Best Drone for Photography Mainly

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mmarian Senior Member • Posts: 2,005
Re: Best Drone for Photography Mainly

primeshooter wrote:

I've been going round in circles for a while about this. Initially looked at coming in under the registration regs and getting a mavic mini, but being a D850/810 shooter I don't think I could contend with the JPG IQ and lack of manual camera controls. I've now went right up to checking out the mavic air, and mavic pro 2 vs the pro 2 zoom. I tend to like the pro a bit better as the camera seems to be better, and it shoots raw? Should I consider the zoom? What are the tradeoffs in your opinion, 20mp vs 12mp, and the slightly better DR of the pro 2, with no zoom function so fixed at 28mm equiv. Although this drone would be mainly for rural / wilderness area photography I would still like to do video. I have heard that the video 8bit mode is very oversaturated and contrasty. I know it has a 10bit log mode but I'm not sure I'm a video "tweaker" as much as I am with photography - in the sense I'd want to just share unedited clips etc on occasion. Thoughts on this specifically?

What are your recommendations? The max (absolute max is £1500). Priority is RAW capture stills at best quality possible, and a decentish flight time with good connection to the drone so it doesn't get lost or crashed. I'll be using 2-3 shots for exposure blending so need steady flight (again the mavic 2 fits that bill it would seem). I'm assuming that grad ND's aren't used for drones! (I understand for video that ND's can be used of course). Thanks in advance.

You pretty much summarised it nicely. There is apparently this new Autel Evo II which might be worth checking. Otjer than that the Mavic 2 Pro is hard to beat. The zoom version has much smaller sensor and if you are used to your Nikon IQ you will not be happy with the zoom version. So, there you have it. Your options in that price range are limited but I think you might be quite happy with Mavic 2 Pro. Shoot DNG and process to your liking, bracketing can extend the DR, the 28mm is nice and you can always stitch if you want to go wider.

Just my 2 c worth

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