5 great drones for aerial photography

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Hubsan H501S, MJX B2W Bugs, Xiaomi 4K Drone, DJI spark or DJI Mavic???These drones are made for aerial phography. But is these three drones have only common purpose? As always  producers of drones are full of ideas to get the better of competitor and convince customers to buy their products. It’s not a big achievement to buy a drone, but it’s worth to specify your needs and decide what feature in your drone you gonna use and which one is really needed for you. If you are looking for stable, easy to control with great camera on the board  and with cinematic purpose, these drones-MJX B2W Bugs, Hubsan H501S DJI Mavic, DJI Spark and Xiaomi Mi Drone, you should take into consideration.

Hubsan H501S

Hubsan H501S

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Hubsan H501S is the cheapest one of these three. It costs about 200$$ in standard version and 245$ in professional vesion.  The difference between these two versions is remote controller. In most expensive version the fpv range is increased, but it’s a cost of couple $ to improve it in cheaper version by changing the flat antenna. Hubsan H501S is great value product compare to price and it’s very popular.The users of Hubsan H501S set this drone really good feedback (4.9/5.0) and in case of Hubsan H501S,  it’s hard to disagree with them. It’s very “safe solution” for beginners; easy to control, cheap to fix in case of crash (trust me is hard to destroy Hubsan H501S, but spare parts are easy to buy and cheap) and with HD camera on the board. Recorded by H501S movies look great and despite the fact that H501S hasn’t got a gimbal the jello effect in not that noticeable as in case other cheap drones on the drone market. Maybe Hubsan H501S doesn’t record movies in 4K like DJI Mavic or more expensive version of Xiaomi Mi drone , but in my opinion for beginners or undecided is enough, a specially for that price.

Hubsan H501S is advanced follower, but unfortunately it hasn’t Obstacles Avoidance System as DJI Mavic, but it’s not the latest model and it’s on the market for a while 😉 For that price it would be difficult to add this feature… or even should say impossible… Hubsan H501S has positioning system is based on standard GPS, but works really well. Xiaomi 4K drone and DJI Mavic positioning system is supported by GLONASS and GPS. Hubsan H501S  has one key return feature.

Hubsan H501S is very stable drone, capable to hover in one position for a long time. The time of flight is 27 minutes, so in this case it’s not worse than or Xiaomi 4K drone or even DJI Mavic.

Xiaomi Mi Drone


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And if we speak about Xiaomi Mi drone , chinese product has also a lot to offer to its users. Xiaomi Mi drone is perfect mediate drone between expensive DJ Mavic and Hubsan H501S. We can buy Xiaomi Mi drone in two versions; the cheapest one costs about 360-400$ and comes with 1080p camera and the more expensive version with 4K camera on the board for about 430$-450$… Xiaomi Mi drone gave the users possibility to record in 4K and producer has decided to mount the 3axis gimbal, so there’s no worry that the view will shake and movies are sharp and smooth. The quality of recorded video is great, but 4K version of Xiaomi Mi and can be easily comapre with the quality of DJI Mavic Pro. And in case of 1080p the quality of recorded video is comparable to videos taken by Hubsan H501S, but it’s need to be said that Xiaomi Mi 1080p has a gimbal, so the view is more stable then in case of Hubsan 501S.

To see fpv view the user has to mount his smartphone on special holder and use the special app. The flight time is the same like in case of Hubsan H501S -27minutes. The range of control on 1080p version is up to 1km and on 4K version of Xiaomi Mi drone is increased to 2km .

