system, capable of recording 5.2k and 6k videos in Cinema DNG, 5.2k videos in Apple ProRes and more. CineCore 2.1 is built into the aircraft nose and works with any camera connected through the dedicated gimbal port. At present the Zenmuse X4S, X5S and X7 gimbal / cameras are compatible with the Inspire 2.
Zenmuse X7 Quick Overview
The Zenmuse X7 is a compact Super 35 camera with an integrated gimbal made for high end film making. The DJI X7 camera delivers stunning resolution and image quality.
This Zenmuse X7 has a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor rated at 14 stops of dynamic range to preserve astonishing detail along with offering both 6k resolution in CinemaDNG and 5.2k Apple ProRes.
The X7 camera support for continuous RAW burst shooting at 20 frames per second and 24 megapixel stills. The X7 has the new DL-Mount, which is the world’s first integrated aerial lens mount.
This allows for quick switching between 4 available prime lenses. For seamless editing, a new DJI Cinema Color System preserves accurate colors for easier post processing.
- 6k CinemaDNG
- 5.2k Apple ProRes
- Super 35 Sensor
- 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
- 24 MP Stills
DJI offers four Zenmuse X7 prime lenses for the DL-Mount system, with focal lengths ranging from 16 to 50 mm and resolutions of up to 8k.
These four prime lenses for the Zenmuse X7 are made of lightweight carbon fiber and designed by world leading optics teams. The four lenses have been embedded with advanced technologies crafted specifically for the X7 high end image sensor.
This next video is the actual launch of the Zenmuse X7 on the Inspire 2. It shows the Zenmuse X7 on the Inspire 2 being used to film both indoors and outdoors with superb quality and vivid colors.
Zenmuse X5S Gimbal / Camera
Equipped with an up-rated Micro 4/3 sensor, the Zenmuse X5S has a dynamic range of 12.8 stops. It supports up to eight standard M4 / 3 lenses (including zoom lenses) with focal lengths ranging from 9 mm – 45 mm (equivalent to 18 mm – 90 mm on a 35 mm camera), allowing more creative flexibility.
The new CineCore 2.0 image processing system on the Inspire 2 makes the Zenmuse X5S capable of capturing 5.2k at 30 frames per second. CinemaDNG video and Apple ProRes video as well as 4k at 60 frames per second using H.264 and 4k at 30 frames per second using H.265 (both at 100 Mbps).
Continuous DNG burst shooting at 20 frames per second with 20.8 MP images is also supported. The Zenmuse X5S was designed for high-end professional aerial imaging.
Since it uses a standard Micro 4/3 mount, the Zenmuse X5S now supports up to eight professional lenses with focal lengths ranging from 9 to 45 mm (equivalent to 18 mm to 90 mm on a 35 mm camera), providing more creative control over the final look of a shot.
Here is a quick video where producers of the short film called The Circle describe how they used the Inspire 2 and X5S camera throughout.
Zenmuse X4S Gimbal / Camera
The Zenmuse X4S is a powerful camera featuring a 20 megapixel 1-inch sensor and a maximum ISO of 12,800. Dynamic range is increased from the Zenmuse X3 by 1 stop, with signal to noise ratio and color sensitivity increased by 1.5 stops for next-level image quality. The Zenmuse X4S uses a DJI-designed compact lens with low dispersion and low distortion 24 mm equivalent prime lens.
This 84° FOV, high resolution lens makes the Zenmuse X4S as powerful during aerial imaging as it is on the ground.Combined with CineCore 2.0, the Inspire 2’s powerful image processing system.
It can record 4k at 60 frames per second and 4k/30 frames per second, H.265 videos at a 100 Mbps bitrate and over sample 5.2k video into 4k video in real-time, capturing fine image details.
In Burst Mode, the Zenmuse X4S supports 14 frames per second shooting at 20 megapixels in both JPEG and DNG formats. It is able to make the difficult balance between agility and image quality.
DJI Inspire 2 – A Film Makers Dream Come True
The next video show the outstanding quality of filming which can be achieved using the DJI Inspire 2. This was filmed entirely with the Inspire 2. Not just the aerial shots but also the close-ups of the actors and indoor scenes too. Compared to other top market cameras for filming, the Inspire 2 is absolutely great value.
