The Top Five Camera Drones
Drones have become one of the biggest hobbies to hit the market in a long time. Kids, adults and even professional photographers are buying up the latest and greatest models of RC drones. And from looking at current trends, it appears that the drone culture is only going to continue growing.
Like millions of other people, you have probably seen the breathtaking videos of footage taken using a drone and have decided that you want to get one for yourself. However, just like millions of other people, all of the available options and models that seem to be coming out of the woodworks has left you stumped on which model is the best choice. If you haven’t looked yet, be prepared for a systems overload. There are thousands of good-quality camera drones on the market that can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. If that’s the case, you are in luck. In this article, we are going to cover five of the best models that are either currently available on the market, or in the process of being released on the market. So, let’s get started.
The Top Five
DJI Inspire 2
Launched in November and shipping in January of 2017, the Inspire 2 will be more powerful and durable than its predecessor, Inspire 1, and will have several upgrades that the original didn’t have. Such as having two cameras instead of one.
To enable 360-degree camera shots, DJI installed a camera underneath the Inspire 2, as they did with the Inspire 1, that is equipped with a full 360-degree rotation capability. The second camera is mounted on the front of the craft and allows for a great first-person view while in flight. One of the unique aspects of the Inspire 2 is that it has a dual operator mode. With this mode, one remote will serve as the driver while the second operator controls the bottom 360-degree camera. Of all of the models we have listed, the Inspire 2 has the best resolution at 30MP in the DNG RAW mode. The video resolution is also impressive with 5.2K at 30FPS or 4K at 60FPS.
Other specs include a max flight time of around 27 minutes, up to 67 mph speeds, and obstacle avoidance, perfect for the beginning pilot. CineCore 2.0, the new image processing system for the Inspire 2, can capture 5.2K video at a bitrate of 4.2Gbps. In order for the Inspire 2 to be able to handle all of that data, it has an SSD located onboard. To make sure the images are crisp and clear, the Inspire 2 can be purchased with either a Zenmuse X5S camera that features a micro 4/3 sensor and can support 10 different lenses, or the X4S camera.
For those that are looking for their first professional drone and want a smaller drone that is easy to transport with you while you are on the move, the Mavic is probably just what you are looking for. Launched in late 2016 and scheduled to be released early 2017, the Mavic is a small, yet sophisticated, professional aerial system.
Some of the specs for this little, but powerful model include a 12MP camera, video resolution of 4K at 30FPS, and can reach speeds of up to 40 MPH. The battery can last about 27 minutes for continuous flight before needing to be recharged.
For the beginner, this model also has sensor redundancy, obstacle avoidance, and ensures precise positioning by running vision positioning that is paired with GLONASS and GPS. As a bonus, the Mavic also comes with a lot of extras, including a travel bag, extra propellers, an extra battery, car charger, hard case, and lens filters.
DJI Inspire 1
Even though the next generation of the Inspire model is about to be released, the quality and features of the Inspire 1 cannot be overlooked. It features a 360-degree camera for optimal viewing and its 3-axis gimbal can be removed easily for transporting and upgrading. And with many camera upgrades and systems available, the Inspire 1 can grow with you as you progress your flying, video graphics, and photographic skills.
The Inspire 1 has a video resolution of 4K at 30FPS, a 12MP camera resolution, and a flight time of about 18 minutes with a max flying speed of 49 mph. It features a dual-operator mode that allows for two people to use the Inspire 1, one as a pilot and the other acting as the photographer. However, if you want to fly solo, you can buy this model with one or two controllers. The setup comes with a hard case, extra propellers, an extra battery, and lens filters.
Yuneec Typhoon H
Yuneec is another manufacturer of aerial camera platforms that releasing some top-notch drones like the Typhoon H. The Typhoon H is equipped with a 360-degree camera that is capable of producing amazing Ultra HD 4K stills and videos.
