Ultimate list of 30 camera drones sorted by price [Early 2017 Edition]

This new technological era brought us one piece of robotic that has come to change the way we view the world: drones, especially drones with camera. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with capabilities beyond human skills. We now are capable of watching the world from the sky without the dangerousness or set of skills necessary to actually put ourselves in such position. From toy drones to professional drones, find safe place and fly above imagination. For fun or professional purposes, flying a drone is XXI century experience nobody will want to miss on. With this in mind, we at DronesGlobe aim to help and guide you through this choice you’re about to make “what is the best camera drone my budget can buy?”, “what is the best bang for my buck?”. Therefore we have crafted this article with only the best live camera drone to inform you, by the end we assure you that you will be able to make your choice feeling 100% sure that it’s the best drone with camera for you! We’ll start with some cheap models with camera and finish with professional drones.

Explanation of some terms used in this article:

FPV
First person view. Also known as remote-person view (RPV), or simply video piloting, it is a method used to control a radio-controlled vehicle (such as a drone with live camera in this case) from the driver or pilot’s view point. The live image is directly displayed in a screen, monitor or FPV Goggles..
Action camera
also known as action-cam it is a digital camera designed for filming action while being immersed in it. Action cameras are therefore typically compact, rugged and waterproof at surface.
Gimbal
a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis. For drones is used for photography and videography. Used to mount everything from small camera lenses to large photographic telescopes. Most developed ones are designed to give the camera operator the independence of handheld shooting without camera vibration or shake.
Jello effect
Quick pans (and sometimes shade provoked by the sun hitting the propellers) make the image wobble like jello, consequently images can become skewed with straight lines becoming distorted.

We have sorted drones in Tiers. What does that mean?

TIER 1: drones with: very good flight time or decent according to other enhanced specifications, very good flight distance range or decent according to other enhanced specifications, resistant to crashes, hover perfectly, has a good set of features and the best camera within its price range.

TIER 2: drones with: average (or above) flight time and / or average (or above) flight distance, resistant to common crashes, hovers steadily, has useful features and good image quality.

TIER 3: drones with: average (or below) flight time and / or average (or below) flight distance, hovers controllably, may only have basic features and camera image quality is slightly above average.

List of 30 drones with camera by DronesGlobe :

 

0$ to 100$

NameImageFlight timeRangeCameraPrice
UDI U818A-1UDI-U818A-16 minutes30 meters2MPSEE IT !
TARANTULA X6tarantula-x68 minutes200 metersNoSEE IT !
JXD 509Gjxd-509w-2-18 minutes150 meters2MPSEE IT !
Hubsan H107C+hubsan-x47 minutes100 meters2MPSEE IT !
KAIDENG K70Ckaideng-k70c9 minutes200 meters2MPSEE IT !

UDI-U818A-1UDI U818A-1

is a low-cost quadcopter with camera aimed at good image quality usage. It is the HD upgraded version of the U818A. U818A-1 includes the best HD camera at the lowest price in the market, a real HD 2MP resolution! Capable of recording in a resolution of 1280 x 720; at 30 frames per second. If you prioritise camera quality, and your budget is limited, then this is the drone for you, currently in the market there isn’t a cheaper drone than this. Besides the great image quality, U818A-1 has an average flight time of 4 to 6 minutes, powered by a 3.7V 500mAh lipo battery. Control distance is only 30 meters, but considering the quality of the camera for such an affordable price it is normal that the manufacturer had to cut somewhere. Also, this drone is aimed at beginners looking for a good camera, therefore control distance of 30 meters should be enough.

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UDI U818A-1 Discovery Overlook:
Flight Time: 4 to 6 minutes
Camera: 2MP HD
Battery Type: 3.7V 500mAh LiPO
Range: 30 meters
Remote: 2.4GHz frequency
Gyro: 6 Axis

 

tarantula-x6JJRC H16 Tarantula X6

is one of my personal favourites. It tops this list for a wide variety of reasons. First of all, let me start by saying there are different package versions of this quadcopter in the market, here we discuss the version with a wide 5MP camera. This wide angle camera of 5MP is one of the best for the current price in the market and can be detached from the drone is not build-in, so you can fly without camera if you want to. Expect very good image quality with no “jello effect”. Besides that, Tarantula X6 has an amazing control distance of 300 meters! Way above the average control range for drones within this price range. Flight time is also above average, a good 8 to 10 minutes of pure enjoyment! It also includes awesome features such as IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control) which works much like an inner compass. Allowing features such as Return to Home. Definitely one of the best for its price. In this price range, this is definitely one of the best drones for filming from air.

