Here’s drones list which is under $1000.
Since Mashable claims 2016 will be the dawn of drone age, you should be prepared ? Browse all drones we’ve found for you, and select one which best suit your needs.
10- PARROT BEBOP
Parrot Bebop is a high performance quadcopter with four brushless motors able to go up to 13m/s in horizontal flight. Bebop packs great sensors such as 3-axes accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer, one ultrasound sensor with an 8 meters reach, one pressure sensor and a vertical camera to track the speed. Bebop comes with a built-in HD 14MP camera that records in 1080p resolution with 30 frames per second and 3800 x 3188 pixels for photos and is able to see around 180º degrees. Buit-in GPS system allows auto-flights (mission planner) by setting waypoints on a map, to which Parrot Bebop will fly to and comeback. If you purchase the Skycontroller station, Bebop can be flown just like an airplane and have its range increased to 2000 meters! Skycontroller also supports a tablet or smartphone for FPV (real time video transmission) flights. Definitely one of the best drone under $1000, but it’s still very powerfull and affordable device.
9- PARROT BEBOP 2
Parrot’s most recent drone, the overhauled variant of the Bebop 1, the amazing Bebop 2! This quadcopter has an inherent amazing camera of 14MP and records at 3072p resolution, 30 fps. Camera also has a fisheye lens, with 170º view! Bebop 2 has a slick configuration, firmly resistant to crashes and hits, its parts can be easily replaced.
Bebop can be controlled either by Android or iOS device (FreeFlight 3 application) or by utilizing the new Skycontroller Black, a transmitter which improves Bebop 2 abilities by expanding its reach and control ease. Through the application you access all Bebop 2 features, including the FlightPlan which empowers auto-pilot flying (a paid application which costs 19.99$). 2,700-mAh Li-ion polymer battery is able to power up to 23 minutes of flight time. Bebop 2 is also a fast quadcopter able to fly at 18m/s on horizontally and 6m/s vertically. If you are looking for an automatonous drone with awesome quality camera ready-to-fly out of the box, than, Parrot Bebop 2 will be your baby! And as the former version. If you purchase the Skycontroller station (Skycontroller Black is the new version), Bebop can have its range increased to 2000 meters! Skycontroller also supports a tablet or smartphone for FPV (real time video transmission) flights.
8- EHANG GHOST DRONE
Ghost drone produced by Ehang, Inc. is advertised to be “the world’s easiest drone to fly”. Mainly due to the fact Ghost does not use a RC remote, instead connects to pilot’s Android or iOS device which connects to a G-Box via Bluetooth or WiFi. Through the application, pilot is able to begin Ehang flight with one click button, return automatically, land or hover. Drone’s direction can be controlled just by tilting the smartphone device. Has a range of 1000 meters and is somewhat of a heavier drone weighting 650g (2-D Gimbal included). A 3S 5400mAH Lipo battery powers Ghost for 20-25 minutes flight time (without landing gear and gimbal) and 17-20 with 2D Gimbal and landing gear. The 2-D 3 axis Gimbal is compatible with GoPro cameras.
7- 3DR IRIS+
3DR Iris + is a 3D Robotics advanced quadcopter with autonomous capabilities. It can be remotely controlled via Android and iOS by an application on pilot’s device, or through a nine-channel radio transmitter with on-screan telemetry for instant accurate flight data. The mobile app assists the remote control with features such as automatic take-off and landing with just a push of a button. Iris + has the awesome and useful feature Mission Planner software. By tapping on a displayed map and drawing intended flying path, Iris + will record it and perform it. Internal GPS also enables pre-programed professional-grade mission capabilities, for example mapping, scripted cinematography and scientific research. This is all powered by a high-performance 32-bit Pixhawk autopilot system built on ARM Cortex-M4 Processor that runs it on real time NuttX operating system and uses ST Microelectronics sensors. IRIS+ is definitely one of the best drones for sale.
6- DJI PHANTOM 2 VISION+
DJI is already a notorious company in the drone market and Phantom 2 Vision+ was one of their biggest hits. It is the upgraded version of Phantom 2 Vision, main difference is Dji added a Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal camera system and made some tweaks and fixes to the drone itself. This high-end Vision+ quadcopter has GPS, Wi-Fi, and a fully stabilized 14MP camera with an F/2.8 lens that shoots video at 1080p/30. Its 5200mAh Li-Po battery powers 25 minutes of flight time. Through Dji’s app you can see what the drone sees in real time, start and stop the camera, tilt the camera, and many other useful features. It’s a great and easy to fly quadcopter able to go 1000 meters in altitude!
