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Best Drones 2018 | Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best drone but not sure about where to Look and which one to buy? You’ve definitely come to the Right Place

In this article i am basically going to discuss about all the currently available and best drones into two distinct types.

  1. Camera Drones / Drones with Cameras
  2. FPV/ Racing Drones

Our team of experts have hand picked each and every drone and have tested and researched based on the drones quality, features, ease of use and their cost as we know that it depends on person to person the reason behind they are buying drone. It is important before you buy any drone that you get to know about the pricing, camera specification, handling and the battery life of the drone and buy the one that suits to your needs.

ALL Drones Currently Included In Our Top Pick List of Best Drones 2018

Model NameTypeCheck Price
DJI SPARKCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI Mavic ProCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI PHANTOM 4 PROCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI PHANTOM 4 ADVANCEDCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI INSPIRE 2Camera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI PHANTOM 3 SERIESCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
YUNEEC TYPHOON HCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
YUNEEC Q500 4KCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
The Parrot Bebop 3DR SOLOCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
TBS VENDETTARacing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
IMMERSIONRC VORTEX 250 PRORacing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
LUMENIER QAV250Racing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
EACHINE RACER 250Racing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon

Best Drones 2018

Best Drones 2018

DRONES WITH CAMERAS

These are basically the drones most people nowadays are most familiar with. These are the type of drones that are usually ready-to-fly and these drones comes with stabilized cameras as usually these drones are used for shooting videos and stills. Nowadays Drones with cameras are used in almost every field like video production.

Note: Drone photography is also one of the most emerging field.

These types of drones are also helps in search and rescue missions, for surveillance etc. People nowadays don’t just buy camera drones for only a single particular reason as there are many different places where these drones comes in handy.

TOP CAMERA DRONES

Below you will find the list of Best Camera Drones. We continuously updates this list to bring our readers the Best Drones so they can easily make buying decisions.

Model NameTypeCurrent Price
DJI SPARKCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI Mavic ProCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI PHANTOM 4 PROCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI PHANTOM 4 ADVANCEDCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI INSPIRE 2Camera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
DJI PHANTOM 3 SERIESCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
YUNEEC TYPHOON HCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
YUNEEC Q500 4KCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
The Parrot Bebop 3DR SOLOCamera DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon

DJI SPARK

If you are a kid and thinking about buying your first drone then we would definitely recommend you DJI Spark. DJI Spark a small (micro-sized) camera drone having top speed of 31MPH and it comes with specifications and feature that makes it easier to fly a drone even for those who don’t have prior drone flying experience . The DJI Spark drone can easily fit on your hand, and it comes with new palm-launch feature i.e in less than 30 seconds you can easily fly this drone.

If you are going to use Optional controller then the DJI Spark can go up-to a range of around 1 mile, and will have enough flight time that could easily get you at specific location and back. But what if you just want to take a picture and want to fly this drone just 3-4 feet from you? In this case gesture control comes in handy. Using the  Gesture control (currently only available on DJI Spark), you will be able to easily launch the drone and take pictures using only your hand gestures as DJI Spark comes with advance technology of machine learning algorithms that is used in artificial Intelligence and vision processors that helps to recognize user’s hands and face. So, if you’re a beginner then DJI Spark is one of the most smartest drone you can buy right now.

Pictures and Video Quality of DJI Spark

Here it is important to mention that DJI Spark comes with more than just a simple selfie camera. Using DJI Spark user can even shoot 1080p video and can stabilize it with the help of mechanical gimbal. This makes DJI Spark the drone that not just rely on digital stabilization but also a good drone using which we can shoot high quality videos. DJI also comes with a smart shooting feature known as Quick Shot and it is one of the best way to get cinematic shots without spending a lot of time and having good practice.

There is also another feature of DJI Spark known as the ShallowFocus photo mode. Using this mode you can think about having your drone as a professional DSLR camera as this feature gives pictures a professional DSLR like shots having main subject in focus and blurring out everything else.

There are so many features and specifications that comes with this drone that being a beginner if you are planning to buy a new drone then we would Definitely recommend DJI Spark to you. Due to all the stunning features of DJI Spark mentioned above and it’s price range accessible to almost everyone we have included this drone in our Best Drones 2018 list.

