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Top 10 Drones of 2018 For Under $1000

The popularity of drones is soaring!! I can definitely see why. What an ideal gift for a someone you love or yourself . Its a fun new approach to get outside and appreciate nature. Drones are fun and give you a vantage point from the sky.  I’ve made a list of the top affordable drones you can find on the market today. There are many ways people have been using drones for years now. They are used for surveying land, search and rescue, inspections of wind turbines and buildings, real estate videography just to list a few. You can join the many who have discovered the amazing world of drones. I hope I have helped you narrow down your choices.

Top 10 best affordable drones you can buy for under $1000 in no particular order.

If you look through the specs and features of each drone I listed you will see the similarities. It comes down to a few key features your looking for and overall style. I feel you cant go wrong with any on here really. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions.

Top drones of 2018 for under $1000

Name Image Camera Time Price
16 Megapixel 25 mins See Price
Parrot Bebop 2
Wide Angle 14MP 25 Mins See Price
Go Pro Karma
Go Pro Hero 20 Mins See Price
Yuneec Q500
2.4MP/4K 25 Mins See Price
DJI Spark
12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video 16 Mins See Price
DJI Phantom P3 Standard
HD Video 23 Mins See Price
DJI Phantom 4
12.4MP 28 Mins See Price
Yuneec Typhoon H
4K Video 25 Mins See Price
Autel X Star
12MP 25 Mins See Price
DJI Mavic Pro
12MP 27 Mins See Price


AEE AP 10 might be what your looking for if you are an avid photographer.. With 16mega pixels its ideal for photographers. It takes fascinating

stills from the air, though its gimbal is sometimes unsteady. Overlook this because it gives clear footage 95% of the time. If you hesitate about showing your flying skills off, put the AP10 on display.

Its polished, brilliant white design makes it the perfect centerpiece on a bookshelf. The neighbors will be asking you about this drone for sure making this a very nice choice for one of the more affordable drones for under $1000  .


Flight modes: GPS and Normal Modes
Positioning System : GPS
Safety : Return to Home
Hovering accuracy: Horizontal 8.2 ft (2.5 m) Vertical 2.62 ft (0.8m)
Maximum angular velocity : 120 degrees per second
Maximum ascent speed : 19.69 ft/s (6 m/s)
Maximum descent speed : 13.12 ft/s (4 m/s)
Flight Speed : 65.6 ft/s (20m/s)
Maximum flight altitude 4000m (13 123 feet)
Flight Time : 25 mins
Dimensions: 14.49 by !4.49 In (368 by 368 mm)
Weight : 2.87 pounds (1300 g)

Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2

The Parrot Bebop 2 has a amazing camera at 1080p HD. Even in low light, pictures are incredibly sharp thanks to its wide-angle 14 megapixel lens. Offering horizontal and vertical 180°

pictures, it’s easy to take aerial photos without losing quality. You can choose RAW or DMG from the formats and get professional quality pictures every time .


Parrot Bebop 2 Specifications

Camera: 14 Mega pixels

  • Video: 3-axis full HD 1080p
  • Stabilisation: Digital stabilisation (Parrot system)
  • Battery life: 25 minutes flying time (with 2700 mAh battery)
  • GPS: Yes
  • Processor: Dual core processor with quad-core GPU
  • Storage: 8 GB flash storage system


Go Pro Karma

Karma will get you the best GoPro footage in the air, handheld or body mounted.

The Karma Drone has a very nice feature that folds to fit into the included lightweight case. You can take it any where. When you’re ready to fly, just unfold, attach the propellers and go. ​

The Karma has top of the line Stabilizer to capture breathtaking shake-free video both in the air and on the ground. ​

Remove the Karma Stabilizer and attach it to Karma Grip for ultra steady, to take professional looking pictures.

Karma Grip works with GoPro mounts, has a built-in shoulder mount on the Karma Case, to deliver ultra steady body-mounted footage

Go Pro Karma Features

Maximum Speed 35 mph (15 m/s)
Maximum Distance Up to 9,840ft (3,000m)
Maximum Flight Altitude 10,500ft (3,200m)
Maximum Wind Resistance 22mph (10m/s)
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz
Dimensions (Opened/No Propellers) Length: 12in (303mm)
Width: 16.2in (411mm)
Height: 4.6in (117mm)
Dimensions (Folded/Transport) Length: 14.4in (365.2mm)
Width: 8.8in (224.3mm)
Height: 3.5in (89.9mm)
Propeller Length 10in (25.4cm)
Weight 35.5oz (1006g)

Yuneec Q500

Some of the amazing features are as follows.

