New Drones Continue To Drive The Air Drone Craze, even with company’s like 3DR and GoPro now out of the picture and all of the restructuring going on in recent months from Autel, Yuneec and Parrot. DJI continues to produce the best new drones on the market.
In the last couple of years alone, DJI has continued to improve reliability, flight times, camera quality and even lower their prices. Their latest drones are getting smaller, smarter and more affordable.
The competition is under pressure to create something better, instead most are scrambling just to keep up. However, Many quadcopter manufacturers have stepped up to introduce a good number of new drones for 2021. These flying machines have the latest in drone tech and cutting edge features.
With more and more people interested in aerial photography and flying drones for fun, DJI along with other drone manufacturers are starting to make drones that appeal to more mainstream consumers in terms of price, features and portability.
Some of these new drones with cameras are from company’s you recognize and others you may not have heard of yet, but they can offer Drone buyers a few more choices in a Dji dominated market.
So let’s take a look at what new camera drones have to offer in 2021.
New Drones For 2021
The Mavic Air 2 Features:
- Camera – 4K, 48 MP, 60 FPS
- New AirSense technology
- APAS 3.0 Obstacle Avoidance
- OcuSync 2.0 controller with new ergonomic design
- FocusTrack- better subject tracking
- Hyperlapse- Time Lapse Shots
- SmartPhoto- Integrated scene recognition
- 6 quickshot modes
- 34 Minute Flight Time
The DJI Mavic Air 2 looks a lot like the original with the same folding design, A three-axis gimbal and Obstacle avoidance.
The new design holds your smartphone above, instead of below the remote control and is loaded with updated technology.
Now the Mavic Air 2 can go faster, fly longer and take better pictures with the new enhanced automated flight paths and object tracking.
The Mavic Air 2 is DJI’s first consumer drone to include AirSense technology. The platform provides enhanced safety by warning drone pilots of other aircraft nearby.
In terms of size, price, and capability, it’s a drone that’s really easy to fly and carry around, offering features and a price tag many consumers will find appealing.
The standard kit includes the Mavic Air 2, controller, battery, 3 pair Low-Noise Propellers, Gimbal Protector, Battery Charger, Manuals, AC Power Cable, RC Cables.
The Fly More combo includes the above, PLUS: 2 batteries (3 total), 6 pair Low-Noise Propellers (Pair), Battery Charging Hub, Battery to Power Bank Adapter, Shoulder Bag, ND Filters Set (ND16/64/256)
Features of the Autel Robotics EVO II:
- Capture 8K Video & 48MP Photos
- 12-Sensor Obstacle Avoidance
- Up to 40-Minute Flight Time
- HD Transmission up to 5.6 Miles
- Remote controller with 3.3″ OLED screen
- Record HDR video at up to Ultra HD 4K resolution
- Get a clear image with phase detection autofocus
- Capture action in dramatic 120 fps slow motion at up to 2K resolution
- 4x lossless in-camera zoom
- 8 GB of internal storage
- Defogging mode
- Foldable design for a compact and ultra-portable form factor
- Battlock system to help prevent accidental battery ejections during hard maneuvers and landings
- Radar feature for more environmental information while manually piloting with avoidance turned off
Autel Robotics has announced the EVO Drone II, another foldable quadcopter packed full of intelligent flight features and equipped with an 8K camera capable of 48MP stills, EVO 2 boasts the highest resolution camera of any foldable drone on the market.
EVO 2 is capable of flying for up to 40 minutes with a top speed of 45mph on a single charge.
The Evo 2 uses an entirely new sensor and storage platform for omni-directional obstacle avoidance. Six pairs of optical cameras allow the aircraft to build a three-dimensional model of the world around it. A total of 12 computer vision sensors, 2 sonar sensors, and 2 LED landing lights, working together to create an aircraft with the best obstacle avoidance in the industry.
Meet The EVO II
There are three models in the Evo 2 series:
- Base-level Evo 2- incorporates an 8K video sensor
- Evo 2 Pro- capable of capturing 20 megapixel stills and 6K video
- Evo 2 Dual- incorporates the same 8K sensor as the base model, as well as FLIR thermal imaging core
Mavic Mini Features:
- 249g Ultralight
- 30-min Flight Time
- 2.5 miles (4 km) HD Video Transmission
- Vision Sensor + GPS Precise Hover
- 2.7K Camera 3-Axis Gimbal
- Simplified Recording & Editing
DJI has now added the DJI Mavic Mini, 3rd in the mavic series and is the smallest mavic yet.
