Have you ever wanted to fly a drone? These small technological marvels fascinate the crowds and have enough to attract curiosity with all their features. From DJI Ryze Tello for beginners to DJI Mavic 2 for experts: there is something for everyone! Follow the guide and find our selection of the best drones in 2020.
Drones have multiple uses: from professional video to family leisure, including delivery of packages or pizza , they may disrupt our daily life in a few years. These very business uses are obviously interesting, but today drones are mainly used to take great pictures during your vacation. For the moment, despite some sympathetic efforts from Parrot, notably with Anafi, the market is completely dominated by DJI. You will see it in our selection.
DJI Mavic 2: the top of the range
At the end of August, DJI then presented its new range of Mavic 2 drones . Regarding the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom , it is equipped with a camera with an optical zoom. It is thus possible to go from a focal length of 24 mm to a x2 zoom to 48 mm. This new drone is also equipped with a 1 / 2.3 inch sensor and can capture 12 megapixel shots and allows filming in 4K at 100 Mb / s with the H.265 codec.
As for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro model , it includes a one-inch sensor to capture 20 megapixel shots. It does not offer a zoom, but the camera, designed in partnership with Hasselblad , allows you to adjust the focal aperture between f / 2.8 and f / 11. It also allows you to capture 4K videos with a 10-bit color profile.
The new DJI Mavic 2 allows four riding modes: free, circle, course lock and waypoint. It can go up to a speed of 72 kilometers per hour and incorporates eight sensors to analyze the surroundings and avoid obstacles. On the autonomy side, DJI promises up to 31 minutes of flight without interruption. Finally, for the management of photos and videos, the drone offers an internal storage of 8 GB expandable via microSD up to 128 GB.
Why do we recommend this drone?
- For its optical zoom (Zoom) or the adjustable focal aperture (Pro)
- For its riding modes
- For its autonomy
The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is generally offered at more than 1,000 euros while the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is at around 1,500 euros .
DJI Mavic Air: the in-between
The Mavic Air is located halfway between the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Pro. It has a 2375 mAh battery which gives it 21 minutes of autonomy, 8 GB of internal storage, a USB-C port, a camera with a 12 / 1.2 megapixel CMOS sensor 1.2 / 3 which allows recording videos in 4K UHD with 30 fps or in Full HD / HD with 120 fps.
It also has the same gestural functions as the DJI Spark, it can avoid obstacles and take panoramas in horizontal, vertical or 360 °. If you want to know more about the DJI Mavic Air, do not hesitate to consult our test where it was awarded the score of 9 out of 10 .
Why choose a DJI Mavic Air:
- It integrates interesting flight modes
- It detects obstacles
- It is compact
DJI Mavic Mini: good value for money
The DJI Mini is the replacement for the illustrious Spark, the Mavic Mini is the manufacturer’s “value for money” solution. As the name suggests, it is above all about its small size to convince, thanks in particular to its retractable feet for easy transport. Folded up, it fits in 140 x 82 x 57 mm, and weighs only 249 grams. But this is not his only argument.
The object is actually well balanced. His camera does not film in 4K, but in 2.7K. That is hardly of interest as such, but the surplus of pixels above all makes it possible to crop the image to obtain a digital zoom in Full HD. 4K is always better, but as a recreational drone for everyone, we can do without it. The image quality is good. It is not perfect, but the rendering is frankly satisfactory.
We will also appreciate its performance which will allow fun to pilot in large spaces: 47 km / h announced, and 14 km / h in vertical ascent. On autonomy, the Mavic Mini is not bad either with twenty minutes during our test. Be careful however, unlike more high-end models, it does not have obstacle sensors.
If you want to know more about the DJI Mavic Mini, don’t hesitate to consult our test .
Why choose the DJI Mavic Mini?
- Its excellent value for money
- A satisfactory 2.7K camera
- Its small size and light weight
The DJI Mavic Mini is generally available for less than 400 euros with a remote control and a battery. The “Fly More” Pack with 3 batteries and a charging station is available for less than 500 euros .
DJI Ryze Tello: to start
The DJI Ryze Tello is a drone specially dedicated to beginners and a young audience. Indeed, the drone is light (80 grams), it fits in the hand (9.80 x 9.25 x 4.10 cm) and it offers an educational side, it can be programmed with Scratch, an accessible coding system to children. It has a 5 megapixel camera, capable of shooting videos in 720p 30 fps, a range of 13 minutes, a maximum speed of 8 meters per second and a range of 100 meters maximum. It integrates a good number of functionalities like takeoff and automatic landing and the execution of figures like flips.
Why choose the DJI Ryze Tello?
- Take videos with good image quality
- Its flight modes: gesture control or target tracking
- Easy handling
It is available for just under 100 euros .