  • Featuring Improved CGO3 4K Ultra-HD 1080P 120FPS SLOW MOTION HD VIDEO With Enhanced Zero Distortion Lens
  • Combining A 12.4MP, 4K ULTRA-HD CAMERA with A 3-Axis Gimbal Android Powered 5.5″ TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY Ground Station
  • Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Quadcopter Drone 32GB MicroSD High-Speed Memory Card  Micro Fiber Cloth
  • YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter CGO3-GB Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal ST10+ Personal Ground Station / Transmitter | YUNA100 USB Interface / Programmer | 2 x 5400mAh 3S LiPo Flight
  • Battery for Q500 Quadcopter | Balancing Connector Lead | 8GB microSD Card with SD Adapter

DJI Spark


The DJI Spark has many great features also. Its equipped with 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera; 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video

Top of the line gesture and TapFly Control; Flight Autonomy with Obstacle Detection

Subject Tracking from Various Angles; GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation

Top Speed of 31 mph in Sport Mode; Up to 16 Minutes Flying Time

A staggering  1.2 Mile Control Range; Control, Edit. You will be able to share your experience with the DJI app.

DJI Spark Aircraft Features

Takeoff Weight 300 g
Dimensions 143×143×55 mm
Diagonal Distance (propellers excluded) 170 mm
Max Ascent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Sport Mode without wind
Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Auto Landing Mode
Max Speed 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode without wind
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 13,123 feet (4,000 m)
Max Flight Time 16 minutes (no wind at a consistent 12.4 mph (20 kph))
Max Hovering Time 15 minutes (no wind)
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
+/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-0.5 m
+/- 0.3 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-1.5 m
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 2.4 GHz
FCC: 25 dBm; CE: 18 dBm; SRRC: 18 dBm; MIC:18 dBm
5.8 GHz
FCC: 27 dBm; CE: 14 dBm; SRRC: 27 dBm; MIC: –
Operating Frequency 2.400 – 2.483 GHz; 5.725 – 5.825 GHz

DJI Phantom P3 Standard

The Phantom 3 Standard is one of  the best ways to start enjoying aerial photography and one of the more affordable drones listed with the amount of features you get. , even with no prior experience this is a excellent choice. With the all-in-one ready to fly design and simple GPS- assisted flight, the Phantom 3

Standard lets you focus on taking great pictures and videos from the sky. This drone has a huge range of over half a mile and crystal clear live video streaming over Wi-Fi to your mobile device on the free DJI Go

Phantom 3 Standard has some of the best functions available with a simple learning curve and a low price point.

Aircraft Features

Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 1216 g
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded) 350 mm
Max Ascent Speed 5 m/s
Max Descent Speed 3 m/s
Max Speed 16 m/s (ATTI mode)
Max Tilt Angle 35°
Max Angular Speed 150°/s
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 19685 feet (6000 m)
Max Flight Time Approx. 25 minutes
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
±0.5 m
±1.5 m

DJI Phantom 4

The DJI Phantom 4 is the smartest flying camera DJI has ever created. Able to fly intelligently with a tap, automatically create seamless

tracking shots, fly intelligently over or around obstacles and much more. Flying has never been this easy or as much fun. SENSE AND AVOID Obstacle sensors enable the Phantom 4 to sense and

react to its environment. FLY WITH TAP Simply tap on the screen to fly the Phantom 4 in the direction you want. It will avoid obstacles in its path.With the Phantom 4, DJI is pulling farther ahead of

the competition. It’s the first to market with serious autonomous features, and the implementation works really well. The addition of obstacle avoidance, tap-to-fly, and subject tracking make this the

drone I would recommend to total beginners, but one which can also help professionals capture more interesting and risky shots


Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 1380 g
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded) 350 mm
Max Ascent Speed S-mode: 6 m/s
Max Descent Speed S-mode: 4 m/s
Max Speed S-mode: 20 m/s
Max Tilt Angle S-mode: 42°
A-mode: 35°
P-mode: 15°
Max Angular Speed S-mode: 200°/s
A-mode: 150°/s
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 19685 feet (6000 m)
Max Wind Speed Resistance 10 m/s
Max Flight Time Approx. 28 minutes
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)


Yuneec Typhoon H

The Yuneec Typhoon H offers features that are above its price, such as a 360-degree rotating 4K camera, retractable landing gear and the option to control the drone and camera

separately. It has sonar-based object detection, but is also available with Intel Realsense obstacle avoidance

