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Last updated: May 28, 2021
Drones aren’t just used by hobbyists anymore, they are a popular choice for professional wedding photographers since they can shoot images and angles a hand-held camera can’t compete with. Unfortunately, some drones are not as capable or high-quality as their manufacturer claims. Luckily, we’ve done a great deal of research, finding the best drones for wedding photography to make sure every moment of your special day is captured.
When choosing drones for our reviews, there were a few features we looked for. Every model includes a high-quality camera with large sensors for the best pictures and videos possible. We included low priced 2K models for those with small wedding budgets, as well as 4K models that cost a bit more but give you professional, high-resolution photos and videos. If you’re in the market for the best drones for wedding photography, check out our detailed reviews and our handy buying guide below.
You likely don’t want a noisy drone disrupting your wedding vows, so a model like the DJI Mavic Air 2 is a great choice. This model has a powerful camera that uses intelligent shooting modes and advanced features without a ton of noise to ruin your videos.
The camera includes features like a ½-inch CMOS sensor, a 3-axis gimbal, a Quad Bayer image sensor, and OcuSync 2.0, all of which give you the best photos and videos every time with high resolution and clear color representation.
As well as capturing every important detail of your wedding, this model also has a flight time of about 34 minutes and a speed of 42.5 mph. It has 3 directions of obstacle sensing, making it easy for beginners to get the hang of using this sleek little drone.
Another great feature this drone has to offer is the intelligent tracking function using Spotlight 2.0 to lock onto a subject, ActiveTrack 3.0 to keep them centered, and POI 3.0 to track moving objects.
This model includes several accessories, including the handy remote controller, an intelligent flight battery, low-noise propellers, a variety of cables, and much more.
What do we love it for? The Mavic Air 2 features intelligent tracking, multiple accessories, and has a great remote controller design that works with a variety of smartphones, plus this unit is beginner-friendly for added convenience.
What were we disappointed with? Though this unit has handy sensors on the bottom and sides, there are no upward-facing sensors to prevent the drone from running into obstacles above.
If you are using a drone for your wedding pictures, you need one that ensures quality photos and videos that you’ll be proud to show off. The Pergear FIMI X8SE has the features needed to make this possible.
The FIMI X8SE has a 3-axis mechanical gimbal that is lightweight and includes upgraded control algorithms to give you the smoothest videos possible, even on windy days when the drone is flying quickly.
It also has a Hisilicon ISP chipset that can support 4K UHD 100Mbd videos that maintain the detailing, light, and color tones of every shot you take. There are adjustable camera settings as well, so you can alter them for the cinematic shots you’re looking for, including Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Spiral, and even Night Shot.
Other great features include the 8KM range, an optimized TDMA video transmission system, Smart tracking modes for locking in on specific targets, Search and Rescue Mode, precision landing, and a precision positioning system. This model is also foldable and comes with a smart remote controller with detachable sticks that is compatible with all smartphone sizes.
Why did it make our list? This model is foldable, with HDR capabilities for great photos and videos, and includes an ergonomic remote controller. It also has great safety features, like rain-proofing, Return Home Mode, wind warnings, a low-battery alarm, and much more.
What is not ideal about it? Though this little drone has a ton of great features, it does not have obstacle avoidance, so you do need to be careful when using it around trees or buildings.
A compact, lightweight drone is quite portable, making it easy to take it with you anywhere, including your wedding, birthday parties, or hiking trips. Of course, it needs to fly well and take fantastic photos to be worthwhile.
This model has a low price compared to other similar models but still includes fantastic features. The 4K UHD camera is one of them, allowing 90-degree vertical adjustments and 2.7K videos. It also has a 120-degree FOV lens for a broad view, plus maintains the clarity and keeps the colors bright with deep contrast.
This drone has a 30-minute flight time, which you can double if you buy a second battery. It has a foldable brushless motor for smooth flights and lots of power. The remote controller is easy to use and fits most Smartphones. There is also a handy carry bag included to store the drone and all its accessories.
Other great features include the strong, stable GPS signal, Selfie Mode using hand gestures, auto return home, GPS Follow Me, Orbit Mode for continuous circling of a subject, and custom flight path options for real-time videos.
Why are we impressed? We loved that this model is lightweight, with a great low price. It also includes a beginner mode for new drone users and Smart performance functions.
What negatives must you be aware of? There is no obstacle avoidance capability, so you must be careful when using it. There are also some issues with the Contixo app connecting properly, though mainly with Android devices.
The DJI Phantom 4 PRO is a durable model, using titanium and magnesium alloys to keep the drone light while increasing the airframe’s rigidity. It also has great features that make it a fantastic choice for wedding photography.
This model uses a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor that can shoot Burst Mode stills at 14 fps and 4K/60fps videos. It also has a mechanical shutter to eliminate distortion at high speeds. This model also recognizes subjects automatically, plus you can choose between the Trace, Profile, and Spotlight options for the perfect view of your subjects every time. Gesture Mode makes taking selfies a breeze.
