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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parrot Bebop

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.

Hubsan H501S

Hubsan H501S

Hubsan H501S

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

$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

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.

Typhoon Q500+

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.

3DR IRIS+

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.

$1000+

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.

DJI Mavic

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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