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Best Drones You Can Buy In 2019

From aerial photography to beginner level flying, these drones are the best in the market.

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Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed how drones have taken over. The drones that were once considered as a hobby possession are now transformed into a 'must-have' gadget known for its versatility. It wouldn't be wrong to say that the drone market has reached its saturation point with all the different shapes and sizes they are available in.

Today, the actual problem that is faced by many of us is 'Which drone should I buy?' or 'What are the best drones available in the market?' But don't worry, we are here to guide you through this tough decision by providing you the list of the best drones available that you can buy in the year 2019.

And before we can jump straight to the names of the top drones that are currently available in the market, let's pay a little attention to the factors that you need to look at before buying a drone.

Factors to Look Before Buying a Drone

Factors to Look Before Buying a Drone

Here are the three main factors that are essential to consider looking for in a drone before making the purchase:

  • Battery Life: The battery life is one of the most important factors that need to be considered when it comes to a professional drone. Several drone manufacturers are still trying their hardest to add more life to the drones' battery life. There are still some drones out there that only come with the ability to continuously be in the air for just a few minutes. Whereas, some powerful drones that stay up fly straight for more than half an hour.
  • Speed: Although, speed is not considered as a top factor by many people to be considered but if you are searching for a professional drone that you can't just leave 'speed' out of your checklist. There are drones that can fly up to the speed limit of 45 miles per hour, which also makes them great racing drones.
  • Range: Another crucial factor in a drone is its range which basically states the distance it can travel without losing the communication from the drone's controller. For instance, there are some high-quality drones that can fly around with a range of four to five miles, but the budget-friendly drones are limited to a range of 100 to 200 feet.

Our advice would be to for a drone that comes with a 'Return to Home' feature that will automatically bring your drone back home when the battery reaches a low threshold.

Know About Drone Safety and Regulations

Each and every model of a drone comes with its own safety features that are required to be followed by the users. For example, drones that are not meant for longer flights still consist of safety features like Return to Home or an inbuilt GPS functionality. So, if you are facing an issue of signal interruption or very low battery then it is most likely that your drone will head back to you (i.e. the takeoff location) automatically.

Even after such safety precautions of drones, there are many instances of flyaways that still occur on a daily basis that may result in drone crashes as well. But before you can even take your drone for the first test flight, there are some guidelines to go through. So, if you are a US citizen that you should fly your drone with respect to the FAA Guidelines or else you can face a fine and even some jail time.

Some of the most basic guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration are as follows:

 

  • Do not fly your drone in the no-fly zones set by FAA, for example, near the airports.
  • Even in the middle of nowhere, do not fly your drone above 400 feet.
  • Only fly a drone that weighs under 55 lbs, unless certified by a community-based organization.

Comparing Big Drones with Small Drones

Comparing Big Drones with Small Drones

For a significant amount of time, we have been under the impression 'the bigger the better' well, that's no longer the case. Today, the users are looking for high-quality drones that are compact yet highly efficient to work with. For instance, photographers are opting drones that are lightweight and smaller in size so that they can easily pack them up in their bags for travel efficiency.

Few examples of such great drones are:

  • Parrot Anafi
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • Yuneec Mantis

Now, we are not suggesting that these small drones are your best shot but what we are saying is that before spending a ton of money on a high-end professional drone like a quadcopter you need to explore other options as well.

What makes a Drone Best for the Market?

Today, drones have turned themselves into a cool gadget that is wanted by everyone, and the best part is that they are versatile and can be used for more than one reason. That's exactly why it took us so long to curate an article featuring the best drones available in the market. To clear out some confusion we have divided the best drones into five categories according to the functionality that they are best known for. For example, best foldable drone, best drone for racing, best camera drone etc.

These advanced tech toys offer a number of applications, including imagining and cinematic uses as well. Not only does the video quality of the drones have improved a lot, but also they now provide additional options like image stabilization that further enhances the user experience. One thing you need to remember is that in order to get your hands on a professional drone, you also need to invest a little more in comparison to other smaller drones.

1. Best Drone for Beginners: GoPro Karma

GoPro Karma

The GoPro's Karma can be referred to as one of the best drones for beginners with is packed with all the useful features required by the users. It comes with a handy controller that enables the users to completely control the drone without any requirement of downloading additional software on your phone. The screen display is of 5-inch with a clear and decent resolution of the 720p resolution that is likely to lack behind an average smartphone's screen resolution.

One single charge of GoPro Karma can last up to four hours, which further means that you can take this drone for several trips before the battery finally runs out. Karma is a compact drone that has 4 propellers and a portion where you can put your GoPro, the user has three choices here which are Hero 4, Hero 5 or GoPro Hero 6.

One of the biggest advances is that you can use the GoPro camera separately, this drone is a great option for budding YouTubers who want to vlog their daily lives.

2. Best Drone for Filmmakers: DJI Inspire 2

 DJI Inspire 2

In another option, DJI Inspire 2 is the best drone for filming, especially to those people who are looking forward to building a career as a filmmaker. Because this drone consists of the features of a professional camera that doesn't require additional customization for the users like other drones in this category. Many famous celebrities rely on the DJI Inspire series for their work, for example, Enrique Iglesias uses them in his sensational concerts.

