Top 10 consumer drones 2015
This article covers an in-depth look at the current state of the art of flying, floating and camera mounted aircrafts. The list below covers the best consumer drones you can buy for the best tech tricks in the world of unmanned aircrafts. How to spot the best?
The major limitation on most modern drones is battery life. The average battery life spans between 10 to 12 minutes. This is enough flight time for short flight missions but for longer missions higher capacity battery will be more suited. Higher end drones have increased battery lifespan to about 25 or more minutes. Built in drone overrides are included features responsible to override controllers and fly drones back to base immediately batteries reach critical levels.
Solution for this problem is to buy drones with removable batteries and to stock up on multiple fully charged batteries, this way your drones get to run for hours requiring only few stops for battery swaps.
Most modern drones feature built-in or attachable cameras. Drones with built in cameras often record directly to an SD card and while this is not the best available in the market it is still a great way to enjoy views from great heights.
Other drones require separately purchased GoPro camera, this is the best method to capture amazing high-quality videos and tech tricks as different resolution cameras are available for varying prices. With image stabilization shaky footages are eliminated giving way to stable and clear flight footage.
Most drones are limited to certain distance and altitudes. This should be put into consideration depending on uses for short range and low altitude coverage drones with about 550mm distance will do while drones with about 2,500mm with about 3,500 in altitude is highly recommended for farther and higher coverage.
BEGINNERS BEST DRONE: HUBSAN H107L X4 MINI RTF RC QUADCOPTER
This low end but powerful quadcopter is best recommended for starters in the world of drone flying. This low budget palm-sized copter is inexpensive saving you the worry of crashing or burning it while still offering major tech tricks and fun.
The H107L is suitable for both indoor and outdoor flight thanks to the ultra-stable 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity. It can be charged via USB with built in 240mAh battery that last about 5 minutes before recharging is required.
SYMA X5C-1 EXPLORERS QUADCOPTER WITH HD CAMERA
This little beauty is another great drone for beginners and under $100 in budget. It has a flight time of 7 minutes and a 2MP camera with about 30 minutes recording allowing both camera and video at the same time which saves directly to a 2GB memory card. The 6-axis system allows the quad to be hand launched and the 6-axis gyro rotorcraft makes for a strong stable flight with stronger wind resistance and easier control. The quadcopter can be flown both indoors and outdoors.
PARROT MINIDRONES ROLLING SPIDER
This little wonder is one of the coolest designs ever made. Thanks to Bluetooth smart technology, the rolling spider connects to your Smartphone or tablet and is easily piloted through the free application freeflight 3. Do awesome tech tricks with this fun and lively robot with sleek and incredible acrobatic moves. It comes with pre-programmed acrobatic moves like flipping 360° or turn 90° and 180°. With removable wheels get ready to roll across the floor or up walls or across ceilings. It takes photos with embedded camera and used both indoors and outdoors.
BLADE NANO QX RTF WITH SAFE
The blade nano QX RTF with SAFE is built mainly for fun flying. This is a drone you can take with you to anywhere. The nano QX weighs just a little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle. With its sophisticated flight control the nano uses SAFE technology to keep itself stable in a hover while in stability mode even in the hands of an amateur. If you get in trouble just leave the sticks and the SAFE technology system will bring the drone to a hover all by itself. When you are more conversant with the flying systems you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability. Flight time is about 8 minutes.
DJI PHANTOM FC40 QUADCOPTER
For high quality aerial photography on embedded camera and low budget the DJI phantom is your best bet. It comes accompanied by a 720p HD video recorder that records straight to an SD card, including direct streaming to Wi-Fi enabled devices on iOs and android platform. With about 11 minutes flight time and advanced GPS features such as return to home features made available. It comes with an advanced flight control that helps keep the aircraft stabilized and in flight regardless of the pilot’s experience level.
PARROT BEBOP DRONE
For a true piloting experience the parrot bebop from French drone maker parrot is your best option. With high precision joysticks and pads and a stabilized 14 megapixel “fisheye” camera recording in full HD quality it is an excellent drone for taking high quality videos and pictures. Built with safety in mind the propellers stop in case of contact. It is GPS embedded for automatic return to home and high altitude flight control. Parrot cloud when in use keeps track of your flights and navigation data.
PHANTOM 2 VISION PLUS V3.0
For beginners and experts alike this is the best recommendation. For high tech tricks and improved power this craft comes with pre-programmed flight plans to reduce risk of crash and burn. The upgraded remote controller comes with new features such as battery level indicator, throttle locking and trainer port. With greater thrust and control than ever before, even with extra load and a new anti-static compass with a protective shell to help shield it in any flight conditions. The phantom 2 vision plus is easy to set up and simple to fly making it the best aerial filmmaking system for everyone. Now you can shoot fully stabilized video from the sky, right out of the box.
WALKERA QR X350 PRO
GoPro cameras are known for beautiful pictures and videos and the walkera gives you the opportunity to attach one to it and take it for a flight. The Walkera QR X350 Pro comes pre loaded with a decent camera of its own, but the real kick is the ability to attach your own high-quality GoPro to the X350 Pro’s gimbal right out of the box. A 5,200mAh battery lasting about 25 minutes is included. It has a GPS hold with a one key return to home control. Using the Devon 7 transmitter you can get approximately 1km distance from the drone without losing control and excellent quality videos and great aerial photography.
ALIGN M480L MULTICOPTER COMBO
The align M480L is a light weight, foldable and has an efficient design allowing for long flight times with high payload. It comes with automatic retractable landing gear for full 360° aerial cinematography.
Battery span is about 9 minutes on a 5200mAh, but the beauty of this drone is the ability to use battery with increased capacity to enable longer flights. Its battery holder allows for installation of a single high capacity battery or two smaller batteries.
When needed to power heavy equipment the drone can be changed from a quad to a hexa.
UDI UFO QUADCOPTER
Explore the skies with the UDI UFO with video camera. This amazing quadcopter is a low budget but still great copter with easy to control features. Featuring a high definition camera you can record what the drone sees with the included USB cable. This drone has been enhanced for maximum tech trick including going up, down left, right, roll over and flips, that will leave you amazed. It is also a great drone for kids and adults alike.