Best Drone for Real Estate

The best drone for real estate is one that can provide a clear view of the property. It should produce high-quality images and videos with minimal distortion to be useful in marketing or sales presentations. This criteria helps narrow down the search when looking for a new drone, but there are many other factors to consider before picking out your perfect machine. In this article we’ll go through some of the best picks on the market and help you choose the right one.

What is the Best Drone For Real Estate?

We could say that we traveled the world to find for you the Best Drone For Real Estate and it’s partially true – we’ve been on the road since 2011 after all.

More importantly, we have done a very thorough research online and have gone through most of the available real estate drones that you can buy today. We read the comments left by people who bought and used these drones for real estate.

We also wrote a brief drones for real estate Buying Guide and FAQ sections to address most questions you may have.

Without further ado, here’s the list of top 9 real estate drones based on their pricing, specs and ratings by real users.

1. DJI Mini 2 Lightweight Drone

Specs
Price: 💲💲💲💲 (fewer 💲 = cheaper)
Weight: 0.5 Pounds (0.2 kg)
Max Flight Time: 31 Minutes
Control Range: 32 800 ft (10 000 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: Yes
SD Card Slot: Yes

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You’ll find DJI Mini 2 almost identical in appearance to its predecessor DJI Mavic Mini, but don’t be fooled by the appearances because the devil is in the detail. DJI Mini 2 is significantly better in performance which is reflected in most of its specs.

While this is still a drone under .55 pounds, hence not requiring a registration, the photo and video quality makes you feel like a Holywood filmmaker. Features like 4k video, 4x zoom, 3-axis Gimbal come together with easy-to-use software that helps capture quick shots that are impressive (easpecially on social media).

Another great improvement on the previous model is the control range, flight time and motor power to help in windy conditions. Thanks to these you’ll be able to fly further and longer, but most importantly safer and less likely to lose the drone by flying out of range.

The obvious downside is the price that is by far highest on this list. DJI Mini 2 is hands-down a Premium buy. Also, I wish it had an active tracker to follow us around, but there’s a chance this will be introduced as a software update at a later date.

Pros

  • Absolute best in its category – drones not requiring a registration to fly,
  • Impressive 10 kilometers control range (over 6 miles),
  • Stable and clear footage even in very strong winds,
  • Much better controller than in DJI Mavic Mini,
  • Cinema quality video resolution with 4K video and wide-angle 180° view

Cons

  • Sometimes may experience short term difficulties connecting to GPS,
  • Doesn’t have active tracker to follow you,
  • Soft padded case not as good as previous version so you can consider a drone backpack

2. DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Quadcopter

Specs
Price: 💲💲💲💲💲 (fewer 💲 = cheaper)
Weight: 1.3 Pounds (0.6 kg)
Max Flight Time: 34 Minutes
Control Range: 32799
Charging Time: 55 Hours

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The Mavic Air 2 is a high-performance drone that comes with premium features to take your aerial photography to the next level. Although this drone is at the high end of the spectrum, it is one of the easiest drones to use for newbies and one of the best for professional work. The Mavic Air 2 features a high-performance camera that delivers 48MP photos and 4K/ 60fps video resolution and includes smart functions that make the photography and video sessions super easy to execute. The drone comes with a 3-axis gimbal to stabilize the camera while giving you a dynamic range of video shots. However, you will need to fix the Mavic Air 2 mount to use your GoPro, which you can buy separately. Other premium features include the impressive 34-minute flight time and the lithium-ion batteries that take only 55 minutes to charge. I also like that you can get HD live stream transmission with its onboard camera from an impressive distance of 6.2 miles. The drone also comes with an obstacle sensor, which helps to keep your drone from crashing onto obstacles in flight.