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DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro is basically made for adults and kids who likes to travel and are adventurous even if they are beginners or have being flying drones for quite some time. If you have ever fly Phantom 4 drone then you will definitely say that DJI Mavic Pro is the Mini Phantom 4. This drone is said to be the Swiss Army Knife of the drones.

If you are looking for a small but at the same time a very capable camera drone. Then, Mavic Pro should definitely be your choice. DJI Mavic Pro comes with around 4 miles range having more than 21 minutes of flight time and top speed of 40MPH.

DJI Mavic Pro also comes with forward-facing obstacle-avoidance feature that try to keep safe from any obstacle on it’s way and this feature is enabled in almost every mode except the Sport Mode. If you lose signal while flying DJI Mavic Pro, you don’t need to worry as this drone will go into “Return-to-Home” mode and will come back to you while avoiding obstacles on it’s way.

Pictures and Video Quality of DJI Mavic Pro

One of the biggest selling point of this drone is its size because even being small in size having a foldable design it shoots 4K videos at 30FPS and at the same time DJI Mavic Pro gives 12-megapixel pictures having DNG file type support and gives the most fantastic stabilized drone shot. So, we can definitely compare it’s camera to a Professional DSLR camera. Except the Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro’s camera beats all the other drones in its class.

Due to all the these features of DJI Mavic Pro we have included this drone in our Best Drones 2018 list and at the moment i am pretty much sure this drone will remain in our Best Drones list

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DJI PHANTOM 4 PRO

At the moment there are many different camera drones available but if you are looking for the most innovative one then the DJI Phantom 4 PRO should be your choice. DJI Phantom 4 PRO can fly really fast as compared to other drones of the same category and not just fast this drone is also very reliable.

This drone is also very easy to use and set up. DJI Phantom 4 Pro also comes with an added feature of 3D camera and the latest computer hardware that is helpful for mapping out environments in three dimensional space. It also helps to avoid obstacles but these are not the only features that makes Phantom 4 the best one compared to the other one in the same category. This drone comes with Longer Battery Life (around 22-30 minutes) and also comes with a Free In-app Flight Simulator that is extremely helpful if you are still Learning to Fly. The mobile app of DJI Phantom 4 PRO is almost similar to that of DJI Inspire.

When we take a look at the design features of DJI Phantom 4 Pro, we come to know that each and every part of this drone has been designed with extreme care and at the same time keeping in mind that this drone should still look pleasing in appearance.

Pictures and Video Quality of DJI Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Phantom 4 PRO comes with 4K Video recording feature and also have 20 Megapixel camera for taking Photos having a 1-inch sensor. That’s not all this drone also comes with option for HD live video streaming that works better when compared to any other drone out there offering HD live video streaming. You can easily do HD Video Streaming on your Mobile Device ( almost over 4 mile range in good conditions)

Due to all the these features of DJI Phantom 4 PRO we have included this drone in our Best Drones 2018 list and in our best drones with camera category.

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DJI PHANTOM 4 ADVANCED

The Phantom 4 Advanced basically borrows almost all the features from the Phantom 4 Pro and at the same time this Phantom 4 Advanced drone will take the same 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor that the Phantom 4 Pro has.

This drone also have the intelligent flight modes that is included in the Phantom 4 Pro and this feature basically let you pre-program the drone to fly at certain routes or even follow you around.

What you’re not going to believe is that the Phantom 4 Advanced will still only have the forward and downwards obstacle avoidance feature, unlike the backwards & side obstacle avoidance feature in the Phantom 4 Pro version.

Besides this, there’s not much difference between these two drones so it is better to save around $150 and buy the Phantom 4 Pro version that gives you the exact same functionality and features.

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DJI INSPIRE 2

DJI INSPIRE 2 drone got the best design as compared to all other drones. When you will take a look at this drone you are definitely going to think that this drone comes form a science fiction movie. The DJI Inspire 2 is one of the most smartest, fastest and most most highest quality drone ever built and at the same time this drone is one of the most professional ready-to-fly drone that is available in market at the moment and to be honest if you are ever going to see this drone in front of you, you’re definitely going to want one for yourself.

