When DJI’s Phantom multicopter arrived in 2013, it revolutionised the industry. Easy to fly, it made aerial photography and filming accessible to everyone.
But while the Phantom might have launched a mere three years ago, the company has been pushing the boundaries of aerial imaging since 2006. Through the Phantom range and beyond, it continues to innovate and surprise. Whether you're a professional film maker or hobbyist, it provides solutions to capture everything from stunning landscapes to world-class sporting events.
Not a pro? Never flown a drone before? No worries. DJI's drones come in flavours suitable for all. Backpacking around the world and want to come home with more than a set of standard-issue selfies? There's a drone for that too. DJI's unrivalled aerial imaging expertise means it has something to suit just about any need.
Mix and match the categories below to find the drone of your dreams.
Best for: adventurers
You can tell incredible stories with a drone, but with airlines charging for every ounce of checked luggage and tourist buses stuffed to the gunwhales with backpacker detritus (thanks for bringing your guitar, Dimitri!), being able to stow your stuff in the smallest possible space is important.
You don't want to compromise on quality, though, and the £1,099 DJI Mavic Pro offers an ideal blend of videographic excellence and portability. Unfolded and operational, it offers 27 minutes of flight time at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, while its three-axis gimbal camera mount allows it to shoot steady 4K footage. Fold it up and it becomes a neat 20cm long by 8.3cm wide brick that weighs just 743 grams. It uses ActiveTrack technology to follow people and objects you select, making flying simple and allowing you to concentrate on crafting the perfect story - however far you've had to travel to get it.
Also consider... The Phantom 4 (£1099) may not fold up, but its robust and lightweight magnesium skeleton, obstacle avoidance technology, powerful 4K camera and top speed of 44mph means it's ready for any adventure.
Best for: newcomers
If you're making your first foray into drone-tography, the Phantom 3 Series is a very smart option. The Phantom 3 Standard (£509) is robust and simple, with speedy set-up, straightforward controls and up to 25 minutes of flying time.
Auto-hover keeps it in place when you've taken your fingers off the control sticks, and Automatic Flight Assistant constantly records its position using the Phantom 3's built-in GPS, allowing you to call it back from wherever you've flown it with a single command. That's especially handy when it's just notified you its battery is running low…
Also consider... Want to upgrade your video? The clue's in the name with the Phantom 3 4K (£699), which offers improved range (1.2km) alongside higher-resolution footage. Also, its visual positioning system – ultrasonic sensors scanning beneath the Phantom 3 for patterns – means that it can hover indoors, and identify its position in GPS-free areas.