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2018 Construction Drone Buying Guide

Here are Unearth Lab's top five drone recommendations and analysis for the construction industry. The following is reprinted with permission.

Keep in mind that when you're deciding which drone to buy, you should be sure to carefully assess your specific needs. Read on to learn more about how to pick your drone and see our in-depth drone reviews.

Best All-Around Drone

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

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Best Drone for Ease-of-Use

Kespry 2S

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Best Drone for Image Quality

DJI Inspire 2

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Best Drone for Portability

DJI Mavic Pro

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Best Drone for Durability and Stability

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

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If you want to go straight to the full reviews for each drone, jump ahead to our Top 5 Drones for the Construction Industry.

If you’ve had a freelancer flying drones over your construction projects, you know the advantages of regular aerial photography. As you increase the frequency of your drone flights, purchasing your own drone and having a licensed pilot on staff will make the most financial sense.

While you might think the best first step toward drone ownership is to start comparing drones, you really should assess your needs first and then pick your software before even looking at hardware. The data you get from your new drone and how you put it to use is the most valuable aspect of drone ownership. And, because the software you use will affect your choice of drone, you will need to have it picked out before you begin drone shopping.

Whether you are buying your first drone, or looking to grow your current fleet, our guide outlines 5 steps to purchasing a drone, and then provide you with our top 5 drone recommendations for the construction industry.

The 5 Steps to Purchasing a Construction Drone:

  1. Determine Your Needs
  2. Choose Your Software
  3. Choose Your Hardware
  4. Pick Your Price Range
  5. Avoid Common Drone Buying Mistakes