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There’s only one way to get cinematic-quality aerial photos of your adventures: using a drone.
There’s only one way to get cinematic-quality aerial photos of your adventures: using a drone. A drone will capture picturesque landscapes, panoramic photos, and other shots from above. An ideal travel drone should have these characteristics:
Endurance (a reasonable flight time per battery)
Portable and easy to pack
- Pick the right weight and size
A lighter and smaller drone is better for travelling. You might carry it on your back for the whole day, so the optimal weight is no more than 3 to 5 pounds. Another important thing is the size. A good drone for travelling can fit in your backpack and can be partly disassembled.
- HD+ camera
The first reason to buy a drone for travelling is to take high-quality aerial photos and videos. We recommend choosing a drone with at least a 720p camera and built-in stabilization.
- Using a drone when travelling
Before taking a drone with you, check the laws about using it. Some states and some places, like national parks, don’t allow you to use drones.
Here are seven ideal travel drones.
The 818 Hornet is a light, smart, and easy to control drone. It weighs under 3 pounds and fits in your backpack. This drone has various flying modes for beginners and experts alike, so it’s a great model to start with. The Altair Aerial is equipped with a 720p HD camera for your shots. It gets about 15 minutes of flight time per battery and comes with two batteries in the box, so you have about a half hour in the air.
The AA108 is lighter than the previous Altair model at only 1.65 pounds. This drone is easy for children, beginners, and pro pilots to fly thanks to its Headless Mode, one-button takeoff and landing, and three flying modes. This guy can fly up to 100 meters from the operator, which is important if you want to shoot landscapes from above. The Aerial AA108 comes with a 120-degree wide-angle 720p HD camera for photos and videos.
If a 720p camera isn’t enough for you, try the DJI Phantom 4. This drone has a 4K camera and stabilization technology, which gives astonishingly clear shots and videos. One battery gives you 30 minutes of flight time. In Sport Mode, the Phantom 4 can reach speeds up to 45 mph. The DJI Phantom 4 costs a bit more than average, but it’s absolutely worth it. Every flight is safe thanks to sensors on the Phantom’s 4 body that help to avoid trees, rocks, and other obstacles. The drone comes in a case with room for accessories: a smartphone, tablet, extra batteries, etc.
Ease of flying, a stunning 4K camera, a good price, and only 3 pounds – the Yuneec Breeze offers all of this. The Yuneec Breeze is a light, compact drone that can take exciting photos and videos of your travels. Five piloting modes make flying comfortable for beginners and expert pilots. The Yuneec Breeze can just follow you while you take shots or can be controlled in full manual mode. It offers a good combination of features and price.
With the DJI Mavic Air, you don’t need to worry about time in the air. The Mavic Air has a 21-minute flight time and comes with three batteries, giving you over an hour to take shots. The 4K camera guarantees pictures with cinematic quality. The propellers of this drone can be folded, which makes it smaller and more comfortable to transport without risk of damage.
If you’re looking for a low-priced drone for beginners, the Parrot AR 2.0 is a good choice. It’s 5 pounds, has a good 720p camera, and features propeller protection. The Parrot AR 2.0 can be controlled with an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
You don’t need a backpack to transport this drone, as it can fit in your pocket. Air Selfie positions itself as a flying camera. It’s smaller than a smartphone and has a 5-megapixel camera. This is a good way to solve the problem of limited space when traveling. Photos captured by the Air Selfie won’t be so brilliant, but you can earn some space in your backpack and make it lighter by about 3 to 5 pounds. This is a good variant for short trips and amateur pictures.
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