Suggestions and Recommendations
The products listed here are drones we use and are familiar with. There are a lot of drone solutions out there so our recommendations are based on the drones we know will provide a good deliverable for a given project. That does not mean there aren’t other options out there to explore. Just make sure you’re getting the right drone, controller, and accessories that will do your specific job(s). DJI provides incredible technology at a great price but there are certain large companies and government entities that will not allow DJI products to fly their jobs. Know before you buy.
For Commercial Work
If you’re ready for the newest and more versatile drone around, the Mavic 3 will blow you away. Two cameras on the same drone give real depth to complete a variety of commercial projects. There is not a lot this drone won’t do, but pick the right version for you since it comes in 2 flavors. The “Fly More Combo” is always a good option to get the essentials.
The GPC cases are awesome. Even if you get the “Fly More Combo” consider getting a hard case for your new investment. The hard cases are more professional, provide better protection, and make accessing the drone and the controller much easier and faster when on jobs.
For Commercial Work
The Mavic 2 Zoom is a great drone to have in your fleet for commercial work. The zoom capability comes in handy in many different environments and provides the ability to get super high res still shots using the HD Pano feature. This drone will do mapping missions but not as well as the Phantom 4 or the Mavic 2 Pro.
The Mavic 2 Pro is hard to beat if you’re looking for a small drone with big features. The camera is awesome for stills and video but can also be used for mapping. This is a great drone to accomplish a variety of work in the commercial drone space and would be our pick for the most affordable go-to drone to have. (The Mavic 3 may take that spot once it’s fully supported for mapping and additional features)
The Phantom 4 Pro is an oldie but a goodie especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of mapping work. The global shutter makes it a great choice for a low-cost mapping drone. It can do more than just map, but many other drones will do a better job with photos and video.
The Inspire 2 is one of the coolest drones out there with a retractable gear and a camera that rotates a full 360 degrees without maneuvering the drone. This is a great drone for high-quality video production projects. It can do mapping projects but isn’t the best solution if mapping is your focus.
For Recreational Flyers
This is a great starter drone for anyone looking to start flying drones. While this drone may not check all the boxes for commercial work, it’s a good place to start for recreational flyers. Great tech, super small, lightweight, and very transportable.
Since the DJI Mini 2 does not have an obstacle avoidance feature, blade guards will help to keep the blades protected from obstacles and a subsequent crash of the aircraft. They will also help for any indoor flight that might take place. Well worth the money to avoid a drone replacement.
The Mavic 2 Air is a step up from the Mini 2 because of the bells and whistles, like obstacle avoidance. The price point is attractive for what you get but make sure you compare it to the Mini 2 and the Mavic Air 2s to ensure you get the drone that’s right for you.
The Mavic 2s is almost commercial-worthy but not quite. This is a great drone with tons of features and could do some limited commercial work but we still consider it a high-end recreational drone. You get a lot of great tech for the price.