As new technologies are introduced, there are more ways to explore the world around us. Something that is growing in popularity is the use of drones. Drones can be used simply to fly as a hobby on your days off or they can be used to capture beautiful videos and photographs in angles that you could not reach before. A feature that many drone manufacturers have found to be wildly in demand are cameras; whether for photos, videos, or both. The ability to take pictures and videos to see exactly what the drone is seeing at that time has become an amazing and sought after craft. It has allowed us to explore more areas than ever before. Of course, you could walk around an area on foot, but it is also very appealing to see that view from up high. Not everyone has the ability to fly a plane, but drones give you the opportunity to still have that experience of seeing something with a bird's eye view.
Drones come in many varieties. There are drones that you can buy for your children, or if you are not serious about drone flying, that are more simple and could be compared to a more expensive toy. They are going to be lower in price and quality compared to the professional drones with both the drone's build and the camera. The professional drones are going to give you a much wider variety of features, cost more, and have better build quality. The most costly drones typically feature cameras that are going to take professional grade photos and videos. This list is a compilation of the many different drones that are available currently that have a camera featured or the ability to attach a camera to it. They are going to vary in quality and price so you are able to choose the one that works best for your desires and price point.
Terms to Know
The first most basic term with drones is FPV. FPV is the first person view. This can also be recognized as the RPV or the remote person view. Meaning this is the view of the operator of the drone typically through a live feed. Some people just call this video piloting because you are using the camera as a guide instead of watching the drone itself to see where you are flying. When steering a drone the pilot is using a radio controller to move the drone. Typically the live streaming image is transmitted to a screen on the controller, FPV goggles, or a monitor so the pilot can see where they are going.
Many drones use an action camera. This means that the camera is specifically made for filming high paced situations while being in the middle of the action. This can mean that the camera and drone is going to get dirty, hit, or otherwise jostled around. Action cameras or cams are made to handle this type of treatment without breaking by having a more compact design, being more durable, and sometimes even waterproof.
A gimbal is what allows the pilot of a drone with a camera to capture images that are more clear. It is a support for an object that is able to pivot. This means that it is able to rotate the object around the immobile axis. With a drone this is specifically for the camera to take pictures or videos. It can vary in size as they are used for smaller camera lenses to a big photographic telescope. If it is a more expensive drone the camera may be on a gimbal that allows for the camera to move separate from the drone without showing any vibrations from being in flight.
Something that is a concern for many people that are looking to get a good image is the jello effect. Whether you know the term of not. This occurs when there is a movement referred to as a quick pan that can make the image you are viewing seem to shift much like jello. This can also be cause by the sun when it creates a shadow off the propellers of the drone. With this shift in the image they can often become blurry and lines that should appear to be straight will appear to be curved or warped.
$0 to $100
Our first category falls in the section of drone you would find fit for either a child or someone that infrequently flies. They are going to be great for anyone that would like to try out drone flying without the major financial commitment some of the bigger models bring. They do not have as many features as some of the drones on the market, but they are able to perform the job they set out to do. Most have a camera or camera adaption available. The camera are going to be of average quality.
The durability of this drones can be decent but I would make sure you are not coming in for too many crash landings. The time you are able to fly these drones is going to be greatly diminished compared to the expensive models. Many of them will spend more time charging than in flight. The drones in this category were picked because they do have better quality than other drones that are this low in price.
This drone is going to be a great product to start your journey of flying with. It has been able to keep its price lower, but still give good quality images. This drone is a quadcopter and has a HD camera that is an updated model of the U818A. If you are looking for a HD camera option at a low price this is going to be the best drone for you. It has a HD 2MP resolution camera that is able to record with a resolution of 1280 x 720. The camera records at 30 frames per second.
With a camera that provides images of such good quality the company did need to bring the price down in other areas. You are going to be able to control this drone for about 30 meters which is much less than other drones that are on the market. Even with this shorted flight length you are still going to be able to travel a decent distance to capture videos and pictures of good quality. There is a flight duration from about four minutes to six minutes. The battery that powers this drone is a 500mAh Li-Po battery that is 3.7V. The remote controller that comes with the drone has a 2.4GHz frequency.
JJRC H16 Tarantula X6
This is an impressive device for the price point it is in. When you are looking to get this drone you are going to find that there are different package versions each having varying differences in quality of cameras. The one that is the best for the price you pay has a wide 5MP camera. One of the most impressive parts about this drone is that it has a control distance of 300 meters which is a giant leap from our last drone. This distance is so much higher than others in this price range. It makes it ideal for those that want to use their drones for far distances without shelling out a lot of money. With the further distance there is also a longer flight time. You are able to get about eight to ten minutes of flight time before needing to recharge.
