The market for drones is really thriving with too many great ones. There are several drones that come with the ultimate camera, zero distortion video stabilization and there are several that also flaunts a really portable and foldable design that can really make the drone fit inside your palm. With the difference of most drones in terms of capabilities and features continuously diminishing, picking the best drone, for now, is really a challenging task. Still, we have tried to present the top 5 drones that easily deserves the attention of drone lovers in 2018.
1. DJI Mavic Air
DJI Mavic Air besides all its amazing features is also the most compact and low footprint drone one can ever think of. Fully loaded with cutting-edge drone specs and features like 4K camera, 3-axis gimbal, all round obstacle avoidance, a whole range of autopilot modes and more than 4 miles of flying range easily makes it one of the sought after drones of our era. With so many powerful specs packed inside the drone still fits in your palm.
Its smart hinge system for the drone arms allows it to fold up and take the shape of a small brick. This portability is one of the key selling points of DJI Mavic Air. You can also go for Mavic Pro for a camera with a few extra features and little higher flying time in the air. But obviously, such smaller additions will also cost you at least $200 more compared to the DJI Mavic Air Pro.
2. Yuneec Typhoon H
Typhoon H is regarded as the most advanced drone for taking aerial shots and videos. Sporting a very compact size this quadcopter comes with a gamut of high-end professional grade features for a just a consumer price. Typhoon H allows flight duration of 25 minutes at a stretch while shooting from the air with the CGO3+ 4K UHD camera. The ST16 Ground Station powered by Android flaunts a 7-inch touchscreen to display the footage of the camera takes in real time. The drone also comes with a whole array of automatic flight modes.
The best thing is, the drone equipped with 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ gimbal camera offers a full 360° view of the world. It offers detailed 12 megapixel still images allowing 360° rotating motion. The drone also offers a whole range of flight modes.
3. DJI Mavic Pro
If you want an uncompromising choice among drones with every top of the shelf feature and design attributes, you can go no further than DJI Mavic Pro. Summed up by many as the most powerful drone with a portable design it can be folded into the shape of a bottle. DJI Mavic Pro flaunting quadcopter fans and powered with OcuSync transmission system can fly up to a range of 4.3 miles at 40 mph speed and can fly for as long as 27 minutes with a single charge. For controlling the drone with the precision you have a base station along with aid from GPS and satellite.
To avoid getting knocked down by any obstacle on the air, it is also equipped with obstacle avoidance feature. Capable to capture superb 4K video at 30fps or 1080p at 96fps, it is one of the best drones for professional quality aerial photography. There is also a 12-megapixel camera to capture snap vivid still shots. You can share live videos and shots in real time on Facebook and other social channels.
4. DJI Phantom 4
Phantom 4 drone which is just a refined version of the popular DJI Phantom 3 Professional comes with several value additions over and above the offerings of its predecessor. It comes with more sturdy and durable construction, more advanced obstruction avoidance feature and a well equipped remote control capabilities to work in sync with a feature-rich smartphone app. It supports 4K video recording and taking high resolution still shots. But when it comes to battery life, it is only capable to fly for a duration of just 15 to 20 minutes with a single charge. It is ideal for anyone trying his hand in aerial photography while not willing to compromise on high quality camera.
5. Parrot Bebop 2
Parrot Bebop 2 is not as expensive a drone as the first three mentioned in this list but sports many cutting edges features comparable to the premium ones. The camera of Bebop 2 comes with a fisheye lens, and it helps to make the shots steady with an image stabilization software and thus it actually avoids the need to sport a gimbal. It also comes with the optional accessories like a flight controller and FPV headset to experience the aerial photography in full flair. The battery life is not awesome and it would be wise to use an additional battery cell to keep it flying.
The winner among these drones as the most feature-rich choice is already obvious. But obviously, you need to make a decision based on price tag as well. A great price with best in class features and capabilities is what makes your choice.