The best quadcopters of year

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Each self-respecting UAV pilot eventually comes to the conclusion that his flight experience allows you to move to a higher level. This requires more expensive and high-quality equipment. Often, the amateur fleet consists of two types of drones: for shooting and fast flights. For high-speed drones, such a parameter as the range is a minor factor, since flights are carried out at short distances. For drones, whose task is video and photography, it is necessary to take into account such factors as autonomous action time, quality of survey and range of flight. This top illuminates the best quadrocopters with a wide range of activities and a high-quality camera.

1. Phantom 4 Pro

Phantom 4 Pro

A more expensive version of the UAV, which has first-class functionality. Dron slightly loses to the previous opponent in compactness, but considerably exceeds the technical equipment. A powerful processor and an advanced tracking system with a 360-degree turn allow you to conduct high-quality photo and video shooting with a distance of 7 km from the operator. The uninterrupted flight time is limited to 30 minutes.

Pros:

  • Good flight performance;
  • autonomy;
  • The long range of flight;
  • High bitrate (100 Mbps).

Cons:

  • High cost.

2. Mavic Pro

Mavic Pro

This model is a kind of breakthrough in the field of drones, as it absorbed all the best characteristics of modern drones. Mavic Pro is able to fly over obstacles and has excellent flight characteristics. The Dron has a range of up to 7 km and autonomy of about 27 minutes. On average, the price for the model is in the range of $ 1,000.

Pros:

  • Takes up little space when folded;
  • Compact remote control;
  • Excellent range of flight;
  • Availability of all autonomous functions;
  • The mode of following the object.

Cons:

  • Small viewing angle;
  • Weakly resists strong wind.

3. DJI Phantom 4

DJI phantom 4

The model includes leading developments in the field of electronics, 4k camera on a triaxial suspension and allows you to get high-quality video and photo material at a distance of 5 km from the equipment. Dron has a frontal system of vision of the world and is easy to manage. The battery life is 28 minutes. The price of the model fluctuates around $ 1000.

Pros:

  • Design;
  • Autonomy;
  • The possibility of using FPV;
  • The long range of flight.

Cons:

  • High cost.

4. Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

The manufacturer provides a choice of 2 versions of UAV, which differ significantly in the range of flight (1 and 2 km).

Both models are easy to handle and additional skills for management do not require. For training, it is possible to use two consoles simultaneously – for the instructor and the operator.

The model has several autonomous flight modes. The total cost of a drone is 700 dollars.

Pros:

  • Reliability;
  • 4K camera and suspension;
  • The possibility of simultaneous use of 2 remotes;
  • The long range of flight;
  • Ease of Management.

Cons:

  • There is no overflight function;
  • The set does not provide spare screws.

5. GoPro Karma

GoPro Karma

The product from the popular manufacturer of action cameras. This model was developed according to the latest technical developments. A compact drone has several pre-programmed flight modes that are maximally adapted for aerial photography.

The drone is fully adapted to the GoPro camera, reaches 1 km without difficulty and autonomously operates for about 25 minutes. At the moment, the implementation of drones is frozen, because the model has been identified as a malfunction. The price of the model is 799 dollars.

Pros:

  • Design;
  • Autonomous regimes;
  • Special carrying case.

Cons:

  • Lack of escort function;
  • The camera is not included in the UAV kit.

6. Hexacopter Yuneec Typhoon H

Hexacopter Yuneec Typhoon H

The second top creation from Yuneec Int differs from the previous prototypes with 6 supporting screws. The system is improved and has the ability to fly around obstacles.

The possibility of transportation by introducing collapsible carbon beams has been significantly improved. It is worth noting that the rays are correctly located and can not get into the frame.

The board includes a high-precision suspension that can rotate 360 degrees, as well as a 4K camera. The drone has a high maneuverability of flight.

According to the stated characteristics, the drone can be removed for 1.6 km and stay in the air for about 25 minutes. Such a drone can be purchased for 1329 dollars.

Pros:

  • Autonomy and compactness;
  • Good flight performance;
  • Modes of flight;
  • Ability to shoot with the 360-degree rotation of the camera;
  • FPV headset.

Cons:

  • The status of the battery charge can be recognized only through the display of a personal station;
  • The drone is not adapted to the GoPro camera.

7. 3DR Solo

3DR Solo

This development includes all the achievements of 3DR Robotics. In the drones, there are autonomous flight modes, which are focused on shooting. All electronics are tied to the Linux axis. 3DR Solo has a 3-axis suspension, adapted for GoPro cameras. Technical capabilities allow the drone to be in the air for up to 20 minutes and be removed by 1 km. At the moment the price of the drone is 400 dollars.

Pros:

  • Use of modular structures;
  • Excellent flight performance;
  • OS Linux;
  • Unique flight modes.

Cons:

  • The inability to automatically fly around obstacles;
  • Adaptation only for the GoPro camera;
  • Lack of the camera in the kit.

8. Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR

Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR

The leader of the UAV industry at the moment. The drone has a non-standard control system, which is carried out by tilting the mobile device. Using FPV glasses, the operator has the ability to direct the flight of the drone simply by turning his head.

According to the stated characteristics, a drone can fly for a distance of up to 1 km. Continuous time in the air – 25 minutes. The price ranges from 500 to 1000 euros.

Pros:

  • Intuitive control;
  • Multiple flight modes;
  • FPV glasses included.

Cons:

  • Insufficiently precise control;
  • Short flight distance;
  • Limited tracking of head movements.

9. Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

The company Yuneec was one of the first to offer an alternative to expensive UAVs from DJI.

Typhoon Q500 4K has brushless motors that provide high dynamics. It is noteworthy that the quadrocopter has a 3-axle suspension with the 4k camera.

According to the stated characteristics, the drone can reach 800 meters of distance from the operator and conduct in the air for up to 25 minutes.

Dron has a 5.5-inch touchscreen and CGO Steadygrip V3.

Pros:

  • The ability to use GoPro;
  • Installation of 16 waypoints;
  • Auto-hang function at the setpoint;
  • 5.8Ghz broadcast the video on the console;
  • The range of 800 meters.

Cons:

  • Price;
  • The absence of sensors to identify obstacles;
  • The battery does not display the current charge.

10. Parrot bebop Drone 2

Parrot bebop Drone 2

This model confidently occupies the 10th line of the rating, because it has first-class characteristics and can be deleted by 2 km.

By default, you can control the drone through a smartphone, but this significantly reduces its flight range (350 meters). The problem is solved by the high-tech Parrot Black Skycontroller, with which the cherished 2 km is reached. Just note that 2 km is the manufacturer’s guaranteed distance.

According to the stated characteristics, the UAV can be in the air for 25 minutes, but in reality, this time is almost 2 times exceeded (45 minutes). Dron also supports flying with FPV glasses.

Pros:

  • Build quality and lightweight;
  • Stable operation of electronics;
  • The reliable positioning of the camera;
  • Duration of continuous use;
  • The possibility of management without prior training.

Cons:

  • High cost;
  • The need to use a paid application FreeFlight Pro.

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