Drones with cameras or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) are historical devices that are nowadays accessible to everyone and are used for recreational and professional purposes.
If your drone can capture and record images, and the manufacturer’s instructions do not state that it is classified as a ‘toy’, whatever its weight or MTOM (maximum take-off weight) you will have to take into account some considerations that I will explain below.
Which drones with cameras to buy
It is obvious that you can buy any drones with cameras that you want and can afford, depending on your purchasing power, but it makes no sense to buy a drone that you can’t use later.
To avoid this I will tell you which drone with cameras to buy. If you follow and take into account these 3 requirements listed below, you will clear all your doubts:
- If you fly drones with cameras that are not classified as toys by the manufacturer, you are required to register as a drone operator.
- Depending on the type of drone you plan to fly, you may need to obtain a drone licence before flying your drone. Typically, these are drones under 250gr and drones with markings from class C1 upwards.
- Current regulations regulate the use of drones in 3 flight categories (‘open’ category, ‘specific’ category and the ‘certified’ category), so the purchase of your drone has to be very much in line with the purpose of your flights.
If you are starting out in the world of drones, the ‘open’ category is probably the one for you, since, as the name suggests, it is the category with the fewest operational flight restrictions. This category requires no authorisation or declaration to fly your drone, as long as you intend to fly in a free-flight zone.
Once you have decided which drones with cameras to buy, I advise you to read this article about the 5 minimum requirements to fly a drone in Spain established by AESA. You will start your experience in the aeronautical world in a safe and secure way.
If you are unsure about making an operation or have any doubts, it is best not to do so and to seek advice and counselling.
What to do with a camera drone (and to make money)
Drones with built-in cameras allow us to see things from different perspectives to those we are used to seeing and this is something that you can make the most of if you like it and you put your mind to it.
Knowing how to operate a drone is a privilege. Make the most of it!
As I told you at the beginning of this article, drones with cameras can be used for recreational purposes ranging from simply having fun flying them to being a sparring partner for beginners and acquiring piloting skills.
Or, on the contrary, give it a professional use with which to make drone piloting your profession. Here are 6 things you can do professionally with a drone with cameras, which are precisely the drone services I usually offer to my clients:
- Aerial photography with drones
- Corporate aerial videos for real estate agencies and hotels
- Technical inspections of building facades
- Photogrammetry with drones
- Drone weddings and popular events
- Audiovisual productions for renewable energy companies
Best-selling camera drones (on Amazon)
I imagine that by now you already know which drones with cameras you need more or less, so here are the best-selling models (super sales), maybe in this selection you will find the drone you are looking for.
Drones with cameras recommendations
You can also consult the list I have on my blog of the best drones of 2023 and that can surely serve you for part of the next year 2024, as they are drones that as long as their respective brands do not discontinue them, it will be worth getting any of them.
The DJI Air 2s is my main flying drone. Although both drones record in 4K at 30 fps, when transferring the photo and video images to the computer I notice a slight improvement in the image definition of the Air 2s, both in photo and video. The Air 2s allows and accepts greater variations in the colour curve during the editing process, thus avoiding file degradation.
This does not mean that I do not use the MINI 3 PRO to film or take pictures as well, the quality of this small drone is very decent too, but I reserve for the Mini 3 PRO I reserve for him slightly more complicated and technical work, in terms of piloting, such as the flights inside houses, buildings and premises..
Thanks to its smaller size and better manoeuvrability, the MINI 3 PRO is a great drone to perform these operations, which would be much more difficult to do with the Air 2s.
So much for my article on drones with cameras. I hope you liked it and that it has cleared up the doubts that led you to it.
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