Best Drone for Aerial Photography

Best Drone for Aerial Photography

Best Drone for Aerial Photography


There are many different factors to consider when looking for the best drone for aerial photography. Whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, drones are starting to play an important part when it comes to getting that perfect shot… or many. Drones can be used to get into those not so easy spots, especially when safety becomes a factor. Suddenly you can rise above buildings, over waterfalls, and down cliff tops, all without having to hire out a helicopter and pilot.

Businesses specializing in drone aerial photography are opening left, right and center. And not just professional photographers, but any hobbyist with the skills to operate a drone are more than capable of taking stunning HD pictures many meters away from where they’re standing, and instantly share them online.
Check out the beautiful pictures from Sky Photo’s 2015 calendar here. This just shows that with the right equipment, you can capture some pretty awesome photos…

When it comes to choosing the best drone for aerial photography, there are many factors to consider, including functionality, picture quality and of course, price. Below is a detailed look at what is considered the best in the market for photography, from different manufacturers and price ranges to best suit the drone for you.


Parrot AR. Drone 2.0

Best Drone for Aerial Photography
The Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 has been in a business for a while now. It is perhaps one of the most popular quadcopters ever made and is a bit of a legend among drone enthusiasts around the world. Parrot AR. Drone has a great drone HD camera which shoots video at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

The camera is controlled using Parrot’s AR. FreeFlight 2.0 app on your iPhone or Android. You can play around with the speed, time and altitude of the drone using your smartphone and control its flight as well. You can then share the videos shot and recorded by the Parrot on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Check out my full review for the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 by clicking here.


DJI Inspire 1

Best Drone for Aerial Photography
DJI is well known as the best drone manufacturer in the world. DJI is to the consumer drones industry what Apple is to smartphones. DJI drones are usually as perfect as they get and it’s the same with the DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter which comes with a 4k video camera. This flying machine is remarkably stable in air and comes with a highly sophisticated camera, which allows it to take aerial drone photography of the highest quality.

You will be able to capture photographs at a video resolution of 4K (or 4,096 x 2,160 pixels) on the DJI Inspire 1 at 30fps, and at a resolution of 1080 pixels at 60 fps. The DJI Inspire 1 gimbal is particularly efficient and gives you the higher stability and flexibility you need for top rated aerial drone photography. For sure the DJI T600 Inspire 1 Quadcopter is expensive, as all DJI quadcopters are, but it offers full value for your money, especially if you’re into serious aerial photography.


DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K

Best Drone for Aerial Photography
The DJI Phantom 3 Professional is another exceptional quadcopter from the DJI product line and it is one of the best drones for aerial photography in the market today. It comes with a 4k (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) camera that captures the most amazing images and videos with an FOV field of view that ranges from 90°, 120° and 140°.

You will be impressed with the image stability offered by the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, which allows it to capture high quality and exceptionally sharp photographs from several hundred feet above ground. The DJI Phantom 3 Professional camera comes with a wide-angle lens, and a new, upgraded three-axis gimbal, which minimizes distortion while in flight.

The DJI machine can be controlled on your iPhone or Android using the special “Free Vision” app, which allows you to monitor the flight data live and comes with a touch-screen interface that allows you to tilt the camera up and down.
As you would expect from a DJI product, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional is not cheap but is certainly one of the best drones for aerial photography. Believe me, the fantastic hi-res picture and video quality are well worth the price.

Check out my full review for the Phantom 3 by clicking here.


3D Robotics IRIS

Best Drone for Aerial Photography
3D Robotics is a visionary drone company that makes the most remarkable quadcopters and the remarkably sophisticated Iris is their flagship product. The 3D Robotics Iris comes with the highly advanced PixHawx autopilot system which allows for an automated landing and take-off and makes drone flying a real pleasure.
You can program the Iris to return to the home base automatically and customize mission parameters the way you would like to. The 3D Iris is also one of the best drones for aerial photography. It captures HD quality photographs from hundreds of feet above the ground with the specially mounted GoPro cameras. You will have to purchase the GoPro cameras separately, though.

Read the full review for the IRIS+ here. 



So these are the four of the best drones for aerial photography. We don’t have a particular favorite in this list as they are all quite good. But if the price is an issue, we recommend going with Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 as it costs under $300 and is the most affordable quadcopter in this list.

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– David.



  • The world of drones is new to me. I found your article very informative. I was not aware that drones could be controlled from a smartphone and the cost was very surprisingly low. Thanks for this info. Great job!

    • Thanks Andimax. Yeah, it’s amazing what they can come up with these days. Using your smart phone is so much more convenient, especially knowing that most people carry one nowadays.

  • Very nice article about drones. I am thinking about getting one to experiment with, but I just have not gotten around to it yet. But one thing concerns me about drones. Are there any laws about where a drone can be operated? And how are everyday people (like me) that want a drone, suppose to know about these new laws? Either way, it will not stop me from getting (or printing) my own drone. I just want to be an informed citizen when I operate my own drone. I await your reply.


