• Matrice
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    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 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,...
  • Inspire
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    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...
  • Enterprise
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    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.
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    DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

    (9.7)
    $1799.00 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.

The first question many people like to ask about a new drone is how far it can fly, is it a long range drone? There are two ways to measure range for a drone: Are you asking about how far away from you the drone can get or are you referring to how many miles of ground the drone can cover before the battery runs out? Many drones offer enough speed and flight time to cover ten or more miles of ground, but can only travel less than one mile from the remote control.

Our list today will cover the distance between the drone and remote control. We’ll visit actual ground coverage another day, but you can generally make a good choice looking at battery life and speed for that — a 45mph drone with 30 minutes of battery life will, likely, cover more ground than a 30mph drone with 20 minutes of battery. Makes sense, I hope. For now, here are some of the best long range drones.

Important note: No matter what your drone is capable of, your country likely has drone laws that prohibit flight beyond visual line-of-sight.

Matrice

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 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.

Inspire

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.

Enterprise

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.

Phantom

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

May 2018

Release Date

The DJI Phantom series of drones are some of the best machines on the market, every iteration makes improvements on the previous and in the case of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, we're talking about improved motors, more efficient propellers and the first Phantom drone to rock OcuSync connectivity.

The Phantom 4 Pro series was DJI's best drone at launch for object avoidance technology, a trend that continues and is improved upon with the V2.0 series, adding radar and more obstacle avoidance goodness. The newer drone comes with the same 20MP 4K camera as previous, still one of the best camera drones on the market.

The difference between the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 for around $1,499 and the Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0 for $1,749 is the inclusion of a 5.5-inch built-in display on the remote of the Pro+. The bright, Android powered display is the only difference between the two machines.

Pro

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.

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.

Evo

Autel Robotics Evo

June 2018

Release Date

Announced at CES 2018, the Autel Robotics Evo folding drone offers a familiar design and flight features for a DJI Mavic Pro owner. This familiarity is not a bad thing, it means a compact folding design, 4K stabilized camera and reliability you can take to the bank, so to speak. Autel Robotics is one of the few drone manufacturers to build a machine in this form-factor that isn't a toy builder trying to step it up, the Evo has roots in commercial quality, down-sized to fit in your backpack.

The Autel Robotics Evo offers a solid flight experience, to the level that very few can compete, and the introduction of the Live Deck takes video transmission to a new level. To be fair, it's just a video receiver that can hook to your TV or other HDMI device, making it an important tool news crews or for safely recording footage on the side.

Check out the Autel Robotics Evo for $999 most days.

Mavic

DJI Mavic Pro

November 2016

Release Date

The DJI Mavic Pro is a compact, folding drone that was a pioneer for portability. This quadcopter folds down to fit easily in a backpack, or large pocket, while opening up to take 4K video to over 40mph in the sky. The 3-axis stabilized gimbal offers very smooth footage and OcuSync enables long range and HD live video streaming. The Phantom line of drones may have established DJI as a leader in the consumer drone market, but the Mavic Pro made high-quality aerial photography fun and highly accessible.

 

The DJI Mavic Pro is available in several packages, but mainly you can get the drone alone or bump up to the Fly More combo, which includes extra batteries, a carrying case and more.

I hope this list doesn’t bother you too much, truth is, DJI makes their drones to handle 4.3 miles, and sometimes more, where many of the competitors of off-the-shelf drones opt for connectivity with less range. Considering the line-of-sight rule in most countries, we can’t blame anyone for thinking they need less range, but don’t forget that a longer range antenna will provide an even more powerful connection at shorter distances, and cut through, or compensate for any interference that may occur in your flight.

If you live in a place you can max out these drones, what’s your long range record?