The Best Drones of 2016

Just a decade ago, personal RC Drones with cameras attached were still primitive shaky contraptions. Yet the experience and excitement of seeing the world from above in bird’s eye view remains an inexplicable fascination to many. Today, the drone hobby has never been more prevalent and accessible. With years of product innovation we’re almost certain drone technology is at its peak! Users are now able to  effortlessly capture cinematic, high quality movie material with amazingly intelligent drones equipped with intuitive cameras and GPS systems. 

Whatever your take on drones, whether as a curious beginner, photography enthusiast, or mountain hiker looking to document camps in wild, we’ve got a great line up of the drones to suit your needs. 


Winner of Best Drone 2016: The DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter
Available at DJI
International Shipping Weight – 11.50 Kg

The latest Phantom 4 Quadcopter snags first place in our list of Best Drones for outstandingly intuitive navigation, flight stability and video quality. Trust us, this is by far the best drone your money can buy. 

DJI continues to dominate the drone market industry with its solid reputation among pro-drone flyers and impressive high performance drones. Compared to its predecessors, the new Phantom 4 proves a lot more user-friendly, from the more durable and compact new case design, down to the control navigation. 

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Navigating with front-facing cameras, the drone intelligently decides whether to stop, fly around or pull up to avoid head on collision with obstacles. The reliable Smart Return Home feature brings your drone safely back to you with reduced risk of crashing. The TapFly feature is also another app-linked feature that enables you to set flight direction just by tapping on the screen of a synced mobile device. 

If you’re planning to use the drone for a lot of photography and videography, you’ll love the seamless ActiveTrack visual based tracking system in the drone that keeps the camera aimed while in motion. With this, users can execute a perfect 360-degree fly around a standing target in stunning high definition.

The Phantom 4 Quadcopter is ultimately the best drone you can own to take travel photography into a whole new, cinematic level. 


Best HD Video on a Budget: DJI Phantom 3 Standard

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ v3.0
Available at Newegg
International Shipping Weight – 6.50 Kg

For a great photographic experience at the best value,  this DJI model carries an extremely high quality stills camera and a 4GB micro SD card. It shoots full HD video at 1080p/30fps, giving you crystal clear video and options for slow motion shots.

The DJI Phantom 2 includes an integrated GPS auto-pilot system for position holding and altitude lock, giving you constant, stable flights so you can focus on getting the right shots. During flight, the camera is stabilized on the tilt axis. Tilt control can be remotely controlled through the app making it simple and easy to use.

Return to Home feature is also included to automatically fly the Phantom 2 Vision back safely to its take off point. 


Best Battery Life Drone: The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition
Available at RC Planet
International Shipping Weight – 9.50 Kg.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition packs a whopping 36 minutes of flight time with two included HD batteries. It has no RC controllers as it is controlled using a smartphone or tablet via app. Easy to maneuver with relatively precise easy-to-control movements, this drone is a pleasure to fly both indoors and outdoors.

Another plus point of the Parrot 2.0 is that it includes several control modes from beginner to expert. The Parrot shines at executing barrel rolls and works great out in the open and on long nature hikes. 


Best Long Range Drone: Yuneec Typhoon Q500 G

Yuneec Typhoon Q500 G
Available at Adorama
International Shipping Weight – 11.00 Kg.

The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 G is a long range drone that is can fly up to 800 meters. And in case you get a little too ambitious, the FAA compliant No Fly Zone and Legal Flying Height feature can prevent flight above 400 feet from the ground. 

Different mode features can be used with GPS. The Smart Mode, lets you control the drone in any direction without any re-positioning. Watch Me and  Follow Me positions the Typhoon and lets the camera stay aimed at the pilot for amazing footage, no matter which way the drone is maneuvered. Home Mode is present to easily return your drone back to you. Users are also able to broadcast real-time video feeds using GoPro. If you’re a lover of extreme heights, this is the drone for you. 


Best Beginner’s Drone: DJI Phantom 3 Standard

DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Available at B & H Photo Video
International Shipping Weight – 6.50 Kg

For aspiring beginners looking to buy their first drone, we recommended the Phantom 3. New users can set height and distance limits to keep all flights within a safe area and the drone has an advanced gimbal stabilization technology with 2.7k Camera to give you movie-quality results no matter how you fly.

The Phantom 3 stays stable in the air, hovering in place once activated and easy to control. Powerful, responsive motors send your Phantom soaring exactly on the path you want. Stop in place, speed up, or fly higher in an instant. The Automatic Flight Assistant feature brings your Phantom 3 back to you with the press of the button. Fly up to 25 minutes on a single charge and receive alerts when it’s time to head back and battery is low.

Within its price range, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard takes the cake for best beginner’s drone with its stable performance and easy control.


Best Budget Drone: The Xiro Xplorer G

Xiro Xplorer G
Available at BuyDig
International Shipping Weight – 6.00 Kg

One of the most affordable flying drones in the market, the Xiro Xplorer G offers surprisingly good stability and excellent video quality. Compatible with GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 4, it’s an easy to master fun flying machine for those on a budget.

GPS-Enabled for a reliable flight, the drone is complete with way point settings,  auto takeoff, land and return home features. These basic features guarantee a functional flight with an enjoyable performance along with good video results.


Best Compact Drone: The DBPower UDI U842 Predator

DBPower UDI U842 Predator
Available at Amazon
International Shipping Weight – 2.50 Kg.

An uniquely UFO Styled drone, the DBPower UDI U842 Predator measures only about 21 cm. Despite the compact size, it still functions intuitively and controls easily.

Features include an Anti-Crash Safeguard to prevent collisions and damage to the propeller, Gravity Induction Mode that syncs the drone’s flight movements to the angle of your mobile phone for control, and a Return Home feature that takes your drone home.

Equipped with First Person View via pairing on iOS or Android devices, users can stream videos or upload photo feeds while the drone is in flight. Video resolution isn’t great, but it’s a compact drone both beginners and veterans will find easy and fun to fly in terms of agility and control responsiveness.


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