There is no doubt about it, DJI drones offer some of the best drones on the planet. They’ve been at it a while so you would expect them to have perfected it by now.
But there are so many DJI Drones, how do you know which one to choose? Well, it actually looks like there are loads of different DJI Drones, there are actually only five or six different models. The reason it looks like there are loads of them is because there are lots of different add ons and extras for each model, making the packages look like different DJI Drones.
Here are the five basic models…..Note DJI Drones do actually do other models for industry, but more on that later.
5 Current DJI Drone Models
|1||Smart controller. 31 minutes flight time with an incredible top speed of 58MPH!||DJI Mavic 2 PRO|
|2||portable drone with full HD camera.Face aware feature and 16 minute flying times.||DJI Spark|
|3||auto sensing and avoidance. Intelligent flight modes and 50MPH, 27mph flight times.||DJI Inspire 2|
|4||Onboard 20 megapixel camera. Auto obstacle sensing with 30 minute flight times.||DJI Phantom|
|5||A beginner DJI quadcopter drone with HD camera. Controllable via your phone anywhere. 13 minutes flight time with this little drone!||DJI Tello|
DJI Mavic Quadcopters
The Mavic is actually a range of drones from DJI. They currently have 3 of them in the range, each with different features and different prices!
The Mavic 2 is the most expensive drone in this range and is aimed firmly at the pro market. The drone has a Hasselblad Camera with adjustable aperture and an astonishing 8km video transmission range.
The drone has a 31 minute flight time and comes with the iconic DJI controller.
Multi sensing automatic bump detection is standard as well as a 3-axis camera gimbal and downward facing lighting to improve dark shots and features in flight zoom facility so you can zoom on the fly.
As well as the 10-bit HDR Video you get 48 Megapixel, super HD photos.
All of this in a foldable, portable drone.
The Mavic air is a slightly cheaper Mavic drone but still an incredibly capable drone. You still get a 3-axis camera gimbal and you get a 4k camera. The flight time is lower at 21 minutes…But that is still pretty impressive for a drone.
The Mavic is available in 3 colors and is compatible with the same controller as the Mavic 2 above.
The drone is foldable and portable and also has hand gesture controls so you don’t even need a controller to do basic maneuvers.
The camera has slow motion video and has 8gb onboard storage, as well as a micro sd slot.
This drone is clearly designed to be thrown in a back pack and launched anywhere. Even the controller folds up into a neat square with the levers being removable.
Mavic Pro Platinum
The Mavic pro platinum is basically the Mavic pro drone with a couple of upgrades. The motors are MUCH quieter for example and it now has a 30 minute flight time.
Theres also a couple of other touches, mainly paint splashes here and there.
The spark is DJI’s middle range of drones. It is the usual high quality you expect from DJI in a smaller, foldable package.
It is slightly slower than the other DJI drones but you do get a 15 minute flight time and GPS tracking as well as face aware HD camera mounted on a gimbal. The spark also has follow me features and all the other pro stuff you would expect from a DJI Drone.
The spark is one of the best drones available in this price range but i would say one of hte essential add ons is the propeller guards, which should really be standard at this price.
DJI Inspire Drones
I thin the inspire drones from DJI look amazing. They actually look like what you would imagine a robot drone of the future would look like.
The inspire 2 is an expensive drone. But you get what you pay for. It is an exceptional drone, firmly aimed at the professional market.
You get a flight time of around 25 minutes, a range of 7km and a top speed of around 58 mph. You can shoot video upto 6k resolution with the live feed at 1080p HD.
The inspire 2 comes in four versions/packages, they all use the same drone body, the difference is in the camera and the camera arrangement.
- Inspire 2 – the basic drone, features a Zenmuse X4S 1-inch sensor and the CineCore 2.0 image processing system.
- Inspire 2 Professional – Features the Zenmuse X5S with an upgraded M4/3 sensor that shoots 20.8 MP photos and Apple ProRes video at up to 5.2K. X5S delivers a better signal-to-noise ratio and a dynamic range of up to 12.8 stops. With the Cendence remote controller and ultra-bright CrystalSky monitor.
- Inspire 2 Premium – Features the Zenmuse X5S camera, which records 5.2K CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes video. Two DJI CINESSDsproviding plenty of storage for professional cinematography. Cendence remote controller supports Dual-Operator mode, and the CrystalSky monitor works great, even in bright sunlight.
- Inspire 2 Cinema Premium – Features Zenmuse X7 which uses an S35 image sensor, offering 6K CinemaDNG RAW and a wide dynamic range of up to 14 stops. The X7 also introduces the DL-Mount, the world’s first integrated aerial lens mount that allows for switching between four available prime lenses quickly and easily. With five 480 GB CINESSDs, eight Intelligent Flight Batteries for extended flight time, and the powerful combination of Cendence and CrystalSky.
They vary wildly in price but, to be fair, they are all extremely capable drones and are really at the peak of what is available to the professional market.
Wow, I really like the look of this drone. The Phantom 4 looks sleek and futuristic.
Designed to be quite, the phantom 4 uses reduced noise, brushless motors and has the usual long range controller, which seems to be standard on a lot of the DJI Drones, that gives you a 7km range.
You get a 1-inch 20MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and a 30 minute flight time that you can shoot in 4k @ 60fps.
The Phantom has automatic obstacle detection at front and back and can stream, live full HD video. Thanks to the 7 camera navigation system it can fly effortlessly along a preset path whilst avoiding obstacles and other aircraft. Instead of just blindly following your preset routes the Phantom creates its own 3d map of its surroundings.
The phantoms controller comes with a built in screen or you can stream the HD feed to a set of first person goggles.
On top of all this, the manufacturers say that it is actually 60% quieter than others.
Tello fun Quadcopter
DJI Drones are predominantly aimed at the professional market and usually have a price tag to reflect this. The Tello however breaks this trend by offering an exceptional drone for less than 100 dollars!
It is aimed at beginners or people who are just looking for a fun drone that’s fast and fun.
You don’t even need a controller for the Tello, just your phone….But you can use a controller if you like.
You get an HD camera and a 13 minute flight time. The live feed can be transmitted for 100m thanks to the dual aerials.
Launching this drone is simple, just toss it in the air and use hand signals or a mobile phone app to control it.
Its a cheap drone with loads of cheap spares and accessories and DJI have introduced programming to encourage kids to learn to code.