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.
1. DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter Drone
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is our top pick for The Best Flying RC Drone with camera.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- DJI – https://www.dji.com/
- Yuneec Q500 – https://www.yuneec.com/products/aerialuav/q500_4k
- XIRO Drone – https://www.xirodrone.com/
- Hubson Quadcopters – https://www.hubsan.com/product/index413.html
- Know Before You Fly
- FAA – Do’s and Don’ts of Model Aircraft Operations
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