Best drones with gps and camera [for enthusiasts & professionals]

If you did not know already, lots of drones nowadays come with built-in GPS systems. Some of them take a step further and implement both GPS (made by the USA) and the Russian satellite positioning system called GLONASS.

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While the two are very much alike in terms of what they do, GLONASS is more effective for high latitudes where GPS tends to struggle with signal receptions. In other words, if you live in a high latitude area (south or north) it might be a good idea to get a drone that sports both of these systems. Together, they provide you with lightning-fast speed and pinpoint accuracy, even on high latitudes.

With all of this being said, let’s take a closer look at the Top 10 Drones with GPS / GLONASS that are currently available on the market!

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Do I need a GPS drone?

If you want a rather simple answer to this question, here it comes – Of course you do! Most drones (not counting those cheap toy drones though) nowadays come with GPS, GLONASS or both navigation systems.

 

Why is that so? Well, you’ll find an in-depth explanation down below. For now, let’s just say that GPS brings a lot more functionality to a drone. So, you really shouldn’t commit to a model that doesn’t support it.

What is the difference between GPS and GLONASS?

Even though these 2 were made as direct competition to one another, in reality, they actually complement and improve each other’s results. GPS was made by the USA and GLONASS was made by Russia. They work in a similar way but just via different frequencies. There’s also one more thing to take note of – latitude.

That’s the only aspect in which GLONASS is slightly ahead of GPS – it outputs good signal even on the highest of latitudes where GPS usually has issues. Other that, these 2 are pretty much the same. So, if you want to maximize your drone’s positioning and accuracy, make sure to go with a model that features both GPS and GLONASS navigation systems.

What is the point of a GPS in GPS drones?

The role of GPS in a drone is fairly simple. It is there to feed location data to drone’s software. This, in practice, has a lot of benefits. For instance, GPS in drones enables a lot of those smart features. Sure, some of them can function (to an extent) without GPS; but if the drone has it, chances are those features will work much better. With that being said, let’s see which features in particular greatly benefit from navigational systems.

 

GPS Drones for Enthusiasts

If you’re not looking for drones that are suitable for commercial purposes, then these following five drones are the ones you should be looking at. They aren’t going to make too big of a dent in your budget, yet they’re very capable in terms of flight time, range, and their overall set of features. Camera quality is hard to get on the cheap, but there are two exceptional models (Zino and Mavic Mini) that posses close to professional-grade photography solutions…

Table: Drones with GPS and camera

ImageNameCameraRangeFlight TimeBest Offer
holy-stone-hs700_table5. HStone HS700DFullHD0.7km20minSee best offer
ruko-f11_table4. Ruko F114K0.5km25minSee best offer
3. DJI SparkFullHD2km16minSee best offer
hubsan-zino-table2. Hubsan Zino4K4km22minSee best offer
DJI-Mavic-Mini-table1. DJI Mavic Mini2.7K4km30minSee best offer

 

5. Holy Stone HS700D

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Starting off with a drone that’ll set you back for roughly $250 – Holy Stone HS700D. It’s bulky, sturdy, and features a sleek design with rounded edges and landing feet that make way for the shiny camera module. At this price point, the best thing about HS700D is its onboard GPS module as well as the brilliant set of features it comes with. In other words, it offers great value for money!

Camera and Features

Talking about the camera, we’re looking at a slightly extended 1080p resolution which is often dubbed as 2K by drone manufacturers. It features 90 degrees FOV and has 5G FPV transmission module that allows for roughly 500 meters of FPV range. There’s even a little motor that controls the vertical positioning of the camera. Above that is one of those simplistic anti-dampening solutions. It does work, but don’t go around expecting pro-grade stabilization with this little bugger.

Features-wise, Holy Stone HS700D has all the necessities for an enjoyable flight session. In addition to GPS, this bulky little guy sports altitude hold, massive brushless motors, advanced selfie flight modes and auto return to home. It doesn’t take much more than that to captivate the audience, especially at this price point!

Specifications

Holy Stone is known for using top-tier batteries with their drones. Nothing different is the case with their HS700D, featuring a big 2800mAh battery that’s capable of outputting around 20 minutes of flight time. The range is excellent too. As stated above, you can count on approximately 500 meters of FPV signal, with controls extending to around 700 meters.

