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Drones have become a staple among hobbyists these days. Initially used by the military to carry out dangerous missions, these unmanned aerial vehicles have extended their use to the public and are now a common fixture when it comes to aerial photography and videography.

Drones have been constantly on the rise in the United States due to lenient laws on flying them. If you happen to be looking for one yourself, the list below features the best drones that are available in the market today.

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Skeye Pico Drone

Price: $49

Skeye Pico Drone

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The Skyeye Pico Drone has been tagged as the world’s smallest drone, but don’t downplay this drone just because of its size. This micro quadcopter can fly with premium accuracy and even hides a couple of tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to perform flips, spins, and even aerial dives. All these features are made possible with its 6-axis flight control system and gyroscope.

Drone flyers will get to fly this tiny daredevil at night as well. The Skyeye Pico Drone is equipped with LED lights allowing you to keep track of it in the dark. Praised for its portability and secure design, the Pico Drone is capable of flying for up to eight minutes and works up to 50 meters away.

UDI U818A

Price: $44.98

UDI U818A

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When it comes to a piloting a drone, even the most seasoned flyers know that it is never easy. Besides, nobody wants to crash a hundred-dollar toy on its maiden flight. With the UDI U818A, you won’t have to worry about breaking your drone to smithereens if it crashes into the ground. Not only is it designed for beginners but it also aims to make flight control as simple as possible.

The design of the UDI U818A is minimalism at its best. The plastic frame is fitted around the rotors for protection and the electronics are fitted in a small area in the center of the drone. The 6-axis gyro with posture control prevents crashing and makes flying a lot easier.

Parrot Bebop

Price: $245.99

Parrot Bebop

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As one of Parrot’s best drones, the Bebop is built for intermediate to professional drone users. It is small and lightweight while packed with superior capabilities. The Bebop has a tough interior but is easily repairable in case it eventually breaks. This quadcopter can be piloted with the use of a tablet or smartphone or with the optional Skycontroller.

One of the Bebop’s most attractive features is its built-in 1080p camera that is capable of taking breathtaking aerial shots. Flying time runs up to 10 minutes and may travel against wind speeds reaching 24 mph.

Odyssey Toys Pocket Drone

Price: $95.90

Odyssey Toys Pocket Drone

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This little quadcopter may look like an iPhone, but it is actually pretty impressive. The Odyssey Toys Pocket Drone is capable of being folded into a small rectangle that can be easily slipped inside a pocket. Its controller comes at fairly the same size, allowing you to conveniently bring the whole unit around.

Flying time runs for merely 6 to 8 minutes, which is pretty understandable considering its size. Users may enjoy the HD camera that can capture both video and images. Charging won’t be much of a problem either, all you need to do is remove the battery and connect it directly to its USB charger.

Dromida Ominus FPV

Price: $109.99

Dromida Ominus FPV

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If you are looking for a great eye-in-the-sky experience, then the Ominus FPV is perfect for you. The drone offers an HD camera feed directly to your mobile, which will serve as the drone’s controller as well. Users may store captured video or images onboard to share later or use its WiFi capabilities to stream them with friends.  All of this is made possible with the FPVCam app, which may be downloaded to compatible Android and iOS devices.

The Ominus FPV comes in four colors: red, yellow, green, and blue

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter

Price: $269.97

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter

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As one of the pioneers in the drone industry, it is only fitting for Parrot to develop the best hobby drones in the business. They made sure not to disappoint with its newest addition—the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadcopter. The Power Edition comes with a solid black color scheme with colored rotors and improved battery life that runs up to a staggering 36 minutes.

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is controlled using a WiFi powered application available for Android and iOS devices. This is convenient for a lot of drone flyers that have difficulty flying with a traditional RC controller. It still comes with the usual features such as landing, hovering, and automatic takeoff but has an additional 360-degree flip trick.

