After years of experience in the drone and quadcopter industry, DJI has produced one of the best drones in the market right now, the DJI Mavic Pro Drone. It has the ability to capture videos in 4k and features an amazing follow me mode. It has also been created for portability and has a compact and foldable design that is easy to travel with. It is truly a powerful drone created to meet the consumers’ needs!
But if you feel that this DJI drone is a little pricy and you would like to explore options that are cheaper, then there are a few quadcopters in the market that can match up to the DJI Mavic Pro. Not only are these cheaper, but they also come with some of the same features with 4k recording and flight modes.
While all of these drones are great for use by both beginners and advanced fliers, the real question lies in which of the drones will trump the best drone race, and will DJI come on top?
Here are some of the best alternatives to the DJI Mavic Pro for you to pick from.
Wingsland S6 Foldable Pocket Selfie Drone
The Wingsland S6 RC Drone is an attractive mini UAV that boasts of an ultra slim body and can easily be carried around in your pocket. It is equipped with a 13MP camera as well as 3-axis EIS that makes it possible to capture stable and beautiful pictures and videos in 4K UHD at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 60fps.
The body of the drone has been in an ultra slim design that measures just 138 x 79 x 26.8mm in size and weighs 230g. It is one of the smallest drones to have 4K recording and is capable of some great aerial photography. The camera supports various features like panning, slow motion, time-lapse, auto following and flight path setting.
The drone also has omnidirectional obstacle avoidance due to its infrared detector, which can analyze and evade external obstacles from any direction to provide you a carefree flight.
It can be remotely controlled using the compatible and versatile application over Wi-Fi. It includes features like a virtual lever, gravity sensing, and voice control, as well as a Flight Simulator that allows you to learn and perfect flying the drone. The app will also let users edit their videos and pictures in an easy way, which can even later be shared to the Cloud.
Other features include a 6-axis gyro, infrared altimeter, high precision barometer, Dual mode GPS and 3 processors. The drone also has Automatic Following, FPV capabilities, Gravity Sense Control, Low-voltage Protection, One Key Automatic Return, One Key Landing, One Key Taking Off, Point of Interest and Selfie mode.
Apart from flying, there are also other ways of aerial entertainment with the Wingsland S6 RC Drone. It features extension interfaces on top of the drone’s protective guard. You can mount a Bomb Gun to launch bullets using the app, use the LED Expression Board that can display some cool emojis and text, and even use the Search Light to send SOS signals in the case of emergency.
The drone uses a 7.6V 1400mAh 10.64Wh (2S Li-Po) battery that provides a flight time of around 10 minutes, and has a control distance of about 120 meters.
ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone
The ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone is the newest entrant in the selfie drone race, created by Chinese UAV manufacturer ZeroTech. The drone makes taking selfies much easier as it features high portability, something that was missing from previous such drones and quadcopters.
The fragile and delicate parts like the propellers have always been a concern when travelling since they can break easily, but the Dobby comes with a unique foldable design that is compact and has foldable propellers, allowing it to fit in a bag or pocket! The drone is also super light at just 199 grams, letting it do away with FAA’s registration for quadcopters that weigh more than 250 grams.
The ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone is equipped with a 970mAh LiPo battery that provides 9 minutes of flight time. It can be controlled using an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, and has a range of up to 100 meters when flying indoors as well as outdoors.
It uses a 13 MP f/2.2 camera that has a FOV of 75 degrees. Apart from taking pictures, it can also record videos in 4K resolution at 30 fps or in 1080p at 30fps. It features image stabilization and can take burst shots of up to 15 pictures.
GDU (ProDrone) Byrd Premium 1.0 Drone
The GDU (ProDrone) Byrd Premium 1.0 is a great new quadcopter, which features folding propeller arms, interchangeable camera gimbals, and up to 29 minutes of flight time!
One of the main features of this ProDrone Byrd is its ability to be folded into a smaller size for easier storage and portability. The components once folded make the drone turn into a rectangular object, almost as big as an iPad making it easy to fit and carry in backpacks.
The drone features a 14.8V 6700mAh 99.4Wh large capacity lithium battery, which can reach up to 29 minutes of flight on a full charge. It can carry around 2kg of load weight, and has a maximum takeoff weight of 3.8kg without hindering its flying features.
The drone comes equipped with a 12MP camera and a F/2.8 leans with a distortion of <27%. It can record videos in the following resolutions:
- 4K: 24/25/30 fps
- 1080p: 25/30/50/60 fps
- 960p: 25/30/48/50/60 fps
- 720p: 25/30/50/60/100/120 fps
The Byrd Premium 1.0 allows users to switch gimbals so users have the options for add ons like the GoPro Gimbal and Infrared Camera, plus any future add ons released by the company.
GDU (ProDrone) Byrd Premium 1.0 Drone
Hover's Passport - Foldable Follow You Camera Drone
Foldability is a factor that is very sought after in the drones that are popular today and this can be seen with the case of the GoPro Karma and the DJI Mavic Pro. But there’s a new drone called the Zero Zero Robotics' Hover Camera Passport that is foldable in a new and innovative way, and is also fully enclosed. This means that the propellers are built inside of foldable carbon-fiber enclosure, that allows users to hold the drone from anywhere without getting cut by the propellers.
Once folded, the drone is about the same size as a VHS cassette tape, but is much lighter than you would think at 242 grams. It’s also not subject to the FAA's Hobbyist Drone Registration.
The Passport drone is an ultra-lightweight and very compact quadcopter that is powered using the Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform. It is equipped with a 13MP camera that has the capability to record videos in 4K video and provide amazing, smooth footage.
Hover's Passport - Foldable Follow You Camera DroneHover's Passport - Foldable Follow You Camera Drone
It doesn’t come along with a controller and fliers can instead use an iOS or Android device via Wi-Fi to control it. This provides an approximately 20-meter range with a 5GHz connection, as well as up to 10 minutes of hovering time without wind. The drone can also fly at up to 8 m/s or around 18 mph horizontally and sues a 1360mAh battery.
The drone has some cool flying features and can automatically follow you by tracking your face or body, circle around a subject to record, and even shoot a 360-degree panorama video. It also starts flying with just the press of a button when on standby, and you can release it horizontally for it to hover away. Another trick is to grab it while it is flying in mid-air and point it downward to make the propellers slower, and then press the power button to completely stop it. These functions are possible due to the drone’s processor, sonar, downward-facing camera, as well as other sensors.