The Typhoon H camera has a resolution of 12.4MP and video resolution of 4K at 30FPS. You can fly this model for 25 minutes before needing a recharge and has a max speed of a little over 43 MPH in the Follow Me mode. Typhoon H also has obstacle avoidance, better redundancy thanks to the six motors, and uses an Android-based controller, the ST16, that has a 7-inch display and can receive real-time first-person-view video during flights.
Typhoon H does not come with many extras. The only extras that come with the H is an extra battery and a hard shell backpack. However, the Typhoon H is ready to fly straight out of the box, which is a definite plus.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional
The Phantom 3 series from DJI is one of the bestselling drones for 2015 and 2016. The series has four different models available, Standard and 4K models, and the higher-end Advanced and Professional models.
The Phantom 3 Professional is the most advanced out of the group and features 23 minutes of flight time, 5 kilometers of controllable distance, and can produce 4K video. The Professional model also is equipped with five different modes:
- Point of Interest
- Course Lock
- Home Lock
- Follow Me
The various modes make it possible for you to focus more on important matters, such as taking amazing shots.
The Professional comes with a lot of extras, such an extra battery, propellers, a camera lens protector and cover, propeller guards, 64GB MicroSD card, a hardshell backpack, and a remote controller strap.
If you are on a budget but still want all of the features of a high-end drone, I suggest you check out the Phantom 3 from DJI. It is an older version of the new Phantom 4 but still has plenty of sophisticated features.
As stated earlier in this article, there is a plethora of quality drones on the market to select from and can make the process a bit overwhelming. I hope you found this piece useful and are able to use it to get you pointed in the right direction. These five that we have listed are rated as being some of the best available by other users. Good luck, and happy flying.
The most excellent drones to buy and why they are the best
If you want to buy a drone, you may not know where to begin. Do you know the drones that are
available in the market are known as multirotor? Yes, but many people continue to call them
drones since it is easier to say. There is also a quadcopter, which is a type of multirotor that has
four rotors. When you look for drones for the first time, you may not understand everything
about the terms used in the drone industry.
Types of drones that you want
When you want to buy a drone, you will not want to pick just any drone. The drones are found
in three different types. Each model has its own value, ease of use, quality and features. Each
person will be looking for a drone to fill their particular needs, and this is why they may choose
one drone over another. The types of drones are camera drones, toy drones and FPV/racing
Drone with a camera
This is the type of drone that is most widely known. Drones are normally ready to use
quadcopters with stabilized cameras used for shooting video or stills. The drone with a camera
can be used in many industries like agriculture, search and rescue, and video production. Many
people will buy a camera drone for different reasons. One of these reasons is to explore the
world with new eyes while experiencing what flying means and capturing memories in a new
way, which is a good reason to buy a camera drone.
List of camera drones
The following is a catalog of the mainly admired camera drones that you can find in the market
now, and some of the best drones are at the top of the list. You should note that the pricing can
change at any time.
Model Name Current Price at the market A Camera Type Drone
Yuneec Typhoon H 4K 1199$ same
DJI Inspire 1 929$ same
Parrot Bebop 399$ same
3DR Solo 999$ same
DJI Phantom 4 2899$ same
Yuneec Q500 4K 1399$ same
DJI Phantom 3 499$ same
1 DJI Phantom 4 PRO
This is by far the most innovative drone in the market. It is capable of flying at fast speeds and it
is reliable. It is equipped with live video streaming in HD, and it is easy to set up and install. Its
main feature is its 3D camera with computer hardware that is used to map the environment
using three dimensional space. It is capable of avoiding obstacles and maneuvering near them.
2 DJI Phantom 3 Series
This is an easy to fly drone, and it offers high video quality and many features. This drone can
be used by any person, even beginners. The drone has good flight characteristics with a built-in
flight simulator that makes it easy to fly even for a learner.
