• Folding
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    DJI Mavic 2 Pro

    (9.7)
    $1,449.00+ BUY
    • 31 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 44 - MPH
    • 6.2 - MILES
    DJI called the Mavic 2 Pro an iterative update over the original Mavic Pro; It may look like a simple upgrade, but the Mavic 2...
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    DJI Air 2S

    (9.8)
    $999.00 BUY
    • 31 - MIN
    • 5.4K - 20MP
    • 42.5 - MPH
    • 7.5 - MILES
    The DJI Air 2S is easily the best camera drone for most uses. The 1-inch sensor produces fantastic images from the sky, and the compact,...
  • Powerful
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    DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

    (9.7)
    $1,799.00 $1,519.00 BUY
    • 30 - MIN
    • 4K - 60 FPS
    • 45 - MPH
    • 4.3 - MILES
    Taking the core of the solid DJI Phantom 4 Pro, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 adds more efficient motors, OcuSync connectivity and more.
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    Yuneec Typhoon H3

    (9.5)
    $2,549.99 BUY
    • 25 - Minutes
    • 4K - 60 FPS
    • 45 - MPH
    • 1 - MILE
    Designed with government use in mind, the Yuneec Typhoon H3 is an update to the Typhoon H Plus, packing a powerful Leica camera onto the...
  • DJI Inspire 2

    (9.8)
    $2,999.00+ BUY
    • 27 - Minutes
    • 6K - 30 FPS
    • 58 - MPH
    • 4.3 - MILES
    Generally recognized as one of the best camera drones on the market, the DJI Inspire 2 offers great cameras, superb flight and robust controls for...

The best 4K drones are a long list of machines, all with at least a 12MP 4K capable camera that hangs by a stabilized gimbal. Truth is, the more capable the gimbal, the more we value the drone. The following list is not really in order, the drones are fairly well ranked by their prices, the more expensive, the better the camera and gimbal.

Choose your budget and do a bit more research before you purchase, but each of these machines should serve you well for standard aerial photography.

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Best 4K camera drones

1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro: Best consumer drone

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro

August 2018

Release Date

Introduced in August of 2018, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro instantly became the best consumer-class folding drone that DJI had to offer. A marked upgrade over the original Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Pro rocks a 1-inch camera sensor for 4K video capture at 100Mbps, multi-direction obstacle avoidance sensors for some of the safest drone flight possible, and much more. OcuSync 2.0 enhances connectivity to the remote control and other accessories, now able to transmit 1080p live stream video well beyond the legal line-of-sight.

With an initial launch price of $1449, plus another $319 to get the Fly More kit with extra batteries, there is a barrier to entry with this machine, but if the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is within your budget, we think you will not be disappointed.

 

2. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom: Optical and digital zoom

Zoom

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

August 2018

Release Date

If you run down the spec sheet, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro are the same machine, with one major exception, the camera. The folding quadcopter design offers great portability, the multi-direction obstacle avoidance sensors assist in safe flight, and the new capabilities of OcuSync 2.0 add versatility for control and accessories. That is true for both of the drones, the Mavic 2 Zoom, on the other hand, rocks a 2x optical zoom lens on top of a 12MP camera. It shoots 4K video at 100Mbps and can digitally double that zoom for an impressive close-up.

Launching with a price of $1299, plus $319 for a Fly More kit, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom was an instant crowd favorite.

3. DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI Mavic Air 2: Best camera drone under $800

Air 2

DJI Mavic Air 2

May 2020

Release Date

The DJI Mavic Air 2 drone is more than just a successor to the original Mavic Air, it's more of a transition from its own form-factor into a true Mavic drone. The Mavic Air 2 maintains its place as a mid-tier drone in DJI's lineup. In terms of size, price, and capability, the Mavic Air 2 sits almost perfectly in between the Mavic Mini and the Mavic 2 series drones.

In the same way that the Mavic Air stepped up the camera game for small drones, the Mavic Air 2 is an exciting update in the camera department as well. You're looking at a new 1/2-inch sensor that shoots 12MP stills, but does so from a 48MP sensor! You can capture 48MP stills as well, but the 12MP shots are better, using pixel binning managed by Quad Bayer technology. Photos are great, but the new 4K video capture at 60fps, and a data bit rate of 120Mbps, are more exciting to many users.

Check out the DJI Mavic Air 2 for a starting price of $799 for the base package, $988 for the Fly More combo at launch in May 2020.

4. Yuneec Typhoon H3

Yuneec Typhoon H3: Pro hexacopter

Hexacopter

Yuneec Typhoon H3

September 2019

Release Date

Yuneec's hexacopter design is reliable and effective, they've had little need to modify it much over the last few years. The latest offering is the Typhoon H3, it's an iterative update to the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus, now with more power, and a much better camera. The Typhoon H3 is designed for pro aerial photography, and offers some government-safe data protection features. The drone sits in between the DJI Phantom and DJI Inspire lines of drones in terms of specs and price.

4K video and 20MP stills are captured from a Leica ION L1 Pro camera. This is the best built-in camera we've seen on a Yuneec drone to date!

Check out the Yuneec Typhoon H3 for $2549.99.

5. DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0: Iconic powerhouse

Phantom