So the question is, how do you choose the best drone for you? Likely we have created a mini guide just for you to help you with making that decision.
How To Choose The Best Drone For You
Material used and quality is an important factor in the decision making process, but so too is power, portability, battery specs, manoeuvrability, camera and other accessories… all these factors also determine the price of your flying machine.
One of the first considerations should be your piloting skills. Are you new at this or do you have some experience in flying drones?
So Which Is The Best Drone?
This is clearly based on our preference and by no means do we want to act biased, but if we were asked which brand is at the top of our list, we would have to say DJI.
If you were to ask which model is the best, then we would say hands down the DJI Mavic Pro. So let’s continue with our list and show you which are the best 5 drones on our list:
1. DJI Mavic Pro
No surprise there then? But here are the reasons we think this is top of the list:
- Very Portable
- Extremely compacted
- Obstacle avoidance
- Films in 4K & HD
- Light weight
This amazing machine can fold up to the size of a milk carton and easily placed into your backpack and can also fly for a full 27 minutes non-stop for up to 4 miles away. As mentioned, the camera can film in 4K has stability and auto-focus giving you one less thing to worry about while using the controls. Speaking of things to worry about, the Mavic Pro can also land by itself in the very spot it took off from.
￼ 2. DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Here are some pros and cons off the bat.
- Amazing camera with one-inch sensor
- All round obstacle avoidance
- Superb battery life
- Comprehensive flight programs
- Not portable (at least in comparison to the Mavic Pro)
The thing that blows our mind is the one-inch CMOS sensor able of capturing 4K footage at an incredible frame rate of 60 frames / second. So if aerial photography is your thing, then this is the one you need to go for.
The battery has been upgraded and can keep your machine afloat for up to 30 minutes, giving you the opportunity to test the 4 mile flying limit it has.
3. DJI Spark
Known as the baby brother of the Mavic Pro, the Spark bring your pure entertainment at a budget price.
The Spark comes with front obstacle avoidance and is extremely steady when flying both in and out doors. It camera does not shoot at 4K but still can film at an impressive 1080p and take still shoots at 12-megpixels. Included is a two-axis mechanical stabilizer to provides relatively smooth filming.
Unfortunately, the battery only provides up to 16 minutes of flying time, but that is not bad considering its size (far better than its competitors).
The best part is the flexibility of the controller. It can be controlled in three ways:
1. Hand gestures
2. Using mobile device
3. Using dedicated hand controller
It strength and regality was demonstrated when a Spark was flown at 50kph straight into a tree with only one propeller being damaged… everything else work fine, including the camera. ￼
4. Zerotech Dobby
This drone is in a different category. It is a micro drone and smaller than an a smart phone so it is bound to be inferior to bigger drones and lack much in built technology. Nevertheless, you probably won’t find a better-equipped personal selfie drone at this size and price (if that is your thing).
You are able to understand how to fly it very quickly, it is very easy to get around and can fly up to 100 metres away via Wi-Fi from any iOS or Android device. Simply unfold the prop arm, sync your phone and open the DoFun app and off your go… you can even control it via voice control.
- Smaller than a phone
- Decent still images (considering its size)
- Great value
- Camera cannot tilt
- Poor video quality
- Struggles in windy conditions
5. GoPro Karma
Coming out at about the same time as the DJI Mavic Pro, the Karma is in direct competition with the Magic.
The Karma is compact and collapsible (like the Mavic) with its propellers in place, however, it is not as small as the Mavic, but still impressively portable. The front mounted three-axis gimbal is designed to accept the GoPro HERO 4 and 5… and as we know, the HERO does a great job in filming in 4K and 1080p video.
The Karma’s range is not as impressive as the Mavic and can only be flown at a maximum range of 3km, but in all honesty, that is more than enough for most pilots.
One out of the box thinking is the use of app software by Sterling which allows for amazing Quick editing of your videos and a navigation app that allows a co-pilot to control the camera while you (the pilot) can concentrate on the flying
- Very portable (not as much as the Mavic though)
- Sophisticated navigation and editing apps
- Handheld image stabilizer
- Limiting range (compared to the Mavic and other competitors)
- Limiting battery life ￼