5- YUNEEC Q500+ TYPHOON
Yuneec Q500+ incorporates its own Full HD 16MP camera able to record video at 60 frames per second. Additionally it empowers FPV (real time video transmission) straightforwardly to the 4.5″ LCD touch screen. Plus, flight information such as GPS status, number of satellites, GPS coordinates, battery voltage, altitude, ground speed, home distance, system settings and flight settings. The information is shown on a ST10 Personal Ground Station running on Android system. Camera comes with its own 3-Axis CGO2-GB Gimbal which can be tilted 90º degrees up or down.
Among Q500+ features we can find Geo Fence protection (to prevent drone from flying out of distance. Smart Circle Protection (drone won’t fly close to the pilot, preventing accidents). Automatic Taking-off and Landing, and three intelligent flight modes: Smart Mode, Angle Mode, and Home Mode. All three modes make use of GPS and allow other functions such as Follow Me and Watch Me mode (in which drone will point at the pilot independently of the flight direction). An amazing quadcopter for filming, featuring all the needed safety for the pilot. Control distance is 600 meters and flight time 25 minutes.
4- XIRO XPLORER V
Also known as Zero Explorer V is one of the best looking quadcopters out there. It is also one of the simplest for beginners, needs no assembling and is ready to fly out of the box. Xplorer V as a great HD 14 megapixels camera with FPV transmission live to your smartphone. Its modular design allows user to easily add a camera, gimbal and range extender (of around 800 meters) to increase the somewhat low default range of 500 meters. Smartphone also displays real time flight data information on screen, Album Synchronization and battery status informer. Functions such as the Return to Home, Auto Take-off, Auto Landing, are available in this quadcopter.
3- WALKERA SCOUT X4
Another of Walkera’s reliable good products, this high-end drone comes with a trick. Scout X4 is somewhat of a “transformable” drone, being able to go from 4 motors to 8, becoming an octocopter. Flight controller is a Devo F12E FPV Transmitter 5.8 Ghz with open source APM software. X4 features autopilot, his is done through waypoints selected by pilot on Google Maps, to which Walkera Scout X4 will fly to alone. X4 features an excellent range of 1500 meters and 25 minutes of flight time. Scout X4 is also able to automatically return to the place of take-off as well as taking-off automatically too. Scout X4 features Walkera’s G-3D gimbal (compatible with both the GoPro Hero 3 or 4 and the iLook+) and includes an iLook+ camera with 720p resolution and 30 FPS.
2- BLADE CHROMA
Chroma is one of Blade best products for photography and video. Different package versions include CGO3 4K Camera (can shoot 1080p at 120 fps for slow-motion as well as 60p, 50p, and 48p), CGO2+ 1080p Camera, or a 3-Axis Gimbal for a GoPro. Both cameras have a wide angle 130° FOV lens. Go out there and catch epic airborne shots with the Chroma camera! Its transmitter is a ST-10+ Personal Ground Station with a 5.5″ touchscreen which also works as FPV monitor. FPV transmission is done through 5.8 GHz. Blade Chroma as a wide diversity of features: SAFE Circle which prevents the Chroma from flying too close to the pilot. Stick Relativity (another name for Headless Mode), Follow Me Mode, Tracking Mode (much like Watch Me mode from Q500 Typhoon, Return to Home and adjustable flight boundaries for a safer flight. An amazing quadcopter, with plenty of lifting power. Control distance is a little below average (400 meters) and flight time is above average (30 minutes).
1- DJI PHANTOM 3 ADVANCED
Phantom 3 is DJI’s most recent product, and incredible powerful machine able to record 2.7K video and capture 12 megapixels photos. An integrated 3-Axis Stabilization Gimbal supports GoPro cameras. Streams live 720p HD video directly to your smartphone or tablet in a maximum range of 2 kilometers. A unique Beginner mode allows new pilots to learn how to fly within a limited area chosen by you. As all the other features of the drones on this list: Auto Take-off, Auto Landing, Auto Return to Home, Failsafe (if battery is running low Phantom 3 comes back to where began flight), vision positioning for indoor flights. A powerful mobile app with user friendly interface constantly updated with cool functions as for example streaming live on Youtube whatever your drone is recording and track Phantom 3 position live on map. Flight modes such as point of interest (phantom will fly around object while always facing it), Follow Me mode, Mission Planner (autopilot through waypoints) and Intelligent Control Orientation. App also has a flight simulator to teach how to fly. Perfect drone for beginners and amazing for advanced enthusiasts. Do you agree with us, is DJI Phantom 3 the best drone under $1000?