Ultimate Drone Buying Guide for Total Beginners 2022
Best Drones for beginners that still shoot pro quality video and photos compared.
DJI Mini 2 vs. DJI Mini 3 Pro vs. Air 2S vs. Autel Evo Nano Plus vs. Mavic 3 vs. Mavic 2 Pro vs. Autel Evo II Pro K vs. DJI Inspire 2 with X5S
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If you're on a mega-budget, You can STILL get awesome footage. A mini 2 is still a really good drone and DJI told me they don't want the Mini 3 Pro and Mini 2 to compete. It isn't a replacement its just a more VIP option but the same size.
Mini 2 Pro still gets RAW format photography, 4k footage stabilized, awesome connection on the newer remote, it still kicks man.
It is a 1/2.3" sensor and shoots 12 megapixel photos but it is PLENTY to grow with. Just find it used on Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, Offerup for like $250 or lower.
Mini SE - $250 New
(used to be called Mavic Mini)
2.7k and JPEG photos only but can live in your pocket
Mini 2 - $450
4K, RAW photos, Great connection, really impressive for the size, convenience and ease
Mini 3 Pro - $750/$900
Get the $900 one, it is REALLY worth having a dedicated smart remote especially for this little extra.
1/1.3 inch sensor, 4K footage, vertical filming, 12 megapixel RAW photos, quietest drone so far, looks like a bug flying. Such a crazy fun experience, incredible data. They've made the footage look like it came from a bigger drone. Activetrack to follow you around if you care about that.
I've got a review on this drone already.
LOVE this thing.
Air 2S - $1000
Pay more for the Fly More kit though, you want the batteries and ND filters:
5.4K footage, 1 inch sensor and REALLY bang for your buck at $1000, such a good deal. 60fps if you care (I don't) and competes with the mavic 2 pro image. Most people in the Mini 3 Pro crowd who care a little more about quality (professionals) choose this drone.
Mavic 2 Pro - $1000 Used
King of drones up until last year. 1 inch sensor, 20 megapixel RAW photos. The holy grail, still worth it.
Autel Evo II 6K - $1100 Used
6K 1 inch sensor, 20 megapixel photos. Flies funny, default picture is weird. Have to tweak it in editing but then it is great.
I'd pick a mavic 2 pro used anyday
Mavic 3 - $2150/$2850
Get the normal version not the $5000 Cine version if you don't know what Prores format is.
There is no going back after having this drone. Unbelievable dynamic range. UNREAL stability, color, control. When it launched it was janky, but they fixed everything with firmware updates. A 7x zoom lens as a second option. Everything I have filmed has looked much better than i was anticipating while shooting.
This is for professional who want to knock anything out of the park, no limits honestly.
DJI Mini 4 - No, don't even start asking.
Inspire 2 + X5S camera - $8000+ Used
Shoots 6K RAW Video (literally filming in RAW photos)
5.2K 422 Prores and 4K Proress 4444 incase you know what that all means. Its an insanely high quality image that is mega flexible for color grading and so enjoyable just to watch ungraded b-roll with it, but man is it a pain in the butt to get out, lug around, deal with the attention and the noise it has. It's more like a once in a while, Ace in the hole to blow something out the water or shoot Stock Footage and practice cinematography. Interchangeable lenses are really nice too.
I have other videos on making money, go watch those if you need.
If you want the fastest way to get better footage, watch the Cinematography one, trust me it is very necessary.
:35 Buying a cheap drone
1:00 They are all easy
2:15 Drones Compared
3:25 Drone Quality comparison
4:12 DJI Drones
4:55 Smart Drones
5:35 Mini 2 cheapest
6:20 Evo Nano plus
8:00 Noise Test
9:05 Mavic 3 Best Drone
9:45 Sensor chart comparison
11:48 Avoid salesy words
12:34 Make a Decision
13:05 Mini 3 Pro vs Air 2S
14:30 Best experience
14:45 Fastest Way to Improve