Buy the best personal, commercial, and military drones available on the market in 2017
Hubsan X4 H502S: This drone features Headless Mode, Altitude Hold Mode, and a 720p HD camera. Price: $150
Kidcia Quad: This quadcopter comes loaded with Headless Mode, a one-touch return home feature, altitude hold, and a gravity sensor mode that lets the user control flight by handling a smartphone. Furthermore, a nifty track-controlled mode allows users to draw a flight path on their smartphone, and the drone will fly as drawn. Price: $99.99
Parrot AR 2.0: This model features 720p HD live video streaming and recording to a tablet or smartphone while flying. Users can also record and share these pictures and video right from the drone. Price: $128.99
Best Agriculture Drones
senseFly eBee SQ: The eBee series has been a popular choice for farmers, and the biggest selling point is the company’s proprietary eMotion software, which makes designing a flight plan incredibly simple. The drone boasts the ability to capture 500 acres of footage in a single flight. Price: $12,000
PrecisionHawk Lancaster 5: PrecisionHawk is another popular drone choice for farmers, and this latest model features a body more capable of enduring hard landings, a redesigned tail, longer wingspan for greater stability in flight, and an improved flight control. Price: $12,000
Honeycomb AgDrone: This drone features a 55-minute flying time, with an additional 11 minutes of reserve time that activates as long as there is not too much wind. The wings are made of a durable Kevlar fiber composite. The drone also comes with dual cameras. Price: $10,000
DJI Matrice 100: Dual batteries in this drone allow for a 40-minute flight time. It also packs the standard suite of DJI systems, such as GPS and flight controller. Price: $3,299
Best Camera Drones
DJI Phantom 4: The DJI Phantom is one of the most popular drone models on the market, and this model allows users to record video in up to 4K at 30fps and full HD 1080p at 120fps for slow motion. Price: $1,489.99 (Note: This is for the Bundle Kit that includes a hardshell backpack, three DJI Batteries a 64GB SD Card, an SD Reader and more)
Yuneec Typhoon H: Yuneec designed this model for aerial photo and video, and the drone can capture up to 4K video and 12 megapixel still photos. The three-axis gimbal on the UAV pans a full 360-degrees. Price: $999
UDI 818A: This drone comes equipped with a custom route mode that allows the user to draw a flight path on the mobile app screen. The UDI 818A takes videos and photos in 720p with a built-in two megapixel camera. Price: $149.95
MQ-9 Reaper: Arguably the deadliest military drone on the market, Predator B has a turboprop engine that can deploy laser-guided bombs and Hellfire missiles at ground targets.
IAI Eitan: This drone can fly at more than 45,000 feet for more than 70 hours uninterrupted.
X-45 UCAV and X-47B Pegasus: The X-45 is designed to fly in groups, and it is equipped with a smart computer that can determine if a target should be attacked or not. The X-47, meanwhile, is designed to operate on aircraft carriers. It can take off and land autonomously and can refuel itself above the ocean.
More to Learn
As the drone market moves toward mass adoption, more models will be available for consumer and commercial purposes. But what does the future of drones look like? BI Intelligence has answered that question in a report entitled The Drones Report: Market Forecasts, key players and use cases, and regulatory barriers to the proliferation of drones.