The Best Drones in Singapore 2022
By Amirah Zakiyyah
Published June 2022
Whether you're a photographer, want to ramp up your business's social media or looking to have fun, the best drones let you get gorgeous aerial footage and capture perspectives you would never be able to get with a standard camera. Here are the best drones that are worth the money.
#1 Best Overall: DJI Mini 2
An ultra-compact drone that's so tiny it fits in the palm of your hand, the DJI Mini 2 is an ideal drone for beginners and experienced fliers.
At 249g, the Mini 2 is incredibly lightweight that reviewers dubbed it a take-it-anywhere sky camera. The DJI Mini 2 features a three-axis stabilised camera on the front whereas, on the back, you'll find a USB-C port and an exposed microSD card slot. Although the Mini 2 lacks sports obstacle avoidance sensors, it makes up for it with sensors at the base which detect when a surface or obstruction is in the way.
The best thing about the DJI Mini 2 is its reliable stabilisation even in the windiest conditions. What's great is that even as it whizzes across three modes, Cine (slow), Normal (medium) and Sports (fast), the horizon level doesn't level off, maintaining fantastic looking footage throughout. Video resolution has been bumped from 2.7K to 4K. This means more room to crop and zoom.
The DJI Fly app offers simple navigation but also more depth for seasoned drone hobbyists. From a take-off and land button, a map shortcut and a shutter release button to a gallery shortcut and a toggle between photo and video, everything a casual drone flyer need is found on the main interface. Other handy readings include remaining record time, battery percentage, height and exposure compensation. For the pros, there are expanded options to delve into switching refresh rates, overexposure warnings and gridlines.
Within the app, you can choose between a range of shooting modes like Photo, Video, Pano and Quickshot. There are also three panorama options (traditional, 180-degree and 360-degree) and five QuickShot modes which fly the drone according to pre-defined flight paths (Rocket, Helix, Boomerang, Dronie and Circle) as it follows the subject. On a single charge, the DJI Mini 2 runs for 30 minutes of flight time. However, if you purchase the Fly More pack that comes with three 2,250 mAh batteries, you get 90 minutes in the air.
Shop the DJI Mini 2 here.
#2 Best for Quality Images: DJI Air 2S
Combining a 20MP 1-inch sensor and the hyped digital zoom, the DJI Air 2S is the next best drone for most people.
The Air 2S features a folding design where the rear arms can be rotated and the front arms swing out, adding to its portability. It comes with a controller that has a telescopic grip to attach your phone. Basic camera controls, except toggling from video to stills, releasing the shutter or using anything you've programmed the FN button to do have to be done through the DJI Fly app.
Where the DJI Air 2S delivers fantastically is image quality. It features a 20MP 1-inch sensor and an 88-degree field of view. Yet, reviewers remarked how the images appear softer. Despite that, the DJI Air 2S shoots up to 5.4K video, ensuring images are sharp across every frame. We're not strangers to experiencing reduced image resolution as a product of digital zooms. But, DJI ensures the Air 2S maintains excellent pictures.
The video colour profiles (Normal (8-bit), HLG (10-bit) or D-Log (10-bit)) are versatile enough to cater to both hobbyists and professionals. Enthusiasts can opt for the Standard footage which looks great without editing required whereas pros can compile aerial footage into a workflow where colour grading is embedded.
The SmartPhoto mode will appeal to photography beginners. What it does is captures high-quality images and utilise deep learning and scene analysis to apply either of the three options HDR, Hyperlight or Scene Recognition) that best suits your photo. Another standout feature is the FocusTrack mode where the drone tracks a subject based on a route you determine and Spotlight 2.0 where the camera is locked as it tracks the subject in the frame.
The DJI Air 2S has two safety features. Firstly, there are obstacle sensors on the front, rear, bottom and top that can recognise objects from further away. Then, there's AirSense which upon receiving signals from nearby helicopters and planes will have their locations displayed on-screen in the Dji Fly app. Finally, the GEO 2.0 geofencing system keeps the drone away from locations like airports. DJI reports that the Air 2S has an estimated 31 minutes of flight time.
