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Recommended Drones

Scanifly software supports any drone that takes geo-tagged imagery with a few exceptions. Continue reading to find out more.

 

Autel EVO II Pro 6k ** - Recommended Top Pick

The Autel EVO II Pro 6k is an extremely capable drone that may not have the brand recognition of DJI but has the same quality and feature set. At this time we are recommending this drone because of its ability to do point of interest flights easily. It also has an integrated Mission planning mode that allows for larger grid flights to be flown within the default app for the drone. 

 

Recommended Drone for Indoor Practice

Less than ~$30 - Sansisco A21 Mini Drone

 

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Drone Recommendation At A Glance

Drones in this list are evaluated on their ability to conduct orbit/point of interest (POI) flight paths in an automated way while also being able to have photos captured automatically at timed intervals. 

🟩  -Drones marked with green satisfy the automated criteria above and also work with other 3rd party apps for grid flight paths utilized on commercial sites.

🟨  -Drones marked with yellow partially satisfy criteria, but are not fully automated like drones marked with green. They may also not be compatible with popular 3rd party mapping software for grid flight.

🟥  -Drones marked with red do not satisfy criteria or are believed to not capture imagery well enough for 3D model creation.

Autel



Drone Recommended Comment
Autel Evo II Pro 6k 🟩 Top Pick
Autel Evo Lite & Lite+ 🟥 Not true point of interest flight
Autel Evo Nano & Nano+ 🟥 Not true point of interest flight

DJI


DJI Mavic 3 Pro Firmware & GPS Update

DJI has released the latest firmware update to the Mavic 3 and DJI Fly app. While the Mavic 3  still does not support mapping / 3rd party software, the update includes new FocusTrack Intelligent Flight Modes, which give you point of interest (POI) capabilities. Unfortunately, you are still unable to take timed interval photos while in this mode. You will have to manually take the photos in order to use this drone for your site surveys. With that said, we are recommending new Scanifly users purchase an Autel EVO II Pro 6k since it is widely available and has nearly identical features to the Mavic 2 pro. Additionally, there is still an issue with the Mavic 3's GPS where it takes an extended amount of time to lock in on satellites during start up. This can cause delays on site or the failure to acquire photos that are geo-tagged.

 

Drone Recommended Comment
DJI Air 2S 🟨 No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
DJI Enterprise Advanced 🟨 Will require Dronelink in order to do automated orbit and timed interval photos.
DJI Inspire 1 🟨
  • No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
  • Not compatible with DroneDeploy for grid flight
DJI Inspire 2 🟩 Most expensive prosumer option

DJI Mavic Air

🟨 No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
DJI Mavic Air 2 🟨 No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
DJI Mavic Mini 🟥 Unstable flight for quality image capture
DJI Mavic 2 Pro 🟩 Top Pick Runner-up
This drone is discontinued, so availability may be limited.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom 🟩 Do not use zoom when capturing images to be used in Scanifly
DJI Mavic Pro 🟩 Discontinued
DJI Mavic 3 🟨 No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
DJI Mini 2 🟨 No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
DJI Mini 3 Pro 🟨 No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
DJI Phantom 3 Series 🟨
  • No timed interval photos with point of interest flight
  •  Only compatible with DJI Ground Station Pro for grid flight
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced 🟩 Does not fold up like the Mavic series. A great drone option, none the less.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro 🟩 Does not fold up like the Mavic series. A great drone option, none the less.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 🟩 Does not fold up like the Mavic series. A great drone option, none the less.
DJI Spark 🟥 Unstable flight for quality image capture

EXO



Drone Recommended Comment
EXO X7 Ranger 🟥 Unstable flight for quality image capture
EXO X7 Ranger Plus 🟥 Unstable flight for quality image capture

Skydio



Drone Recommended Comment
Skydio 2 🟥 No point of interest for stationary objects
Skydio 2+ 🟥 No point of interest for stationary objects

Disclaimer

Scanifly is not in partnership with Autel Robotics, DJI, EXO, Skydio or other manufacturers. All of our statements are based on our experience and testing only, and without affiliation to particular manufacturers or distributors. If you have any questions please reach out to us at hello@scanifly.com.