With rumors of Amazon.com, Inc. planning to use drones to make deliveries, commercial drones have been thrust into the spotlight. The tech industry seems to have been long prepared for such a development, seeing as how the market is inundated with countless commercial drones with innumerable features and piddling differences. How the, I ask, is the rushed consumer to make an informed choice?
Hence, we’ve compiled a list of the best drones for sale currently, the price range spanning all the way from $3000 to a mere $100. The important features are mentioned and anything else that the customer needs to be privy to prior the purchase. This list is all you need.
- DJI Phantom 3 Professional
Weighing in at 9.2 pounds, this drone is 18x13x8 inches of highly durable plastic and aluminum which contribute to how little it weighs. With a flight time of 23 minutes, one can control it from a distance of upto 2,000 metres.
Additionally, it has a 4K camera which makes it an excellent choice for shooting aerial photos and videos. A 16 GB memory card is also provided; however, it is banned in some areas and cannot be used within 15 miles of the White House. Check with your local authorities before purchase to avoid any disappointment.
- DJI Matrice 100
With a staggering flight time of 40 minutes and a capability to control it from a distance of upto 2 km, this drone packs a punch. It is made of waterproof aluminum and plastic, weighing about 2.5 kg which makes it ideal for efficient transport. The manufacturer has reduced the vibrations about 50%, making it far more stable than its competitors. Best bit: it functions perfectly all the way from -10 Celsius to +40 Celsius.
- DJI T600 Inspire
It weighs 15 pounds so clearly, it isn’t a small drone. But the 4K HD camera and the 16 GB memory card make it worth it (not to mention that you can watch the livestream on your phone or tablet while the drone is still in air). The memory card can be replaced for one with greater storage space and the camera can be stored separately while in transit. It’s been made of lightweight materials and can stay in air for upto 20 minutes, reaching a height of 1,600 feet.
- Hubsan H301S SPY HAWK
Roughly a tenth of the price of all drones mentioned previously, this is a very affordable, yet sturdy, option. 30 minutes of flight time, a low weight of 6.2 pounds and the capability to record HD videos (resolution: 1920×1080 px), this drone is fast, quiet and efficient; making it the perfect delivery drone. There’s also a very handy auto-return feature, which means the drone will return to its starting position if it accidentally flies out of range. Since it isn’t a quadcopter, the flying techniques are more involved but the device is much faster.
- 3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter
Even more cost-efficient than the previous drone, it’s packed a lot many features into a very affordable price of $260. You can control it from a distance of upto 5 miles; it can withstand rough landings and light damage. It has a respectable flying time of 25 minutes and can be recharged in 90 minutes (talk about reducing that carbon footprint). Weighing in at 11.7 pounds with dimensions being 16.4×16.5×9.2 inches makes it a lightweight drone; this allows an incredible flying experience, remarkably stable to boot.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a camera included, so think carefully about your intended use before purchasing.
- Holy Stone F181C Quadcopter Drone
Barely costing $100, this is the ultra-affordable drone. A flight time of 10 minutes, taking 80 minutes to recharge and a cool down time of 10 minutes post flight might seem iffy but it’s the best on the market for that price. Not to mention the camera, with a still resolution of 1280×720 px and 30 fps video. It can handle outdoor conditions notably well and the company seems most willing to remedy any issue that may arise. You can find more about the neat little drone on http://www.rotorcopters.com/holy-stone-f181-quadcopter/.
There you have it folks! A handy list of the best commercial drones on the market currently, their juicy features and things to keep in mind before purchasing. Remember to check any relevant law in your area and ensure that you don’t accidentally end up violating anyone’s right to privacy and you should be just fine and dandy. Also, try not to fly into a tree.