When drones were introduced to the RC world they opened a new era in technology, looking like something out of Star Wars drones are powered by 4 propellers which allows the drone to hover, fly around and perform movements like no other flying machine and they offer great control with the stabilizing tech they have installed. Drones are now being sold with GoPro cameras on them and are used by people and even large scale film production companies around the world to get shots that would normally have to be taken by helicopter and cost a lot more money!
Lets take a look at the top 5 drones 2016.
#5 Hubsan FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter
This palm sized quad features built in video camera which feeds in real time directly to the transmitters built-in 3.4in LCD screen. You can even record to an SD card and view the footage on the transmitter screen. Suitable for indoor and outdoor flight thanks to the ultra stable 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity. FPV video range up to 100 meters! Volts: 3.7. Watt Hours: 1.41. Motor Type: Micro Brushed. Age Rating: 14+ With Adult Supervision. Batteries: 1S 380mAh 3.7V LiPO. Charger: USB. Radio: 4 Channel 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz Video. Fuel Source: Electric. Display Type: LCD. Length: 5.5in (140mm). Height: 1.25 in (32mm). Width/Diameter: 5.5 in (140mm).
– 6 Axis Gyro Stabilization.
– Immersive FPV Flight.
– Record Flight Video to SD Card.
– 6 Axis Gyro Stabilization
– Immersive FPV Flight
– 1S 380mAh 3.7V LiPO battery is included, the 4 AA batteries is sold separately
– Record Flight Video to SD Card
– Product Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 2 inches ; 12.8 ounces
#4 Bebop Drone
Owing to its extremely light weight and on-board high quality camera, the Bebop Drone is perfect to take with you anywhere and capture breathtaking aerial photos. Sturdy and built for safe flying both inside and outside, the Bebop is also equipped with fully digital image stabilisation technology which allows you to capture images mid-flight regardless of quadcopter movement.
|Wi-Fi Aerials||MIMO Dual band|
|Aerials||Dipoles connected to 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands|
|Output power||Up to 21 dBm|
|Signal range||Up to 250 metres|
|Optical||“Fisheye” 186° 1/2,3″|
|Video stabilize||Digital 3-axle|
|Video resolution||1920x1080p (30fps)|
|Photo resolution||4096×3072 pixels|
|Photo format||JPEG, RAW, DNG|
|Internal memory||Flash 8Go|
|Battery life||22 mins with 2 batteries included|
|Battery type||LiPo 1200 mAh|
|Motherboard||Parrot P7 dual-core CPU Cortex 9 processor – GPU quad-core|
|Vertical stabilising camera||Yes|
|Geopositioning||GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)|
|With internal hull||33x38x3.6cm|
|With internal hull||420g|
|Compatibility||iOS, Android smart phones and tablets, Windows Phone|
#3 Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition
The AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition allows you to capture HD photos and footage from the air and save them directly to your smartphone. Control the drone easily with a touch of your screen. The Power Edition packs 2 high density lithium polymer batteries, enabling it to fly for up to 36 minutes. It also comes with 4 sets of different colour propellers.
720p HD camera
Capture high quality photos and videos using the built-in HD camera with a wide-angle lens.
You can store footage immediately to your remote device or a USB flash drive. The video will be sent via Wi-Fi directly to your device as it’s being recorded, and low latency streaming allows you to watch your recording in real time without any noticeable delay.
The camera can also capture JPEG photos. The drone features both a frontal and vertical camera.
This is the primary application used to pilot the AR.Drone. You can choose whether to pilot with or without the accelerometer, and switch between the frontal and vertical camera.
The app features a user-friendly interface so it’s easy to control the drone from your smart device, and allows you to record videos, pictures and data and instantly upload them.
Shoot great pre-planned videos by programming automatic movements in Director mode.
Choose your movement type, such as pan, crane and travelling, and adjust your moves and speed in real time to keep control of your video. Achieve smooth shots with the stabilisation system and video post-processing.
Using this mode, you can also fine-tune your camera settings including exposure, white balance and more.
When you’ve finished your video, you can share it on YouTube and AR.Drone Academy.
Flight Recorder GPS
This accessory works as your drone’s black box, and improves the AR.Drone 2.0’s existing features.
Enjoy improved stabilisation for clearer, smoother shots, and view your flights in 3D. The “return home” mode brings your drone safely back to you at its take-off point, and a new mode allows you to control the drone by map.
With the AR.Drone Academy, you can keep track of your flights on the map, watch back your best videos with statistics, and directly share online with other pilots from anywhere in the world.
- 2x high density 1,500mAh lithium polymer batteries
- Battery life Information
- Up to 36 minutes of flying time
- H10 x W51.7 x D51.7cm
- Model name / number
- Outdoor Toy Type
- Remote Control Toys
#2 DJI Phantom 3 Advanced with 2.7K
#1 DJI PHANTOM 3 PROFESSIONAL RTF QUADCOPTER
|Sensor Size (mm):||Sony EXMOR 1/2.3”|
|Mega Pixel (MP):||12.4|
|Media Format:||Micro SD|
|Media Size:||Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required|
|Focal Length(35m Equiv):||FOV 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8|
|Max. shutter speed (sec):||8s -1/8000s|
|ISO:||100-3200 (video) 100-1600 (photo)|
|File Format:||MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)|
|Video Features:||Max Bitrate of Video Storage Phantom 3 Professional 60 Mbps|
|Image Resolution (megapixels):||12|
|Image Size:||4000 x 3000|
|Photo while Video Recording:||No|
|Notes:||Still Photography Modes Single Shot Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 shots Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 Bracketed Frames at 0.7EV Bias Time-lapse Supported File Formats FAT32/exFAT Photo: JPEG, DNG|
|Battery Model:||LiPo 4S|
|Battery Description:||LiPo 4S 4480 mAh 15.2 V|
|Battery Life (CIPA) (Mins):||23|
|Notes:||BATTERY CHARGER Voltage 17.4 V Rated Power Phantom 3 Professional 100 W|
|Optical Image Stabilization:||No|
|Tilt / Flip Screen:||No|
|External Remote Control:||Yes|
|Wireless Connectivity:||2.400 GHz-2.483 GHz|