Best Drone for Photography Mainly

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Len-O Senior Member • Posts: 1,340
Re: Best Drone for Photography Mainly

SafariBob wrote:

Len-O wrote:

mmarian wrote:

MarcoE wrote:

mmarian wrote:

It might happen one day...But at this point in time we can only dream about that. And since we are allowed to, I wished Mavic had a FF sensor camera🙂

When can we expect the Mavic Pro 3 ? I’m about to step into drone photgraphy besides shooting with my sony a7r3 for landscapes, An improved hasselblad sensor on the next generation would be nice.

My comment was made as a joke. I have no doubt the the MavicPro3 will be better then 2 if there will be a 3 at all...Hasselblad uses Sony sensors in their cameras so it is likely that the 3 will also have Sony sensor inside, whatever type or size. I personally doubt that it will be bigger then 1" type due to lens size and weight necessary for larger sensors..As said many times before there are laws of physics and those restrict what's possible. If you shoot FF landscapes and want to get similar IQ with drone you need large drone like Inspire2 with x5s or x7. But that is not cheap or practical when traveling light. Exposure bracketing and blending in post can improve the DR when clever processing is applied and nice lanscape photos can be made under good light even with 1" sensor camera.

I normally shoot with a Fujifilm X-T3, and have recently added an MA2 to my shooting options. That gives me a ½" sensor with JPEG+RAW @ 48MP capability. Add to that the ability to shoot 4K 60fps video and ultra Slo-Mo at 120 & 240 fps.

The ½" sensor in the Mavic Air 2 does a reasonable job, even in questionable light.

MA2 48MB processed from RAW (DNG)

...and a 180º pano shot at the same time.

MA2 180º pano

So dollar for dollar, at $799, or $988 for the "Fly More" package, I would say that today your best value in a camera drone is the Mavic Air 2.

...and then consider that the Mavic 2 Pro is twice the price.

possibly, but it feels like if you are us based, or anywhere where the regulators have gone bananas, you are better off getting the mavic mini or go all the way to the mavic 2 pro if you can deal with the red tape. It’s become an either/or situation I think. Or consider other brands. I would also recommend getting the smart controller if at all possible

Feature-for-feature the MA2 is far superior to the mini. It has just enough weight that it is very stable in high wind.  Unfortunately it does need to be registered in the US, and I suspect in most other countries. It has ADS-B for detection of manned aircraft (currently US/Canada only). Communication between the controller and MA2 is handled by OcuSync 2.0 rather than WiFi, and that provides for a much more reliable connection. As for going straight to the M2 Pro, the MA2 is a better deal, and not that inferior to the Pro when it comes to photography/video, and certainly it is not inferior when it comes to capability in the air.

The FAA "red tape" is just part of the responsibility of ownership. As a recreational flyer you do not currently require FAA Part 107 certification (only if you plan to turn your drone work into a commercial enterprise). However, in the future there will be a "knowledge" test required. Personally, I see nothing wrong with working towards Part 107 certification just in case you decide to go beyond recreational flying.

Another MA2 180º pano

As far as the Smart Controller goes, I understand that DJI plans to release a firmware update to bring the MA2 on board. Then you will have another $799 to spend. That said, I have no complaints with the new design of the MA2 controller.

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