 

 

4. Ruko F11 – GPS drone

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Next up is the Ruko F11, a foldable little bugger sporting a ton of features that ought to sweep you off your feet with its sleek, industrial design and great characteristics. Its features aren’t exactly off the charts by any means, but the sheer power of F11’s hardware ought to justify the price tag which goes around the $300 mark.

Camera and Features

First of all, we have to say a thing or two about Ruko F11’s camera. It’s actually a proper 4K sensor capable of shooting 4K images and 2.7k videos. It has solid color representation although it’s not the greatest sensor you’ll find out there. 120-degree FOV lens is good for semi-panoramic shots, but it’s not the greatest in videos, especially when turning left and right. If produces that awful, nauseating jello effect and doesn’t look all that good.

Alongside GPS, Ruko F11 also features FPV transmission (400 to 500 meters), auto return to home, headless mode, one key takeoff and landing, as well as Ruko’s version of TapFly. There’s nothing special in the features department, no advanced features like image tracking or obstacle avoidance, but it’s not really an issue at this price point.

Specifications

As far as specifications are concerned, you can expect around one kilometer of lag-free controlling transmission. Perhaps even slightly more, if we are talking about completely clear and unobstructed terrain. As for battery duration, the provided 2500mAh battery gives up at around 25 to 30 minutes, which is among the highest flight times in this price range.

 

 

3. DJI Spark

DJI Spark Novi

Drones with GPS

Even though it’s been awhile since DJI unveiled their Spark model, it’s still among the best trending tech gadgets on Amazon. The miniature GPS-ready drone, first of its kind back then, took the market by storm and captivate thousands of buyers across the globe. It’s small, has proper camera stabilization, and all the accuracy and features you could wish for, all courtesy of the built-in GPS module.

Camera and Features

On top of all that, this little fella boasts state-of-the-art features such as PalmControl and PalmLaunch, among others. If you’re like what you are seeing here, then be my guest and sign up to buy this beauty. From what I can tell you so far, it seems as though DJI made a good move and will keep enjoying a fair share of success with Spark. Needless to say, a big part of its awesomeness lies in its full HD camera mounted on a hardware stabilization system.

Specifications

Even smaller than the Mavic Pro and with excellent hardware inside, Spark is ready for a fight against other selfie drones out there. So far, the fight is going heavily in its favor due to seriously sick specifications. We’re looking at roughly 15 minutes of flying and 2 kilometers of supported distance… And all that in a drone not much bigger than your smartphone.

Of course, the all-new DJI Mavic Mini (coming right up) seems like a great choice too, thanks to newer hardware, foldable design, and a much more aggressive price tag. But, before we jump into the newest DJI drone out there, let’s say a few words about its biggest competitor – Hubsan Zino!

 

 

2. Hubsan Zino

Hubsan Zino with Transmitter

We’ve already mentioned Hubsan Zino earlier. It’s the newest drone made by Hubaan, a foldable little bugger that comes in two version, base and Pro. They’re both pretty similar in terms of performance, with the Pro version featuring a few bells and whistles here and there. Instead of focusing on a particular version, we’re going to focus on the Zino platform that aims to be the perfect competitor for DJI Mavic Mini.

Camera and Features

Camera-wise, Hubsan Zino sports a beefy 4K sensor mounted on its own little 3-axis hardware stabilization system, AKA gimbal. For those of you who aren’t used to the drone slang, gimbals are basically a must-have if you want to have smooth, stabilized footage without any of that nasty jittery or jello elements.

From the features’ perspective, Hubsan has always been behind DJI in that department. However, Hubsan Zino could bring winds of change, blessed with a fine array of both security and recreational features. In other words, Zino doesn’t just feature GPS and altitude hold but line follow, image tracking, failsafe, panorama aerial solutions, and more. It’s a highly versatile model coming in at an impressively affordable price tag.

Specifications

Yep – the price tag definitely makes Hubsan Zino one of the most attractive drones on the market. It has gorgeous desing, flies smooth and has a great camera too. The highly versatile package is nicely rounded off with 4 kilometers of operating range and cca 20ish minutes of flight time.

 

 

1. DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Mini with Transmitter

As promised, DJI Mavic Mini is the next drone on the line. It’s in many ways similar to the aforementioned Hubsan Zino, featuring a similar design, features, specifications and even price tags. Still, don’t let the similarities fool you – we are still talking about two completely different aerial platforms that are trying to establish themselves on the market.

