Best consumer drones – photography, racing and mini drones

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You’re looking to get into drones, but you don’t know what type of drones is the right one for you? You have seen photography drones, racing drones and mini drones, what is the difference? Read below to find the perfect consumer drone for you.

Photography drones

Photography drones are made to take photos and smooth videos, they are constructed from hard plastics and commonly have metal heat sinks and fans keeping components cool. Photography drones are designed to carry gimbals and cameras, anywhere from action cameras to the cinema cameras.

They are not made for speed, they are made to be stable and have a reasonable speed to keep the camera stable and let the user get amazing shots for their YouTube videos or movies. The average flight times of 20-30 minutes since they have a lot more room and space than the other types of consumer drones. So basically if you are looking to be the next aerial cameraman this is the drone type for you!

Recommended Photography Drones:

DJI Mavic 2 Pro consumer drones

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the latest addition to the Mavic family of drones. It boasts a flight time of 31 minutes with a transmission distance of 8km along with a 20MP 1″ Hasselblad camera.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2 consumer drones

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

The DJI Pahntom 4 Pro V2.0 is the latest addition to the Phantom family of drones. It boasts a flight time of 30 minutes with a transmission distance of 7km along with a 20MP 1″ camera.

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Racing drones

Racing drones are made for speed and accurate movements, they are constructed from strong and lite materials to keep speed and flight time long, not to say they are made for long flights. In general racing drones only last about 5-10 minutes on one battery since they have to hold motors, ESC’s, an FPV camera, large battery, and an optional recording camera. Along with an FPV camera that transmits a video feed to either FPV goggles or a monitor.

Racing drones generally have settings that have been refined and make the stick movement more accurate, meaning moving your stick will cause the quad to turn at a much faster rate than a normal one. So basically if you are looking for speed this is the perfect consumer drone for you!

Recommended Racing Drones:

Walkera Furious 215 consumer drones

Walkera Furious 215

The Walkera Furious 215 is the latest addition to the Furious family of drones. It boasts a top speed of 96km/h with a transmission distance of 1.5km along with a camera mount.

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Eachine Wizard X220 consumer drones

Eachine Wizard X220

The Eachine Wizard X220 is the latest addition to the Wizard family of drones. It boasts a top speed of 104km/h with a transmission distance of 1.5km along with a camera mount.

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Mini drones (practice drones)

Mini drones exist to suit the needs of kids, beginners, and users that are looking to have a bit of fun while flying. They are commonly constructed from softer materials which are more forgiving than the harder plastics used in other consumer drones.

They are great starter drones since they can take crashes hundreds of times without breaking anything or needing to replace anything. Basically if you are looking for some fun or you are just starting out this is the drone type for you!

Recommended Mini Drones:

UVify OORI consumer drones

UVify OORI

The Uvify OORI is the first mini drone from drone maker UVify. It boasts a flight time of 5 minutes with a top speed of 80km/h along with a FPV camera.

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DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mavic Air

The DJI Mavic Air is the smallest addition to the Mavic family of drones. It boasts a flight time of 21 minutes with a transmission distance of 4km along with a 12MP 1/2.3″  camera.

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Outro

There are many great drones on the market and we obviously aren’t able to add all of them to this list. If you have a drone you want in mind drop it in the comments and we will get back to you on any questions you have. This article will be updated 3 times per year or if a significantly better drone is released.

About Josh Spires

Josh started out in the drone community in 2012 with a drone news Twitter account. Over the years Josh has gained mass exposure from his aerial photography work and spends his days writing drone content for DroneDJ websites as well as pursuing his business dronenr.

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