Top 10 drones to buy in 2017
Drone flying and drone racing are on the rise, with gadget enthusiasts loving the adrenaline kick you get from piloting a quadcopter and making it whizz across the sky. If you’re looking to pick up the hobby yourself, you’ll first want to learn about the top drones to buy in 2017.
Why learn about the top drones to buy
If you’re unfamiliar with drones, you’re at risk of buying one that doesn’t match up to your expectations. By failing to learn about the top drones to buy, you’ll likely make the following mistakes:
- Buy a drone that doesn’t suit your skill level. Anyone new to the hobby will want a less expensive, cheaper model that’s easy to set up and fly.
- Choose a drone that doesn’t suit the weather conditions where you live. In the UK where the weather is changeable, you’ll want a drone that works in windy weather.
- Buy a model that requires technical know-how to maintain. Usually, the technically complicated drones are for professional videographers who need access to more features.
Once you’ve gained experience piloting drones, you can move on to pricier models with more impressive specs. But first, make sure drone flying is really for you and not something you do once and get bored of.
Micro Drone 3.0
The cool feature of this drone is the VR addition, which allows you to see what the machine sees in real-time. All you need to do is connect the Micro Drone to your smartphone to get a birdseye view (literally).
An impressive drone that fits perfectly with those amazing Go Pros and accessories. The GoPro Karma is easy to use and can be used for video on land and air. The controller has a built-in display which will allow you to get a little extra from your footage. It’s an excellent gadget, even though it is missing some fancy features like the “follow me”.
Parrot Bebop 2
A highly-recommended drone. The spec is advanced, but it’s easy to fly. The camera is very good meaning great images and footage. The battery life is great with a long flying time and charges fast. The device is well made and has a premium feel. The controller can get you 1.2 miles in flying range.
DJI Mavic Pro
This drone does everything the Phantom 4 does but is much smaller. It’s amazingly easy to transport around, easy to set up and is incredibly stable when flying. The camera is fantastic with great video quality, and you get the good range up to 1 mile in built-up areas and 2-mile in open space.
DJI Inspire 1
The perfect drone for professionals looking for the best imagery and footage. The Inspire 1 is an incredibly high-tech gadget that allows for upgrades such as swapping out the camera. One of its top features is the option to capture 4k video with surprisingly stable results. Set up only takes a few minutes.
A different looking drone, this mini version is pure fun. It’s easy to fly and has the auto take-off and landing features (fantastic!) You couldn’t ask for much more from a small model! The unique design of the gadget means you can fly it in all sorts of ways. Give it a go!
DJI Phantom 4
If you have flown smaller drones, then this is a big step up. The Phantom 4 is an excellent model and one of the best on the market. With a fantastic design, great battery and long flight time, this drone is a must-have. The Phantom 4 flies similar to the Phantom 3 outside but is better inside. A little pricey but a fantastic piece of equipment.
A good drone for somebody new to flying these gadgets. You can pilot this mini-drone via a handheld control or a smartphone app. It’s fast and nimble, making it super easy to fly.
3DR Solo Quadcopter Drone
Currently retailing at £400 – £450, this drone is also good for a first-timer. With its simple control, the 3DR Solo is intuitive to use and fly. Couple the smooth flight with a newer Go Pro and you’re bound to come back with some amazing images and footage. Its flight time is only 25 minutes, but buying an extra battery should solve this.