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Best drones on the market

Best Drones On The Market

We’ve compiled the best drones on the market, and reviewed each of them for you. Looking for more of a toy drone or an inexpensive one to learn with? Check out “Drones For Beginners“. The drones listed below range in price, features, and difficulty, so check them out and find the perfect fit for you. If you have any questions or think a good drone is missing from the list, let me know!

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro

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Flight Time

27min

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3-axis

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Video Resolution

4K

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Camera

12mp

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Control Range

7km

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Speed

65km/h Sport Mode

Pros: Extremely Portable, 4K Resolution, Sport mode, Active Track, Return Home, Compact Remote, Long battery life, Tripod Modes.

Cons: Small size can make it difficult to see in the air.

The DJI Mavic Pro is my favorite drone on the market (if you couldn’t tell). The Mavic is unbelievably powerful in flight with a very easy to use controller. Take off and landing are all handled automatically with the Mavic, something I struggled with on the DJI Phantom 2 in my early days. The other automatic features like Active Track add to the fun and give the pilot another unique way to capture footage. With Active Track, the pilot can easy set the drone to follow them or a target at specific heights and speeds. When flying the Mavic Pro, the pilot can be at ease knowing the drone is equipped with front facing sensors that can detect and avoid obstactles that are up to 49ft away. There are also sensors located on the bottom of the drone that allow it to adjust it’s height relative to the terrain and maintain a constant stable flight. As with all DJI drones, this one comes equipped with Return Home features. These settings allow the pilot to choose what the drone should do when it’s battery is getting low and it should land. The remote on the DJI Mavic is a huge improvement from the Phantom series. It is much more robust and compact, making it the perfect companion for the drone itself. The battery life is up to 27 min which is greatly appreciated when you are tinkering with all the camera and video settings the drone has to offer. Lastly, for hovering the DJI Mavic Pro comes equipped with an advanced VPS (Visual Positioning System) that allows it to remain in position without the need of satellites.

DJI Spark

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Flight Time

8min

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Speed

50 km/h

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Resolution

12 MP

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Gimbal

2-axis

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Control Range

2km

Pros: Portable. Active Track. Hand-Gesture Flying. Tap Fly. Return To Home. Compact Remote. 2-axis Gimbal. Multiple Fun Colors. Altitude Lock.

Cons: Short flight time

Details: The DJI Spark is hands-down the best drone for it’s price. The amount of features packed into this drone is truly incredible. The Active Track feature is probably my favorite on this little beast. The Spark can automatically recognize different shapes and follow them around filming or taking photos as needed. This allows pilots to get unique footage that otherwise would require manual flying. DJI’s return to home feature is great for beginners and experts alike. It is often easy to forget how long you’ve been flying, so being able to have the drone return to you rather than falling out of the sky is a huge plus. The altitude lock is another wonderful feature, letting the drone hover in place where the pilot has left it. This feature can really come in handy for new pilots who may panic while flying. Lastly, the 2-axis gimbal allows for more stable photos and videos even as a brand new pilot. Rather than stressing about being shaky on the controls, the gimbal lets the pilot focus more on the shot than the stability of the flight.

DJI Spark Blue
Phantom DJI Drone

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

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Flight Time

28min

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Control Range

5km

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Video Resolution

4K

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Camera

12mp

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3-axis

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Speed

72 km/h

Pros: Visual Positioning System, 4K 30FPS, Great Camera, Long Control Range and Flight Time, 3-axis Gimbal, Active Track, Return Home

Cons: Not as portable as the Mavic Pro, bulky Remote.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is an amazing drone. It may not be as portable as the Mavic Pro, but it’s just as feature heavy. The Phantom 4 Pro is equipped with a 12 megapixel camera which can record video at 4K resolution. The Phantom 4 will live stream the camera feed to your device at a resolution of 720 and 30FPS which allows you to line up your shot in real time and be fully aware of your drone’s positioning. One feature that seems to be underappreciated is the Phantom 4’s ability to detect obstacles in front of itself. Obstacles can be detected at up to 49ft. When the drone is operating in ActiveTrack or Tap to Fly modes, it will avoid the obstacles, whereas if the pilot is manually flying, the Phantom will stop and hover in place waiting for input from the pilot. Another awesome feature of the Phantom 4 is the slow-motion capture. The Phantom 4 can record slow motion captures at 1080 resolution and 120fps allowing a pilot to capture stunning footage in a unique way.

X Star Premium

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Flight Time

25min

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Speed

35 mp/h

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Gimbal

3-axis

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Video Resolution

4K

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Control Range

2km

Pros: 4k resolution, 3-axis Gimbal, LCD Display on remote, 12mp camera, Beginner Mode, Return Home, Fast charging time.

Cons: Like the DJI Phantom series, they are a little bulky to carry around but it does come with a great case.

At first glance, the X Star Premium looks just like DJI’s Phantom Series, but it does have unique features that make it great on it’s own. First, the gimbal and camera are removable with a quick slide release which allows you to use it without the drone and film 4k videos on the go. The remote has an LCD display screen which allows the pilot to easily see the altitude, gimbal tilt, positioning and more. This is super helpful when combined with streaming the footage to your device as it allows the pilot to use their smart device in full screen mode and see more clearly what the drone sees, while still having access to the necessary flight details in the LCD display. The X Star Premium has a super fast charge time on the batteries that couples well with the long flight time. With the X Star, beginner pilots can restrict their speeds, altitude and more by enabling Beginner Mode. I personally fly with restrictions when getting used to a new drone, so this is a nice feature. The video quality from the X Star Premium is great, coming in at 4k resolution. The camera is just as strong with a solid 12 mega-pixels which can shoot in burst modes, time lapse and has AEB modes (auto exposure bracketing) . As is standard in this level of technology, the X Star has Return Home features to provide a level of assurance to the pilot when the battery is critically low.

