Albania

Welcome to Albania

Albania is one of the most interesting countries in Europe and one of the friendliest too. It is also the place to visit if you are seeking real adventure. This country will surprise you with its gorgeous beaches, pristine valleys, delicious food, and friendly people.

Albania is a beautiful country, that’s true. But one of the best things about traveling to the land of the eagles is that wherever you go, from the capital city to the Riviera, from the mountains to the historical towns, you will be welcome by the locals. 

It is one of the friendliest countries you’ll visit in your life. So, if you are traveling to Albania, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance, there will always be someone that will willing to help you find what you are looking for.

About the tour

Welcome to Berat, (Albania) know as the city of ‘one thousand windows’, is a treasure of Albanian history, culture, and a testament to the country’s tradition and religious harmony. Prepare to be amazed during this full-day tour in Albania.

About this activity

Depart for Berat at 8:30 am and you will be transferred to this beautiful city for around 2.5 hours. This is one of the oldest cities and the pride of Albanian architecture.

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Thinking about visiting Malaysia?

This month (November 2020), we decided to explore the Cameron Highland once again. Of course, we had the chance to visited a few times but

Cameron Highland – Pahang

This month (November 2020), we decided to explore the Cameron Highland once again. Of course, we had the chance to visited a few times but on this occasion, we have been invited by Discover Cameron Travel & Tour.

This local travel agency offers packages otherworldly & fascinating that will allow you to hike in the oldest mossy forest in the world. In a matter of fact, Pahang’s mossy forest is estimated to be 230 million years old, and scientists believe that it existed in the time of dinosaurs.


Otherworldly & fascinating

Cameron Highland 2020

By Discover Evolution


1- How to get there?

The first thing to remember is that the Cameron Highland is not connected to any rail train but there are other ways to get there. If you plan on driving from Kuala-Lumpur,
  • By Car

The first thing to remember is that the Cameron Highland is not connected to any rail train but there are other ways to get there. With this in mind, If you plan on driving from Kuala-Lumpur, we recommend following the scenic route on highway E1 & exiting at exit 132 to Tapah. Not long after Tapah, you can take the old scenic and winding road (route 59) up the mountains. With no rush, it should take you around four hours.

Waterfall on the way
Lanta Iskandar is located around 30 km before Cameron highland, and also popular for his waterfall and vendor on the side of the road. An excellent place for picnics and taking pictures, (free entrance). This place never fails to amaze me and I make it a point to come every time when I’m on the way up to Cameron. Be sure to take a dip in the ice-cold water for a refreshing experience. (This place has also a toilet nearby and it’s free).

  • By Bus

The duration of the trip from Kuala-Lumpur to Cameron Highland by bus, takes around 4.5 hours, depending on traffic and condition. Express buses depart from TBS (Bandar Tasik Selatan) and terminate at Tanah Rata bus station. Make sure to ask the driver for a washroom stop or you may have to wait for a long time.

  • Book your bus online – Do not wast your time.
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2- Best accommodation in Cameron Highland

What kind of traveler are you? Do you travel solo and have a tight budget? Are you traveling with your loved one? or maybe decided to travel with the whole family. There is plenty of beautiful places, and I am pretty sure you will find what you are looking for. On this journey to the Cameron Highland, we have been invited by “Traveller Bunker Hostel”. This little gem is located in the city center and backpackers will fall in love with their concept. The hostels offer 52 dorms distributed on three different levels, a cinema room, snacks available, and really good coffee. (I am coffee addicted!) Price range $$


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  • Our recommendation:

1- Copthorne Cameron Highlands

The Copthorne Cameron Highlands resort is situated above the hill at 1,628 meters above sea level, offering magnificent views of the valleys, terraced farms, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. It is the perfect spot if you are traveling with your children and want to relax. Besides the astonishing view, the altitude provides refreshing and invigorating air, ensuring a pleasant and spring-like climate throughout the year. Price Range $$$

2- Heahtitude

This heahtitude guesthouse was built in the 1970’s, with its unique architecture and interior preserved. The accommodation provides a total occupancy of 12 guests, with options of private rooms and dorm beds. The hostel also offers WiFi communal spaces within the property designed specifically for guests to hang-out with each other. Price range $$