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 JJRC H16 Tarantula Overlook:
Flight Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Camera: NO
Battery Type: 7.4V 1200MAH Li-Po 30C
Range: 200 meters
Remote: 2.4GHz frequency
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Intelligent Orientation Control, Home Return


Pioneer JXD 509VPioneer JXD 509G

is one of the most innovative low-cost drones to ever hit the market. Packed with a 2MP camera (720p resolution) capable of transmitting FPV (First Person View) flight directly to its monitor (also included in the package) through 5.8Ghz transmission. It does have some amount of “jello” effect. However, the live video transmitted to your LCD screen, directly installed on your controller, is surprisingly good quality with less ‘jello’ effect. The camera can be tilted to 20º degrees. Flight time is an amazing 9 to 10 minutes powered by its 3.7V 600mAh Li-Po battery. Control range is 150 meters, slightly above the average range for drones within its budget. It efatures surprisingly functions such as Altitude Holder (drone locks on a set height, allowing pilot to focus on photography and videography), Automatic Landing, Headless Mode and One-Key Return. One of the low-budget drones featuring the most amount of great and useful features.

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JXD 509G Overview:
Flight Time: 9-10 minutes
Camera: 2MP FPV (5.8Ghz transmission)
Battery Type: 3.7V 600mAh Li-Po
Range: 150 meters
Transmitter Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Modes: Altitude Holder, One-Key Home Return, Headless Mode, Automatic Landing

Hubsan X4 H107C+

Hubsan-X4-H107C+is the upgraded version of the famous Hubsan product the X4 H107C. Packed with a built-in wide angle 2MP camera (720p resolution), H107C+ is one of the most sought mini quadcopters in the market. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor flight. Includes such features as Altitude Holder (drone locks in a set height allowing pilot to focus on photography and videography) and Headless Mode (easier orientation despite where drone front is pointing at). Powered by a 3.7V 520mAh Li-Po battery it has a flight time of 7 minutes and it only takes around 30 minutes to charge. Control distance ranges between 100 to 150 meters, which is relatively good for this small drone with camera.

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Hubsan X4 H107C+ Overview:
Flight Time: 7 minutes
Camera: 2MP FPV
Battery Type: 3.7V 520mAh Li-Po
Range: 150 meters
Transmitter Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Modes: Altitude Holder, Headless Mode

 

Kai-Deng-K70cKaideng K70C Sky Warrior

K70C is a drone aimed at carried pretty much all action cameras available in the market. If you own, or are considering buying a GoPro, Xiami or SJCam, this is the best drone to carry one. Very powerful and robust it is the best and most affordable drone aimed at this specific cameras. It does come with its own 2M Hawkeye camera of decent quality, but if you want to get the most of this drone you should attach a GoPro to it! Very easy to fly, with a lot of carrying power, it is the low-cost drone for photography and videography. It has amazing LED lights in its arms for night flights and features Headless Mode, One-Key return and motorized gimbal. As previously mentioned the gimbal supports all types of action cameras. Flight time is 10 minutes and control range goes up to 200 meters.

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KAIDENG K70C Sky Warrior Overlook:
Flight Time: 10 minutes
Camera: HD 2MP 720p resolution with wide angled lens
Gimbal: Powered remote control motorized gimbal
Camera Mount: Designed for GoPro style cameras (GoPro Hero4, Xiaomi Yi, SJCam, among others)
Battery Type: 7.4V 2000mah Li-po battery
Range: 150 to 200 meters
Remote: 2.4GHz Frequency with 4 channels
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Headless Mode, One-Key Return, Motorized Gimbal, Camera mount compatible with GoPro, LED arms

 

100$ to 300$

NameImageFlight timeRangeCameraPrice
HUBSAN H502Shubsan-x4-h502s13 minutes200 meters720pSEE IT !
JJRC H26Djjrc-h26d7 minutes300 meters3MPSEE IT !
Parrot AR 2.0PARROT-AR-DRONE-2.010 minutes30 meters720pSEE IT !
JJRC H26Wjjrc-h26w6 minutes300 meters2MPSEE IT !
SYMA X8HGsyma-x8hg6 minutes70 meters0.3 or 8MPSEE IT !
JJRC H25Gjjrc-h25g8 minutes200 meters2MPSEE IT !

