Which DJI Drone Should I Buy In 2020? DJI has always been the indisputable market leaders in drones and drone-related technology. In the last couple of years, they have released several new models and upgrades.
Deciding which model to buy though can be a difficult decision because DJI has several different models and several different options within each range. I have been flying DJI drones for a number of years and have generated this recommendation list of 3 DJI models based on my experience.
DJI Mavic Air Mini Drone
- Weight – 249 grams
- Max Speed 13 m/s
- Max Flight Time 30 minutes
- Camera: 12Mp
- Video: 1920×1080
- Price: £369
The Mavic Air Mini is no lightweight in terms of its capability. If you are new to drones, then this model makes an ideal entry into the market. Its foldable design makes it easy to carry around with you, so is an ideal travel companion.
DJI introduced the Mavic Air Mini when the aviation authorities introduced regulations requiring operators of drones weighing 250 grams to 20kg to register. The DJI Mavic Air Mini weighs in at 1 gram under the limit. But hey, regardless of whether you need to register with the aviation authorities or not, it’s a good idea to do it anyway!
There are a few limitations compared to some of the other DJI drones in this line-up. The main ones being that it won’t shoot 4K video or 2.6K/60p footage, and it has no object tracking algorithms. But don’t let this put you off! The video quality is detailed, with good dynamic range.
DJI Mavic Air 2
- Weight – 570 grams
- Max Speed 19 m/s
- Max Flight Time 34 minutes
- Camera: 12 and 48Mp
- Video: 4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160
- Price: £769
The DJI Mavic Air 2 sits in a pretty unique category, sort of an all things to all people drone. Regardless of whether you are looking for your first drone, all the way through to a professional that wants something that is compact and easy to travel with. The DJI Mavic Air 2 is a great all-rounder
From a video perspective, it shoots 4K/60p video. The new 1/2-inch sensor ensures that you get high performance at 100 ISO. The camera is excellent, giving you the option of a massive 48Mp, which is the same as some high-end DSLRs. I always found that 12Mp which is pretty much standard through the rest of the range, to be limiting from a photographic perspective. Particularly if you needed to post-process your images. 48Mp though is going to give you plenty of headroom for post-processing, cropping, and large prints.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 controller has Ocusync 2.0 connectivity. What does this mean? Well, you get a range up to 10km with greatly improved signal stability between the drone and the controller.
Mavic Air 2 takes power and portability to the next level, offering advanced features in a compact form factor. Intelligent shooting functions and excellent image quality put aerial masterpieces within reach. Safer, smarter flight enables you to up your game while fully enjoying the creative process.DJI
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is the perfect all-rounder. You get a lot for your money and can get some high-quality aerial photos and video.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
- Weight – 1375 grams
- Max Speed 20 m/s
- Max Flight Time 30 minutes
- Camera: 20Mp
- Video: Cinema 4K 4096×2160
- Price: £1589
For those willing to trade weight and portability, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is a complete aerial imaging solution, designed for the professional creator.
An ultra bright 5.5-inch screen makes vivid colours easily visible even in direct sunlight. As the DJI GO 4 App is built into the screen, a mobile device is not required, simplifying operation. The remote controller features several different ports and five-hour battery life making the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 a comprehensive aerial imaging solution. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 controller has Ocusync connectivety as with the Mavic Air 2.
From a stills perspective you only get 20Mp compared to 48Mp with the DJI Mavic Air 2. But if you make a decent attempt of capturing the image correctly in camera, 20Mp is still plenty of headroom for post processing and enlargement.
I hope that this article has provided some help navigating the myriad of different models and options available within the DJI range. Why not check out some more of our Learn Photography guides.
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Specialising in landscape and wildlife photography, David is a semi-professional photographer based in Scotland, with an established fine art and stock photography portfolio; which includes published photography with the New York Post, Huffington Post, as well as various travel and tourism companies worldwide.