How Much Money Should You Spend on a Drone? The Best Drones Under $450, $800 and $1600


When you’re new to the world of drones, you might be surprised at how expensive they can be. The more you spend, the more impressive your drone is going to be. But what price is right for beginners? And how do you know when it’s time to upgrade and buy something more advanced and expensive? Here’s a basic guide to help you get started with drones.

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Just Starting Out – Spend Under $450

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Travel light, fly free with the DJI Mini 2. This compact drone is the perfect travel companion, transforming how you capture your favorite memories.

The Mini 2 can fly for 31 minutes and is resistant to winds as high as 38kph. You can fly without worrying about the wind, and the Mini 2 can fly to a max altitude of 4,000 meters. You can fly without worrying about the wind, and the Mini 2 can fly to a max altitude of 4,000 meters.

Intermediate – Spend Under $800

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The Mavic Air 2 by DJI is one of the most popular drones for intermediate flyers. It’s a great drone with some of the best features, and it’s very good in all categories (picture quality, flight time, charging time, sensors, and video transmission).

The obstacle avoidance of the DJI Mavic Air 2 does not detect obstacles on the side of the drone very well, but it is still a great drone, so remember that it has three sensors: forward, backward and downward. During autonomous flight (intelligent flight mode, it is possible for the drone to approach an obstacle from the side and hit it because it has no vision.

The DJI Mavic Air 2 has a flight time of up to 34 minutes, which is a step above its predecessor. The flight time won't matter much if you are trying to film a large family reunion, but it'll certainly come in handy for smaller events or action shots.

Advanced – Spend Under $1600

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DJI, a company that strives to be the best, has done it again. DJI has created a drone that embodies all of DJI's advanced, signature technologies, and is able to redefine what is possible for the world of aerial photography.

The Mavic 2 Pro comes equipped with the Hasselblad L1D-20c camera, an all-new camera with Hasselblad's unique Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology. It will help you capture gorgeous, high-quality aerial shots.

The Hasselblad camera is a favorite among professional photographers and was also the first camera to be used for the moon landing. It’s iconic ergonomic design and uncompromising image quality are what make it so desirable.

The Mavic Pro 2 has a new CMOS sensor that has four times the active sensing area as the original Mavic Pro. This means better performance in low-light environments with a more extensive ISO range. The max ISO has also been lifted from 3200 to 12800 for better performance.

Final Thoughts

How much you should spend will always depend on what kind of a purpose it serves. That’s because there are limitless reasons to get one.

So you want to make money from aerial photography, huh? Well it’s not like this is a new concept. So you’re going to need some equipment. The sky’s the limit with what you can do when you have the right tools for the job.

We have reached a point where more and more drones are capable of shooting in 4K and taking RAW photos. It's easier than ever to start a drone business or hobby. :)

Flying for fun is totally different and doesn't need to be so expensive. You can buy an ultra-light drone like the Mavic Mini or DJI Mini 2 for an introduction to the industry, or get yourself a fairly cheap FPV racing kit that you can gradually improve over time. There's also a growing market for small, portable 'selfie' drones if that's what you're in to.

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