With the best drone cameras, you can get closer to subjects than ever before and reach areas that you never thought you could. Most models are compatible with the leading smartphones on the market and let you turn your phone into a controller. Your phone tells the drone where you go and when to return. It’s important that you consider your skill level when choosing one because professional models are harder to control. You might see the drone lift off but never figure out how to bring it home. The 10 best drone cameras include models for experienced users and for kids and families.
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1. Holy Stone HS100 Quadcopter Drone
A professional drone that is suitable for experienced users is this quadcopter model. It uses GPS positioning to help you get to specific coordinates, but it features a Return to Home (RTH) option that ensures it always returns to you. The included camera has a 90-degree range and adjusts to get the shots you want. The drone also has a Follow Me mode that forces it to follow along your path. Designed to work with smartphones, it has a total flight time of 15 minutes.
2. DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone
This is the best drone for those who want to customize one because you can buy an extra battery and optional accessories. As a 4K UHD drone, it captures live shots and videos with impressive clarity and allows you to download and stream those videos to other devices. It offers live streaming at up to 720p. Both the controller and the drone battery come fully charged and ready to use instantly. The DJI Pilot app that you download later is compatible with Android phones and iPhones.
3. DBPOWER X400W FPV RC Quadcopter Drone
The headless mode on this hobby drone lets you adjust the angle to make the flight plane match the orientation of your phone. It also has a split-screen display that lets you use the drone with a VR headset, but you can also use it with a smartphone. The drone comes with a high capacity battery that works at a distance of up to 100 meters from your controller. With the included battery, you get up to nine minutes of flight.
4. GILOBABY FPV RC Drone
The best drone for kids might be this GILOBABY drone, which is easy-to-fly. It is also highly affordable, which makes it popular with parents who don’t want to waste money on a toy. The drone has an altitude hold feature that keeps it at the same altitude and a headless mode that adjusts its orientation. An included controller supports most smartphones and has large buttons that kids can easily use. This model also features a gravity mode that lets you control the drone based on how you hold the controller.
5. SIMREX X300C Mini Drone with Camera
Another toy drone that is suitable for kids is the X300C. It is available in several colors and features a quadcopter design with four rotors that keep it off the ground. The drone is compatible with Apple and Android operating systems and uses any smartphone as a controller. It can do 3D tricks with one touch of a button and can roll in four different directions. This drone also has a built-in flight control system that protects it and a user.
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6. DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo
One of the best choices for those looking for a drone with accessories is this Mavic combo. Some of those accessories include a memory card that captures and saves photos and videos, a remote controller that folds down for storage and an extra battery. The drone itself has a three-axis gimbal that reduces shaking and vibrations and three rotors that let you take panoramic shots. This drone captures 4K videos and can stream live shots to other devices.
7. Atoyscasa RC Drone for Beginners
This selfie drone is a good choice for beginners because it is easy to use and comes with an app that teaches users the basics of flying the drone. That app also gives you access to games that you can play with the drone and the controller. You can adjust the levels based on your experience and change the way the drone lifts off and comes back. One battery gives you up to seven minutes of flight time, and the drone comes with two of those batteries.
8. DJI Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter Bundle
Another model that comes bundled with accessories is the Mavic 2 Pro from DJI. Those accessories include all the necessary cords and cables as well as replacement parts and a carrying case. The drone has a three-axis gimbal that keeps it steady in the air and has a maximum speed of 44 mph. Hyper-lapse is a new feature found on this model that lets you create faster time-lapse videos. It also comes with a sensor that captures all the colors you encounter in the sky.
9. Potensic RC D80 Drone
Those looking for a 5.8GHz drone might prefer this 5.0GHz drone. It comes with a hard-sided metal case that keeps the drone and accessories safe and is compatible with most smartphones. This drone has four brushless motors that help it lift off the ground quickly and keep it in the air. It also features a GPS mode that lets you enter coordinates and a flight time of up to 20 minutes. You can use the drone up to 800 meters away from the controller too.
10. Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone
The FPV mode on this drone lets you take selfies and other videos from a first-person point of view with your smartphone. It captures real-time videos in 720p clarity and has an altitude hold that keeps the drone at a set height as you film and shoot. This model has a return key that you press to bring it back to your location and a headless mode for changing the orientation of the drone. This lets you see the footage of the drone from your perspective.
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By BCR Staff