DJI has released some impressive drones in an attempt to capture the crown. We found three drones from our Deals of the Week to see how they'll help you get that perfect aerial shot.
Aerial drone cinematography has exploded in the last 10 years as technology gets better and cheaper. A drone made for narrative work now costs a fraction of what it used to, and while you can't put an ARRI Alexa on the cheaper models, the footage you get is still stunning.
Among the many drone makers, DJI has stood out from the bunch.
Here are three DJI drones we've found from our Deals of the Week that showcase not only their affordability, but their versatility.
DJI Mavic 3
The Mavic 3 is DJI's flagship drone that offers a dual-camera setup in a 3-axis gimbal. There's the 20MP wide-angle camera with 4/3" CMOS from legendary camera maker Hasselblad and a 12MP telephoto with 1/2" CMOS, 4K video, and 28x hybrid zoom.
The video quality of the wide-angle Hasselblad offers up to 5.1K resolution and DCI 4K at 120 fps. With 12.8 stops of dynamic range and an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11, the drone has the ability to handle nearly any lighting condition and deliver low-light footage with less noise. To really give you the tools to achieve your cinematic image, the Mavic 3 offers a 10-bit D-Log Color Profile and Hasselblad's Natural Color Solution to get natural and accurate color reproduction.
DJI Inspire 2
This DJI Inspire 2 kit is everything you need to get the perfect cinematic footage from the sky.
The Zenmuse X7 gimbal offers 3-axis stabilization while its camera captures footage at up to 6K resolution at either 17:9 or 16:9 aspect ratios. In addition to 6K, the camera can record DCI 4K at 30 fps, and UHD 4K at a smoother 60 fps. The addition of the 16mm ASPH ND lens delivers an open f/2.8 aperture to accommodate for low-light conditions, or to reduce depth of field for an augmented bokeh effect. The drone itself comes with advanced obstacle avoidance and can accelerate to 50 mph in four seconds. With a top speed of 58 mph, the Inspire 2 can follow fast-moving subjects for dramatic sports or action sequences.
DJI FPV Drone
While the previous two drones focus on getting the perfect shot, the DJI FPV Drone is an entirely different beast. It can reach blistering speeds of up to 87 mph. This is why you'll need DJI's RockSteady Electronic Image Stabilization technology to help keep the footage you capture steady and smooth.
Coupled with optional FPV Goggles V2, you can enhance this experience with a first-person view of the action. The FPV Drone can shoot 4K at up to 60p in either H.264/AVC or H.265/HEVC, but if you switch to HD resolution, frame rates top out at 120 fps. No matter how fast your action is, DJI has a drone that can keep up.