Best Drone for Photography Mainly

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Len-O Senior Member • Posts: 1,331
Re: Best Drone for Photography Mainly

SafariBob wrote:

Len-O wrote:

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).


So far I have had a handful of "Manned Aircraft" alerts, no close shaves, but very a helpful addition to enhance situational awareness.

Communication between the controller and MA2 is handled by OccuSync 2.0 rather than WiFi, and that provides for a much more reliable connection.

occusync makes a huge difference imho

...and in most everybody else's' opinion.

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.

i disagree with this. I dont think the m2pro is that amazing but the ma2 is much more comparable to the other droner, like the original Mavic or Mavic air.

If you take a look at some of the reviews, the reviewers have been surprised and seem to feel that the MA2 compares favorably with the M2Pro rather than the Mavic 2, and it is in a completely different class to the original Mavic Air. perhaps when DJI releases the Mavic 3/Mavic 3 Pro we will have something to talk about, and even then those will be twice the price of the MA2.

The FAA "red tape" is just part of the responsibility of ownership.

i disagree.

Ultimately it will be, and in many case already is.

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.

i am fine with certification, at least if it was international. My issue is more with all the other rules, particularly line of sight and 400 feet.

FAA part 107 is US only, and as far as I know there is no Canadian, UK, or EU reseposity, and it is not likely that there will be. Then consider that for the most part the line of sight, and 400 ft AGL rules for small UAS seem to pretty much universal.

At least in the US it is simple enough to get an automatic LAANC authorization when flying in controlled airspace.

...unless you are sitting at the end of the runway.

i also object vehemently to all the identification stuff, especially in conjunction with onerous rules.

Then perhaps you should just go to an FPV quad, since if you are a US resident you are going to have to live with the ID issue in a year or two.

My big problem with all the pending rules and control, is protecting the airspace for enterprise drone flyers such as Amazon rather than any consideration for the recreational flyer/hobbyist.

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.

the dji apps have never really played well with the iPhone nor android, and that’s not taking into account privacy issues etc.

I have flown my MA2 using an iPhone 8+, an iPad Pro, and a repurposed iPhone 6S+ with no glitches.

A short local flight

...and a local Sunset flight

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