More and more persons are asking us for advice on where and which drone we find the best. This best buy blog is for all of you which are considering to buy a drone. Nowadays everybody knows what a drone, also known as quadcopter, is since those flying creatures are hot and often in the news. For instance the illegal drones above the Eiffel tower and drones to capture poachers in Africa. On the internet there are numerous publications about regulations on operating a quadcopter, due to it massive possibilities and threats the laws are in most countries still a gray area. Please check before you buy a quadcopter the laws and regulations about flying a quadcopter in your country. In this blog we will inform to find a suitable drones which suits you. Not matter if you are looking for a high end drone, drone with camera or just a cheaper drone to play with. Below you will find a lot of specifications on different quadcopters, which make your decision easier!
A basic drone search on Google results in thousands types of drones, videos of drones, hundreds of online shops with quadcopters and many reviews on drones. Buying expensive drones directly from china like the DJI Inspire 1, Walkera Voyager 3, DJI Phantom Professional 3 or the Walkera QR X800 will save you a lot of money than buying the drone from a middleman or shop. The mentioned prices below are only from the largest china wholesale websites. In addition of this review you can download , at the bottom, all English manuals that where found off the below quadcopters. We recommend the following site for buying quadcopters: Banggood,Gearbest,Tinydeal,Tmart,DealeXtreme and GeekBuying.Those websites often have attractive coupons which you can use! Other websites are often more expensiver and don’t have many quadcopters to compare.
High End Quadcopters ($4200-$1200):
First of all lets have a look at the high end quadcopters like the DJI Inspire, The Walkera Voyager 3, The Walkera QR X800 and the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.
Those quadcopters have a lot of excellent features which make them high end! Those quadcopters have a great flying time, are excellent to control and WiFi image distance, FPV (first person view) ability and some great “call to action” buttons like; failsafe function, auto take-off and landing and return to home function.
1.DJI Inspire 1 Transforming Dual Transmitter RC Quadcopter with 4k Camera ($3249-$3756)
The best features of the DJI Inspire I is that this quadcopter has live HD view which can be transmitted video up to 2km away! It has an unrestricted 360 degrees view, a 4K Camera, an optional dual operator control what means that one can remote the DJI Inspire and the another person can control the 4K camera. The DJI inspire has an intelligent power management system which let you know when it’s time to fly back. The maximum flight time is approximately 18 minutes, the max ascent speed is 5m/s and the max speed is up to 22m/s. The remote distance is also up to 2km away. There is an auto take-off and landing function on the controller and the DJI Inspire has a live map with a radar dynamic home point.
2.Walkera Voyager 3 Dual-Navigation with 4K Camera FPV 1 Version RTF ($1838-$2393)
The Walkera Voyager 3 is a little bit cheaper than the DJI Inspire, it contains also a 4K camera and has a unrestricted 360 degree view as well.This quadcopter has a FPV (first person view) distance of 500-1000 meters. It supports a mixed control between the Devo 12 transmitter and the GCS app. There is also a possibility to fly and record videos or taking photo’s with two people. The maximum flight time is up to 25 minutes, the maximum speed is up to 22m/s. It has a return to home function, a failsafe function, GPS position holding and a telemetry function. The remote distance is 1-2 km, it is a little bit less than the DJI Inspire.
3.Walkera QR X800 Premium FPV RC Quadcopter FPV 4 ($1942-$1987)
The Walkera QR X800 is a stable quadcopters, It doesn’t have a camera but this one is compatible with a iLook/Gopro/SJ5000/SJ4000 and a Xiaomi Yi Camera. The copter carries a professional gimbal to realize steady HD photography. Comparing with the DJI Inspire and the Walkera Voyager 3 the flying time is astonishing, it could fly 30-60 minutes! The Walkera has a lot of features like an auto take-off & landing, return to home key, follow mode,circle flight and automatic cruise. It has a control distance of 1.5- 2km. This copter is built for endurance, so the maximum speed is a little bit lower.