3- Orchid Haven

The Orchid Haven in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, provides bed & breakfast, Satellite TV and WiFi. Besides, this hostel is comfortable, with a clean room, private bathroom (hot shower), and a balcony. In addition, you will be able to relax in the lounge surrounded by a beautiful hanging orchid garden & a complimentary tea or coffee on the house. Price range $

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3- Book a tour

Planning an exciting trip solo, with your loved one or with your family, and wonder what you can see and to in the Cameron Highland? Accordingly, there is a lot to see and many things that you will enjoy doing. To begin with, we contacted “Discover Cameron Travel & Tours”, and Appu gave us information about all the available tours. Consequently, we chose a half-day trip starting with the sunrise above the tea plantation, following by a shortstop for breakfast. Not long after, we entered the forest for a 1.5 hours hike (return), we went to the BOH tea plantation and terminate the day at the strawberry farm.

Discover Cameron TRAVEL & TOUR

Book a tour: https://www.discovercamerons.com/
Contact them: +60 19-563 6405
Email Them: discovercamerons@gmail.com


Other things that you can do:

1- Climb mount Brinchang

Cameron Highland's main peak is Mount Brinchang. Therefore, if you plan on going to the top, drive along the winding mountain road, which is as hair-raising as it is exciting.

Cameron Highland’s main peak is Mount Brinchang. Therefore, if you plan on going to the top, drive along the winding mountain road, which is as hair-raising as it is exciting.

Once you reach the summit, you will encounter an observation tower and enjoy the astonishing scenery and breathe in the refreshing air of the mountains.

Mount Brinchang stands at 6,666 feet above sea level, and it is also the highest peak in Malaysia. For those who are more adventurous, there is also the possibility of trekking to the summit through the forest.


2- Tour at the Organg Asli Village

Orang Asli means ‘Original People’ in Malay and refers to the various indigenous tribes that live in the Cameron Highlands. You will find several traditional Orang Asli villages dotted around the area, and many of them are located on the main road that leads up to Tanah Rata.

Orang Asli means ‘Original People’ in Malay and refers to the various indigenous tribes that live in the Cameron Highlands. You will find several traditional Orang Asli villages dotted around the area, and many of them are located on the main road that leads up to Tanah Rata.

Some villages are still found in the middle of the jungles here, so if you want to see a traditional working village, then you can take a tour with a guide who will take you out into the more remote areas.


3- Visit the time tunnel

The Time Tunnel aims to look back at Malaysia’s past, and to that end, you will find old curios such as vintage signs, postcards, photographs, and even a barber’s chair. This museum is not one of the largest museums in Malaysia, and provide an informative insight into the history of the Cameron Highlands and its environs.

The Time Tunnel aims to look back at Malaysia’s past, and to that end, you will find old curios such as vintage signs, postcards, photographs, and even a barber’s chair. This museum is not one of the largest museums in Malaysia, and provide an informative insight into the history of the Cameron Highlands and its environs.


4- Spend the morning at Pasar Pagi

Pasar Pagi means Morning Market in Malay, and it is the place to come if you are looking for a toothsome breakfast in the Cameron Highlands. You will find the Morning Market near KEA Farm Town, taste some delicious street food and other local breakfast bites, and also expect to find souvenirs and handicrafts.

Pasar Pagi means Morning Market in Malay, and it is the place to come if you are looking for a toothsome breakfast in the Cameron Highlands. You will find the Morning Market near KEA Farm Town, taste some delicious street food and other local breakfast bites, and also expect to find souvenirs and handicrafts.


5- Wander around the Lavender garden

Another natural highlight of the Cameron Highlands is the Lavender Gardens. An amazing place to visit to take in the aromatic air and the pretty purple vistas. On this trip, you will find beautifully landscaped gardens that are bisected by walkways. It means that you can walk through the lavender fields and check out how beautiful it is closely.

As you would expect, the flowers attract a range of insects, and there is a bee history gallery here as well as a cafe where you can relax with a drink and take in the views.