    • Hey Billy, thanks for sharing your interest with drones. There are regulations to be followed depending where you are. There main points to keep in mind are on my page, here, and I don’t reckon they’re extreme. You won’t have anything to worry about. Good luck with your new drone!

  • Wow. This DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter is exactly what I was looking for. It’s 4K camera looks amazing.
    Thanks for sharing. It helped me decide which one to buy. 🙂

  • Great article on drones I am thinking of getting my hubby one for his birthday. I think I will stick with your recommendation for the Parrot AR to begin with until he gets the hang of it. Thank you

  • I have definitely wanted to get an aerial drone to mess around with. I live on a farm with 25 acres and would love to be able to see the rest of my property that I can’t really walk to. Knowing that the DJI Phantom 3 is one with a 4K capability that would be the one I am leaning towards. Thanks for the informative information in this post.

  • Hi, I’m sorry if this is a silly question, I’m just curious if these or any drones are water proof? Like, what if it gets caught in rain or something? Thanks, and great article!

    • Hey Adam, unfortunately drones are not water proof and you’ll want to avoid taking it out on a rainy day. I know it’s tempting to take some wonderful videos, but you could risk water damaging the circuit board and killing your drone completely.
      Thanks Adam!

  • Hey man.
    Really informative article. I’ve had a Parrot drone for a couple years now and was thinking about upgrading, the main purpose being to take more good quality videos and pics. I live in Adelaide, Australia and maybe one day I could start a business or something with a better drone. I think the Inspire is the best from this list, but maybe out of my price range. I might have to settle for the Phantom because it’s also made by the same people.
    Thanks David.

    • I agree, the Phantom 3 is a marvelous drone in regards to high quality video and pictures, and you will not be disappointed. And yes, DJI have designed both quadcopters, and are very reliable in my opinion. Good luck if you decide to start a photography business, Doug.

  • I love you site. It’s informative and easy to understand, even the tech stuff. Anyways, I’m a first timer and was wondering if the Parrot would be a good choice?
    Looking forward to hearing back from you.

  • Thanks for this list. I’m still undecided which one to go for, but I definitely am looking for something to take HD videos with. I wish you could try a few out before buying them, like a car, but sadly that isn’t a thing!
    Anyways, keep up the good work!

    • Hey William, I know how you feel. There are so many awesome drones in this article. Yeah, it would be cool if you could “test fly” drones before buying one. Unfortunately that’s not the case, not today anyway, but that’s the point of this site, to give people all the information and reviews to make the deciding phase easier!

  • I have been hearing so much on the news about drones lately. The Casino in this area even had a drone giveaway not too long ago for some premium members. I wonder how these drones will affect the sales of stock photos and aerial photos now that it is so much easier to access these high angles? Nice article though, very informative on how affordable and accessible they are to the public.

    • Things have changed in the past 3 years, there are definitely many purposes for drones these days than just for hobby use, and a lot of businesses are getting in on it. Thanks for commenting, Erika!

  • There’s a place in Tasmania where if you walk up the many steps to the tops, you’re rewarded with amazing views of the ocean and beaches. I once saw a guy setting up his drone so he could take photos from the bottom, saving himself the climb. It’s true that there are many advantages to having a drone, but I hope they don’t replace the urge to see things with our own eyes.

    • Hey James, I’ve been to Tasmania many years ago, it was a beautiful place. Many people are using drones to take breathtaking photos that they wouldn’t have been able to without. But I believe people will always be as adventurous as always! Thanks for commenting and stay tuned for more soon!

  • Thanks for the nice reviews. I wish they had these when I was a kid! I’m still on the fence about which one to go with but your reviews certainly help.

  • I personally think the Phantom 3 is the best drone for aerial photography. This is only because I own one. I haven’t actually flew the others you’ve mentioned, but I got mine when it was pretty new and have not had any complaints so far.
    So yeah, I must recommend it!

  • Hi David. I’m looking for something to take videos and such, and came across your article. Its great by the way. I’m just wondering where can I get these? Cheapest option preferably.

    • Hi Kylie,
      Thanks for stopping by. You’re more than welcome to double check, but generally I find Amazon is cheapest when it comes to most drones. Is there one you’re interest in?

  • Good article, I’m a newbie to this topic myself but you make it seem inviting and interesting!
    I’m keen to try Arial Photography out for myself.
    This question may have been asked already, but are there places that Drone’s are not allowed to be used? AKA are their laws about them?

  • If you are a serious aerial photographer, get The Professional Phantom 3. You will get spectacular photography that can be applied to any type of hobby or business. Comes with 4K video camera that captures 12 megapixel photos. GPS with GLONASS taps into 36+ satellites. Flight simulator lets you become a flying ace before going airborne. It’s a great find!

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