To get the perfect shot, and to do it on a regular basis, you need the proper tools. For aspiring drone photographers out there, the perfect setup is a combination of portability and camera quality. Portability is a highly coveted quality in drones because photographers never stay in one place. A drone needs to easily be transported from one place to another to be useful in the job. This means it should be lightweight, the folded form should not be blocky, and it should be small enough to fit in any bag. It should also have some form of durability, because traveling can get shaky.
The other main factor to watch out for is the quality of the camera itself. Portable drones may be a key factor, but the camera is the photographer’s eyes in the sky. Clear, definitive, and capable of recording flawlessly – that is what a photographer needs.
To get these two factors to mesh together perfectly, you may have to prepare your wallets. Great camera drones – with features to improve the camera work – would go upwards of $1000. The twin drones from DJI for example, the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom offer great cameras to work with. The problem is, not every photographer, or just rec users in general, can afford to shell out $1500 for a single drone.
Parrot Anafi Review
The drone company Parrot recently unveiled their Anafi camera drone. The hook for this drone is simple – it is more affordable than your expensive models, but does similar amount of work. Of course, when hundreds of dollars are the difference between two drones, would you really nitpick on minor details?
The camera offers 4k detailed resolution at 100mbps, and recording at 30 FPS. Its nearest competitor, the DJI Mavic Air offers its services at $799. The Parrot Anafi’s price hovers around the $699 mark, nearly a hundred-dollar difference. For potential buyers picking between the two, most ask themselves, is the difference worth the hundred dollars?
Plus and Minus
(+) $100 cheaper than its closest competitor
(+) 4k camera with 30 FPS
(+) Foldable frame, very thin design
(+) Lightweight, non-bulky shape when folded
(+) 25 minutes of flight time
(+) Speeds reaching 33mph
(+) Very quiet when flying
(+) Quality zoom and 180-degree gimbal
(-) Takes 2 hours to fully charge
(-) No obstacle-detection or countermeasures when airborne
For more budget-conscious drone users, the cheaper drone will be a more appealing choice. If you are looking for a starter camera drone, or a drone that can take great shots at reasonable prices, the Parrot Anafi may just be for you.