2016 Best Drones Of The Year: DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom 4, Parrot Bebop Drone 2, GoPro Karma

2016 Best Drones Of The Year: DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom 4, Parrot Bebop Drone 2, GoPro Karma
This year has seen some of the best drones to ever hit the market. Photo : FliteTest / YouTube

2016 has probably seen the best of technology. Smartphone after smartphone has entered the market and even the Internet Of Things has seen some impressive innovations this year. With that said, it's no longer a surprise that the market for drones is also increasing as time pass by. If you're looking for a good drone to purchase this holiday, here are the top options for you.

DJI Mavic Pro

The Mavic Pro from DJI is one of the latest drones released this year. This drone is most notable for its uber-compact body and its super useful and relevant features. It may be small in size but it can outperform most of the bigger drones in the market. Its OcuSync encrypted transmission allows users to control the drone for up to 7 km away with an impressive 1080p live streaming.

The DJI Mavic Pro also has a monochrome screen where you can access vital flight data. If you want to see what your camera sees, you can also connect your smartphone below the controller. The drone's Wi-Fi mode is also a convenient addition as it allows users to control the Mavic Pro using only a smartphone for up to 80 meters. On top of these, the DJI Mavic Pro also has an enhanced Obstacle Avoidance and Intelligent Flight Capabilities features.

The Mavic Pro can sense objects ahead of it for up to 15 meters and it also has sensors that allows the drone to fly indoors without hitting the ground. Its Terrain Follow feature, subject tracking mode, gesture mode, sport mode, tripod mode and Precision Landing system all make the DJI Mavic Pro the top drone of 2016.

DJI Phantom 4

With DJI's expertise in the industry of drones, there's no wonder why a number of their drones are considered best of this year. The DJI Phantom 4 is yet another DJI masterpiece in technology. As per CNET, the DJI Phantom 4 is quite on the more polished side of the drone spectrum. It's also a perfect drone for beginners who have never flown a drone before. It likewise has DJI's proud features such as the Obstacle Sensing System, Sport mode, slow motion and more.

The DJI Phantom 4 also carries its maker's iconic intelligent modes as it functions effectively on its own. You don't have to panic when the drone is nearing an obstacle as the Phantom 4 is able to prevent collisions in most cases. Flying it directly at solid objects will result to the drone stopping on its own.

Parrot Bebop Drone 2

The Parrot Bebop Drone 2 may be a little less professional than the DJI drones, but that's what makes it perfect for family use. It's small enough for easy storage but sturdy enough to not be considered as a grown-up's toy. It's also as intelligent as you'd want it to be. It actually has the ability to stop as soon as an obstruction is detected. It can do flips as well.

The Parrot Bebop Drone 2 is stable whether indoors or outdoors. It can also be piloted using Bluetooth controllers or a smart device. As a whole, the Parrot Bebop Drone 2 is one of the best family-friendly drones on the market. It may only have the basics but buying it will certainly not lead you to regrets.

GoPro Karma

The latest release from GoPro may not have all the amazing intelligent features that the DJI drones have, but it actually comes with its own set of perks. The GoPro Karma comes with a controller that is a bit like your old gaming controllers. You don't actually need to attach a smartphone to get a display view of what the camera sees. GoPro Karma's controller has its own flip touchscreen.

The GoPro Karma doesn't have a built it camera which simply means that you can shift from one GoPro action camera to another whenever you feel like it. The Karma is compatible with the latest Hero5 cameras and last season's Hero4 cameras. Furthermore, one of the best features of the Karma is its impressive portability, Forbes reported. It even comes with its own backpack. As a whole, the Karma may lack in some aspects, but it's actually a great option too considering GoPro's network of accessories.

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