Pros

  • Impressive 34-minute flight time, Short 55-minute battery charging time,
  • Low noise and power-efficient propellers,
  • Foldable and lightweight design for easy portability,
  • Easy to use for newbies and pros alike

Cons

  • It needs a separate gimbal for GoPro,
  • Expensive

3. Teeggi Visuo XS816 Drone

Specs
Price: 💲 (fewer 💲 = cheaper)
Weight: 0.4 Pounds (0.2 kg)
Max Flight Time: 20 Minutes
Control Range: 164 ft (50 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: No

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Comparable machine to DJI Mavic Mini but at a much lower cost. This is one of the lightest drones on this list making it great for trekking, especially if you’re going for several days and the backpack space is tight.

One of the most unique features of this model is the dual camera, filming both front and back of the quadcopter at the same time. It also says it’s 4K HD, however, after looking t the actual footage, it doesn’t seem to me it records at this quality.

Pros

  • Affordable for all the features it provides,
  • 2 cameras; filming front and back at once,
  • Long flight time

4. DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter V2.0

Specs
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Weight: 3.1 Pounds (1.4 kg)
Max Flight Time: 20-25 Minutes
Control Range: 999
Charging Time: 1.5 Hours

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Unlike the Mavic Air 2, this model is significantly more affordable, and it comes attached with a 3-axis gimbal specifically for GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver. If you have the Hero 3 and Hero 3+ GoPro models, you can get a separate H3-3D gimbal here.

This drone is in its second version, and it features a new remote controller with a rechargeable battery and a gimbal tilt control. It also features a larger battery with a longer flight time, upgraded motors, and propellers for more power.

The Phantom 2 drone comes with a 1080p FHD camera that provides live streaming up to a range of 980 feet. On its own, the camera provides excellent quality footage and comes with a variety of smart features and compatibility with 46mm lens filters. Other features I like include the GPS feature and the easy setup out of the box.

Pros

  • Includes an H4-3D gimbal for GoPro Hero 4,
  • Smooth and stable control for clear footage,
  • Easy to set up and use for newbies,
  • Quick battery charging time

Cons

  • Some users have had issues with charging their batteries

5. Potensic D58 Drone

Specs
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Weight: 1.3 Pounds (0.6 kg)
Max Flight Time: 18 Minutes
Control Range: 1640 ft (500 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: No
SD Card Slot: Yes

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Fun to fly drone equipped with great camera and and long control range. It’s rather heavy and so it will respond better than most on this list in windy conditions. It’s also very durable which makes it good for less experienced drone operators.

Pros

  • Responsive and agile drone that delivers crisp and clear 1080P HD videos,
  • Long flight time,
  • 3 speed modes

6. DJI Mavic Mini Light Foldable Drone

Specs
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Weight: 0.5 Pounds (0.2 kg)
Max Flight Time: 30 Minutes
Control Range: 1312 ft (400 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: Yes
SD Card Slot: Yes

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I used this quadcopter for a month in Scotland and, I have to say, this is the reason why I decided to buy one. Flying DJI Mavic Mini is a bliss – easy, intuitive and satisfying. It’s also a lightweight and perfect for outdoors because its battery lasts up to 30 minutes so you have plenty of time to find the best shot, making it the best hiking drone out there. Footage also positively surprised me with good quality, especially when it comes to photos. The 3-axis gimbal stabilizes the camera so that the videos are very smooth and look professional, even in strong wind.

DJI Mavic Mini also excels in control range of around 1300 feet. Then, with the built-in SD card, even when your smartphone loses contact with the drone, the footage continues to be recorded in the highest quality, which you’ll be able to download to your computer later.

If you have even bigger budget, you can go for the newest version, DJI Mini 2, which is a Premium Choice here.

