As another long year comes to a close, we continue to ponder what we saw in the world of drones this year, and what we’ll see next year.

DJI FPV vs Mavic 2 propellers

In 2021, we got a few solid new drones, but mostly the industry slowed way down. That was for two reasons, the pandemic and new drone laws.

The FAA enacted important new laws, including the need for all pilots to acquire a drone license before taking to the air, and the need for remote ID.

2021 highlights!

DJI Mavic 3

DJI Mavic 3 Cine in hand angle

For those looking to step up their aerial photography game, the DJI Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine launched near the end of 2021. This new platform maintains much of the size, function and flight features that made all previous Mavic drones a pleasure to fly, then added a powerful Micro Four Thirds camera. The Cine version adds in a 1TB SSD, which enables higher-encoding rates, and is a great amount of storage to capture your awesome 5.1K video video from the sky.

While the Mavic 3 is pretty great, it also comes with a bit of a price…