The Best 5 Drones you Can Buy in 2018

The Best 5 Drones you Can Buy in 20182018-02-23T09:57:43+00:00

Our Picks for the Top 5 Drones of 2018

Here are the top 5 Drones that I feel are the best of this year.

DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Gray
DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo, Onyx Black Portable Quadcopter Drone
DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White
Product
DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Gray
DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo, Onyx Black Portable Quadcopter Drone
DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White
Rating
Reviews
1,021 Reviews
457 Reviews
342 Reviews
122 Reviews
618 Reviews
Camera Quality
4K ready camera
4K ready camera
Ultra 4K ready camera
3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera
2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera
Avg. Flight Time
30 mins.
28 mins.
25 mins.
21 Mins.
16 mins.
Current Price
$814.99
from $864.99
from $1,544.97
$999.00
$499.00
DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Gray
Product
DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Gray
Rating
Reviews
1,021 Reviews
Camera Quality
4K ready camera
Avg. Flight Time
30 mins.
Current Price
$814.99
Buy Now
DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
Product
DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
Rating
Reviews
457 Reviews
Camera Quality
4K ready camera
Avg. Flight Time
28 mins.
Current Price
from $864.99
Buy Now
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
Product
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
Rating
Reviews
342 Reviews
Camera Quality
Ultra 4K ready camera
Avg. Flight Time
25 mins.
Current Price
from $1,544.97
Buy Now
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo, Onyx Black Portable Quadcopter Drone
Product
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo, Onyx Black Portable Quadcopter Drone
Rating
Reviews
122 Reviews
Camera Quality
3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera
Avg. Flight Time
21 Mins.
Current Price
$999.00
Buy Now
DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White
Product
DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White
Rating
Reviews
618 Reviews
Camera Quality
2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera
Avg. Flight Time
16 mins.
Current Price
$499.00
Buy Now

Last update on 2018-09-19 / Affiliate links / Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

DJI Mavic Pro

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DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Gray
1,021 Reviews
DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Gray
  • Fly for miles. From your pocket. Inside the Mavic's pocket-sized remote controller is DJI's brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3mi (7km) and Full HD 1080p video streaming.
  • No bumps and scrapes When you know what's in front of you, you won't bump into it. The same is true of the Mavic. Using Flight Autonomy it can see obstacles as far away as 49ft (15m) in front.
  • Absolute Precision Flight Autonomy technology means the Mavic can hover precisely in more environments, and automatically land almost exactly where you took off.
  • Stay flying longerWhy fly for 10 or 15 minutes when you can fly for up to 27? With the Mavic you can. Finely tuned control
  • Use every single pixel The Mavic is the only drone of its size to carry an integrated high-precision 3-axis mechanical camera stabilization system..Operating Temperature Range:32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)

Last update on 2018-09-19 / Affiliate links / Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

Read our Full Review of the DJI Mavic Pro

Video Review

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry,
helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most
sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) *range,
5 vision sensors and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

Inside the Mavic’s pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3mi (7km)*, HD 720p long range and Full HD 1080p short range video streaming.
*Unobstructed, free of interference, when FCC compliant.

An unprotected drone could hit obstacles during long-distance flight or when descending from an inadequate height in Return to Home mode. The Mavic uses FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49ft (15m) away and allows the Mavic to bypass them or brake to hover, reducing accidents.

Satellite positioning can only help a drone hover in an unobstructed outdoor area free of interference. Without satellites, the drone will not be able to position and become susceptible to drifting. However, with forward and downward vision sensors, the Mavic can hover precisely indoors or in places without GPS.

The Mavic is only 1/6th the size of the Phantom 4 but this reduction in size doesn’t mean a reduction in flight time. The Mavic actually flies much longer than you would expect from its compact size. It is capable of reaching an absolute maximum flight time of 27 minutes and a maximum distance of 8mi (13km) due to its powerful, high-efficiency motors.

Mavic supports 4K video at 30fps. No Electronic Image Stabilization is used, ensuring all footage is 4K. We have created a miniaturized, ultra-precise 3-axis gimbal for the Mavic, capable of stabilizing the camera even during high-speed motion for smooth video and sharp photos.

Everyone loves a good photo. Whether you just want to take a snap or are building up your portfolio, the Mavic’s 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support is ready to shoot.

DJI Phantom 4 Drone

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DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
457 Reviews
DJI Phantom 4 PRO Professional Drone, Hobby RC Quadcopter & Multirotor, White, CP.PT.000488
  • Camera with 1-inch 20MP sensor the onboard camera has been redesigned to use a 1-inch Megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • Five-directions of obstacle sensing. Please refer the Instructional Video and the User Manual before use.
  • More powerful video processing supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate
  • Note: Refer the Instructional Video and the User Manual before use which is highly recommended.

