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We do a lot of boating and my husband also owns a boating company. I would like to get a nice drone with a good camera that is splash proof or can even be submerged. I have seen a lot of reviews on the SwellPro Splash; in articles everyone rants and raves, but on Amazon everyone seems to be not impressed or having issues with it.
Before we go further, the two big questions to ask yourself are 1: What’s your budget? and 2: What do you intend to use this for?
The DJI M200 is one of the top-of-the-line industrial drones and has a water-resistant body. However, that’s going to run you well over $5,000. DJI’s products are going to be durable , well-made and easy to fly.
If $5,000 isn’t in your budget, check out the DJI Mavic Pro. It’s easily my favorite drone to date. While I can’t vouch for the splash-proofness myself, a lot of users online claim that the DJI Mavic Pro has accidentally crashed into water and been able to come back to life. (I love my personal Mavic Pro too much to test whether it is waterproof for myself!)
It’s certainly not an underwater drone, but it’s highly durable, smartly designed, and easy to fly. It’s a photography drone, so you’ll want to use it to get great shots of your boat and the landscape. You’ll definitely want this if you’re looking to have a drone on your boat, and there’s a chance it may get splashed.
If you’re looking to get underwater photos, there are actually a handful of underwater drones designed to cruise around under the sea that don’t actually fly. My personal favorite of the bunch is the PowerRay, by Chinese drone company PowerVision. That one will run you under $2000 — more than the Mavic, but hey, it’s geared toward underwater photography.
Depending on the scope of your boating business, this could be great for checking out what is under your boat — whether it’s looking for wildlife, or simply inspecting your boat. It’s also a great addition to snorkeling and scuba diving trips. For the passengers who don’t want to get underwater, they still get a chance to see underwater while staying completely dry.
Good luck, and happy flying!