Currently, the market has been flooded with breakthrough technologies and gadgets especially in the area of drones or quadcopters. Having a quadcopter can be a fun hobby to burn some time. While it can be fun, it is also a good way to invest in aerial photography or for increasing security on your property. With its built-in camera, you can take high definition videos just for the fun of it. Whatever your reason for owning a quadcopter, you will surely have some fun with it. So here are the top 7 best quadcopters in the market today.
The Hubsan X4 is the world’s smallest quadcopter to date and can be flown from a first-person view. This quadcopter has a built-in 0.3-megapixel camera attached to its frame that is capable of recording video at 640×480, but you need to provide your own micro sd card, which won’t really be a hassle because you can almost buy it anywhere at a very affordable price.
With the First-Person View(FPV), the user can see what the camera can pick up via the 4.3-inch colored LCD screen embedded in the control unit. With a wider lens, this would make it easier to control and the convenience to start and stop recording from a single button located on the controller.
The Hubsan X4 measures about 4.5 inches diagonally. This quadcopter is powered by a 3.7-volt 380mah lithium polymer battery that can easily be fully charged in about 30 minutes. Approximate time of flight is about 7 minutes which can be a bit short considering the capacity of the battery.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is an excellent entry-level in the world of aerial photography. It is simple to setup, well-constructed, fun to fly and has a very good battery life. This particular model of quadcopter has been known to be the sweet spot for anyone who is new to capturing photos and videos from the sky.
The camera on the Vision+ is a 14 megapixel ½.3-inch CMOS sensor paired with an f2.8 lens that can capture JPEG and Adobe DNG raw images and video at up to 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps. You can also control the ISO, exposure compensation, and white balance, and choose the field of view from a 140-, 120-, or 90-degree.
While it is considered to be a quality quadcopter, The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is not relatively cheap as it costs around $1200. Though an entry-level type, this is for anyone who is serious about owning a quadcopter.
The Parrot Bebop is an app-controlled drone that pairs high flying specs at an affordable price. It comes in a variety of mix colors, black and yellow, black and blue or black and red. The outer bumpers are designed for flying indoors as well as outdoors in a confined space such as in a garden. The bumpers are also removable which can make the quadcopter less tricky to control whenever it is windy outside.
This quadcopter is made of a polystyrene material which makes it very light even with the bumpers attached to its frame. The largest part of the Bebop is the battery and also the heaviest. There is a connector at the back which makes it easier to connect to a charger plugged into the wall.
The Parrot Bebop has no dedicated controller, it has an app-based control which you will need to download. The app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone for you to control the drone. With a connection like this through the Wi-Fi direct method, this will put some limitations on the range it can fly.
The Galaxy Visitor 2 quadcopter is perfect for beginners since it is much easier to control and stable in flight. You would not worry if you intend it to fly around outdoors because it can withstand a Grade3 wind force between 12 to 19km/h.
The drone packs a lot of special features like an advanced 9-axis gyro stabilization system which is responsible for an improved control performance capability. Also, the drone cannot easily get lost because of a built-in Auto Remote Function and the chances of crushing are greatly reduced due to the advanced grade functions.
The Syma x1 4 channel 2.4G quadcopter has its own radio controller, so you don’t need to other device or download any app to control the drone. With the use of the new radio controller, this version is coupled with the newer 2.4Ghz technology, it can provide a strong anti-interference that lets you fly the drone without signal dropping.
The flight control system is 3-axis with adjustable gyro sensitivity that will provide a super stable flight. Other features include: Speed up mode, 360 degrees eversion, Indoor/Outdoor fly mode and a removable battery so there is no battery restrictions and more flight time with additional batteries. The flight time is about 5-6 minutes and a control distance of up to 40 meters.
If you are a fan of having a white quadcopter, then the Syma X5C is the one you want. The X5C is super light and has a solid build, as nothing shakes or rattles when you hold it. The propeller is balanced perfectly and spins freely. This quadcopter is also perfect for beginners who want a drone of their own and it only costs 50 dollars.
The camera on the X5C is a 2 megapixel that can record 720p video but neither the video nor the images look particularly good, just don’t expect much higher video quality as you are only spending 50 dollars for the whole package.
The last but not the least, the UDI U818A RC Quadcopter, perfect for beginners and for those who are looking to make some practice before investing in a more expensive drone. The flight time is approximately 7-9 minutes with a charging time of 1 hour.
The UDI U818A RC Quadcopter is equipped with 6 gyroscopes for stability and is able to do a 360-degree spin. The camera is decent enough to capture images and video at 640x480 pixels. With its own radio controller, you don’t need to add any hardware and download any app to have full control of the drone.