This tiny and light weight mini drone with camera is user friendly and offers up to 30 minutes of flight time.
Offered at a reasonable price point for such a high quality, compact flying camera.
The Mavic Mini is equipped with a small camera on a three-axis motorized gimbal that can capture 2.7K video and 12-megapixel photographs.
The DJI Fly app offers several pre-programmed flight modes, with just a tap on the screen, this small camera drone will automatically perform a Dronie, Circle, Helix or Rocket maneuver.
Safety wise, the Mavic Mini has no obstacle avoidance, but uses GPS receivers for location and downward visual sensors to detect the ground below. It will automatically “return home” if the drone loses connection to the controller or detects a low battery level.
If you been waiting for an affordable, high quality, easy to fly, small camera drone with great features. The DJI Mavic Mini may be right drone for you.
Please Note: while the size of the Mavic Mini Drone may not require registration, It does not exclude you from the standard airspace safety rules. Please fly responsibly.
4. Skydio 2
The Skydio 2 Drone Features:
- Flight Time – 23 minutes
- Max Flight Speed 36 mph (manual or autonomous)
- Storage – Removable MicroSD card slot
- Autonomy System – 6 Navigation Cameras
- Obstacle Avoidance – Omnidirectional including above/below
- Object Tracking and Identification – Up to 10 simultaneous objects of interest
- Camera Sensor – Sony 1/2.3” 12.3MP CMOS
- Still Resolution – 12 MP
- Video Resolution – 4K 60 FPS
Skydio is a Redwood City, California based company looking to challenge DJI’s dominance.
The new Skydio 2 is 50 percent smaller, 50 percent lighter, 50 percent quieter, and half the price of the original R1.
Redesigned with dual downward-facing front rotors and two upward-facing rear rotors, offers a 23-minute battery life and the ability to track and film a subject in 4K, while cleverly navigating any environment and reaching speeds of up to 36 miles per hour.
Skydio 2 can be piloted 3 ways, with a smartphone, the controller or the beacon by simply pointing at the drone, pushing a button, pointing the beacon to a new spot and then releasing the button.
This drone has 7 onboard cameras —one 4K camera for recording, and 6 cameras with 200-degree fields of view, positioned around the drone that help it sense the world and navigate through it in real time.
The Skydio 2 is all about autonomous flight, All you need to do is pick what filming mode you want and the drone will take off, fly on its own, find you, and track you.
See how the Skydio 2 navigates through it’s environment…
As you can see from the video above, Skydio is targeting serious sports enthusiasts, the kind of people that want to shoot high-quality video without having to worry about piloting their drone.
The skydio 2 is built in American and priced at $999.00 plus the controller and beacon, which retail for $149 each.
You can pre-order now for $100 deposit, and Skydio says it’ll offer R1 owners the opportunity to upgrade at a discounted price via email.
TELLO Features Include:
- Tello is safe and easy to fly indoors
- You can control Tello directly via Tello app on your smartphone or with the controller (Sold Separately)
- With EZ Shots, users can fly in three specific patterns while recording short videos.
- You can launch it from your palm and control it with hand motions.
- There are also several flight modes, including ones for shooting a quick 360-degree video
- Users can also program their own flight patterns
Tello is a drone from Chinese firm Ryze Tech in collaboration with Intel and DJI.
Offers 13 minutes of flight time between charges, a 360-degree camera that takes 5MP snaps and videos, with live streaming capabilities and a simple-to-use control system for youngsters.
A feature unique to the Tello is the use of Scratch (Simple, Block-based visual programming) and SDK (Software Development Kit – for more advanced users).
A really cool mini drone that’s fun to fly, has an affordable price and can help inspire younger people with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) a way of learning about coding logic and robotics.
See tello in action…
6. Parrot Anafi
Best Features of Parrot’s ANAFI Drone:
- The first consumer-level drone on the market with HDR video capabilities.