When we compare this drone with any other drone currently available then i can definitely say that there isn’t anything that Inspire 2 isn’t capable of doing. It is definitely better than Phantom 4 Pro and comes with all of the features offered in the Phantom 4 Pro and DJI INSPIRE 2 also have a design that is optimized for giving the industry leading video features and at the same time best performance. DJI INSPIRE 2 is almost two times as big and at the same time twice as fast when compared to the Phantom 4 Pro. This drone reach speed of almost 60MPH.

But, this all comes with Big Price tag. This drone is not something most people will buy just as a Hobby.

Pictures and Video Quality of DJI Inspire 2

DJI Inspire 2 comes with 5.2k camera having 360-degree panning gimbal, at the same time a dedicated FPV (first-person-view) camera is also included. Having all these features, users no longer need to blindly fly sideways or backward in order to get the perfect shot. What makes DJI nspire 2 ideal for the dual pilot operation is having an FPV camera as one person with the help of the FPV camera can fly this drone while at the same time other person can easily control the video camera. With the help of two operators you can easily split up the amount of work, but If you are one of those people who love to fly alone to have the feeling of operating a drone, DJI Inspire 2  comes wit a Spotlight Pro feature for this purpose and it allows the operator to focus on flying the drone while the Inspire 2 built-in feature points the camera at specified object.

When it comes to the video quality of Inspire 2 i can definitely say that it is second to none. DJI Inspire 2 comes with a production-ready X5S camera, it also gives you the option to shoot on your choice whether you like to shoot  RAW 4K video at 60FPS, 12-bit RAW 5.2K video at 30FPS, or if you like Apple Prores, there is also an option for Prores 4444 XQ support that comes with DJI Inspire 2.

If you have fall in love with the design of Inspire 2, but can’t afford it, you can also consider buying the Inspire 1 but of-course it will not offer the same functionality and features of the Inspire 2.

DJI Inspire 2 drone is mainly intended for people who simply wants the absolute best drone available in the market and at the same time for those who wants the Perfect results for their aerial photography / cinematography.

Due to all the these features of DJI Inspire 2 as mentioned above we have included this drone in our Best Drones 2018 list and in our best drones with camera category. Not just that this Drone is also tagged in our “Premium Choice” list

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DJI PHANTOM 3 SERIES

When it comes to drones having the most flight time and at the same time easiest to fly, having a lot of good features and a great video quality, then the only drone that I would recommend is the Phantom 3. There are many other drones currently available in market and offering almost similar functionality as the Phantom 3, but if you’re looking to get the best all around experience for the same price then DJI Phantom 3 tops in our list.

Before the Phantom 4, Phantom 3 was definitely the people’s choice drone when it comes to camera drones and was better when compared to any other drone in it’s price range. In the beginning people first used to buy a smaller drone so they can test how drones work and to get hands on experience before they invest in buying a Phantom, but now since these drones comes with better flight options and at the same time built-in flight simulator now you can directly buy this drone and first get to fly this drone in virtual environment before actually flying it outside. The video quality of DJI Phantom 3 is exactly same as that of Inspire 1.

When it comes to social media marketing community of DJI Phantom 3, it’s HUGE!! You are going to find many YouTube videos, blogs and forums where people even today after DJI Phantom 4 have been released talking about this. If you got any question related to this drone, you’re definitely going to find someone who have already answered the question.

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YUNEEC TYPHOON H

Yuneec at the moment is relatively not a very well known company when we compare it with DJI however, Yuneec is one of the biggest competitor of DJI Phantom 4.

Yuneec Typhoon H is basically a drone having 6 rotors retractable landing gear and it comes with 360 degree gimbal. Due to it’s 6 rotors, the Typhoon H flies very very smooth and the most notable thing about this drone is that it keeps flying even in case if one motor fails, and handles the wind perfectly.

How Yuneec Typhoon H is the biggest competitor of the DJI Phantom 4?

We have compared both drones and tested them side to side and following is the info we noted:

  • Both these drones have more than 20 minutes of flight time
  • Both these drones have obstacle avoidance feature.
  • Both these drones have decent video quality
  • Both these drones fall in the same price range.

