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I am looking to get into a prosumer drone this year, basically waiting to see if DJI releases any major improvements with a Phantom 5 that hopefully comes out Oct/Nov or if an updated Mavic has a real camera sensor on it, otherwise I will likely grab a Phantom 4 Pro at a minor discount.

I love the idea of the mavic with portability (especially if ever traveling), but I think the quality of the camera is more important and unless they basically provide the new P4P camera on an upcoming mavic revision I will have to pass on it.
I do not want buyers remorse in the sense of thinking "these photos look good, maybe even great, but certainly not outstanding."
I also want to just jump in and grab a top-tier quality drone and not waste money on a middle market one to then find myself buying the high end again later.

Just curious who out here already has experience with some high end drones for photography and video.
I would imagine a few of you have a P3P, P4, or P4P.
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· Stealin Yer Sammich!
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Dronie checking in! I've been away from the OCN forums for a long while now. Life changes etc have led me down a bit of a different path in the last few years. Where I was once heavily into Gaming and Folding I have now moved to Drone Photography and Videography and editing both.

I currently have a DJI Spark that I use for photography. I know that the Spark has now been discontinued by DJI for the upcoming release of the Mavic Mini.

As for an upcoming Phantom 5. I have not seen or heard of anything of that nature coming out for 2019 Q4.

Picture is of my Spark. I have added a few things since I took this picture. Tablet, tablet mount, range extender, new landing legs, gimbal cover for flight and non flight to protect camera and gimbal. I will be adding some filters, batteries, and more props soon.


· Stealin Yer Sammich!
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DJI makes some nice drones of various sizes and prices. But as you've mentioned in a way, the quality of cameras depends on the model or what you slap on it, meaning you can have a nice inexpensive drone you can take anywhere or get a huge film making like setup that will cost you both kidneys and then some.

4k60 is a must IMHO, and the Spark and Mavic might not do that, DJI site sucks they don't even list basic specs. P4P seems to have 4k60 and a decent sensor but it's larger and so on. Even the Mavic isn't that small when you have it in your hands.
Spark is neat. The flight time of all is rather poor. 15-30min only.

DJI probably hard to beat when it comes to consumer drones right now.

DJI is pretty much the top standard when it comes to consumer and prosumer drones. Their pricing and features are hard to beat. I know that the Mavic Mini will be able to shoot video @ 4k30fps.

the mavic Pro Platinum shoots at the following:
C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2720x1530 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

You will be hard pressed at this stage of drone tech to get a consumer or prosumer drone that will shoot at [email protected]

The Inspire 2 is a Professional drone that you can buy different gimbal cameras for that will shoot at higher FPS, but then you are spend thousands and thousands. The ZENMUSE X7
runs $3,109 just for the camera. The Inspire 2 runs $3,499. By itself, no camera.
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