4.DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4k Camera ($1079-$2334)
The last one we would like to enlighten in the high end is the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, this copter has a 4K Camera Sony 12.4 MP camera, which can be used for real-time first-person view video at a range of up to 2 kilometers. You can control the Phantom 3 with two people, one controls the copter and one controls the 4K camera. It has features like auto take-off and return to home mode, has a failsafe mode, You can even set waypoints and assigning automatic actions. The maximum ascent speed is 5m/s an the maximum flying speed is 16m/s. The flight time is about 23 minutes and his control range is about 2km! There is a Mobile App DJI Pilot which you can use for the video support.
|1.DJI Inspire 1
|2.Walkera Voyager 3
|3. Walker QR X800
|4.DJI Phantom 3
Sub High End Quadcopters ($150-$1000):
If those above are too expensive then you should look in the middle range categories, most of them has also some great features, but the flying time, control range and the HD camera view are not available or does not have the specifications as above. On some of those quadcopters you can mount your own sportscam on it, like the iLook, Xiaomi Yi Camera, Sj4000,SJ5000 or a GoPro. The advantage of these drones are that they are certainly cheaper, a faster charging time and they are easier to control.We enlighten the following quadcopters, the Cheerson CX -20 Auto Pathfinder, the WLtoys V886G FPV, the Hubsan H107D FPV X4 and the WLtoys V303 Auto Pathfinder.
1.Cheerson CX – 20 GPS Auto Pathfinder Open ($218-$348)
The Cheerson CX-20 has a lot of great functions, it has a GPS one key return which means that the Cheerson will come back when you will push that button. Besides that it has a headless mode, an english manual and CD-ROM for editing with a PC, a low voltage protection. Another feature is the failsafe function, if the connection is gone, the Cheerson will fly back where it just started. , You also can attach your once GoPro, SJ4000, Xiaomi camera. The control distance is about 300 meters, the flying time 15 minutes and the charging time 2 hours. It has a two flight control modes, it is stable and easy to fly because of the auto pathfinder with integrated flight dynamics system.the maximum flight speed of the Cheerson CX-20 is 10m/s , it has LED light to help you to see the orientation during flight. The package includes a English manual.
2. WLtoys V686G FPV Headless Mode RC Quadcopter with 2MP Camera ($104-$119)
The WLtoys V686G as an one key return function, 2.0 MP camera, 6 axis gyro system, night fly, multiple quadcopters can fly at the same time, it is adapted for anti interference. This quadcopter provides a real time image transmission which allows you to enjoy the views more convenient, it has a headless mode and English manual, 360 eversion mode. Flying time 8 minutes, charging time 90 minutes, remote control distance 100-150 meters, price 105 dollars.
3.Hubsan H107D FPV X4 5.8G 4CH 6 Axis RC Quadcopter VS Estes Protox FPV ($133-$144)
The Hubsan has H107D FPV6 axis gyro 4 rotorcraft flight with HD camera which allows FPV (First Person View).It has his small size, LED light indicates direction in the night, various flight movement easily implemented, great wind resistance, control distance up to 100 meters, live video distance, up to 100 meters, resolution 640X480 TF card can expand to 16gb. Fly time 6-7 minutes, charging time 35-40 minutes. You could use the protection cover for protecting the blades.
4. WLtoys V303 Auto Pathfinder FPV RC Quadcopter with GPS + Camera Mount ( No Camera ) ($288-$380)
The WLtoys V303 has 6 axis system with 360 degree rotating, has multiple features like GPS auto function, come home button, failsafe and self landing, Low voltage protection and an headless mode.The remote distance is up to 500 meters, it has a flight time of 13-15 minutes, a charging time of 60-100 minutes. The maximum speed is 10 m/s. This quadcopter has a camera mount where you could put your sportscam on it.
| 1.Cheerson CX-20
Tinydeal $ 218
Gearbest $ 224,89
Light in the Box $278
|2. WLtoys V686G
|3.Hubsan H107D X4
|4. WLtoys V303
Middle Class Quadcopters ($50-$150).
If you still find that those above are to expensive just have a look on the next four quadcopters. The drones are much cheaper but don’t support FPV, you could not attach your own camera, the control range is much smaller than the other quadcopters above. If you ultimately want a high end quadcopter but never flew one maybe those quadcopters mentioned below are great to exercise with. The quadcopters in this price range are mainly bought buy persons who didn’t had any experience but who like to make some videos and photos of their flights.We enlighten following quadcopters in the middle class price range, the Syma X5C New Version, the WLtoys V222, the JJRC H8C DFD F183 and the Hubsan X4 H107C Upgraded.