The camera that comes with this specific version is a wide angle camera. It does not have to be used however, because it is not built onto the device. If you just want to fly your drone or practice before you begin recording you are able to pull the camera off. When you are flying with the camera you will have no jello effect and the images it projects are very good.
There are a few different features with this drone as well. It has a 7.4V 1200mAh Li-Po 30C battery. Its remote has a 2.4GHz frequency. There is a feature like Return to Home which is a nice addition for a cheaper drone. There is also IOC which is intelligent orientation control. To put it simply this is going to act like a compass for the drone. For the price of this product it has amazing flight distance and image quality while in flight.
Blomiky JXD 510G
This is another drone that has a good price point, but still gives you a wide variety for the features it includes. The control range for the drone is 100 meters which is decent with in this price range. You are able to use the Altitude Holder for the times you would like to take pictures or videos without being bothered with flying the drone. It will keep the drone at a certain height so you do not need to fly as you capture an image. You can also use Headless Mode, One Key Return, and Automatic Landing. The amount of features packed into this drone at such a low price is amazing.
You will be able to fly this drone for about nine to ten minutes. It uses a 3.7V 600mAh Li-Po battery. The camera is a 2MP camera with a 1280x720 resolution. It is able to have FPV flight which is transmitted through 5.8GHz to its monitor. There is a bit of jello effect with this camera, but that can be diminished if you live video transmit to the LCD screen. This screen is in the controller of the device so you are able to watch if there is too much jello effect occurring. There is also the ability to tilt the camera up to 20 degrees to capture the best angle.
Hubsan X4 H107C+
This is a smaller drone that is also the successor to the X4 H107C. With its smaller size you can use it outdoors as well as indoors. You are able to use this drone as a distance of up to 150 meters which is decent considering its size and price. There is about seven minutes of flight time. It's 3.7V 520mAh Li-Po battery can be charged in a matter of 30 minutes which is much less time than many drones available. A quick charging time means more time flying and less time waiting for a battery to be at full capacity.
There are a few features to the 2 MP camera that shoots at 720p resolution. The camera is built into the drone so you will not be able to swap it out. You will be able to use the Altitude Holder feature as well as the Headless Mode. Headless Mode makes it easier for the pilot to orient themselves from any direction from which the drone is pointing. All of these features come together to make a mini drone that has become very popular because of its low cost.
Kai Deng K70C Sky Warrior
This drone has a decent quality camera for its price. It is a 2M Hawkeye camera with 720p resolution that will get the job done if you want to use it. The real selling point of this drone is that it is compatible with many action cameras that are on the market. You are able to remove the Hawkeye camera and connect the camera you already own to the drone. It works amazingly with a GoPro. Meaning you can pair a very cheap drone with a camera that is going to give you amazing results. You do not need to shell out a lot of money to purchase a drone with a camera that has similar features of a GoPro. Instead just stick your existing one onto this drone that is modified to hold them specifically.
The drone itself flies very smooth with a 2.4GHz Frequency remote that has 4 channels. You will be about to control this drone for up to 200 meters and it has a flight time of about ten minutes. The battery is a 7.4V 200mAh Li-Po battery. There are LED lights on the drone so you are still able to fly it at night and see where it is at. There are a couple features like Headless Mode, a motorized gimbal, and One Key return.
$100 to $300
A small step above the drones that are under a hundred dollars. If you want a drone that is a bit more durable than one you could buy off the shelf at a department store these would be the ones to shoot for. They are not going to have all of the features you would find in the higher price points, but they are still going to have camera that give you decent photos and videos. These are still great drones for beginners to the trade. You do not have to spend too much money and they are going to last a bit longer.
This drone is going to be one of the few that is ready to fly right out of the box there is not need to wait around for it to charge or update. It has a decent price for the quality you are getting. The camera it is equipped with is a 2MP camera that is able to record videos and take pictures at 720p resolution. The H502S is able to use FPV. That means you are going to be able to see the videos in real time on your monitor. This live video is transmitted to your monitor by a 5.8Ghz frequency.
This quadcopter also has some amazing features. It uses GPS locator tools, Headless Mode, Follow Me, Position Hold, and Return to Landing. You are going to be able to fly for about 200 meters and for up to thirteen minutes. One of the most appealing portions about this drone is the ability to fly as soon as you get it. There is not charging of the 7.4V 2000mAh Li-Po Battery. You will be able to grab the remote and go. Many drones do need software updates out of the box if they are older models, but you are able to skip this step with drones that are in lower price fields because their software is not typically updatable.
