Here we will help you narrow down some of the reasons to consider (or not consider) investing some time in drone flying and scenic video capturing.

Whether you’re just looking to experiment with a new hobby, are already an avid drone enthusiast, or even a filmmaker looking to get some stunning overhead shots for your upcoming feature – we’re going to give you the play by play on what drones are the year’s best for your specific needs.

Bear in mind there are plenty of professional/”high end” drones not mentioned on this site – those that would likely be most useful as part of a high budget film set – so we’re going to cover some of the better deals from the $50 price range, all the way up to a couple of the more premium (but still affordable) ones. Though the vast majority of drones for the average buyer (you guys) will fall somewhere in between.

The Beginner

Estest 4606 Proto X Nano R/C

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

Hubsan X4 (H107)

UDI 818A HD+

The Intermediate


3DR Iris+ (915)

XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV (V version)

The Advanced

DJI Phantom 4

Autel X-Star P

DJI Inspire 1

DJI Phantom 3 Professional

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon