Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society.

—Bill Gates

It is rare that a single piece of technology can heavily effect countless industries. The internet did it. The tablet did it. And currently, the drone is doing it. Farming, real estate, photography, surveying, and so many more fields are feeling the influence of the drone. It has become many professionals irreplaceable assistant, helping them to do their job better or faster. And it is for this reason that the drone industry is flourishing. Drone makers are finding ways to constantly improve the devices, making them perfect in every capacity from weight to flight range to battery life. But because of the number of drones on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is the right one to get. The following explores the top professional drones currently available:

Zenmuse X4S - 4K Camera - 20MP Stills
$599.00
FLIR Duo Thermal Camera
$999.00
FLIR Vue Pro 640 Thermal Camera - 9mm Lens - 30Hz Video
$3,699.00

1. 3D Robotics Solo

The 3D Robotics Solo is really a camera that is meant for professionals who are involved in sports videography and photography. It is a quadcopter that allows you to capture high quality footage without being highly trained in drone piloting. Additionally, it provides photographers and videographers with more control than they have ever had before. Unlike other drones that require the camera to be set, started, and stopped while it is on the ground, the 3D Robotics Solo allows the pilot to have in-flight access to the GoPro. But not only do pilots have basic access, the entire HD video is streamed wirelessly from the GoPro to any Android or iOS device during the drone flight—a feature that is not available on any other drone at the moment. The only downside of this drone is its short, 25 minute battery life. But even this can be remedied with the purchase of an extra 3DR Solo Smart Battery.

2. DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is one of the better professional drones for the real estate industry. This tiny, 1.6-pound drone has an incredible flying range of over 4 miles. It can also view and prepare for obstacles that are nearly 50 feet away. The drone has an impressive top speed of 22 miles per hour, but because of its Absolute Precision Flight Autonomy technology, it can gracefully hover in a variety of environments. The combination of this hovering, along with its 4K recording and the mechanical stabilization the camera gets from its 3-axis high precision system, the real estate professional can always depend on the drone to deliver beautiful photographs and videos of property. The main downside to this drone is that controlling it can involve a higher degree of knowledge due to its complex systems. However, it is mainly the setup of the flight that is the difficult part. Once the drone is up in the air, it has an automatic feature that enables it to land in the same spot that it took off from.

Mavic Pro Fly More Combo
$1,299.00
Mavic Pro Platinum Fly More Combo
$1,399.00
Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian - 20MP Camera, 4K Video
$1,499.00
Matrice 600 Pro Flying Platform
$4,999.00

3. Parrot BeBop 2.0

The Parrot BeBop 2.0 drone is an excellent piece of equipment for professionals who need a camera-equipped drone in more extreme situations. Not only is the camera on the drone 14 megapixel, but it is also able to capture images and video in HD 1080p with a 186-degree field of view. In addition to this, the drone guarantees great images from every flight with its full-digital image stabilization technology and its camera lens, which is both dust and splash proof. The drone is also able to push just a little bit further when it comes to getting more extreme images. It can fly at nearly 40 miles per hour and, because of more powerful motors, it can go to higher altitudes than most other drones, creating truly magnificent aerial photographs.

4. Yuneec Drone Tornado H920

When it comes to aerial photography, it is hard to compete with the Yuneec Drone Tornado H920. While the drone can fly with quite a few cameras, it was really meant for a Panasonic GH4 camera and was optimized as such. It is for this reason that it has both a six-rotor aerial platform and a GB603 gimbal. The combination of these two features allows the camera to move independently from the drone with complete stability. And the truly great aspect of this drone is that it treats equipment with the highest regard. It has a feature that ensures that if one rotor fails during a flight, it will immediately land safely so repairs can take place and the camera can be returned in-tact. But besides these safety features and excellent camera stability, it is also sold ready-to-fly, which is great for those who are not drone experts, and its landing gear is retractable, allowing for a true 360-degree view as the drone flies.

5. Blade Chroma (With 4K Camera)

The Blade Chroma’s most unique feature is that it has a longer flight time than many other drones on the market. It can stay in the air for 30 minutes and be controlled from up to 600 meters away. The option that comes with the camera also ensures crystal-clear photographs and video with its 4K 1080p and 12 megapixel capabilities. And, due to its smart mode, autonomous follow and tracking modes, and its return to home function, it is ideal for professionals who are still getting used to piloting drones. As their skills grow, they can switch to the more advanced AP flight mode, allowing them to change settings and create more complex flight plans. Finally, there is the controller that distinguishes this drone from most other drones. It has a built-in touchscreen display so that no other device is needed, such as a smartphone or tablet, in order to adjust the settings or view the telemetry data.

6. Walkera GPS QR X800

This Walkera drone really takes it to the next level. The quadcopter does not come equipped with a camera but it is the perfect, heavy-duty drone that will carry just about any action camera or DSLR. This drone is also ideal for professionals who are on the move and need to have access to their drone at inconvenient times and places. Due to the fact that it is made from carbon and glass fiber, it is both light for its size and durable. Additionally, it folds into a very compact position, making it the perfect drone to travel with. There is also the fact that the QR X800 model is compatible with the infamous Mission Planner. This means that the pilot, once knowledgable on the basics of Mission Planner, can adjust the most advanced flight options, access GPS waypoints, and set different flight modes. But the specification that this Walkera is most well-known for is its flight time. It surpasses pretty much every other drone on the market with an incredible 40 plus minutes of flight. This impressive flight time and its packing compactness truly make up for the hefty 8.6 pound weight of the drone.

There are some incredible drones that professionals currently have access to. They can travel further than ever before at speeds that are faster than ever before. Pilots can control them from greater distances and they can capture better images. All of these capabilities are enabling the professionals that use them to do their job better and better. The possibilities of drone-potential are beginning to look limitless.

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