In 2017 recreational use of drones has reached an all time high. It is easy to see why. One of the truly innovative pieces of consumer technology to become available in the last decade, They can provide spectacular aerial imagery not previously available to the average consumer and they are undeniably fun to fly. There is something so satisfying about hearing the gentle whirring sound as the drone swiftly lifts itself into the sky.
There are many options on the market for the aspiring drone pilot to consider. With so many manufactures offering so many drones, it can be overwhelming trying to get a good sense of everything that is available.
Below we have provided an overview of what we feel are the 3 best beginner drones for somebody just starting out:
1. DJI Spark
DJI is best known for their high end drones catering to the professional market. Many questioned if they would ever deliver something suitable for hobbyists or entry level pilots. They answered with the DJI Spark.
The DJI Spark is a very compact and lightweight quadcopter. It is no bigger than an outstretched hand, making it manageable to fly both indoors and outdoors. The drone can be controlled with “gestures” using its camera and facial recognition systems, or with an iPhone or Android. The gesture system is a great way for a beginner to dive right into flying a drone without having to learn complicated controls right away.
The Spark has a 12 megapixel camera equipped great for taking pictures or videos from your newly-gained perspective. The camera is attached via a two axis gimble allowing even novice pilots to captures smooth, beautiful footage.
What makes the spark truly great for a beginner is its durability and intelligent flying modes. The drone has very good object avoidance, but should it crash into anything, it has a pretty good chance of surviving. The build quality is great and it should be able to handle dropping onto grass or softer surfaces without taking any major damage.
The DJI Spark is an excellent choice for a first drone. It is available here: DJI Spark
2. Yuneec Breeze
What the DJI Spark is to its bigger brother the Phantom is similar to what the Yunnec Breeze is to its bigger brother the Typhoon. A smaller, more portable, more affordable and beginner friendly offering.
The Breeze is becoming known as a “selfie drone”. It’s price point and ease of use are making it attractive to casual drone pilots who might not want to make the time or money investment into a more complex or fully featured drone. However, The Breeze has a very impressive 13 megapixel camera which is useful for more than just selfies. It is capable of shooting in video in 4K, and can send live video to your phone so you can control the drone from a first person perspective. The camera outperforms many of this drones closest competitors.
The Breeze comes is able to be flown with or without a controller. Like the Spark, the controller will be a app on your phone. The virtual joysticks are relatively similar to a dedicated controller. Pilots can take advantage of the auto-flying modes in order to get smooth shots without needing much practice.
Yuneec has definitely made a very nice contribution to the entry-level drone market. The breeze can be purchased here: Yuneec Breeze
3. Hubsan H109S X4 Pro
The Hubsan X4 is an affordable yet very capable quadcopter with an included 1080p HD camera. The price alone makes this a drone worth checking out. The main features of this drone are its excellent flight time, its long range, and its impressive imaging capabilities.
The flight time its approximately 25 minutes with a 90 minute charge time. This is definitely comparable to its closest competitors. For even a beginning pilot this is more than enough time to enjoy a flight and shoot some great video. The range is equally impressive at approximately 1km. You may even lose sight of the drone. This won’t necessarily b a problem though, as you can keep track of this drone by looking at the controller’s built in screen!
You can purchase the Hubsan H109S X4 Pro here
If my selection was a little to pricy for you check out my other list of very affordable drones for beginners.