Four models in Phantom 3 that you may choose from
The Phantom 3 is found in 4 different models. The Phantom 3 Professional is standard with
GPS waypoints, follow me and point of interest, ultrasonic sensors, optical flow, 20 minute flight
time and 4K video recording. Other models are 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 Standard and Phantom
3 DJI Inspire 1-alongwith 4K- Raw Video
This drone looks as if it comes from a sci-fi movie, and it is a professional drone that anyone
can buy. It is an advanced quadcopter. It comes with the standard features of a Phantom 3
Professional, but it has a cooler and higher quality design that flies at greater heights. It has a
transforming design so that the propellers cannot be seen in its video recordings, and it is also
fitted with 360 degree panning.
4 Yuneec Typhoon H
This is not as well known a company as DJI. However, at the same time it competes well with
it. Typhoon H is now a competitor to the Phantom 4, and just like the Phantom 4, it has a 20
minute flight time and obstacle avoidance with decent video quality. The two competitors are
both in one price range. It comes with many interesting features, and it can fly really well. The
drone has 6 rotors, so it can fly smoothly even if a motor fails. It can also handle the wind.
5 Yuneec-Q500 (4K)
This is an old model of Yuneec, and it can shoot 4K video like the Typhoon H and Phantom 4.
Even if it may look like a pool vacuum cleaner, it comes with the best features for its price. The
camera can be removed to be used as a handheld camera.
6 3DR Solo
This is the 3D Robotic Solo, and it is both functional and easy to use. It comes with many
features that are found with the Phantom 3. However, it does not use a built-in camera but a Go
Pro Hero 4. It means that the camera can be taken off.
7 Parrot Bebop
This is a drone with the latest technology that can be found at a good price now. It is faster,
smarter and smaller than most drones, but it is also expensive.
This is the drone for you if you like freestyle flying and racing. It is a super addictive, fast paced
and intense flying drone. Racing drones look like race cars. This type of drone offers real sport
and real competition, and they are prized items that are taking over the world.
Model Name Current Price at the Market Drone type
Lumenier QAV250 539$ Racing
TBS Vendetta 499$ Racing
IRC Vortex 285 329$ Racing
Eachine Racer 250 RTF 359$ Racing
IRC Vortex 250 Pro 499$ Racing
1 TBS Vendetta
This is a small quadcopter that has been designed for first person view, or FPV, freestyle flying
and racing. There are many racing drones that can start to fly at once. However, it does not
come with video goggles, batteries or a controller.
2 Immersion (RC Vortex)250 Pro
This is another ready to fly drone, and it competes directly with the TBS Vendetta. It is small but
heavier than you might think. It has two bladed propellers and not three as is on the Vendetta.
Two bladed props can be efficient, but the 3 bladed props have additional power as well as offer
crisper flight characteristics. You may change the props on the quadcopter if you wish, but the
flight controller has to be returned.
3 Immersion- (RC Vortex 285)
This is another drone developed by Immersion-RC. It is normally among the top ready to fly
FPV racing drones, and it came into the market in 2015. It is still relevant in the market right
now because of its features and price. It has the same firmware as the Vortex 250 Pro;
however, its hardware is slower and will not be as responsive. It continues to be a precise
machine that matches the performance of many custom racing drones in the market.
This quadcopter has been designed for freestyle flying or FPV racing. It is a frame which is sold
from Lumenier, and people may choose to add some electronics on it. There is a ready to fly
version that has electronics that have been installed in it if you would like to pay more. It is a
hobbyist multirotor that has high quality components and parts while at the same time they are
customizable and made by different companies.
5 Eachine Racer-250
This is a drone which has a great looking exterior. It looks small, but it can be fast. It has
everything needed for FPV racing like FPV gear, batteries, a charger and a controller. You get
everything at a low price. However, they do not look like the typical drone.
Toy drones are simple but very fun.
The drones that are included in this list are fun and simple toys. They make good gifts, and they
may entertain you while you are researching the more functional drones that you may wish to
It is advised to first buy this kind of drone and learn how to fly it first before getting a high end
drone. However, this is not always the case. This is because this type of drone does not have
the sensors or GPS that will keep them in just one spot.