This drone is going to be one of the first we see with a camera of such high quality at a lower price. It has a 3MP camera that is included. This camera is going to give you much clearer pictures and more features than others on the market at this price point. You have a 120 degree field of vision with this drone to give you a much bigger picture of the landscape around you. The drone is going to allow you to get more of what you are recording at once. The camera is connected to a gimbal that is 2-Axis that allows it to tilt in multiple directions like down, up, left, or right all being operated by your RC controller. No picture or video will be a repeat because you will always have a different angle to choose from.
There is also the ability to use One-Key Return and Headless Mode. You will be able to fly for up to 300 meters which is an amazing distance. The flight time is shorter at about seven minutes with a 7.4V 1200mAh 30C Li-Po battery. The remote is going to operate at a 2.4GHz frequency.
Parrot AR 2.0
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite is a special drone in the terms of the remote control. You will no longer need to carry around a remote control because it is actually controlled by your existing smart phone or tablet. This drone is able to use a WiFi connection to fly. You simply install an app called FreeFlight onto your desired “remote” and off you fly. This app is going to act as your live feed of what your drone is recording as well. The app will allow you to see what the drones speed is, the battery level, and your altitude so you will always know exactly where your drone is at in flight. With the app you are able to use it as a typical remote or you are able to use what is called Director Mode. While using Director Mode you are going to program the drones movements before you are flying. This going to to allow the drone to automatically fly itself while you concentrate on the pictures or videos you are taking.
This drone also comes in a variety of finishes. You are going to be able to choose from designs called Snow, Sand, or Jungle depending on your personal style and the location you are using your drone in. This drone is a great personal drone because of its high camera quality. The camera is built in with 2M HD 720p resolution. The quadcopter has a durable frame that is made to protect the propellers and motors in the event of a rough landing. You will be able to fly this drone for up to 130 meters for about ten minutes. There are a few extra features including Ultra Sound Sensors and Return to Home.
This drone is going to be very similar to the JJRC H26D that we discussed before. That is because this is the version of that drone that uses a FPV camera. It does not have a 3MP camera instead it is a 2MP. The live feed is transmitted directly to your smart phone through an app by using WiFi. You are able to watch the video via your smart phone as you fly with the 2.5GHz Frequency remote. You will be able to fly for about seven minutes for up to 300 meters. You still have the multiple angel control 2 Axis gimbal. The battery that is included is a 7.4V 1200mAh 30C Li-Po battery. The main difference is in the way the cameras record. They are very similar drones otherwise.
The Syma X8HG has a much shorter flight range than other drones on this list. You are going to be able to travel for about 70 meters for up to 7 minutes. The appeal of this drone lies in its camera. The camera is not built in and can be swapped out for other cameras that you currently own. The camera I am going to focus on is one that has the best quality. You are able to get a 8MP HD FPV camera that is able to record at 720p resolution. This camera does give a slight jello effect while you fly. You are able to download an app onto your smart phone in which you connect to the drone with WiFi. This app allows you to follow the camera in FPV to see the live stream. The camera is produce by the Syma company and is comparable to other lower cost action cameras that are on the market.
The drone does come with features like Headless Mode and the Altitude Holder or Barometer Set Height. This allows you to choose that height you want to hover at to allow you to focus on the photography aspect of the drone. This drone is fly by using a 2.5GHz Frequency remote. It has a 7.4 2000mAh Li-Po battery.
This drone focuses on trying to give the best possible view to the pilot possible. The quadcopter is able to transmit its live feed via FPV to a LCD monitor. This monitor is located on the RC controller that runs at a 5.8GHz Frequency. This monitor is very appealing because you are able to adjust the screen's brightness as needed. While flying it can often be hard to see where you are going if you are using a screen in too bright of sunlight. With this screen you are going to be able to rectify this problem no matter how sunny it is.
The camera is installed onto a mount that is able to absorb vibrations. This mount has four dumping balls that help to reduce the jello effect as you fly, giving a much more clear image. The camera itself is 2MP and records at 720p resolution. You are able to change the angle of the camera either up or down before you begin flight. The drone is able to flight for up to ten minutes and will travel about 200 meters. It does have the features of One Key Return and Headless Mode. It runs off a 2S 7.3V 1800mAh Li-Po battery.
$300 to $500
The next step up for drones falls into this category. This is going to be the middle ground between beginning and advanced flying. Anyone that has spend a good deal of time with a cheaper drone might be looking to change to this price point. You are going to typically see a jump in the time you are able to spend with these drones in the air and the quality of your camera is going to increase. There are usually going to be a few more features in this price point that make it easier to record and take pictures. The price of these drones are still low enough that even beginners might jump right into this category without too much regret if they do not continue their flying career. Anyone that wants to begin taking professional pictures might need to bump up to the next category to get the best quality available.
