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Drones: Which Model to Choose? [DJI vs. DJI]

Have you ever wondered how your favorite movies capture extraordinary aerial views in different scenes? Traditionally, the big old helicopter was used but obviously you can’t possibly consider fitting a helicopter everywhere for your aerial shots. So how do these movies manage to pull it off? Drones, of course!

We’re not talking about the actual military drones here, rest assured. These drones are the miniature versions of them minus the ballistics and plus so much more. This amazing invention of the 21st century completely revolutionized the world. If you still don’t believe we’re living in the future, these drones are a pretty solid evidence to make you think otherwise.

Maybe you’ve already seen them in some grand event coverage, or a toy version in a nearby toy shop. Shaped like tiny helicopters, these drones or quadcopters, are remote-controlled gadgets that are a hype in the filming industry. If you’re a filming enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place!

Want to buy a drone to up your filming game? Read on!

Best Drones in the Market

Unlike most products, the list of the best drones available in the market currently is crystal clear and irrefutable. There are no second opinions when it’s said that DJI is the leading manufacturers in the drone industry. In this review, we’ll compare the three top models of the DJI brand – the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 and the Inspire 2.

DJI MAVIC PRO

If you know a little about drones already, you would have definitely heard of this model. The DJI Mavic Pro has been constantly listed the number one drone and there are a lot of reasons why.

What’s so great about it?

  1. It’s light, it’s small, and it’s foldable! Can you get more handy and portable than that? With a weight of only about 700 grams, this masterpiece is one of the lightest drones ever made. And it is travel friendly – probably the highlight of this model.
  2. Even the controller is compact and small in size. You can even connect to the WiFi and fly through your phone if you want.
  3. It has a high-quality camera with a resolution power of 12 MP and a video resolution of 4K. You can also pair the camera with Goggles to further improve the video quality up to 1080p.
  4. The flight time is around half an hour, which is A LOT for a drone. On top of that, it’s pretty much noise free so you’re not going to annoy anyone with a helicopter flying above their heads.
  5. It’s pretty smart! The ‘Gesture’ feature in this drone allows you to navigate it with your hand gestures.
  6. It has a pretty impressive battery life.
  7. It has an inbuilt GPS for a more accurate flight.
  8. It’s safe so you don’t have to worry about causing possible injuries to the people you’re capturing.

What’s not so great about it?

  1. It’s expensive with a price of US $999. Normally, if you’re thinking of buying a drone, you should remember they’re pretty costly devices. But there’s a range and the Mavic Pro falls on the high end of it.
  2. The field of view is narrower than its sibling models by the DJI.
  3. It’s not that simple to operate. You need to read the user manual and work your way around it for a while before you get the hang of it.

Mavic Pro

DJI PHANTOM 4

The DJI Phantom 4 was an update from its predecessor version 3 with a lot of new and improved features that helped this drone to escalate to the top.

What’s great about it?

  1. Perhaps the best thing about this machine is its user friendliness. It’s easy to operate and the joystick controls are pretty basic.
  2. The cornerstone feature of this model is its ability to avoid obstacles. The Phantom 4 has cameras on its front and back that allows it to assess the safest distance from an obstacle and automatically protects itself.
  3. High-quality footage with a 12 MP Camera Resolution and a Video Resolution of 4K.
  4. It’s faster than the DJI Mavic Pro with a speed of 45 mph compared to a 40 mph of the Mavic.
  5. Impressive battery life with a 28 minute flying time and a 5 km distance.
  6. Another bonus is its ‘Slow-motion’ video feature which makes filming with it a lot more interesting.

What’s not so great about it?

  1. With a price tag of US $1400, the Phantom Pro 4 is mighty expensive, even more so than the Mavic Pro.
  2. Even with cameras in the front and back, the obstacle-sensing feature only operates for head-on collisions.
  3. It’s not that unbreakable. If you crash it, it’s pretty much irreparable.

Phantom 4

DJI Inspire 2

This drone is another DJI model that was upgraded from its previous version. The upgrade made it into a sturdier, smarter machine and is breaking the charts in the drone industry.

What’s so great about it?

  1. It has two cameras; one on the bottom with 360 degree view, and another on the front for a linear view.
  2. High-definition footage with a 30 MP camera resolution and video resolution of 5.2 K – the best yet.
  3. It has a flight time equal to the Mavic Pro of about 27 minutes.
  4. It’s the fastest of the three with an impressive speed of 67 mph.
  5. It’s sturdy and has a magnesium-alloy body which makes it a lot more durable than the Inspire 1 model.
  6. It has a pretty neat obstacle avoidance feature like the Phantom 4.

What’s not so great about it?

  1. It’s way too expensive and likely to break your bank if you’re not prepared. It is priced at US $3000 which is practically three times than the Mavic Pro.
  2. With the high resolution footage, you need an equally high performance PC to edit the videos.

Inspire 2

THE BOTTOM-LINE

Choosing which drone to purchase basically depends on what you require. If you’re a professional videographer with their entire bread and butter based on filmography, then the DJI Inspire 2 would be a viable investment. But if you’re a hobbyist, then you need something more practical. The DJI Mavic Pro is the cheapest of the three and has some pretty sick features for an enjoyable video making experience. On top of that, it’s safe and foldable and has a longer lifespan than the Phantom 4.

So ask yourself what you need and make your choice. Happy flying!