Camera and Features

In terms of image stabilization, thanks to 3-axis gimbals, both drones are doing a fantastic job. However, Hubsan Zino has a slightly higher resolution, being capable of shooting in 4K whereas DJI Mavic Mini can go as high as 2.7K. It’s not a big minus for the DJI model, especially considering the fact most people can’t even tell the different between the two resolutions.

Needless to say, DJI Mavic Mini is the absolute winner in the features department. It’s nothing surprising, though, especially knowing just how many drones with state-of-the-art features DJI has released thus far. That said, unfortunately DJI Mavic Mini doesn’t have obstacle avoidance or advanced image tracking features that allow it impeccable tracking accuracy. Still, it features all the photography and safety basics, alongside GPS, and stuff like three flight modes, access to four QuickShots, and digital FPV.

Specifications

If you are still not impressed with what the Mavic Mini has to offer, the specifications ought to change your mind. Not only does this little bugger feature a brilliant camera and a fine set of features, but it also possesses specifications that are on point with much more expensive, premium models. Yep, DJI Mavic Mini can fly around for almost 30 minutes, which makes it the absolute champion in its price point. Furthermore, it can also reach up to 4 kilometers from the controller, making it among the longest reaching drones too.

 

GPS Drones for Professionals

Now that we’re all done with the enthusiasts’ part of our best GPS drones list, it’s time to take a closer look at more expensive models. By that, we’re referring to high-end models that are capable of using their onboard GPS modules for commercial/prosumer usage scenarios. They are a fair bit pricier than those above, but possess far greater performance that, in most cases, goes hand in hand with the price tag.

Table: Drones with GPS and camera

ImageNameCameraRangeFlight TimeBest Offer
5. UpAir Two4K1km22minSee best offer
Parrot Anafi Table4. Parrot Anafi4K4km25minSee best offer
autel-robotics-evo-table3. Autel EVO4K7km30minSee best offer
dji-phantom-4-pro-table-new2. DJI Phantom 4 Pro4K8km26minSee best offer
dji-mavic-2-pro-table1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro4K8km30minSee best offer

 

5. Upair Two

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Now we’ve reached professional GPS drones that cost beyond the $500 mark. First up, we have a very interesting model coming from Upair, brand that got famous with its One model. This time around, they’ve brought forth Upair Two, carrying an interesting twist swinging in from the smartphone industry.

Camera and Features

What’s been the focus point of smartphones in the last few years alongside making foldable screens and smallest-possible bezels? Of course, it’s adding more and more cameras to the backside of the phone. Upair Two did a similar thing, placing three cameras (providing impressive 4K footage) on a sophisticated stabilization system including a motorized 3-axis gimbal.

When it comes to the features, the most important thing is the onboard GPS module. It’s precise, doesn’t lose connections, and packs quite a few supporting features. Additionally, we also have to mention the software used for setting up shots using the three aforementioned cameras. I’m sure it was quite the engineering/coding feet.

Specifications

Specifications-wise, Upair Two will not let you down. Even though it can’t travel as far as, let’s say, Hubsan Zino and DJI Mavic Mini, it can still reach around 1 kilometer. For most intents and purposes, 1-kilometer drone range is more than enough. What’s more important is the battery duration and it’s safe to say Upair Two does a good job in that department. The provided battery can handle around 22 to 24 minutes, hitting the sweet spots right in the bullseye!

 

 

4. Parrot Anafi

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Parrot Anafi is an excellent GPS-powered drone bringing another unique twist to the drone game with its innovative camera placement. It’s not just an aesthetically pleasing choice but one that can have great uses across a multitude of industries, including aerial photography.

Camera and Features

What is that unique twist we’re referring to here? Well, Parrot Anafi’s camera can turn 180 degrees vertically, meaning it’s capable of pointing both straight up and straight down. If it can point straight up and down, it can record aerial footage and take stills too. And that’s what makes it fantastic. The adjective is further boosted by the fact we’re looking at a 4K ready sensor here, with a pinch of that HDR goodness too. It’s a great package well worth the bucks, that’s for sure!

The features end of the spectrum isn’t too far from being perfect either. We all know Parrot is a well-respected brand in the business, partially because of their experience with making bestselling drone sand partially because of their software know-how and feature sets they’ve been implementing in older models. Luckily, they didn’t stop with Parrot Anafi, blessing it with numerous photography-based features, shortcuts and templates. Safety was a big concern too, and with a bunch of sophisticated safety features, the French drone brand has surely done a great job!

