Here is a small opportunity to see some drones, and get to know me, Jonathan. I’ve been piecing together the best drone lists here on Drone Rush for a while now, and if you’ve seen a few of them, you have an idea what my passion for flight is all about, but if you are new, welcome, here are the drones that I want in my personal fleet.

There are very few drones that I do not want to have at my disposal at any given time, if I have to tell the truth, I just like them all. There are a few quadcopters and other multi-rotor that stand out for me, though, and I get to share them with you frequently already, but let’s be absolutely clear, these are my favorite.

Jonathan Feist, Drone PilotJonathan Feist

Why trust Drone Rush?

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.

My favorite drones

What I love most about any given drone is how well it flies. I’m not big on the RC airplane hobby, but that’s the spirit that drives me, a legitimate passion for flight. Closely behind that passion is putting a camera into the sky. Aerial photography is a fantastic art, and there are many fun videos to be had. To this end, you’ll notice that most of my favorite drones are ones that offer a stabilized camera experience, with higher-end cameras and a livestreaming video to remote, or headset.

1. DJI FPV

DJI FPV: Powerful camera drone

FPV

DJI FPV

March 2021

Release Date

Drone racing is terribly fun, especially when you use VR goggles to enjoy the FPV video, but those drones can be tough to control. DJI's camera drones are super easy to operate, but few are tailored to the FPV experience. DJI blended the two with the new DJI FPV.

Hold onto your controller, this drone is fast! Enjoy most of the best camera drone features that DJI produces, but in an agile machine that goes more than double the speed of the Mavic drone you are used to.

Let the 4K 60p camera capture superb video from the sky, while you enjoy a crisp experience right in front of your eyes, with the DJI FPV from $1299.00.

2. DJI Inspire 2

DJI Inspire 2: Highly capable professional camera drone

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.

3. DJI Mini 2

DJI Mini 2: Most affordable 4K drone

Mini 2

DJI Mini 2

November 2020

Release Date

The original DJI Mavic Mini was a very important machine for the consumer hobby drone market. The DJI Mini 2 is the next generation of super-compact camera drone, it's a solid improvement over the original Mini, especially in terms of the camera and flight capabilities. You still get a sub-250 gram drone, but now get a 4K camera, vastly improved connectivity, a more durable design, and more power.

The newer 1/2.3-inch sensor produces 12MP stills, and 4K video at 30 fps and 100Mbps data rate. For some, the most exciting update is lossless zoom. With up to 4X zoom, you can safely fly at distance from your subject, perfect for those pet photos or to capture shots of a waterfall in the distance.

DJI continues their accessory package trend, you can get the DJI Mini 2 for $449, or grab the DJI Mini 2 Fly More combo for $599.

4. Yuneec Typhoon H3

Yuneec Typhoon H3: Hexacopter pro camera drone

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 Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro: Best consumer drone

Mavic

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.

 

My short list of favorite drones tells such a small part of my story. My history with quadcopters began with the DJI Mavic Pro back in 2016, it was all RC helicopters and airplanes before that, with a long history of paper airplanes in my youth. Drones like the UVify OOri, Hubsan H111, Hubsan H502S Desire, DJI Mavic Mini, and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom are frequent flyers in my world.

Drones that are not in my personal inventory, but I’d love to add, are the DJI Matrice 300 series, 200 series, Yuneec Typhoon H Plus, and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. I still have a very fond place in my memory for the DJI Mavic Pro, but it’s been a long time since it’s powered up. I should change that.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t you like racing drones?

I do like racing drones, but they do not hold a large place in my life. Partly, it is a hassle to set up a racing track in my life right now. My house is not conducive to a worthy indoor course, my yard is too small to be of use, and the closest organized league is a long drive. I do prefer putting a camera into the sky, though, so all of those excuses are just that, excuses.

What phone do you use to fly your drones?

A great question. First and foremost, I never use my main daily-driver phone to fly my drones. I fly safely and legally, but if, for some reason, law enforcement exercises their right to impound my drone, that includes impounding the controller and anything attached to it. So I always use a secondary phone or tablet to fly my drones. I am an avid and passionate Android user, so I reach for my LG V40, Sony Xperia Z2 Compact, Google Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 4 XL, or Huawei MediaPad X2 first. If none of those are working well, I grab an iPhone 7. Of course, I always test Android and iOS when I do a review, but I’m an Android-first kind of guy.

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