Are you a frequent traveller (maybe not so much right now!!) and looking to purchase the best drone for travel photography? Whether you are a professional travel photographer or just looking to capture some amazing photos and videos from your travel adventures, in the age of high-end consumer drones, you have a lot of options.

Now, just before I get to my list of the best drones for travel photography, I want to mention a few things related to the rules and regulations regarding travelling with drones.

As drone technology gets more advanced, rules and regulations regarding flying drones will be updated frequently.

So, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations regarding flying drones for whichever country you are planning on travelling to.

For example, if you are travelling to the UK and want to fly your drone for recreational purposes, you will need to register the drone with the CAA and take and a free online test to obtain a flyer ID. You will also need to obtain an operator ID, this is to ensure that you only let people who have a flyer ID operate your drone. It costs £9 per year and you must label your drone with the ID clearly visible.

If you want to use your drone for commercial reasons, you will need to get permission from the CAA. Once permission is granted, it usually lasts for 12 months, to find out more about what you will need to acquire a permit, click here.

One more thing to note is that if the drone weighs less than 250g and you just want to fly for fun, there is no need to register it.

These laws are just for the UK, the rules will be different for other countries, so it is best that you thoroughly familiarise yourself with the rules to whichever country you will be travelling to.

So, I have listed 12 drones that are suitable to travel with, it’s not an exhaustive list but they are all suitable for travel photography, which means they are quite expensive. If you are not too fussed about the camera quality, check out this article for the best drones under $200.

12 Best Drones for Travel Photography

1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

An exceptional drone that comes with some truly amazing features, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is perfect for drone photography and the best drone on this list. It’s a medium-sized foldable drone that comes with most of DJI’s innovative features such as an excellent camera that has a 1-inch sensor which can captures images in RAW and JPEG and records 4k video footage at 30fps. Videos can be shot in 10-bit HDR in both MOV/MP4 and the drone comes with DJI’s Ocusync 2.0 transmission technology that allows for HD live video streaming. It is the most expensive drone on this list but if you are a professional photographer and looking to expand your services to drone photography, the Mavic 2 Pro is an excellent choice.

Key Features

  • 4k/2.7k at 30fps camera
  • 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • 20MP still images
  • 10-bit HDR support for videos
  • The camera uses Hasselblad colour technology
  • Adjustable aperture
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • Omni-directional obstacle avoidance system
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • 10km range

2. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

This is another fantastic drone for travel photography, it looks very similar to the Mavic 2 Pro, however, it comes with a few different features. The major difference is its camera, it’s not as advanced but it still is a very good HD camera that can shoot amazing videos and images. One of the best features of this camera is it allows you to capture amazing panorama photography in 48MP and it has lossless zoom technology. The drone comes with DJI’ OcuSync 2.0 technology which will allow you to view live video stream in 1080p resolution with minimal lag and also allows for video transmission from a maximum distance of 10km. The drone has a very good flight time and also comes with smart flight modes which include advanced tracking technology.

Key Features

  • 4k/2.7k at 30fps camera
  • 1/2.-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • 1080p live video feed
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 48MP panorama photography
  • 100Mbps recording speed
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Obstacle avoidance technology

 3. Autel Evo 2 Pro

One of the best camera drones on the market, the Autel Evo 2 Pro, is quite big for a foldable drone and heavier than most other drones on this list. The drone comes with an amazing camera that has a Sony 1-inch CMOS sensor and records video footage in HD 6k at 30fps and has a recording speed of 120Mbps. The camera has a big sensor that can capture 20MP images and with HDR support, the photos will be amazingly detailed with little loss in colour. Other features include videos with 10-bit colour, lossless zoom technology, interchangeable gimbal and adjustable aperture. The drone also comes with intelligent flight modes and an industry-leading 40 minutes of flight time.

Key Features

  • 6k/30fps & 4k/60fps camera
  • 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • 20MP still images
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • HDR videos & photos
  • 1080 live video feed
  • 10-bit colour
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 360° obstacle avoidance system
  • 9km transmission range

4. Autel Evo 2

The worlds first 8k consumer drone, the Autel Evo 2 has near-identical features to the Pro version but comes with an inferior camera. However, it’s still a professional-grade camera that can record stunning video footage in 8k resolution and capture still images in 48MP. The camera also has lossless digital zoom technology that will allow you to get up and close to your subject matter with little loss in quality. The drone also comes with automatic return to home feature and has several autonomous flight modes. Other features include obstacle avoidance technology, 40 minutes of flight time and 1080p live video streaming capability.

Key Features

  • 8k/25fps, 6k/30fps, 4k/60fps camera
  • 1/2-inch sensor
  • 48MP still images
  • HDR support
  • 1080p live video feed
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • Panorama photography
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 40 minutes of flight time
  • 9km transmission range

5. DJI Mavic Air 2

A powerful lightweight drone, the Mavic Air 2 is perfect for travel photographers as its compact foldable design makes it easy to carry around. It’s a well-engineered drone that comes with lots of advanced features including powerful motors that are very quiet (great for wedding photographers) and allows the drone to fly smoothly even in windy conditions. Other features include an excellent HD camera that can record 4k video footage and capture images in 12MP. The camera also comes with HDR support for both videos and photos and allows you to take 3 types of panorama photography. One of the best drones in its price range and great for travel photography.

