The best 15 drones on the market today – your best guide

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Are you looking to buy a drone? Yes. There is a plethora of choices. That is why we compiled this list of the best drones for you.

This list is the result of many hours of testing and flying to see which drones performed best for the price.

This article lists of some of the best RC drones for sale today. These drones can serve any purpose from leisure flying and videoing or a professional system for expert videography. .

Please Note:  Although RC drones can technically refer to many types of remote controls, in this article we mean UAVs.

  • CAMERA DRONES
  • PROFESSIONAL DRONES
  • FPV RACER DRONES
  • INDOOR DRONES





Camera drones


These drones are great drones for aerial videography and photographing.

They have stable video gimbals, wonderful cameras, and advanced features that make aerial videography much easier.

1. The dji phantom 3 advanced

DJI has quickly become one of the industry’s top drone manufacturers. Why? Because they consistently create high quality drones that professionals and amateurs alike are loving.

The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is one of several models in the Phantom  line. (The others include:  Standard, 4K, Professional, and Phantom 4.)

The Phantom 3 Advanced can shoot 2.7k video and can take 12 megapixel photos. It has live FPV (first person view) streaming directly to the controller and has a 23-minute flight time (quite a plus). DJI’s mobile app allows you to control the camera and change settings straight from your mobile device.

TIP: Although 23 minutes sounds like a long flight time, you will most likely want extra batteries as you will almost definitely want more time in the air.

The Phantom 3 Standard is the lower level model. It has a slightly longer flight time of 25 minutes, but control distance is maxed at 1,000m (while the  Advanced has 5km).

The Phantom 4K is the next model up. It offers an 4K video capture and 25 minutes of flight time. Control distance is maxed at 1200m.

Finally, the Phantom 3 Professional takes 4K video, 23 minutes of flight, and a 5km control distance. This is the second highest level version.

DJI also recently released the Phantom 4, an upgraded version of the Phantom 3 series with an obstacle avoidance system.

All versions are incredible machines and they’re ranked #1 in this list of drones, but the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced has the best of all fields, making it a great camera drone for both recreational and commercial pilots.

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  • Features

    • 3-Axis Gimbal
    • GPS positioning
    • Vision Positioning technology for GPS-free areas
    • 2.7k video
    • Live FPV streaming to your controller
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Size: 18 x 13 x 8 inches
    • Weight: 8.6 pounds
    • Charging time: Approx. 1-1.5 hrs
    • Flight time: about 23 minutes
    • Control distance: 5 km


2. Syma X8G With 8MP Camera

 



The Syma X8G is one of Syma’s most professional drone models. It has a frame and build similar to the DJI Phantom. It houses an 8MP HD camera.

The camera has HD 720P 1080P video quality capabilities. The camera is able to be easily removed from the drone for storage. The case is built to hold any GoPro MOdel.

The Syma X8G offers 360 degree flips, headless mode, and a 10-12 minute flight time. Its controller also has an LCD display to monitor key metrics while you’re flying.

The Syma X8G is a good drone for its price if you want a cheaper drone to learn aerial photography and videography before buying a more expensive model.

  • Features

    • 360 degree flips in either direction
    • 8MP HD camera
    • 720p HD video quality
    • Camera detaches and reattaches easily
    • Compatible with all GoPro models
    • Includes Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) function
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Hz
    • Gyro: 6 axis
    • Size: 35 x 35 x 17 cm
    • Weight: 1600g
    • Charging time: 70 minutes
    • Flight time: 10-12 minutes
    • Control distance: 100 meters











 

3. Parrot BeBop 2.0

The Parrot BeBop 2.0 is an upgraded model of the original and well-liked Bebop drone.

The Bebop 2.0 is one of the best drones for sale with a camera. It can shoot 14 megapixel full HD 1080p image and video capture, and give a 186-degree field of view.

Full-digital image stabilization technology allows you take stable and clear aerial footage regardless of the drone’s movements. The lens is splash and dust proof.

Their Freeflight 3 mobile app also lets you control the quadcopter, adjust settings, and take pictures/videos straight from your mobile device.

  • Features

    • Can fly at up to 38 mph
    • 14 megapixel full HD 1080p camera
    • Rear flash LED for better visibility
    • Equipped with powerful motors for flight in greater altitudes
    • Compatible with the Freeflight 3 mobile app
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 3-Axis
    • Size: 15 x 12.9 x 3.5 inches
    • Weight: 1.1 pounds
    • Charging time:
    • Flight time: 25 minutes
    • Control distance









4. UDI RC U842

 

UDI is one of the top manufacturers affordable (yet not denying quality) drones on the market. The UDI RC U842 is perhaps the best.

