Best of the Drones

I was sitting on a train recently and I saw the guy in front of me had some crazy footage of downhill, I guess we could call it “grass skiing” that he had shot. It was intense and really cool! Of course this kind of aerial photography at one time would have been impossible for the hobbyist, but today, drone cameras are readily available and getting better and better every month.

Want stunning aerial photography of all kinds of events? How about weddings? Get an overhead shot of all of the guests with a drone camera. It’s more than just a toy, it’s a tool and can take your photography to the next level.

Here are our picks for the best drone cameras available:

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

  • Auto takeoff and auto return home with GPS technology, makes controlling easy. App enables monitoring/camera operation easy
  • Capture 4K ultra HD video at 30 fps, supported resolutions include: 12.0MP (4000 x 3000) photos. The f/2.8 lens with a broad field of view delivers crisp, clear images
  • Gimbal stabilization technology, along with a hover function allows you to capture smooth, clean footage while the camera is in the air
  • Use DJI director software with a built-in video editor to add music, text, and more to your videos.

DJI Phantom P3-STANDARD Quadcopter

  • View a live image streamed from the drone up to a half mile away on the free DJI Go app using your mobile phone or tablet
  • GPS assisted flight features let you concentrate on getting great images while the drone helps you fly safely. You can achieve advanced camera perspectives with the Point of Interest, Follow Me and Waypoints modes (pending app feature availability)
  • Fly up to 25 minutes with the included intelligent battery. A range of accessories is included:1 battery and charger, 2 full sets of propellers, radio controller, 8GB micro SD card
  • Take stunning 2.7K HD videos and 12 Megapixel photos with the integrated aerial camera and update the remote control first before use.

If you’re not ready to upgrade to a pro drone, this one may just fit the bill

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone

  • Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
  • Explore the world in 14 megapixel full HD 1080p and capture any vista with Bebop’s 180° field of view
  • Cruise at your own pace and return home automatically
  • Take clear photos and videos using advanced 3-axis image stabilization
  • Fly farther and faster with quick charging Lithium ion batteries (included)
  • Control your experience with our Free Flight Pro app (iOS, Android, Windows 8.1)


As drone cameras become more popular, more cameras will be presented to the market. Right now there’s a nice selection of low-end and medium-end, and we’ll see more high-end in the future, as the drone camera fad is going nowhere. It’s here to stay. If you think aerial photography might be your future, invest in a higher-end drone out of the gate to not waste time. But if you’re just in experimentation phase, find a lower-cost drone to get your feet wet.