Autel X-Star Premium
The X-Star Premium is a great quadcopter to fly because of the simplicity it brings to the table. It comes packaged to be flown as soon as you open it which is always appealing. The excitement of getting your drone delivered but then not being able to fly it can be a bummer. You do have multiple options for how you would like to fly this drone. You are able to fly it with an app called Starlink. If you do not wish to use the app there is a controller that you can use instead. This controller has one touch action buttons and a LCD display to give you the easiest flight possible. A feature of this drone that is very appealing is its SecureFly technology. This technology is going to allow this drone to fly regardless of magnetic interference. That means no unexpected crashes. Instead it is going to safely return to you.
The camera on this drone is a 4k camera. It is positioned with a 3 Axis gimbal. This camera is able to take 12MP resolution photos. There is the ability to take Ultra HD videos as well. The live view with this drone is also in HD and you are able to use it for up to 1.2 miles away. When you get this drone you are also going to get its carrying case. This case if a durable design to help protect your drone during transport. The case is semi-hard and is splash proof if there ever would be something dumped onto it. It zips for easy closure.
The features on this drone are great for the price it is. It is able to perform high above its price level with its camera and its flight abilities. You are going to be able to use dual GPS and GLONASS navigation. This navigation is assisted by the Starpoint Positioning System that the drone utilizes. With all of these features coming together you are able to fly this drone at low altitudes and even indoors without the fear of hitting at obstacles.
Everything you do on this drone is controlled by one touch buttons. That means you are able to have the drone automatically fly home, hover in the air, land, take off, and even start up with only the touch on a button. The LCD display on the controller is going to give you all of the vital information about the drone. It is also going to give you a live feed of your HD video as you fly.
With the use of Starlink you are going to be able to use many of the features of autopilot that allow for more concentration on taking pictures or videos. There are features like Orbit and Follow Me. You can also set waypoints for easy flying and adjust your settings of your camera while in mid flight as needed to get the best picture quality. The batteries included are lithium polymer batteries.
The Yuneec Breeze lives up to its name in how easy it is to use. This drone feels less of a drone and more of a camera with the ability to fly. This drone is controlled by whatever smart phone you currently own by use of an app. You are able to use multiple flight modes and also share your flights to social media. One of the reasons this drone is more camera than drone is because of its size. It is the smallest drone that Yuneec has ever put out in the hopes of creating an approachable drone that was of higher quality. With its small statue this is an amazingly easy drone to learn to fly. You are going to be able to take every turn you want to and at the end landing is simple. It can be hard to find a device that is able to land as gracefully as the Breeze.
The camera that is built into this drone is a 13MP in resolution. It is able to take videos in 4K at 30 frames per second. This can be a great drone for someone just beginning to fly and record at the same time. The stealth of this drone makes it simple to master the controls and fly around capturing the perfect picture or video. You are going to get about twelve minutes of flight time from its dual Lithium Polymer batteries.
The five different flight modes that you are able to access include Pilot, Selfie, Orbit, Follow me, and Journey. Pilot mode is self explanatory, it is the mode in which you are going to use the remote to control the drone as well as the camera. This is the typical mode you have a drone in. In Selfie mode you are going to use sliders to adjust your drones position. It will have the ability to change the altitude, position, and distance by using these different sliders. Orbit mode allows you to choose an object or person for the drone to orbit around. After you choose what the drone is going to orbit you are able to choose if it is orbiting right or left and you are able to pause the orbit whenever needed.
There is the typical Follow Me mode that is going to allow you to fly your drone to where you would like it to follow from. Then you can set the position and allow it to change its movements and follow you. With Journey Mode the drone uses the Selfie mode sliders to position the drone. Then you are able to change the camera angle that the drone is going to fly at. This drone is able to fly at eleven mph.
Yuneec Q500 4K
Yuneec is a powerhouse of a company. They have been around for years putting out products. Currently they are making more than a million quality units every year. The Q500 4K is a great product by Yuneec. If you buy from the company you are going to get a transport case with your drone that is durable enough to protect it for those long car rides. The outer casing is a hefty yet light aluminum with an inner casing of high density foam. This helps to protect the drone from all angles.
While the Q500 4K is not the newest product by Yuneec it is dropping in price. This is because of the newer products that they have put out recently. As they upgrade, their older models get a price reduction. That does not mean that this is a bad drone. Quite the opposite. This is going to be a great drone that can be used to take photos and videos of professional quality at a fraction of the cost of its newer counterparts.
