We've seen the innovative technological advancement in drones as new models get released month after month. What used to be considered by some as toys, now poses great usability to more and more industries. If you're looking to get a drone this year, here are some of the best options for you.
DJI Phantom 4, Price: Around $1069
The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the most polished and most professional drones for people who are actually just beginners. If you're looking for a quality drone that is easy to work with, the DJI Phantom 4 is a good buy. It's Sport mode, Obstacle Avoidance Features and Slo-Mo mode are all great additions to the drone.
DJI Mavic Pro, Price: Around $999
The DJI Mavic Pro practically has everything you'd want in a drone. It is very portable. It's got high quality camera. It also has all the intelligent features that DJI is known for (obstacle avoidance, subject tracking, gesture mode, sport mode, etc.)
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K, Price: Around $799
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 is actually a good deal with its smooth and stable flying. It works well in shooting photos and recording videos both on-air and on the ground since it comes with its own handgrip. Furthermore, CNET says that the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 is actually very quiet unlike its competitions.
Blade Chroma 4K, Price: Around $1199
The Blade Chroma 4K is pretty much a great product to buy this year. It is a solid drone that offers a stable flight. Its 4K camera and integrated display are worthy of praises too. Unlike other drones, the Blade Chroma 4K doesn't require a smartphone to give you a display screen.
Parrot Disco, Price: Around $1300
The Parrot Disco is not a quadcopter as it only uses one propeller. This drone can reach 50mph speeds and can be controlled through a smartphone. Its shots are recorded through a 14 MP camera and it can last up to 45 minutes of flying.
Lily Drone, Price: Around $999
Like what its name suggests, the Lily drone can survive the waters like the Lily plant. It has foldable propellers which make it very portable, and the whole drone actually flies itself, making Lily a little bit different than most of its immediate competitors. It's actually perfect for specific activities like tracking your skiing or rowing, PC Advisor reported. Since it flies without being controlled, there will be no controllers. You'll just be using a tracking device that the drone will follow.
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, Price: Around $750
The DJI Phantom 3 is highly appreciated for its great full-HD recording and its excellent safety features. It's actually one of the best drones for beginners as it comes with the safety and intelligent flight options like Follow Me that DJI has been known for. It came from the most trusted maker of drones, so it's pretty much a good product.
GoPro Karma, Price: Around $999
The GoPro Karma is one of the most anticipated drones of the year. It is notable for its portability and ease of use. Since the camera is removable, the GoPro Karma can work with different GoPro cams. It is compatible with the Hero5 and Hero4 cameras.
Xiaomi Mi Drone, Price: Around $460
If you want a drone that costs considerably less than mainstream brands, the Xiaomi Mi Drone has you covered. Like how Xiaomi offers quality phones at a lower price, the company also offers quality drone without the high price tag. The Xiaomi Mi drone is also a quadcopter that has a 3-axis gimbal. It's actually a good deal considering its 4K quality camera and its fully functional remote control. The only catch here is that you'd need a Mi smartphone to use as a viewfinder, but it's not that much of a biggie considering the drone and the phones' prices.
Syma X5C Explorers, Price: Around $50
If you're actually in the market for a toy drone, the Syma X5C Explorers is one of the most popular options. It is affordable, durable and stable. It comes with a 720p HD cam and is all in all a stable drone to use both indoors and outdoors.