It has a sleek design with propeller guards to help protect your quadcopter in case you accidentally crash while learning to fly. The remote control comes with a square LCD display. This shows you important flight data: Battery life, signal, etc.

The UDI RC U842 has a 1280 x 720 HD video camera that shoots at 30 frames per second.

Amazingly, the drone is less than $150. This makes it a great choice for amateur who is just setting out on a career in aerial videography.

  • Features

    • 3D flips and rolls with the push of a button
    • 1280 x 720 HD video camera (at 30 frames per second)
    • LED navigation lights for low-light conditions
    • Ready to fly out of the box
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 6-Axis
    • Size: 19.1 x 19.1 x 31 inches
    • Weight: .8 pounds
    • Flight time: 8 minutes
    • Control distance: 80m




5. Syma X8C Venture

Sometimes, it can be tough to find quality consumer camera drones for sale. The camera is either sub-par or the drone itself doesn’t fly well.

These issues are gone with the Syma X8C Venture. Much like the Syma X8G, this UAV sports a DJI Phantom-esque frame and design. This gives it quality handling and flight capability.

It offers a 2MP HD built-in camera to let you take aerial photos and videos.

Most notably, the Syma X8C Venture is equipped with an Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) system. Usually, the forward direction of a multirotor is the same as the front of the quad.

By using IOC, the forward direction has nothing to do with the front (nose) of the drone. This helps new pilots learn to control the quadcopter more easily, and it helps aerial photographers get the shot they want without getting confused about directional controls.

If you’re looking for an RC drone with a camera for under $100, the Syma X8C Venture is a great start.

  • Features

    • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) system
    • 2MP HD camera built in
    • LED flashing lights
    • Can perform 360 degree flips and rolls
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 6-Axis
    • Size: 20 x 20 x 6.5 in
    • Weight: approx. 1.3 pounds
    • Charging time: about 180 mins
    • Flight time: 8 minutes
    • Control distance: about 50m





professional drones

These drones are for professionals who use their drones for commercial videography.

They have the best features that enable you to capture incredible footage.



6. DJI Inspire 1 Version 2.0



The DJI Inspire 1 is one of the most powerful drones on the market.
To begin with, DJI upgraded the Inspire’s motors from from 350kv to 420kv to make them more powerful. They also modified how each propeller attaches and thereby reducing wear and helping them last longer.

The carbon fiber arms raise above the camera and body while in flight, giving an unobstructed 360-degree view of the area in which you are filming.

The Inspire’s built-in camera is able to shoot 4K video and capture 12 megapixel photos. The gimbal and camera system detaches from the body to allow for easy storage and the ability to upgrade. You can also change out the cameras for different filming occasions, giving a much broader range of environments in which to record.

The DJI Inspire has real-time camera feed sent to your mobile device for first-person-view (FPV). The fully-featured app gives you manual camera control capability, flight telemetry data (battery life, altitude, etc), and auto takeoff and landing capability.

The inspire has added the ability to know how long the battery will remain in addition to the percentage.

The drone’s software also takes into account the distance from the controller to determine how long it would take to return home. This helps you stay safe by not running out of battery power mid-flight, and gives you an idea of how much time you have to complete a shot before the battery will die.

Another great feature is dual remote capability. The DJI Inspire 1 offers dual-operator control. This allows you to control the quadcopter with two transmitters and two pilots. One person can focus on flight control and the other control the camera to get the perfect shot.

The controller itself is DJI’s most advanced transmitter. It features dedicated buttons for video and photo capture, a gimbal control dial, and a rechargeable battery.

Finally, the DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 (and DJI Phantom 3 models) offers 5 intelligent flight modes:

Follow Me: It will automatically keep you in the camera’s view wherever you go.
Point of Interest: The drone automatically revolves around a designated object, person, or place in a perfect circle.
Waypoints: Allows you to record a flight path then tell your Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 to fly along the same path repeatedly, while you control the camera and orientation. You can save your favorite missions, customize speed, and more.
Course Lock: Easily fly along a set path.
Home Lock: Customize your flight controls to be relative to you at all times. Flick a switch, and forward/backward and left/right flight will be set in relation to the Home Point.