With the purchase of the Q500 4K you are going to get a few extras. An extra battery comes with, as well as extra propellers, some Typhoon propeller guards, and a landing gear skid set. The camera that this drone is equipped with has 12MP resolution for pictures. It is able to record in 4k at 30 frames per second and 1080p at 120 frames per second. You are going to be able to use FPV with this camera. There is an an FPV screen built in to display your live feed. There is a range of 130 degrees for the camera to capture a wider view.
There is a 5200mAh battery that is used that allows for you to fly for times up to twenty five minutes. You are also able to use this drone at speeds of eighteen mph.
The 3DR Solo is a drone that was made by 3DR Robotics. It has amazing speed at up to 55mph. There are many features that the drone is able to achieve including Selfie Mode, Auto-Pilot, Follow Me Mode, and Orbit Mode. You are going to be able to travel for up to 25 minutes and 800 meters with a 5200 mAh 14.8 Vdc Lithium Polymer battery. Its motor is a 880kV. The distance and duration of this drone are impressive.
The one downfall to this device is that it does not come equipped with a camera. It is compatible with a couple different action camera on the market. You are going to be able to use a HERO3, 3+, 4, or a GoPro. The Solo is made to work best with the HERO3+ and 4 because it uses a 3 Axis stabilized gimbal. While this is more money out of your pocket initially this can be a benefit for anyone that already owns these cameras or anyone that dislikes a camera that is already prebuilt into a drone.
DJI Phantom 2
The Phantom 2 is a widely popular drone even though DJI has recently released the Phantom 4. The Phantom 2 still has great features, performs well, and the price has dropped with the release of the newer products. This drone is able to use its built in GPS which helps it use its auto-pilot feature which will allow you to set certain waypoints to have a pre-programed flight that you do not have to interfere with once in flight. There is also Position Holding and Altitude Lock that is going to allow for easier photography for the pilot.
The range of this drone is amazing at almost 1KM. The 11.1V 5200 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery is able to last for up to 20 minutes. This drone does not include a camera but it does allow for a GoPro Hero to be connected. It allows for a FPV flight once a camera is connected to it. The remote runs on a 5.8GHz Frequency. This drone is well worth the money you are paying for its flight duration even though you will need to add in a camera of your own.
Yuneec Typhoon G
This is another drone that has amazing flight capabilities at a relatively low price. This quadcopter is made to provide great photos and videos. It uses a built-in touchscreen and FPV live feed on its ground station. This drone does not come with a camera but it is compatible with GoPro cameras. The remote runs off a 2.5GHz frequency with a 5.8GHz frequency for transmission of its FPV feed.
There are many different features that you can use to give yourself the best quality pictures possible. There is the ability to use Smart Mode which is also known as Headless Mode, the Follow Me features which will allow the drone to automatically follow a certain target, Home Mode, an internal GPS, and Angle Mode. The drone is able to fly for up to 25 minutes with its 11.1C 5500mAh Lithium Polymer Battery. You will be able to travel for an amazing 1KM as well.
This drone was very popular when it was first released. It is considered a semi professional drone with all of its advanced features and camera. It is a quadcopter that is equipped with a HD FPV 14MP camera that is able to take pictures at 300 x 3188 pixels. It is also able to record in 1920 x 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. It runs off a 2700mAh Li-Po battery and is able to fly for up to eleven minutes for up to 300 meters.
The Parrot Bebop is controlled by a paid app or a Skycontroller. If you choose to use the Skycontroller your range jumps up to 2000 meters an amazing distance for the price of this drone! The drone is able to give you a 180 degree view of what is being recorded. It features auto-pilot only through the app and a Return to Home feature.
The H501S is going to be a great starter drone. It is not too high in price, but it still is able to give you great flight time. With this drone you are going to be able to fly for almost twenty minutes by use of its 7.4V 2700mAh Li-Po battery. It is able to be charged in about 150 minutes once dead. This is a small drone that is very easy to take with you because of its light skeleton. There are a few different features that you can use. You are able to use GPS to hold your drones position, Return to Home, Follow Me to track a person or object, and Headless Flight Mode. With the price this drone is set at these features are very helpful and appreciated for those that want to use a drone to record or take pictures without breaking the bank.
The camera that is drone uses is a 1080p HD camera that is able to be used with FPV. There is a transmitter for FPV that uses a 5.8Hz wireless video transmission. While you are using the camera you do not have to worry about your picture wobbling because of its six axis system. This system helps the drone stay steady as you flight giving you a crisp picture.
