This heavily depends on the type of work you do and how prepared you are as a pilot/photographer. It can range between enough money to barely make a living to living life on easy mode… It all comes down to a whole heap of variables, many of which under your command. If you’d like to start off with your career but have no idea where to begin, I’d warmly recommend Googling FAA Pilot License and start off with that. After you’ve obtained your license, here’s some useful insights that could help you find a gig.

Imagine you and a group of friends are at the peak of a mountain after a long hike. It’s sunset and the sky is alight; you want to take a photo. You pull out your smartphone, but instead of flipping it around to take a long-armed selfie, you unclip a tiny drone from the back of your phone, make it hover at the perfect height and snap a series of photos, no extendo-arms required.

The camera snaps photos, of course, with a burst mode to make sure you “trap” the perfect picture. Video is grabbed at 1080p/30fps. Zerotech told me the camera is similar to that found in phones like the Xioami Mi 4. The idea being, a mobile-style shooter takes better personal photos — no fisheye, or wide angle weirdness. The similarities with a phone don’t end there, as there’s also a Snapdragon 801 processor running the show. Those brains aren’t powering apps, though, instead it’s put to use to drive the smart features, of which there are a few. Maybe too many?

Perhaps the camera makes a great starting point. DJI Phantom 4 Pro bears an upgraded 20MPX camera with a 1-inch sensor. As always, state of the art 3-axis gimbal is here for providing only the smoothest of aerial footage. Image adjustments are present as well as long-range HD live stream that is bound to blow your mind.

The first thing I’d like to say about the features of this little birdie is the FPV. Even though it works over WiFi, it does an amazing job of providing new users to real-time FPV immersion. It is accompanied by non-GPS based features such as altitude hold and flight route options (among others) and they work surprisingly well considering this is not a smart drone. So, with everything that we had the chance to see from Altair AA108, I’m sure it’s safe to say that it’s one of the best beginner drone 2017.

Specs and price range aside, if you want an awesome selfie drone, you’re going to need to look at the features before anything else first. Altitude Hold, Follow Me and any form of image stabilization features are definitely what you want to be looking for right off the bat.

Let’s get one thing clear at the very start – there are 2 versions of Force1 F100 available on the market. The cheaper one will get you only the drone with a transmitter. The more expensive one, on the other hand, will also get you a nice little action camera drone. Of course, if you already own one, there is no need to purchase the more expensive versions. For those who don’t, you will be happy to know that the included camera is pretty neat. It records FHD videos (obviously) and the image quality looks absolutely brilliant.

New pilots want to get as much flying time in as possible. Well, the ‘Fly More Bundle‘ gives you two extra batteries and a charging hub. There’re more goodies, but the batteries alone are worth the extra.

So maybe this is not for the “average” consumer but more likely for a less demanding pro which can use this great little quadcopter to get pro level videos without spending too much on its bigger brother the DJI Phantom 4.

Drones were once a murdery thing of science fiction but now they’re actually affordable (and safe) enough to own, and even operate with your trusty smartphone. Not only that but some are even compact enough to fold down into the palm of your hand and take wherever you travel. As far as portability goes, you can’t ask for more than that.

When it comes to specifications, there is no doubt that MJX Bugs 2W beats out the majority of its direct drones with camera competitors. The range on this quad is absolutely brilliant, reaching all the way to 800 meters. Flight duration is no pushover either. Enough with the teasing though, let’s flash some numbers. First of all, it needs to be said that MJX Bugs 2W incorporates a proprietary 1800mAh 2S LiPo battery. In fact, not just one but 2. Per battery, you can expect around 18 minutes of flight time. With 2 of them – poof… almost 40 minutes straight out of the box. Absolutely brilliant work MJX.. Keep it up!

Controlled by App, available for both android and ios phones. using the gyro sensors allows you to fly the drone by tilting your phone, or you can use the on-screen joysticks. No memory card slot available on this model, Videos and pictures you capture are stored directly on your phone’s memory.

There’s a few things to note before we jump in. First, yes, it’s totally possible to build a high-quality drone from scratch, and usually for cheaper than a pre-assembled equivalent. If you have that DIY spirit, we salute you. However, we’re only recommending “RTF,” or ready-to-fly, units here.

Before  I start splashing you down with numbers, you should know that Hover Camera is built specifically for selfies and nothing more than that. It cannot do any sort of exploration and the suggested maximum operating distance is 20 meters. More than enough for selfies but nowhere near any exploration capabilities. Furthermore, the flight time of this birdie goes from 8 to 10 minutes which is just below the standard. However, the package gets you 2 batteries which means you’ll have roughly 15 to 20 minutes of flight time with 1 pit stop.

One of the least expensive toy drones with a 720p camera, and although it feels pretty cheap and the camera is basically toy-quality, it flies surprisingly well and can take quite a lot of crashing. Great for learning and practice, too.

Blade also sells an fpv version which has a built-in fpv camera and transmitter it’s a great product and if you’re looking to get into fpv that’s a great way to start.The craft weighs in at a mere 16 grams and measures about 4 inches from motor to motor this is by far one of the smallest and lightest drones I’ve ever flown.