If you’re willing to spend the money, and don’t want to go down the stepping-stone route, consider the two choices here. They’ll serve you well as a tool for learning, and later as a more advanced craft.

If you are interested in buying the DJI Mavic Pro, you can do so with the Gestures feature. Initialize takeoff from your hand and position Mavic Pro on an altitude higher (and away from you) than 10 meters. When positioned properly, simply signal with your hands (make a frame with both of your hands in the air) and Mavic will snap a selfie.

While there are few drones that accept your smartphone as the only input method, don’t forget that you can enhance or augment most flying experiences by adding your phone or tablet into the mix. DJI is a primary player in this setup, most of their drones are made to be control by remote, but then use your phone as FPV video screen.

Just a heads-up before answering the next few questions – there’s no “one size fits all” methodology on the line when it comes to GPS, Altitude hold, hardware stabilization and range. It’s all a highly subjective matter and instead of telling you what to buy, I’m going to give you my honest opinion about how I think the matter should be. So, let’s kick it off with GPS.

The most important ones are watch me, follow me, angle mode and mode, all of which are enabled or disabled via intuitive controls. When it comes to specs, Yuneec Q500 is nothing short of brilliant with roughly 800 meters of flight range. Likewise, its 5400mAh LiPo battery is not a joke either, as it can endure up to 25 minutes of flight time.

The JJRC H37 Elfie pocket Foldable Drone, yet another drone that I loved. It does not have all the advanced features of the other quadcopters in this round up but it does not need to. It is a flying camera that hovers and follows you around for as low as $50. ‘nuff said!

Finally, I should also mention Karma Grip, a nice little addition which will transform your aerial photography platform into a handheld or body-mounted one. It keeps the same image stabilization capability but adds an extra capturing method which is a great solution for outdoor activities.

In terms of cost, I would be lying if I told you that you have to spend a lot of money on a good beginner’s drone. In fact, the story goes pretty much the exact opposite of the above-stated claim. Beginner friendly drones are usually those which just have easy controls and can take quite a beating. When it comes to their pricing, you probably won’t need to spend more than $200 on your best beginner drone 2017.

This is an example of a ready to fly drone that you can purchase in the lower priced category that is a great one to use with a tablet or smartphone. Absolutely one of the best beginner drones out there that still has many of the latest features that you see on higher-end models.

Headless Mode – When enters into headless mode, you don’t need to worry about the direction problem. You can fly the quadcopter drone easily without knowing the direction. One Key Return – Recall the drone effortlessly, just touch a button on the app interface.