To prevent crashes, the Phantom 4 Pro has 5-direction obstacle sensing and 4-direction obstacle avoidance. The TapFly option lets you tap your screen to send the drone to a specific spot and Return to Home brings it back to where it started.
The controller uses an upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system that reduces interference and image lag using 5.8 GHz transmission support and Time Division Multiplexing for signal transmission.
Why are we impressed? The obstacle sensors and avoidance combined with the durable construction make this a great drone option for everyone. It also includes an upgraded camera and multiple functions that allow you to take perfect photos and videos.
What negatives must you be aware of? This model is quite expensive. It is also large, with a camera and legs on the bottom that can’t be folded or removed.
A decent drone for wedding photography needs a great camera that captures the moments you want to remember. The Potensic D80 includes a 2K camera that features anti-shake technology, as well as a 120-degree FOV wide-angle lens and 5G FPV transmission. Together, these features ensure smooth, high-quality photos and videos every time it’s in the air.
There are a variety of options for your photos and videos, including the customizable Way-point Flight that lets you choose a flight path for the drone to follow, Point of Interest for selecting a specific point on the map to focus on, and the GPS Follow Me that keeps the camera in front and focused on you as you move.
This drone features 4 powerful brushless motors that guarantee stability at high speeds and long distances without draining your battery too quickly. There are 2 batteries included, each offering up to 20 minutes of flight time.
Other great features include the Auto Return, One Key Take Off/Landing, Altitude Hold, dual GPS, a sturdy remote controller, and a sleek carry case for all your drone gear.
What makes it stand out? We liked the powerful motors, the multiple functions, and the customizable flight path the Potensic D80 has to offer. This model also includes a stylish aluminum carry case.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind? The instructions aren’t very clear, making it a bit tricky to learn the functions of this model. The batteries also take up to 3 hours to charge for only 20 minutes of use.
Things to Consider
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so you want every moment captured. Though traditional hand-held cameras are fine, drones are becoming more popular for these events since they can capture a variety of angles and heights that regular photographers can’t compete with. Of course, there are different sizes of drones, each with specific capabilities and features. Those who are unfamiliar with all those details may not be sure which one to choose. If you’re interested in using a drone for your wedding photography but aren’t sure what to look for, check out our buying guide below.
Features to consider when choosing a drone for wedding photography
When choosing a quiet drone for wedding photography, there are a few features you may want to look into. This will ensure that you’re getting the right model to meet your wedding photography expectations.
If you’re buying a drone for wedding photography, the camera will be one of the most important features to look for. The budget-friendly drones will have some nice features, like digital image stabilization and cushioning for bright, clear images. High-end drones, like the Pergear FIMI X8SE will use motorized gimbals on 2- or 3-axis to give you more mobility with your drone, allowing you to turn the camera as needed rather than repositioning the entire drone for a different angle. The gimbal system will also include a support system that adds stability to the drone when it is moving or rotating to get that perfect angle for your shot. This prevents blurring in your photos or videos for high-quality results.
Sensor and lens
When looking into the sensor, you need to check out the size. The DJI Mavic Air 2 has a ½-inch sensor, which is fine, but the larger sensor on the DJI Phantom 4 PRO is a bit bigger, offering higher image quality. When it comes to sensors, bigger is better, especially when you’re taking pictures in low light. This way, those sunset photos or ones taken on cloudy days will look as spectacular as all the others you take.
The lens is also an important feature to ensure you’re getting crisp, sharp images that perfectly match what you’re seeing in the real world. A fast lens with a high shutter speed will reduce the blur of moving objects or a moving drone.
The rotary design of the models in our reviews allows these drones to hover in place, making them a great option for photography and surveillance. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you don’t want them to move fast sometimes, especially when trying to capture images in different areas. The faster the drone flies, the quicker you can get it to where you need it. The drones in our reviews have varying maximum speeds, ranging from 24 mph to 45 mph, so you can get the one with the speed you need for the events you’re photographing.
Maximum flight time
The maximum flight time tells you how long you can keep the drone in the air using a single battery. The longer the flight time, the more images you can capture before you have to bring the drone back down to the ground. Some drones have flight times of only about 20 minutes, while others, like the Pergear FIMI X8SE, have flight times of 35 minutes or more. You can also keep an extra battery on hand to extend your flight time for longer events.
The control range refers to how far the drone can fly from the remote controller without losing the signal. This can vary from drone to drone. The smaller toy drones usually only have a range of 20 meters or so, but the more advanced drone models, like the DJI Mavic Air 2, can fly a few miles away from the controller, so you can take it high up in the air for those amazing aerial shots or off in the distance to get a wider view of the area you’re shooting.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions and weight are other things to consider when choosing a drone. The larger and heavier a drone is, the quicker the battery will drain, so for long-lasting flights, a smaller, lighter model is better. Bigger models are also more cumbersome to carry around with you, especially if they are heavier models. This makes them a bit less portable. Luckily, models like the Contixo F24 Pro are foldable, making it easy to pack them up and store them in a case to take with you to any event.