Pros

  • 3-axis gimbal ensures superior camera stability and ultra-smooth footage,
  • Very long flight time (up to 30 minutes),
  • lightweight and not requiring FAA registration,
  • Crisp video footage in all weather conditions,
  • Extremely easy to use even for those who never flew a drone before,
  • Very reliable with a long control range,
  • Fly More Combo is a great value add

Cons

  • Price is a limiting factor for most users,
  • No smart controller support

7. Simrex X11 Drone

Specs
Price: 💲💲 (fewer 💲 = cheaper)
Weight: 2.8 Pounds (1.3 kg)
Max Flight Time: 22 Minutes
Control Range: 1640 ft (500 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: Yes
SD Card Slot: Yes

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While you can buy this drone for under 200 dollars, you’ll be able to capture professional-level videos. The heavyweight makes it a bit more difficult to transport than other small unmanned aircraft on this list but in return comes with a battery enabling you to fly it for over 20 minutes at a time.

It is possible to operate Simrex X11 with or without remote control connected to your mobile phone. Beginner-friendly functions include automatic return-home (especially useful when you lose control or battery is running out), option to automatically follow you, orbit around you, and many others.

Pros

  • Excellent camera quality and gimbal stabilization for optimal videos,
  • Large battery allows for long flight time,
  • GPS positioning and several one-button functions make it easy to use for beginners

8. EMAX Tinyhawk RTF Micro Racing Drone

Specs
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Weight: 0.9 Pounds (0.4 kg)
Max Flight Time: 4 Minutes

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The EMAX Tinyhawk RTF micro drone is the premium choice on my list. It is an excellent choice for entry-level quadcopter pilots, and it comes ready to fly out of the box. The drone comes with an FPV kit that includes FPV goggles, the remote controller, and a small carry case. Although the drone is slightly larger than some of the other drones on the list, it is considerably lightweight at 42g.

The drone features a durable polypropylene frame with impact protection guards for the propellers. It also includes an FPV camera which transmits high-quality FPV video to the goggles or an external monitor. Another thoughtful feature is the motor beeper function that helps you find the micro drone if it lands in a busy place.

Tinyhawk is a racing drone, and it has the fastest speed of all the drones on this list at 35 miles per hour. The quadcopter’s controller comes with Level, Horizon, and Full Acrobatic FPV flight modes. On the downside, its battery performance is the shortest on my list of the best micro-drones at four minutes.

Pros

  • Ready to fly out of the box,
  • Can achieve 35mph racing speed,
  • Comes with a camera and FPV goggles,
  • Sturdy and durable construction

Cons

  • Short flight time of four minutes

9. Contixo F22 Camera Drone

Specs
Price: 💲 (fewer 💲 = cheaper)
Weight: 0.5 Pounds (0.2 kg)
Max Flight Time: 20 Minutes
Control Range: 750 ft (229 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: No
SD Card Slot: Yes
Charging Time: 120 Hours

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A beginner-friendly machine incorporating several options for automatic control. From selfie mode operated with hand gestures, drawing a flight path on your smartphone, to drone following you in real time. The drawbacks are the poor stabilization so you’ll have to do it on your computer in post-production if you’re recording in a windy weather, and the Return Home that doesn’t always work well resulting in crashes.

Pros

  • GPS functionality that let’s you draw a flight path on your smartphone for the drone to follow,
  • High quality camera to record videos in Full HD,
  • Beginner-friendly options for easy learning

Cons

  • Not very good stabilization,
  • Return Home function often doesn’t work properly and may result in the drone crashing

Verdict

TLDR: Quick summary of our findings as to what can be considered the best drone for real estate is below:

Overall best drone for real estate out there: DJI Mini 2 Lightweight Drone

Premium Pick if money is not much of an issue: DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone Quadcopter

Budget Choice – there’s no shame in spending prudently: Teeggi Visuo XS816 Drone

Our other reviews you may find useful in your research:

What You Should Know Before Buying Drones For Real Estate

Drone Flying Precautions

When you are flying a drone, do not fly it too high. A good height to start with is 50 meters and gradually increase your altitude as you become more confident with controlling the drone. Do not fly where there is a lot of other air traffic — especially commercial airliners — or near airports. Check local regulations before launching your drone and avoid restricted areas such as military installations. You should always stay within line-of-sight of your aircraft, so that you can react quickly in case something goes wrong – this way, you will be able to see any problems immediately and avoid collision risk.

