Drones have really hit new heights in the last year or so, huge companies have finally released flying photography machines that have some awesome tech, as well as a price tag that won't completely break the bank. However, with so many coming out, it's hard to get a good understanding of what drones you should actually be investing in this year.
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We've put together a small list of the best drones that are on offer right now for 2017. Whether you're on a budget, or you've got a bit extra to spend, there will be something here for you. Let us know in the comments what you think, or if you can think of any other drones that can be added to the list.
The absolute mother of all drones. The Inspire 2 by DJI is there if you want the best of the best, it's compatible with 5.2K Gimbal Cameras, it accelerates to 50 mph in just 4 Seconds and has a 67 mph maximum velocity, it has advanced obstacle detection, and can fly for up to 27 minutes. If you're really into videography, then this is the pinnacle. Buy Here.
Out of all the drones on this list, the Mavic Pro is the one we've used the most, and we absolutely love it. It folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it ridiculously mobile, it has a huge 7km range, can fly up to 40mph with a 27 minute flight time, and has a plethora of 'smart' features. Pound-for-pound probably the best drone on this list. Buy Here.
Certainly not as well known as the previous two drones, but the Typhoon H Pro can certainly pull its weight, and is a favourite amongst those who didn't opt for DJI. It records in 4K ultra high definition, full 360° anti-vibration gimbal, comes in a relatively compact size, has 8 smart flight modes, and an anti-collision system. Buy Here.
Something a bit different now. The 3DR Solo is simply just the quadcopter, if you wanted to use it for videography, you will need to purchase a gimbal and camera, or use a GoPro if you already have one. Even after purchasing these you might find that it's still cheaper than its competitors. Battery life is a fairly decent 20 minutes, it has an awesome video game-like controller, and comes in a stylish matte black design. Worth it if you're looking for something on the cheaper side. Buy Here.
If you're looking for something that's not going to completely break the bank, but you still want a capable drone, then the X-Star Premium may be for you. It records in 4K UltraHD, you can view the camera live from up to 1.2 miles away, has GPS outdoor navigation, and has a maximum speed of 35mph. Buy Here.
Arguably the drone that started it all. Obviously, there were drones before it, but the Phantom 3 from DJI really took the game to another level. Fly up to 25 minutes with the included intelligent battery, take stunning 2.7K HD videos and 12 Megapixel photos with the integrated aerial camera, and use the DJI app to view a live image streamed from the drone. Buy Here.