Best Drones in 2017


Drones are fast becoming a household gadget. Their ability to efficiently perform various tasks has endeared it to many. As such, they’ve been employed as useful tools in several sectors like security, movie production, sports, etc. for taking aerial shots and HD videos.

The various applications of drones make it difficult to single out any particular one as the best. Some of them are best suited for a particular purpose than others. Nevertheless, we will mention the ones that stand-out from the rest after a careful examination.

DJI Mavic Pro

Although a smartphone or tablet is required to get the best out of this device, there is no denying the awesomeness of DJI Mavic Pro. You can capture 4K videos at 30fps as well as quality 12MP raw and JPG still with the camera. The Mavic Pro has a flight time of 23 minutes, thanks to its battery capacity. It is included with smart gestures like orbit, follow, and other intelligent flight modes.

Also, it features a new transmission system that offers a reliable operating range of about 4 miles, traveling at a speed of 40mph. Additionally, the integration of an obstacle avoidance system means that you can pilot it without fear of being knocked out of the sky. DJI Mavic Pro’s strongest selling point is that it is collapsible; this means that you can fold it into a small pack and carry wherever you go without a fuss. And at $999, that’s a bargain.

Syma X5C

Flying a drone is as exciting as it is expensive. So if you are just learning how to fly or you just like having fun, getting the Syma X5C is the best quad you can buy without breaking the bank. It is very durable as it can take a lot of crashing without being rendered useless.

It features a 720p HD camera for taking aerial shots and videos. The downside is that it has just about 7 minutes flight time while it takes an hour and a half to full charge. There is little to complain about though as you can purchase it at just $46. Extra batteries and parts are also available at a low price. So if you’re looking towards a cost effective way to practice, Syma X5C is the right aircraft for you.

DJI Inspire 2

Hardly will a list of best drones be compiled without a DJI product appearing at least twice. It is not surprising though, as DJI has raced ahead of the competition in the consumer market by offering quality quad at competitive prices. DJI Inspire 2 is one of those that are unique with stunning cinematographic abilities.

It includes a camera capable of 5.2K video recording captured at 30fps as well as quality HD images. It also has 360-degree camera rotation capabilities that can give you breathtaking videos and shots for your business. It is also capable of reaching heights of 15,000ft, although FAA guidelines may limit its use.

Inspire 2 also has a flight time of 27 minutes due to its 4500mAh battery. The Inspire 2 is the perfect tool for aerial videos and picture professionals, and a starting price of $3590 asking price is money well spent.

Yuneec Typhoon H

Yuneec is one of DJIs greatest competitor in the drone market industry. They produce aircraft that rival DJI’s products. Some of their products like the Typhoon H have unique features which cannot be found in DJI’s products. It is integrated with a lot of safety features like ultrasonic collision prevention which can help you avoid obstacles.

It boasts of other impressive features like retractable landing gear. Its six rotor design means that you have another five rotor fail-safe insurance. Typhoon H has a flight time of 25 minutes and a camera that can capture HD 4K footage. It also has a three-axis gimbal that offers a 360-degree range of motion for the camera and can capture 12MP still shots.

The asking price of $1299 seems a steep price for the product, but it’s a high-end favorite for professionals and other drone enthusiasts.

All in All

There are many good drones you can choose at any price point. These are the ones we could come up with in our analysis. However, the choice of aircraft is yours to make taking into consideration your budget and the function it will serve.

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  • Jason Pedersen