Best Drones With Camera – Drone’s Review And Buying Guide In 2017

BEST DRONES 2017 with Highest Pictures and Videos Quality

1/ GoPro Karma with Free HERO5 Black

Karma, a completely new drone designed and manufactured by GoPro was just revealed to their fans. Before that, who are their fans? The ones who love action cams, action activities and high quality sport cameras. From now, they officially got many new fans who really love Drone. If you are reading this article, we are sure that all of you already knew clearly about its features, description, differences with other competitors…

The thing here we want to say is that although this is the first drone that GoPro made without any experience before. Some of us said that they are afraid of lacking experience will make them “not a perfect one”. For us, it is good as GoPro follows the new mindset, they understood what people needs, the disadvantages of current drone in the market. So they designed a better one with a very affordable price.

We were very excited with the latest GoPro camera, Hero5 Black. It is really a perfect combo ever.

If you don’t believe in the commercial videos, let’s check out this clip tested by Casy Neistat, a famous youtuber. This is one of the first Karma flying on the sky

It’s totally cool right? It is definitely one of the best drones in 2017. We can see that it flies steady in the sky, no shaking by the wind at all. One more thing that we love it is the remote control. Now it is easier for us to fly without using our phones or tablets.

We will recap a little bit about this fantastic drone and pick out the important points:

  • The flying speed: 35 mph
  • The distance: up to 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
  • Wind resistance: up to 22mph (10m/s)
  • Remote Control screen size: 5 in
  • Remote Control resolution: 720p

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It was officially released on 23 October 2016. Now you can buy it here. There are 3 options with 3 different prices:

Why we call Karma the best drone in 2017? As you can imagine that the main product of a drone would be the picture it captures and the video it records. GoPro has been known as one of the best action camera ever which has many experience in action moves. That’s why it was not surprised when they introduced about the drone project.

As far as we know, DJI drone is also a well-known drone manufacturer in the market. The most important factor would be about the price.

WATERPROOF? We could not imagine how excited we are if it becomes true

Only GoPro Hero5 is waterproof. We could hope that for the future drone.

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2/ DJI Mavic Pro – Foldable Drone


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DJI has been a king in drone market for quite a long time. With the new competitor from GoPro, they just released a new top secret weapon, the MAVIC. on 24 September 2016, they announced that their drone are ready to order on their site. The drone will be shipped from mid October for the first come first serve.

So if you all knew about it, we will pick out some interesting points to see what are the strengths of the Mavic.

1- Flight Autonomy

Now the Mavic is more clever, it can hover precisely in more complicated environments

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2- Compact mode:best drones with camera

 

3- 4K stabilized camera:best drones with camera

4- OcuSync Transmission System: The transmission range of up to 7km (4.3 miles):

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5- Dji Goggles. Wow, now you can view and control your drone through this wonderful Goggles:

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About the price:

$999: The Mavic with the remote control

$1299: The Mavic + remote controler + 2 Propellers + 2 batteries + battery hub + shoulder bag + Car charger +  Battery to Power Bank adapter (Real Deal, save $82). It’s only $1249 TODAY. Grab it now at the real steal.

With a drone under $500, DJI Phantom 3 Standard is the optimal choice in the market at the moment. At this price, the max video quality it can make is 2.7K/30fps. If you ask for higher resolution, you could check the DJI Phantom 3 4k or Phantom 4 which will support up to UHD 4K/30fps.

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3/ DJI Spark – New Secret Weapon from DJI 

Recently, DJI introduced their new Drone – SPARK. Actually we just took only a few flights with it a few days ago, therefore we will throw a very deep review about it in the next coming days. However, what we could say about it is more than wonderful. If you never fly a drone, please try SPARK, it will cut down your time to become a PRO. Trust us, it is worth to try.

Just some general features of SPARK:

Description:

High-Performance Camera
Mechanical Gimbal Stabilization: Spark’s 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology dramatically reduce shake and rolling shutter effect, keeping shots stable and detailed.

