Drone test 2022: The ten best drones in comparison

Drone test 2022

Unique aerial photos like in the film, videos in time-lapse or panorama photos as well as very special self-portraits from a bird’s eye view – none of this is a problem with drones. No wonder that the small unmanned flying objects are also enjoying increasing popularity in the private sector and are now also often represented by online retailers.

However, it is not easy, especially for beginners, to keep track of the jumble of different functions and guidelines, the new drone regulation, which has been in force since January 2021, makes the whole thing even more complicated. So that you can still find the right quadrocopter, we present the ten best models in our drone test , including drones with a camera and two drones for children and the best models according to Stiftung Warentest . We also explain when you need a drone license and where you can fly which drone. With the right model, nothing stands in the way of your flying fun!

1.DJI Mavic Air 2 drone

Features
Type: drone with camera
Weight: 570g
GPS: yes
Gimbal: yes
Camera resolution: 48 megapixels
Video quality: 4K QHD
Max. flight speed: 68.4 km/h
Max. flight time: 34 minutes
Drone license required: yes

The favorite of our drone test, the DJI Mavic Air 2 *, was last rated “very good” (1.3) by Stiftung Warentest in December 2021. It is a quadrocopter with a flight time of up to 34 minutes and a remote control with a battery life of 240 minutes. There is also the DJI Fly app. The 48-megapixel camera of this model has an extremely high resolution of 4K at 60 fps (“frames per second” or frames per second) and thus also delivers smooth video recordings. A 3-axis gimbal ensures smooth camera work, which compensates for the movements of the drone and thus prevents shaky images.

2.DJI Mini 2 quadcopter

Features
Type: drone with camera
Weight: <249g
GPS: yes
Gimbal: yes
Camera resolution: 12 megapixels
Video quality: 4K
Max. flight speed: 57.6 km/h
Max flight time: 31 minutes
Drone license required: no

For drone pilots who want to take high-resolution film and photo recordings from the air, theDJI Mini 2 * ideally suited. It has a video resolution of 4K at 30 fps and, with its 12 megapixel camera, also supports JPEG and RAW photo formats. With the 4x digital zoom, you can zoom in on objects at any time without having to fly near them. A 3-axis gimbal ensures smooth recordings at all times.

Overall, this drone with camera can reach speeds of 57.6 km/h, with a maximum descent speed of 3.5 m/s and a maximum climb speed of 5 m/s. A height of up to 4 km is theoretically possible. The system works with GPS as well as GLONASS and Galileo. In December 2021, this mini drone received the grade “Good” (1.9) from Stiftung Warentest.

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3.DJI Air 2S

Features
Type:  drone with camera
Weight:  595g
GPS:  yes
Gimbal:  yes
Camera resolution:  20 megapixels
Video quality:  5.4K resolution at 30 fps (alternatively: 4K at 60 fps)
Max. flight speed:  68.4 km/h
Max flight time:  31 minutes
Drone license required:  yes

Perfect for demanding aerial photographers: theDJI Air 2S*features a 1-inch CMOS sensor, powerful intelligent functions, a compact body and weighs less than 600g. Despite its many qualities, it is priced in the lower middle class segment and thus offers a top price-performance ratio .

The drone is equipped with a 1-inch camera sensor and a large 2.4 μm pixel, and supports the DJI Air 2S videos at 5.4K/30fps. This gives you images with absolute sharpness and vivid colors . You don’t have to limit your hobby to the day: thanks to its large dynamic range, high resolution and precise color reproduction, the drone also takes great pictures at night and in poor lighting conditions .

Photos in RAW format with a dynamic range of up to 12.6 f-stops capture more image detail in every scene – even in low light conditions. This gives you more options in post-processing to achieve the desired result.

4.DJI Mavic Mini drone,Drone test 2022

Features
Type: drone with camera
Weight: <249g
GPS: yes
Gimbal: yes
Camera resolution: 12 megapixels
Video quality: 2.7K QHD
Max. flight speed: 46.8 km/h
Max. flight time: 30 minutes
Drone license required: no

One of the best products in our drone test is theDJI Mavic Mini *, which can be used without a drone license due to its light weight of less than 249 g. With dimensions of 24.5 x 29 x 5.5 cm (unfolded with propellers), the Mavic Mini offers top equipment at a very good price-performance ratio: This drone with camera delivers photos with 12 megapixels and videos in 2, 7K QHD and also has a gimbal, i.e. stabilization on three axes, which ensures that the camera shots are free of shake. With a full battery, the quadrocopter can fly for up to 30 minutes – more than many other drones on the market. So that the pilot does not injure himself on the propellers, this model is supplied with 360 degree propeller guards, which you can flexibly attach or omit.

You can control this drone with camera using the supplied remote control, in which you can clamp your smartphone. This transmits HD videos with a range of up to two kilometers. The drone itself has vision sensors and can be precisely controlled using GPS or GLONASS. In the fastest mode, S mode (“Sport”), it can increase by a maximum of 4 m/s and decrease by 3 m/s. The maximum flight speed is 46.8 km/h in sport mode, and the maximum flight altitude is 3 km above sea level.

5.DJI Drone P4P PRO Plus V2.0

Features
Type: drone with camera
Weight: 1388g
GPS: yes
Gimbal: yes
Camera resolution: 20 megapixels
Video quality: 4K
Max. flight speed: 72 km/h
Max. flight time: 30 minutes
Drone license required: yes

A camera drone for particularly high-resolution photos and videos is theDJI Phantom 4 PRO Plus V2.0 *, which is also the most expensive model in our drone test and, according to the manufacturer, is often used by photographers and filmmakers. The camera resolution of this drone is 20 megapixels, videos are recorded at 4K and 60 fps. A mechanical shutter ensures that the rolling shutter effect is minimized, i.e. distortions on photos or videos are eliminated. The gimbal also ensures that there is no camera shake. All files are stored on a MicroSD card.

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