$500 to $1000
At this price point you should be pretty serious about flying drones and taking pictures and videos. Or just have a lot of extra money laying around for an expensive toy. The quality of these drones are exponentially better than the ones that started the list off. The cameras are made to be of high quality to compete with the big brands in the market. The flight times are going to start to hit the maximum that you will see in a drone currently as they have much more powerful batteries.
These are going to be durable and you will certainly be satisfied with the build quality of the drone and the cameras that come with them. There are going to be many different features to choose from. Most drones at this price will have similar features that become expected from a high quality drone that uses a camera.
These drones are typically the ones that were once the top of the line, but have been bumped down to a lower price point because a newer model came out. This is actually a great deal to get in on. The drones in this category are going to have almost all of the same features of the newer drones, just a tad behind. You will be able to take professional grade photos and videos for a much more reasonable price.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional
This drone comes with a slew of features you are able to use. There is the ability to use FPV, auto-pilot, GPS assisted Hovering, Automatic Flight Logs, Follow Me, Vision Positioning System, Altitude Set Height, and Return to Home. These features are not even where the quality of this drone ends. The Phantom 3 has been designed with a special camera in mind.
DJI has set out to create a camera that is able to rival the GoPro without the need to purchase an additional camera to attach to the drone. They were very successful in this attempt because their 12MP camera has fantastic quality. You are able to record in 4K at 30 frames per second. The camera has a 94 degree field of view and a f/2.8 lens. The camera is set onto a 3 Axis gimbal which can be controlled remotely.
The drone is powered by a 15.2V 4480mAh Li-Po 4S smart battery. It is going to be able to fly for up to 23 minutes for about 2KM up to 5KM depending on your whether conditions. The distance you are able to fly depends on your flight conditions. You will be able to fly up to 36mph if there is no wind resistance. The drone is controlled by a DEVO transmitter or a tablet depending on your preference. This is a model behind for the Phantom series meaning the price has dropped from where it originally was. It is still an amazing drone especially for the new price.
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced
This is a similar in the Phantom 3 line. There were multiple versions released with different features for each. The Advanced version has many of the same features of its counterpart the Professional. The main difference is the camera. The Advanced comes with a 2.7K 12MP camera. Which is not going to give you quite as good picture quality as the professional.
This Yuneec brand drone is going to be a great choice for anyone looking to take photos or record videos. It has a ground station that is an Andriod touch ST-10+ 5.5”. The camera is on a 3 Axis gimbal and is a CGO2+ camera that is able to take videos in full HD 60FPS. You are also able to take photos at 16MP. There is a 130 degree field of view and the camera has FPV technology.
There are many different features that you are able to utilize to make it easier to take photos and videos. You can use the internal GPS to use Home Mode, Return to Home, SAFE circle, Smart Mode, and Angle Mode. There is a 11.1V 5400mAh 3S Li-Po battery that is able to run for up to 25 minutes of flight time for about 600 meters.
Walkera Scout X4
The Walkera Scout X4 has a plethora of features that makes it easier for you to fly. You are going to be able to use auto-pilot in the from of waypoints. These waypoints are to be set from Google Maps. Once these points have been set the Scout X4 is able to fly to them with no assistance. There is also an Automatic Home Return setting that can be paired with an Automatic Landing and Take-off. There is a Failsafe Return to Home, Follow Me technology, GPS Position Hold, and Hyper IOC. The drone runs off a 22.2V 5400mAh 6S intelligent flight battery that is going to fly for up to 25 minutes. You will have the ability to fly up to 1500 meters.
This drone does have the ability to change from a quadcopter to a octocopter meaning you are able to go from 4 motors to 8 motors. The controller is a DEVO F12E FPV transmitter that operates at 5.8GHz. It does have an open source APM software. The camera on the Scout X4 is connected to a G-3D gimbal that is able to be connect to a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 and a iLook+. The package does come with the iLook+ camera already. This camera has 720p resolution at 30 frames per second.
This drone is a great creation from the minds of 3D Robotics. It is able to be controlled by a iOS or Android device through an app that can be downloaded. You also have the option of a nine-channel radio transmitter that features on screen telemetry for instant feedback of your flight.
This drone does not come with a camera but it is able to be paired with GoPro cameras. This drone was created with the idea that anyone that is beginning to fly drones for the use for photography and videography can be eased into it with a simple to use drone and a camera they likely already own. There are a variety of features you can use with this drone while flying. You are able to use Auto-Pilot and Follow Me mode for easier flying. There is also something called Mission Planner. The Mission Planner is going to give you the ability to program your flights so they are able to use auto-pilot to execute them by use of the GPS system. With the use of GPS you have many different capabilities like scripted cinematography, scientific research, mapping, and many others where you need to have a flight plan that you can repeat.