Specifications

Let’s just say a few more words about the specifications and be done with it. Range-wise, we’re talking about a drone that can handle the usual 4 kilometers of transmission distance. Battery duration is a bit better, looking at the grand scheme of things. With 25 minutes, Parrot Anafi is a solid contender and is capable of satisfying both consumers and prosumers. Best of all, the extra batteries aren’t that expensive…

 

 

3. Autel Robotics EVO

Autel Robotics EVO with Transmitter

Next on our list of the best GPS drones out there is Autel Robotics EVO! The orange masterpiece is what I like to call it, and it really is exactly that! The company that made headlines with their tacky orange X-Star Premium model is back with another swinging hit. It’s fast, stable, reliable, sports a great camera and is not afraid to show off the power of its internal electronics…

Camera and Features

Autel Robotics EVO isn’t shy to show off its sophisticated aerial photography solution. Obviously, we’re talking about a 4K camera here, one that can shoot impressive, professional-grade footage and do so with utmost stability thanks the 3-axis gimbal it’s mounted on.

As for the features, you won’t be lacking anything, really. EVO packs it all! Everything from GPS, return to home and failsafe, all the way to obstacle avoidance, image tracking and additional sophisticated camera-based features ready to make a proper Instagram influencer out of you!

Specifications

Seven kilometers is what you can expect from Autel Robotics EVO. It’s a wonderful feat of engineering, bringing forth roughly the same distance as that of the highest-end DJI models. The same can be said about the battery time too, spreading all the way to impressive 30 minutes. If that’s not enough for your needs, you can always get a few extra batteries too extend your flight sessions.

 

 

2. DJI Phantom 4 Pro

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The second-best GPS drone you can get your hands on is the age-old DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Considering everything this drone has to offer, there’s no doubt you’re looking at great bang for the bucks, despite its seemingly high price tag. The stuff this fella can do are outright ridiculous! DJI never ceases to amaze us with exceptional drones and this one, quite frankly, is no different. So, let’s see what’s so special about it!

Camera and Features

When it comes to positioning systems, the Phantom 4 has a pinpoint accuracy along with movement planning, waypoint set up, one key return and even more. There’s a bunch of safety features too, as well as photography-based bunch featuring DJI’s popular ActiveTrack and TapFly.

As all other premium drones with GPS and camera, this one also comes with a crisp clear 4K action camera that is capable of shooting professional quality aerial footage, not only due to its sheer quality but the motorized gimbal that makes sure the footage is as smooth as possible.

Specifications

And finally, let’s take a closer look at its specifications. With around 7 kilometers of lag-free control range and about half an hour of flight time, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro establishes itself as the best drone on the market… period! High quality comes at a high cost, that’s quite obvious as well… But if you’re someone who needs a state-of-the-art aerial platform, then DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a proper pick!

 

 

1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

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If we’re talking about the big guns on this list of best GPS drones, DJI Mavic 2 Pro definitely takes the top spot . It’s a serious contender for the best drone of all time, this one. What’s so special about it? Well, it incorporates a sleek, foldable drone design and a whole bunch of raw power underneath the hood.

Camera and Features

It can fit into pretty much any backpack, which makes it one of the 5 best drones for travel. What’s this awesome drone’s name? People are loving it and they’re not afraid to show it… show it… It’s Mavic 2 Pro and you know it!!!

Jokes aside though, Mavic 2 Pro really is a beast, bringing forth notable improvements over the original Mavic Pro. This GPS drone comes with all standard features that this generation of DJI drones support; including ActiveTrack, TapFly, and many others. FPV goggles are also quite easy to set up. You can find a thorough guide HERE. Moving forward, this little guy is equipped with a class A Hasselblad 4K camera that has its own dedicated stabilization system ensuring top-notch stability no matter the conditions. With that in mind, Mavic Pro is not your typical selfie drone, it’s much more than that, capable of doing all sorts of commercial/industrial work.

Specifications

As I’ve mentioned above, this drone has some serious power. More precisely, it can travel as far as 7 kilometers and do so within 27 minutes. Wicked, eh? Well, that’s not all! You see, another very important aspect is flight speed. In terms of that, DJI Mavic Pro is standing good at roughly 40 mph.

 

The Importance of Good Weather Conditions for GPS drones

Sure, GPS is awesome to have in your drones. Not only does it bring forth extra stability and precision, but it also paves the way for numerous safety and recreational features. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine high-end drones lacking GPS these days. It’s so versatile and spread across the industry that it’s impossible to think of commercial/prosumer drones without it.

