If you’re a serious enthusiast or working pro, the very best digital cameras on the market will cost you at least $2000. That’s a lot of money, but generally speaking these cameras offer the highest resolution, the best build quality and the most advanced video specs out there, as well as fast burst rates and top-notch autofocus.

The company does not expect Lily to spark privacy arguments. “Lily is always pointing at you and less than 100ft from you. Also, Lily’s motors make noise,” explains its FAQ, in response to a question about spying on neighbours.

High thrust, low weight, and incredibly responsive controls allow you to perform amazing maneuvers with just a flick of the sticks. The SKEYE Mini Drone aggressively snaps into forward and backward flips and barrel rolls with lightning speed. It can even make banked turns!

It also has a bunch of built-in LED lights on its top that are ostensibly for flying more easily at night, but those aren’t of much use when they’re in the air above you. That’s especially the case given how fidgety this thing gets when a breeze rolls through. Instead, the X4 is better suited to flying indoors, which is safer for a learner, toy-grade micro-drone like this anyways.

The quadcopter has LED lights on either side of the camera for low-light conditions, this also makes the quadcopter more visible for safety reasons. The JJRC Pocket Drone weighs in at less than 1 pound, making it extremely easy to take along with you and capture those selfies.

If you’re buying a selfie drone then the range isn’t on your worry list. But, the battery is a completely different story. I don’t have to tell you twice that it takes an awful lot of time to take the perfect selfie. It’s an art! That’s why anything less than 10 minutes is a complete miss. Even 15 if you plan on taking more than a couple selfies per day. Here’s list of 10 drones with long flight time.

Also, you may want to consider learning to fly using a drone simulator. We’re pro-simulator over here and recommend buying the Great Planes RealFlight Drone Simulator. Great physics and many models to choose from. There’s also this free FPV simulator if you’re interested in learning how to race 🙂

Though the price starts at $499, I recommend the “Fly More Combo” for $699. You’ll get an additional battery, the controller, a charging dock, prop guards (the rings that surround the propeller to protect them from damage), and a case to hold it all.

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Skydio’s basic goal was a drone that requires no pilot. When you launch the R1 using a smartphone app, you have your subject stand in front of the drone, then tap that person on the screen — now it’s locked on. You can also select one of several “cinematic modes,” which specify the direction from which the drone will try to record its subject. (It can even predict your path and stay ahead of you to shoot a selfie from the front.)

You can buy quadcopters in either kit form (self-assembly) or ready to fly (RTF) right out of the box. In this beginner’s guide, I keep everything simple by sticking to pre-built and semi-assembled drones.