Model Name Current Price at the Market Type of the drone
Blade Nano QX 74$ Toy
Hubsan X4 34$ Toy
Syma X5C 44$ Toy
Parrot AR Drone 2 250$ Toy
LaTrax Alias 97$ Toy
1 Syma- (X5C )
This drone is nothing special, but it is a simple quadcopter which looks like the DJI Phantom.
However, you cannot take good aerial videos using it or race it in a forest. It uses
accelerometers and gyros in order to keep it in one place, and it has an auto flip feature that
works like any other drone in the market. It has a small camera that can record video, and it
works as a webcam as well.
This is a beginner drone, and it is the same size as the Nano QX but is half the price. It is found
in 4 different versions. It is the cheapest option, and it does not include the agility mode that the
Nano QX has. It is not possible to fly it in all different ways using the manual options, but it is
maneuverable and fast. It comes with 6 LED lights, and it can be turned on or off using its
controller. The controller can be used for 3 cheaper Hubsan models, and it is nice.
3 Blade-Nano (QX)
This looks like the LaTrax Alias, but it is smaller. It is a few inches smaller than the Alias, but it
comes with a level of Yaw authority that is better compared to the Tiny Proto X. It uses two flight
modes, agility and stability. In its agility mode, you will have full control of the quadcopter so that
you can learn to fly it manually. In the stability mode, it levels itself automatically when you are
not using the controls. It does not have the auto flipping function that the Alias has.
4 LaTrax (Alias)
This is the drone for you in case you would like to learn how to fly a quadcopter manually. It is
the best way that you can begin. The reason why it is the best quadcopter to use while learning
is because it runs on full manual mode during flight, and it is durable. You are able to learn how
to fly, and you will not have to worry much about crashing. It is 7 inches wide, and it comes with
big propellers and better yaw authority.
5 Parrot-AR (Drone2.0)
When this drone first came out, it was one of the coolest drones that you could find. It uses a
1GHz 32 bit processor, magnetometers, accelerometers, gyros and 1 GB for its RAM. It has 2
cameras as well as an ultrasonic sensor and a pressure sensor. Even if it has been on the
market for 2 years now, it is still the best quadcopter that you can buy in its price range.
This is among the smallest drones that you can find around. It uses 3 Accelerometers, 3 gyros
and a 4 motor-speed controller with a radio receiver that is installed in a small PCB board that is
just the size of a quarter. This is cheapest quadcopter you can find in the market. It is faster
and small. The rotors are also small, so they end up closing together. It is a bit harder to do the
bank turns. Because it is cheap, you may end up buying a defective drone, but you may return it
and get one that works.
What you need to know when you want to buy yourself a Drone
Drones are incredibly popular and everyone is looking to buy one. Drones are excellent aircrafts
for personal and professional entertainment and business and if you want to find out which
models are the best for you-and why-keep on reading. We will also address question why some
models are better avoided for majority of us.
Sales result over Christmas holidays last year (and predictions for the Christmas sale this year)
show us that people's interest in modeled airplanes is growing at an incredible speed.
With this said, one must take into account that this also means incredible rise of number of
aircrafts in the air, along with private and commercial planes, passing over close to each other.
In this sense, one needs to be very professional in controlling its drone and to be such, it is
necessary to learn everything about national and international airspace law and rules as well as
basic rules of how one flies safely.
For example, USA right prepared rules and regulations that require registering your drone with
DOT- Department of Transportation and these rules were set into force in August 2016. There is
very specific set of rules for drones that are used for entertainment and drones that are used for
business, including drone requirements, location requirements, rules how to operate it (drone
weight, height of flying, restrictions, etc.). The basic idea behind these rules is to make sure that
drones are operated safely, so that everyone is protected and safe when they are in the air.
When you consider this, although it seems restrictive, it is very logical, because along with the
fun comes responsibility.