Hubsan H502S

hubsan-x4-h502sis one of the most recent products by Hubsan, it currently is the lowest cost ready-to-fly out of the box GPS equipped quadcopter with follow me mode and a very nice camera. Packed with a 2MP camera capable of recording video and taking photos in 720p resolution. It is a FPV drone, meaning you can watch in real-time the live video recorded from its camera and displayed directly to the FPV monitor. Live video transmission is done in 5.8Ghz frequency. It includes such features as position hold (altitude holder), headless mode, follow me and return to landing. Has an amazing flight time ranging between 12 to 13 minutes and a control distance of 200 meters! All in one package ready to fly out of the box.

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Hubsan H502S Overlook:
Flight Time: up to 13 minutes
Camera: Built-in 2MP FPV
Battery Type: 7.4V 2000mA Lipo Battery
Range: 200 meters
Remote: 2.4GHz Frequency
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Headless Mode and  Altitude Holder also known as Barometer Set Height, Follow Me and Return to Landing

jjrc-h26d

JJRC H26D

is JJRC’s drone for those pilots who prioritise camera quality. One of the first low-cost drones (if not the very first) to include a 3MP camera in its package. The camera has 120º field of view, ensuring you get the most of what you are recording or photographing. The camera is set on a 2-Axis gimbal Gimbal capable of tilting upward, downward, right or left with just a push of a button on your RC controller. This allows pilots to acquire different recording angles for their videos and photos. Besides this, JJRC H26D features Headless Mode and One-Key return. Flight time is an average 6 to 7 minutes powered by its 7.4V 1.200mAh 30C LiPo battery. Control range, as expected from JJRC, is an amazing 300 meters! H26D is an amazing toy drone packing a 3MP camera!

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JJRC H26D Overlook:
Flight Time: 6 to 7 minutes
Camera: HD 3MP 120º Field of View
Gimbal: 2 Axis (tilt upward, downward, right or left)
Battery Type: 7.4V 1.200mAh 30C LiPo battery
Range: 300 meters
Remote: 2.4GHz Frequency
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Headless Mode and One-Key Return

 

PARROT AR DRONE 2.0Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite

is one of the best looking drones with camera out there in the market. It comes with different design options such as “Jungle”, “Snow” and “Sand”. Parrot AR is great personal drone with camera, it’s probably the best drone with HD camera in this price range. It has a highly protective frame surrounding the all quadcopter and ensuring good protection to the propellers and motors. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 comes with a built-in 720p HD wide angle camera which can also work in FPV. The drone connects to the pilot’s smart device (phone or tablet) through an app available for both Android and iOS and displays the live video. Besides displaying the video, the app’s Director Mode also allows the pilot to program automatic movements through, allowing the pilot to focus on photography and videography while the drone autonomously performs the recorded set of movements. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 does not come with a remote controller, instead it also uses the app to function has controlling system, yes you can control the drone through your tablet or smartphone! AR.Drone 2.0 has a flight time of up to 10 minutes and has a control distance around 130 meters.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Overlook:
Flight Time: 10  minutes
Camera: Built-in HD 720p resolution
Range: 30 meters
Remote: WiFi
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Return to Home, Ultrasound sensors, 1GB DDR2 RAM at 200MHz, 1GHz 32 bit ARM Cortex A8 processor

 

JJRC H26WJJRC H26W

is JJRC H26 FPV version. It basically has the same features and specifications but instead of a 3MP camera, it comes with a 2MP FPV camera. This real-time image transmission drone connects to your smartphone through an app available for iOS and Android, via WiFi, displaying live video on your phone’s screen.

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JJRC H26D Overlook:
Flight Time: 6 to 7 minutes
Camera: 2MP FPV
Gimbal: 2 Axis (tilt upward, downward, right or left)
Battery Type: 7.4V 1.200mAh 30C LiPo battery
Range: 300 meters
Remote: 2.4GHz Frequency
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Headless Mode and One-Key Return

 

syma-x8hgSyma X8HG

is one Syma’s most recent products, it is the upgraded version of the X8. Syma X8HG comes in different packages with different types of camera all produced by Syma. On this list we focus on the 8MP camera version as it has the best quality. The included camera is HD 8MP, capable of recording at 720p resolution with just a slight ‘jello-effect’. It’s an FPV camera and transmits live video via WiFi to a free to install app on your Android or iOS smartphone. It’s a camera made by Syma itself and it does compete with the low-cost sport action cameras. If you prefer to use another action camera the included mount also supports others. Syma X8HG has a very useful feature for photography and videography (Altitude Holder aka Barometer Set Height), basically the drone locks at a specific height, allowing pilot to focus on recording video and taking photos. Syma X8HG has a short range of 70 meters and an average flight time of up to 7 minutes. It’s definitely not the best live camera drone on the market, but for this price it’s good buy.