4- Where to eat?

As you may already know, the most famous dish in Cameron Highlands is an Asian-style steamboat! As a matter of fact, there is much more out there, and a great variety of different cuisine like Indian, Japanese, Western, Thai, Malay, and Chinese!

  • Local food

1- Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant (Non-Halal)

One of the best choices, if you are around Cameron, is steamboat. When the sun goes down, and the mountain becomes chilly, it is time to head to a steamboat restaurant. Steamboat (also known as the hot pot) is a pot of boiling chicken soup heated by a gas fire stove.

One of the best choices, if you are around Cameron, is steamboat. When the sun goes down, and the mountain becomes chilly, it is time to head to a steamboat restaurant. Steamboat (also known as the hot pot) is a pot of boiling chicken soup heated by a gas fire stove. Some of the restaurants served two soups in a pot–fiery chili broth and chicken or pork bone broth (non-halal).

2- Cafe Lorong Kea farm

This restaurant/bistro is a Little bit hidden near a small market next to the road. It is a family restaurant, especially for local people. Very tasty and fresh prepared dishes, beverages and desserts for good prices

This restaurant/bistro is a Little bit hidden near a small market next to the road. It is a family restaurant, especially for local people. Very tasty and fresh prepared dishes, beverages and desserts for good prices (main course RM10 – RM12) Staff is very kind with quick service, only interior looks faded. Highly recommend it, if you want to try local cuisine at a reasonable price.

3- Singh Chapati Urban Restaurant

From a very unassuming exterior, and also off the side road, the food was fantastic. Not to mention, that we went back several times during our short stay in the highlands. All food was made to order and was very tasty.
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From a very unassuming exterior, and also off the side road, the food was fantastic. Not to mention, that we went back several times during our short stay in the highlands. All food was made to order and was very tasty.

The family who runs the restaurant are friendly, and helped us pick dishes to make sure, we ha the right amount of spice/heat – Would we go again? Absolutely.

  • Western food

1- The mossy forest cafe

This was our second visit to Mossy Cafe - it met all expectations: clean, efficient, courteous, tasty, value for money. Meal size is considered adequate to large. My wife and I enjoyed both beef n chicken burgers, and we also tried the pizzas.

This was our second visit to Mossy Cafe – it met all expectations: clean, efficient, courteous, tasty, value for money. Meal size is considered adequate to large. My wife and I enjoyed both beef n chicken burgers, and we also tried the pizzas. The pastries and coffee are a must, and if you like a beer with your meals this cafe has a great selection available.

2- The Barracks cafe

The Barracks cafe was not easy to find as it is a little bit hidden on the other side of the road. Surely one of the best restaurant if you are a fish enthusiastic and like fresh food. We went there on our last day and we highly recommend you to give it a goal.

The Barracks cafe was not easy to find as it is a little bit hidden on the other side of the road. Surely one of the best restaurant if you are a fish enthusiastic and like fresh food. We went there on our last day and we highly recommend you to give it a goal.

3- Scott’s cafe

Scott's cafe is an inviting place for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. The price is more than reasonable for the quality of its food.

Scott’s cafe is an inviting place for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. In addition, the price is more than reasonable for the quality of its food. We had our lunch there and had the Seven Haven Steak & Hawaiian Pizza. Even that we do not eat much meat, the steak was tasty and cooked as ordered (medium). The pizza is surprisingly good with a thin crust (10-inch size). Overall, a great place for families and friends. Do drop by for a bite when you are in the area.


4- Budget

Travel holiday budget - cameron Highland
  • Transport (Petrol): RM60 return
  • Toll: RM40 return
  • Bus: RM70 per person (return)
  • Accommodation per day: RM25 for dorm, RM 100 + for private room
  • Meals: RM10 – RM40
  • Travel Tours: Half-day RM50 per person, Full day RM90 per person.

5- Conclusion

In conclusion, we had an enjoyable time in Cameron Highland. Therefore we would like to thanks once again “traveler Bunker Hostel” and “Discover Cameron” for their generosity.