Over the past few years, more than two million people developed interest in drones and chose
to learn how to built them, how to fly with them as well as where to buy them. We want to
contribute to safe drone flying and will share information from any official authority when it
comes to rules and regulations that need to be followed to legally use drones in particular
Now, moving onto things to have in mind before getting yourself a drone!
There Are Drones That Are Easy To Use, And There Are Those That Aren’t
First and most important thing to know is that flying objects/aircrafts aren't easy to operate and
control. Quadcopter wouldn't be able to fly if there wasn't a flight controlled (controlling
computer) inside it. Operating easiness and controlling depends on flight controls organization.
Some drones will have more agile controls thanks to particular flight controller setup, while
others will be more stable.
Another thing that is important in this aspect is easiness of use, i.e. how much flying skills you
need, and actually can learn over time that will enable you to use your drone easily. There is
really element here that is connected with the price tag-the higher the price (up to a certain
point, that is), the easier it will be to use the drone. Generally, experiences of users expressed
in reviews have shown that it is the easiest to use drones that come with a price tag around 700
dollars. The reason why is it so is simple: more pricier drones come with additional sensors and
features within flight controller that enables aforementioned easiness of use.
At the moment, if you are looking for the easiest to fly drones you should check out Inspire 1,
the Phantom 3, 3DR SOLO and Q500 4K . You will definitely have to pay these significantly
more than Syma X5C and the Hubsan X4 that will cost you much less but will sweat you much
more when it comes to flying skills.
#2 Drones Are Not Always Assembled And Ready To Go Out Flying
When you become interested in drones, you will see several acronyms along with a model you
are looking, such as RTF, BNF and ARF, which stand for readiness for flying.
RTF stands for Ready To Fly, which means that you will not need to setup or assemble it from
parts. Only thing you might be required to do is to charge up a battery, attach propellers, or
connect flight controller to drone.
BNF means Bind and Fly. This model will require getting a flight controller. So, you are getting
quad-copter without controller so you have to use one you already might have, or buy controller
separately. In this case, it is important to be aware that functioning on the same frequency
doesn't have to necessary mean that controller and drone will work together, because with
modern digital communications, you will have to make sure that these two use same protocol of
the manufacturer. Make sure to check out this info to have fully functional drone in the end.
ARF means Almost Ready to Fly. In this case you will get parts, most often without receiver or
flight controller. You might even get a kit without elements such as motor or battery. There are
number of options here, so whenever you see this acronym, make sure to read information very
carefully in order to know what you are getting.
It Is Necessary To Cash Up In Advance
If you are getting a small home drone you will use inside your house or a backyard, then you
can skip this section. However, if you are getting something much more advanced, something
you will pay several hundred or thousand dollars then you will want to make sure that you are
spending your money smartly.
First of all, it is important to have good flight controller because it will enable you to use your
drone with ease and satisfaction. Flight controller is long-term investment and they don't get
outdated as fast as computers and smart phones, so this is something we recommend you cash
One of reasons why it can last for years is that you can upgrade transmitter from it and keep on
Charger is another element that is good investing in. Battery charger is necessary element for
drone usage and if you get a good one, you will be able to use it for years. Good charge will
quickly charge battery and do so reliably.
More expensive chargers can charge whole range of batteries, so when you get better drone,
you will not have to change charger because it will be able to charge better and bigger battery,
as well as battery made of different materials. There are also chargers that can charge several
batteries at once.
It is good to take some time to investigate all the options you have, because market is really
wide and offers so many different options. With more in-depth research, you will gain wider
knowledge, know more and be able to differentiate among options, so to choose better for your
particular needs. This will definitely save you money at the end of the line.
There Are Dozen E-Shops And Sellers to Buy From
If you are just getting started with drones and don't know where to buy your first drone, no need
to worry-there are numerous online shops that ship to majority of countries all over the world.
Largest online stores are located in China and America, but most likely there is at least one
store that is close your location.
