Whether you’re a drone aficionado or just a photography buff, there is nothing more fun than hooking a camera up to a drone and flying it around. Unfortunately, not all camera drones are created equal, so it is important to pick the best camera drone that will meet your needs. Below are two mid-level camera drones that will offer you the functionality you need at the price you want.


DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro

Designed for minimal weight with maximum strength, the DJI Mavic Pro combines portability with quality to produce a stellar mid-level camera drone for beginner and intermediate pilots looking to take their aerial photography on the go.

At just under 2 lbs and with fold-able propeller arms that tuck safely into the body of the drone, the lightweight Mavic Pro can be carried in a bag or backpack with little risk of damage. This makes it an ideal drone for long camping trips or hikes.

As is the case with all DJI drones, quality is not sacrificed for portability. With a 4k ultra HD camera and 3-axis gimbal stabilization, this camera drone takes crystal clear video and photos on par with its more expensive cousin, the DJI Phantom 4.

Priced at ~$1000, the Mavic Pro comes packed with all the features you’d expect from a DJI brand camera drone too. From obstacle avoidance, and autonomous flight modes to live 1080P video streaming and nearly 30 minutes of flight time, the Mavic Pro makes flying easy and fun no matter the pilot’s level of expertise.

What makes this quadcopter stand out above all other mid-level camera drones is its unique set of features for shooting video and photos. DJI’s proprietary ActiveTrack feature permits the Mavic to visually track a subject with just a click of a button. While gesture control allows the drone to snap photos with just a wave of your hand.

Taking into account its portability, durability, and ease of use, the DJI Mavic Pro is a recommended buy for anyone looking to purchase a mid-level camera drone that can be taken on the go.

Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2

The Parrot Bebop 2 drone takes a lot from its predecessor, both good and bad. Unlike most drones on the market, Parrot still allows pilots of the Bebop 2 to use their smartphones and tablets to control the drone. Make the quadcopter fly with the swipe of a finger or use Parrot’s proprietary app to pre-plan your flight routes and watch the drone take to the sky.

The benefit of having controller choices helps ensure each pilot can buy a Bebop 2 at a price they are comfortable with. Base Bebop 2 camera drone units sell for just over $500 USD while a full drone package with skycontroller 2.0 and FPV goggles runs at around $650 USD. The ability to use a phone, a game pad, or a formal transmitter puts the Parrot Bebop 2 camera drone up there for usability and ease of flying.

Carrying forward the built-in camera design from the original Bebop, Parrot’s camera drone offers a digitally stabilized 14 MP camera with a 180 degree field of view. This allows you to capture full 1080P HD video and stills.

The unique fisheye lens remains relatively unchanged from the original Bebop model, but does now offer a more robust lens cover to prevent dust build up during flight. This is extremely useful for navigation and video capture.

Mixed with in-app features like auto-return home, follow-me functionality, and 360 emersion flips, the Parrot Bebop 2 drone is an extremely popular and affordable option for mid-level amateur drone pilots looking to mix aerobatic performance with high quality aerial video and photography.

COST
~ $1000
SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate
FLIGHT TIME
~ 30 min
TOTAL RATING
8 out of 10

Key Features

  • Ready to Fly
  • 4k UHD Camera
  • First Person Viewing
  • GPS / Radar / Compass
  • Fold-away Rotor Arms
  • Autonomous Visual Tracking
  • Remote Camera Control
  • FAA Registration Required
COST
~ $500 to $900
SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate
FLIGHT TIME
~ 25 min
TOTAL RATING
8 out of 10

Key Features

  • Ready to Fly
  • Intuitive Flight Control App
  • Fisheye Full HD Camera
  • First Person Viewing
  • 360 Eversion
  • Auto Return Home
  • GPS / Sonar
  • FAA Registration Required