Remember, only drones under 250 grams or 0.55 pounds don’t need to be registered with FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

How To Use A Drone When Photographing Real Estate

A drone can be used either to get aerial, bird’s-eye views of a property or, in some cases, do the dirty work and capture images of a property at ground level.

Drone photography is best for large estates that are spread out over acres and need their acreage captured from the sky. It is less appropriate for properties located within a closer proximity to one another where clear lines of sight dictate how you approach capturing photos/videos of homes set next to each other. Some agents will use drones on flat pieces of land (e.g., vacant lots) when they want more coverage than what they can see with their own eyes on an every day basis. If you’re hosting an open house, hiring a drone videographer can do the following:

Make your listings stand out. Drones are fairly new, and many agents have not yet implemented them into their marketing strategies. Drones will help you stand out and set you apart from other realtors in your marketing materials, advertisements, social media profiles and more.

The best thing about having a real estate agent use a drone is that the footage captured by flyers is usually impossible to capture with traditional cameras. This means you will have high-quality images that look completely different from those taken by competitors.

You can also create complete, dronescape 360 video tours of your listings and offer them as value added services to your clients.

Drone videos create a sense of urgency, especially if they are used as marketing tools. The aerial footage can be used to generate buzz about the property and give visitors an idea of what they’re missing out on by not visiting during an open house.

Drones have become increasingly popular in real estate photography across markets in the United States. Most agents use the drones to capture footage of an area surrounding a property, but some have been using them as cameras for open houses and other marketing materials.

With real estate companies catching on to drone photography, you can expect that drones will become more common at open houses in the next few years instead of just during construction phases.

Speed

This largely depends on your needs and whether or not you have a need for long distance drone flying. The faster the drone, the more expensive it is. However, if your only need is to fly for 10 minutes at a time then speed won’t matter.

Range

Range greatly depends on how much you want to spend. The cheapest drones are usually only able to fly up to 15 meters away but the most expensive drones can fly up to 50 kilometers away.

Flight Time

This also varies depending on how often you plan to use your drone but typically can range from 8-25 minutes per charge depending on your speed settings, the battery, and weight.

Sd Card Slot

A few drones come with a camera attached and have an SD card slot to record video so that you can purchase an SD card separately and use it in your drone for more storage space. This is one of the most important features if you’re planning to record videos with your quadcopter. Drones without SD Card Slot need to transfer the data from the camera to your phone before it can be stored so if there’s any signal interruption, your video will get cut off too.

Camera

The camera is one of the main factors to consider when purchasing a drone and its importance cannot be overlooked. Many drones come with various built-in cameras from integrated 4K video cameras to remote mounted DSLR’s or GoPro’s.

Camera Accessories

Some drones will come with extra camera add-ons such as a vibration dampening system for capturing smooth videos during flight or you can choose from several different camera lenses that are compatible with your GoPro.

Connectivity

Most drones will have WiFi connectivity built-in but not all of them do. Some cheaper drones may run off of a controller while others come with their own dedicated app for controlling the drone.

Gps

GPS is an added feature that allows for more advanced piloting options such as auto return home or circle around an object without having to press any buttons on the controller. Most drones come with a basic set of controls that are easy for beginners but adding GPS can greatly increase your flying experience.

Extra Batteries

Always consider how many extra batteries you want when purchasing any drone especially if it includes long flight times. Many larger drones require 3 or 4 batteries which can take a significant amount of space in your drone backpack.

Size & Portability

When it comes to flying any drone at home you should be sure to keep in mind how large it is so that it doesn’t crash into anything when flying around the house (or worse). Many models have foldable designs that allow them to be easily stored away but it’s best to measure the drone itself and take note of its size before making any purchases.

Questions and Answers About Drones For Real Estate

What type of camera should be used with a drone to take high resolution photos and videos?

