Best Drone Cameras 2017 – Buyer’s Guide & ReviewsLast Updated: December 3, 2017
Drones are among the most popular tech products of the early 21st century, and whether for professional or leisuretime use, they are here to stay. Our team looked at the best drone cameras on the market and compiled the following buyer’s guide and reviews to help you choose the product that will suit you best.
There are few tech items that are cooler and more exciting than aerial drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which, along with their professional applications goes some way to explaining their incredible penetration over the past number of years. Drones are here to stay. In fact, there are now more unmanned than manned flights in the skies, and over the next decade, demand for the best drone cameras and UAVs is expected to triple the industry in size.
Our reviews team have taken a look at the best drone cameras and accessories on the market and compiled this list and reviews of the 10 best drone cameras for 2017. They’re expensive items, and even if you are sold on the idea, making the right choice of product requires discretion and care.
Best Drone Cameras 2017
The following buyers guide brings together a comprehensive range of the best drone cameras, from high to low price points. Happy flying!
One of the most affordable of our best drone cameras roundup, the DJI Mavic Pro is ultra easy to control, even indoors. It will also fit easily inside a pocket and offers the users a great 23 minutes of battery life.Check Price >
The GoPro Karma comes complete with a handheld stabilizer unit. It’s extremely portable too, and the controller has a neat built-in display, making it even easier to control.Check Price >
The DJI Phantom 4 is the cream of the crop, probably the most professional of the best drone cameras available today. With follow and ‘return to home’ functionality, this is a dream of a machine to use. There is also obstacle detection and avoidance, while the slow-motion video recording functionality is a great touch.Check Price >
This drone has a removable camera, so is extremely flexible. There is a raft of advanced functions available with the DJI Inspire 1, and the entire package is incredibly high quality in materials and construction.Check Price >
The DJI Phantom 3 is an extremely cool machine, one of the best drone cameras on the market. It is amazingly portable, and extremely easy to use, with sensitive but stable control over the drone at all times. There is also a live view feed, and its automated flight mode and ‘return to home’ functionality guarantee it a place on our roundup of best drone cameras.
The Yuneec Q500 is by no means the best drone cameras winner. It’s a bit clunkier all round. More charging time is required to give it the necessary juice, and the video quality is not as good as others on this list. However, it is very easy to control, and is ruggedly constructed, so durability is all but guaranteed.Check Price >
There are a lot of factors in the 3D Robotics Solo’s favour. First of all, the design is extremely pleasing, it’s gimbal supported, and there is both iOS and Android app support. Best of all, it’s a budget friendly device, so, if you’re a beginner, you really can’t go wrong.Check Price >
While the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is not really for the pros, its sheer sense of fun brings it into our best drone cameras roundup. It occupies a kind of middle ground. It’s significantly more than a toy helicopter while retaining some of the fun features that such an item would have, such as its ease of use and some humorous camera effects. Its smartphone supported control apps are ridiculously make the drone extremely easy to control. However, this is a little limiting too, as the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 cannot be used without smartphone. Poor battery life also sees this drone losing marks.Check Price >
The Cheerson Hobby CX-20 may be towards the least expensive price range, but it boasts a range of features that see it soar onto our best drone cameras list with ease. There are a surprising range of features for a drone in this price range, such as vision-positioning, pathfinder, and auto-return. The general high quality of construction is bolster by its flexibility, allowing you to add a GoPro camera for the highest quality video and still aerial footage. It’s also a breeze to fly, but like the Parrot above, its poor battery life does it no favours. However, it’s definitely recommended for a newcomer to drone cameras.Check Price >
Again, although this is at the cheap end of the price range, the 3D Robotics Iris+ packs a variety of impressive features, and like the Cheerson drone above, the camera can be replaced if you want to up the ante in terms of your video and still footage. It’s great for the newcomer by dint of its sheer user-friendliness, and novices will also welcome features such as its auto return to home, while the remote control displays real-time data for additional control over the drone. Beware, though… the accessories and add-ons are quite pricey, battery life limits your flight time to 16 minutes, and the build quality is not high-end.