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Are you looking for the top drones of 2016? Here they are!
Top Drones 2016
In this article we’re going to break down the top 5 drones for 2016. Being that many different categories of drones exist, we will only be covering consumer grade camera drones. This means the typical drone flown by your average RC hobbyist or general enthusiast. So, without further delay, let’s start with number five!
#5 Yuneec Typhoon H
The Typhoon H is a new class of drone being offered by aircraft manufacturer Yuneec. The Typhoon H offers some very impressive features, while maintaining a very affordable price. The Typhoon H is special, as it’s the only drone on this list that features six rotors instead of four. Six rotor configurations are usually reserved for larger drones, and are rarely if ever offered in this class, until now. The six rotors provide tremendous stability, and add an extra layer of redundancy in the case of a motor failure. Paired with a powerful gimbal stabilized 4k camera, and capable of rotating 360 degrees, this drone is capable of capturing some stunning images. It falls somewhere in between a DJI Phantom 4 and the new DJI M600. Overall an incredible value for the money, and definitely worth checking out before moving to more expensive custom rigs. Watch it capture amazing shots in this video.
The DJI Phantom line of drones, is by far the most popular and well known drone in the world. Recently DJI released the newest addition to the phantom family, the Phantom 4. This drone features intelligent flight functions such as sense & avoid, tap to fly, and advanced follow functions. In addition to this, a battery upgrade means that phantom 4 now gets nearly 30 minutes of flight time. Of course the camera is also capable of 12mp stills and beautiful 4k video. Truly a fan favorite! Check out the full review here!
#3 GoPro Karma
New to the the world of drones, GoPro has officially announced their brand new GoPro Karma, a foldable drone that sets a new standard for portability and performance. Quickly rising to the list of top 5 drones, the Karma is equipped with the all new GoPro Hero 5, and is sure to produce stunning aerial stills and video. Another huge plus of the Karma, is that the GoPro 5 is fully compatible with all of GoPro’s accessories, including the new handheld gimbal that will be included with the Karma! This means right out of the box, you’ll have access to a diverse set of tools allowing you to capture video from the ground to the sky and anywhere else life decides to take you. A true adventurers drone, the Karma is perfect for enthusiasts of all levels, it’s easy to fly, super portable, has great battery life, and captures incredible 4k footage, perfect for anyone looking to get into drones. This will definitely be a favorite for months if not years to come. We can’t wait to see what they come out with next. Watch the Karma in action here!
#2 DJI Mavic
It’s no surprise that DJI remains prominent on this list, their success in the industry is unparalleled, and will likely remain as such. With that said, shortly after GoPro announced their new “Karma” drone, DJI announced a foldable drone of their very own, the DJI Mavic! In what seems to be the ushering in of a new era, foldable drones have taken center stage this year, achieving maximum portability without sacrificing performance, the Mavic truly does shine. See for yourself in this video. The DJI Mavic boasts many of the intelligent flight functions we’ve come to expect from DJI such as follow me mode, orbit, etc. In addition, the Mavic features extremely advanced obstacle avoidance, and a 12mp, 14k resolution camera stabilized on a 3 axis gimbal. Really, the new Mavic is a much more portable and capable Phantom 4! This drone is perfect for beginners and travelers, it’s super smart, has the longest flight time in it’s class and is a blast to fly. This drone sets a new industry standard, and paves the way for the future of drones. Dive deeper into the Mavic here!
The DJI Inspire Pro is definitely an incredible and very impressive aircraft, it makes it to the top of this list by shear performance alone. For example, it features the world’s first micro four-thirds camera designed specifically for aerial use, and a gimbal mount that is completely modular, allowing you to swap out a variety of payloads for future expansion. This means you have the power of using multiple professional DSLR lenses, and can achieve footage previously only attainable by large custom rigs. It also boasts the regular DJI tech such as advanced GPS, ground sensors, 4k video, return to home function, and mission planning integration. Not only that, but the inspire is compatible with a variety of third party applications, creating endless possibilities for this super easy to fly, high performance, workhorse of a drone! Did we mention this all comes ready to fly out of the box? Very impressive! That’s why the Inspire 1 pro takes the top spot for 2016, and if you have the budget, we highly recommend you pick one up for yourself.