The DJI Inspire 2 is the drone for Hollywood quality filming. You can read more on the fantastic features of the Inspire 2 in this terrific DJI Inspire 2 review along with prices.
Yuneec Typhoon H Drone With Camera, GPS And Autopilot
This Typhoon H Pro multirotor is the very latest drone from Yuneec. This means it has all the very latest in drone innovation including 4k camera, GPS, Intel Realsense Collision Avoidance and the following intelligent autopilot modes;
- Collision Avoidance
- Point of Interest
- Curve Cable Cam
- Follow Me / Watch Me
- Dynamic Return to Home
- Auto Take Off
Typhoon H Drone Camera
The camera is integrated into the CGO3+ gimbal. The 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ gimbal camera captures ultra-stable video and vivid still images and can be rotated in an unlimited, 360-degree range of motion.
The CGO3+ gimbal camera features an improved 115-degree wide-angle fixed focus lens, and integrated video down-link module that delivers 720p real image transmission of your flight as well as the option of manual camera settings. Below are the camera resolutions;
- 4k UHD 30 fps, HD 1080p 120 fps video / 12 Megapixel still camera
The Yuneec Typhoon H Pro model uses the Intel Real Sense Collision Avoidance technology. Again, with this drone sector so competitive, the Yuneec Typhoon H price great value right now.
Here a look at this beautiful Typhoon H. This is another drone which has everything. It has strong GPS technology, great autopilot flights modes and a top camera to film with.
Walkera Scout X4 Drone With Camera, GPS And Autopilot
The Scout X4 from Walkera Technology features a new advanced GPS flight control system which allows for a more accurate flight along with terrific GPS position holding. The Failsafe Return To Home feature is part of this GPS flight control system. The GPS mode allows for 1 button start and hold feature.
Autopilot With Ground Station
The Walkera Scout X4 features waypoint mission planning. You can program an incredible 128 waypoints including flight designation through your touch screen tablet or phone and using the Bluetooth ground station device which is part of the package. Another terrific feature is the ability to circle a GPS waypoint.
All Walkera drones are packed with innovation and features. The Scout X4 has built in “Follow Me” mode and flies for longer than most drones up to 25 minutes. It can change from a quadcopter with 4 motors into an multirotor with 8 motors for even more power. The legs or landing gear are also retractable which is terrific for filming.
Scout X4 Drone Camera
This comes with an integrated 3 axis, G-3D brushless gimbal. The camera is the iLook+ which shoots film at HD 1080p video and at 30 fps. The X4 also has the built in 5.8ghz transmission system for seamless up-link to the Devo F12E Transmitter, a wide angle lens, and the ability to take high quality photographs, all controllable from the transmitter.
Other cameras equipment can be used with the X4 including the GoPro Hero 3 or Hero 4 action cameras.
The Walkera Scout X4 price on Amazon starts at about the $850 up to the $1400 for a full package.
Here’s a terrific video showing you the Scout X4 Autopilot Ground Station along with some of its terrific features.
Yuneec Mantis Q Drone With Camera, Dual GPS And Autopilot Modes
The Mantis Q quadcopter is the latest small sized quadcopter from Yuneec and was released in the middle of 2018. It is small and light with a total weight of less than 17 ounces (480 grams). For such a small drone, it has some terrific technology packed into it, including face detection and voice control.
With a flying time of 33 minutes. In sports mode, the Mantis Q can fly at a top speed of 44 mph (72 km/h). This DJI Mantis Q flies superbly to your touch and it is incredibly agile.
So you are going to have some great flying fun with this quadcopter.
Mantis Q GPS Technology
The Mantis Q also uses both GPS and GLONASS to pick up plenty of satellites.
Mantis Q Sensors For Flying Indoors
Using its IPS (Indoor Positioning System) the Mantis Q can be flown safely and very stable at speeds of up to 9 mph (15 km/h) indoors where neither GPS nor GLONASS satellites are available for positioning. You can check the current location of the Mantis Q at any time via a map displayed in the app (map display requires an Internet connection).
Mantis Q Autopilot Modes
- Journey – the Mantis Q will fly upwards on a linear path and then return automatically – making for the perfect shot.
- Point of Interest – Select an object while in POI (Point of Interest) mode and the Yuneec Mantis Q will circle this object automatically.
