The year 2016 proves to be a good year for hobby drones enthusiasts as there are many new models that are really worth the purchase. Last year, a few great quadcopters were released in the market, including the DJI Phantom 3, which was critically acclaimed by hobbyists everywhere.

It is no question that commercial drones have risen in popularity, and lucky for those who use them, they don’t seem to show any sign of stopping soon. Below are some of the best new drones that have either been released or are yet to be revealed this year.

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1. Phantom 4

Release date: March 2016

Price: $1,088.99

Phantom 4

Drones Mad

The Phantom 4 is the latest edition in DJI’s consumer drone series. This model has several great features, including smart technology that can conveniently avoid obstacles, crash resistance, and is extremely easy to fly. Its design is even more glossy compared to its past editions. Other features include a 4K camera capable of shooting 120 flps slow-mo videos. The Phantom 4 is a contender for being the best quadcopter of 2014.

2. GoPro Karma

Release date: TBA

Price: TBA

GoPro Karma

The Verge

GoPro has been tight-lipped about their first drone, but teaser shots are quickly building up the hype around it. The video posted shows the drone reflection on a skier’s goggles and that is all there is to it. The sample footage does note that the drone is capable of recording in 4K resolution.

3. DJI PHANTOM 3 Professional

Release date: January 2016

Price: approximately $750–$900


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This new model added to the Phantom 3 range is for those who aren’t willing to splurge money on a Phantom 4. While the latter does fare better in terms of motor efficiency, battery life, and overall specifications, the Phantom 3 would be great for those on a budget as it still has essential drone features such as Point of Interest and Follow Me.

4. Parrot Disco Drone

Release date: End of 2016

Price: $1,299.99

Parrot Disco Drone

Four armed drones

The Parrot Disco Drone is the only one on this list that is not a quadcopter because it has only one propeller. Users can control the drone using their smartphones, and because of its light weight, it can go at an impressive speed of 50 mph. Other announcements made with the initial prototype includes its 32 GB storage and a 14 megapixel camera.

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Amanda Thomas