Best Drones for Real Estate Photography
Hello! My name is Andy Reynolds and today we’re taking a look at the best Drone to purchase for Real Estate Photography.
Real Estate is a great place for many aspiring Drone Pilots to dip their toes into paid work. The subjects remain stationary (and don’t usually complain), the shots typically are less involved/challenging, and it allows you to build up some confidence as a paid UAV operator. Still though, despite the lower barrier to entry versus something like wedding photography, you’re going to need the proper equipment and knowledge. Regardless of the drone you choose to purchase, remember to acquire your license to operate commercially, register your drone with the FAA, and picking up insurance isn’t a bad idea either.
For those of us on a budget and looking for the lowest barrier to gain entry to this lucrative field, consider the Mavic Mini 2. Coming in at $449 this Drone provides a great deal of value with its 4k/30 FPS Camera, and will leave you with some funds remaining for marketing / additional accessories as well. Be advised, it has a 12 MP Camera which may mean that outdoor shots may not have the image density that you’re searching for.
Pros: Indoor use, affordability, 4k video, smallest drone for realistic professional usage.
Cons: Won’t hold up in high winds outdoor, less pixel density.
Who Should Purchase: Best for those looking for indoor footage or on a tighter budget.
Possibly the best bang for your buck, the Mavic Air 2 will allow you to take your Real Estate photography to the next level. With a 48 MP Camera, the ability to shoot 4k/60FPS, obstacle avoidance, a 34min max flight time and a feature rich option of shot modes, the Air 2 is sure to deliver the performance you need.
Pros: 48 MP Camera, long flight time, video / camera shot features, 4k video at 60 fps
Cons: No rear obstacle avoidance, the half inch Hasslebad camera doesn’t capture as much information in the shot as other more expensive options.
Who Should Purchase: Those looking for the best value at the most affordable price, with room to grow into other areas beyond Real Estate.
The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom come combined on this next entry as they share many of the same options. The primary difference being the Zoom lens which allows that particular drone to take advantage of, well, zooming in. Beyond that, the 2 Pro will have greater depth when it comes to editing images in post and have more clarity / detail within the image. At $1289 (on sale!) and $1599 respectively, you’re spending a pretty penny for top quality imagery and access to all of DJI’s technology available.
Pros: Best image quality in a small compact size, zoom features, 1” delivers amazing clarity.
Cons: Expensive, at this price point you might consider a Phantom 4 Pro if a small drone is not desired.
Who Should Purchase: Pickup the Mavic 2 Zoom if you’re looking for a drone capable of wide zoom, quick focus and unique video effects. Pick the 2 Pro if you’re more interested in better detail and clarity with HDR Video.
For those interested in a Drone other than DJI, I’ve included the Autel Robotics EVO II. This drone boasts 8k HDR video capability with a ½” Sony sensor, capable of delivering excellent pictures with a large amount of detail. The EVO II is also equipped with a surprising amount of obstacle avoidance sensors (19!) which should help novice pilots avoid less obvious obstacles.
Pros: 8K HDR video, up to 40 Minute flight time, loads of sensors onboard, No ‘no fly zones’ / blacklists.
Cons: No DJI Fly app, the Sony camera though good is still not quite up to speed of the Hasslebad coming on competitors.
Who should purchase: Those with a large degree of no fly zones near them, effectively avoiding the governments concern with DJI drones.
The Phantom 4 Pro is an absolute work horse. This Drone has been the back bone of the industry well before the Mavic series and their compact forms came along, and has remained competitive to date. The Phantom will sport 4k/60FPS & a 1’’ 20 MP sensor, 5-way direction obstacle avoidance and 30-minute fight time.
Pros: Stable in wind, excellent collision avoidance, large sensor and great video quality
Cons: Cumbersome, loud, doesn’t have quite as many MP as the Mavic 2 Pro series
Who should purchase: Those series about acquiring Real Estate work and beyond, while looking like they didn’t bring a toy to the job.
For those truly interested in acquiring the absolute best Drone available, I give you the DJI Inspire 2. This is the Drone used in major motion picture movies, promotional high impact sport videos and beyond. The Inspire 2 offers far more advanced Obstacle avoidance features that would otherwise be unavailable, such as Terrain detection, upward avoidance, smart return to home etc. The list of features goes on and on, if you’re thinking about dropping this kind of money on a Drone take a look at DJI’s website, they go into even greater depth.
Pros: Best drone on the market, no exception.
Who should purchase: Those with deep pockets, and a serious desire to deliver the best product possible. This Drone is a bit overkill for just Real Estate, but it’ll certainly do the job and allow you to grow beyond that.
That rounds out the list, I truly hope you’ve learned and gained something from this. For those interested in more Real Estate advice, tutorials and more check out the other posts on Dronemultimedia!