Due to above features we think both DJI Phantom 4 and the Yuneec Typhoon H falls in the same category but at the same time there are some features of DJI Phantom 4 that makes itself stand out and those features are

  • the user interface of DJI Phantom 4 is very simple and easy to use as compared to Yuneec Typhoon H
  • In order to get the full obstacle avoidance feature in Yuneec Typhoon H you will need to upgrade to the Typhoon H Pro as it comes with the advance obstacle avoidance feature “with Realsense” but of course the downside is it will bring the up making it even more expensive than Phantom 4.

Overall I think it is a good drone and if you are looking for drone having some features from Inspire 1 and some features from the          DI Phantom 4 then this drone should definitely be your choice.

Due to all these features of Yuneec Typhoon H, this drone is included in our Best Drones 2018 list and in our best drones with camera list too.

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YUNEEC Q500 4K

Just like the Phantom 4 and Typhoon H, Yuneec q500 4K is an older model from Yuneec. This drone offers a lot of great options when it comes to it’s price. This drone is portable and if you want to use this drone camera as a mini handheld camera then this drone allows to take off the camera (and gimbal).

If we compare this drone with DJI Phantom 3 then it’s not that cheap but still it is a good drone when it comes to it’s price. This drone is not a very popular one and you’re not going to find a lot of videos, blogs etc. about it but after using this drone I would definitely recommend it. One of the best thing about this drone I think is that it comes with an Android device that is built into the controller. Of course the quality of the built-in android device is not same as that of iPad or a good Android tab but still I would recommend this drone due to it’s overall functionality and features.

If you’re looking to buy this drone, make sure that you buy the new silver and black 4K version as the original Q500 have 1080p camera.

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The Parrot Bebop 3DR SOLO

If you’re looking for one of the most advanced drone that is available in market at the moment, then The Parrot Bebop. This drone is much smaller than the AR Drone 2.0, at the same time it is faster, smarter but a little more expensive.

You can easily control this drone using your iPhone or Android device similar to the AR Drone but at the same time this drone also comes with some more advanced features such as having an optional SkyController that allows to have extended range, real joystick controls, HDMI output and at the same time few other options too.

The Parrot Bebop offers different advanced features that are better when compared to the AR Drone 2.0, but the most interesting one is it’s video system. This drone have a 14 megapixel camera that comes with 180 degree field-of-view fisheye lens and due to this feature the Parrot Bebop drone is able to take full 14 megapixel image, overcome the distortion in image, stabilize it and then send live video back to your phone.

This means you can get in your phone a digitally stabilized standard definition video feed. That’s not all Bebop drone also records the digitally stabilized 1080p video to 8GB of onboard memory.

There are some downside of this drone too and that includes a lot of lag in it’s video streaming functionality that even makes this drone almost unusable for fast and precise First-Person-View flying. Second downside of this drone is that it doesn’t come with precise control and you will need to pay some more money to get SkyController.

Overall, The Parrot Bebop is a good drone but definitely not good for professional video making when we compare it with the DJI Phantom 2, 3 and Phantom 4.

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RACING DRONES / FPV Drones

If you are one of those people who love drone racing and then in this section I am going to tell you about all the awesome racing drones available. If you’re thinking about getting into this drone racing sport then I would definitely say (Do It!)

Racing flying drones are very similar to racing cars and it is one of the most intense sport and more and more people are on daily basis getting started with it. Racing drones takes a lot more time and research as compared to any other type of drone in order to start out but the experience and fun you will get when flying FPV Drones is unlike anything else.

At the moment Drone Racing is an actual sport with real competitions held around worldwide and this sport is held with huge prize money. At the moment no one knows that where this FPV Drone Racing sport will end up in few years but if we currently analyze then we come to know that this drone racing sport on daily basis is getting more and more intense as the technology is making progress. In coming years, drone racing can become just as popular as any other major sport.

TOP RACING DRONES / Top FPV Drones

Below you will find the list of Best Racing Drones. We continuously updates this list to bring our readers the Best Drones so they can easily make buying decisions.