However, there’s one external factor that’s important as the GPS module itself. You see, the importance of good weather conditions is of crucial importance for the positional accuracy and delay time of your drone.

We’re talking stuff like Cloud coverage, visible satellites, geomagnetic storm indexes, and the estimated number of satellite locks. All this stuff affects how your drone performs and influences the accuracy and stability of the onboard GPS module. Many people, even in professional circles, don’t know about this, so it’s important to stress it out.

Apps/sites such as UAVforecast.com are great for checking which days bring the optimal flying conditions do make sure you keep your tabs on them!

 

What features does GPS enable?

As I have already mentioned above, GPS enables more than a few smart features in drones. GPS drone features range from simple ones such as Auto return to home, to more advanced ones such as DJI’s ActiveTrack and TapFly. So, with that being said, let’s take a look at the main features that greatly benefit (or can’t work without) GPS data:

Return to home

Even though Return To Home feature is available on drones without GPS, it is much more reliable on those who have it. GPS data basically allows the drone to find its way back to the location from which it took off.

Waypoints

Waypoints is another great feature enabled solely by GPS. It basically allows you to make a route that your drone will follow. You’ll get to enter height, flying speed, orientation and exact location of each waypoint you set.

Altitude hold

GPS provides the drone with altitude data enabling it to hold its position accurately for prolonged periods of time. List of Top altitude hold drones is here.

Circle around area

This is another smart flight mode that is available on GPS drones. What it does is essentially allow you to select an area close to your drone’s location. With plenty of adjustability provided such as height, speed and camera positioning, you’ll be able to accurately order the drone to circle around your desired area.

Follow me

In addition to everything above, many drones still rely on GPS for their follow me features. Yes, image recognition software and tracking algorithms have gone a long way in the last few years, but the basis of everyone’s favorite follow me feature is still GPS.

 

Conclusion

That’s it guys! You have come to the end of our Top 10 Drones with GPS list. It was a hectic one, that’s for sure, especially considering all those premium quality drones on display. As you could see for yourself, there are lots of drones with global positioning systems these days. Among other tasks, these systems provide drones with information about their current position and enable you to map a route for them. You can easily set up waypoints along with autonomous flight that can greatly improve your experience.

All things considered, GPS-ready drones offer a lot of functionality on the table, but you still need to decide whether or not you actually need a GPS drone. If you are planning to fly your drone in your house or around the backyard, then you shouldn’t spend a great deal of money for a GPS one. On the other hand, if you want to do professional aerial footage or wish to fly your drone quite far away from you, then GPS / GLONASS systems may be your friends!

 

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11. Hubsan H501S

cheapest GPS drone?

With everything that has been happening on drone market recently, it is safe to say that Hubsan took the most out of it. They’ve cemented their spots as reliable drone makers with more than a few top-notch models available.

That’s why, today we’ll be focusing on H501S, a model that’s insanely affordable, comes with a FHD camera and generally has a lot to offer to potential buyers! List of Top camera drones is here.

First off, I’d like to make one thing clear – H501S is extremely user-friendly. It sports intuitive controls that, in combination with GPS and plenty other smart features, make up for an awesome beginner’s experience. So, if you are planning on buying your first drone ever then Hubsan H501S seems like the perfect choice. It’s considered as one of the relatively affordable drones with GPS and a camera.

Apart from being beginner-friendly, Hubsan H501S has decent specifications too. It runs on a 7.4V 2700mAh LiPo battery which gets it roughly 20 minutes of flight time. Unfortunately, the only drawback is its flight range of only 300 meters. While that’s still reasonable for this range, some of you might have a slight problem with it.

 

10. AEE Technology AP9

Cheap GPS drone

If you are looking for a great budget GPS enabled drone then you cannot go wrong with AEE Technology AP9. Unfortunately, it does not come with a camera (unlike the AP10 and AP11 models) but compensates for it with a special mount that is compatible with AEE S-series and GoPro Hero action cameras.

In other words, if you already possess an action camera and you want a good bang for the buck drone with GPS capabilities, the AP9 might just be the right one for you.

With that out of our way, let’s move on to this bad boy’s specifications! With maximum speed of 44mph and class 3 wind resistance, there is no doubt this little fella is quite speedy and agile. Features such as auto stability, semi-autonomous flight, hover, and automatic position hold, this drone should not be taken for granted. Even more so when you consider its extremely aggressive price tag that most of you will greatly appreciate.

