Sometime back drones seemed a concept out of Sci-fi movies, but they are now as readily available as smartphones. However, like everything else, quality and capability differs in different makes and models, and some have proven themselves by their great features. Here is a look at the top five affordable drones and what they offer.
DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter
The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter performs quite well in most aspects, but it is particularly good at recording flawless videos. It features a GoPro mounting case where you can attach a camera, and considering the stability it offers it is able to record flawless aerial footage fit for film production. It also comes with other features that also contribute to great user experience:
Intelligent orientation control (IOC)
In addition to assuming total control of all the drone’s movements, you can also program a ‘home point’; this is a specific location to which the drone should fly. The automatic flight is straight and smooth, and in cases where you are recording it offers flawless footage.
However, it is important to note that streaming the recording via Wi-Fi is not possible since it may disrupt the connection to the remote control.
Quick set up
All it takes to get the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter off the land is powering the remote control with four AA batteries, charging the included battery, and attaching the propellers and the landing gear. This takes minutes, and it allows you to make the most out of the drone immediately after it is out of the box.
There are three factors that make this drone great for flying outdoors. First, it is very stable and it is able to remain still even when there are relatively light winds. Second, it features advanced GPS configuration that makes it easy to control from the ground. Third, it features a fail-safe function that directs it back to its starting point in case connection to the transmitter is lost.
It offers up to 25 minutes of flying time, which is much more convenient considering that other lower makes offer less than 10 minutes.
The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter goes for a price of $419.
Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter
While it looks sleek and powerful, compatibility and flexibility is what defines the Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter. It is able to overcome most of the limitations witnessed in the other makes to offer exceptional user experience.
The Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter can be connected to and controlled by iOS and Android powered tablets and smartphone. It comes with a neat and easy-to-use interface in the flying app that not only makes directing the drone’s movements easy, but also makes accessing other features like the director mode easy.
It does not stop here; it also features a USB portal where you can connect your flash disk if you wish to shoot longer video footage.
Video recording and streaming
This drone comes equipped with a 720p HD camera that records clear and detailed footage. Unlike the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter that does not allow direct streaming of the recorded footage, the Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter streams and even records the footage onto your smart device, and you can even share the videos and pictures straight from the piloting app.
The director mode on this drone acts just like the IOC mode in the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter; it allows you to program the drone to fly automatically to a specific location. This mode also allows the drone to maintain good balance and stability so that video footage can be recorded perfectly.
The Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter comes with a very unique acrobatic move; it can perform a forward or backward flip at the press of a button. However, it is important that the drone be well above the ground when doing this to allow it enough space to perform.
The Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter goes for a price of $285.
UDI U818A Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter
Despite being incredibly affordable, the UDI U818A Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter performs very well compared to other drones in and above its price category. What’s more, it is designed for newbies as well as experts, and it only takes the press of a button to switch it to high performance mode for even more thrill.
Video recording capabilities
It comes equipped with a quality camera that takes clear video footage and pictures while flying. It also features a SD card slot capable of accommodating a SD card with a capacity of 8GB, and this allows you to record long footage and as many pictures as you wish.
6-axis stabilized quadcopter
Stability is not a problem with the UDI U818A Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter; it features a 6-axis stabilized quadcopter that makes flying in light winds smooth and flawless even at high speeds.
The UDI U818A Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter is also capable of making some awesome acrobatic moves just like the Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter, but it is important that it be well above the ground and in light winds.
The UDI U818A Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter is very affordable as it goes for an affordable $57.
Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter
Another simple yet impressive drone, the Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter comes with everything you would need to make your flying experience fun.
It comes with a good quality camera and a SD card slot with a SD card of 2GB memory capacity for recording long video footage. The camera is easy to connect and disconnect, and when disconnected the drone can do some awesome flips, but of course depending on how good your skills are.
This drone also features a 6-axis gyroscope that offers excellent stability when flying outdoors in light winds. It also makes it safe to fly indoors, but it is still important to ensure that the room is spacious enough.
The Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter goes for an affordable $64.
Hubsan X4 Quadcopter
The Hubsan X4 Quadcopter defines value for money because it is not only unbelievably affordable, but also very impressive. Additionally, it has a compact one-piece main frame that is light for easy flight and also strong enough to withstand small accidents and to make it durable.
However, it is important to mention that it does not come with any apparatus to support video recording. It, nonetheless, comes with several other impressive features:
Outdoor and night flying
The Hubsan X4 Quadcopter constitutes one compact main frame that is not only strong enough to withstand impact from accidents but also light enough to ensure stability when flying outdoors in light winds. It also comes fitted with LED lights that illuminate beautifully during the night to indicate its position; this is not only useful for keeping tabs on it during the night, but also awesome for having recreational fun with your flying skills in the dark.
Powerful rechargeable battery
The drone comes with a built-in rechargeable that is capable of offering up to 7 minutes of flight time from a charging period of only 35-40 minutes.
The Hubsan X4 Quadcopter goes for a mere $36.
It seems that you can’t turn on the TV lately without hearing another story about an amateur flying their drone somewhere they shouldn’t. With prices ranging from expensive to dirt cheap, there is little to hold anyone back from playing with the latest drones on the market. The cameras and features in even the most affordable models guarantee you value for every dollar you spend, so don’t hesitate if you’ve been thinking about partaking in the thrill that comes with flying a UAV drone.