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Top 5 Easy to Learn Drones for Real Estate Photography

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With many breakthroughs in technology, the world of real estate photography has developed trends in using advanced equipment and techniques that enhance photos, helping to attract more potential buyers and secure the sale of properties faster than ever. One of the existing trends in real estate photography is the integration of drones in capturing photos of properties.

Real estate drone photography has opened up a new world of possibilities in the industry. With the use of drones, real estate photographers are finally able to efficiently capture stellar aerial photos and videos, and different close up shots of both exteriors and interiors of residential and/or commercial real estate, and even large areas of land. In addition to this, photographers can capture enough visual data to create a 3D map of a property that offers buyers a comprehensive view to familiarize themselves with a property. In essence, integrating drones in real estate photography creates a wide array of shots that makes a listing stand out and more appealing to potential buyers.

Being able to deliver excellent photos that only a drone can capture gives you an edge as a real estate photographer. And with this edge, comes more opportunities for you as a photographer which is why you might want to consider jumping on this trend.

Before getting started, you need first to decide the best drone for you with the basic important features such as a professional-grade camera, autonomous flight mode, great flight and image stability.

To help you make an informed decision on what drone to purchase, here are 5 easy to learn drones for you:


1.    Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer

 Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer

This excellent model made by Parrot, a well-established creator of drones, is considered a great entry-level drone that offers many useful features for an affordable price. The Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer has a flying range of 2 kilometers and 25-minute flight time. With its camera, you can smoothly capture 1080p HD photos. It gives you enough flexibility since it is easy to move and transport. Moreover, it comes with different apps that makes it intuitive to pilot, and VR goggles that makes piloting the drone a lot easier, helping you capture amazing angles of a property. It is also nice to note that this is one of the quietest drones available in the market.

2.    DJI Mavic 2 Pro

mavic 2

DJI Company is a prominent brand among drones, similar to Canon and Nikon brands among cameras. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is perfect for professional drone photography, with its compact size and the many smart features it offers. It has a maximum speed of 45mph and a battery life of 31 minutes, and a 3-axis gimbal built into the drone. It is equipped with a 20 megapixel camera with 1-inch CMOS sensor that enables you to record 4K 10-bit HDR videos. Moreover, it comes with intelligent flight modes and obstacle sensing that helps beginners in maneuvering the drone to capture stellar shots without the worry of crashing.

3.    DJI Mavic Pro

Another model created by DJI Company is the DJI Mavic Pro, which is considered the best option for taking beautiful real estate indoor videos. It has a maximum take-off of 5 kilometers, a battery life of 30 minutes, and a very precise 3-axis gimbal which can also be used as a stabilizer. It comes with a 4K camera that allows you to capture high definition footage. Additionally, it gives you the capability to easily and conveniently calibrate the sensors on your computer.

4.    DJI Mavic Mini

For beginners like you in real estate drone photography, this is a great drone to purchase. It is equipped with a 12 megapixel camera and a 3-axis gimbal that makes it possible for you to shoot smooth and stunning videos of a property. It comes with a 30-minute flight time and the option for altitude hold. Lastly, the DJI Mavic Mini gives you access to DJI’s QuickShots, pre-programmed flight maneuvers, which you can use to practice enhancing your shots into striking and dramatic footages.

5.    UPair One Plus Drone


This drone from GTEN Innovation is perfect for those who are looking for alternatives to high-end models in the market. It has an 18-minute flight time and a 4K camera that can capture high quality real estate videos. It also features an excellent GPS system that helps for better image stabilization, and a built-in 7 inches LED screen transmitter giving it a first-person view (FPV) capability.

Take your pick from these easy to learn drones and start transforming your real estate photos to a whole new level.


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great information that you are sharing with us here in the Rain.  I know more people are asking for this all the time.


Apr 18, 2020 10:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Rachelle,
Drones are an excellent supplement to traditional real estate pictures. And, they have definitely enhanced the possibilities for real estate describing a property without words.  A picture is worth a thousand words but a drone picture is worth a thousand pictures. 

Apr 23, 2020 05:28 AM

Thanks for sharing the awesome content. I enjoyed the read to be honest.

Apr 23, 2020 07:46 AM
Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Thanks for sharing Rachelle Moore . I've had the DJI Phantom for years; the DJI products are really sound.

Apr 25, 2020 03:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Rachelle Moore -  I have read about these but don't have one yet.

Apr 25, 2020 04:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a fantastic overview of different models. I've been considering getting one and now I have a place to start!

Apr 25, 2020 06:13 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is a nice post and I would enjoy having a drone, but I have heard that we have to get a license in order to use them for real estate purposes.  I will have to look into this further.

Apr 25, 2020 07:39 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Bernie would love to do this, however, I say, leave the flying to the pros. :) 

Apr 25, 2020 08:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Rachelle:

Thanks for some great education. Drone photos and videos can make such a difference especially on certain properties.


Apr 25, 2020 03:02 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Very interesting, Rachelle! I'm a photography buff and have been dying for buy a drone but, haven't really had the time to master it. I have a licensed drone photographer so, I just hire him. I think it would be fun to use it myself though!!

Thanks for sharing your expertise on these. I'm definitely bookmarking for when I do finally purchase one!

Apr 28, 2020 07:37 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Rachelle ~ A great post that covers the very topic I have been considering for a little while, but didn't really know where to start.  You have provided a great set of drones to look further into for consideration.

Apr 29, 2020 04:32 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

HI Rachelle Moore Thank you so much for sharing this info. Debe Maxwell, CRS  sent me the link.  I am like AJ above and am getting ready to purchase one.

Many folks have mentioned a professional photographer...but to be honest I have wanted to have one and do myself for years.  Now is the time.

Apr 29, 2020 07:13 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this report.

Have an outstanding May.

May 05, 2020 08:20 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great information about drones and drone video.  Drones will be more prevalent in our new normal I'm betting!

May 05, 2020 01:32 PM
Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Real Estate Deals!

Thanks for sharing, My first drone was a cheap one, so it was pretty challenging to control,  and it didn't have a camera. I proved that "you get what you pay for." Perhaps someday, I will pick it up again. For now, I will leave it to the pros.

May 07, 2020 05:56 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I had missed this article on drones Rachelle Moore 

Good information. I've been looking at a Commercial Drone Pilots licensing course...lol

May 19, 2020 07:28 AM