The drone industry has seen a huge spike in popularity in recent years thanks to the many advancements in the said technology. It also helps that more and more people are finding a variety of uses for drones. Considering such factors, these are the five best drones we've seen this year.
DJI Mavic Pro
DJI is one of the best drone makers right now and the Mavic Pro is by far the best in its line-up. The DJI Mavic Pro is one of the most portable drones right now because it is lightweight and can be folded into the size of a milk carton, as T3 described it. Its 12-megapixel camera shoots high-quality 4K videos. The $999 Mavic Pro also has enough juice to travel four miles or as long as 27 minutes.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
DJI has another entry in the list of best drones of 2017 with the Phantom 4 Pro. This DJI drone boasts of a four-sided obstacle avoidance which is tops in the industry. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is also capable of 4K videos at 60 fps courtesy of its CMOS sensor. The battery lasts for 30 minutes which translates to around four miles of air travel.
The GoPro Karma is perfect for extreme sports enthusiasts. The highly portable Karma comes with a three-axis gimbal at the front which perfectly fits the GoPro Hero 4 or Hero 5. This means users can get high-quality 4K and 1080 pixel videos.
Among entry-level drones, the Parrot Mambo is considered one of the best drones of 2017. The Parrot Mambo is known for hovering in the same spot longer than most other mini drones. This is possible through a set of high-tech sensors that provides optimal stability. The Mambo normally sells for $120 and comes with clip-on accessories such as the Cannon which shoots tiny balls, and the Grabber, which can pick up and release cargo up to four grams.
The other drones in this list are notably more sophisticated and expensive. Tom's Guide suggests that beginners try the UDI U818A first before going deeper into the drone culture. The UDI U818A costs only $48, comes with a 0.3-megapixel camera capable of 30fps, and lasts 8 minutes in the air. While the features and qualities are wanting, the UDI U818A is the perfect drone for noobs.