After passing the FAA test, I've developed even more questions about drones and using them. What's a reasonable entry level for a drone that will provide competitive results? Is a DJI Phantom 4 sufficient or is something like a DJI Inspire raw needed ? Big difference in price.
Drone technology is changing and improving fast. Last month I would have said that DJI Phantom 4 was a good low-end starting drone but within the last few weeks both GoPro and DJI announced new low-end small drones. Both of them are very compact and full of great features.
I'm not saying these two new drones are the best, I'm just saying if you are thinking about getting a drone you should probably check out these two new alternatives. DJI Phantom 3 and 4 have been very popular for real estate photography but these new drones are near the same price and much smaller and lighter.
Update 10/7: I just noticed a comparison review by Malek Murison over at dronelife.com of the Mavic and Karma. Malek claims:
...there really is only one winner: DJI’s Mavic Pro. All in all, it seems to be better value for money, more powerful, faster, smaller, lighter, smarter, safer…. Just well thought through and a clear step forward – it pretty much wins in every category. It’s as comprehensive a walkover as DJI could have wished for.
Also: The YouTuber iPhoneDO claims that the camera on the Mavic is better than the Phantom 4.