Drones are fast becoming as popular as regular cameras and smartphone for taking photo and videos and are a new favourite for capturing epic selfie shots. Consumer drones with the ability to take good quality photos and videos in an easy to fly package have become affordable to a much wider audience. The rise of the drone selfie, or dronie, continues with some drone pilots managing amazing shots. We’ve travelled around the world taking some epic selfies with our drones and we’ve put together this list of the best selfie drones for all budgets. They vary in price from the cheaper, more basic models to the more expensive DJI models depending on your needs. Regardless of what version you buy they’re all guaranteed to be a lot of fun!
In terms of software features, Holy stone HS300 has altitude hold and one key return. They are not GPS-powered though, so don’t expect pinpoint accuracy. Last but not least, there is a whole deal of accessories waiting for you inside the package. Not only will you get an extra spare of props, 4GB MicroSD card, and a tiny screwdriver… but you will also get 2 chargers. What will you need the extra charger for? Well, obviously for charging the extra battery that can be found inside.
You can build one yourself! Of course, this requires a steeper learning curve, as you’ll be putting together, coding, and calibrating a number of pieces. Get out your soldering iron, and have that DIY support forum bookmarked, because you’ll need it.
The Wingsland S6 has four folding arms and an ultra-thin body design, its compact form makes it easy to store and carry. Featuring a 13MP low distortion camera, mounted on a 3-axis gimbal for improved stability, the S6 is the world’s thinnest 4K drone. It can go up to 10 minutes on a single charge and its maximum operating range is around 100 meters.
Let’s start off with its 4K ready camera which is, who would’ve guessed eh, mounted on a 3-axis gimbal for ultimate stabilization. State of art camera system is one of the top reasons why this drone is so popular among real estate agents with drones. Feature-wise, X-Star Premium incorporates dual navigation systems (both GPS and GLONASS), SecureFly magnetic interference protection system (patented by Autel Robotics) and Starpoint Positioning System. This all allows the drone to maintain a ridiculously steady hover when shooting videos. Combined with a great stabilization system, it’s no wonder X-Star Premium is considered one of the best aerial photography drones at the moment.
is the upgraded version of Bebop. Bebop 2 has a built-in 14MP FPV camera capable of recording at 3072p 30fps. Camera lso has a fish-eye lens 170º view. Bebop 2 can see practically everything before it; far left, right, above and underneath. Camera also functions with FPV (real time video transmission) it is displayed directly on the pilot’s tablet device through WiFi connection, FreeFlight 3 app is available for both Android and iOS. Through a paid app you can also get FlightPlan for pre-programmed flights. Control distance is a good 300 meters (2000 meters if Skycontroller Black transmitter is bought separately).
What’s the point in getting a selfie drone if the camera sucks? Look for one that has a decent amount of flight time under its belt, one that is easily portable, and one that has a decent camera at the very least.
You get a camera with the Sky Viper Video Drone. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. Then again, for around 83 bucks you have a great UAV to practice your flying and shooting skills. That’s pretty good.
The following list names the best 5 drones for beginners with camera available in the marketplace at shockingly economical rates. Also make sure to check out the top drones under $100 dollars of 2018.
The first in line of drones with camera capable of recording in full HD (that’s 1080p for all non-tech savvy people reading this) is coming from Force1’s labs. It goes by the name F100 and sports a bulky appearance and gorgeous graphics. But, what else does it have to offer in addition to its flashy design? Luckily, a lot of things… almost to the point of me not knowing where to start off. I’ll stick to the usual script though and get things going with camera and features before moving to the number-game. So, let’s start our journey into Force1 F100… Shall we?!
Overall, the Bebop 2 is a superb choice of beginner drone. It’s easy to fly, it’s portable, and it’s safer than the original. It’s not without a few faults (see cons table below), but then no drone is perfect.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this quadcopter. I love the sleek, stylish sport flyers, but the HS160 Shadow has found a place in my favorites. First off it is packaged incredibly well. The box is neat and well thought out, with easy start up instructions printed on the inside of the magnetic closing lid. The HS160 itself is well designed. It even comes with a velveteen sack to carry it in! The folding arms feel secure when folded in or extended, with firm clicks when in place. The battery design is excellent, and installs under the body completing the sleek underside. The LED lights front and rear are brilliant at night, white in front, and red in rear, helping with low light orientation. The power button is on top of the body, and that is a plus in my opinion, not having to fiddle with plugging in a battery or lifting the flyer to power it up from the underside. There are 4 speeds on this beauty, which are very much pronounced in there level of responsiveness. I was actually amazed. The first speed is very docile, increasing with each step to a very sporty and quick responding top speed. Pitch and yaw rates on the Shadow are good for this type of drone. There is not a flip function, but this is not really necessary, as the HS160 is more intended for video. The app is easy to use. The wifi has a password which is printed on the side of the body. One button motor start and landing, and altitude hold make this a breeze for the beginner. The trim adjustment is very easy with each adjustment in one location. The controller is ergonomic and well thought out. The phone holder is very secure and I like that the angle adjustment has serrations that keep it firmly in place. Battery life is good, around 6 – 8 minutes depending on how hard you fly. This quad is light weight but will handle light breeze sufficiently. You can easily fly the HS160 indoors also – it is such a stable a flyer. Altitude hold is such a plus for indoor flying.
The newly announced GDU O2 is one of the only drones announced at InterDrone 2017 that you might want in the hands of a beginner. The drone itself is, for all intents, unremarkable once in the air – I don’t mean that in a bad way, not at all, just that its flight modes pail in comparison to how well it travels. Instead of folding down, this drone slides into itself and then the drone snaps to the remote. The package protects all the important bits, making it one of the most portable machines around.
Autel Robotics has had a huge success with its X-Star Premium camera drone. It is not a surprising fact considering the sheer build quality alongside all of its top-notch features. The first thing you will notice about this camera birdie is its bright orange color. One thing is for sure – it definitely makes X-Star Premium stand out from all other top-tier drones. Is there anything else that makes it stand out in front of the competition? Why don’t we take a sneaky little peak and see for ourselves…
The point of this review page is to highlight the best drones available right now for the complete novice and advanced beginner. Each review here follows a simple and familiar format for easy reference.
There’s a lot more to report on the DJI Phantom 3 Standard than I’ve written here, but that’s for you explore later. After all, the purpose of this guide is to highlight features for entry level users.