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Posted on July 20, 2015
Wanted to give you guys an update on the best drones for sale this year. There have been a lot of new updates!
Most of the bigger drones listed below have some sort of camera and are becoming more and more specialized for taking photos from the air.
This is the newest and most technologically advanced drones for sale. It is derived from the original Parrot AR.Drone and you can control the drone from an iOS or Android device. You can also opt in for a Skycontroller which allows you to have a real joystick control (recommended), HDMI output, extended range, and a few other great features. It comes with a 14 megapixel camera with 180 degree field of view fisheye lens that is in the drone body. They use anti distortion software to broadcast a smooth view to your devise and can take awesome pictures. There are a few issues with this because there is lag when it does so so it would be hard to fly quickly through tight areas only by the video alone. This is a fun toy but would not be a real drone enthusiast's favorite.
I am actually really impressed with this new drone from Walkera. It truly is the drone that came to compete with the DJI Phantom and definitely does so. It comes jam packed with a lot of features that you would need to add on to the DJI Phantom like ability to FPV from the GoPro camera. It has lots of cool features like being able to control your flight from a ground station and automatically tell it where to go. We are very impressed with this drone and you will definitely start to see this as a solid drone for your GoPro and has more power than most of the other ones on here. Only time will tell how this stacks up over the long run. See how it stacks up against the DJI Phantom 2 here.
The 3D Robotics IRIS is a good platform if you want to modify and add to your drone. It has a massive list of features and really allows you to tinker and modify. It has things like auto-pilot features and GPS waypoint flight control. You have the option to add a brushless gimbal for your GoPro in order to have a super smooth video platform. This is definitely a technical drone and wouldn't be the best for a beginner or someone who needs Apple like instructions for figuring things out.
This is the most advanced drone on the market. It's design is amazing and the legs actually raise up when in flight to give the camera below it a 360 degree view. It has HD video streaming from up to amile away, 4k video recording, GPS waypoint flying, dual pilot operation, optical flow stabilization, and a 50mph top speed. This is the ultimate platform for filming anything from the sky. If you go with the option of two controllers you can actually have someone controlling the drone and the other person controlling the camera. The only reason that this is not our top choice is just purely on price. If you really want the best, this is it.
This is the best and most popular drone for sale right now. The DJI Phantom is the easiest to use and has the largest group of enthusiasts. Not only is it a great drone for beginners but it is also one of the most solid platforms for taking pictures and video from the sky. It has one of the longest flight times of all the drones at around 20 - 30 minutes on a single charge. There is a huge community that can help out with any of your questions and their prices seem to continue to come down. This one is a little different than the Phantom 2 in that it already has a built in camera with fantastic quality photos. You can't go wrong with this one. Check out how to learn to fly the Phantom 2 here which has the same controls.
UPDATE: Check out the new DJI Phantom 4!