Drones are starting to fill the sky, and their slowly making way to our hearts. A bombardment of love, if you may. You’ve definitely seen military drones bombard the living hell out of innocents, and wrongdoers alike, probably you’ve even seen how film-making enthusiasts are using drones to get that perfect shot also. But do you know what the best quadcopter drone for the average Joe is?
Retailers are stocking up on drones, but not all of them are worth your money. What is the best quadcopter drone for newcomers, and veterans of the industry? Scroll down below, and find out for yourself!
Quadcopter Drone – Parrot Bebop
One of the best quadcopter with camera drones, the Parrot Bebop stands at slightly above the affordable mark – $700 for this beauty. It can shoot video at 1080p.
Swimming on a thin line between toy, and professional quadcopter, the Bepop is aimed at newcomers, and hobbyists alike. It’s super easy to use, kinda robust, and pretty durable. It comes packed with two batteries, meaning that the Bepop will stay about 10 to 12 minutes in the sky.
It’s not that much, I know, and newcomers may see this as a deal breaker – learning to fly a new machine 10 minutes at a time can get infuriating.
It can do tricks, fly indoors, and outdoors, but it has a limited range, and if you want to fly further, the Skycontroller option is available for grabs, but it doubles the initial price reaching the $1,400 mark.
Quadcopter Drone – Dromida Ominus FPV
The Dromida Ominus quadcopter drone is one of the most affordable drones on the market. It has seen the light of day this July, and it retails at about $210. It makes it cheap, and highly attractive because of its price.
You can use your mobile, or tablet as the controller, and you an record HD footage in mere seconds. Get a battery charger, and a few extra batteries, because you won’t put this little thing down. It lasts the usual 12 minutes in the sky, and it can be easily flown indoors too.
The perfect miniature quadcopter for those wanting to try out drones.
Quadcopter Drone – DJI Phantom 3 Standard
The DJI Phantom 2 was one hell of a quadcopter, and DJI just announced the next gen drone. The Phantom Standard 3 will be able to shoot video at 2.7k, and it’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg. About $800 for one of the best quadcopters on the market.
Still, it features that same Jello effect that we are accustomed to when filming with drones.
But here’s the thing that has awed drone enthusiasts – it can last up to 25 minutes on a single charge, due to its interchangeable Intelligent Flight Batteries. A technology especially designed for the Phantom 3 series.
It also has a Follow Me feature which you can use at your wedding, or when you’re surfing big waves.
Quadcopter Drone – Hubsan X4 H107D FPV
One of the best mini quadcopter drones to hit the streets, the Hubsan will make you cough up about $170.
Its controls are super intuitive, and newcomers won’t have any trouble taking up this hobby for a ride. The palm-sized quadcopter drone can film at 640 x 480, but you’ll need to put an SD card in your controller for storage.
Talking about the controller, it has a nice little built-in screen which allows the user to see a first person point of view, but you probably won’t use it because the Hubsan can only stray away about 100 meters from the controller.
The battery lasts about 7 minutes, and you can recharge it via USB in 30 minutes, or so, Hubsan claims.
The Hubsan X4 V2 H107L is a cheaper model that doesn’t have a camera, and it can fly for 9 minutes. It’s way cheaper also – about $40.
Quadcopter Drone – Parrot Rolling Spider
Parrot makes another entry in our list with one of the best micro quadcopter drones. The Parrot Rolling Spider costs $115, and is capable of flying within a 20 meter range – really not that much, but it can last up to 8 minutes in the air, and it fully recharges in 90 minutes.
But it’s packed full with awesome features, like being capable of taking pictures through Bluetooth 4.0 LE at 300,000 pixel resolution.
Another cool feature that might entice drone enthusiasts is the fact that if you pop-up its wheels – yes, it does have wheels – it can turn into a ground vehicle for you to control. It’s two toys in one.
It can also do 360-degree flips in the air.
Its app is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows 8.1.
I dub thy the best quadcopter for beginners.
Quadcopter Drone – Blade 350 QX V2
The Blade 350 quadcopter drone costs about $450, and it comes with a GoPro slot. It can carry your camera without problems, but because it will be carrying weight expect it to last about 10 to 15 minutes in the air. About 20 if it doesn’t pack anything else except itself.
It does tricks too, and it doesn’t only please the photographic enthusiast drone lover – it comes equipped with skills like flipping, and rolling into the air.
It also has GPS system in place, and you can set it to come back to a designated point – as in, back home just after you’ve taken your daily dose of pictures of women from your neighborhood. You perv.
I keed, I keed. It’s an awesome feature regardless what you plan on doing with the quadcopter drone.
Your footage won’t feature that Jello effect because it has an anti-vibration system in place. But remember, you won’t be able to shoot with audio, because everything will be drowned in the noise of the four rotors.
Quadcopter Drone – Parrot AR.Drone 2.0
We reviewed the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0, and if you want to read more about it check our in-depth article.
It’s fun, it’s intriguing, and ambitious. I just love it!
It costs $300 for the standard model, and the Power Edition can go up to $370.
It’s a second gen drone from Parrot, and you bet your sweet tush they polished mistakes they made with their first iteration.
To be honest, it’s my go-to drone, even though those sweet little micro drones that we’ve talked about earlier are more than sufficient of offering a highly enjoyable experience.