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Best Drones For 2017

Flying cameras, quadcopters, unmanned flying aircrafts, whatever you want to call them, drones are one of the most in-demand technological innovations on the market right now. They are quickly rising in popularity and becoming more and more mainstream with all the news coverage, viral videos and marketing they are getting from different companies trying to promote their models and products.

With so many drones to choose from, thanks to the release so many new models in 2016, you might find it hard to choose the right one to buy for your use. Luckily for you, we compiled a small walkthrough of all the different models of drones in 2016, so you can choose whether you want to upgrade, or buy a new one that has been recently released. The year is not over yet, but we already have so many innovative and creative drones with amazing features and improved specs.

DJI Phantom 4

The Phantom 4 is one of the most revolutionary releases in the world of drones. It has the first ever proper obstacle avoidance system so you do not have to worry about crashing, whether you fly it yourself or you set it to autopilot mode. It also comes equipped with a highly detailed 4K camera that can shoot up to 120 FPS of slow-motion video footage which makes it great for those aspiring aerial videographers who use drones for the job.

This model by DJI is definitely not one for the masses, but if you want to stand out with all of your video content, then you simply cannot go wrong with this March 2016 drone release. The price might be a little too high for some folks right now, so expect a standard issue release/variation of this model late this year.


Xiaomi Mi Drone

Definitely new to the market, Xiaomi, which is more known as a manufacturer of phones, has recently moved on to producing drones. Their 2016 drone release is the Mi Drone which was released back in May. Their first attempt at this surely did not look like a flop and has been critically successful although not getting the amount of traction they wanted to have for a first-ever model.

The Mi Drone has a 1080p camera with a 4K option available if you wish to upgrade. One of its key features is the camera, which is 360° and is supported underneath the main body. This is different when you compare it to its rivals that usually have the camera on top or in line with the actual frame of the drone. You can record up to 3840×2160 resolution of raw footage while maintaining 60 frames per second (FPS).


Hexo+

Unlike the other drones listed here, the Hexo+ is not your typical quadcopter. It actually has six rotors and it is designed to follow you around as soon as you attach your GoPro to it. You are free to choose the movement and the flight patterns it takes as it follows you around, but it will be sure to keep the GoPro camera, that you attach to it, in whichever direction that you want so you can keep the process hands free and stress free, and focus on what you intend to take a shot of.

The Hexo+ app has over a hundred camera movements from which to choose, but the most promoted one is the “follow” where it follows you around and maintains its starting hovering position. You also have the “hover,” “360,” “slide in,” “slide sideways,” and “reveal.” It was released not too long and is currently still on sale on their website, so make sure that you visit their website now if you want to grab it for a cheaper price.


Honorary mentions

Let’s take a look at some of the best drones that may not have been released this year, but are still worth it to buy if you are looking to get your feet wet in the world of unmanned aircraft vehicles. We categorized them into different types, where they excel, for your convenience.

For Stability: Blade Nano QX

Features

  • Flight time: 10 minutes
  • Flight environment: indoor
  • Camera: No
  • Battery: 1S 3.7V 150mAh 25C Li-Po Battery
  • Dimensions: 140mm

For Design: Yizhan Tarantula X6

Features

  • Flight tIme: 8 minutes
  • Flight environment: indoor and outdoor
  • Max control range: 100m
  • Camera: No
  • Battery: 7.4V 1200mAh Li-Po 30C
  • Charging time: 1 hour to 2 hours
  • Dimensions: 47.5cm x 25.3cm (with cover)
  • Weight: 280g (with battery)

For Lightest: Hubsan X4

Features

  • Flight Time: 8 minutes
  • Flight Environment: Indoor
  • Max Control Range: 100m
  • Camera: No
  • Battery: 3.7v 240mAh battery
  • Charging Time: 40 minutes
  • Dimensions: 60mm x 60mm

For Best Indoor: Cheerson CX-10

Features

  • Flight time: 8 minutes
  • Flight environment: indoor
  • Max control range: 50m
  • Camera: No
  • Battery: 3.7V 100mAh
  • Charging time: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Dimensions: 40mm x 40mm x 22mm
  • Weight: 12g

All Around: MJX X300

Features

  • Flight time: 15 minutes
  • Flight environment: indoor and outdoor
  • Max control range: 100m
  • Camera: Yes
  • Battery: 3.7V 750mAh LiPo
  • Charging time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Dimensions: 24cm
  • Weight: 102g

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