Ultimate Drone Buying Guide for Total Beginners 2020

Best Drones for beginners that still shoot pro quality video and photos compared.
Mavic Mini vs. Mavic Air 2 vs. Autel Evo II Pro 6K vs. Mavic 2 Pro vs. DJI Inspire 2 with X5S

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If you’re on a mega-budget, I should make an honorary mention to the good old Phantom 3 Standard. Shoots 2.7k on a 1/2.3″ sensor but shoots 12 megapixel RAW photos just like the bigger models. Its really capable and cheap as crap now because its old, should be able to find it used on Craigslist, Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, Offerup for like $250 or lower.

Mavic Mini – $400
2.7k and JPEG only but only $400 and can live in your pocket

Mavic Air 2 – $800
4K 1/2 inch sensor and REALLY bang for your buck at $800, such a good deal. 60fps as well.

Mavic 2 Pro – $1500
4K 1 inch sensor, 20 megapixel RAW photos. The holy grail, still worth it. Still worth just getting and not worth waiting on some Mavic 3 that’s ‘coming anyday’ just like the last 2 years, seriously.

Autel Evo II 6K – $1800 [NOT the 8K version please]
6K 1 inch sensor, 20 megapixel photos. More like 4K-equivalent really. Kind of weird, just got it so still testing but when you get over the odd stuff it has a GREAT picture, maybe on par with the Mavic 2 Pro, but not as intuitive, easy to fly, cool to show all the dads on the beach, or as feature rich. I’ll do a review later but so far has helped me pick up exactly 0 step-moms.

Inspire 2 + X5S camera – $8000+ Used
Shoots 5.2K RAW Video (literally filming in RAW photos)
5.2K 422 Prores and 4K Proress 4444 incase you know what that all means. Its an insanely high quality image that is mega flexible and so enjoyable just to watch ungraded b-roll with it, but man is it a pain in the butt to get out, lug around, deal with the attention and the noise it has. It’s more like a once in a while, Ace in the hole to blow something out the water or shoot Stock Footage and practice cinematography. Interchangeable lenses are really nice too.

50 Comments

  1. mrdougeran1 on February 26, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Awesome: someone that actually cares and explains things well and to the point. Best video I’ve seen

  2. SahLence on February 26, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    I’d be curious to see how you feel about the capabilities of the Mini 2 now that it has 4K, the ability to shoot RAW and the drone now features Occusync… 🤔

  3. M S on February 26, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I bought the Phantom 4 Pro V 2 , was that a mistake?

  4. Ryszman Sound & Vision on February 26, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    This video seems to be just about the drone camera’s & not about the drones themselves.

  5. Juan McKelvey on February 26, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    great video.

  6. Hedley Thorne on February 26, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    As a Mavic 2 Pro owner, I agree it is a phenomenal piece of kit – though my output is mostly photography rather than videography. For beginners to this aircraft it may or may not be significant to note that I did find that I had to up the in-camera sharpness by 1 point as it looked quite soft by default.

  7. Vantablack on February 26, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Randomly found this tutorial and I’m very surprised. It’s waay better than I expected in the beginning of the video. Subscribed! 👍

  8. Electric on February 26, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Nice Video but building an FPV Drone can be done for 100-200$, no need to spend 1000$

  9. Michael Favier on February 26, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    EXCELLENT thanks a lot

  10. Lamcova on February 26, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Finally someone who has answered all my questions I’m definitely now getting one

  11. LittleR on February 26, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I fly fpv and might get into cinema drones at some point, would a mavic pr (the first one) at 365$ be a good deal?

  12. Enaan Income Tax on February 26, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I really would like the Mavic 2 Pro, but if you compare the specs and all the videos comparing these 2 drones, I say Mavic Air 2 gets a win because It is close to Mavic 2 pro and its cheap.

  13. Andrea R. Henderson on February 26, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    This video is amazing. Its the first one I watched and I feel completely ready to make a purchase off JUST this video (if I wanted to). Thank you!

  14. Chuck Wentz on February 26, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you! You are a professional and I appreciate your commentary. Just getting started and have Part 107 certificate. Purchased a Mavic Air 2 and love it. Thinking about moving up to Pro 2. I am still on the fence but know that the Air 2 is not going to hold me back as I have lots to learn. Watched your town reel video and you had me hooked. Great work. Thanks again.

  15. SexyPitz on February 26, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you!

  16. Todd Barnes on February 26, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Nice reference at the begining. "Behold! My stuff." 😎

  17. TNS on February 26, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    What a fucking great video. One of the best presented, edited, narrated YouTube videos I’ve ever seen. Excellent work. 👏

  18. Colombian Muscle Papi on February 26, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you, Mister, for the great info. I decided to finally get the Mavic 2 Pro, thanks to you.