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Syma X8HG Overlook:
Flight Time: 5 to 7 minutes
Camera: 0.3MP or 8MP WiFi FPV
Mount: Compatible with Syma action cameras and others
Battery Type: 7.4V 2000mA Lipo Battery
Range: 70 meters
Remote: 2.4GHz Frequency
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Headless Mode and  Altitude Holder also known as Barometer Set Height


jjrc-h25gJJRC H25G

is one of the best and most affordable FPV quadcopters produced by JJRC. It includes its own FPV LCD monitor attached to the RC controller. Screen’s brightness can be adjusted according to light conditions allowing the pilot to change its display setting to the most useful configuration for a clear screen, even in strong daylight. Camera is 2MP and capable of recording at 720p resolution, the view angle can be easily adjusted downward or upward prior to take-off according to pilot’s recording needs. The FPV camera is installed on a vibration absorbing camera mount with 4 dumping balls which reduce the ‘jello effect’ effectively. It features Headless Mode and One-Key Return. Flight time is a good 8 to 10 minutes and control range is 200 meters.

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JJRC H25G Overlook:
Flight Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Camera: FPV 2MP 720p resolution
Battery Type:  2s 7.4V 1800mah Li-Po battery
Range: 200 meters
Remote: 2.4 GHz Frequency
FPV Transmission: 5.8 GHz frequency
Gyro: 6 Axis
Features: Headless Mode and One-Key Return

 

300$ to 500$

NameImageFlight timeRangeCameraPrice
3DR Solo3dr-solo-drone-300x19622 minutes800 metersGoProSEE IT !
DJI Phantom 2dji-phantom-218 minutes1 kmGoProSEE IT !
Typhoon Gyuneec-typhoon-g-300x16222 minutes1 kmGoProSEE IT !
Parrot Bebopparrot-bebop11 minutes2 km14MPSEE IT !

3dr-solo-drone3DR Solo

is another amazing drone produced by 3DR Robotics. A very fast drone with a max speed of 89km/h. It features useful photography and videography features such as Selfie Mode, Orbit Mode and Follow Me mode, as well as Auto-Pilot. It doesn’t include a camera in its package but is Compatible with GoPro HERO3, 3+ and 4; optimized for HERO3+ and 4, thanks to its 3-axis stabilized gimbal. Flight time is around 20 to 25 minutes and control distance is 800 meters.

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3DR Solo Overview:
Flight Time: 20-25 min
Camera: Compatible with GoPro® HERO3, 3+ and 4; optimized for HERO3+ and 4
Battery Type: 5200 mAh 14.8 Vdc Lithium polymer
Max Speed: 55 mph (89 km/h)
Range: 800 meters
Autopilot: Pixhawk 2
Gimbal: 3-Axis Stabilized
Motors: 880 kV
Features: Auto-pilot, Selfie Mode, Orbit Mode, Follow Me Mode

dji-phantom-2-vision-plusDJI Phantom 2

is one of DJI’s most successful drone releases, although there currently exists Phantom 4, DJI Phantom 2 remains a highly recommend drone, especially now that its price has gone down. Phantom 2 features amazing functions such as built-in GPS which powers auto-pilot feature (through waypoints program pre-flights and drone will fly the route by itself), altitude lock (drone won’t fly above that altitude), position holding (drone maintains same height without pilot input). This features are very useful for photography and videography. Phantom 2 has a control range of up to 1KMs! Its batteries power up to 20 minutes of flight time. On top of all this, Phantom 2 comes with its own Gimbal capable of supporting GoPro Hero cameras. Phantom 2 is also compatible with First Person View flight. Definitely one of the best drones for camera usage within this budget.

