Drones have really taken off in the last few years. With so many on the market, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to buying one. You’ll need to think about what you want the drone for and what you expect it to do. Some people are happy with a beginners’ model or cheaper version while others need drones for capturing high-quality aerial footage. To help you figure out which drone is the one for you, let’s look at our top ten favourites for 2018.
It’s worth mentioning that there are multiple DJI drones on the list. No list of top drones is complete without at least one, if not more, DJI drones. After all, DJI is one of the most recognized and respected brands, with drones that are high quality, easy to fly and loaded with cool features, which is why they continue to soar in 2018.
To experience the expertise of DJI, get your hands on the DJI Mavic Air Folding 4K Drone. The DJI Mavic Air is simple to use and pretty affordable for what it has to offer. It comes with a powerful 4K camera and built-in 3-axis gimbal for image stabilization. You can also use your smartphone to see exactly what the drone sees. Plus, it features a foldable design so you can just fold it up and take it with you.
Even though the DJI Mavic Pro is small in size, it offers the same performance that larger drones are known for. What makes it unique is the gimbal camera mount, which captures stunning photos and videos. Using FlightAutonomy technology, this drone can detect obstacles up to 15 meters away. It’ll either dodge them entirely or brake to hover, avoiding accidents that you didn’t see coming.
The DJI Spark is a tiny drone that you can control using just your hands. It’s also more affordable than many other drones. With the DJI Spark, you have the option of using gesture controls to tell it precisely what to do or controlling it through your smartphone. It also offers intelligent in-flight modes and QuickShot, allowing you to snap photos in an instant.
If you’re looking for stable and impressive 4K footage, then the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is worth checking out. It comes with a sturdy body as well as many of DJIs famous features such as obstacle avoidance technology, a dedicated remote control, and smartphone app. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro also supports 4K video recording, and its gimbal design ensures stable footage regardless of its speed or flight path.
The DJI Inspire 1 was one of the best drones in recent years until the DJI Inspire 2 came along and showed us how it could be even better. Featuring a sleek and aesthetically appealing design, the DJI Inspire 2 features the latest collision avoidance technology, so it’s likely to stay intact. It also comes with a dual battery system that offers up to 27 minutes of flight time. It even has 5K video recording and several intelligent flight modes to help you capture fantastic footage.
Despite its average photo and video quality, the Parrot Bebop Drone is an excellent option if you don’t want to spend too much but still want some cool features. Its light structure is safe and durable, with propellers that automatically stop if a collision occurs. Also, the Parrot Bebop Drone comes with a GPS system, so it returns to its takeoff point if you use the Return Home function. It even comes with EPP hulls for safer indoor flying.
The ZeroTech Dobby is perfect if you’re looking for a drone that you can take anywhere. With its tiny size, this drone fits in the palm of your hand and weighs less than half a pound. It’s also got foldable propeller blades, which you tuck into the body when it’s not in use. You can control the ZeroTech Dobby using the smartphone app or voice commands and get it to record 1080p-resolution videos or take 4K-resolution photos.
Easily attach your GoPro to the GoPro Karma Drone to capture some stunning aerial footage. This drone works with the Hero 5 Session, Hero 5 Black, and the Hero 4 Black + Silver camera. It’s simple enough for beginners to use thanks to its user-friendly design. Plus, you can fold it up and put it in the Karma case to bring it anywhere you like.
Featuring Intel RealSense technology, the Typhoon H Intelligent 4K Drone by Yuneec can detect obstacles and move around them. Using the Follow Me feature, this drone creates a 3D model of the world to help you focus. It even remembers the world it made so it’ll keep avoiding the same obstacles. The Typhoon H Intelligent 4K Drone comes with a 4K camera that captures 30 frames per second. You can also control the camera settings remotely.
The affordable SYMA X5UC Drone allows you to take pictures or videos with its HD cameras while you fly it through the sky. Easy to operate, the left joystick works as an accelerator, allowing you to control the way it ascends and descends. The quadcopter also hovers at the same height if you free the joystick. The SYMA X5UC Drone is great for night flying thanks to its colourful flashing lights.
Which drone are you looking forward to flying?