As a result, if you own a cafe, restaurant, hostel and are part of a tour organization and would be interesting in promoting your business, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Albania

Welcome to Albania Albania is one of the most interesting countries in Europe and one of the friendliest too. It is also the place to visit if you are seeking real adventure. This country will surprise you with its gorgeous beaches, pristine valleys, delicious food, and friendly people. Albania is a beautiful country, that’s true. But…

Backpacking in India

How to prepare your first Backpacking experience.

First Backpacking experience: You finally decided to buy a backpack and to travel around the world. However, you have no clue where to get started or what to expect. Don’t worry, I have been through this as well. Get ready as, I am going to share with you a few tips that I wish I knew when I began traveling. Being an old school backpacker, I did not have a smartphone to guide me or help me to book a hotel before to get to a new place. Was it bad? I don’t think so, but to be honest, it is much easier nowadays, especially if you are traveling with children. I have been using “Hostelworld” and “Agoda” for many years and I highly recommend you to give it a goal too.

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Hostelworld

It has been among the internet since the 1999 and is one of the leading website that will help you finding the best hostel for your next destination. With over 18000 properties across 180 countries and 13 million customers review you can’t go wrong with them.

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Agoda

It’s based in Singapore and was created in 2005. Not to mention that It is the world’s largest online platform with over 2 million properties registered across 200 countries. In addition, the Agoda mobile App is available in 38 languages.

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How to prepare your first Backpacking experience. By Discover Evolution
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1- Pick the right backpack

You are probably going to laugh at me for this photo. As a matter of fact, I had no idea what I was doing. First of all, picking the right travel backpack is very important. too big, and you will fill it up with things that you never use and too small, and you will end up sticking and attaching the extra stuff on the outside and will regret not buying a bigger one from the beginning. Buy a cheap one, and it will suddenly break it in the middle of nowhere, pick the wrong material, and your stuff will be soaked in the rain.

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Best backpack 2020
Picking the right travel backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big and you’ll have too much extra weight to carry around..

How to choose a backpack that is right for you?

Even tho your backpack is not 100% waterproof ( Unless you are going on some long multi-day hike), make sure your bag is made out of a semi-waterproof material so everything doesn’t get soaking wet (most travel backpacks come with rain proof cover that you can put over them in case of a severe downpour

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2- Book your flight ticket

There are thousand of website where you could buy your ticket flight to your future destination, and if you do not be careful you may ending up paying twice the amount. If you want to save money while booking your flight follow these easy steps:

  • Avoid direct flight it will always be more expensive
  • Think outside the box. For example: If I was flying from France to Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia) I will be checking on how much does it cost from my neighbor countries. Sometimes it could be cheaper to book a small connection flight to Germany than if I was flying from Paris.
  • Book your flight ticket at night. There is less people online at 2 am than there is at 2 pm and for that reason prices can drop significantly.
  • Book early. Airline fares will keep rising the closer you get to departure. The best time to book is around 3 months in advance.

Lots of people will tell you to use famous website to book your destination and because they are famous they are also have more expensive fares. I always use “Jetradar” and I have never been disapointed with them. (Switch to English on the top right corner)

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3- What shall you bring with you?

Backpacking across South-East Asia is pretty popular among the backpacking community!

Why? It’s cheap, perfect for your tiny budget, ideal for partying and meeting friends along the way! You only have to add in a few bonuses such as food, a tropical climate, and breathtaking scenery to want to book your flight!

When it comes to packing your backpack for the trip of a lifetime, it can be a mission.  Especially if this is your first backpacking trip to Southeast Asia! I thought I’d help you guys prepare for your big trip by making an easy packing list for Southeast Asia including all the packing essentials for Asia.

What to take backpacking Southeast Asia? In this post, you’ll find different sections that should cover all your Asia travel list essentials.

4- Travel insurance

Here comes the most expensive part of your budget but it is also one of the most important of all. Let me share with you what happen to friend while we were bike touring in Kazakhstan.

We stopped at Almaty for few days and we wanted to do a small hike on Shymbulak resort, I checked the weather and I told my friend that it will turn pretty bad in the afternoon and that we should postpone it. He insisted to go and I stayed at our friend place. Later on around 5 pm I received a text from him saying that he was stuck in the mountain and that he had maybe few broken ribs.

