Top 5 Drones in 2022

 

  1. DJI Mini 3 Pro

The best drone for most people

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 249g

Controller: Yes (available without)

Camera resolution: 12.1MP

Flight time: 34 minutes

Range: 8km-12km

REASONS TO BUY

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Impressive low-light performance

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Useful automated flight modes

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Obstacle avoidance sensors

REASONS TO AVOID

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Pricy for a compact drone

 

The DJI Mini 3 Pro is the most powerful and, in our book, best compact drone you can buy. It has a premium price tag, but the Mini 3 Pro is a huge upgrade on the Mini 2 (see below), if you can justify the extra cost. For the money, you get a far superior camera, obstacle avoidance sensors and a range of features that you'd normally only find on larger drones.

In our tests, the Mini 3 Pro's 12.1MP 1/1.3-inch sensor produced excellent image quality with impressive high ISO handling. You'll find very little noise all the way up to the maximum ISO 6400, while the combination of a bright f/1.7 lens and dual native ISO tech means low-light performance is impressive for such a small drone. The drone's tri-directional obstacle avoidance worked well during testing and we particularly liked its ability to shoot in portrait without cropping. If you can stretch to the new DJI RC controller, that's the best backpack-friendly bundle for aerial photography and video, bar none.  

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  1. DJI Mavic 3

 

The best premium drone

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 895g (Mavic 3 Cine, 899g)

Controller: Yes

Camera resolution: 20MP

Flight time: 46 minutes

Range: 15km (FCC), 12km (CE)

 

 

REASONS TO BUY

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Superb Four Thirds camera

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Adjustable aperture

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Telephoto lens

REASONS TO AVOID

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Pricier than rivals

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Some missing features at launch

 

Looking for the most powerful compact drone around? The DJI Mavic 3 is it. This aerial powerhouse is fronted by a dual-camera that mixes a large, 20MP Four Thirds sensor with a handy 162mm telephoto lens. The Mavic 3 fits all this into in a backpack-friendly bundle we were surprised to find is somehow lighter than the Mavic 2 Pro model it's based on.

Other improvements over its predecessor include a 46-minute battery life (in reality, about half an hour of actual flight time) and the ability to shoot 5K/50p video or 4K/120p slow-mo footage. Upgrade to the DJI Mavic 3 Cine bundle, and you'll get 1TB of internal storage, a very fancy DJI RC Pro controller and the ability to shoot video in Apple ProRes 422 HQ format. 

A couple of big firmware updates have finally added the polish and feature set we expected to see from the Mavic 3 at launch, making it the best camera drone around for outright image quality (if not value or portability).

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  1. DJI Air 2S

 

 

The best all-round drone for aerial photographers

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 595g

Controller: Yes

Camera resolution: 20MP

Flight time: 31 minutes

Range: 8km-12km

 

 

 

REASONS TO BUY

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Large 1-Inch sensor

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Small and lightweight

REASONS TO AVOID

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No adjustable aperture

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Controller isn’t foldable

It's no longer the newest drone in DJI's lineup and recently lost its number one spot to the DJI Mini 3 Pro above, but the Air 2S remains an excellent choice if image quality is more important to you than size. This drone has the same 20MP 1-Inch sensor as the one found in the older Mavic 2 Pro, which gives it greater light-gathering powers than the Mini 3 Pro, and a compact, folding design. It's a combo that we loved in our review, making the Air 2S our top choice for hobbyists and pros who really need that larger sensor.

The new Mini 3 Pro (see above) is even smaller still, but this drone's camera is even better. The ability to shoot 5.4K video at 30fps gives you some extra creative flexibility, and supports a useful digital zoom option (even if we’d only recommend using that at 2x zoom). Throw in the ability to shoot 1080p at 120fps and some impressive high ISO performance, and you have a superb all-round flying machine that soars above its mid-range rivals. Those on a tighter budget should still consider the Mavic Air 2, though.

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  1. DJI Mini 2

 

The best budget drone for beginners

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 249g

Controller: Yes

Camera resolution: 12MP

Battery size: 2,250 mAh

Range: 5.8 GHz: 10km (FCC); 6km (SRRC)

 

 

 

REASONS TO BUY

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Incredibly compact size

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Impressive battery life

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Simple controls and app

REASONS TO AVOID

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No 'follow me' mode

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Pricier than Mavic Mini

 

One of our few complaints in our review of the DJI Mavic Mini was that it couldn't shoot 4K video – this excellent successor fixes that, while giving us a few extra treats in the process. The Mini 2 has the same ultra-compact design as before, making it the joint-smallest drone in DJI's line-up, but comes with a new controller that boosts it range (thanks to Ocusync 2.0 connectivity) and delivers a more polished flying experience. 

Like the Mavic Mini, it's packed with a generous selection of beginner-friendly QuickShot modes, which see the drone perform pre-programmed moves. But the Mini 2 offers more for pro snappers, too, thanks to the inclusion of raw photo shooting, while 4K video means the arrival of a boosted 100mbps bit-rate. While it remains a fine drone, it's worth bearing in mind that rumors about a possible DJI Mini 3 continue to swirl.

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  1. Autel Evo Lite+

A versatile rival to the DJI Air 2S

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 835g

Controller: Yes

Camera resolution: 20MP

Flight time: 40 minutes

Range: 12KM

 

REASONS TO BUY

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1-inch sensor with adjustable aperture

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40-minute flight time

REASONS TO AVOID

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Costs more than Air 2S

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No D-Log profile

 

As the flagship flying machine from Autel’s latest line-up of DJI rivals, the Evo Lite+ goes directly up against the Air 2S. Capable of shooting 5.4K footage at 30fps using a 1-inch sensor, it shares a remarkably similar spec sheet. But it also both leapfrogs the Air 2S and the Mavic Pro 2 with its 40-minute flight time and adjustable aperture (ranging from f/2.8 to f/11). The Lite+ model does lack the fourth-axis stabilization of its Evo Lite sibling, but the larger pixels on its sensor give it better light-gathering potential in dim conditions. 

Pro drone videographers might think twice about the lack of 10-bit video and D-Log profile, while the omission of side sensors for obstacle avoidance is a shame. But in all other respects, we found the Lite+ to be an impressively versatile piece of flying camera equipment in our review. For the money, its 20MP sensor is probably the best camera available on a drone today, which gives the Air 2S some serious competition.

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<Mark Thomson>, drone enthusiast and founder of Dronedirectshop, understands the allure and fun inherent in drone technology. Once known as a hobby for the wealthy, Dronedirectshop is changing that dynamic. The company is a leading provider of high-quality drones at affordable prices and the world’s largest leading expert for obtaining the trendiest items in a single location.

 


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