The Best Drones for Nature Photography


March 26, 2018

We have all taken pictures with our phones. Be it selfies, photos of our friends or nature pictures. Being behind the camera requires a little skill so as to focus well and not take blurred photos. Some cameras have very low mega pixels and thus take pictures which are not of good quality. Taking pictures with cameras also means that one is limited to a few angles, unless they go to the top of a building. Drones make taking photos easy. They fly as high as 400ft and take quality images. It is also easy to operate a simple drone, as one can quickly learn how to handle the device. While using a drone, stay away from areas that have tall buildings, airports and avoid flying above populous areas. While different drones are made for different purposes, all of them can take photos. Drones vary in specifications, there are those made for beginners, the toys that are kid friendly, and others which require experts to operate. Listed below are some of the best drones one can use for nature photography.

Holy Stone F181W: It weighs 2 pounds and is recommended for beginners as it comes with everything assembled. It has a 360 degree flip and a 720P wide angle camera. Its 120 degree view enables you to take panoramic images. It is an affordable gadget for anyone who wants to venture in professional photography. If you want a direct transmission of videos to your phone, then this is the drone for you. Holystone F181W drones have the FPVlive transmission feature which make this easy. Using Wi-Fi, the camera in the drone will send real time live videos and pictures, and you can use the Holy Stone App to download everything you have captured. The gravity sensor mode in the app helps in maneuvering, and thus the app can also act as the controller. Its transmission range is 30-50 meters. The Hover mode in Holystone F181W enables you take crisp pictures. To do this, turn on the Hover mode in your drone when the drone is at least 3 meters above the ground and release the left and right control sticks simultaneously. The drone will keep hovering in different positions until you press tap on the controls. Make the drone to face you and use the app on your phone to take the best group or nature photos.  Avoid windy weather while flying this drone.

DJI Phantom 4 PRO: It weighs 1388g has a velocity range of 50Kph at 2m above ground. The battery capacity is 5870 mAh and has a voltage of 15.2V. Its camera uses a mechanical shutter that help stop distortion when capturing images in motion. It’s good for taking videos as it can take H.265 4K videos at 30fps and H.264 4K videos at 60fps. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro screen gives 1000cd/m2 brightness which is twice as bright as normal phones.

When flying above trees, tap on the screen to direct your drone. Change directions by gently moving your finger to the position you want. Its maximum flight is 30 minutes and its video transmission system is Lightbridge. This type of drone is great for photography as it has a single shot mode, auto exposure bracketing and a burst shooting of 3/5/7/10/14 frames. The maximum video bitrate is 100 Mbps and it saves photos in JPEG,DNG and JPEG+DNG.

UDI U842 Predator: It weighs 8.3 pounds and comes in handy for anyone who wants to own a drone for simple fun shots and making a photography portfolio. One great thing about this drone is that it comes with two 1000mAhbatteries. You can fly for nine minutes with the first battery on and then fly for another nine minutes with the second battery. The drone doesn’t require an expert to handle as it is also suitable for kids when trained. The 720HD camera takes clean aerial shots, and will have you marvel at the quality. You can directly share the photos to your social media accounts, therefore enjoy the happy moments with your friends and family.  When flying, you can use your phone to control its movements. It is easy to find parts for replacement if damaged.

DJI Mavic PRO: You can capture the beautiful scenery for 27 minutes uninterrupted with the DJI Mavic Pro. It easily folds and this is a plus as you can carry the drone wherever you wish to and not feel tired. Its 4K camera and super compact 3 axis gimbal will have you capture stabilized videos without the resolution cutbacks often needed in digital stabilization. The OcuSync transmission system stretches the drone to a maximum range of more than 4 miles.  When flying at short ranges, the gadget gives 1080P videos and the downloads occur at 40Mb/s. The remote controllers are small enough to fit in one’s pockets. The drone can hover in any environment as it has a sturdy build. DJI Mavic Pro’s battery life and its ability to fold make it suitable for photographers to shoot clear 4K shots and easily move around.

Yuneec Typhoon H: It weighs 19.1 pounds and the quality of videos captured by the camera for slow motion videos is 1080P/120fps and 4K/ 30fps HD videos shot at normal speed. It is resistant to light wind but will not capture clear images in heavy wind . The 360 degree rotating gimbal is a great feature. It takes 12 Megapixel pictures with No-Distortion Lens. It has eight flying modes. The drone’s intuitive navigation system takes care of its payload at 43.5 mph. The Yuneec Typhoon H drone builds a 3D model of surroundings. Its intuitive flying makes it easy for newbies to operate.

Drone technology has made it easier to keep memories, and efficiently capture objects in motion. With little effort, you can save time by just flying the drone to your desired height, and get the best images the drone can capture. Drones manufactured for complex tasks are pricy, but one can get the affordable models, especially for photographers who want simple tools to document amazing moments in aerial view. Photography drones are often easy to use, but need to be handled with care to avoid damages. With a little training, you will be able to take the most stunning panoramic photos and share with your loved ones and the world.