Some of the most excellent specifications of this drone are the forward obstacle avoidance, a controllable range of more than 4 miles, autopilot/stabilization option, a total speed of 67 miles per hour etc. And the show stealer is the powerful camera of DJI Inspire 2 that shoots in 5.2K resolution at 30 frames per second along with 20.4-megapixel stills covering an ISO range of 100 to 25,600. Other than that, the newest Zenmuse camera known as the X5S is a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera that is specifically created for cinematography and aerial photography.

So, if you are an aspiring filmmaker or someone who wants to progress in the field of cinematography then we would suggest to try your hands on the DJI Inspire 2.

3. Best Drone Overall: DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is basically a drone for anyone you want to capture excellent photographs from the sky. This drone consists of all the key flight features that are needed in a drone along with a high-end camera from Hasselblad with an HDR, making it the best drone overall. In comparison to the first generation of Mavic drones, the Mavic 2 Pro Series offers much more than just dodging obstacles as it now comes with an entire omnidirectional environmental awareness system.

The image sensor is also 1-inch larger than the previous DJI Mavic model that delivers way better processing with its 4K recording with the 10-bit color display. In other words, the drone can help the user in capturing almost a billion distinct colors while offering more control over the depth as well as exposure to the surroundings.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a short and simple answer to your questions regarding the best drones with cameras and other requirements, making it one of the best drones of 2019.  

4. Best Selfie Drone

Selfie Drone

In a world full of discrete personalities, there is also a major group of people that are known for their taking love for selfies to another level. And for these people, we do have a special drone that can be named as the best selfie drone. The DJI Spark is one of the most affordable drones that are currently available in the market, it is also from the brand DJI, which is known for creating high-quality and top-performing drones.

Spark is a small yet powerful drone that consists of a number of useful features for the users to play with. This drone is also highly portable due to its size and lightweight and can be carried around without any inconvenience.  The fact that makes this drone interesting is that you don't need a controller to fly the DJI Spark drone as it has the gesture recognition abilities. The user can also click selfies in new modes like Helix, Circle, Rocket and Dronie to add variety to their Selfie collection.

Spark is better than other Selfie drones as it sports a two-axis stabilization mechanism along with a 12-megapixel that shoots in 1080p at 20 frames per second.

5. Best Drone for Racing: Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2

The Parrot Bebop 2 is hands down one of the coolest drones that you can get your hands on, one of the reasons being its speed. This drone can easily reach at a speed of 37.28 mph horizontally and reach 13.05 mph vertically without affecting the quality of the image. Another point that is worth mentioning is that it can get to its top speed in 14 seconds while resisting the headwinds going at a speed of 37.28 mph.

Other than the above mentioned, Bebop's camera comes with a stabilization software and fisheye lenses that eliminate the requirement for gimbals from the drone. And to make the in-flight video vibration free, the rubber dampeners are used. This drone gives high priority to the user by integrating 7 sensors simultaneously to ensure maximum stability during each flight.

Also, the Bebop 2 FPV kit comes with a brand new Parrot Skycontroller 2 along with Cockpit glasses for captivating immersive and exciting flight experiences.

Basis on Which We Tested the Drones

Drone Specification

Earlier we have talked about the best drone for beginners, best drone for photography, best consumer drone and other such categories. Now, it's time we inform you about the basic fundamentals on which the drones should be tested. There are four main testing fundamentals for drones, which are:

Battery Life: As a user, you always want your drone to offer you a good battery life, don't you? So, in order to determine the true amount of time, take your drone out for a few test flights and record their flight timings with an accurate stopwatch. Make sure you test the drone out in the least demanding conditions as well to get a real-time average flight time, charge time and battery life as well.

Upgradability: In the upgradability segment, other external elements like accessories are also included. One of the main features that come in this is the camera of the drone because there's no major use of a drone without the camera functionality. To test the camera, shoot in varying conditions, including places with extra light exposure or limited exposure of light. Many drones come with FPV goggles like Parrot Bebop 2, in this case, such accessories also require thorough testing.

Built: Another main testing fundamental is the built that signifies to the design and the material quality of a drone. It is important that the drone is made up of great quality because in order to fly a drone effectively you require practice. And during these practice sessions, you might end up crashing the drone a few times. To test out the drone's built design and quality durability, we can try some light knocks, short drops with some twists and tricks.

Performance: To truly measure the performance of a drone, you have to focus on the range and different functionalities of the drone as well. The best way to gauge the flight performance is by gradually increasing the range and then trying to implement different features of the drone. Pay attention to features like the stability of the drone, the quality of the video, various pilot controls etc. The performance is a combination of different minute factors so in order to judge the actual performance the user has to evaluate other factors as well.

So, these are the four essential fundamentals on which the testing of a drone is carried out. We hope you liked this informative article on the best drones that can be bought in 2019. If you want to be informed about more such articles in the future, then make sure to click and that ‘Subscribe’ button.

Also, if you think we have missed any drones on the above list that are worth mentioning, just leave your ‘Comment’ down below and we will get back to you ASAP.

Tanya Singh
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Tanya Singh currently works as a Content Strategist for MobileAppDaily who is known to have an undying appetite for good content especially when it comes to trending technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and IoT. In her free time, you will find her binge-reading through the latest gadget and app reviews.

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