Shop the DJI Air 2S here.
#3 Best All-Weather Drone: PowerEgg X Wizard
If you need a drone that's rugged enough to land in water or fly in the rain, the PowerEgg X Wizard is for you.
The PowerEgg X has an egg-shaped body that comes with a moveable top panel where you'll find the memory card and battery and a detachable bottom panel which houses the gimbal and camera. The propeller arms are detachable so it's easy to transport around. On the other hand, the controller comes with control sticks that can be attached. To make it even more durable, the control sticks are surrounded by rubber waterproofing to keep water away when it's used in the rain.
The lens of the PowerEgg X Wizard has a hyperfocal focus designed to maximise depth-of-field and a full-frame equivalent focal length of 27mm. Although in-drone pictures are affected due to noise reduction and heavy sharpening and shooting using the results of the waterproof housing in poorer sharpness and clarity, the ability to film in the rain isn't an opportunity that's easily available in other drones. For video shooting, the PowerEgg X lets you shoot in frame rates ranging from 24-240fps in 720p up to 24-60fps in 4K.
One of the best things about the PowerEgg X Wizard is it can handle wind speeds up to 23mph/38kph with ease. While water landings don't present any problems, reviewers recommend not to land the drone too close to a riverbank or on fast-moving water. When it comes to battery life, the PowerEgg X runs up to 30 minutes in drone mode. However, this extends to 3.5 hours in other camera modes.
The PowerEgg X Wizard has features like downward sensors and obstacle avoidance to assist it with landing. It also offers unique camera modes such as which include Time Lapse, Follow Me, Point of Interest and QuickShots that can be accessed within the app. The handheld gimbal camera and AI camera modes come in handy for vloggers who want to capture footage that looks as if someone is behind the camera.
Shop the PowerEgg X Wizard here.
#4 Best for Budget: DJI Ryze Tello
Despite the more affordable price tag, the Ryze Tello offers plenty of appealing features.
The Tello is a compact and lightweight device. The airframe is where the battery's stored while on the front, you'll find the multi-colour LED next to the recessed 5-megapixel camera lens. This communicates status where a solid blue light means the drone's charged, a slow blinking blue during charging and alternating red, green and yellow as its booting up.
The drone is capable of 720p HD video and is operated using a Wi-Fi-equipped smartphone with the Tello app. Within the app, you have take-off and landing controls as well as an on-screen twin-stick set-up which reviewers praised for its responsiveness.
The DJI Ryze Tello is worth considering for these reasons. First and foremost are the pair of downward-facing sensors which allows you to have hand-free control since the drone hovers in place. The same sensors also let the drone land on your outstretched palm. Even cooler, the "Throw & Go" mode, lets you toss it upwards and into the air to launch the drone. On a single charge, the Tello is expected to provide 13 minutes of flight time.
Shop the DJI Ryze Tello here.
#5 Best for Strong Battery Life: Autel Evo Lite+
The Autel Evo Lite+ deserves your attention because it has a beefy battery life of over 40 minutes of flight time.
The drone has four foldable propellers made from carbon fibre. They have been thoughtfully designed so that it's seamless to connect and disconnect from the arms with a simple push and then twist. The controller features a good tactile experience with rubber in the grip areas. There's also a spring-loaded smartphone clamp which, unfortunately, adds a bit of bulk.
The camera is labelled "6K" for its capability to shoot 5472x3076 pixel video. A huge advantage the Autel Evo Lite+ has is the ability to stop down the aperture. This means you can shoot with the Evo Lite+ without needing another layer of density filter. It also offers incredible low-light performance. As such, it maintains a crisp video even under the moonlight.
In addition to obstacle avoidance sensors on the bottom, front and rear, Autel has equipped the Evo Lite+ to send warnings if you're flying too close to places you're not supposed to, like an airport for example. Its 40-minute flight time delivers an extra treat in the flying experience.
Shop the Autel Evo Lite+ here.
Drones are no longer just a waste of money or a toy for big kids. Beyond the utility of photography and videography, drones offer plenty of ways to support businesses and even foster a community of drone hobbyists.
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