Model NameTypeCurrent Price
TBS VENDETTARacing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
IMMERSIONRC VORTEX 250 PRORacing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
LUMENIER QAV250Racing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon
EACHINE RACER 250Racing DroneCheck Current Price On Amazon

TBS VENDETTA

The TBS Vendetta is one of the best racing drone currently available. It is a tiny little quad copter that is specifically designed for first person view (FPV) racing and for freestyle flying. At the moment there are many different mini FPV racing drones that even come ready to fly, but this drone is definitely the best option available and I am also going to tell why you should prefer this drone over any other drone.

The TBS Vendetta comes with almost everything that a newbie or a beginner needs in order to start learning how to race using drone. The only things that The TBS Vendetta drone won’t come with is a charger, controller, battery, and FPV video goggles but, in drone racing world racers normally choose these things according to their need.

These types of drones i.e. Racing drones like the above usually are much smaller when compared to the camera drones such as the DJI Phantom drones, but don’t think this drone will not be fast. The TBS Vendetta easily reach speed of 80mph when you are racing on track, and over 100mph when doing nose dives. This drone comes with great performance features and quality and this is the reason it is included in our Best Drones 2018 list and chosen as one of the best in Best Racing drones category.

One question that most people ask is that what if I broke my drone? Let me first tell you that The TBS Vendetta drone is very hard to break and even in case If it gets broken then this drone is one of the only drone that doesn’t needs soldering iron when a user after crashing replaces it’s components. TBS Vendetta have a modular design and you can easily upgrade it to have bigger motors, add a very high-voltage battery & definitely by upgrading this you are definitely going to get a much faster drone.

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IMMERSIONRC VORTEX 250 PRO

When we talk about the greatest competitor of TBS Vendetta drone, it is non other than The Vortex 250 Pro.

The Vortex 250 Pro is almost about the same size as The TBS Vendetta drone but is a little bit much heavier and instead of three bladed propellers like the Vendetta it comes with two bladed propellers. This drone is also one of the best ready-to-fly racing drone. The two bladed propellers in Vortex 250 Pro is more efficient as compared to three blade, but three bladed propellers in TBS Vendetta have more power and gives a better flight. You can easily change the propellers on this drone too but the flight controller will also have to be re-tuned.

If we talk about the main difference between the Vortex 250 and TBS Vendetta then the main difference is that you are not going to get removable arms or modular components in Vortex 250.  It is also not going to be an easy work to fix & at the same time you should also know that you are also not going to be able to upgrade to get more power on the Vortex 250 Pro, but still it is the biggest competitor to Vendetta and also better option when we compare it with older Vortex 285.

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LUMENIER QAV250

If we take a look at the basic Lumenier QAV250 then you should know that it is basically just a frame that is sold by Lumenier so that people can add electronics of their own choice to it.

If you are willing to spend some extra bucks then there’s also a ready-to-fly version of this drone that comes with almost all of it’s electronics pre installed. The QAV250 is basically a quadcopter that is designed for FPV racing and for freestyle flying similar to The Vendetta.

Lumenier QAV250 is basically a drone for people who just like flying drone as a hobby and almost all the parts/components of this drone are of good quality, and are customizable.

If you crash this drone then getting it fixed would be much harder as compared to the drones that comes with ready to fly option, but still this drone is one of the good choice to make if you want to use parts of your own choice to build your perfect racing drone. If you buy all the high quality parts for this drone, then it will cost almost the same The TBS Vendetta.

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EACHINE RACER 250

if you’re willing to try FPV racing but you just can’t afford the drones that are built for professionals but still you want to get hands on experience with drones then Eachine Racer 250 is one of the best option for you.

This drone looks great if you take a look at it from the outside. This drone also comes with almost everything you would need for getting started with FPV racing including (batteries, a controller, charger, and FPV gear). You can get all of this for extremely low price as compared to other professional drones but this type of racing drone is definitely not what it seems to be. You will definitely have fun flying it for first few weeks but after you are going to get more familiar with what a good professional racing drone is, I am sure you will be soon looking at the better options.

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Conclusion

We have compiled this list of drones after detailed study of each and every components of every drone mentioned in our list and our main focus while compiling this Best Drone 2018 list was to compile the list of best drones that are basically designed to grow. At the moment drone racing and drone photography is at it’s beginning stage and with time it could definitely become one big industry. If you have any suggestions or any question feel free to comment below.

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