It was getting dark and we had no idea where he actually was & we started to freak out for him. When we arrive to Shymbulak resort we could see a flash light signal on the top of the mountain, the rescue team spot him and it took around 7 hours to bring him down.

If he did not have insurance his trip would had come to an end and he would had have spent lots of money for the rescue procedure.

Worldnomad insurance is one of the best travel companies out there, especially if you plan a backpacking trip for a long period of time. it is recommended it by thousand of bloggers on the internet and it by far more affordable than other travel agency online.

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How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on

I remember the first time I went backpacking to Vietnam in 2004, I bought a 45L backpack and my goal was to carry as less as possible. I knew that Vietnam will be way cheaper than Europe and that it won’t be a problem for me to find clothes anywhere. At that time, I did not own a laptop, I did not have a phone (smart phone did not…

Meet Katerina Lee – Share your story with us.

This is my story. Before I started my @digitalnomad story blog on IG, about inspiring stories of people who work and travel remotely and started traveling on a full-time basis, I had an office job where I got only a couple of weeks off a year. Before that, I worked for over 7 years in a position that gave me almost no pleasure.

My career began with a 14-hour workday as a pharmacist in a small town in Ukraine. After working like this for three years, I realized that I hit a ceiling and I needed growth. I moved to a city with a million people and found a job there as a medical representative, companies organized training for us abroad and it was begging of my passion to travel. The work was interesting and exciting at first, but soon I got professionally burned-out and nothing made me happy.

The country’s cold climate also played a role. Once during winter, when I left the house, there was ice on the street, strong winds, and freezing temperatures. I slipped on the ground, as I was lying in the snow I promised myself that this would be my last winter in this country. The following Spring, I moved to Dubai, UAE, and got a job as a purchasing manager in a local company. The work was not difficult, but it took up a huge part of our whole life since we worked on Saturdays. One day a week was not enough to explore this beautiful country, let alone travel, and I began to think about how I could change my situation. But I couldn’t come up with any ideas, I was uninspired and it seemed to me that I was at a dead-end and lost my meaning …

And then one day, a man appeared in my life who changed everything. I left my settled life and started traveling with him. He was a digital nomad and instilled in me a love for this conversion of life. During the year I visited several countries. I was looking for myself here and there, I tried to draw, yoga, knit, creating jewelry … all this fascinated me and worked well, but it was difficult to make money on it because of the constant moving, and then one day I found myself in Thailand. I met many ice-breakers with remote professions, among them were coaches, yoga trainers, traders, IT specialists, photographers, and videographers … I was trying those roles on myself. But this was still alien to me.



I hand-painted clothes, made jewelry and made a small income, and then the coronavirus pandemic happened. People began to leave the island, and those who were kiotomtals sometimes could not buy their own food. My creative business completely came to a halt and I was very upset and was thinking about how to live on? One fine day, flipping through the Instagram feed, I came across the blog of a girl who lived on the neighboring island of Koh Samui. She was a web designer and talked about how she combines her work and travel. I was very interested in this and I was looking forward to every new video in the story. Inspired, I wrote to her that I wanted to be a designer and asked her if she could take me on as an apprentice. She replied that she studied on her own, without any schooling or courses and did not know how to teach people. It was here that I challenged myself. I started to study on my own. Then I found a mentor and fell in love with this profession. Now I can create a website with pleasure, create ideas from stories and posts on Instagram, create guides, checklists and banners. Actually many things.

That’s how I got a remote profession. My path was long and despite the fact that I need to work a lot while traveling, I can travel and get the opportunity to work remotely and to see new places is a dream!

Best drones 2021

The best drones 2021 for aerial video and photography.

The best drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They’re now used widely by both amateur and professional photographers because they can reach areas and shoot from angles that regular cameras can’t. They allow aerial photography and videography of landscapes, buildings, and events that previously required the use of a helicopter, a small plane or a crane.