1.Syma X5C X5C-1 New Version Explorers Quadcopter Mode 2 With Camera ($56-$60)
In this price range the Syma X5C X5C-1 is the one with the best reviews and only cost 56 dollars, has a 360 accurate orientation, has a 720 camera (up to 8000 pictures or 30 minutes video time). The Syma X5C New version can be used for both indoor and outdoor flying. Has a flying time of 7 minutes, a charging time of 60 minutes, a control distance about 100 meters. The Syma provides blade protectors, has also a power safety mode and LED lights to fly during the night.
2.Wltoys V222 2.4G 6-Axis RC Quadcopter With Camera LED Light RTF ($71-$80)
This copter has a lot of great reviews as well. The design is very cool, it has a 6 axis system, a crash protection mode if the power of the transmitter is off. The Wltoys V222 has a 360 degrees rotating mode for video and photo catching, you can play with multiple helicopters at the same time, has LED searching light so you could use it over night. It has a flight duration of about 8-10 minutes, a charging time of 1-1.5 hours, and a remote control distance of 100-150 meters. A English manual is included.
3.JJRC H8C DFD F183 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis RC Quadcopter With 2MP Camera RTF ($46-$63)
This copter cost about 57 dollars, and has a 2 MP Camera. It is available in the black and white version, has a HD camera, a 360 flip mode function, different speeds, so as a beginner you should use a low throttle first to avoid losing control of the JJRC H8C quadcopter. The charging time is about 110 minutes and the flight time 8 minutes. The drones have an optional protection cover, a 6 gyro axis so it is more stable the controller. The drones is equipped with a LCD screen where you will see how power and the signalstrength between the quadcopter and the remote control. This drone has a anti shock frame kit and control distance is about 80 meters. It comes with a 2GB memory card and a card reader.
4.Hubsan X4 H107C Upgraded 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter With 2MP Camera RTF ($52-$84)
The Hubsan X4 H107C is about the same as the Hubsan mentioned above and comes with a 2MP camera. A big advantage is the 40 minutes charging time and the flying time is around 7 minutes.The Hubsan X4 H107C has some LED controllers at each blade so you could do some night flight and has a distance reach of 100 meters!! It has the possibility to add a protection cover it has a gyro sensitivity. And does have a anti flip mode so you could not flip If that wasn’t your purpose. If you are willing to buy the Hubsan X4, Be sure you will buy the New Upgraded version!
| 1.Syma X5C X5C-1
|4.Hubsan X4 H107C
Budget Quadcopters ($10-$40):
When you want to buy a cheap and smaller drone for indoor use or maybe to play with in your own garden you should choose one of those mentioned below. The big advantage of those budget quacopters are that they are very cheap,easy to control and a short charging time. The main disadvantage is that they are frequently vulnerable,and they flying time is often short. There is no possibility to buy an extra battery, since the battery is built in the quadcopter. Those drones does not have any camera/photo support only the DM007 Explorer UFO with LCD Remote Control and 2.0 MP Camera, this one is the most expensive in this price range. The following quadcopters will pass the review, the Cheerson CX-10, the Upgraded Hubsan X4 V2 H107L, the Eachine H8 mini and the DM007 Quadcopter.
1. Cheerson CX-10 CX10 Mini 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Quadcopter RTF ($15-$19)
Probably the most known budget quadcopter. The Cheerson cost between 14-20 dollar and those dollars are worth of it! The main advantage of the Cheerson CX-10 are the cost, flying time, easy to control, 4 channel (for the pro’s who can fly with 4 Cheersons at the same time). The main disadvantages is that the Cheerson can break easily and the flying distance. We would also recommend to add a few bumpers which are only 2 or 3 dollar, and if you are a beginner you can better buy two or three spare ones since you are likely to break them pretty quick. We reviewed the Cheerson CX-10 before click here
for the detailed review.