Despite all that’s mentioned, hobbyists would agree that the real appeal of the Parrot is its ability to pull some tight maneuvers such as cornering and barrel rolls. So if you happen to be on the hunt for a quadcopter that is fast and easy to fly, then the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is the best for you.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

Price: $799 (SRP) to $499 (lowest price)

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

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DJI has been a household name for drone hobbyists everywhere. The DJI Phantom 3 has proven to be one of the company’s best models yet. This ready-to-fly quadcopter comes complete with a built-in camera that is capable of capturing 2.7K resolution video and 12 megapixel stills. Expect steady flying thanks to a three-axis gimbal and its Intelligent Flight Mode feature.

The drone is capable of flying for up to 25 minutes and is equipped with a return-home feature if the battery is too low. Users may also set their own routes through the drone’s companion app. Overall, the Phantom 3 is packed with a number of features that make it a good option for its price.

Turbo Ace Matrix

Price: $1,599 (SRP) to $999 (lowest price)

Turbo Ace Matrix

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The Turbo Ace Matrix is an undisputed leader when it comes to aerial video and surveillance. It can take unobstructed stabilized videos even at 18,000 feet elevation. The Matrix’s abilities even extend toward chase sequences that exceed 60 mph to pre-programmed long distance flights in 40 mph winds. All these features are achieved along with its 40 inch wingspan.

The Matrix flies at a record breaking 25–40 minutes thanks to its 8,000mAh battery. The whole drone can even be folded for easier transport. This is the ultimate drone that is specifically built for epic journeys and jaw-dropping photography.

Hubsan X4 H107D FPV

Price: $99.99

Hubsan X4 H107D FPV

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Even with its small size, the Hubsan X4 V2 H107L manages to integrate a camera into its body. While the previous models introduced by the company did not include a live feed, Hubsan made sure that this model does. The FPV (first-person view) allows users to see what the camera is seeing through a 4.3-inch color LCD screen in the control unit.

However, this quadcopter has a number of shortcomings. The .3 megapixel camera may not meet the standards of most drone enthusiasts, and users won’t be needing an FPV since the flying range only extends to 100 meters. But this model is included on the list because it is sold at a fair price point, and has some impressive features that will suit beginners. An example of which is its 6-axis gyro-sensitivity, which helps provide stable shots. The battery lasts for about 7 minutes and recharges at a swift 30 minutes.

Parrot Rolling Spider

Price: $61

 

Parrot Rolling Spider

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While on the topic of mini-sized drones, it is time to explore the king of mini drones: the Parrot Rolling Spider. This handheld drone has a flying range of 20 meters and can fly at speeds of up to 11 mph. This smartphone-controlled drone allows users to perform  barrel rolls and back flips while flying.

It may look delicate due to its size, but the Rolling Spider is designed to start its engines once dropped, making hovering a lot easier to control. The battery will last up to 8 minutes and recharges to full for approximately 90 minutes.

The Rolling Spider comes in a trendy design and three different colors: green, red, and white.

Blade 350 QX V2

Blade 350 QX V2

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GoPro mounting drones are so popular that it is sometimes hard to determine how one can stand out from the rest. With the Blade 350 QX V2, you can expect a user-friendly drone that is equipped with fun features that are sure to impress even the most seasoned hobbyists. This quadcopter won’t only safely mount your GoPro, but it is also capable of doing a number of aerial tricks including some pretty impressive flips and rolls.

If you have your eyes set on any of these drones, do know that not all of them are equipped with GPS tracking capabilities. So it is best to prepare for that dreaded “flyaway” drone situation by installing a GPS device on your quadcopter. Trackimo is an affordable GPS tracking device that offers a number of features that allow you to easily locate a missing quadcopter or prevent it from flying away in the first place.

Use the geo-fence feature to set a safe perimeter, which prompts the device to alert you in case the drone flies beyond the preset area, or simply log on to Trackimo’s companion app to monitor the drone’s whereabouts during flight.

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Amanda Thomas

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