Flight Performance
Powerful Propulsion: Speed and Precision Control With its aerodynamic, lightweight, and slick design, Spark soars through the air with minimal wind resistance. The gimbal and camera are flush with the aircraft, significantly increasing stability. Powerful propulsion offers steady flight in strong winds at up to 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode.2 And an advanced flight control system means flying is fun and intuitive.

Flight Safety
FlightAutonomy: Enhanced Awareness Spark’s FlightAutonomy system includes the main camera, vision positioning system (VPS), 3D sensing system, dual-band GPS, high-precision inertial measurement unit, and 24 powerful computing cores. This allows Spark to hover accurately anywhere with VPS assistance at up to 98 ft (30 m), sense obstacles from up to 16 ft (5 m) away, and land safely.

Packing List:

  • Aircraft*1
  • Propeller Pair*3
  • Intelligent Flight Battery*1
  • Charger (varies by region)*1.
  • Micro USB Cable*1
  • Storage Box*1

In Addition:

  • Cleaning Cloth*1
  • 32GB Micro SD Card*1
  • SD Card Reader*1

Why it is named Game-changing drone?

1 – Portability

You knew about DJI MAVIC? Yes, it is a fondable drone. But you need to be careful about choosing backpack with it or you should carry it with a medium or large backpack. However, how is about carrying SPARK around? A Purse, yes, we can say that. Carrying a drone never be easier. What if we call it mini drone? Again, it is a real drone, not a drone toy.

2 – Ease of use

You know what? You can control this one when they are flying without any devices or smartphone. Do you believe that? With some simple taps, it can perform basic functions. In addition, it will come with an app which you can do some quick edit and share to everyone right after. For example, with DJI GO 4, you can edit your selfie super quick and share it to social media.

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3 – Image quality

What do you expect at a selfie drone? Amazing quality. You should’t worry about 1080p video at 30 fps and ideally with a mechanical gimbal. It will not let you down.

4 – Intelligent Features

There are different flight modes. With Gesture mode, everything is in your hands. You can direct it to locate you, move it to the center and take a picture. Furthermore, flashing lights will indicate the timer so you will know when it take a picture. You won’t need any helps. You really step into the next level of selfie action. Try it to surprise your friends and family without hesitation now.

There are 2 options when buying Spark:

Spark – $499

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Spark Combo – $699

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4/ Xiaomi Mi Drone WIFI FPV With 4K 30fps & 1080P Camera 3-Axis Gimbal RC Quadcopter

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In this March 2017, Xiaomi just released their new wheel, “Mi Drone 4K” with a HD camera attached on it. They promised that this drone is very easy to fly, very safe and convenient.

They are also proud of high resolution videos with 4K camera Wifi. We were very curious at that time.

This is the first time Xiaomi joined this industry. As we all know, their strategy is about the price. This price is very competitive, which is of course cheaper than even DJI’s Phantom 3 4K. The CEO has said “We want everyone to be able to afford good products. That was why I set up Xiaomi in the first place,”

Today, we will give you some experiment with this drone.

1 – Easy of Use

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If you already got a chance to fly DJI’s drone or GoPro Karma, it’s the same here. Turn it on, wait for the light signal. With automatic take-off and landing function and beginner mode, you don’t need to learn anything else. That’s all you need to know.

 

2 – Set Your Route

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Open the map, pin some points and it will fly as you pin. Very simple as other drones. We are familiar with this drone in the first flight as we have many previous flights with Spark, Karma and Phantom.

It also can make cycle flight around one point.

Whenever you don’t want to control manually and you want to record a game or playing time on the beach with your family, this function works very well. But please note about their flying time even it will automatically land if the battery is low.

 

3 – Easy to Pack

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Credit: dpreview.com

Its weight is 450g so in any scenarios, its mobility will make you comfortable.

It is also foldable but Karma, Spark and Mavic does better.

 

4 – 4K Camera

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Honestly, its 4K Camera is not as good as GoPro Karma or DJI Spark or DJI Mavic Pro but it’s still alright compared to other lower budget drones.