Last update on 2018-09-19 / Affiliate links / Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

Read our Full Review of the DJI Phantom 4

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Autel X-Star Premium Drone

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
342 Reviews
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
  • 4K Ultra HD video camera with quick-release 3-axis gimbal stabilizer
  • HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away and autonomous flight modes via the free Starlink app for iOS or Android (mobile device sold separately)
  • Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, SecureFlyTM magnetic interference protection, and the Starpoint Positioning SystemTM
  • Intuitive remote controller with LCD display and one-touch action buttons
  • Included accessories: Premium hard case, 64-GB MicroSD card, intelligent battery, 1-hour fast charger, spare propellers and small parts

Last update on 2018-09-19 / Affiliate links / Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

Read our Full Review of the Autel X-Star Premium

Video Review

The X-Star Premium is a sophisticated yet amazingly easy-to-fly quadcopter designed for superb aerial imagery. The 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal can record crystal-clear, smooth Ultra HD videos or take 12-MP photos with HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away. This drone is ready to fly out of the box and can be flown with or without the help of the free Starlink mobile app. Powered by an intelligent flight control system, dual GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation and aided by the Starpoint Positioning System, the drone stays safe and stable, even indoors or at low altitudes. Where other drones might become erratic or fly away when there is magnetic interference, the X-Star is equipped with our exclusive SecureFly technology to help your drone come back home safely.

Learning to fly the X-Star is easy: you can start the motors, take off and land, hover, or have the drone automatically return home by using the one-touch buttons on the remote controller. The controller’s integrated LCD displays critical flight information, allowing the Starlink mobile app to show fullscreen live HD video. Starlink brings a wealth of autopilot features such as follow, orbit, waypoints, and also lets you adjust camera settings and record images in flight. With the X-Star Premium from Autel Robotics, a new perspective is just one flight away.

Specs:

  • 4K Ultra HD video camera with quick-release 3-axis gimbal stabilizer
  • HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away and autonomous flight modes via the free Starlink app for iOS or Android (mobile device sold separately)
  • Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, SecureFlyTM magnetic interference protection, and the Starpoint Positioning SystemTM
  • Intuitive remote controller with LCD display and one-touch action buttons
  • Included accessories: Premium hard case, 64-GB MicroSD card, intelligent battery, 1-hour fast charger, spare propellers and small parts
  • Backed by Autel Robotics customer support: U.S. based, seven days a week

DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo, Onyx Black Portable Quadcopter Drone
122 Reviews
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo, Onyx Black Portable Quadcopter Drone
  • DJI Officiall Store:The quality assurance channel and your best choice
  • Foldable & Portable; 32 MP Sphere Panoramas
  • 3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera
  • 3-Directional Environment Sensing,SmartCapture,Advanced Pilot Assistance System
  • 21-Minute Flight Time

Last update on 2018-05-25 / Affiliate links / Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

Read our Full Review of the DJI Mavic Air

Video Review

Specs:

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal-Stabilized Camera
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • 8GB of Internal Storage
  • Flight Autonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
  • Active Track Subject Tracking Modes
  • Up to 21 Minutes of Flight Time
  • Foldable, Portable Body

DJI Spark

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DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White
618 Reviews
DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White
  • Intelligent Flight ModesSmart, reliable, and incredibly intuitiveQuickShotVideos with a Tap
  • High-Performance CameraAmazing images and stabilized videoMechanical Gimbal StabilizationShake-Free Shots
  • Flight PerformanceAwesome potential, immersive experiencesPowerful Propulsion Speed and Precision Control
  • Flight SafetyWorry-free flight in the palm of your hand ; Propeller guards are recommended when using these functions.
  • 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera

Last update on 2018-09-19 / Affiliate links / Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

Read our Full Review of the DJI Spark

Video Review

  • Intelligent Flight ModesSmart, reliable, and incredibly intuitiveQuickShotVideos with a Tap
  • High-Performance CameraAmazing images and stabilized videoMechanical Gimbal StabilizationShake-Free Shots
  • Flight PerformanceAwesome potential, immersive experiencesPowerful Propulsion Speed and Precision Control
  • Flight SafetyWorry-free flight in the palm of your hand

BONUS:

If someone asks me, “What’s the Best Budget Drone I can buy for under $300 in 2018?”My Recommendation would be the Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100. It’s the best mix of cost/performance in 2018.

Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 with Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home Quadcopter with Adjustable Wide-Angle 720P HD WIFI Camera- Follow Me, Altitude Hold, Intelligent Battery Long Control Range
1,225 Reviews
Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 with Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home Quadcopter with Adjustable Wide-Angle 720P HD WIFI Camera- Follow Me, Altitude Hold, Intelligent Battery Long Control Range
  • GPS assisted flight: Provides you with accurate positioning details of your drone. Built in Return-to-Home (RTH) function for safer fly, the drone will automatically return to home precisely when its battery is low or the signal is weak when flying out of...
  • Optimized 720P 120° FOV FPV Wi-Fi Camera: 90° Adjustable angle, captures high-quality video and aerial photos. You can enjoy the Real-Time Viewing right from your remote control. Ideal selfie done, catching every moment of your vacation from a birds-eye...
  • Follow Me Mode: The drone will automatically follows and captures you wherever you move. Keeping you in the frame at all times, easier to get complex shots, provides hands-free flying and selfie
  • Flying time up to 15 minutes / Longer control distance: Capacity of 2500mAh high performance battery and reaching up to 500m control distance giving you a more extensive flight experience.
  • Headless Mode, Altitude Hold and One Key Takeoff and Landing for easier operation, you will not have to worry about orientation and with the simple press of a button your drone will rise to a height or land, perfect for beginners. PS: Blades are stored...

Last update on 2018-09-19 / Affiliate links / Amazon Affiliate Disclosure