In just the past few years, drones have transformed from a geeky hobbyist affair to a cultural phenomenon. They’re everywhere now, and they’re available in just about any shape, size, or configuration you could ever want. The market is saturated with them now, so to help you navigate the increasingly large and ever-changing landscape of consumer UAVs, we put together a definitive list of the best drones on the planet right now. So without further ado, here’s the cream of the quadcopter crop.
Why you should buy this: It has all the features you need in a drone, it has a great camera, and it comes with a standalone touchscreen controller
Who it’s for: Amateur filmmakers, beginner/intermediate pilots, anyone looking for a highly capable but easy-to-fly drone
How much it’ll cost: $1,300
Why we chose the Yuneec Typhoon H
The Typhoon H takes our top spot because it offers the most bang for your buck. Its sticker price is $100 lower than DJI’s Phantom 4, and it boasts a handful of key specs and features that the P4 simply doesn’t have. Don’t get us wrong — DJI’s latest Phantom is a top tier drone and it takes a close second here — but Yuneec’s Typhoon just brings more to the table.
For starters, the Typhoon H boasts all the fancy autonomous flight modes you could ever dream of. There’s Watch me, follow me, selfie mode, cable cam, orbit, and even dual-pilot mode. Add that to the fact that it’s equipped with a 360 degree swiveling 4K camera, retractable landing gear, and obstacle avoidance; and you’ve got a drone that can film anything, anywhere.
One thing that really sets the H apart from DJI’s P4 is the fact that it comes with a dedicated touchscreen controller. This is a big deal because it means you can use the drone and watch a live video feed from the camera even if you don’t have a tablet or smartphone attached to the controller (something that DJI’s drones require). Better yet, it also means your flying experience will never be interrupted by a phone call or text message, which is nice.