The Best Drones of 2017 (for all budgets)

Buying a drone is a difficult task. Few people you know will know the different components of a drone, much less have managed any in his life. For that reason, and to make life easier, we have decided to create this list with the best Drones of the moment.

A few years ago buying a drone was impossible. Those who had been very expensive and never knew if you would give the appropriate use. But that has not changed, so it is always recommended to start with a cheaper drone, get used to the controls and only then make the leap. Little by little you’ll start to like it more and more, and then you’ll want to buy some of the best drones we recommend on this list.

 

There are many drones with excellent features in the market. Selecting the best drones for you may take some effort, but that is why you should keep in mind some essential points before proceeding with the purchase.

Things To Keep In Mind Before Buying the Best Drones

Types of Drones

There are several types of drones on the market. You have the terrestrials, dedicated to maneuvers and acrobatics on the ground, and aerial, much more demanded by users because of its features and utilities. Aerial drones usually have four rotors, but with the development of technology we can find professional drones with up to eight rotors.

Budget

Drones usually tend to be more expensive depending on the use to be made. Small drones for leisure are much cheaper and, if you buy Chinese drones, you can find them even below 50 euros.

Drones for professional use, are usually faster, resistant and incorporate different features, such as optical stabilizer or 4K video recording. It is best to analyze your needs and then take into account your budget, to choose the best dron.

Scope and autonomy

Two very important points that we can not forget. The first refers to the range / distance by which it is possible to control the Dron with the remote control. This will clearly depend on the model, but there are some that allow to be controlled more than 1 km away easily. Note the type of connection of the device, whether it is over Wi-Fi or Radiofrequency.

A drone with a radio control has a more precise movements and a greater reach, whereas if the control is done from your Smartphone through a Wi-Fi network, the scope is smaller and in some cases there may be a little lag.

Autonomy refers to the flight time of the dron. Normally, it is between 8 and 25 minutes, depending on the model. That is why we recommend purchasing a set of batteries to perform the exchange and keep you drone in the air much longer … even if not continuously.

Built-in camera or not

The cameras in the drones are one of the characteristics most demanded in the present day. Many of the drones that we present in this article have one, but their quality depends on each model. Some record in 720p, others in 1080p, etc. In addition to the sensor and the recording resolution, it is convenient to take into account the stabilizer you use, since it is important to have fluid images and without many “jerks”.

If you do not have an integrated camera, you can have support for mounting action cameras, with GoPro or other cheaper ones. It is an excellent alternative, since in many cases, the action cameras have better recording resolutions and do not consume drone battery.

The Best Drones for less than € 200

Parrot – Minidrone Airbone

We started with the only device created to be used indoors and with just a camera. It is a perfect mini drone to start driving, as it is not very expensive and is handled very easily with the smartphone.

It is a device that weighs just 54g, flies for 9 minutes without its protective housing, and its batteries are fully recharged in 25 minutes. It is nice, easy to handle and very small. It may be very expensive for what it offers, but if we do not want to buy any Chinese dron, this is the best option.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 185 x 180 x 40 mm
Maximum height: 20m
Speed: 15 Km
Battery life: 9 min
Recording: No
Compatible with Action Cameras: No

Syma X8HG 2016

Before we showed you an excellent drone for less than € 200, but did not have a built-in video camera. Now we present this Syma, a device with a more modest construction, but also with good performance: flight of up to 10 minutes, recording in FHD, compatible with action cameras and a weight of 617g.

It is a perfect device for those who want to start driving their first drone with camera, as it is capable of recording at 1080p / 720p at 30fps or taking pictures with its 8MP sensor. In addition, by purchasing an accessory that costs less than € 10, it is possible to incorporate other action cameras, such as GoPro or SJCam.

Perhaps we liked that his battery lasted longer, or that he had FPV (First Person View), but still continues to be a bargain.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 480 x 480 x 170 mm
Maximum height: 100m
Speed: 40 Km
Battery life: 10 min (2000 mAh)
Recording: 1080p at 30fps
Compatible with action cameras: Yes, with support.

The Best Drones for less than € 400

Parrot – AR DRONE

This drone is the most recommended for beginners and intermediaries who want to fly a drone without a large camera at high speed. It is simple to fly and very fun thanks to the virtual reality games created by Parrot.

Its main camera records at 720p at 30fps, and its battery allows you to fly for over 16 min. However, with the device come two batteries, which means you can fly for 32 minutes in total. Its design is nice, but its building materials are not really the best.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 584 x 127 x 584 mm
Maximum height: 50m
Speed: 40 Km
Battery life: 16 min (1,000 mAh) x 2
Recording: 720p at 30fps
Compatible with Action Cameras: No

Parrot Bebop Drone

This Parrot attracted the attention of all during its launch, for its innovative design, but also for its characteristics. Today, with a price below 400 €, it continues to be one of the best options on the market.

It has a unique design and very nice, but that’s not why we like it. It has built-in GPS, Glonass and Galileo, three chips that allow you to return to the starting point or stay floating in one place. It also has an integrated camera that allows you to record videos at 1080p at 30fps, which is not bad at all. The worst thing is that its internal storage is only 8 GB and has no SD card slot.