One of the largest online shops is Hobby King. They offer several thousands different items for
sale. Certain products are their own design, while others are retail products they are selling for
other manufacturer. Some of products in their store are excellent, some are not good, so you
will probably find numerous reviews for all of the products that might interest you. This is
definitely a good method how to make the final decision about anything in their store-read
through customer reviews and you will find all the info you need to decide for yourself.
Another store where you can find good selection of drones and drone parts is RCGroups.com,
in section Classifieds. This section is like ads for radio control elements and features where you
can get a great deal. However, it is important to be careful, because people post ads there
independently which means you can easily get scammed or you will pay too much for
something that isn't worth that much. Majority of sellers there are ok and if you pay attention to
whom you cooperate with, you should be just fine.
We will also mention some other sites that offer good selection of drones and drone parts.
There are famous sites for which you have already heard yourself, and there are also sites that
are new to drone selling, but nevertheless offer good selection for newbie’s (and people that are
not new to drones).
DJI : Most popular store as well as known when it comes to the quality
HobbyKing : The Walmart of radio control
Amazon.com : As usual, something for everyone
www.getfpv.com : elevated quality FPV frames, its components as well as more
Quadrocopter.com : High-quality aerial photography drones
HeliPal.com : Located in Hong Kong with wide selection of drones and elements for
drones from different manufacturers: DJI, Tarot, Walkera, etc.
BuzzFlyer.co.uk : Very much as HeliPal but located in the UK.
ReadyMadeRC.com : FPV elements can be found for better price
DroneFly.com : Phantom related products as well as repair services.
xHeli.com : Primarily very affordable drone toys with a little bit of pricy stuff
It Is Important To Be Member OF Community
Just as with many other topics, people who own drones usually create forums and groups,
either online or in real life where they share knowledge, experience, questions and answers.
There are many different drone forums, some dealing with specific drone models, some for
general topics. It is not necessary to be part of every forum and group, but it is good to connect
with group of people you find close to yourself, either regionally, or with the themes they cover.
Forums are excellent place to acquire knowledge, to learn, to connect with other users and
share experience. If you are unsure how to approach forum communication, just register on one
or two and check topics, see how people ask questions, what answers they are getting…
comment yourself and see how discussion develops. Very soon you will get a grasp of forum
communications and discover if you actually like particular forum or not.
We are going to mention several forums that are good for beginners as well as for users with
There is forum called the My First Drone Beginners Group . This is rather general forum with no
subcategories, where everyone can ask questions that usually all get answered, so it is good for
simply feeling relaxed and where you can learn basics.
RCGroups.com : everything about radio controls.
FPVLab.com : everything about FPV drones.
PhantomPilots.com : everything cover Phantom drones.
DIYDrones.com : Subject that cover robotics.
DJIGuys.com : everything about DJI
MultirotorForums.com : everything about multirotors
forum.FliteTest.com : Mostly foam airplanes but there are also some drone topics
These are some basics when you make a decision to buy a drone for yourself. We believe that
these topics and tips will help you make easier choice which drone to buy, how much money to
invest in your first drone as well as where to find out answers to all other questions that possibly
weren't answered in this beginner's guide to drone buying.
Drones have many applications, ranging from simple in-house entertainment to professional
usage in industry, photography and other business sections. Drones are very popular and their
popularity is on upward line from one year onto next. There is very wide and rich market for
drones and drone parts so you shouldn't have problem to locate the perfect drone for a present
or for your individual needs. Selection should be easier with our tips even when you are
complete beginner and don't know anything about drones.
Camera drone’s price
Type of drones Model Name Current Price
Camera DJI Phantom 3 499$
Camera Parrot Bebop 399$
Camera Yuneec Q500 4K 929$
Camera 3DR Solo 1199$
Camera DJI Inspire 1 2899$
Camera DJI Phantom 4 1399$
Racing Drones’ price
Types of drones Model Name Current Price
Racing Eachine Racer 250 RTF 359$
Racing IRC Vortex 285 329$
Racing TBS Vendetta 499$
Racing Lumenier QAV250 539$
Racing IRC Vortex 250 Pro 499$