Drones and Aerial: What you need to know
Soaring through the sky, climbing the highest peaks, and finessing your way into awkward spaces to capture breathtaking images of our beautiful earth was formally accessible to only the most determined (and daring) among us.
But thanks to the technological (and creative) innovations brought to us by drones, filmmakers and photographers (and really, anybody) can capture jaw-dropping footage behind the glass screens of our iPhones -- while keeping your feet planted comfortably on the ground.
The innovation of drones is even responsible for saving some lives, by making search and rescue missions more efficient!
Of all the consumer drones for videography in the market, DJI drones consistently take the W for being the favorite of novices and pros because of their flawless image quality, abundant features, and premium design & build quality.
Learn what drones are, what they’re for, and where you can get your hands on the best ones for your project.
What’s a DJI Drone?
Technically speaking, a drone is just a specialized unmanned aircraft. But you’re probably not interested in Big Military’s formal definition.
For us creatives, a drone is a tool for capturing epic aerial photography and video. If you’ve feasted your eyes on any of our latest 4K drone footage videos on YouTube, you know what we’re saying. The DJI Drones we’re referring to here are devices that enable artists to create their best work -- distance aside.
DJI drones are crafted with lightweight materials to decrease weight and increase maneuverability. The drones contain two distinct parts. The first is the drone itself which features propellers and a camera on the body. The second is the control system, which typically attaches to your mobile device -- from here, you can ‘pilot’ your drone everywhere and anywhere (as long as you’re within range).
Moment carries only the best drones to get your work done. Check ‘em out here.
What are the best DJI Drones?
The best DJI drones are lightweight & maneuverable yet powerful, with enough battery life to hang as long as you do. Our entire catalog of DJI drones has been rigorously curated, in the field, by award-winning pros.
These are a few of our favorites here at Moment -- all perfect for recording astonishing footage.
The Mavic Air 2, completely redesigned from the original, is a marriage between portability and power, offering the functionality hobbyists crave. This second series is packed with 48 megapixels, enabling it to shoot hyper lapse in 8K and SmartPhoto, DJI’s algorithm that automatically produces your best images with no effort on your part.
If still shots aren’t your only jam, the drone also shoots 4K/60p and HDR video. If you’re prone to bumping and crashing, the drone features Automatic Obstacle Avoidance.
Bottom line? The Mavic Air 2 brings high-end drone features to a mid-range drone (including price).
Get a deep, hands-on review of the Mavic Air 2 from Mike Dewey.
This thing can capture tight shots from hundreds of yards away. The Mavic 2 Zoom records in 4K, features a 2x optical zoom lens, and a 48mm focal length that compresses perspective to bring the foreground and background together, giving you more flexibility & making camera movements look extra buttery smooth -- this helps achieve the classic cinematic look you crave.
In other words, don’t sleep on this drone!
Our favorite of favorites here at Moment. The second series drone of the Mavic Pro lineup is DJI’s flagship model. Co-engineered in Sweden after two tireless years with the world-renowned Hasselblad, this ergonomic drone brings unrivaled image quality. The Mavic 2 Pro features a 1-inch sensor to capture epic shots, an adjustable aperture lens for ultimate control, and a 3-axis gimbal tech to bring you the smoothest images possible.
With 31 minutes of flight time and a max speed of 44mph (drone racing, anyone?), this aircraft is for the serious videographer.
Learn everything there is to know about the drone and see it in action in the hands-on Mavic 2 Pro review by Mikey Dewey.
COMBOS FROM MOMENT
Want everything you need to get flying ASAP? Say no more. Add a sweet drone package like the FPV Combo from DJI with everything required to get off the ground (and a little more) inside the box. Moment’s personal Mavic Filmmaker Bundle is a favorite that allows you to customize what comes in the box, from your drone to filters and phone cases.
The Beginning Consumer Drone Market
Designed for beginners, the DJI Mini 2 is a tiny but oh-so-adequate drone. The specs are similar to its parent, the Mav mini but, there are key upgrades such as the capacity to shoot 4K video at 100mbs per second, the 10km video transmission, and a slightly better battery (no complaints here) to differentiate it.
Learn why this consumer drone is perfect for entry-level filmmakers who are still serious about their craft with the hands-on DJI Mini 2 review with Caleb Babcock.
The drones on this list are hands-down the best for your content creation needs, but you can view the rest of our aerial drones and accompanying gear here.
Before we go, let’s recap some of the internets frequently asked questions about DJI drones.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which DJI drone should I buy?
Buy the DJI drone that fits your style and budget. At Moment, we carry everything from beginner-friendly drones like the DJI Mini 2 to drones for expert filmmakers like the DJI Mavic Pro 2. Both are great for capturing epic images and videos in “hard-to-reach” places.
Will DJI drones be banned?
No. Though there was some controversy because of US relations with the location of DJI drone manufacturing, you can rest assured that DJI drones are not banned. However, you do need to get some drones registered depending on size.
Can I still buy DJI drones?
Totally. DJI drones are the industry’s leader and offer the best drones you can buy for your buck. At Moment, we carry a wide variety of DJI drones to buy from beginner to expert.
Are DJI drones reliable?
Yes. DJI drones are some of the most reliable drones in the industry. DJI drones are tirelessly crafted to be made strong and suitable to tag along anywhere your art takes you. The Mavic Pro 2 from Moment is built to last. Plus DJI drones automatically come with a limited warranty.
DJI drones have forever changed the game of photo & video with imagination, innovation, and elbow grease. We’re stoked to offer the best of what DJI has created to artists of all levels. Artists can now take their content to new heights (literally) without moving an inch -- and we love that. If you need more help on which drone is the right fit for you, give a shoutout to one of our Gear Guides, many of whom use DJI drones on the daily. Happy shopping!