Parrot Bebop 2
The Parrot Bebop 2 is the upgraded version of the Bebop. It has the ability to be used with your Android and iOS devices or a Skycontroller. The Skycontroller must be bought separately. The benefit of using the Skycontroller is the added distance you are able to fly. Without it you can only travel for about 300 meters, but with it you can go as far as 2000 meters. When using your smart phone or tablet you will need to download an app to control the Bebop 2. This app is going to connect to the drone through WiFi. You are going to be able to use FPV straight to your app. With a paid for app you are able to use the FlightPlan option which allows for pre-programmed flights to be executed.
This drone does come with a built in camera that is 14MP with FPV technology. It is able to record at 3072p and 30 frames per second. With this camera you have a lens that is called a fish-eye. This allows you for a much greater view at 170 degrees. You will be able to see the whole landscape in front of the drone with this lens including the underneath, above, far left, and far right directions. You will be able to fly for about twenty five minutes with the 2700mAh Li-Po battery.
This is the point where you weed out the hobbyists from the professionals. If you are looking to get a drone at this price you are likely wanting to take professional grade photos and videos. You need the most up to date version of drones available to be able to compete in the business. These drones are going to have the best cameras, be durable, and have a slew of features to choose from. Most of the drones are going to have GPS abilities and many of them connect to their controller as well as smart devices to allow for more customized control.
If you are looking for a long flight time you will want to purchase a drone within this price point. They are going to feature the best most powerful batteries and typically are moving towards the thirty minute mark for flight times. You are going to be able to control these drones for a much greater distance to allow for more exploration. The features with these drones are specialized in being more autonomous so you do not have to concentrate on flight so much as the camera.
DJI Phantom 4
The newest addition to the DJI family that we have mentioned multiple times. With all of the features that are already in the Phantom series the Phantom 4 is being pushed to become a completely autonomous drone and is likely to be widely popular. It has increased its capabilities in all areas of flight and video. The Phantom 4 is has an amazing 28 minute flight time that is powered by a 4S 15.2V 5250mAh Intelligent Flight battery. The flight time has been increased due to its new design in the skeleton. It is now a light magnesium that allows for a longer period of time in the air. You will be able to travel up to 45 mph. You are going to be able to use this flight time to travel up to 5KM depending on your flight conditions. In addition it also uses a Obstacle Sensor which means you will never have to worry about crashing into anything or damaging your drone. It will automatically sense any obstacles and avoid them during flight.
There are so many different features to use with the Phantom 4. It of course has the typical Auto-Pilot feature and Smart Return Home. There is also Dual Satellite Position, Vision Position, and Visual Tracking. A new feature is the TapFly option. With this option you are going to simply tap where you would like your drone to go on your tablet's map and then it will reroute to that location. This makes it almost too simple to fly your drone. You will always be in constant control without too much effort on your part.
The camera that is included with the Phantom 4 is able to take 12MP photos and 4K HD videos. The camera is on a 3 Axis gimbal with a 94 degree field of view. DJI has worked to make this one of the best camera-drone combinations available in the market.
DJI Inspire 1 V2.0
This drone has been called one of the best for filming. This is due to the many features it has that makes filming so much easier. It is a quadcopter that has the ability to transform its arms and position them differently according to your preference and need. This is going to allow you for different photography and videography angles. There is also a full 360 degree rotation of the camera that you are able to utilize so you will never have an obstructed view of your landscape. The camera is able to record in 4K 12MP which is controlled with your tablet through an app.
This drone has many different features like Auto-Pilot and GPS. There are features you do not see in other drones like Aerodynamic Transforming design, Hover in Place with use of GPS, Dynamic Home Point, and Live Map. With its 5700mAh TB48 Intelligent Flight battery you are going to be able to flight for about twenty minutes. It is able to go as far as 4.5KM at 49 mph as long as there is not wind. If you want a great picture you are able to use this drone with two controllers. That means you can have one person fly the drone to the perfect position and then the other person is able to control taking pictures or video. This is a very interactive way to fly and it is hard to go back to flying and taking pictures by yourself once you try it.
Walkera Voyager 3
The Voyager 3 is a bit more affordable than the Inspire 1 but it still has many of the same features. It is not able to travel as far with a distance of only 1000 meters. The 29.6V 3000mAh 10C Li-Po batteries are able to give you a flight time of up to twenty five minutes. It does include a DEVO F12E which has 12 channels at 2.4GHz. This DEVO has a FPV five inch monitor that is able to show you fantastic quality live video of your drone in action.