- Return Home – With a push of a button, the Mantis Q will automatically return to a point near takeoff area and land by your side.
Mantis Q Drone Camera
Here is the technical details of the Mantis Q drone camera.
- Sensor: 1/3.06 inch CMOS
- Photo Resolution: 4:3 (4160 x 3120); 16:9 (4160 × 2340)
- Photo Format: JPEG / JPEG+DNG
- Video Format: MP4 / MOV
- Image Stabilization: electronic, 3-axis stabilized
- Control Range: -90° to 20°
- View Field: 117°
- Equivalent Focal Length: 21.5 mm
- SD Card: Class 10 or U3 (8 GB up to 128 GB)
- ISO Range: 100 – 3200
- Exposure Compensation: 0, ±0.5, ±1.0, ±1.5, ±2.0, ±2.5, ±3.0
- Electronic Shutter: Photo Mode: 8s-1/8000s and Video Mode: 1/30-1/8000
- White Balance: Auto, Lock, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
- Style: Natural, Saturated, Soft
- Metering Mode: Spot Metering, Center Metering, Average Metering
- Photo Modes: Normal, Gesture, Face Detection
- Downloading Speed Photos: > 2 mb/s
Mantis Q Drone Video Resolution
- 4k: 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps
- 1080P: 1920 x 1080 @30 fps (with image stabilization)
- 720P: 1280 x 720 @60 fps (with image stabilization)
Mantis Q Face Detection And Voice Control
When activated, the face detection system let the Mantis Q take a picture of you as soon as it sees your face in a distance of up to 13 feet (4 meters).
The Mantis Q is the first camera drone from Yuneec, which can be intuitively controlled by voice command. Whether starting, landing or taking photos and videos, commands such as “Come back” and “Start recording”, the Mantis Q can be easily controlled via voice commands. A list of voice commands can be found in the settings of the Yuneec Pilot App by clicking on the “i” next to the menu item “Voice Control”.
Yuneec Mantis Q Price
The Mantis Q price on the Yuneec website is USD $499.99 with extra free props with your purchase along with the quadcopter, Remote Controller, Charger, 1 Battery, 2 Sets Propellers and USB Cable.
Here is a nice introduction the the Mantis Q. I love the way it flies super stable indoors. Most quadcopters will start drifting while flying indoors but not the Mantis Q.
Walkera Vitus Drone With Camera, GPS And Autopilot
The Vitus is the latest mini drone with 4k aerial camera just released by Walkera. It comes with dual mode global positioning satellite system. This 4k drone has exceptional design in that the quadcopter arms, landing gear and propeller blades can be folded. It is small and weighs less than 1 lb.
GPS, Visual Positioning And Obstacle Avoidance
The dual-module GPS/GlONASS satellite positioning system is able to obtain satellite positioning signals accurately and quickly. This helps to create more accurate and stable hovering at fixed heights and points.
In addition, there is also infrared sensor and optical flow camera equipped at the bottom of the air-frame, which quickly takes 50 pictures per second for positioning, achieving precision hover even indoor or without satellite signals
For such as small drone, it is hard to believe they could fit in the collision avoidance technology. But they did. The Walkera Vitus comes with Time Of Flight (ToF) technology and 3 high precision sensors to avoid obstacles in the front, left and right.
Vitus Drone 4k Video Camera
The Vitus camera supports 4k at 30 fps and 12 megapixel for still images. You can also shoot 1080p at 60 fps. The 85 degree ultra low distortion wide angle lens helps to keep the original details and gives very share and deep color to your aerial film.
For precision stability, this 4k drone comes with a miniature sized 3 axis stabilization gimbal.
Autel X-Star Premium Drone With Camera, GPS And Autopilot
The X-Star Premium 4k drone is an amazingly easy to fly quadcopter. The 4k camera and 3-axis gimbal can record crystal-clear, smooth Ultra HD videos or take 12-MP photos with HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away. It also has an excellent flight time of 25 minutes.
Autel X-Star GPS, GLONASS And Starpoint Positioning
This drone is ready to fly out of the box, and can be flown with or without the help of the free Starlink mobile app. It has dual GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation and aided by the Starpoint Positioning System making this drone very safe and flies super stable, even indoors or at low altitudes.
Where other drones might become erratic or fly away when there is magnetic interference, the X-Star is equipped with their exclusive SecureFly technology to help the drone come back home safely.
