Top 5 Best Drones under $1000 (updated for 2020)
Drones under $1000 are already in a price category that leaves room for a lot of quality and more advanced technology.
I'm talking about obstacle avoidance sensors, zoom lenses, better GPS accuracy, better builds and so on.
It's possible to make solid money with any drone on this list, but for that you need to know some stuff. I recommend you check out the only course that helped me make $200/h just using a Mavic Air.
The drones on this list are the best I could find in between $500 and $1000 mainly. There are also DJI alternatives on this list that are very capable quadcopters and that you shouldn't overlook just because DJI has the monopoly on the market.
What to look for in a drone under $1000?
No more need to make compromises when it comes to this price range. If you get any of the drones on this list, you're getting some of the best there is, period.
Most people won't notice the difference between the footage of a Mavic Air 2 and an Inspire 2 from DJI, although the difference in price is huge. You can definitely do professional photography and videography with these top ones, even if you just follow an online course for it.
Battery life in this price range should definitely be over 20 minutes at least, the more the better. I feel most comfortable with whatever is 25 minutes or more.
All drones in this price range will record in 4k. You should look if they record at 60fps in 4k and what bitrate they shoot in (preferably over 100mbps).
If you want to get the job done and film almost any point of interest, a range of 500m-1km is enough. Most drones on the list will be more than that.
What are the Best drones in this price range?
I have ordered the drones on this list in a subjective manner, but they're all really great! I am simply confident that the one on the number one spot is the best for more professional videography as it's my favorite drone. Same with the Skydio 2 being the perfect sports drone.
Winner Mavic Air 2
5.Parrot Anafi(a solid and cheap drone)
4.Hubsan Zino 2 (a surprisingly good one)
3.Autel Evo (main DJI alternative)
2.Skydio 2 - the best drone for sports
he Skydio 2 is probably the most expected follow me drone for sports.
The footage is absolutely great, don't get me wrong, it's just not as suited for things like weddings and making money out of your drone as the others are.
The range for this drone is about 1km, and you'll also have to pay extra for the type of controller you want, if you don't want to stick with just your phone all the time. So that's one of the reasons it didn't make it higher on the list.
The skydio has 6 sensor cameras all over so it will avoid obstacles like no other drone, if obstacle avoidance and close proximity flying is what you're looking for, then don't look further, there's nothing that gets even close to this.
The camera records in 4k 60p but it's only stabilized with a2 axis gimbal and electronic image stabilization, however it produces quite smooth results.
1.Mavic Air 2 - best drone under $1000 in 2020
There's no doubt in my mind that the Mavic Air 2 is the best drone for its price range in 2020. It's definitely my main drone and one I use with a lot of pleasure.
The increased bitrate, better camera, better tracking and way longer battery life are by themselves great reasons to buy this drone.
I love the controller compared to previous Mavics for how good it feels in hand and how easy it is to setup.
It comes with an HDR mode that makes daytime shooting impressive without any skills on how to properly expose an image.
It's simply great!