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

The best drones 2021 have significantly evolved greatly since the first ready-to-fly model ten years ago – and a decade later, drones are now everywhere. Almost every drone has a camera supported by a powered gimbal, which stabilizes the vibration from the propellers. Sensor size is still an issue for photographers, but there are few options depending on your needs. Below we have selected for you 10 awesome drones that you may consider purchasing on your next destination or simply for your own pleasure…


01. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

The all-round best drone for photography

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 905g | Dimensions (folded): 214×91×84mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 322×242×84mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (3850mAh) | Max Range: 8km / 5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph

  • Very portable
  • Optical Zoom
  • Great software features
  • Expensive
  • No 60fps for 4K

DJI’s Mavic Pro changed what was possible with the best camera drones back in 2016, making it possible to fold and carry a decent-quality lens without being overly heavy or bulky. It could capture 4K (at a maximum of 24fps) and introduced a handy fold-out controller that seemed to have more in common with a PlayStation than bulky radio controllers from their hobby era…


02. Autel EVO II

With 8K video, this might be more than you need!

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs

Weight: 1174g | Wing span (unfolded): 397×397mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 8K @ 25fps | Camera resolution: 48MP | Battery life: 40 minutes | Max Range: 9km / 5.5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44mph

  • 8K video quality
  • 48 megapixel camera
  • Omnidirectional sensors
  • 8K shooting is limited to 25fps

Like the Mavic 2, one of the best cameras drones 2021, Autel’s second EVO is offered with different camera choices, in theory at least (supply has been erratic in its early months, but then 2020 hasn’t been an easy year). Both are built around a heavy, rugged-looking (but average feeling) orange airframe which eschews a sleek consumer-friendly design for simple practicality. It’s a bit chunkier than the Mavics, but it can fly for longer and is bigger unfolded).


03. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

A brilliant camera in a quality package

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 907g | Dimensions (folded): 214×91×84mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 322×242×84mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 20MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (3850mAh) | Max Range: 8km / 5mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph

  • 1-inch sensor
  • Reliable airframe
  • Great software features
  • Expensive
  • No 60fps for 4K

2020 saw the arrival of the Mavic Air 2 with a host of improvements to the Mavic line which make the Mavic 2 Pro more of a speciality aircraft than before, but whichever way you look at it the stills and, in lower light, the video remain unbeaten (without spending a good amount more and throwing portability out of the window).


04. PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard

Best waterproof drone and best A.I. camera drone

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 860g / 1.9lb | Dimensions (egg): 178 x 102 x 102mm | Dimensions (drone mode): 427mm diagonal | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 60fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 30 minutes (dry mode) | Max Range: 6 km / 3.7mi | Max Speed: 65kph / 40mph

  • Waterproof & water landing mode
  • Audio-sync recording option
  • Camcorder mode a nice option to have
  • No record button in camcorder mode
  • Small image sensor

PowerVision is certainly an inventive company – as its awards shelf will testament – and it has been making underwater drones as long as flying ones, so the PowerEgg X shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but it did. Their original PowerEgg was a stunning product, yet rather than revising it, PowerVision opted to go back to the drawing board. They created an altogether new egg which could be used as a drone, a hand-held or tripod-mounted camcorder making use of the gimbal for stability and A.I. for subject tracking, and – in the optional ‘Wizard’ kit – a beach-ready drone which can land on water or fly in the rain.


05. PowerVision PowerEgg X Explorer

Great A.I. camera drone (but without the waterproofing)

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 860g / 1.9lb | Dimensions (egg): 178 x 102 x 102mm | Dimensions (drone mode): 427mm diagonal | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 60fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 30 minutes (dry mode) | Max Range: 6 km / 3.7mi | Max Speed: 65kph / 40mph

  • Audio-sync recording option
  • Camcorder mode a nice option to have
  • No record button in camcorder mode
  • Lacks the waterproofing of its Wizard sibling
  • Small image sensor than Wizard

The Explorer is a stripped down version of the PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard – losing its magical waterproofing powers, but in the process saving you a chunk of money that may well be a sensible move if you are into fair weather flying. The specification is the same however when it comes to its flying skills. You still get the drone, controller, case, a single battery, camcorder grip & tripod mount – but you don’t get the extra battery, weatherproofing components or canvas bag that you get with the Wizard.


