Drone Cameras 5 Top Brands Compared

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Choosing the best drone camera is much more difficult than it sounds. There are so many drones with cameras out there, each promising top-quality photography and videography in a sleek package. To help you choose, we’ve researched and compiled reviews of 5 top brands to help you make an informed buying decision before you take the plunge.

1. Hubsan X4 H107L

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The Hubsan X4 H107C has everything that makes quadcopters great: four rotors, durability (it can take several hard crashes), ease-of-use (even beginners can fly the thing after only a little practice), video capability (it comes with an attachable camera), and portability (it’s no larger than your average tablet and weighs less than 0.5 pounds). Its biggest drawback is its low battery life, which limits its range and makes for a relatively short flying time.

2. DJI Phantom 2 with GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

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This Quadcopter drone almost took top honors thanks to its excellent camera and video recording capabilities, but the controls leave much to be desired. While it does come loaded with a decent app that allows you to see what your camera sees in real-time, the app suffers from poor visibility in sunlight and an unpredictable Wi-Fi connection that kept us from using it when we really needed it (or wanted it) most. The DJI Phantom was also our least favorite in terms of user experience. It’s not easy to fly, the drone’s camera is only good for still shots and its payload capacity is low.

3. Parrot AR Drone 2.0

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is an amazing piece of technology that flew too close to the sun on wings of failure; despite its mind-boggling feature set, it crashes more often than it records video, doesn’t take great photos, and struggles with windy conditions. As a result, the Parrot didn’t make our final cut for top drones with cameras. However, if you can get past some initial frustrations, this quadcopter will provide hours of entertainment while you figure out what went wrong when it crashes into another room after flying backward into a wall at breakneck speeds.

4. Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter

The Yuneec Q500 Typhoon impressed us with its huge range and line-of-sight flying capabilities, as well as how easy it was to fly thanks to built-in stabilization technology. Bigger than other drones we tested, this four propeller copter is optimized for outdoor use and comes with a gimbal mount for attaching a GoPro camera (not included). Its wind-resistant design also ensures that you can fly in almost any weather condition. The main drawback of the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon is its price; the $1,300 combination of quadcopter and high-quality stabilized 4K video camera right out of the box won’t be an option for everyone. However, the Yuneec Typhoon is our favorite drone with a camera overall thanks to its superior build quality, ease of use, and overall performance.

5. 3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter

The 3DR Solo was another tough call; overall, we feel that this quadcopter drone outshines other models in its price range thanks to solid build quality and an excellent companion app. The Solo’s high-quality HD camera can shoot video at up to 4K resolution while its powerful Smart Shot options mean you won’t have to worry about framing your shots. If there are any downsides to the 3D Robotics Solo, they are its lack of obstacle avoidance sensors (which means it will crash into objects if you’re not careful) and limitations when recording video in windy conditions or with the gimbal camera facing down.

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