The drone controller is as important as the drone itself since this piece is what you use to control the movements of the drone. None of the models in our reviews have screens included on the controller but instead allow you to attach a smart device, like a phone or a small tablet, to the controller. The screen on the device shows you everything the camera picks up, so you can adjust the position of the drone using the directional sticks on the controller to get the perfect shot or video.
The controller should be easy to use, with a nice design that fits comfortably in your hand. It should have simple controls, with well-labeled buttons that even a new drone user can figure out. Most drones also use batteries that will need charging between uses, so be sure to keep at least 2 on hand and pay attention to the usage to be sure your controller doesn’t stop working in the middle of a flight. The controller should be built well using durable materials for a longer-lasting piece.
A quality drone will come with a free app from the manufacturer that adds some extra features that the controller won’t have on its own. The app functions should be easy to use, with functions that work well every time you use them. Some models have detailed menus that require scrolling through various options to find the one you want, which isn’t ideal when trying to capture moments quickly. A simple app design is much more enjoyable to use, so be sure to check out the functions and how to find them before putting the drone in the air.
The term drone can be used to describe a wide variety of unmanned aerial vehicles, including small planes or helicopters, as well as the quadcopter models that are in our reviews. These drones use 4 rotors that consist of a propeller and motor. These can be solid, 1-piece models, like the DJI Phantom 4 PRO, possibly with landing gear that protects the camera when the drone lands. Other models have the camera built into the drone, so don’t need such prominent landing gear, keeping the drone compact. There are also a variety of models that fold down into a smaller size, making them much more portable, which is convenient for those who take their drone with them regularly.
Though the features above are the most important ones to focus on when choosing a new drone, there are a few others that you may want to consider. The noise level is something to think about since most drones are quite loud. This can be disruptive to a wedding, especially during the ceremony or speeches, so a quiet model is a must for these types of events.
Safety features are also good to have, like including obstacle sensing, a built-in GPS, an auto-return function when the batteries run low, automated take-offs and landings, and wind warnings. These keep your drone flights smooth and safe, with little chance of losing it.
Many drones also include a variety of accessories to be used with your drone. Common ones are charging cables, extra propellers, and carry cases to keep everything together, organized, and protected for travel and storage. Some models, like the Potensic D80, also include an extra battery, which can double your flight time without costing you extra money.
Functions are also something to look for to be sure you’re drone is going to do what you want it to. For instance, the Follow Me function allows the drone to track you, maintaining a specific distance while focusing on your front as you move. Way-Point Flight lets you set a specific path for the drone to follow automatically, while TapFly sends it to the spot you tap on the map. Many models also include Gesture Mode that lets you use specific hand gestures to take selfies without using the controller. The more functions the drone includes, the more photo and video options you have to choose from.
The drones that feature the Follow Me function include the Contixo F24 Pro, DJI Phantom 4 PRO, though it’s called Trace for this one, and the Potensic D80. This allows you to set the drone to follow you and then continue with your wedding without constantly adjusting the angle or height of the drone’s camera.
In most cases, you can’t use your drone when it rains. Drones have a variety of electrical components and motors that could be damaged if they get wet, so it is best not to use the drone in damp weather unless it has some sort of water-resistance. The Pergear FIMI X8SE is rain-proof, so you can use it when it’s raining, but you should be careful with it, drying it immediately afterward.
You don’t need to hire a professional to use a drone, but the person flying it does need to have a license to do so. There are different licensing requirements, depending on where you live, so be sure to check the regulations in your area before choosing your wedding drone photographer.
The best drone for wedding photography can take amazing photographs and videos that you wouldn’t be able to capture with a regular camera. All 5 models in our reviews are great options to try out, but a few have a bit more to offer.
Our top choice is the DJI Mavic Air 2, which includes a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, a ½-inch CMOS sensor, and a Quad Bayer image sensor. This model features 3-direction obstacle sensing, Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 3.0, POI 3.0, OcuSync 2.0, and comes with multiple accessories. It also has a control range of 6.2 miles and a speed of 42.5 mph.
The Pergear FIMI X8SE also uses a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, with upgraded control algorithms, and a Hisilicon ISP chipset for 4K HDR images. It is foldable, rain-proof, and includes GPS real-time tracking, Return Home Mode, precision landing, a low battery alarm, and comes with an ergonomic remote controller.
The Contixo F24 Pro is a budget-friendly option that is lightweight, compact, and foldable. It includes a 4K UHD camera with a 120-degree FOV lens, and features 90-degree vertical adjustments, Beginner Mode, gesture control, Auto Return, GPS Follow Me, and Orbit Mode.