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DJI Phantom 2 Overlook:
Flight Time: up to 20 minutes
Camera: Doesn’t include one but supports action cameras such as GoPro
Battery Type:  11.1V 5200 mAh lithium-polymer batter
Range: 1KM
Remote: 2.4 GHz Frequency
FPV Transmission: 5.8 GHz frequency
Features: GOS, Auto-Pilot, Altitude Lock, Position Holding

 

Yuneec Typhoon G

Yuneec-Typhoon-ganother high-quality quadcopter aimed at photography and videography. Typhoon G manufactured by Yuneec, has a personal ground station with a built-in touchscreen and FPV (First Person View) video live feed, and yes you can use your own GoPro! Thypoon G gimbal mount supports all types of GoPro camera. Thypoon G has greatly useful features for photography and videography fans, such as Typhoon G features useful modes such as Smart Mode (Headless Mode), Follow Me (drone follows a specific targeted moving object autonomously), Angle Mode, Home Mode and internal GPS. It has a flight time of up to 25 minutes! (How amazing is this) and a control distance of 1KM.

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Yuneec Typhoon G Overview:
Flight Time: up to 25 minutes
Camera: Doesn’t include one but supports GoPro cameras
Battery Type:  11.1V 5400 mAh lithium-polymer batter
Range: 1KM
Remote: 2.4 GHz Frequency
FPV Transmission: 5.8 GHz frequency
Features: Smart Mode, Follow Me, Angle Mode, Home Mode, GPS

 

Parrot Bebop

parrot bebop drone

Parrot Bebop

was a massive hit when it first came out. An all-in-one quadcopter for your amateur and semi-professional photography and videography needs. It has a built-in 14MP camera capable of recording in 1920 x 1080p resolution with 30 frames per second and 3800 x 3188 pixels for photos, lens has a 180º angle view. It features Auto-Pilot (through paid app) and Return to Home. Flight time is 8 to 11 minutes and control distance is 300 meters.

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Parrot Bebop Overview:
Flight Time: 8 to 11 minutes
Camera: HD FPV 14MP 3072p 30fps
Battery Type: 2,700-mAh Li-po battery
Transmitter: Android or iOS device with Skycontroller Black (optional)
Range: 300 meters / 2000 meters with Skycontroller Black
Features: 180º angle view lens, Auto-Pilot, Return to Home

 

500$ to 1000$

NameImageFlight timeRangeCameraPrice
DJI Phantom 3 Professionaldji-phantom-3-professional-300x16722 minutes2 km12MPSEE IT !
DJI Phantom 3 Advanceddji-phantom3-advanced22 minutes2 km12MPSEE IT !
Typhoon Q500+yuneec-q500-typhoon23 minutes600 meters12MPSEE IT !
Walkera Scout X4walkera-scout-x423 minutes1500 metersGoProSEE IT !
3DR IRIS+3dr-iris21 minutes1 kmGoProSEE IT !
Parrot Bebop 2parrotbebop2drone227520 minutes2 km14MPSEE IT !

dji-phantom-3-professionalDJI Phantom 3 Professional

is the most enhanced version of the famous Phantom 3 lines. It comes with its own 4K video at 30fps camera with 12MP, this camera is designed by DJI itself and it aims to compete with GoPro (which it does, it’s a very powerful camera). The professional f/2.8 lens of the camera has a 94º field of view. Besides the powerful 4K camera and the remotely controlled 3-Axis gimbal, Phantom 3 features an awesome set of features such as GPS-Assisted Hover, Vision Positioning System, Automatic Flight logs, Follow Me, Altitude Set Height, Return to Home, Auto-pilot and First Person View. Definitely one of the best drones with camera currently in the market. Powered by a smart battery, DJI Phantom 3 has a flight time of 23 minutes, control distance ranges between 2Km to 5Km depending on flight conditions.

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DJI Phantom 3 Professional Overview:
Flight Time: up to 23 minutes
Camera: FPV 4K 12MP Camera
Battery Type: 15.2V 4480 mAh Lipo 4S
Transmitter: DEVO Transmitter or tablet device
Range: 2Km~5Km
Features: GPS-Assisted Hover, Vision Positioning System, Automatic Landing,  Automatic Flight logs, Follow Me, Altitude Set Height, Return to Home, Auto-pilot and First Person View

 

dji-phantom3-advancedDJI Phantom 3 Advanced

is another version of Phantom 3 line. It basically has the same features and specifications as the Professional version. Only difference is it comes with a 2.7K / 12MP camera instead.