  • Features

    • Ready to fly
    • Max speed of 22 m/s
    • Zenmuse X3 gimbal (detachable)
    • Removable 4K camera
    • Shoots 12MP still photos
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    • FPV camera capability using your mobile device
    • 94-degree wide angle lense
    • Arms move up and out of the camera’s view in flight
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 6-Axis
    • Size: 23 x 21.8 x 12 inches
    • Weight: 6.5 lbs
    • Flight time: 18 minutes
    • Control distance: 2000m



7. 3D Robotics Solo


This is an amazing drone.

The 3DR Solo is often dubbed The World’s First Smart Drone.

This quadcopter is powered by twin 1 GHz computers, and it’s the only drone that can stream wireless HD video from your GoPro direct to iOS/Android devices bypassing the controller.

It also comes with Smart Shot technology, making it easy to capture fantastic footage even without expert pilot skills. Solo was also the first drone that allows in-flight access to your GoPro: Meaning you can start/stop recording and adjust camera settings from the ground.

The controller was purposefully designed in a video-game style to give it a more natural feel, and the quad features 4 autonomous flight modes:

Orbit
Follow Me
Cable Cam
Seflie

The 3DR Solo is definitely an amazing drone for aerial image capture and flight.

  • Features

    • Stream live HD video from GoPro® direct to iOS/Android devices
    • Pushbutton flight
    • Smart Shot technology
    • Unique safety features like pause and “safety net”
    • Full-featured app for iOS and Android
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 6-Axis
    • Size: 16.4 x 16.5 x 9.2 inches
    • Weight: 11.7 pounds
    • Control distance



8. Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon

The Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon is a powerful and amazing drone.

It comes equipped with a 16 megapixel camera that shoots full HD 1080p videos (at 60 frames per second). This gives it the ability to produce very clean shots.

The camera also sends a real-time feed to the Q500+ Typhoon‘s controller on an upgraded 5.5 inch FPV display.

The drone offers 3 advanced flight modes:

Smart — Drone moves based on the control stick, not the direction the drone is facing
Angle — Used by expert pilots to get professional shots
Home — Drone returns to its takeoff point and lands itself

These advanced features, plus the amazing power of its camera, make the Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon an excellent choice for professional pilots.

  • Features

    • Ready to fly
    • 16 Megapixel Full HD 1080p 60FPS camera
    • Real-time feed from your Q500+’s camera to the controller
    • 5.5″ FPV display
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 6-Axis
    • Size: 16.5 x 16.5 x 8.3in
    • Weight: 1700g
    • Flight time: 25 minutes
    • Control Distance: 800m



9. Blade Chroma 4k

One of Blade’s best know drones is the Nano QX, one of the top miniature drones.

Blade made entered the camera drone market with the Chroma, and succeeded very well.

Most notably, the Blade Chroma offers an amazing 30 minute flight time. This is ten to twelve minutes longer than most drones in this price range.

It’s equipped with SAFE technology for better handling and stability and is capable of two autonomous flight modes: Follow Me and Tracking.

The built-in camera shoots 4K video at 1080p and takes 12 megapixel still photos.

Perhaps the best feature of this drone is the built-in touchscreen display on the controller. Most drones require an extra device to display telemetry data and adjust flight/camera settings. But the Blade Chroma builds it into the transmitter.

With a 30 minute flight time, powerful camera, and fully-featured controller, the Chroma is a great option for expert videography.

  • Features

    • SAFE technology
    • Smart mode for newer pilots. AP mode for advanced
    • Autonomous Follow Me and Tracking modes
    • Return Home function
    • Live video and telemetry info on controller
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 6-Axis
    • Size: 13.1 x 13.1 x 9.5 inches
    • Weight: 2.8 lbs
    • Flight time: 30 minutes
    • Control distance: 600m


FPV Racers

With the Drone Racing League beginning to commercialize the sport, drone FPV racing is rapidly gaining popularity.

Some great ready-to-fly racing drones are beginning to be produced.



10. Walkera Runner 250


Walkera manufactured one of the most popular ready-to-fly FPV racers: The Walkera Runner 250.

This RC quadcopter features a carbon fiber frame that’s very durable and crash resistant. It’s simple to disassemble and reassemble. Thus, pilots can simply customize their drones to their liking.

It reaches speeds of up to 21-25 miles per hour, and the Runner 250 is equipped with an 800TVL HD camera for live FPV streaming.

  • Features

    • Carbon fiber structure
    • Simple to disassemble and re-assemble
    • Reaches speeds up to 35-40km/h
    • 800TVL HD camera
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Size: 22.5 x 20.5 x 9.2cm
    • Weight: 1.16 lbs
    • Charging time: About 120 minutes
    • Flight time: 12 to 14 minutes
    • Control distance: 1000m



11. ARRIS FPV 250 Racing Drone

The ARRIS FPV 250 is one of the most well liked racing quadcopters on the market.