5 – Specifications

  • Flight time: 27min
  • Height limit: 120m
  • Diagonal axis distance: 434mm
  • Control distance: 2000m
  • Output: 16 V- – – 2.9 A
  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50 / 60Hz 1.5A
  • Output power: 46.4 W
  • Charging voltage limit: 17.4V
  • Voltage: 15.2V
  • Capacity: 5100 mAh / 77.52 Wh
  • Weight: Approximately 450 g

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5/ Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera

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I guarantee 90% of our readers have not heard about this brand. You know what? This drone was made by photographers. Is it awesome? Almost readers heard about DJI, Yuneec or GoPro recently, they only look for these brands. But why we include this brand in this article? Actually, this is not a bad idea to try. There are few more out there, but trust us, these drones in this article are qualified for everyone’s demand.

Take a look at what we found and see why you can give it a try

 

What We Like:

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Autel’s X-Star is tough, compact and delivers great flight times when their price is kind of more affordable than others in the market, especially compared with well known brands. Honestly, if you give it a try, you will see that it is well packed with full of features and technology like others.

About the Camera, it comes with a 4K ultra HD video recording and still photo camera included. Of course they are the same as DJI’s Spark, DJI’s Mavic Pro, DJI’s Phantom or GoPro Karma. But at a lower price, you can save hundred dollars with it if you are a beginner. You can fire 4K video at 30fps, 2.7k video at 60fps and Full HD shooting at 120 frames, or 720p at 240 fps. It’s camera is 12MP still shots. Another point that interests me is the stabilizer. Even it is cheaper, it still comes with easy integration or removal from a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer.

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About the Remote Control system, it is 720p HD Live View streaming (up to 1.2 miles), It sill has different flight modes which could also do follow and orbit with a dual GPS/GLONASS flight navigation system.

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This X-Star comes with a very manly case. We love it at the first sight. We guarantee that you will never find any drones with this kind of case in the market. Other accessories are similar with other drones.

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Lastly, we call it a well designed drone. We could say the body is similar with the Phantom drones. But at this price, you should take a look at it before making any decisions.

What we don’t like:

The system memory can not process the SD card larger than 64Gb (approximately enough for 2 hours for 4K UHD). Hence, if you take it outside and expect to use it all day, you have to prepare more than 1 64GB SD card (Recommended)

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It’s not very stable when taking off or landing. The taking off and landing movements were definitely on the wobbly side. You won’t find this problem when flying DJI’s drones or GoPro Karma. This problem could make you less confidence in flying and might crash if the wind is a little bit strong. We recommend you should fly this drone under wind-free condition (for beginners)

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lastly, if you ask for a drone which can fire very great video and photo quality, this drone is not for you. Again, we really recommend this drone for beginners to try before moving to high budget drones like DJI’s Spark, DJI’s Mavic Pro or GoPro Karma. These drones are no comments about the quality.

Specifications:

• Max Ascent: 6 m per second
• Speed: about 35 miles per hour
• Weight: 3.52 lbs
• Hover accuracy:
– Horizontal: ±6.5′ / 2 m
– Vertical: ±3.2′ / 1 m
• Max altitude: 1.2 miles
• Flight time: 25 minutes but variable depending on conditions
• Connectivity: 1 x USB Type-A female for mobile device connectivity, 1 x charge port
• Camera: 4K UHD camera with 2.7K, Full HD and 720p video recording, 12 megapixel photos
• Recording Media: Micro SD (64GB maximum)
• Automated Flight features: Return-to-home, Orbit, Waypoint, Follow
• Weight: 3.3 lbs (with battery and propellers), 4 lb with GoPro Hero camera and Gimbal
• Dimensions: Height: 10″ / 25 cm, Motor-to-Motor: 18″ / 46 cm
• Controller: Dedicated controller with third par mobile device screen and X-Star app

