Another feature to note for the Raven is one touch take off and landing, which means the drone automatically hovers at a set altitude after take off and before landing. This makes it easy to control and maneuver, especially for beginners who are not yet skilled.

Chances are you know about the Lumenier QAV250 if you consider yourself a drone enthusiast, but that doesn’t make it any less of a worthy choice for that crowd. We’re following our aforementioned guidelines and highlighting a RTF version here, but really this quad has earned its following for being so heavily customizable.

Battery life remains the biggest limitation on most drones available at the moment. The propellers use a lot of power and batteries are heavy, meaning flight time is often compromised. Time between charges can be anywhere from just five minutes up to half an hour, depending on the model. Spare batteries really are a must, so factor this into your cost calculations.

Eriksson said Telstra is already working on various drone cases in Australia, including the Westpac-backed Little Ripper surf life-saving drones, and on drones being used to count the koala population for wildlife management via thermal imaging.

The great thing about drones is that their every growing popularity has lead to them not becoming only affordable, but there is quite a range of drones you can buy. From the cheapest drones to the most expensive drones – there is a drone to cater for every budget.

I’ll start off by mentioning that Traxxas unfortunately doesn’t come with a camera. On the bright side, you can order it with a dedicated gimbal that allows you to mount a high-quality action camera that can turn this drone into a proper aerial photography drone platform.

The Bebop 2 can fly over 37mph and resist winds of the same speeds, and an slow down to a stand still within four seconds. It has a Follow Me feature to track you while you’re cycling, running, climbing, or whatever else you might be doing, and it uses GPS to track its position and return home again when you’re done. 

You will crash as you learn to fly. Believe me; you’ll be grateful for the propeller protection guards. This craft also has a polypropylene body, which adds further to its durability and crash-resistance.

Document your life in action with this Wingsland pocket drone. Its Follow Me mode lets you record 4K videos completely hands-free, and its stable rotating function provides reliable capture of 360-degree photos. This GPS-enabled Wingsland pocket drone flies nonstop for up to 10 minutes, and it has a convenient return-to-home function for safe retrieval. Fly Responsibly: Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly. See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

A common complaint is about the flight range, advertised at 200 ft. Some complain that you’re lucky to get half that. To be fair, though, flight range depends on factors like battery power level and signal.

As I’ve said at least a couple of times above, serious drones with cameras (not those petty toy-grade models) tend to have awesome operating range. It all depends on the price point though, but generally speaking, they really do. Just look at Bugs 2W below and you’ll realize what I’m talking about. HS300 perhaps isn’t the longest reaching camera drone out there and it doesn’t go near Bugs 2W. Despite that, it still has a decent operating range that clocks in at over 150 meters. Continuing in the same tone, Holy Stone HS300 weighs around 635 grams (1.4 pounds) and the majority of its weight is due to a hefty LiPo battery. More precisely, I am referring to the provided 2S 2000mAh LiPo pack. It’s great though – capable of giving around 10 to 12 minutes of flight time.

ALTITUDE HOLD FUNCTION – SUPER EASY DRONE FOR BEGINNERS TO FLY: Makes controlling the drone a breeze for beginners and stabilizes aerial photography. This is the ideal beginner drone with a lot of latest features typically found on higher end models

Racing drone maker Uvify is launching the OOri, a palm-sized racer capable of reaching speeds up to 60 miles per hour. The OOri, designed for those who want to dip their toes into drone racing, comes with a controller, and is also compatible with FPV goggles. It’s currently available for pre-order for $289, but will cost $389 when it ships in March or April.