The Drone (Amendment) Rules, 2022 has made India a lucrative place for the drone market, especially, small to medium size drones of up to 2kg for non-commercial purposes. For a load of over 2kg, people will still need a “Remote Pilot Certificate”. And now that the drone flying in India has become easy and hassle-free, it becomes important to know what type of drones are available in the Indian market and what their price ranges are.
Generally, you will find 5 types of drones with cameras in India (2023) in the following categories.
According to DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), this category is define based on its size and shape. Here’s a look at these categories:
- Nano drones
As its name indicates, these are tiny drones packed with plenty of features. Nano drones weigh up to 250g. the small size helps you to capture shots in very narrow areas.
- Micro Drones
Micro drone weighs up to 250gm – 2kg. Microdrones are also pocket-sized, which is excellent for learning basics and indoor flight.
- Small Drones
These types of drones are now heavily used in agriculture for soil and field analysis. Drones have revolutionized many fields by offering major time and cost savings. Small drones can weigh up to 2kg – 25kg.
- Medium Drones
Medium size drones are used to transport small packages and monitor mass gathering by transmitting real-time data. These types of drones generally weigh up to 150kg.
- Large Drones
With over 150kg, these heavy drones are used to solve many real-life problems. Military, Delivery Services, Emergency rescue, Agriculture, Outer space, and many other important fields, where drones are crucial.
Here, in this piece, we will only focus on nano, micro, small and medium-sized drones available in the market. These drones are quite important considering their utility in our daily lives. One should consider the following features of drones before buying.
- Camera quality
- Flying height
- Carrying capacity
- Flight time
- Flight controller with flight data logging capability
- RFID and SIM/No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT)
Best drones with cameras to buy in India 2023 –
DJI Mini 2 (Rs. 35,810)
Make Your Moments Fly with DJI Mini 2 is less than 249 g in weight and weighs about the same as an apple.
The DJI Mini 2 may be small, but it packs an Outstanding Performance. with drone’s maximum battery life of 31 minutes provides enough time to compose the perfect shot.
This drone comes with Gimbal with 3 Axis and 4K Camera. with A 12MP camera in the sky produces content that is sure to impress. In addition to 4K/30fps video, the DJI Mini 2 provides stunning image quality.
|Ultralight & Foldable (Only 249g)||31-Min Max Flight Time||10km Video Transmission|
|Level 5 Wind Resistance||Ultra-Clear 4K Video||Intelligent Modes & QuickShots|
DJI Air 2S (Rs. 74,400)
With 1-inch CMOS sensor, autonomous functions DJI Air 2S is one of the best drones as of now. It has a compact body weighing less than 600 gms. You can use this powerful drone to record your experience in stunning detail.
DJI Air 2S Highlights:
|1-inch CMOS Sensor||MasterShots||5.4K Video|
|12km FHDTransmission||Obstacle Sensing in 4 Directions||ADS-B|
Autel Evo Lite (Approx. Rs- 1,13,876)
Autel Evo Lite Highlights:
The Autel EVO Lite offers all around great equipment, flight performance, and photo/video quality. Featuring a 1-inch CMOS image sensor and Autel’s smart moonlight algorithm, the EVO Lite can capture sharp, vibrating details at night with low noise.
|835g – Weight||368mm – Wheelbase||5000m – Takeoff altitude||40min – flight time |
|24km – Flight distance (no wind)||Battery Capacity – 6175mAh||6GB – Built-in storage||Expendable – 256GB|
It’s ultra-portable, very easy to fly, and 4K video capture is much better than any other UAV we’ve seen at this price segment. To be fair, this is pretty much the only viable drone with a 4K camera in that price range. DJI Mavic Air 2 can provide Cinematic Content at 8K Hyperlapse. Fly Smarter and Safer with APAS 3.0 Obstacle Avoidance feature.
DJI Mavic Air 2 Highlights –
|Camera – 48MP Photo | 4K/60fps Video||10km 1080p Video Transmission||34-Min Max Flight Time||APAS 3.0 Obstacle Avoidance|
|FocusTrack||HDR Photo | Video | Panorama||8K Hyperlapse||240-Min Max RC Battery Life|
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom (Rs- 50,000)
DJI’s Mavic 2 Zoom is a high-quality professional drone. Its 2x 24-48mm optical zoom with a 1/2.3″ 12MP sensor can allow you to get closer to the action. With 4x lossless zoom (including 2x optical zoom), you can capture sensitive subjects from a much greater distance.
Mavic 2 Zoom Highlights-
|Sensor- 1/2.3″ CMOS||Shutter Speed – Electronic Shutter: 8–1/8000s||Still Image Size – 4000×3000||Color Mode – D-Cinelike|
|ISO Range – Video:100-3200Photo:100-1600 (auto)100-3200 (manual)||Photo Format – JPEG / DNG (RAW)||Battery Capacity – 3850 mAh||Max Charging Power – 80 W|
DJI Mavic Mini (Rs- 35000)
The DJI Mavic Mini is a very lightweight drone. With just 249 grams, Mavic Mini offers a 30-minute flight time, a 4-km HD video transmission and a 3-axis gimbal with a 2.7 K camera.
|Weight – 249 g||Maximum Takeoff Altitude – 3000 m||Max Flight Time – 30 minutes||Battery – 2400 mAh|
|Max Charging Power – 24 W||Camera – Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS||Shutter Speed Electronic Shutter: 4-1/8000s||Max Video Bitrate 40 Mbps|
Ryze Tello (Rs. 10645)
If you are buying a drone for the first time, then the DJI Ryze Tello is the perfect drone for you, it’s small, easy to use and the inclusion of propeller guards and onboard sensors can avoid accidents, so, just focus on your flying time and worry less.
Ryze Tello Highlights:
|VR Headset Compatibility||DJI Flight Tech||Tello App||Controller Compatibility|
Tathastu Enterprise drone (Starts From Rs. 4099)
With a flying height of 40 meters, and 2MP camera, the Tatahastu Enterprise drone is a nice choice at optimum rate.The drone will cost around Rs. 4,500.
Tathastu Drone Highlights:
|360° Roll Flips||Flying Height – 40 Meters||Camera (Mega Pixel) – 2MP|
|0.30 kg weight||3.7 Volt LI-PO battery||10-12 minutes flying time|
R Foldable GPS Drone (Starts from Rs. 5,999.00)
If you are looking for a camera drone, especially for photography, then R Foldable GPS Drone is an excellent choice. It is the best drone with a camera in this price range. This is because it lets you shoot 4K videos and supports live video streaming.
R Foldable GPS Drone also supports a 360-degree flip option. This drone even hovers in one place, so you can capture images and videos from one place. The Flying range of R Foldable GPS Drone is 30 minutes as mentioned.
|4K Support – Yes||Flight time – 30 Minutes||Flying height – 50 meters|
|Charging time – 30 Minutes||Battery capacity – 1200mAh||360-degree flip – Yes|
A Ascetic Foldable Drone (Starting from: Rs. 4,799.00)
The A Ascetic Foldable Drone has many valuable features in this price range. it comes with a Wi-Fi option that can allow 5G transmission, so you can enjoy live video streaming. it will enable you to shoot videos in 1080p.
The A Ascetic Foldable Drone remote has two joysticks that allow you to control the direction and speed. you can connect this with your smartphone for more functionality.
|Camera (Megapixel) – 480p||360° Roll Flips – Yes|
|Flying Height – 50 Meters||Battery Capacity – 1200mAh|