2.New Version Upgraded Hubsan X4 V2 H107L 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter RTF ($37-$45)
This one is a bit more expensive but is bigger and much more stable than the Cheerson CX-10. It has some led controllers at each blade so you could do some night flight, it has a distance reach of 100 meters!! The Hubsan H107L has the possibility to add a protection cover, has a 9 minutes flying time and 30 minutes charging time .It has a gyro sensitivity, an anti flip mode so you cannot flip if that wasn’t your purpose. If you are willing to buy the Hubsan X4, be sure you will buy the New Upgraded version!
3.Eachine H8 Mini RC Quadcopter ($14-$16)
This one has also a lot of great reviews on the different sites like Banggood and Gearbest. It cost only 14 dollars, Has a 6 axis Gyro, Flies up to 5-7 minutes, as a charging time of 45 minutes and a flying distance off 30 meters. It has a Headless mode, one key to return function , it can roll over 360 degrees, and has is own protection cover. Tip! Buy some extra batteries or a few quadcopters!
4. DM007 2.4GHz 4 Channel RC Quadcopter with LCD Remote control with 2.0 MP Camera ($39-$64)
The last one we want to enlighten is the most expensive one in this categories but has a 2.0 MP Camera on it! The DM007 4 Channel RC Quadcopter is with his $40,- a little bit more expensive.The best thing of this quadcopter that it has a 2.0 MP Camera so it allows you to record your flight. It is easy to control, has a 6 axis gyro so it is easier with wind resistance, you could fly with multiple quadcopters at the same time and they don’t interfere with each other. It has a flight mode for beginners and experts, night light, and it able to fly indoor and outdoor. The flying time is 6-8 minutes, has a long charging time of 80-90 minutes but has an incredible control distance of approximately 150 meters! It includes a 2GB memory card , English manual and 4 spare blades. It has his own protection frame. You can buy him in a black and white version. This product has been sent to us so shortly there will be a detailed review about the DM007 Quadcopter.
|2. Hubsan X4 V2 H107L
|3.Eachine H8 Mini
|4. DM007 2.4GHz
Other Great Quadcopters
Although we mentioned a lot of quadcopters in different price ranges there are still a lot of quadcopters with great quality that are worth to mention. If you still does not know which quadcopter you want to buy have a look at the quadcopters below, those have also great reviews and are often mentioned on the web.
|Syma X8C Venture
|DJI Phantom 2
|Syma X12 Explorers
|Yizhan Tarantula X6
|Syma X5SW 1
In summary, there are many quadcopters on the market and it is hard to find which one suits you best. The best thing is that there is not just one who meets your expectations, there will be always a few quadcopters which will suffice. Consider first how much money you are willing to spend, if you do want to pay a little bit more for some extra features, there are a lot of drones which you can exclude. Secondly, if you are a beginner, don’t start with one that is very expensive, those one are most of the time harder to control. Thirdly consider how often you will use the quadcopter. If you will use him a lot we recommend that you will buy one which is a little bit more expensive. If you will use it occasionally then you should buy a cheap one. Fourthly, knowing which control distance, flight distance and flying time you desire will help you to filter the quadcopters you are interested in. Last but not least if you want to make videos/photos with the quadcopter there are a lot of them where you can choose off, know which quality of videos and/or photos you want to capture. If you have already a great sport cam, consider one with a mount attached for your SJ4000, SJ5000, Xiaomy Yi Cam or your Go Pro. If you like to have a FPV (first person view) there are just a few who can provide this features.
We hope we made it a little bit easier for you to choose which one suits your expectations. Always look at the reviews on the websites, they will give you a lot of information about the corresponding quadcopter. Have a nice flight!
Additional tip: When you know which want you would like to buy, search on Youtube, there you will see by Yourself if that one is the right one!
Don’t forget the coupons, it will save definitely some money!
English Downloadable Manuals
DJI Inspire English Manual
Phantom 3 Professional English Manual
Walkera Voyager 3 English Manual
Walkera QR X800 English Manual
Hubsan H107C FPV X4 English Manual
Hubsan H107D FPV X4 English Manual
Hubsan H107L FPV X4 Manual
Cheerson CX-20 Auto Pathfinder English Manual
Cheerson CX-10 CX10 Quadcopter English Manual
WLtoys V303 Auto Pathfinder English Manual
Wltoys V222 2.4G 6-Axis RC Quadcopter With Camera LED Light RTF English Manual
Syma X5C X5C-1 New Version Explorers Quadcopter English Manual