Four Best Drones You Can Get Your Hands On Under $1000 This 2018
In the last few years, drones have changed the landscape of the media industry significantly. Now, we have more options when it comes to recording and shooting, especially when it comes to aerial shots. That’s why many are opting to buy drones to supplement their hobbies or their businesses. But even though there’s a whole horde of drones available nowadays, it’s still quite a difficult task to pick what’s most suited for your needs.
Is it just for fun? Or do you need something for heavy-duty use? In order to help you come to a decision, we took it upon ourselves to provide you with a list of the best drones currently available in the market – of course, all the while considering affordability and function. Read our picks below!
DJI Mavic Pro
DJI has been consistently delivering top quality drones ever since the gadget demand boomed and the DJI Mavic Pro is no exception. Able to collapse down to the size of a small water bottle, the DJI Mavic Pro has it down with portability – a feature every drone enthusiast is currently looking out for. It also boasts a state of the art new transmission system, the Ocusync, which allows the flyer to travel up to a range of 4.3 miles. Aside from this, the drone’s battery pack isn’t something to mess with, vaunting a total flight time of 27 minutes – which is pretty lengthy compared to other drones out now.
Users also don’t have to worry about losing the contraption as the DJI Mavic Pro has been imbued with a GPS, which owners will be able to access through the controller. In addition to this, buyers shouldn’t worry about flight obstacles potentially damaging their device as the Mavic Pro is equipped with an obstacle avoidance feature that will keep it safe from collisions mid-air.
Parrot Bebop 2
Parrot is another popular drone manufacturer today. Recently, they came out with the successor to their Bebop flagship, the Parrot Bebop 2.
The Parrot Bebop 2, on the outside, looks similar to its predecessor, however, the same cannot be said about its performance. The new drone is capable of lasting 25 minutes in mid-air – a significant increase to the first Bebop which times in at 11 minutes. The Bebop 2 has also been enhanced to have a much faster flight speed and a larger area of the range of up to 2 kilometers. In terms of shooting capability, the Bebop 2 sports a full HD wide lens camera perfect for aerial shots. All in all, if you’re looking for a great all-rounder Parrot’s Bebop 2 will be your best bet.
Yuneec Typhoon Q500
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 is most suitable for those looking for a drone that’s excellent in aerial photography. The drone sports a high-end 4K camera partnered with an FPV (First-Person Viewing) flight capabilities, which can be viewed through the controller’s LCD display.
Like the others on the list, it also boasts of a 25-minute flight time. However the same cannot be said about its flight range, which only maxes out at 800 meters at best. Overall, those specifications are ideal for those hoping to find a drone suited for aerial photography than recording and shooting.
Another DJI product which deserves a place on this list is the DJI Spark. Although not as impressive as the DJI Mavic Pro, the DJI Spark stands out because of its versatility and handiness. In fact, it takes the word ‘portability’ to a whole new level, fitting snugly on a front pocket without any hitches. That’s probably why many admire this little fella – it really takes ease of use to heart.
Though little, the DJI Spark packs quite the performance. It’s capable of continuous flight for up to 15 minutes. Aside from this, it can cover an area of 2 kilometers. More interesting, the DJI Spark can also be controlled using gestures, which can be accessed through the DJI GO app.
When it comes to shooting, the Dji Spark is integrated with a miniature FHD camera paired with a 2-axis gimbal – for perfect image and video stabilization. In totality, DJI Spark will probably lean towards beginners and starters than professionals but that doesn’t take away from its amazing performance regardless of who uses it.