On Nov 30, 2021, hh wrote
I have been having more fun with drone/aerial photography/videography than I thought possible when I first explored the idea as a way to deal with the 2020 COVID lockdown. Since then my good old fashion terrestrial photography has become somewhat neglected. If you have the inclination go for it, I am sure there are some reasonable deals available this sale season.
> FWIW, what would you buy today if you had to do it all over (& why)?
In my case I would probably still buy the DJI Air 2S I am flying now. It has solid flight characteristics, and has a reasonable 1” sensor which can deliver up to a 5.4K 30fps video, but for the most part I shoot 4K 30fps, or 60fps, and the stills shots are pretty good, with the ability to shoot panos which would be impossible without that “tripod in the sky”. Just bear in mind that this has a fixed f/2.8 aperture so ND filters are a necessary add on. If you go that route I recommend buying the Fly More Combo which adds 2 more batteries, extra props, a battery charge bank, and a usable bag. All available direct from DJI, or B&H, Adorama, or BestBuy.
There is also the option of buying a used, or refurbished DJI Mavic 2 Pro which has a 1" sensor with the addition of an adjustable aperture.
I am also tempted by the newly released DJI Mavic 3 which has a 4/3 camera and adjustable aperture, but has some issues early adopters are discovering. It seems that many of the features are yet to be activated via firmware update some time in the New Year. From my point of view they released it way too early, especially as this is not an inexpensive drone, and way too expensive to consider as a beginner, or hobbyist drone.
> Likewise, what would you consider/recommend for something that's
> also focused on being sufficiently compact for international travel?
> Assume a conventional dSLR/equivalent is also in tow for space claim
> competition in the carry-on bag.
One of your biggest concerns with international travel is going to be how local regulations are going to limit your flying. Currently a sub-250g drone such as the DJI Mini 2, or the Autel Nano+ are going to be your best portable international travel drone options, and are not a bad choice for a first drone. The only issue is I have yet to hear of anybody actually owning, of flying one of the Autel Nano’s, whereas I have only heard good things of the Mini 2, and I will probably buy myself a Mini 2 (or Mini 3 if that is released soon) for my own international travels.