Our selection of the best drones in 2020
Drones have many uses: from professional video to family entertainment, from parcel delivery to pizza delivery, they are likely to change our daily lives in a few years. These very business uses are interesting, but today drones are mainly used to take beautiful pictures during your holidays. For the moment, despite some efforts by Parrot, particularly with the Anafi, the market is dominated by DJI. You will see this in our selection.
DJI Ryze Tello
The DJI Ryze Tello is a drone primarily dedicated to beginners and a young audience. Indeed, the drone is light (80 grams), it holds in hand (9.80 x 9.25 x 4.10 cm), and it offers an educational side, it can be programmed with Scratch, a coding system accessible to children. 5-megapixel camera, capable of filming videos in 720p 30 fps, an autonomy of 13 minutes, a maximum speed of 8 meters per second, and a range of 100 meters maximum. It incorporates many features such as automatic take-off and landing and the execution of tricks such as flips.
DJI Mavic Mini
The DJI Mini is a replacement for the famous Spark. The Mavic Mini is the manufacturer’s “value for money” solution. As its name suggests, it relies above all on 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 that’s not his only argument.
The object is, in fact, well balanced. Its camera doesn’t shoot in 4K but 2.7K. This is of little interest as such, but the extra pixels make it possible above all to crop the image to obtain a digital zoom in Full HD. 4K is always better, but as a leisure drone for the average person, you can do without it. The image quality is excellent. It is not perfect, but the rendering is frankly satisfactory.
DJI Mavic Air
The Mavic Air is halfway between the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Pro. It has a 2375 mAh battery that gives it a 21 minutes autonomy, 8 GB of internal storage, a USB-C port, a camera with 12 megapixels 1.2/3 CMOS sensor that allows recording videos in 4K UHD with 30 fps or Full HD/HD with 120 fps.
It also has the same gesture functions as the DJI Spark. It can avoid obstacles and take horizontal, vertical, or 360° panoramas. If you want to know more about the DJI Mavic Air, please check out our test, where it was rated 9 out of 10.
DJI Mavic 2
At the end of August, DJI then presented its new range of Mavic 2 drones. Concerning 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 zoom x2 to 48 mm. Besides, this new drone is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor and can capture 12-megapixel shots and can film in 4K at 100 Mb/s with the H.265 codec.
As for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro model, it has a 1-inch sensor that can capture 20-megapixel shots. It does not offer a zoom lens, but the camera, designed in partnership with Hasselblad, allows the focal aperture to be set between f/2.8 and f/11. It also allows 4K video to be captured with a 10-bit color profile.