The camera has a resolution of 14 megapixels with a wide-angle lens and supports JPG, RAW and DNG formats. It is quite small and light (410g), so your internal battery will not allow you to fly for more than 11 minutes. Even so, as the batteries are removable, you can buy others and carry them with you.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 335 x 97 x 366 mm
Maximum height:
Speed: 75 Km
Battery life: 11 min (1600 mAh)
Recording: 1080p at 30fps
Compatible with Action Cameras: No
Extras: Skycontroller, autonomous piloting;

The Best Drones for less than € 600

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

From 200 € to 600 € we find drones with good characteristics, but they are not the best in anything in particular. Their cameras are good, but not the best; They are fast, but not the fastest; Etc … However, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is the bridge between mid-range and high-end devices.

It is a device capable of flying at 64 km for 25 minutes and recording videos at 2.7K at 30fps. In addition to this, it has many extras, such as the possibility to return to the point where it started to fly automatically, to program a route to be able to control just the camera, etc.

It is a very complete dron, and for 500 € is the best we can recommend. True, it has many other features that we could state, but as they are in the previous video is not worth repeating.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 290 x 290 x 180 mm
Maximum height: 120m
Speed: 64 Km
Battery life: 25 min (2600 mAh)
Recording: 2K at 30 fps
Compatible with action cameras: yes

Parrot Bebop Drone 2

This device is small enough to fit in your backpack, but unlike the first, your battery is larger, which will allow you to fly for longer. It is a device that is at the intersection of drones for professionals and amateurs, but its camera that only records in FHD transform it into the “second” to take into account. It is clear that the DJI Phantom is the first choice.

Still, it has a nice design, is easy to use and its parts can be changed very easily. It is another good option for who wants a drone for this price, but if we had to choose we would stay with the previous DJI.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 381 x 328 x 89 mm
Maximum height: 120m
Speed: 45 Km
Battery life: 25 min (2700 mAh)
Recording: 1080p at 30fps
Compatible with Action Cameras: No

The Best Drones for less than € 800

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

For less than 900 € we find one of the top DJI range. There is one that is even more expensive, the Phantom 4 that costs 1200 €, but the 3 Advanced is a top of the range that we can not ignore, even knowing that it was launched last year.

This drone is one of the best on the market for two things: stabilizer and camera. Like the DJI Phantom we saw earlier, the image stabilization of this device is great. It is so good that it can be used without problem by photographers or other professionals who want to take photos or record videos with drones.

In addition to being extremely stable in the air and very fast, its remote has a very good design, has an integrated battery and the possibility of streaming to YouTube in 720p. However, if you want to record at higher resolutions, such as 4K, you should choose the next one.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 290 x 290 x 180 mm
Maximum height: 120m
Speed: 64 Km
Battery life: 23 min (6,000 m.Ah)
Recording: 2K at 30fps
Compatible with cameras: Yes

GoPro Karma

Karma is a drone with a foldable design that you can comfortably store in the backpack that includes. In addition to this, the drone incorporates a controller that looks like a portable console with two joystick and a very cool stick that you will see later.

This is not a very large dron: 303 x 411 x 117 mm. In addition to this, it is not very heavy: 1 kg. That is, it is capable of flying at 56 km / h and at an altitude of up to 120 meters. But do not think that you can go around the world with this, since you can only control it with 1 km away. It incorporates a great battery of 5,100 mAh that will allow you to return for 20 minutes.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 365 x 224 x 89 mm
Maximum height: 120 m
Speed: 56 Km
Battery life: 20 min
Recording: no;
Compatible with action cameras: yes, with GoPro
Extras: stabilizer, remote control backpack and stick (grip) stabilizer.

The Best Drones for less than 1000 €

DJI Phantom 3 Professional

The Professional version of the DJI Phantom 3 is one of the best drones, has only an improvement over the previous version: it can record in 4K. With this, everything is similar to the Advanced version.

He continues to be one of the best drones of the moment, with many useful extra features that distinguish him from others. In addition, DJI is a company that cares a lot about its users and products, so buying one of their products means buying something of quality and that will last you many years.

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 290 x 290 x 180 mm
Maximum height: 120m
Speed: 64 Km
Battery life: 23 min (6,000 m.Ah)
Recording: 4K to 25fps
Compatible with cameras: Yes

Yuneec Typhoon Q500

This drone is undoubtedly one of the best they can find on the market. It has simple and intuitive controls that will allow even beginners to handle it without problem. However, the strongest point of this drone lies in the 4K camera that integrates, which is one of the best on the market.

In addition to this, it is a drone that has a battery that able to last up to 20 minutes of flight. However, as a negative point we have to say that it takes a long time to load. Its remote control also attracts a lot of attention, especially for its 4.5 “screen that allows viewing the real time dvd camera (FPV).

SPECIFICATIONS
Size: 420 x 420 x 210 mm
Maximum height: 122m
Speed: 60 km / h (without GPS), 24 km / h (with GPS)
Battery life: 20 min (5,400 m.Ah)
Recording: 4K to 30fps
Compatible with cameras: Yes

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