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Parrot Bebop FPV

Parrot Bebop 2 FPV

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Flight Time

25min

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Video Resolution

1080

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Camera Resolution

1080

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Control Range

2km

Pros: Goggles included, Great Camera, Immersive, Good Flight Time, Auto Take-off and landing, Return Home

Cons: No gimbal

The Bebop 2 is a very cool drone. It’s nearly the same as it’s Fixed Wing brother, the Parrot Disco FPV, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The Bebop comes with Parrot’s new Cockpit Glasses, allowing the pilot to see first hand exactly what the drone is seeing. This makes for a fully immersive flight, even though it takes a little getting used to. The camera films and takes photographs in  1080 resolution. Parrot’s FreeFlight Pro app allows pilots to stream the camera feed to their smart device and have more eyes in the sky. The app has a very simple UI making it easy to film, take photos and just generally fly the Parrot Bebop 2. There are Follow Me features available for this drone, but unfortunately require an in-app payment to unlock them.

Bugs 3

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Flight Time

18min

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Control Range

500m

Pros: Action camera mount included. Great flight time. Propeller Guards. Higher Quality motors. Great price. Long battery life. Fast speeds.

Cons: A bit large. Lack of automated features.

The Bugs 3 is truly a remarkable drone. It boasts long battery life and high quality motors that can’t burn out like similarly priced drones. The high speed could be seen as a con, but having the availability to go faster is great for anyone looking to expand their drone skills. No camera is included with the Bugs 3 but it does come with an action camera mount that can easily support a GoPro.

Bugs 3 Drone
Yuneec Typhoon 4K

Yuneec Typhoon 4k

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Flight Time

25min

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Control Range

2km

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Control Range

3-axis

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Camera Resolution

4K

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Video Resolution

4K

Pros: Removable 3-axis Gimbal, 4K Resolution, Nice flight time, Built in Display, Variable Speed Modes, Modular design for attachments.

Cons: Lower control range for price. Slightly more expensive than some other options on the market like the DJI Phantom 3.

First off the Yuneec Typhoon 4K is super sleak. This drone looks like a stealth bomber flying through the sky. It’s equipped with a very nice 4k resolution camera and 3-axis gimbal for stabilizing your shots. If youre interested in filming with slow-motion capability, this drone is a solid choice. It can capture slow-motion film at 1080 resolution with 120FPS. The Typhoon 4k also comes with variable speed modes (rabbit and turtle) which are real fun to play around with. In turtle mode, the pilot can focus more on the film and stabilization, while in rabbit mode they can race around and feel the impressive speed. The camera is removable allowing the user to film on the go without the drone, but still have the stabilization support from the gimbal. Like similar drones, the Typhoon 4k has follow me modes to capture even more unique moments while flying. I personally believe the control range to be a little lacking but the removable camera as well as the quality of the drone itself make up for it.

Phantom 3 Advanced

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Flight Time

23min

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Control Range

2km

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Gimbal

3-axis

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Video Resolution

4K

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Camera

12MP

Pros: 4K, Gimbal, Nice flight time, Long range, Easy to fly, 12mp camera

Cons: A bit bulky for transport. Large Remote.

The DJI Phantom 3 doesn’t disappoint by boasting a solid flight time of 23 minutes. It’s video resolution comes in at 4K resolution paired with a nice 3-axis gimbal. Although the controller is rather bulky, it holds a smart phone or tablet easily enough. One great perk on this drone is the ability to live stream in 720hd quality to your smart device to see exactly what your drone sees. The 12 mega pixel camera is perfect for taking high quality still shots from the sky. The Phantom 3, like the others in it’s class, comes equipped with Return Home features to put the pilot at ease during a critically low battery. The drone is real easy to fly and has restrictions that can be enabled for beginner pilots. One under appreciated feature of the Phantom 3 is the automatic logging of flights. Pilots can easily browse through flight logs and see previous flight times, flight routes, location and more. The Phantom 3 is a very good drone, and hard to beat at this price.

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Parrot Disco FPV

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Flight Time

45min

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Control Range

2km

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Camera Resolution

4K

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Camera Resolution

4K

Pros: Goggles included, Fixed Wing, Great Camera, Immersive, Very Long Flight Time, Auto Take-off and landing, Return Home

Cons: Some features require extra payment. A little large making it harder to carry around

Unlike the other drones in this list, the Parrot Disco is a fixed wing machine. It’s capable of flying up to 50mp/h. The Disco FPV comes fully ready for an immersive flight experience with their “Cockpit Glasses” which live stream the camera feed from your Disco right to your glasses. The Parrot Disco is an easy to fly Fixed Wing drone. Pilots can easily take off and land the Disco automatically with the push of a single button. Features like Return Home and an Anti-stalling system are also equipped inside. Download the FreeFlight Pro app to stream the camera feed to your smart device and have more eyes in the sky. The app has a very simple user interface making it easy to film, take photos and just generally fly the Parrot Disco. There are Follow Me features available for this drone, but unfortunately require an in-app payment to unlock them.

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Hey! My name is Mike Miller. I'm a drone enthusiast, self-proclaimed adventurer and web developer. Recently, I moved from the Tampa Bay area of Florida to the beautiful state of Colorado. I love to share what I am filming, learning, or have learned with fellow drone pilots. Follow the adventures @SkylineAperture on instagram. If you ever have any questions or want to say hello, send me a message! Have fun and fly safe!

mike@bearing270.com

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