The Best Drones The 2016 Market Has To Offer

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There is a lot of information out there about the finest drones on the market, sometimes making it confusing for an enthusiast to figure out which drones offer something exceptional.

This article attempts to break down the best drones for a number of purposes, with their quality, popularity and features being the primary considerations.

The Best Camera Drones

[easyazon_link identifier=”B01CFXQZD0″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]DJI Phantom 4[/easyazon_link]

Most pundits agree that this is DJI’s finest innovation in drone technology and I would argue that this is by far the best camera drone. If you are looking to create professional quality videos then this is your drone! It offers a 4k camera that takes impeccable 12MP photos.

This drone is easy to fly, with unmatched power and pace. Other important features of this drone include: obstacle avoidance, which helps the drone avoid obstructions; approximately 24 minutes of battery life; and the ability to control the drone with a smartphone.

If you can get past its $1,399 asking price, the [easyazon_link identifier=”B01CFXQZD0″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]DJI Phantom 4[/easyazon_link]'s amazing features make it stand out among its peers.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00VSITBJO” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]DJI Phantom 3 Professional[/easyazon_link]

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00VSITBJO” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]Phantom 3[/easyazon_link] has one of the most enthusiastic followings out there, making it one of the most popular drones among hobbyists.

It can be controlled by pretty much anyone because it has a ‘’Follow Me’’ feature that prevents it from straying too far, not to mention its ability to land automatically when the flight time is over.

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00VSITBJO” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]Phantom 3 Professional[/easyazon_link] also boasts of 4K video, ultrasonic sensors, GPS waypoints, point-of-interest, optical-flow, a 20 minute battery life among many other features.

This drone will cost you $1,128 (VAT inclusive) online. You can also consider the advanced model at $903 or the Standard model at $506, if that’s out of your price range.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00ZPM7BOG” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]3DR Solo[/easyazon_link]

This drone is perfect when it comes to capturing those difficult but priceless shots all photographers dream of because it uses the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00NIYNUF2″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]GoPro Hero 4[/easyazon_link] instead of a built-in camera.

It has a lot of similarities with the Phantom 3, but has the added benefit of user upgradability.

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00VSITBJO” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]Phantom 3[/easyazon_link] will run you $999, but if you have the extra dough, you might consider its upgraded sibling, sporting a GoPro Hero and [easyazon_link identifier=”B00X97F4R0″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]3DR gimbal[/easyazon_link], going for $1900.

The Best Racing Drones

Some drones have been manufactured with competitive racing in mind. These drones are lighter and more durable than most camera drones, which helps prevent crash damage.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B01GO74YZY” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]TBS Vendetta[/easyazon_link]

This is by far the best First Person View racing drone on the market. It is packaged ready to fly with an included charger, battery and controller, but you will need to purchase goggles to enjoy a truly immersive FPV experience,

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B01GO74YZY” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]TBS Vendetta[/easyazon_link], like other racing drones, is smaller in size but it can spectacularly shoot to a speeds of more than 70 mph while on a track, and can even go higher than 100 mph when nose diving.

This amazing quadcopter can be purchased at a fair price of approximately $500.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B019JJSQNU” locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]Immersion RC Vortex 250 Pro[/easyazon_link]

The stand-out feature of this ready-to-fly quadcopter is that it has two bladed propellers instead of three or four. The two blades have an advantage of adding efficiency to the drone, prioritizing battery life over the power of three blades.

The Best Drone For Beginners

When learning how to pilot a drone you will crash more often than you might have realized up front. This tends to result in a lot of extra spending on repairs and maintenance; it is important to research which drone can withstand a lot of crashing with minimum damage while still being cost-effective.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B0108UXWK6″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]UDI U818A[/easyazon_link]

Beginners will find the [easyazon_link identifier=”B0108UXWK6″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]UDI U818A[/easyazon_link] easy to operate because it  makes flight control simpler. The four-loop style tough frame of the drone ensures that the rotors are not damaged in case of a crash.

The quadcopter also comes with a 640 x 480-pixel camera to record videos, and has a flight time of 8 minutes.

The drone goes for an quite affordable $47.99 on Amazon and, when you inevitably break one,  the easy-to-replace rotors go for $3 a set.

The Best Drones On A Budget

If you can comfortably pilot a drone but don’t much to spend, you should consider the Blade Nano QX RTF.

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00SNEJA92″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]Blade Nano QX RTF[/easyazon_link]

This speedy drone, with a flight time of 8 minutes. is easier to operate than many of its pricier brethren, making it a great choice for anyone who loves the hobby!

The standard [easyazon_link identifier=”B00SNEJA92″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]Nano QX RTF[/easyazon_link] model sells for no more than $100 while the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00P6P7AR0″ locale=”US” tag=”blueclsolut02-20″]Nano QX FPV RTF[/easyazon_link] contains a FPV headset, bumping the price to more than $300.


So there you have it! I hope you now have a clearer idea of what some of the finest drones available on the market have to offer. I hope this gives you the upper hand when it comes time to decide which one is right for you.


Carter is a lead product reviewer and content producer at LemonDrone. Send him products to test or content to publish via the Facebook page!

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