Combine all of the above with around 25 minutes of flight time and around 500 meters of distance and you will understand why AP9 is so outstanding across all departments.

 

9. 3DR Solo

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If you already own a GoPro Hero 3 or 4, then 3DR Solo might be the perfect solution. Why? Well, it doesn’t come with a camera (that’s actually quite obvious considering the first sentence) but with a 3-axis gimbal that supports the above stated GoPro models. True, you can get it working with off brand action cameras too, but it’s a hassle to get it properly set up.

Moving forward, 3DR Solo offers roughly 18 to 20 minutes of flight time. That sort of a sweet spot for drones in this price range. Nothing to complain about it. However, the features are where this little fella shines the most.

3DR Solo captures the essence of what a smart drone should do. With a plethora of smart features in combination with your GoPro camera, there’s no doubt it can create aerial masterpieces.

In the end, I think I’ve already said enough. There is no need to praise it any further as I am sure all of you already get it – 3DR Solo is an exceptional drone that will most likely exceed all your expectations.

 

8. UPair One

UPair did a great job with their newest drone. The starting model comes a bit cheaper but it doesn’t come with a high-quality action camera capable of shooting at 4K. With this in mind, we strongly recommend you splash out a couple of extra bucks and go for the $350 version that packs quite a bit of accessories.

There is no doubt that it is a great deal, especially considering you’ll get a 7 inch LED screen on top of the controller (which, by the way, looks really awesome) for FPV monitoring. Alongside a strange build structure and clean nice finish, this drone possesses a great GPS system that provides optimal stability. Its camera is on par with more expensive drones in terms of quality and is able to shoot pro quality aerial footage.

For about $350 you will get a beautiful looking drone that can travel for around 500 meters without any lag issues, and can be up in the air for almost 20 minutes… 18 to be more precise. All things considered, there’s no doubt that the folk over at Upair did their best with this one… so it’s definitely worth checking out!

 

7. Hubsan H109S X4

Hubsan-H109S-X4-ProFor a straight up price of $400 you will get a beautiful looking drone with the latest in GPS locating systems technology. Add in a bunch of useful features such as headless mode, altitude hold, automatic return, follow me (List of drones with gollow me feature) and FPV, and you’ll get yourself an awesome drone for virtually any possible occasion. You think I’m overselling it to you? Pfff, wait till you see what this little fella has to offer and I am sure you will end up changing your mind!

Hubsan H109S X4 comes with a full HD camera which is awesome in its own right. I was surprised when I saw the image quality. Although, the image is great not only due to camera quality but to the rotating gimbal as well. It greatly affects the overall smoothness of your aerial shots and makes them appear in a professional manner.

Here comes the best part though – the H109S is able to fly up to 25 minutes (yup, that’s right) and can reach close to 1.5 kilometers away from its transmitter… FOR JUST $400… I’ll let that sink in and jump straight to the next drone in this list.

 

6. DJI Phantom 3 Standard

The standard edition of DJI’s Phantom 3 drone is bringing a lot of upgrades to the table when compared to the previous series. With amazing build quality (as always) and extraordinary 2.7K action camera, there is no doubt that this little thing packs quite a punch.

The GPS systems are directly integrated into its flight, allowing you to concentrate on getting the perfect aerial shots instead of tampering around with flight controls. GPS assists include Point of Interest, Follow me, Waypoints, and Return to Home function.

In addition to all of this, the Phantom 3 is able to fly up to 25 minutes on a single full charge and can reach around 1 kilometer of distance away from its transmitter during regular flight, or cca 500 meters if you are using FPV mode.

Even though time has taken a toll on some of its features, especially within a direct comparison to DJI P4 Pro, DJI P3 Standard still has a lot to offer. The prices have gone down significantly which is just another reason why you should at least check it out!

 

5. DJI Spark

DJI has unveiled the Spark just a couple of days ago and it is already in the best trending tech gadgets on Amazon. Even though the official release date for Spark has been set for this summer, DJI Spark is available for preorders and people are massively doing just that. Why is there such a craze for this drone?

Well, the obvious reason is that it’s simply awesome. Even smaller than the Mavic Pro and with excellent hardware inside, Spark is ready for a fight against other selfie drones out there. So far, the fight is going heavily in its favor due to seriously sick specifications. We’re looking at roughly 15 minutes of flying and 2 kilometers of supported distance… And all that in a drone not much bigger than your smartphone.

