There is no mistake here, the very best drones for mapping are some powerful commercial machines. Custom-built, high-end drones can be configured exactly how you need them, which is great, but we’re here today to show you some off-the-shelf machines that can help you out. Here are some of the best consumer-level mapping drones.

  • Commercial
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    Yuneec H520

    (9.1)
    $1,999.00+ 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.
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    DJI Matrice 300 RTK

    (9.6)
    $6,500.00+ BUY
    • 55 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 51.5 - MPH
    • 9.3 - MILES
    The DJI Matrice 300 RTK packs multi-direction obstacle avoidance, advanced airspace awareness and multiple payloads for commercial drone operations.
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    DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

    (9.6)
    $1,999.00+ 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 RTK

    (9.8)
    $8,000.00+ 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,...
  • Simple
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    Parrot Anafi

    (8.9)
    $699.00 BUY
    • 25 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 32 - MPH (50 km/h)
    • 2.5 - MILES
    The Parrot Anafi is one of few drones that looks up as well as it looks down. The 4K front mounted camera is on a...

We’d also like to point out that mapping, for drones, is a diverse topic. Some may be looking to map an area of the ground, like a traditional map, while others may be going vertical with 3D mapping of a building or structure. All of these drones can capture photos of the ground and can either stitch them together themselves or utilize a third-party service to tackle the mapping, the same goes for 3D mapping a building, but more likely than not you’ll need third party software, such as Pix4D.

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1. DJI Matrice 300

DJI Matrice 300 series: Versatile inspection drone

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DJI Matrice 300 RTK

May 2020

Release Date

Commercial drone operations are a serious market, and the DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a machine that has promise for many applications. DJI's best obstacle avoidance and aerial awareness tools are included in this platform, making it one of the safest machines in the sky. RTK GPS capability, along with Airsense ADS-B tech and a bunch of Smart tools, ensure the best possible accuracy and safety for your inspection needs. For example, Waypoints 2.0 can manage up to 65,535 points, so you can pre-program a lengthy mission.

The new Ocusync Enterprise offers range up to 15KM, that's almost 10 miles. It also has triple-channel 1080p video transmission. That's one signal to the remote, one to a dedicated recorder and one to flight command or the news truck, or whatever receiver you need.

The new Zenmuse H20 payload is a powerful camera system that comes in two versions, the H20 and H20T. Both have a 20MP sensor with 23x zoom, a 12MP wide angle camera, and a laser range finder. The 30T also includes a thermal camera, for your serious inspection needs. The Matrice 300 RTK supports most older Matrice payloads as well, so you can mount the single or dual camera lower payloads, as well as the top mounted camera, for your upward facing inspection needs.

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is more of a custom order, and shipments will begin later in Q2 of 2020.

2. Yuneec H520

Yuneec H520: Reliable hexacopter

Hexacoter

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.

3. DJI Matrice 200

DJI Matrice 200 series: Almost as good as the M300 series

M200

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.

4. DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise: Search & rescue drone

Search & Rescue