Quadcopters and flying cameras are one of the most exciting inventions in modern times and rapidly becoming mainstream. The drone continues to evolve with speed, stability, portability and price. Here are some of our current and upcoming favorite quadcopter camera drones for 2016-2017.
GoPro Karma Drone
The GoPro Karma Drone is a fold up drone with removable gimble that can also be used in a handheld battery grip and is attractive for adventure seekers who need to pack lightly. It’s compatible with the Hero 4 Black and Silver which can save current owners some money. We like this drone for the price and portability, as well as all the great functionality that go with GoPro cameras. Released October 2016
DJI Mavic Pro
The DJI Mavic Pro is a one of the most popular and appealing drones for any drone lover and has some of the best functionality of any drone. It’s compact, has obstacle avoidance, long light times, extended range, and stabilized 4K imagery. It’s image sensor however could be improved and may not be ideal for broadcast footage. Released September 2016
DJI Inspire 1 PRO
The DJI Inspire 1 PRO is an ideal camera for filmmakers and produces DSLR quality footage. The PRO RAW version is also available for users with stringent high production requirements.
DJI Phantom 4
The DJI Phantom 4 is probably one of the best selling drones in the world. It’s very portable and since it’s one of the most popular, there are many 3rd party accessories made for it. It has great 4k video quality, has great built in obstacle avoidance and active tracking. Released March 2016
Mi Drone by Xiaomi
The Mi Drone by Xiaomi is great product with a robust application that can generate routes and set up automatic takeoffs and landings. Xiaomi is known for their phones, but their expertise in software and hardware has helped bring them into the drone market. Released May 2016
Lily Camera is a drone that has several features including the ability to follow its owner that will follow its owner. It has foldable propellers and has a waterproof body, so no worries if it crashes into the water. It flies by itself so there is no controller, just a tracking device that it follows. It currently has no obstacle avoidance however, only shoots in 1080p and has no removable battery, which are it’s downsides. Released May 2016
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