It’s made of a durable carbon/glass fiber composited material to help it handle crashes and accidents. The drone also has a 700TVL camera that offers no delay between what the drone sees and what you see.

All parts are tested by the manufacturer and ready to fly.

If you are looking for a high-rated racing drone, consider the ARRIS FPV 250.

  • Features

    • Carbon/glass fiber composited material
    • 700TVL camera with zero delay
    • All parts tested and ready to fly
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Size: 9.6 x 9.1 x 5.3 inches
    • Weight: 1.22 pounds
    • Flight time: 10 minutes
    • Control distance


drones for indoor flying

These drones are smaller than the previous ones and have less features, but they’re great for having fun indoors and practicing your pilot skills.

If you are just learning how to fly a quadcopter or an even an experienced pilot looking for a fun indoor flyer, these are great:



12. SYMA X5C Explorers


This is the #1 Best Seller in Hobby RC Quadcopters & Multirotors on Amazon:

The SYMA X5C Explorers.

For a remote control drone for sale under $100, it comes with a surprisingly good HD camera.

With no hassle, you can perform 360 degree flips and eversions, and it’s small enough to fly indoors and powerful enough to handle small amounts of wind outdoors.

If you want to practice your skills, and even test out your aerial videography chops, this is a drone to consider.

  • Features

    • HD camera and 2GB Micro SD card
    • 360 degree flips
    • Wind resistant and can be flown indoors or outdoors
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Gyro: 6-Axis
    • Size: 16.5 x 12.2 x 3.8 inches
    • Weight: 2.1 pounds
    • Charging time: 100 minutes
    • Flight time: 7 minutes



13. Blade Nano QX

The Blade Nano QX has been called “The Best Drone for Advanced Beginners.”

It’s equipped with SAFE technology. SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope. This technology helps you prevent crashing your drone and assists you in takeoff.

If at any time you lose control or need to stop flying to attend to something, simply let go of the sticks and the quadcopter will hover in place.

When you get more advanced, switch the quad to agility mode to perform skillful maneuvers and hit top speeds.

The Blade Nano is a beginner drone that will help you master your skills until you’re ready to move on to bigger quadcopters.

  • Features

    • SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology with stability and agility modes (if you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks)
    • Small enough to fly in any room or office
    • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
    • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
    • Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4G
    • Gyro: 6 axis
    • Size: 35.8 x 21.3 x 11.4cm
    • Weight: 1.6 pounds
    • Flying time: 10 minutes



14. Hubsan X4 H107D


The Hubsan X4 is one of the most popular mini drones. Hubsan came out with an FPV (first-person-view) version: TheX4 H107D.

It transmits a live feed of what your drone is seeing to a 4.3 inch LCD monitor built in to the controller.

You can just insert a MicroSD card into the transmitter and record your flights as well.

If you’ve ever wanted an FPV experience without paying for a specialized quadcopter, theHubsan X4 H107D is a considerable drone.

  • Features

    • Transmitter with 4.3″ LCD FPV Monitor
    • LED Night Lights
    • 5.8 GHz Wireless Video
    • Record videos using a MicroSD memory card slot
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
    • Size: 8.9 x 8.6 x 5.7 inches
    • Weight:1.1 pounds
    • Charging time: 30-40 minutes
    • Flight time: 7 minutes
    • Control distance:



15. Cheerson CX-10


The Cheerson CX-10 is an excellent quadcopter for beginners. It’s small, light, maneuverable, and surprisingly durable for a cheap drone.

Even if you do end up losing a few propellers, spare parts are inexpensive. Despite its size, Cheerson still managed to pack a 6-axis flight control board in there for advanced maneuvers.

The CX-10 is capable of one-click flips and eversions, and it charges quickly so you can be up and flying again in no time.

  • Features

    • 6-axis design makes the gyroscope adjustable, promoting flying stability
    • 3-level adjustable speed flip function
    • Powered by a piece of rechargeable 3.7V 100mAh lithium battery
    • Suitable for: Ages 14+
  • Specs

    • Frequency: 2.4G
    • Gyro: 6 axis
    • Size: 4.0 x 4.0 x 2.2cm
    • Weight: .42 ounces
    • Charging time: About 30-40 minutes
    • Flying time: 4-8 minutes
    • Control distance: 40 meters