5 Best RC Drones with Camera

If you want to buy a drone for aerial videography and photography but don’t know where to start or what the top rated drones are, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we bring you the 5 best drones to buy  based on their features, value, ease of use and quality.

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1. DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter Drone

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is our top pick for The Best Flying RC Drone with camera.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced With 2.7K HD Video Camera
Product Highlights:
  • up to 2.7k hd video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal
  • lightbridge digital streaming allows live viewing of 720p video (full resolution video is simultaneously recorded on the internal micro sd card)
  • vision positioning system allows stable flight indoors
  • included flight battery and rechargeable remote controller means this system is ready to fly out of the box
  • dji pilot app for ios and android allows live viewing and complete camera control.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced carries a fully stabilized 3-axis 1080p full HD video camera for smooth, high-definition videos and stunning photos.

DJI’s updated Lightbridge technology  allows 720p HD digital streaming of live video directly from the drone – you will be able to see exactly what the drone sees, Live. That means, you can see the video in real time as you fly.

It comes pre-equipped with standard DJI Drone features such as GPS navigation with auto takeoffs and landings, a built-in safety database of no fly zones, high power flight battery, and a very intuitive / user-friendly mobile app for your iOS or Android device.

If you like flying indoors, it includes an optical and ultrasonic sensors called “Vision Positioning” that let you fly with precise control without  a GPS signal.

Customers seem to really love this drone. Over 206 people have given it a rating of 4.5 stars out 5 Online.  Read their reviews here.

2. Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter Drone” state=”open” ]

Instead of an app, Yuneec Q500 4K uses an android-based remote controller that has a built-in touchscreen for flight monitoring.

Yuneec Q500 YUNQ4KUSR90 4K CGO3 Camera Black- Renewed
Product Highlights:
  • personal ground station with built-in touchscreen, integrated 3-axis precision gimbal camera
  • 4k/30fps ultra high definition video and excellent full hd 60 fps
  • user controlled video resolution, white balance and light exposure
  • 12 megapixel photos with no-distortion lens
  • does not include aluminum case, includes one battery

Yuneec is designed specifically for aerial photography and videography with its the CGO3-GB, a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized camera (4K video recording, 1080p video recording at up to 120 fps, and 16-megapixels photos).

The camera is easily removable and replaceable in case of an accidental damage.

It offers useful navigation features such as Waypoints and Follow Me.

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It’s a little bit bigger in size but the aesthetically pleasing metallic design makes it look really cool.

Yuneec seems to be getting popular during the holidays. As of this writing, there were only a few units left Online. Check it out here.

3. DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone

Although a bit more expensive than  the Advanced version, DJI Phantom 3 Professional is your drone  if you are looking to shoot 4K  video.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Video Camera Drone
Product Highlights:
  • 4k uhd video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal; vision positioning system allows stable flight indoors
  • lightbridge digital streaming allows live viewing of 720p video (full resolution video is simultaneously recorded on the internal microsd card)
  • included flight battery and rechargable remote controller means this system is ready to fly out of the box. flying this product is restricted within 15 miles radius of the white house.
  • dji pilot app for ios and android allows live viewing and complete camera control (phone/tablet sold separately; see dji's website for compatible models)
  • kindly refer all the tutorial videos given in the image section on the catalog before use for the proper training.

The gold bands add a nice touch to the design.

It also offers a much faster battery charger (it charges almost twich as faster than the Advanced).

If you have a pretty busy shooting schedule and don’t mind spending a little more, DJI Phantom 3 Professional is the way to go.

Over 300 customers have give it a 4.2 ratings out of 5. Read the reviews here.

4. XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter

XIRO Xplorer shoots full HD video at 1080p/30fps and 720p/30fps, and,  you also have the option for slow motion recordings.

XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV And 3 Axis Gimbal -- V Version
Product Highlights:
  • complete quadcopter, remote transmitter and ready to fly. super easy to set up: pre-tuned by factory and ready in minutes! just charge the included battery, attach the propellers, start the remote controller and you're ready to fly

It comes pre-loaded with advance functions like “Follow me”, “Circle Around Me” or “Return to Base” that make your flights more interesting and fun.

When the battery is critically low or the drone loses connection with the controller, “Return to Base” function is automatically activated.

It has three operational settings – beginners, amateurs and professional users – each with a varying degree of difficulty and sophistication.

You get a vibration alert on the remote controller for certain special events such as low baterry.

It has received a rating of 3.8 stars Online. Read some reviews here.

5. Hubsan X4 Quadcopter Drone

The Best Drone for Beginners

If you are not quite ready to spend $500+ on a drone, or are simply planning on learning how fly a drone, I suggest you get Hubsan X4 Quadcopter.

HUBSAN X4 Quadcopter With With FPV Camera Toy
Product Highlights:
  • control distance: 50 - 100meters, live video distance: around 100 meters
  • latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
  • lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • instant video preview on transmitter
  • battery: 3.7v voltage, 380mah li-po battery with auto cut off safety pcb

For a very reasonable price, it is a great value, especially for what it has to offer.

It’s a palm-sized quadcopter that can launch directly off your hand.

The built-in video camera supplies real-time video feed directly to 4.3 inch LCD screen on your transmitter.

You can record the video on a SD card and use it however you want. The FPV (First Person View) video range is up to 100 meters (that’s quite a bit for a drone this size).

Lightweight airframe, nice durability with 6-axis flight controls and adjustable gyro sensitivity lets you have a very stable flight. You can fly it indoors or outdoors.

30 minutes of charge gives you about 7 minutes of flight.

It’s currently one of the best-sellers among smaller portable drones. Over 600 customers have given it a rating of 3.7 stars Online. Read their reviews here.


Patrick Cooper

Patrick has over a decade’s experience writing about consumer electronics on the web. An avid traveller, he is the father of two adopted pitbulls and a greyhound. Cheif editor at WhatRocksAndWhatSucks.com, right now Patrick lives in Austin, TX. Reach him at patrick@wraws.com.