An agriculture drone is a great investment for farmers. They can help with everything from crop monitoring to irrigation. Here are five of the best agriculture drones on the market today.
1) DJI Mavic Pro
The DJI Mavic Pro is a small, lightweight drone that features a compact folding design. It has a 4K camera and can be controlled with your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi. This agriculture drone also folds up to fit easily in your trunk. Its vision positioning system gives you extremely stable flight and accurate hovering. When the Mavic Pro is folded, it’s about the size of a water bottle. It can be launched from either your hand or by using voice control. The Mavic Pro has a range of almost three-quarters of a mile when in the air and its battery life clocks in at around half an hour.
2) 3D Robotics Solo
The 3D Robotics Solo agriculture drone is a highly advanced quadcopter. It’s built by the same company that’s known for its GoPro line of action cameras and works in tandem with one. Like the Mavic Pro, it has vision positioning to help you with flight. When it comes to memory, the Solo agriculture drone is nearly unmatched. It has a micro-SD card that can capture up to 128GB of continuous video before it needs to offload what’s been recorded, and it records in 1080p and comes with lifetime access to Adobe Creative Cloud.
3) Yuneec Typhoon H
The Yuneec Typhoon H agriculture drone is also designed with a folding design. It has six rotors, making it the agriculture drone that’s more likely to stay in the air if one of its propellers were to fail mid-flight. It uses Intel’s RealSense technology to avoid objects while you’re flying, and it can do so using either your tablet or smartphone. The agriculture drone features a one-inch CMOS sensor and records in 4K. Its battery life is about 22 minutes, which puts it on par with other agriculture drones of its size. Onboard GPS gives the agriculture drone an autopilot feature as well as return to home functionality for if you were to lose signal while it’s in the air.
4) DJI Phantom 4
The agriculture drone-specific version of the DJI Phantom 4 features a longer flight time and is capable of getting up to speeds of 45 miles per hour. It’s also one of the agriculture drones that feature obstacle avoidance using its onboard sensors. Like its agriculture drone counterparts, it has vision positioning for stability, can be launched from your hand, and has a range of nearly half a mile. This agriculture drone can either be controlled from your smartphone or with the DJI Goggle headset.
5) Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
The agriculture drone-specific version of the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium features a 4K imaging system with an advanced gimbal for stabilization. Its controller features a built-in touchscreen that displays telemetry data as well as the agriculture drone’s battery life. Onboard GPS gives the agriculture drone the ability to return to its takeoff location, and it has obstacle avoidance technology just like other agriculture drones on this list. With a range of about five miles, you can fly the agriculture drone for about 20 minutes before it needs to be recharged.