06. DJI Mini 2

The best drone for the beginner

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 249g | Dimensions (folded): 38×81×58mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K 30fps (1080P@60fps) | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 31 minutes (2250mAh) | Max Range: 10km / 6.2 miles | Max Speed: 57kph / 35mph

  • Very portable
  • Registration-free in USA, China and more
  • Easy-to-flyRaw photos
  • Limited tracking features

DJI defined compact quality camera drones as something which could appeal to and be understood by everyday consumers with the Mavic in 2016, but price and, more recently, weight limits kept some consumers away. Drones over 250g (or operating them) now require registration and a small fee in most countries. The Mavic Mini solved the weight issue in 2019, but the latest Mini 2 has taken that already miraculous design and souped it up so it can now attract more serious users too.


07. Parrot Anafi FPV

The foldable Anafi is the best drone for travel

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 310g | Dimensions (folded): 244×67×65mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 240×175×65mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 21MP | Battery life: 25 minutes (2700mAh) | Max Range: 4km / 2.5mi | Max Speed: 55kph / 35mph

  • Very portable
  • 4K @ 100Mbps with HDR
  • 180° vertical-turn gimbal and zoom
  • Only 2-axis control
  • Some features are in-app purchases

Parrot wasn’t really a contender in the high-end aerial video market until the Anafi arrived in mid-2018, but it was definitely worth the wait. Rather than push up prices and weight with sensors of questionable use (and the processing power to handle their data), Parrot leave the business of avoiding obstacles very much to the customer. In exchange, though, it’s managed to keep the portability and price manageable, helped by the fact a great hard-fabric zip case is included so you’ll be able to shoot just about anywhere.


08. DJI Mavic Air 2

If it’s a foldable drone you want in 2020, this is the best

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 570g | Dimensions (folded): 180×97×84mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 183×253×77mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K 60fps | Camera resolution: 48MP | Battery life: 34 minutes (3500mAh) | Max Range: 18.5km / 11.4mi | Max Speed: 68kph / 42mph

  • Portable
  • 4K shooting a 60fps
  • Object avoidance with course correction
  • No side or top sensors
  • App could be better

The new DJI Mavic Air 2 is a stunning technical achievement, an incredibly capable drone that – for most people – might look like the only flying camera they’d ever need. With front, downward and rear-facing distance sensors, the drone is capable of identifying obstacles and not just warning the pilot, but also plotting a course to avoid, say, a wall or a tree if needed.


09. DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

This is the best drone for serious photographers and filmmakers

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 1375g | Dimensions: 350x350xmm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 60fps | Camera resolution: 20MP | Battery life: 25 minutes (5870mAh) | Max Range: 7km / 4.1mi | Max Speed: 72kph / 44.7mph

  • Large image sensor
  • Design classic
  • Subject tracking
  • Size feels a little clunky

The Phantom was a revolutionary product, its earlier versions including the first drone to feature a gimbal-stabilized camera rather than requiring the user to supply their own. Its rugged body design means that while it’s no longer the obvious choice for beginners or consumers (for whom folding products offer at least the same practicality), there is a strong use-case for an occasional professional.


10. DJI Inspire 2

The camera drone to buy when the optics are your priority

The best camera drones 2021 are far more than the simple toys they used to be. They're now used widely by both amateur and professional...

Specs:

Weight: 4000g | Dimensions: 605 diagonal mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 5.2k @ 24fps | Camera resolution: 20.8MP | Battery life: 23-27 minutes (4280mAh dual battery) | Max Range: 7km / 4.1mi | Max Speed: 94kph / 58mph

  • Interchangeable lens system available
  • Solid build quality & backup systems
  • Capable of live 1080i broadcast
  • High purchase cost
  • Dual battery makes getting spares expensive
  • Props need to be locked into place

The Inspire 1 brought with it a jaw-dropping Klingon-inspired design that keeps the props comfortably out of most shots while allowing for a big, stable frame. The Inspire 2 cements that professional quality with a magnesium hull (careful where you grip it) and lots of dual redundancy for safer flight.


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