Dogs on the beach DJI Mavic Pro

Chances are, if you’ve got a pet, you take photos of them. We know you do, what else is the internet used for?!? We think some of the best action shots of an animal are from the sky, and so, here are some of the best drones for pet photography.

As the title suggests, we will cover the basics of capturing any animal, but we imagine that dogs are the key demographic for drone photos. I mean, if you run your cat in the park and take photos, please share, that’s pretty cool.

There will be a few of you with horses or livestock that you wish to photograph. We’ll approach that from a ‘business of farming’ type perspective another day, for now, let’s mostly focus on those, what do they call them, oh yes, man’s best friend. Everyone loves a cute dog photo, right?

Jonathan Feist, Drone PilotJonathan Feist

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I’ve been a fan of flight since a young age; while I’ve had few opportunities at the helm of manned aircraft, the hours on my fleet of drones continue to grow. I enjoy putting cameras into the sky, silky smooth aerial imagery makes me happy. My goal is to help all pilots enjoy flight legally and safely.

 

Best drones for pet photography

1. DJI Inspire 2: Professional drone with modular cameras

DJI Inspire 2: Professional drone with modular cameras

DJI Inspire 2 announcement on pedestal

The DJI Inspire 2 is one of the best camera drones on the market, which makes it one of the best possible drones for filming your pet. Multiple camera options allow you to operate in many environments, and the drone tops out at highways speeds, so you should be able to keep up with even your fastest pets.

 
Hot-swappable batteries increase your effective flight time, and versatile storage options keep you filming up to 6K video for the day. Interchangeable cameras hang from a spinning gimbal and the drone can be operated by two users, one pilot and one camera operator.

Should I buy the DJI Inspire 2?

The average backyard hobby pilot that just wants some fun puppy photos may not be able to invest into the Inspire system. This is a larger drone that is easy to operate, but is a commitment of time and resources to keep the full flight package ready to roll.

Pros

  • Powerful and fast drone
  • Easy to fly
  • Fun to fly
  • Superb camera options
Cons

  • Large and cumbersome to transport
  • best operated by two people
 

DJI Inspire 2

(9.8)
  • 27 - Minutes
  • 6K - 30 FPS
  • 58 - MPH

November 2016

Release Date

2. DJI Air 2S: Best camera under $1,000

DJI Air 2S: Best camera under $1,000

For users that want a great camera, but can’t afford an Inspire, the DJI Air 2S is our pick for the best drone under $1,000. The familiar, folding airframe is proven reliable and easy for transport, and the hanging 20MP camera can shoot up to 5.4K video. In addition, the Air 2S is one of very few drones that has a zooming camera, which is important when you are taking advantage of its class-leading range.

Should I buy the DJI Air 2S?

Straight up, this is the best drone for most users. We’ll explore more affordable options in this list, and larger drones like the Inspire 2 have better cameras, but we’d happily fly the Air 2S for our needs.

Pros

  • Compact and easy to transport
  • Fast and fun to fly
  • 5.4K video capture
  • Zooming camera
  • Easy to fly
  • Amazing connectivity range
Cons

  • Limited payload options
 

DJI Air 2S

(9.8)
  • 31 - MIN
  • 5.4K - 20MP
  • 42.5 - MPH

April 15, 2021

Release Date

3. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom: Best optical zoom for under $1,500

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom: Best optical zoom for under $1,500

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom front reflection

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom was almost a one-of-a-kind at launch, as one of very few drones that had a zooming lens on the camera. The ability to zoom is a powerful feature for pet photography, making it possible to snap photos from a greater distance, therefore causing less disturbance to the animals.

Should I buy the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom?

Before the launch of the DJI Air 2S, we would have called the Mavic 2 Zoom our top pick for a hobby-class drone for pet photography. The zoom on the Zoom remains the better zoom, and the drone has more safety features and potential for additional payloads, but is otherwise the older aircraft with fewer flight assist features. 

Pros

  • Great zooming capability
  • Solid 4K camera
  • Reliable and safe drone
  • Fast and easy to fly
Cons

  • Older drone
  • Least portable Mavic drone
 

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

(9.5)
  • 31 - MIN
  • 4K - 30 FPS
  • 44 - MPH

4. DJI FPV: Best high-speed drone

DJI FPV: Best high-speed drone

The DJI FPV is a speed demon, for a camera drone. While the Inspire 2 could keep up with a lazy cheetah, the DJI FPV can beat a falcon in a race. This hybrid drone has a capable 4K camera attached to a 2-axis gimbal. The missing axis of rotation makes it ideal for FPV gear, common in racing drones.

Should I buy the DJI FPV?

The DJI FPV is exhilarating to fly, but it might be a tough sell. You can get better racing drones for less money and you can get better camera drones for less as well, but there are none that do both this well. For high-speed pets, and for pilots looking to learn a little about racing drones without having to sacrifice the glory of a camera drone, the FPV is the drone for you.

Pros

  • Super fast
  • Very fun to fly
  • Race training tools
  • Good 4K camera
Cons

  • 2-axis gimbal shoots different style of video
  • Expensive for a camera drone
  • Expensive for a race drone
 

DJI FPV

(9.4)
  • 20 - Minutes
  • 4K - 60fps
  • 87 - MPH

5. DJI Mavic 2 Pro: Best consumer drone

DJI Mavic 2 Pro: Best consumer drone

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is an older drone, but it remains the best consumer drone on the market. The built-in safety features, solid flight time, great range, and high-end 4K camera make it an ideal choice as a camera drone.

Should I buy the DJI Mavic 2 Pro?

As an older drone, it’s getting harder to recommend the Mavic 2 Pro. It’s still one of the flying machines in the hobby market, you’ll be happy with your purchase, but drones like the Air 2S can fly further, shooter higher-resolution video, are smaller and easier to transport, and cost a lot less.

Pros

  • Best consumer drone
  • Great 4K camera
  • Very safe and reliable
  • Fast and easy to fly
Cons

  • Older drone
 

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

(9.7)
  • 31 - MIN
  • 4K - 30 FPS
  • 44 - MPH