We’ve done the hard research for you and narrowed down the top performing drones into a short list. Simply charge up your batteries and choose a scenic area and then you are on your way to spectacular still images and real time video feed from above. Limited only by your imagination you will be able to record stunts, wildlife, sports and wedding.
Get personalised aerial photography of your property or create remarkable footage of waves crashing against cliff faces and other places that would otherwise be impossible to reach if you didn’t have a camera drone.There are other drones out there, but the following list is our pick for distance, flight time and camera quality.
For the ultimate in long range flight you can’t go past DJI’s Phantom 4. This drone has an impressive flight time of up to 30 minutes and remarkable flight range of up to 4.4 miles (7 Km). Equipped with a 4k camera and Infrared Obstacle Avoidance software, the Phantom 4 allows pilots of any skill level to capture superb images. Smart Return Home allows the pilot to recall the drone at the touch of a button.
With Return Home activated proximity sensors allow the Phantom to avoid obstacles as it automatically navigates back to the pilot’s controller.
The Yuneec Typhoon comes with three flight mode programs. This makes it a great choice for beginners and more experienced drone pilots. The Yuneec is capable of flying up to but also has a safe option that limits the distance to 300 feet (91 meters) to ensure that beginner pilots don’t accidently lose the drone by flying off into the distance and out of sight.
Geo fence protection also creates and invisible force field the limits drone from flying above 400 feet, or too close to commercial airspace.
Operating the drone from your smartphone is made possible with the app CG03 which is compatible with both iOS and Android devices
If film making is your desire then you can’t go past the Inspire 2. With an impressive top speed of 50 mph (80 Kph) the Inspire 2 can fly distances of up to 4.4 miles. A duel battery systems gives up to 30 minutes of flight time. The real gem for aspiring photographers and directors is the Spotlight Pro software. Spotlight Pro allows the pilot to capture crisp, clear, dramatic images. Combined with a 360* smooth rotation gimbal and you will be creating professional and amazing shot in no time at all.
In direct line of site your Xiro Xplorer is capable of flying over 3200 feet (1 km) away whilst filming at 1080P/30FPS. Each fully charged battery will give you 25min flight time. The Xiro Xplorer V can also reach an altitude of 400 feet (120 meters) which allows you to capture some spectacular aerial images.
Although you won’t get as much distance as some of the other drones on the market, the Xplorer is still a great drone for speed and handling. She can reach speeds of up to 34 mph in calm weather conditions and is easily controlled by even novice pilots.
For long distance flights, you can’t go past DJI’s Mavic Pro which can reach distances of up to 4.3 miles (7 km). 4 vision sensors provide excellent obstacle avoidance when your drone is but a spec in the distance from where you stand. A 3-axis, smooth glide, mechanical gimbal gives you total control of the 4K camera for 1080P/720P HD video streaming.
Multiple automatic camera programs allow you to capture footage like a pro with the touch of a button. Sophisticated style combined with state of the art technology make the DJI Mavic Pro a leader in the market
There are technically two answers to this question. Firstly, how high are they actually capable of flying and secondly, how high are you permitted to fly in your region. Drones have been tested flying at heights of over 11,100 feet (3.4 km). Depending on where you live, there are different regulations and laws that limit the altitude your drone is allowed to reach.
In the US the maximum altitude is 400 feet (120 meters). Some drone manufacturers have included limiting soft wear in the construction of the drones they make which limits the height that you will be able to pilot your drone.
There are literally hundreds of drones on the market today. Each year companies release new improved models trying to outdo they’re competition. With new research and technology, drones have become smaller, stronger, faster and capable of flying longer and further. To date the longest flight of a commercially available hobby drone is just under 4.5 miles (7km). There are a couple of obstacles that hinder long distance flight;
Most drone batteries give you between 5 and 30 minutes of air time. With only a limited amount of flight time, there is only so far you can travel. Having a bigger battery or even duel batteries isn’t really feasible as the added weight would not only slow the drone but also mean the batteries would be drained faster trying to compensate for the weight. As new lighter, longer lasting battery technology is developed, this should allow for longer drone flight times.
Most hobby drones on the market operate by the drone communicating with a hand held controller via Wi-Fi. The further the drone fly’s away, the weaker the signal becomes. This is even more of a problem if you have obstacles between the drone and the controller such as trees, mountains or buildings.
If you are willing to invest a little bit more into your hobby, you might want to look into getting a drone with GPS software. This will allow you to operate your drone over greater distances with the aid of satellite technology.
Depending on where you live there may be local laws or flight regulations that govern how far you can fly. In some places it is illegal to fly your drone further than your line of site.
There are also regulation regarding flying near or over populated areas, buildings, airspaces and government facilities. Some drone manufacturers have even included fail safes into their flight software that will prevent you flying near prohibited areas altogether.