- Video modes; Hyperlapse and Slow-Motion are innovative features that require no editing.
- A new intuitive app with automated movements of the drone and the camera.
- Zoomable camera, You can magnify up to 2.8x in “Lossless” mode for 4K.
- Find My Drone- Make it beep at the tap of a button or find it on the map to locate and retrieve it.
The French drone company Parrot has just introduced the ANAFI Drone. A new drone designed to meet four essential needs: Image quality, flight performance, foldability and ease of use.
ANAFI has a 4K HDR camera with 2.8x lossless zoom and a 21MP sensor. The first drone equipped with a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer that has 180 degrees of vertical tilt freedom. This means, not only can this drone look straight down, it can also look straight up.
ANAFI has a 25 minute flight time and a range of up to 2.5 miles. The Geofence option lets you define your own virtual perimeter, stopping ANAFI from flying out of a designated area. All the controls and features are accessed through the drone’s new app: FreeFlight 6.
You can charge the drone’s smart battery with a power bank or with the USB Type-C charging system from your smartphone or computer.
The case, included in the pack, protects the drone during transportation. It is compact, lightweight and is able to fit in most bags.
Parrot has developed a small folding drone that offers 4K HDR video and a gimbal-mounted camera that can see upwards, which is different. However, it has no internal memory outside of the microSD slot and no obstacle avoidance. Really not much of a threat in price or features compared to the popular DJI Mavic Air.
Most Notable Features of the Mantis Q Include:
- 4K camera can be tilted upwards 20 degrees and downwards by 90 degrees during flight.
- Automatic flight modes such as Journey, Point of Interest and Orbit Me
- 33 minutes of flight time
- Equipped with advanced indoor stabilization technology
- Maximum speed of 44 miles per hour in Sport Mode
Yuneec has introduced a new contender for the DJI Mavic Air in the form of the Mantis-Q a foldable compact drone that can be used with some simple voice commands.
The Mantis Q recognizes a wide variety of voice commands, including take off, take a picture, record video, wake up, return to home and take a selfie.
Improved facial recognition and gesture mode enables the Mantis Q to take a picture of you if it spots you smiling or waving within a range of 13 feet.
Down-facing dual sonar sensors and infrared detection make it safe enough to fly indoors and outdoors.
See the Mantis Q in action
The Mantis Q was developed to offer the most cutting-edge, advanced drone features, including facial detection and voice control, in a package that’s ultra portable and easy to use.
You can Pre-order it now! Due to ship in September with a price tag of $499.99.
A Mantis Q X-Pack will also be available for $649.99 and includes the Mantis Q drone, the controller, 3 batteries, spare propellers, a three-port charger, a USB cord, power cable, and a travel shoulder bag.
8. GDU O2
The GDU O2 has been labeled the “MAVIC KILLER” and has a couple unique design features. Sliding-arms made from aviation aluminum alloy that hide the props inside the body.
The controller slides into a space under the folded drone so users can easily put them together in the GDU carry bag.
Come’s with One of the world’s smallest 3-axis stabilized camera gimbals that can capture amazing footage in 4K. along with dual obstacle avoidance sensors and all the usual smart flight modes, including gesture recognition. Use the V Gesture to take photo and show your Palm to take video.
See video to learn more about the GDU O2 Drone
The new GDU mini app for O2 allows you perform all smart functions, and access to its built-in Editing and Sharing function.
The overall design is great for travelling, with 20 minutes of flight time and built-in 16 GB memory it’s a well designed drone, but it is probably not a “Mavic Killer.”
Drone technology is constantly changing and improving. There are many company's trying out new designs and applications. Like the Pitta and AirSelfie2 Drones above, Crowd funding sites are popular venues for new drones. Here are a few new drones currently in the pipeline.
So What's In Store For The Future?
New Drones are smaller, safer and easy to use, not to mention cheaper. This has made them more appealing to the mainstream consumer in recent years.
Dji has clearly set the standard for Consumer Drones with the Mavic Air and with the lack of any real competition, they will probably continue to be a market leader for years to come.
Anyway, As you can see, there are several company's introducing new drones. It will be interesting to see if any of these models can compete with the current DJI Models, It seems evident, most of them can't compete price wise and many still lack the array of options found on DJI drones.