  19. Glenn Perkins on February 26, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    What controller/iPhone or Smartcontroller??? 
    I’m in the market to buy a Mavic 2 Pro and want to know if you think the Smartcontroller is worth the price – do you use it? 
    PS Love your advice mate 🙂

  20. M S on February 26, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    goddd i want the inspire 2 so bad

  21. Shawn Stevens on February 26, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    You just basically gave a drone seminar in 15 minutes on DJI’s Drones, I hope they sponsor you, I’m now getting a Mavic 2 Pro after using a Mavic Air for the last year and hopefully getting most of my major stuff ups crashes and hours searching in the wrong places due to the Find my Drone function being off and learning to use the more accurate Profile Flight log data to find my drone, I have been able to capture some stunning Video, but I have noticed the image will skew like in your comparison shots and the image quality especially in lower light is lacking, Mavic 2 Pro time.
    Cheers

  22. TeflonDon on February 26, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for all this GOOD information

  23. Hannah E on February 26, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    @0:12 had no business being that funny ahhahaha

  24. Denneska on February 26, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    +1 subscriber.

  25. Aaron Nicholas on February 26, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Great video! I would like to have seen more on the Autel. Do you have any videos that go more in-depth on the EVO II?

  26. ___Puppet__Master___ on February 26, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    You forget un important point: DJI Max altitude is software blocked to 500M because of the FAA…….Autel Evo is 800M….this is a huge difference. PLUS Mavic Pro 2 is 2 years old, which Autel is less than one

  27. Giannis Kandilakis on February 26, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Well done the video is really good, is there anything better for photography than phantom 4 pro – mavin 2 pro?

  28. Dave's Small Engines on February 26, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Sweet video. This helps. Also our boy here is jacked. Respect.

  29. Life of a Scrambler on February 26, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Great video, I’ve flown all kinds of drones and think your advice is spot on and easy for beginners to understand 🤙🏻

  30. Den Aye on February 26, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Love evo II pro 6k

  31. Bill Willson on February 26, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Quick question: buy the Smart controller with it or just stick with the one that it comes with?

  32. Nox H on February 26, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    chose autel ,you can’t let dji dominate the sky

  33. Art Vitale on February 26, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    thank you for your honesty, its quite refreshing in this political climate and fake news.

  34. Know Way on February 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Liked and Subscribed! Superb content.
    I think you nailed it stating the – Mavic Air 2 is entry level for commercial work. Time will tell just how viable it is. And, of course, it depends on what the work is. For professional photographers, drone imaging quality needs some perspective. Thinking an $800 photo drone should produce images similar to an $800 camera/lens combo (like a Canon EOS Rebel?)… you may be disappointed. What you’re getting is more similar to a $200 camera/lens attached to a $100 gimbal on a $400 aircraft with a $100 remote control. Expect images you’d get from a $200 camera. That said there are $200 cameras that take very good pictures/video for many folks. Just my 2¢.

  35. Jay McClure on February 27, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Dude Great video thank you

  36. Greg Coleman on February 27, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Appreciate your perspective. Which would you recommend for backpacking non-commercial videography done by a hobbyist landscape photographer? Thanks for your opinion.

  37. Pine Wood Outdoors on February 27, 2021 at 12:03 am

    0:33 dude shows a picture of a $600 Parrot Anafi drone claiming it’s a toy.

  38. House Vibez on February 27, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Great review it helped a lot thanks! If im a beginer and i would like to take some quality shots of landscapes villages and mountains, and also learn to edit them in lightroom and also sell some of them. Wich drone would you recommend, the Mavic Air 2 or the Mavic 2 Pro. I need 4k with 60fps. Would the Mavic Air 2 be enough to get some real quality footage, or is the Mavic 2 Pro necessary for it? Thanks in advance.

  39. Cedrian on February 27, 2021 at 12:06 am

    CLEAR & CONCISE ❗️

  40. Kevin Kolodinsky on February 27, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for this! Clear and precise.. I’m thinking Mavic Air2 for me. This would be a Hobby. But I’m also in the industry so quality matters… also it’s possible I could use generic shots in commercials..
    (I’m a VFX sup and Art Director in LA) this is not needed for work but would be nice to learn. Any push for the 2 Pro? Are they coming out with an update like a 3pro?

  41. Leon Angus on February 27, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Awesome video thank you. Cleared up everything I had in question

  42. Jonathan Stippich on February 27, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Great video man god damn very detailed

  43. Hector Hannibal on February 27, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I want to fly from a boat. Is there a waterproof drone worth considering?

  44. J G on February 27, 2021 at 12:13 am

    why did you put the parrot anafi under the toy category??

  45. Justin Singer on February 27, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Hey @QuickAssTutorials … 6 months later, any updates to share on this topic? Looking at starting my own Business… checking out your course now. Thanks!

  46. ThatoneGuy on February 27, 2021 at 12:15 am

    San Diego baby!!!

  47. 800runna1 on February 27, 2021 at 12:18 am

    from the thumbnail i thought it was presented by binging with babish

  48. Rodney Kimbangu on February 27, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Just no more coarse language, bro. Your content is way too good for that.

  49. Jim's Innovations on February 27, 2021 at 12:20 am

    i have a F11 PRO 4k what you think of that? i think it does really well goes really high, lots of mods and great video and picture

  50. Sawyer Hammond on February 27, 2021 at 12:21 am

    What about the Mavic air 1?

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