For a drone to capture high-resolution images, you need good equipment and practice. Stability and safety are key, so the best camera combination for capturing photos or videos is a drone with a GoPro or DSLR camera attached. The drone will control the movement, and it can compensate for wind.
Using a professional DSLR camera with your drone also requires a good set of skills to take high-quality photos from the sky. Professionals may prefer this approach as they are more used to changing lenses to get better images, such as adjusting aperture to control depth of field. However, if you just need to take listing photos, there are also many high quality quadcopters with integrated gimbals and cameras so that you can start using them without a steep learning curve.

How many miles can a drone fly?

A drone’s total flight range might be limited by the length of its battery charge, the payload it can carry, and other factors.
It is important to keep in mind that as a rule of thumb, a typical quadcopter on a standard 2200mAh battery will fly for 6-8 minutes per charge.
The maximum length of drone flight range that a person can expect will vary depending on factors such as:
Drone weight (drones made from lightweight materials will potentially fly farther).
Battery capacity (larger batteries will typically allow for longer flight).
Propeller size (props that have larger diameters require more energy to spin, so a drone can fly farther with smaller props).
Drone motors (some types of motors draw more current than others and will drain the battery faster).
How much weight is being carried by the drone (the heavier the payload, the shorter your flight range will be).
The weather conditions. Strong headwinds or storms can significantly shorten your flight range.

Is there any FAA regulations on using a drone in real estate photography and videos?

When using a drone for real estate photography or videos, it is important to remember that the operator of the aircraft should be trained and licensed with their local governing organization. Here are some ways you can make sure you have your State’s requirements met:
– Check your state’s laws – these will vary by location
– Contact the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for more guidance. The FAA has implemented safety rules for operating drones in U.S. Federal Airspace
– Read up on best practices at trade organizations like NAR (National Association of Realtors) whose members follow their recommended guidelines when photographing properties via drone
– Ask an aerial photography professional about how they operate their drones in your area
When reading through the regulations, you will notice that some drone operators are exempt from the licensing and certification process. These can include:
– Public utilities
– Qualified film studios and production companies (but not real estate firms)
– Researchers at accredited institutions of higher education
A few states have specific rules just for real estate professionals looking to use drones for their marketing. These states include:
– Virginia requires a licensed pilot to be in control of the drone at all times during flight
– New York does not allow drones to fly over people who are uninvolved with the operation. People on private property must consent to having their property photographed or videoed, but NYS laws do not apply to public property
– California requires a licensed drone pilot and the person(s) being photographed or videoed must sign an agreement stating that they will not hold the operator liable for any accident, personal injury, or property damage incurred during filming.

How does a drone work in real estate photography and videos?

Drones provide a bird’s-eye view of your property from an angled and elevated perspective, highlighting features that might be difficult to see on the ground.
Aerial footage offers an immersive experience for potential home buyers, which can significantly enhance your listing in their eyes.

Why would I need an expensive drone to shoot property listings?

While you can, in theory, take photos with an inexpensive point-and-click camera, drones used for property listings offer a superior perspective and compatibility with other media.A drone is indispensable in capturing the acreage of a rural or remote plot of land, soaring at tree-top level above water features and presenting panoramic views that would be difficult to achieve on foot, or orbiting around the listing to get the best possible shot. A drone can also use its multi-directional movement, to fly along a shoreline or river and capture an otherwise impossible shot of homesite from the water.Video is another story entirely, as drones enabled video allows for creative shots previously unattainable by traditional methods of photography or videography. Drones are able to fly low enough to get exciting shots of a home, with the image stabilized for greater stability and less camera shake. Images that might require multiple takes by a ground crew can be captured in one flight.

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Cez Krol
Cez Krol
I’m always positive and never bored – there’s just so much more to see and experience! I began my journey around the world in 2011 with just $400 and one-way ticket to Asia. Still going and blogging today. You can typically spot me working on a laptop or rock climbing.
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