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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Overview:
Flight Time: up to 23 minutes
Camera: FPV 2.7K 12MP Camera
Battery Type: 15.2V 4480mAh Lipo 4S
Transmitter: DEVO Transmitter or tablet device
Range: 2Km~5Km
Features: GPS-Assisted Hover, Vision Positioning System, Automatic Landing, Automatic Flight logs, Follow Me, Altitude Set Height, Return to Home, Auto-pilot and First Person View

 

yuneec-q500Yuneec Typhoon Q500+

is a great tool for photography and videography. It features the ST-10+ 5.5″ Android touch screen personal ground station and the CGO2+ 3-axis gimbal camera capable of taking 16MP photos and amazing Full HD 60 FPS videos. The included in the package SteadyGrip extends the use of the gimbal camera from the sky to the ground, 130º FOV. Camera can also transmit FPV video. It features GPS, Smart Mode, Angle Mode, Home Mode, Return to Home, SAFE circle. Flight time is a good 25 minutes and control range is around 600 meters.

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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Overview:
Flight Time: up to 25 minutes
Camera: FULL HD 16MP 60fps
Battery Type: 11.1V 5400mAh 3S lipo
Range: 600 meters
Features: GPS, Smart Mode, Angle Mode, Home Mode, Return to Home, SAFE circle

 

walkera scout x4Walkera Scout X4

is one of Walkera’s high-end quadcopters aimed at photography and videography. Scout X4 is somewhat of a “transformable” drone, being able to go from 4 motors to 8, becoming an octocopter. Auto-Pilot works through waypoints selected by pilot on Google Maps, to which Walkera Scout X4 will fly to alone. X4 features an excellent range of 1500 meters and 25 minutes of flight time. Scout X4 is also able to automatically return to the place of take-off as well as taking-off automatically too. It features Walkera’s G-3D gimbal (compatible with both the GoPro Hero 3 and 4 as well as iLook+). The complete package also includes an iLook+ camera with 720p resolution and 30 FPS. Flight controller is a Devo F12E FPV Transmitter 5.8 Ghz with open source APM software. X4 featuring autopilot.

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Walkera Scout X4 Overview:
Flight Time: up to 25 minutes
Camera: iLook+ 720p at 30fps. Also supports GoPro Hero 3 and 4.
Battery Type: 22.2V 5400mAh 6S intelligent flight battery
Range: 1500 meters
Features: Auto-Pilot, Follow Me, Automatic Home Return, Automatic Landing and Take-off GPS Position Hold, Hyper IOC, Failsafe Return to Home

 

3dr-iris+3DR Iris+

is one of the most amazing drone products manufactured by 3D Robotics. Can be remotely controlled via Android or iOS device (either smartphone or tablet) through an app or a nine-channel radio transmitter with on-screen telemetry for instant accurate flight data. It doesn’t include a camera (that is why Tier 3) but is capable of supporting GoPro cameras. 3DR Iris+ is developed around ease of use a nice fit for a beginner at aerial photography and videography. It features Mission Planner (program flights and Iris+ will perform them autonomously), high-performance 32-bit Pixhawk autopilot system built on ARM Cortex-M4 Processor, internal GPS, the GPS enables pre-programed professional-grade mission capabilities, for example mapping, scripted cinematography, scientific research, and other applications where repeatable flight plans are needed. Also features Follow Me Mode.

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3DR Iris+ Overview:
Flight Time: up to 25 minutes
Camera: iLook+ 720p at 30fps. Also supports GoPro Hero 3 and 4.
Battery Type: 5100 Mah 3S
Range: 1KM
Features: uBox GPS, Mission Planner, Auto-pilot, Follow Me Mode

 

Parrot Bebop 2

parrot bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2

is the upgraded version of Bebop. Bebop 2 has a built-in 14MP FPV camera capable of recording at 3072p 30fps. Camera lso has a fish-eye lens 170º view. Bebop 2 can see practically everything before it; far left, right, above and underneath. Camera also functions with FPV (real time video transmission) it is displayed directly on the pilot’s tablet device through WiFi connection, FreeFlight 3 app is available for both Android and iOS. Through a paid app you can also get FlightPlan for pre-programmed flights. Control distance is a good 300 meters (2000 meters if Skycontroller Black transmitter is bought separately).

