This list represents the overall best drones that didn’t quite make the front page, but are nonetheless a great purchase for anyone looking to delve into the world of flight recording (or simply aren’t sure if they’re ready to drop big money on a higher end, near professional model). For that reason, these drone are perfect honourable mentions and – though not off the charts for additional features – are affordable and still great fun for those starting off or wishing to purchase one as a gift.
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5. 3D Robotics 3DR IRIS+ Multicopter 915 MHz
The 3D Robotics 3DR IRIS+ is a fantastic option for anyone who wants an easy to fly drone right out of the box with many safeguard options, and who already has (or plans on buying) their own action camera, as it comes camera free. A great purchase around the $600-$700 dollar mark.
4. UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera
For a drone in the $100 dollar price range on Amazon, it doesn’t really get much better than the UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter. With a 2MP HD video camera, numerous flight modes that accommodate beginners, propeller protection and a flurry of additional features, this is a great purchase for anyone just starting out.
3. BLADE 350 QX3 Quadcopter
When approaching the series of quadcopters we’ll classify as “intermediate,” it’s impossible to overlook the BLADE 350 QX3. On every level, it’s the best you can hope for at the $700 dollar mark: great handling, near GoPro quality footage with the CGO2 camera with responsive gimbal control.
2. Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter
With a 16 Megapixel Full HD 1080p 60FPS camera and a redesigned lens to further lower image distortion, an arrow of flight options including the well established “follow me” mode, a spare battery and extra accessories in the box, real-time camera feed on the flight transmitter, SteadyGrip gimbal and glorious handling, all for a modest price tag considering this quadcopter’s sheer quality: The Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter is a great purchase for any mid-level flyer.
1. DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with 4K UHD Video Camera
There’s a reason DJI is one of the most dominant titles in the Quadcopter industry, and the Phantom 3 is perfect example of why this is so. This beastly model comes with 4k quality video recording supported by a fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal, 720p live streaming to your iOS or Android handheld device through the Pilot App, gorgeous design aesthetics and overall great handling in various conditions. It doesn’t get much better than this for under $1500 price tag.