5 Professional Drones that Make Money

DJI Inspire 2

Plenty of people fly drones just for the thrill of flying. But for professional pilots, flying UAVs is a serious business. Plenty of smaller drones are perfect for zipping around and seeing the world from a new perspective, but larger, more powerful drones can perform tasks that their smaller counterparts can’t. They can stay aloft for extended periods of time, carry massive payloads, and support cameras suitable for industrial applications and film Hollywood features. In this article, we’ll take a look at five professional drones and commercial drones that are ideal for pros.

Best Professional Drones for Aerial Photography, Filming, and Industrial Applications

1. Phantom 4 Pro Check the Price

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The latest iteration in DJI’s iconic Phantom series, this appropriately named quadcopter’s power, portability, and intelligent features make it a popular choice for pro UAV pilots worldwide. Its camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor, which makes it great for filmmaking and photography, and it’s the first DJI drone to have backward, forward, and side obstacle avoidance. Obstacle avoidance can come in handy when flying in tight spaces, which is sometimes required for filming and photography, as well as search and rescue scenarios.

Key Features:

  • 1-inch 20 MP CMOS sensor with a mechanical shutter
  • Burst mode stills at 14 MP
  • H.264 4K video at 60 fps and H.265 4K at 30 fps
  • 6 vision sensors, GPS/GLONASS, and obstacle sensing from 2-98 ft (1-30 m)
  • Max speed of 45 mph (72 kph) in Sport mode
  • 30 min flight time and DJI GO 4 compatibility
  • Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture mode, Return to Home

Updated: DJI recently released the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian, which comes with a magnesium shell and anti-fingerprint coating in beautiful matte-grey obsidian. Check out the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian unboxing.

2. Inspire 2 Check the Price

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The Inspire 2 honestly looks like something from the future. Its most striking feature, which was also present with the Inspire 1, is its transforming design. In Travel mode, the Inspire 2’s landing gears are parallel its body to take up as little space as possible. When you tap the power button five times, the landing gears move down for so you can place it on the ground for takeoff. And after you’ve taken off, the landing gears both lift upward, so you won’t get props your shots while you fly.

Apart from its transformation, the Inspire 2 is packed with technology. It features dual self-heating batteries that allow you to operate in subzero conditions for up to 27 minutes. It currently supports three different Zenmuse cameras, the X4X5S, and X7, and its image processing system lets you record CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes footage with product licenses. The X5S is an M4/3 camera and the X7 uses a newly designed DL mount, so users can attach multiple lenses to both cameras. And the ability to fly with two operators makes the Inspire 2 a top choice for filmmaking professionals.

Key Features:

  • 6K CinemaDNG footage (with X7)
  • 27-minute flight time (with X4S)
  • 58 mph (94 kph) max speed
  • Interchangeable cameras (Zenmuse X4S, X5S, and X7)
  • Transforming design
  • Dual-battery system
  • Self-heating batteries
  • FPV Camera

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3. Matrice 200 Series 

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The Inspire 2 is to filmmaking what the Matrice 200 (M200) series is to industrial applications. M200 series drones borrow the self-heating dual-battery design from the Inspire 2 while adding water resistance, longer propellers, and multi-gimbal support, making them durable and powerful.

The best part of the M200 series is that these drones support industrial Zenmuse cameras like the Z30 and XT, which offer 30x optical zoom and thermal imaging, respectively. In fact, the M210 supports two gimbals so an inspector can simultaneously mount a Z30 and X5 to gather two kinds of data in a single flight, as well as an upward gimbal for a closer eye on structures like bridges. For projects that require centimeter-level positioning accuracy, professionals can upgrade to the M210 RTK. The M210 RTK features a D-RTK module, an indispensable asset for businesses collecting precise geospatial data.

Key Features:

  • IP43 Ingress rating
  • Support for industrial Zenmuse cameras (XT, Z30, X4S, X5S)
  • Transforming design
  • Dual-battery system
  • Self-heating batteries
  • FPV Camera
  • Dual downward gimbal and upward gimbal ports (M210)

4. Matrice 600 Pro Check the Price

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The Matrice 600 Pro is a bigger than its M200 counterparts and comes with a lot more power. With a six-battery power system and support for up to 6 kg payloads, this drone is intended for the most professional of professionals. Unlike the M200, it’s considered a “flight platform” rather than a “ready-to-fly system.” This means that it’s designed to be modified, and you’ll need to do some assembly to get it up and running. The M600 Pro can be equipped with mechanisms that drop supplies for use in disaster relief or carry professional film cameras as heavy as the RED EPIC.

Key Features:

  • Folding design
  • A3 Pro flight controller
  • Carries a RED EPIC + Ronin-MX
  • D-RTK GNSS compatibility
  • 6 batteries with charging hub included
  • Modular design

5. Agras MG-1S 


While the M600 is suitable for a variety of applications, the Agras serves one specific purpose: crop spraying. The Agras MG-1S has eight rotors, four spraying nozzles, a huge liquid tank, and microwave radar system that automatically senses changes in terrain. Users can set automated spraying paths using the Intelligent Operation Planning System, and its controller comes with an ultra-bright built-in screen, just like the Phantom 4 Pro+.

Key Features:

  • 40-60 times more efficient than manual spraying
  • Carries up to 22 lbs (10 kg) liquid payloads
  • Intuitive mission planning
  • Radar system follows terrain during flight
  • Controller with ultra-bright built-in screen

If you’re an aerial imaging professional or drone pilot, there are plenty of professional drones out there to suit your particular industry’s needs. If you want to learn more about what DJI drones can do for your business, contact our enterprise sales team!


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