There are many drones that utilize a GPS connection through the aircraft, remote control, or both, but there are a few that stand out above the rest. A drone with RTK, short for Real Time Kinematic, will offer the very best in flight precision. RTK is a GPS correction technology, a technique that combines the connection to satellites with photos and positioning to a known ground station. While the best non-RTK drones hover with accuracy in the range of twenty to fifty inches, an RTK drone can hover with accuracy as low as a couple inches.

  • DJI Matrice 200 series: 200/210/RTK

    (9.5)
    $6500.00 BUY
    • 38 - MIN
    • 6K - 24 FPS
    • 50 - MPH
    • 5 - MILES
    DJI designed the Matrice 200 series to offer a versatile set of inspection capabilities. Choose from various payloads and mounting points to look up, down...
  • DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

    (9.6)
    $1999.00 BUY
    • 31 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 44 - MPH
    • 4.3 - MILES
    Building off of the Mavic 2 platform, the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise offers new cameras and new accessories such as lights, speakers and beacons.
  • Yuneec H520

    (9.1)
    $1999.00 BUY
    • 28 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 38 - MPH
    • 1 - MILE
    Yuneec's reliable hexacopter hardened for the commercial market, the Yuneec H520 is ready for your inspection tasks and more.
  • DJI Inspire 2

    (9.8)
    $2999.00 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...
  • DJI Phantom 4 RTK

    (9.8)
    $8000.00 BUY
    • 30 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 36 - MPH
    • 4.3 - MILES
    The DJI Phantom 4 RTK adds the best GPS precision to the popular Phantom line of drones. This is a serious tool for drone mapping,...

For most hobby flights, half a meter is more than accurate enough, but for absolute precision on inspection, surveying and mapping missions, the hover accuracy can make or break the project. Here are some of the best drones that either offer RTK or other similar GPS precision tools, the best GPS drones.

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DJI Matrice 200 series: 200/210/RTK

February 2017

Release Date

When DJI re-imagined their commercial drone platform, they had inspection services in mind. Previous drones struggled with looking up, so DJI added a mount to point a camera up. Previous drones struggled with only having room for one payload, so DJI put three mount points, and thus the DJI Matrice 200 series was born. The Matrice 200 is the started machine, a quadcopter that accepts two bottom mounted payloads. The Matrice 210 adds a third mount on top of the drone, for an upward facing camera. The Matrice 210 RTK adds in that crucial GPS performance for demanding environments and precision operations.

These are powerful, fast and weather resistant drones that are almost custom order from DJI. Budget about $6,500 to get started, with a full flight package of the 210 RTK running north of $10,000.

RTK

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

October 2018

Release Date

After finding success with the second version of the Mavic Pro, along came the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise, using the same platform as the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, but adding mounting points for accessories. The accessories are designed for tasks such as search and rescue, with a spotlight, loud speaker, beacon and more. Available in two versions, the Zoom Edition uses the same camera as the Mavic 2 Zoom, and the Dual Edition adds a thermal camera to the mix, but removes zooming from the visual camera.

DJI did not initially display the purchase price for the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise, we understand it has a starting price of $1999, the accessories are added from there.

Hex

Yuneec H520

September 2017

Release Date

After some success with the hexacopter design, Yuneec decided to head over to the commercial drone market with the Yuneec H520. A commercial-grade, folding machine that ships in construction orange. A range of payloads are available, mostly allowing the H520 to serve your inspection, surveying, mapping and search and rescue needs. Retractable landing gear allow 360 degree rotation of the camera, and the platform promises stability, even in high winds.

The Yuneec H520 alone costs less than $2000, but you should expect to pay around $4000 for a full flight package with multiple batteries and a camera or two.

Pro

DJI Inspire 2

November 2016

Release Date

The original DJI Inspire may have set a tone for what a professional drone should look like, but the newer DJI Inspire 2 set the tone for what it should be able to accomplish. At launch, the Inspire 2 was equipped with the Zenmuse X5, a 5.2K camera with interchangeable lenses, ready to take on tasks in Hollywood. Since then, DJI has added the Zenmuse X7 camera, a 6K shooter even more capable of professional filming tasks.

Check out the base DJI Inspire 2 for around $2999, but expect to spend at least $6200 for a well appointed flight package with cameras, extra batteries and more.

RTK

DJI Phantom 4 RTK

October 2018

Release Date

The DJI Phantom series of drones are some of the best machines on the market, while the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is the best consumer offering, professional users will want to look at the Phantom 4 RTK. Taking the best features of the Phatom line, then adding the extreme precision of RTK technology makes for a drone with great hover accuracy, and photo capture that is within 1cm. RTK utilizes connectivity to satellites and to a ground station, which is a little cumbersome for your fun hobby flights, but absolutely beneficial to your professional drone needs.

For those times that you need some highly-accurate aerial imagery, the DJI Phantom 4 RTK starts at around $8,000.

Custom commercial drones

Aside from the off-the-shelf offerings above, most all of the custom commercial drones you can commission have RTK or similar precise GPS functionality. Many of these machines have a starting price of around $10,000, but you can select the payloads, flight characteristics, size and more to get the exact drone for your needs.

That’s a solid start for our GPS drones list, we’ll revisit it as we add more professional and commercial drones to our database. Any recommendations for us?


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