On top of all that, this little fella can also brag about state of the art features such as PalmControl and PalmLaunch, among others. If you’re like what you are seeing here, then be my guest and preorder this beauty. From what I can tell you so far, it seems as though DJI made a good move and will enjoy a fair share of success with Spark.

 

4. DJI Mavic Pro

Slowly but surely, we are moving forward to the big guns on this list of best GPS drones. The first one is, a serious contender for the best drone of last year. What’s so special about it? Well, it incorporates a sleek, foldable drone design and a whole bunch of raw power underneath the hood.

It can fit into pretty much any backpack, which makes it one of the 5 best drones for travel. What’s this awesome drone’s name? People are loving it and they’re not afraid to show it… show it… It’s Mavic Pro and you know it!!!

Jokes aside though, Mavic Pro really is a beast. This GPS drone comes with all standard features that this generation of DJI drones support; including ActiveTrack, TapFly and many others. FPV goggles are also quite easy to set up. You can find a thorough guide HERE. Moving forward, this little guy is equipped with a class a 4K camera that has its own dedicated stabilization system. With that in mind, Mavic Pro is not your typical selfie drone, it’s much more than that.

As I’ve mentioned above, this drone has some serious power. More precisely, it can travel as far as 7 kilometers and do so within 27 minutes. Wicked, eh? Well, that’s not all! You see, another very important aspect is flight speed. In terms of that, DJI Mavic Pro is standing good at roughly 40 mph.

 

3. Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon

Yuneec has been one of the steadiest players in the drone industry. Every now and then, they introduce us to a great drone that manages to exceed everyone’s expectations. The same can be said about Q500. It’s a great drone across all departments and will surely prove to be a worthy, future-proof tech gadget.

Yuneec Q500 4K comes with, as the name suggests, a [email protected] capable camera that is able to shoot full HD in slow motion (@120FPS), which is outright amazing. In addition to all that, it has all the standard GPS drones features such as auto return to home, follow me, waypoints and headless mode.

For a drone that costs around $800 but is able to deliver more than 25 minutes of flying and cca 700m distance, it is a pretty solid choice.

So, with all that being said, I believe further praises are not needed. It’s already quite obvious what a solid choice Yuneec Q500 is. Excellent build quality and outstanding specifications are leading it to the very top of the market. Kudos to the folk over at Yuneec, they deserve it!

 

2. Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

autel-robotics-x-star-premiumThe third 4K drone on this list is, none other than, the X-Star Premium by Autel Robotics. It’s a fairly popular premium drone that has a lot of satisfied users backing it with positive reviews. Despite that, I got a general impression that X-Star Premium is fairly underrated. Why is that so? Well, here’s a glimpse inside this bad boy!

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium sports a clean, robust look breathes quality at every step, making it no surprise that it is able to stand on par with DJI’s works of art. Keep in mind that this little fella has dual positioning systems, both GPS and GLONASS.

This makes it amazingly accurate and with the help of SecureFlyTM magnetic interference protection, it is able to travel as far as 2 kilometers with the HD FPV still running with no lag issues.

Combine that with a great controller with built-in LCD display for FPV monitoring (it can work with FPV goggles too!), premium hard case, 64 gigs memory card, and a bunch of spare parts; and you got yourself an amazing piece of tech gadgetry that will surely prove itself useful in all-case scenarios.

1. DJI Phantom 4 Pro

And the title of the best (and most expensive) GPS drone currently available on the market goes to the amazing DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Considering everything this drone has to offer, there’s no doubt you’re looking at great bang for the bucks. DJI never ceases to amaze us with exceptional drones and this one, quite frankly, is no different. So, let’s see what’s so special about it!

When it comes to positioning systems, the Phantom 4 has a pinpoint accuracy along with movement planning, waypoint set up, one key return and even more. As all other premium drones, this one also comes with a crisp clear 4K action camera that is capable of shooting professional-quality aerial footage, not only due to its sheer quality but the motorized gimbal that makes sure the footage is as smooth as possible.

And finally, let’s take a closer look at its specifications. With around 7 kilometers of lag-free control range and about half an hour of flight time, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro establishes itself as the best drone on the market… period! High quality comes at a high cost, that’s quite obvious as well… But if you’re someone who needs a state of the art aerial platform, then DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a proper pick!

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I do I get a simple GPS drone?.. I also need teaching aids and practical videos on how to build a simple GPS drone.