In true fashion of significant technological innovations, quadcopters have morphed from little pesky little playthings enamored by the technologically inclined, to a must have equipment in the professional rank.
In addition to taking on various shapes, sizes and colors, they have also been infused with different technological capabilities as well as flight time. Some of these modern day quadcopter drones are capable of more than half an hour of flying time at some break taking speeds. Trolling the internet results in most spellbinding and breathtaking video footages; courtesy of these quadcopters.
It must have come to your attention that the functionality of a quadcopter is tied to its, drumroll please, pricing. If you are looking for a plaything, you can acquire one for less than $ 100 but for the professional hobbyist or career professional you have to dig a little deeper for the pleasure, well not too deep. Here are best quadcopters.
DJI Phantom 2
If we were living in the in Ancient Greece, DJI, the manufacturers of these magnificent brands of product, would reside on Mt. Olympus. They are have outdone themselves in creating a beautiful multi-rotor craft that has taken over the drone world. It is easy to fly; even an eight-year-old can proficiently control it well within a few minutes. As such it is a great drone for the beginner or you can attach a camera gimbal and viola…it transforms into a professional tool in your hands. Moreover, how does a flight time of up to 20 minutes sound? Perfect? Well, there you go. Getting a little windy, is it? No worries, the Phantom 2 features a state of the art stabilizing system that lets you shoot HD footage on it 14MP camera without losing stability. You might want to let all out on the 35mph and experience the world from a different perspective.
On the other end of the scale, you can pick up this minuture quadcopter drone for under $50, yes I just wrote $50, not $500, 5-0. It is literally the most sold quadcopter drone on the market due to it’s affordability and functionality. A great purchase as a gift or a quick quadcopter drone playround with some mates on a Sunday afternoon.
Parrot AR Drones
One of the most sold brands of good quality but affordable drones is the Parrot drone brand. They have produced some awesome gadgets with some pretty cool designs - hence why it’s a personal favorite brand of mine. You can get the traditional, flying saucer lookalike - the Parrot AR Drone or even the Parrot Jumping Sumo - another awesome non-traditional quadcopter with lots of fun.
Walkera QR X350
These sleek coptersare crafted with the professional photographers in mind; it features three camera options, a GoPro camera, first person view and a WI-FI option. It gracefully does not alienate beginners but features three flight modes – from beginner to experts. In addition to the impressive 25 minutes flight time, these models feature a GPS altitude hold. Yep, you can let them hovering in mid-air while the 720p HD camera records the events below as they unfold. Don’t have time to take the footage? The automatic landing and takeoff capability of this sturdy quadcopter has got it covered. Just flip a switch and let the quad complete the mission autonomously and return to base upon completion. The flight time on the crafts is impressive, 21 minutes without payload or 15 minutes with attached cameras. If you are new to the copter scene, you are better of acquiring a ready to fly version as it involves no tinkering at all. The Quad also features a state of the art stabilization system that makes it easy to operate and attractive in capturing very stable video footage.