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Canon Releases $20k Drone, Best in It Class, But a Whopper of a Price Point

Japanese camera maker Canon is known as the standard in professional photography and film, largely because their products are undeniably best or top of class in almost every category. So far, they have avoided entering the nascent drone aerial photo/film market, and remained firmly entrenched in developing the cameras and lenses that many drones carry.

That has all changed with the new Canon PD6E 2000-AW-CJI, which carries the fabulous ME20F-SH camera. The six-rotor drone has been designed for high-end filming and search and rescue missions. A major selling point is the camera’s incredible 4 million ISO, which can create crystal clear images from a significant elevation and in minimal light.

In addition, the drone carries a hefty payload of 10 kilograms, with a two-axis gimbal. The combo offers superior flexibility and heft.

Of course, with that price point this camera isn’t for amateurs. It is being compared to the DJI modular 600 system, with a price point of only $4,599. Admittedly, the DJI is not the same animal as the Canon, but it may do the job in many situations. Yet, Canon has stepped out and staked their turf at the high-end of the photography drone market, with image quality and payload capabilities that establish it as the undisputed leader in quality.