As you probably already noticed, drones are starting to become more and more common in real estate photography and video.
And that makes perfect sense, it is after all the best way to (affordably get those gorgeous aerial shots that show off properties so beautifully. But the number of drones on the market is overwhelming which makes it hard to decide which drone you should choose. And that’s where we jump in.
Last year we already wrote about the reasons you can (or should) use a drone for real estate photography/video. And, of course, you’ll also find our recommendations for 2015 in last year’s post. But, we’re a year down the road and technology has improved. So the question is, what is the best drone for real estate photography and videos in 2016?
Read on to see what it is.
Let’s first look at what changes have taken place since last year. Not just in drone technology but in how drones are used in real estate video as well.
Despite what everybody said 2 years ago; “of course you’ll never fly the drone inside”, that’s one of the things that changed dramatically. Drones are now used more and more to film the inside of houses as well as the outside. So that is clearly a big change on the real estate side and d that change took place surprisingly fast.
But what brought this change about? Have the operators gotten that much better ? Wel, that might have something to do with it but the majority of this change was lead by innovations in technology.
Drones like the DJI Phantom 3 and the DJI Phantom 4 have a Visual Positioning System (VPS) that lets them hover in place, without the need for a GPS signal. Aside from that, the DJI Phantom 4 also comes with obstacle avoidance. The combination of these 2 features makes it a lot more simple to fly the drone indoors. You don’t have to worry as much about flying, or even drifting, into things.
Just keep in mind that drones still displace air so light objects are best moved out of the flight area first, to avoid them getting blown away.
So no longer are drones only used outside. To quote the LA times: “intrepid agents and drone pilots have turned them loose inside estates to capture the majesty of the great indoors: exhilarating descents past chandeliers that continue through cavernous living rooms before launching viewers straight out windows to behold cityscapes.” All shots that you would be hard-pressed to replicate without a drone.
With that in mind, read on for our top 3 selections:
Best drone for real estate photography and video:
|Name||DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter||DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter||Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K P|
|Lowest Price||$844.00Amazon See it||$679.99Amazon See it||$899.00Amazon See it|
|Best for||Aerial Photography/Videography||Aerial Videography/Photography||Aerial Photography / Videography|
|Video Camera||4K, 30FPS, streaming to Youtube, Facebook & Periscope||1920x1080p @60fps, streaming||4k@30FPS/1080p@120 FPS, streaming|
|Remote Control||Included, lightbridge||2.4GHz included||Included, ST10+|
|Battery||LiPo 4s, 5350mah||6000 mAh LiPo||3.6V/5200mAh 18.72Wh|
|Flight Time||28||23 min.||25|
|Weight||3.04 pounds||2.8 pounds||2.5 pounds|
|Dimensions||14.96 x 8.66 x 12.8 inches||18 x 13 x 8 inches||22.2 x 16.5 x 9.4 inches|
|Read the Review||Read the Review||Read the Review|
As you can see 2 of the DJI Phantoms made it in there. The Phantom 4 (see our review here) and the DJI Phantom 3 (see our review here, we recommend the Professional version). Their VPS makes them ideal for flying inside and, as already mentioned, the Phantom 4’s Obstacle Avoidance just adds to that.
None of these features are available on the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4k. But, it still made our top 3 because it comes with the SteadyGrip. The SteadyGrip is a handheld gimbal for the Q500’s camera. So when you get the Q500 4k you don’t have to spend additional money on a handheld gimbal/stabilizer to get those smooth non-drone shots. You get it all in one complete package.
Out of these 3, the DJI Phantom 4 is the winner. It’s the best drone for real estate photography/video currently on the market. If you can afford it. If you’re stuck with a smaller budget, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K are great alternatives. You’ll still be able to pull off some amazing shots, it’ll just take a bit more effort.
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