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Top 5 Drone Cameras for 2018 – Best Reviews On Drone Cameras

Imagine soaring sky high, getting a birds-eye view capturing nature’s moments. Hi-tech drones with HD crystal-clear vision display professional aerial shots which allow you to do just that.

First, you need to figure out what kind of drone you want to buy. Do you need an industrial standard quadcopter camera for professional movie making or 3D modelling? Or are you looking for an affordable drone with HD camera for travelling or shooting footage in your own backyard? I’ve picked the best overall models for beginner/advanced needs.

I know my favorites for 2018, so let’s get started!


1) Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100

Overview

As a kid, I wanted to be a pilot. Sadly, life took a different path, but I got the next best thing: A Holy Stone drone. This hi-tech gadget gave me a panoramic mid-air view of nature’s scenery so that I could feel like I was in the cockpit.

The Holy Stone is a perfect for beginners and a cash-saver. The drone comes almost completely assembled and calibrated so it’s ready to fly right out of the box. No setup time needed. The holy stone is calibrated, assembled, and ready to fly right out of the box.

For advanced users, this drone is packed with endless features. The GPS-assisted flight navigation helps prevent flying aimlessly like a mindless drone. The Return to Home function ensures that you’ll never have to worry about losing your drone into the abyss. Holy Stone notifies when you have low battery energy or a weak signal not within range.

Next, the Follow Me is a hands-free control mode perfect for family shoots during Christmas parties.  You’ll never be the one “out of the shoot” because you’re the one taking the picture. Now everyone gets to be in ALL the photos. And newbies can easily take off/land with one button.

The camera is an HD 720P FOV first-person-view Wi-Fi camera which connects to your smartphone. But herein comes the first drawback: because the camera is Wi-Fi dependent, you’ll have a limited flying range.  The estimated control distance is around 500m with a flight time of 15 minutes.

That said, there is one safeguard: the camera will continue to record onto an SD card so you don’t have to worry about immediately losing precious shots.

My Verdict

Here’s the second weakness. It took around 2 hours to fully charge the drone on my first go, so it’s really better suited if you use it when you have a power supply closeby. There are a few hacks around this, like using a faster charger from another supplier (although this isn’t recommended by the manufacturer).

Hands-down the best part of this cam drone is the accurate GPS. I haven’t come across any drone at a similar price point that offers technology as good.

Overall, I’d give the Holy Stone a solid 9/10. Apart from the minor issues with the range and battery charge, this is an excellent drone with one of the best cameras out there. Fly it on a nice, smooth day and you’re guaranteed to capture inspiring footage.

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2) DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter

Overview

I thought my drone footage was pretty solid. And then I tested the DJI Phantom 3.

There are reasons why Phantom video drones are trending right now. Every time they bring out a new model it comes with sleek, top-range technology that gives you spectacular footage. A Phantom in the drone world is like an iPhone to smartphones, so if you’re unfamiliar with different brands, this is a solid choice.

First off, the Phantom isn’t style over substance. This time it’s worth getting on the bandwagon. Why? This drone has a sophisticated 4K 720p camera to give you a cinematic experience and flying it is a breeze. It comes already assembled saving you time and hassle. It offers a beginner mode, allowing you to get used to the drone flying mechanics. And when you’re ready to really get going, the new powerful motors make the drone stable and agile at the same time.

It flew it over the ocean on a windy day and it ducked, swerved and soared effortlessly. The camera is excellent, images are crystal clear and thanks to the standard lens, there’s no distortion. The ultra sonic sensors continually measure the distance between the drone and the ground so that you don’t need to.

And one of my favorite features is the Lightbridge technology. This brilliant addition provides you live HD footage as you fly.

My Verdict

Let’s talk battery life. The Phantom 3’s battery life barely improved over its predecessor – maxing out at 20 minutes.  The batteries are replaceable, which is good news. But that gets expensive.