Learning to fly the X-Star is easy: you can start the motors, take off and land, hover, or have the drone automatically return home by using the one-touch buttons on the remote controller. The controller’s integrated LCD displays critical flight information, allowing the Starlink mobile app to show full screen live HD video.
This 4k drone has a number of autopilot features such as follow, orbit, waypoints, and also lets you adjust camera settings and record images in flight.
Autel X-Star Drone Video Camera Resolutions
- Still Photography Modes – 12 mp Single shot, Bursts, AEB, Bracketed frames, Time-lapse.
- Video Recording Modes 4 Ultra HD plus QHD, FHD, HD, and Superview settings.
- Max Frame Rates 4 @30 fps, 2.7k @ 60 fps, 1080p @120 fps, 720p @ 240 fps.
- Max Field of View 108°.
SwellPro Splash 3 Drone With Camera, GPS And Autopilot
The Splash Drone 3 Auto is an all weather, waterproof drone. This quadcopter has a terrific camera, plenty of flight modes and is waterproof allowing you to fly in the rain, over rivers, lakes and the sea in confidence.
The Swellpro Splash 3 drone comes with a quick release waterproof 4k camera gimbal called the 4k GC-2, an all in one FPV remote controller, brand new design flight control system, improved second generation power system, quick release FPV payload release, brand new design carry and storage case.
Swellpro’s waterproof gimbal, the 4k GC-2 is a massive achievement and success. Many other drone manufacturers have tried and failed to build a waterproof gimbal and drone.
SwellPro Waterproof Drone 4K Gimbal And Camera
The brand new, fully waterproof 4k camera is stabilized and controlled by an active two-axis (tilt & roll) gimbal. Capture smooth videos and sharp photos both while flying as well as underwater!
The highly sensitive gimbal ensures shake free footage always, even during high speed water landings, and allows the re-positioning of the camera by remote control. The camera’s external glass lens has a special super hydrophobic coating to ensure a clear, dry lens as soon as you take back to the air or when flying in rain.
- 4k @ 25 fps video
- 14 mp stills
- 106° field of view (FOV)
- Camera settings changeable by app
SwellPro Splash Drone Autopilot Flight Modes
The Swellpro FLY app enables several smart flight modes, which drastically reduces manual input from the pilot, making flying the Splash drone even easier.
- Follow Me Mode – The SplashDrone 3 will constantly follow and turn towards you as you move, recording you and the scene around you in Ultra HD definition.
- Mission Planning – Tap to select waypoints on a map and the SplashDrone 3 AUTO will execute the mission; circling, pausing and changing elevation according to the selected route instructions.
- Tap To Fly – Tap on the map where you want your drone to go and Splash Drone will navigate to the destination and hover, awaiting further commands.
- Circle Flight – On any waypoint, select a circling radius and number of circuits to perform to capture the perfect video with your chosen subject always in the middle of the frame.
- Smart Cruise – Allows you to really concentrate on filming. Switch the Remote Controller into Smart-Cruise mode and you will be able to pan (yaw) and fly the Splash Drone with a single joystick, making your flight path smoother and more cinematic.
- Return To Home – Tap Return-Home on the app or flick the Return-Home switch on the remote controller, and the Splash Drone 3 will adjust its altitude to the pre-programmed safe flight level and fly directly home before landing gently without any input from the pilot.
There are plenty more features to this quadcopter. Read the full review including specifications of the Splash Drone 3 Auto here.
Other Top Drones With Excellent Cameras, GPS And Autopilot Modes
Yuneec Breeze 4k – Both convenient and compact, Breeze is controlled by your iOS or Android device with the Breeze Cam app and weighs just under 1 pound. Very easy to fly and capture aerial photos and video in stunning 4k Ultra High Definition. Check the Breeze home page which gives you all the features and specifications on this quadcopter.
Yuneec Typhoon 4k – One of the best value 4k drones available, an included Android touchscreen controller means faster setup and no need to add your own mobile device to capture impressive 4k video.
Typhoon 4k also captures 1080p @ 120 fps slow motion video with a full complement of manual camera settings for total creative control. Perfect ground shots are also available with the included Handheld SteadyGrip™. Read further on the excellent features of the Yuneec Typhoon 4k.