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Parrot Bebop 2 Overview:
Flight Time: 25 minutes
Camera: HD FPV 14MP 3072p 30fps
Battery Type: 2,700-mAh Li-po battery
Transmitter: Android or iOS device with Skycontroller Black (optional)
Range: 300 meters / 2000 meters with Skycontroller Black
Features: 170º fish-eye lens, FlightPlan (paid app), other features within app

 

+1000$

NameImageFlight timeRangeCameraPrice
DJI Phantom 4DJI-Phantom-424 minutes3km12MP 4KSEE IT !
DJI Inspire 1dji-inspire1-300x9820 minutes4km12MP 4KSEE IT !
Walkera Voyager 3walkera-voyager-322 minutes1km12MP 4KSEE IT !
Yuneec Typhoon Hyuneec-typhoon-h23 minutes800 meters12MP 4K UHDSEE IT !
Thunder Tigerthunder-robotix-ghost23 minutes700 metersGoProSEE IT !

DJI Phantom 4DJI Phantom 4

is the most recent product released by DJI. It aims to be the perfect autonomous drone. It comes with its own 12MP photo, 4K and HD video, 94º FOV camera, installed on a 3-Axis gimbal. Many people will say this is the best drone with HD camera. Capture your best moments easily with this high-quality camera produced by DJI itself. Phantom 4 is rich in features, many useful and simple to use for photography and videography. Features such as Obstacle sensors (drone will autonomously avoid obstacles when flying, TapFly (you tap the screen if your tablet on a map and the drone will fly towards that position), Visual Tracking, Smart Return Home, Dual Satellite Positioning System, Vision Positioning System and of course Auto-Pilot flight. The 4S 15.2V 5350mAh Intelligent Flight Battery powers up to an amazing 28 minutes of flight time! Phantom 4 also has an astonishing control range of 3.5 to 5km. All this makes Phantom 4 best drone with live camera.

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DJI Phantom 4 Overview:
Flight Time: 24 minutes
Camera: FPV 12MP photo, 4K and HD video, 94º FOV
Gimbal: 3 Axis
Battery Type: 4S 15.2V 5350mAh Intelligent Flight Battery
Range: 3.5km to 5km
Remote: 2.4 GHz Frequency
Features: Obstacle sensors, TapFly, Visual Tracking, Smart Return Home, Dual Satellite Positioning System, Vision Positioning System, Auto-Pilot

 

dji-inspire1DJI Inspire 1 V2.0

is a high-end quadcopter from DJI manufacturer. This drone features a Full 360º rotation 4K 12MP video camera, which can be remotely controlled via tablet through an app. Best thing about Inspire 1 is that it has a transform design, meaning the arms of the quadcopter can move, acquiring different positions. This is a very useful feature for photography and videography purposes. It features auto-pilot, GPS, aerodynamic transforming design, FailSafe, Hover in place without GPS,  App-based control software, Live Map and Radar, Dynamic Home Point, among other amazing utilities. Maximum control range is an amazing 4.5Km. Flight time is around 20 minutes. Many people are saying this is the best drone for filming. Do you agree?

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DJI Inspire 1 Overview:
Flight Time: 20 minutes
Camera: Full 360º rotation 4K 12MP video camera
Gimbal: 3 Axis
Battery Type: TB48 Intelligent Flight Battery (5700mAh)
Range: 4.5km
Remote: 2.4 GHz Frequency
Features: Auto-Pilot, GPS,  Aerodynamic Transforming Design, FailSafe, Hover in place without GPS,  App-based control software, Live Mapa and Radar, Dynamic Home Point

 

walkera voyager 3 photoWalkera Voyager 3

is the competitor of DJI Inspire 1. It is an astonishing drone, but a little more affordable. It comes with its own HD 4608 x 3456 megapixels 1080p 60 FPS camera. It includes features such as GPS, GLONASS Dual-Navigation System, One Key Take Off, One Key Landing, One Key Go Home, Follow Me Mode. It has an average control range of 1000 meters and a flight time of around 20 minutes. It also comes with its own DEVO F12E, 12 Channels 2.4GHz with a FPV 5” Monitor to display great quality live video directly on the remote controller.