Key Features

  • 4k at 30fps, 2.7k at 60 fps and 11080p at 240fps camera
  • 12MP still images
  • 1/2″ CMOS sensor
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • HDR support
  • 3-way obstacle avoidance technology
  • 3-types of Panorama photography
  • 34 minutes of flight time
  • Advanced transmission technology
  • 10km transmission range

6. DJI Mavic Air

The original Mavic Air I still an excellent drone, it is small and lightweight and has a smooth foldable structure. It’s a great choice for people looking for a cheaper alternative to the more expensive Mavic drones and it comes with most of DJI’s signature features. The main feature is its camera that can record in 4k and capture images in 12MP in both RAW and JPEG. It comes with a back and rear obstacle avoidance system and has sensors on the bottom that will allow you to fly the drone indoors. Other features include a 21 minute flight time, intelligent flight modes and a feature called quickshots that will allow you to take hands-free short cinematic videos.

Key Features

  • 4k 30fps and 2.7k 60fps camera
  • 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 12MP still images (RAW & JPEG)
  • 32MP panorama photography
  • MOV/MP4 video format
  • 100Mbps recording speed
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 21 minutes of flight time
  • 720p live streaming
  • 4km transmission range

7. DJI Mini 2

One of the latest models from DJI, the Mini 2 is the most powerful mini drone on the market right now. The Mini 2 weighs less than 250g, which means that you will not need to register the drone with the CAA (UK) or the FAA (USA) if you just want to fly for recreational purposes. For such a small drone, it comes with some amazing features that include a 4k camera, 3-axis gimbal and a triple GPS module. It can capture images in RAW format and record 4k videos at 30fps and the camera is stabilised by a 3-axis motorised gimbal. The drone also comes with DJI’s advanced transmission technology and has a flight time of 31 minutes.

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps & 2.7k/60 fps camera
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • 720p live video feed
  • 100Mbps
  • Can shoot 3 types of panorama photography
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • 5 Quickshot modes
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology
  • 10km range

8. DJI Mavic Mini

This is DJI’s cheapest drone for photography, it comes with a lot of advanced features and a really good camera. Its small and weighs less than 250g, so no need to register this drone if you just want to fly for fun. The camera can record HD video footage in 2.7k at 30fps and has a recording speed of 40Mpbs. Still, images are captured in 12MP, although only in JPEG. It uses enhanced WiFi to transmit live video in 720p resolution and has a transmission range of 4km. Not the most powerful drone on this list but still very good for its price.

Key Features

  • 2.7k/30fps camera
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • 720p live video feed
  • 720p live video transmission
  • 3-axis motorised gimbal
  • 4 Quickshots
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 4km range

9. Autel Evo

The original Evo is still a great drone, it’s lighter and smaller than its successors, so it may be more suitable for some people to travel with. Despite being a few years old, it still a very good drone that comes with many advanced features such as dual GPS module, 3-way obstacle avoidance system, intelligent flight modes and a 4k camera that is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal. The camera can record in 4k and capture amazing HD images and comes with HDR support. The drone has an excellent flight time of 30 minutes and a transmission range of 4km.

Key Features

  • 4k/60fps camera
  • 12MP still images
  • 1/2.8-inch sensor
  • Shoots in both RAW + JPEG
  • Records videos in MOV/MP4
  • 100Mbps
  • HDR support
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • OLED screen on the remote controller

10. Hubsan Zino 2 Plus

Hubsan are not known for high-end drones for photography, however, their Zino range of drones are an exception and when compared to most of the other drones on this list, they are relatively cheap. The Zino 2 is their most advanced drone that comes with a nice foldable drone and weighs just under 1kg. Its a nice looking drone and is quite big in its unfolded form, it comes with powerful motors that allow it to hover accurately and reach a top speed of 72 km/h. The camera can record in 4k at 60fps and comes with HDR support thanks to the Ambarella integrated chipset. You can capture stunning panorama photography and the camera is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal.

Key Features

  • 4k/60fps & 2.7k/60fps
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images (RAW+JPEG
  • 3-axis gimbal (detachable)
  • Compatible with ND filters
  • Panorama photography
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 35 minutes of flight time
  • 9km transmission range

11. DJI Mavic Pro

The original Mavic was a pioneer in the world of drones and the reason why the foldable design is so popular. It was one of the world’s first 4k camera drones as well as one of the first drones to come with smart technology. Despite being a few years old, the features are still amazing and remain very popular with drone photographers. The camera records cinematic videos in 4k and can capture images in both RAW and JPEG. It comes with a 3-axis gimbal (one of the first consumer drones with this feature) and also has 3-way obstacle avoidance system. Although DJI has stopped production of this drone, its still available from 3rd party sellers on Amazon and other authorised resellers.

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps camera
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 12MP still images
  • 60Mbps
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 27 minutes of flight time
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Obstacle avoidance system
  • 7km range

12. Parrot Anafi

This is a uniquely designed foldable drone, its slimmer than most other drones on this list and its arms fold outwards when folded up, giving it an elongated look. It’s also one of the lightest drones weighing just over 300g, which makes it a good choice to travel with. The drone comes with a 4k camera that is stabilised by a 3-axis hybrid gimbal. It can capture images in both RAW&JPEG and has a recording speed of 100Mbps. The camera also has a lossless zoom feature and comes with HDR support for videos. Other features include dolly zoom, 25 minutes of flight time and intelligent flight modes.

 

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps camera
  • 1/2.4-inch sensor
  • 21MP still images
  • 3-axis hybrid gimbal
  • HDR support
  • Live streaming in 720p
  • 3* lossless zoom
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 25 minutes of flight time
  • 4km transmission range
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