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 DJI Spark Palm launch, Intelligent Fly More Combo, Alpine WhiteDJI Mavic ProGoPro Karma with HERO5 BlackXiaomi Mi Drone WIFI FPV With 4K 30fps & 1080P Camera 3-Axis Gimbal RCAutel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
Weight0.66lbs / 300 g1.62lbs / 734g2.22lbs / 1006g3.06lbs / 1390g3.13lbs / 1420g
Dimension (folded)
L / W / H
143 × 143 × 55 mm198 x 83 x 83mm356.2 × 224.3 x 89.9mm380 x 455 x 170mm352 x 495 x 139.7mm
Maximum Speed31 mph (50 kph)
(Sport Mode)
40 mph (65 kph)
(Sport Mode)
35 mph (56.3 kph)40 mph (65 kph)35 mph (56.3 kph)
Max Flight Time16 minutes27 minutes20 minutes27 minutes25 minutes
Max Distance1.24 miles (2 km)4.3 miles (7 km)1.86 miles (3 km)0.31 miles (500 m)1.2 miles (2 km)
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level13,123 feet (4,000 m)16,404 feet (5000 m)10,500 ft (3200 m)393 ft (120 m)3,280 ft (1000 m)
Camera
Sensor1/2.3" (CMOS), 12 MP1/2.3” (CMOS), 12.35 MP1/2.3” (CMOS), 12.35 MP1/2.3” (CMOS), 12.4 MPSony Exmor R, 12 MP
Max. Resolution & Frame Ratemax. 1080p 30fpsmax. 4K 30fpsmax. 4K 30fpsmax. 4K 30fpsmax. 4K 30fps
Lens: FOV / apertureFOV 81.9°
25 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
aperture f/2.6
FOV 78.8°,
28 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
aperture f/2.2
FOV 133.6°
14mm (35 mm format equivalent)
aperture f/2.8
FOV 94°
3.7 mm (Equivalent: 20 mm)
aperture f/2.8
FOV 108°
Max Video Bitrate /
Codec / Container
24 Mbps
H.264, .mp4
60 Mbps
H.264, .mp4 / .mov
60 Mbps
H.264, .mp4
60 Mbps
H.264, .mp4
60 Mbps
H.264, .mp4
Photo Resolution /
Format
3968×2976
.jpg
4000×3000
.jpg & RAW
4000×3000
.jpg & RAW
4000×3000
.jpg
4000×3000
.jpg
Stabilizer2-axis gimbal
Pitch: -85° to 0°
3-axis gimbal
Pitch: -90° to +30°
Roll: 0° or 90° (Horizontally and vertically)
3-axis gimbal
Pitch: -90° to 0° (down/up)
3-axis gimbal
Pitch: -90° to 0° (down/up)
3-axis gimbal
Pitch: -90° to 0° (down/up)
Remote ControllerNo LCD screen °
720p live video on mobile
LCD screen with flight info
1080p live video on mobile
5" touch screen with
720p live video
No LCD screen
720p live video on mobile
2" LCD screen
720p live video on mobile
Intelligent Flight Modes
Obstacle Avoidance Systemyes
Sensor Range: 1-16 ft (0.2 - 5 m)
yes
Sensor Range: 2-49 ft (0.7 - 15 m)
NoNoNo
Object Tracking System
(Follow-me)
yes
Trace, Profile
yes
Trace, Profile, Spotlight
NoN/ANo
Gesture Control SystemYESYESNoNoNo
Flight PathCircle, Dronie, Rocket, Tap to FlyTap Fly, WaypointCircle (Orbit), Dronie, 2-Waypoint (Cable Cam), RevealCircle, Waypoint, Tap tp FlyCircle, Waypoint, Tap tp Fly
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CONCLUSION

After all, can you make a decision now? We know it’s hard. But it depends on your need. As our opinions, if you want to use your drones everywhere, we suggest the Spark because it is really portable and smart. The game is on. Please order Karma or Mavic or Spark or Xiaomi or X-Star Premium to have fun in this summer vacation now.

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