Xiaomi Mi drone has also follow me, tap to fly and orbit modes, etc and one key return feature 🙂

It’s perfect drone for those , who are able to spend more then 350$ for it. It’s still not huge amount of cash if we comapre it to DJI Mavic price and great features on the board .Some of users claim that Xiaomi 4K drone records better videos then Mavic Pro. You can judge it by yourself :



DJI Mavic PRO – the most advanced of these three drones and the most expensive -999$ . DJI Mavic has everything that has these two drones – Hubsan H501S , Xiaomi MI and some extra features. DJI Mavic is capable to record high quality of 4K videos with amazing stabilization , thanks to 3 axis gimbal. As the competitive drones-Hubsan H501S and Xiaomi MI, DJI Mavic is ready to fly for 27 minutes, but the control distance is 7km and this fact makes him a winner of control distance category.

Moreover, DJI Mavic PRO has Obstacles Avoidance System and of course all follow me modes. DJI Mavic is stable, almost impossible to crash drone… The build is really high quality and folding arms are brilliant idea-compact and easy to transport. Without no doubts, it’s the most advanced drone on that list.

DJ Mavic PRO is a drone for professionals or for everyone who are ready to spend 1000$ for drone, because the price is high not only because the quality. In this case we pay more, because it’s a product of “DJI” – the most popular brand of drones. But overall it’s amazing drone! I had never heard that someone said that this drone is a crap! So if you  have 1000$ in your pocket, spend it on DJI Mavic Pro and no regrets!

DJI Spark

DJI Spark is  small cheap selfie drone with camera. DJI Spark is a smart tiny drone with a lot needed flying modes and features that allows us to take photo easy. DJI Spark has built-in sensors -3D SENSING SYSTEM, so it recognizes hand geasture and avoid obstacles. DJI Spark is really easy to fly drone, that will convince beginners that to fly a drone you don’t need special skills. This drone can be controlled on 4 ways: hand gesture, flight controller, application on your smartphone or DJ FPV goggles. Using an application you can fly on Sport mode, TapFly, Circle, Rocket or others…

As a really professional selfie drone DJI Spark has FHD camera on the board , capable to record videos with resolution 1920×1080 30p  and take a 12mp photos. Thanks to 2 axis mechanical gimbal the photos will stable and sharp.  DJI spark application allows you to share on social media your photos and edit the way you want to.

DJI Spark cotrol range is 2km, so with luck we can record interesting videos. The time of flight is 16 minutes on 3s battery and that’s a really good score for that small drone. Extra propellrs guards amke DJI Spark really safe drone, ready for indoor and outdoor fliying. On the board of DJI Spark we can find also Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS and WiFI .

So in conclusion :For 500$ you can really high quality selfie drone with nice HD camera and 2axis gimabal, with Obstacles Avoidaance System, planty of flying modes, safe and easy to fly. You can also pick up the color of your drone 🙂 It’s really small, but a litlle bit worse then DJI Mavic’ 2-axis gimbal vs axis and the range 2km vs 7 km. But it’s twice time cheaper so good deal anyway.

MJX B2W Quadcopter

Very cheap and popular chinese drone MJX B2W. Perfect option for beginners. On the board of MJX B2W we can find good quality camera full HD. 1080p is simply just enough to record great quality of the videos and share it with friends . This drone hasn’t gimbal, so the jello is a noticable .

The flying range is about 1km, fpv 500m so it’s simply enough for flying with friends and the time of flight is around 20 minutes, so also not bad. If we compare it to Hubsan H501S range is of course much worse ;(

MJX B2W flies very stable and  has One Key Return feature and GPS positioning system .

MJX B2W is the cheapest decent drone for aerial photography and costs 234$, but you can grab it in lower price on the promo. It’s called Hubsan H501S killer, but of course opinions are subjective 😉 IT’s really great drone and users love it 🙂

In conclusion… All these drones have a potential to be a great aerophotographic quadcopter. It’s hard to say about DJI Mavic that’s affordable and it’s nonsense to convince you that Hubsan H501S or MJX B2W Bugs is the most advanced. But no matter what budget do you have and how much you are able to spend on drone, think twice about your plans related with aerophotographic. The idea is as much important as an equipment. Your personal needs should decided which one is the best for you…


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