Some of the features you will see on the Voyager 3 is its One Key Landing, One Key Go Home, One Key Take Off, Follow Me Mode, GLONASS Dual Navigation System, and GPS. It does come with its own camera. This camera is HD 1080p 60 frames per second. Providing its user with great quality video.
Yuneec Typhoon H
This is the sole octacopter on the list that is not a transformable drone. This drone is going to give you amazing quality for videos. The camera is a 4k UHD 30FPS, HD 1080p 120FPS video 12.4 Megapixel Still camera. It is positioned on a 3 Axis anti vibration gimbal that is going to allow for Full 360 degree rotation so you are able to capture everything in flight.
There are multiple features with the Typhoon H including Team Mode, Autonomous Flight Modes, Orbit Me, Point of Interest Mode, ST16 All In One controller, Journey Mode also called Selfie Mode, Dynamic Home Return, Follow Me Mode, and Collision Avoidance. With all of these features it makes it simple to record videos in flight. An aspect of this drone that is great is its ability to retract and fold in its landing gear and arms. It makes it so much easier to transport it around if you are traveling a distance with it before flying. It is able to fly for about twenty five minutes with its 29.6V 3000mAh 10C Li-Po batteries. You are able to get about 1600 meters as well at speeds of almost 44mph.
Thunder Tiger Robotix Ghost
This is going to be a great drone if you like to record with your GoPro. It is designed to work specifically with the GoPro brand with its H3D-360 3 Axis gimbal design. The drone is built to last because of its strong outer shell and its Anti-Spark design that is going to help protect it in the event of a collision.
There are a few features with the Ghost like Low Battery Warning, TTR Hero App, One Key Home Return, Waypoint Groundstation, Automatic Landing, and a Follow Me Mode. The drone is able to travel for about 700 meters in a matter of 25 minutes.
This drone is going to be fantastic for those that focus on their photos and videos instead of the experience of flying. It has a smaller design that can be deceiving for all of the features that is packed into it. This smaller design makes it one of the most portable professional drones available. The camera that comes with this drone runs at 12MP with a video resolution of 4K at 30 frames per second. There are a couple different models you are able to purchase including the Deluxe, Starter, or Base model.
You are going to have features like Sensor Redundancy, Vision Positioning with GPS, GLONASS, and Obstacle Avoidance. This drones smaller size allows you to operate it outdoors and indoors in preferred. It is able to travel for about twenty seven minutes with its 11.4 V 3830mAh battery. It is able to go as far as 7KM at speeds of 40mph without wind.
DJI Inspire 2
This is drone that is coming to us in the beginning of 2017. It is the successor of the Inspire 1 and boosts that it is much more durable and stronger. A key aspect to this drone that is unique from all other drones on this list is the fact you have two cameras. That means double the ability to capture the best picture. There is a camera located at the top of the device that is used for FPV viability. The second camera is connected at the bottom and gives you the ability to rotate the camera 360 degrees. With the Inspire 2 you will never miss a shot.
Another great feature of the Inspire 2 is the Dual Operator Mode. In this mode there are two pilots. One pilot is able to control the drone by using the top camera in FPV. The second pilot is going to be able to fully control the bottom camera to find the best picture or video available.
The cameras are in 30MP resolution while in DNG RAW mode. They also capture video at 5.2K at 30 frames per second and 4K at 60 frames per second. There is a brand new processing system they is called CineCore 2.0. With this system you are able to capture the 5.2K videos at 4.2Gbps bitrate. This upgrade was also accompanied by an on board SSD. The battery is a 4280mAh battery that is going to allow you to fly for up to twenty seven minutes at a time. You will be able to fly at speeds of sixty seven mph. While flying there is a feature that is going to help you avoid any collisions. The device automatically enforces Obstacle Avoidance.
There are so many different drones available currently. It is a market that is likely to continue growing because the interest is growing. Many companies are finding new innovative ways to give their customers easy to fly devices that are able to perform amazing photographic achievements. The pictures and videos that we have been able to captures from drones have opened up a whole new world for photography. We are able to capture wildlife in a much less invasive way to understand their world better. For anyone that is interested in drones there is one out their for you.
There are drones that start out at very reasonable prices for those beginning pilots that want to try out drones. If you look hard enough you can find some that are still decently priced but give you the camera quality you prefer and some of the features that can make drone flying a bit more pleasant. I would always recommend looking into quality companies that have released multiple versions of a line of drones. You can typical get a generation or two behind for a price that has been cut greatly. All of the same quality and many of the same features, just for a much better price.