When the first drones were released several years ago, I saw the opportunity not only to record amazing aerial videos but also to capture stunning aerial still photographs. While recent advancements in technology have made aerial videography more approachable, I can say firsthand that cinematography with a drone is not as easy as it looks. Recording aerial video footage is one thing, but knowing how to produce stunning Cinematic shots is another.
I'm still struggling with the second one. :-)
DJI INSPIRE 1 PRO
The DJI Inspire 1 Pro is the smallest, easiest professional aerial filmmaking platforms in the world. It combines DJI’s unparalleled leadership in aerial technology with world-class M4/3 imaging capabilities. Whether you are a professional photographer or a Hollywood filmmaker, the Inspire 1 Pro is ready to take your work to new heights.
This drone shoots incredible 4K video and takes 12 megapixel RAW photos. What is unique about this drone is that you get a full 360⁰ unobstructed view with the camera and the rotor arms move up and down which prevents them from showing up in the camera.
DJI PHANTOM 4
The DJI Phantom 4 is a very polished drone compared to previous versions, and for those who've flown a quad before, you'll have no trouble getting started with this one. The new Sport mode lets you get to your location faster or just have some fun. Its Obstacle Sensing System can help avoid head-on collisions as well as track subjects. Slow-motion video is a nice addition to an already excellent camera.
Other drones I've flown aren't necessarily more difficult to get started with and pilot, but DJI makes doing these things painless and uncomplicated. It's definitely easy to travel with and it also shoots stunning 4K video and takes 12 megapixel RAW photos.