Typhoon H features

  • Excellent 4K video camera (30fps or 60fps in 1080p)
  • Dual-operator option (using ST Ground Station + 2nd controller or Wizard)
  • Hexacopter design means better redundancy + safety
  • Excellent ergonomic transmitter w/ built-in 7″ display and a great touchscreen interface; adjusting camera settings and controls is a snap
  • More stable and faster than the Typhoon Q500 quad

Autel X-Star

The X-Star  is a sophisticated yet amazingly easy-to-fly quadcopter designed for superb aerial imagery. The 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal can record crystal-clear, smooth Ultra HD videos

or take 12-MP photos with HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away. This drone is ready to fly out of the box, and can be flown with or without the help of the free Starlink mobile app. Powered by an

intelligent flight control system, dual GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation and aided by the Starpoint Positioning System, the drone stays safe and stable, even indoors or at low altitudes. Where

other drones might become erratic or fly away when there is magnetic interference, the X-Star is equipped with our exclusive SecureFly technology to help your drone come back home safely.

Learning to fly the X-Star is easy: you can start the motors, take off and land, hover, or have the drone automatically return home by using the one-touch buttons on the remote controller. The

controller’s integrated LCD displays critical flight information, allowing the Starlink mobile app to show fullscreen live HD video. Starlink brings a wealth of autopilot features such as follow, orbit,

waypoints, and also lets you adjust camera settings and record images in flight. With the X-Star Premium from Autel Robotics, a new perspective is just one flight away.


  • 4K (Ultra HD) video camera (4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120, 720p240 with 12MP still images, conveniently integrated into a quick-release 3-axis gimbal stabilizer
  • HD Live View (720p streaming up to 1.2 miles away) and autonomous flight modes including follow, orbit, and waypoints via the free Starlink app for iOS or Android (mobile device sold separately)
  • Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, SecureFly™ magnetic interference protection, and the Starpoint Positioning System™ for precise flying where GPS signals are unavailable
  • Intuitive remote controller with LCD display for flight information and one-touch action buttons for starting the motors, taking off, hovering, going home and landing
  • Backed by Autel Robotics customer support: U.S. based, seven days a week

19.5”W x 8.5”H x 19.5”D
Weight with battery 3.13lbs

19.69”W x 15.6”H x 9.76”D
Weight 12.13lbs


DJI Mavic Pro

The Mavic Pro has a completely different form factor than DJI’S flagship drone, the Phantom. The camera and gimbal are very similar to what you find on the Phantom, only smaller. The camera

uses the same sensor, shooting 4K video and 12 megapixel stills Using Flight Autonomy it can see obstacles as far away as 49ft (15m) in front, so that it can fly at up to 22mph (36kph) while

avoiding the things it sees. Absolute Precision Flight Autonomy technology means the DJI Mavic Pro can hover precisely in more environments, and automatically land almost exactly where you

took off. Stay flying longer Why fly for 10 or 15 minutes when you can fly for up to 27? With the Mavic you can. The DJI Mavic Pro is the only drone of its size to carry an

integrated high-precision 3-axis mechanical camera stabilization system, giving you crystal clear photos and smooth videos, without losing a single pixel.

Aircraft Features

Folded H83mm x W83mm x L198mm
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded) 335 mm
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 1.62 lbs (734 g) (exclude gimbal cover)
1.64 lbs (743 g) (include gimbal cover)
Max Ascent Speed 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode
Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)
Max Speed 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 16404 feet (5000 m)
Max Flight Time 27 minutes (no wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph))
Max Hovering Time 24 minutes (no wind)
Overall Flight Time 21 minutes ( In normal flight, 15% remaining battery level )
Max Total Travel Distance (One Full Battery, No Wind) 8 mi (13 km, no wind)
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS / GLONASS
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
+/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-0.5 m
+/- 0.3 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-1.5 m
Operating Frequency FCC:
2.4-2.4835GHz; 5.150-5.250 GHz; 5.725-5.850 GHz
2.4-2.4835GHz; 5.725-5.850 GHz
2.4-2.4835 GHz;5.725-5.850 GHz
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 2.4GHz
FCC:<=26 dBm; CE: <=20 dBm; SRRC:<=20 dBm; MIC:<=18 dBm
5.2 GHz
FCC:<=23 dBm
5.8 GHz
FCC:<=23 dBm; CE <=13 dBm; SRRC: <=23 dBm; MIC: –
Jacob is a drone enthusiast who likes to spend his free time researching the latest news and models of drones. When he's not in his "drone" world he loves spending time with family and exploring the outdoors.

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