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Top 5 Drones 2016

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

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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).

More information
– 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

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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.

Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
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
Speed
Speed 13 m/s
Camera
Sensor CMOS 14Mpx
Optical “Fisheye” 186° 1/2,3″
Video stabilize Digital 3-axle
Video resolution 1920x1080p (30fps)
Photo resolution 4096×3072 pixels
Video encoding H264
Photo format JPEG, RAW, DNG
Internal memory Flash 8Go
Battery
Battery Lithium-polymer
Battery life 22 mins with 2 batteries included
Battery type LiPo 1200 mAh
Computer
CPU Dual-core
Motherboard Parrot P7 dual-core CPU Cortex 9 processor – GPU quad-core
Operating system Linux
Development SDK Open-source
Sensors
Magnetometer 3-axle
Gyroscope 3-axle
Accelerometer 3-axle
Vertical stabilising camera Yes
Ultrasound sensors Yes
Barometer Yes
Geopositioning
Geopositioning GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)
Size
Bare 28x32x3.6cm
With internal hull 33x38x3.6cm
Weight
Bare 400g
With internal hull 420g
Compatibility
Compatibility iOS, Android smart phones and tablets, Windows Phone

#3 Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition

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Review

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.

AR.Freeflight
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.

Director mode
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.

AR.Drone Academy
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.

Batteries
2x high density 1,500mAh lithium polymer batteries
Battery life Information
Up to 36 minutes of flying time
Brand
Parrot
Dimensions
H10 x W51.7 x D51.7cm
Model name / number
PF721003AG
Outdoor Toy Type
Remote Control Toys

#2 DJI Phantom 3 Advanced with 2.7K

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Review

A complete 2.7K camera and 3-axis gimbal system come integrated with the Phantom 3 Advanced edition quadcopter from DJI. In addition to video, the camera is capable shooting up to 12 MP still photos using JPEG or non-proprietary DNG RAW format. The three axes of the gimbal give you pan and tilt control, and keep the horizon line level even as the aircraft banks. Different gimbal settings allow the camera to lock onto a fixed subject, be moved manually using transmitter rotaries or the app, or to simply provide camera stabilization. This bundle of the Phantom 3 is classed as “ready-to-fly.” This means the basics to get you in the air are included – a flight battery, charger, and pre-bound handheld transmitter (radio controller), and 16GB microSD card among them. Depending on your application, you may also require additional memory cards, additional flight batteries, and a mobile device to access the app, and possibly other accessories. Also note that a number of important compass and GPS calibration steps must be carried out before flying to ensure the flight control computer operates correctly. Please refer to the manual or Quick Start Guide before your first flight.

#1 DJI PHANTOM 3 PROFESSIONAL RTF QUADCOPTER

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Brands: DJI
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)
HD Recording: Yes
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
Electronic Viewfinder: No
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
Size (mm): 590
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Tilt / Flip Screen: No
Face Detection: No
HDMI connection: No
External Remote Control: Yes
Wireless Connectivity: 2.400 GHz-2.483 GHz

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