Don’t expect clear images of blades of grass or capturing stunning images of a flock of birds.  This drone can’t compete with its expensive heavy-duty competitors. So if you’re looking for an aero-photography kit for commercial use that lets you record the finer details, it’s worth spending a little more.

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3) DJI Phantom 3

Overview

Introducing my second favorite Phantom drone. If you loved the look of the Phantom 3 Professional but shuddered at the cost, here is your answer.

The good news is that the Phantom 3 4K comes with most of the same features as the Professional, so you’re still getting a stellar machine.  But as prices fall, what are the trade-offs?

Well, the maximum transmission distance is noticeably shorter: 1.2km outdoors unobstructed compared to 5km. In addition, the positional module is GPS only (compare: GPS+GLONASS Dual positioning). Another difference is that it uses Wi-Fi video link instead of the Lightbridge technology – a no-biggie as long as you fly within a reasonable signal range.

My Verdict

As I mentioned, you’re still getting many of the same outstanding benefits as with any other Phantom. It’s refreshingly easy to operate – so much so that even my 12-year old niece was able to fly it without crashing (disclaimer: remember that the age limit is 16!). The actual picture quality is incredible, and you can even buy additional filters to enhance your footage.

If you’re on a shoestring, this may just be the best HD drone that you can buy for less than $600.

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4) UPair One

Overview

Here’s another great drone that will save you money if you’re tight on cash. The UPair One also features an auto-return function. This is a huge plus because it helps you avoid smashing your drone into a million pieces.

The actual drone arrives assembled and partially charged. The controls feel solid, and the 7-inch screen is big enough to follow your drone’s movements.

Then for the kicker: The flight time is around 19 minutes.  This drone is the best bang for your buck with its prices, and it beats some of its more expensive rivals.

The UPair comes with one gimbal. This gives stable footage for general use in normal weather. However, if you’re looking to rotate the camera or to fly in strong winds, your footage could be shaky.

I should also mention that I’m a little frustrated with the range. In open areas it promises up to 600m, but I got less than that. It’s no deal-breaker as admittedly I was flying in tricky terrain, but it’s worth noting.

My Verdict

All in all, this is a great basic drone that you can make even better with a few simple hacks. For example, you can put the money you save on the drone itself towards an extra battery – giving you even more time in the sky! And as an added bonus, there are a plethora of positive experiences that other people have had with UPair customer service. A company that genuinely cares for its customers is always a good sign.

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5) Traxxas Aton Plus Quadcopter

Overview

Do you love shooting action-packed video? Need tough gear that can withstand a few knocks and bumps? Meet the Traxxas Aton Plus.

If you want to capture video while doing fast aerial aerobics in the great outdoors, the Traxxas is a go-to product. And when I say fast, I’m talking 50+mph. It offers a 2-axis gimbal, which is more than enough to keep your camera steady while speeding through the skies. There is also a mount included for your GoPro so you can have fun pairing your drone with your other favorite gadgets.

Apart form the sport mode, the Traxxas comes equipped with GPS and Return to Home technology so your drone returns if it’s out of battery or range. It has exceptionally bright LED lights that will help you monitor it even in neighborhoods with light pollution.

Plus, if you buy an SD card, you can record and check your flights on satellite maps using the Mission Planner app. This is a cool extra if you’re interested in checking your flight paths.

My Verdict

It’s important to know that this heavy-duty drone packs a lot of power. This means that you should keep your eyes on it at all times; it may not be suitable for inexperienced handlers.

Another criticism is that it isn’t waterproof. For a product that otherwise is so thoughtfully designed for outdoors fun, I wish it was developed to be fully weather-resistant. This is a minor complaint, though, as the drone is the sturdiest I’ve flown in terms of build quality.

Don’t forget that unless specified, the Traxxas doesn’t actually come with a camera. However it does have the gimbal for mounting your own (recommended: GoPro HERO 3 and 4).

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