Virtually all real estate purchases these days begin with an online search, and a single search often produces hundreds, if not thousands, of results. With the competition so fierce, only the most appealing real estate listings get noticed. Real estate advertisers know this, which is why the demand for drones suitable for real estate marketing has skyrocketed. Today, we are taking a look at five best drones for real estate in 2017 to help you stand out and close the sale.
Best Drones for Real Estate
|ImgAmazon.com Link||Brand||ProductAmazon.com Link||Price on Amazon.com|
|Yuneec||Yuneec H920 Tornado||2799.99|
|DJI||DJI Inspire 2||2795|
|DJI||DJI Phantom 4 Pro||1499.99|
|DJI||DJI Mavic Pro||791.99|
|Yuneec||Yuneec Typhoon H Pro||Check Price|
There’s a good reason why the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the most popular drone on the market. It comes with a 20 MP camera with a 1-inch sensor and mechanical shutter and shoots mesmerizing 4K video at 60 frames per second. The drone can automatically avoid obstacles, travel to a set point on a map, and even track objects. With the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, you don’t have to be a professional drone pilot to shoot breathtaking footage. Just select one of several available pre-set cinematic modes and let the drone handle everything for you, including choosing the best route to return home depending on environmental conditions.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro works with the DJI GO 4 app, which features real-time image transmission, camera settings adjustments, convenient video download, editing, and sharing, integrated live streaming, and real-time data recording, among other things. If you don’t feel like spending $1,499 for the Phantom 4 Pro, the 4K version of the Phantom 3 is an excellent alternative, and it costs only around $600 without lacking any essential features.
The Yuneec Typhoon H bundle contains everything you need to capture impressive real estate footage right out of the box. The drone itself is a rugged hexacopter with five-rotor fail-safe mechanism and an ultrasonic collision prevention system that protects the drone even if you make what would otherwise be a fatal mistake. With GPS stabilization, eight smart flight modes, and automatic takeoff and landing, flying the Yuneec Typhoon H takes no effort at all even without any previous experience. The drone comes with a 12 MP camera with a 360-degree anti-vibration gimbal and retractable landing gear for 360-degree filming.
Apple and Android users can download the CGO app to remotely control the drone’s 4K camera, including exposure, white balance, and shutter time control. The app additionally allows you to share the recorded footage on social media or capture a single picture directly to your device. But you can also get by without the app because the Yuneec Typhoon H comes with an all-in-one controller with an integrated 7-inch Android touchscreen.
Just like its less expensive brother, the Yuneec H920 Tornado is a heavy-duty hexacopter with multiple safety mechanisms and an advanced flight control system. But unlike the Typhoon H, the Tornado shoots with the Panasonic GH4 mirrorless camera.
The GH4 features a 16.05 MP sensor and a 4-CPU image-processing engine capable of capturing high-resolution JPEG and RAW stills, as well as 3840×2160 at 30p/24p and cinematic 4096×2160 video at 24p. Its weather-sealed magnesium alloy body protects it from the elements and its high-speed 49-point autofocus systems guarantees excellent image sharpness and flawless overall exposition. The GH4 stores pictures and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and it supports even the latest high-speed, high-capacity cards.
The footage captured by the GH4 is transmitted via the provided 5.8 GHz SD video downlink system to the included ST24 transmitter, which features an integrated 7-inch Android device for live video monitoring and telemetry.
The first DJI Inspire drone revolutionized the filmmaking industry, and the Inspire 2 has exceeded everyone’s expectations in nearly every way. It features a new image-processing system that records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes, and other file formats at 30 frames per second or at 4K at 60 frames per second. The drone can reach its maximum speed of 58 mph (94 kph) in just 7 seconds, and its dual-battery system can keep it in the air for up to 27 minutes. Thanks to self-heating technology, the Inspire 2 works just as great in low temperatures as it does normally. Several integrated cinematic shooting modes make it possible for a single pilot to create the same awe-inspiring cinematic shots that would in past be possible only with a team of cinematographers and drone pilots.
Being the professional tool that the DJI Inspire 2 is, the price is high, nearing $3,000. And with a couple of accessories, it can easily go over $5,000. Is the drone worth it, though? That depends on your needs. If your job is to sell regular apartments and houses, something less expensive, such as the Phantom 4 Pro, will likely be enough for you. But if you sell mansions and luxury high-rise apartments to wealthy clients, it makes sense to invest into your equipment.
As a real estate professional, it makes sense for you to purchase a drone that works just as well indoors as it does outdoors. The DJI Mavic Pro is compact, shoots 4K footage at 60 frames per second, and its durability and versatility are unprecedented. Thanks to its new OcuSync transmission system, the Mavic Pro has a transmission range of 4.3 miles (7 km), and it can fly at up to 40 mph (64 kmh) for as long as 27 minutes.
Just like its larger brothers, the Mavic Pro features an advanced optical obstacle-avoidance system combined with precision positioning systems for maximum safety. With its many smart features, it’s absolutely effortless to capture professional footage regardless of the weather conditions or the visibility.