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Walkera Voyager 3 Overview:
Flight Time: 20-25 min
Camera: HD 1080p 60 FPS
Battery Type: 29.6V 3000mAh 10C(8S) LiPo Battery x 2
Transmitter: DEVO F12E, 12 Channels 2.4GHz with a FPV 5” Monitor
Range: 1000 meters
Gimbal: 3-Axis Stabilized
Motors: WK-WS-42-002 Brushless
Features: GPS and GLONASS Dual-Navigation System, One Key Take Off, One Key Landing, One Key Go Home, Follow Me Mode

 

yuneec-typhoon-hYuneec Typhoon H

is the only octacopter in our list. An amazing aerial machine for recording great quality video. It includes a 4K UHD 30fps, HD 1080p 120fps video / 12.4 Megapixel still camera and a 3-axis anti-vibration gimbal camera with full 360° rotation. Also the landing gear is retractable and the arms can fold, therefore becoming a very easy to transport drone. It features Integrated autonomous flight modes, Team Mode, ST16 All-in-one-controller, Orbit Me, Point of Interest Mode, Journey Mode (selfie mode), Follow Me Mode, Dynamic Home Return and collision avoidance. It has a control range of 1600 meters and a flight time of 25 minutes.

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Yuneec Typhoon H Overview:
Flight Time: 23 minutes
Camera: 4K UHD 30fps, HD 1080p 120fps video / 12.4 Megapixel still camera
Battery Type: 29.6V 3000mAh 10C(8S) LiPo Battery x 2
Transmitter: DEVO F12E, 12 Channels 2.4GHz with a FPV 5” Monitor
Range: 800 meters
Gimbal: 3-axis anti-vibration gimbal camera with full 360° rotation
Features: Team Mode, ST16 All-in-one-controller, Orbit Me, Point of Interest Mode, Journey Mode (selfie mode), Follow Me Mode, Dynamic Home Return and collision avoidance.

 

Thunder Tiger Robotix Ghost

thunder-tiger-robotix-droneis an amazing fit for your GoPro camera as it comes with a Gimbal aimed at that brand. It is a very unique design and a strong shell and an anti spark design to protect from crashes. It’s only Tier 3 because it doesn’t bring its own camera, you will have to purchase the GoPro separately. But the gimbal included in the package is very high-quality, a H3D-360 3 Axis Gimbal. It features Low Battery Warning, Waypoint Groundstation, TTR Hero App, Automatic Landing, One Key Home Return and Follow Me Mode. It has a control range of 700 meters and a flight time of 25 minutes.

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Thunder Tiger Robotix Ghost Overview:
Flight Time: 25 minutes
Camera: supports GoPro
Range: 700 meters
Gimbal: 3-axis anti-vibration gimbal camera with full 360° rotation
Features: Low Battery Warning, Waypoint Groundstation, TTR Hero App, Automatic Landing, One Key Home Return and  Follow Me Mode

We have come to the end of our list of best drones with camera! So have you found the best drone for your budget and needs? The market is filled with amazing choices and the best have been added to this article. Please leave a comment below telling us what you thought of these camera drones. Drones Globe is always happy to read your opinion. Happy flying and recording fellow drone lovers!

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How about a tier 2 brushless quadcopter? What would that list consist of? Thanks

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Michele Renzullo

Why not Hubsan H501S ? One of the best quality/price drones with a lot of interesting features! Brushless,GPS, Follow me, FPV with monitor inseted in trasmitter, good battery about 20min, Altitude holder, RTH... About 220€ on gearbest

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That's Right! At least it should be on Tier 3.

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Where's the Autel X-Star Premium?

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Thank you for the comprehensive and informative guide to the world of drones. I am thinking of trying to become a drone photographer in the pursuit of the American dream, money. Sadly my affordable price range won't alloy for the video quality I need, so I'll have to save up and get a good one. Good article, thanks again BT

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I've been flying and building drones since 2003 and while the market is becoming full of drone competitors, in my opinion the Mavic Pro is the best value for 2017. It's size, capability and portability are unmatched for future pilots hobbyist and pros alike.

Speaking of future pro drone pilots and value. You don't have to spend $200 plus dollars to pass the UAG Exam. There are plenty of low cost and event free online tutorials. In my case, I used a GooglePlay app call UAS107. Used it for 70% (30% FREE YouTube sectional chart videos) of my prep for the exam; and the app only cost me $4. Passed on my 1st try with an 85%. My total cost to pass the exam:

$4 for UAS107 app
$150 for the test exam fee
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$154.00

Here is the link to the app for anyone interested: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uas107.openrobotix.labs&hl=en

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