It goes almost without saying that the next two drones on this list will cost you a pretty penny. When you reach the stage of semi-professional drone flying, the drones for sale don’t come cheap. Fortunately, there is good reason for it as both these choices are some of the highest quality consumer drones available for sale to the general public. Without surprise, they are also both manufactured by DJI, the company that has become synonymous with high quality video drones.


DJI Phantom 4 Pro


DJI Phantom 4 Pro+


A proven leader in the camera drone market, DJI has released the latest version of its flagship Phantom quadcopter drone series, the DJI Phantom 4. With three models, the Phantom 4 is the pinnacle of drone technology and blurs the lines between mid-level and semi-professional camera drones.

With a starting price tag of just over $1000, the Phantom 4 standard model is one of the best and cheapest semi-pro level camera drones you can find on the market today. Packed with a plethora of performance features like a 4k ultra HD camera, adaptive flight controls, and semi-autonomous flight, the DJI Phantom 4 offers everything an amateur drone pilot might want.

In order to produce the stunning visual shots its known for, the Phantom 4 camera shoots true 4k UHD video at 30fps or slow motion 1080p HD video at a ridiculously high 120fps. Every shot comes out crystal clear and smooth no matter with the help of a 3-axis stabilization gimbal.

The Phantom 4 Pro and Pro+ bridge the gap from mid-level to semi-professional by offering an enhanced camera and sensor system to give the very best in aerial video and photography. At a price range of $1400-$1800, real camera drone aficionados and semi-professional aerial photographers alike can experience 4k ultra HD video at full 60fps from the built-in 20MP camera sensor. The Phantom 4 Pro and Pro+ also boast an additional 2 sensors for a full five directions of obstacle sensing to permit even easy-to-engage automated flight.

Both models of the Phantom 4 provide many other great features, including auto return home, one-tap flight controls, visual tracking, and obstacle awareness, making it one of the easiest camera drones ever to fly.

Combined with a nearly 30 minute flight time and long-range control distances of ~3 miles for the Phantom 4 standard and ~4 for the Pro, the DJI Phantom 4 series is the perfect choice for pilots of any experience looking to shoot stunning aerial photos and video on a semi-professional level.

DJI Inspire 2

DJI Inspire 2

If money is no problem and you’re looking for the most top of the line camera drone for sale, then the DJI Inspire 2 is the drone to buy. Modeled like an alien drone from a Sci-Fi movie, the Inspire 2 bridges the gap between casual consumer drones and the true professionals.

The important thing to note for this new drone is while it is built for use with cameras, unlike it’s predecessor, the Inspire 1 camera drone, the DJI Inspire 2 does not include a gimbal or camera by default. This choice by DJI has been considered somewhat controversial for a drone model known for its high quality, but also allows for more freedom in your choice of camera and gimbal. Don’t be mistaken, this drone is camera ready from the moment you take it out of the box.

The DJI Inspire 2 features a refined chassis design with state of the art motors and propellers. Zooming in at a 0 to 50mph of just 5 seconds and with a maximum speed of nearly 60 mph, the Inspire 2 is one of the fastest camera drones available. Matched with a descent speed of 9 meters per second, this quadcopter offers unheard of speed and agility for a craft its size. A dual battery system helps ensure lengthy flight time of nearly 30 minutes while self-heating tech lets the Inspire 2 fly at peak performance even in near freezing temperatures.

When bought in a bundle or paired separately with a DJI Zenmuse X4S Camera, the DJI Inspire 2 offers the most premium package available for semi-professional aerial cinematography. A robust image processor allows up to 5.2k video @ 4.2Gbps or 4k video at 100Mbps for ultra crisp, stunning footage. While built-in sensor technology allows for full terrain detection, obstacle avoidance, and accurate hover positioning and control.

With a starting price tag of nearly $3000 USD, the DJI Inspire 2 is not a cheap drone to buy, but its features are beyond compare of other drones available for sale at that price level. This drone is for people with money to burn or for those who are truly inspired to jump into aerial photography.

COST
~ $1000 to $1800
SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate
FLIGHT TIME
~ 28 min
TOTAL RATING
9.5 out of 10

Key Features

  • Ready to Fly
  • 4k UHD Camera
  • First Person Viewing
  • GPS / Radar / Compass
  • Object Awareness
  • Autonomous Visual Tracking
  • Remote Camera Control
  • 2.4 / 5.8 GHz Controller
  • FAA registration Required
COST
~ $3000 – $5000
SKILL LEVEL
Advanced
FLIGHT TIME
~ 27 min
TOTAL RATING
9 out of 10

Key Features

  • Ready to Fly
  • 5.2k UHD Camera (optional)
  • DJI Lightbridge FPV
  • GPS / Radar / Compass
  • Vision Positioning System
  • Dynamic Home Point
  • Dual Controller Support
  • 2.4 / 5.8 GHz Controller
  • FAA registration Required

While the above list is our best recommendations for what drones to buy, it isn’t a comprehensive list of all the drones available for sale. From helicopters to octocopters, the market for drones is increasing rapidly. If you’re interested in discovering other models of drones that may fit your need please be sure to check out our Articles & Reviews Section for other drones that didn’t quite make our recommended list.

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