How to Choose the Best Drone for Photography

Drones are the future, they are being used for unmanned military operations to professional aerial photography, and they are being used to map the geographical location and to deliver a pizza to the customer as well. There can be endless usages of drones but today we will be talking about the best drones for the best picture-taking experience.

Whether you are using a drone for a professional photography or use it just for a travel diary, drones are cool and they are capable of capturing some incredible aerial footage that you were not capable of having before. If your budget is limited don’t worry you can always check out for cheap drones under 300 USD.

There are many remote controlled drones out there that you can buy, but most of the people don’t understand the technicalities that need to be taken care of before purchasing their first drone. I have encountered many people who buy a drone online and then they regret their decision because of the incapability of a drone to fulfill all their requirements.

This article is intended to educate you about the different type of drones that are being used for the photography purposes, after reading this article, you will be sure about the best suitable drone for your requirements.

Types of drones that are suitable for photography.

Quadraptors: these are the most common drones used for many different purposes, these are being used for photography, delivery or spying of others. The market is full of different types of quadraptors and we will be studying that in the later phase of this article.

GPS drones: GPS drones are the drones that use GPS navigation system to track their exact location and these type of drones has incredible hovering capabilities because of their location being tracked through satellites.

RTF drones: There are Ready-To-Fly drones that are used for the short purpose, there are many companies in the market that are providing RTF compact drones for travel photography.

Helicopter drones: as the name suggest, these are the single motor drones capable of carrying your action camera to capture different footages.

Photography drone (Heavy payload drones): there are the heavy duty drones also known as “Heavy payload drones” these drones costs thousands of dollars and are build to be used for professional photography and carry heavy professional cameras for the longer period of time.

So I hope the basic categorization of the drone is much clear, now let’s hop on to our main topic of “how to choose a drone for photography”

Drones Buying Guide To Get The Best Photographic Experience.

Flight time:

You can’t really expect the flight time to be more than 15-20 minutes unless you have a very big budget, there are the general photography drones that are capable of satisfying your need for aerial footage. When you are planning to buy a drone always look for the battery capacity and drone weight, bigger battery and lighter weight means longer flight time.


Another important aspect to look for in the drone is its range and ceiling height, here range means the expected radius of drone and ceiling height means its capabilities to go in a vertical direction.

Image quality

Buying a drone without being aware of its camera quality is like buying a car without knowing its horsepower. Your intention with the drone is to capture quality pictures and it’s important to know the image quality produced by drone in day or night time.

You need to educate yourself about the camera sensors and how they produce quality, for example, iPhone 7 has 1/3 inch sensor integrated into it, and most of the drone cameras are expected to have a 1-inch sensor. The bigger sensor leads to the better quality footage.

Raw footage

Does the drone’s built-in camera support raw footages? This feature comes really handy when you are required to process footage from professional software.

Hovering capabilities

Hovering capability is the important feature to look for because you will be expecting your drone to hover efficiently to have quality video footage.

Brushless motors

Brushless motors bring quietness to the drone which results in better sound quality and better stability as well.

Inbuilt GPS

Inbuilt GPS will help it achieve better hovering capability and it also gives your drone a capability to get back to your automatically in case of power drainage.

Detachable batteries

Because of their low battery life, it becomes absolutely necessary to be able to carry a spare battery for an extended period of flying hours.


Supporting a gimbal is a big advantage to your drone; gimbal can deliver you that extra edge in your aerial photography to get that incredibly smooth and stable.