Looking for the best drones that give the most “bang for the buck”? And what’s more, those that fall between the price range of under $1,000? Search no more since I’ve got everything in place - a list of the best drones that have been proven to provide a momentous flying experience. Without further ado, let’s look at these top-of-the-cream drones and the features that set them apart from other competitors.
Parrot BeBop 2 Drone with FPV Bundle
Those looking for a racing drone might find Parrot BeBop 2 quite a handy choice. This drone is specially built for speed and performance and comes in a lightweight package (500g) that lets it cruise at speeds of up to 70 mph. With this it, you get a 1.2 mile range and still achieve the ultra-precision piloting provided by the Parrot Sky controller. A Full HD 1080p camera is built into the drone to deliver stunning footage. And you don’t have to worry about the camera destabilizing since a 3-axis gimbal comes in handy to take care of that. The battery lasts up to 25 minutes, which takes leisure racing to a whole new level.
Ehang GHOSTDRONE 2.0 VR, iOS Compatible
This drone is built for the semi-professionals and consumers looking to capture a quality footage. Equipped with a 12MP sensor, this quadcopter gives stunning 3-axes image in 4K HD. And you get a wide angle (93 degrees) view for that immersive video experience. Navigation is made much easier with an intuitive app control accessed from your smartphone. You get 25 minutes of battery life, which is enough to provide all the fun you need. This drone sports a range of 0.5 miles and comes with VR goggles for real-time data transmission. What’s more, it's integrated with a self-protection system that lets it fly in virtually any weather condition.
DJI Mavic Pro
DJI Mavic Pro is the latest release in DJI family of drones. It's made to be super portable, a feature that makes it excellent for travel. And it gives the most flight time in the world of drones, up to 27 minutes. With it, you get a whopping range of 4.3 miles and speeds of up to 40 mph. The 4K stabilized 12MP camera captures breathtaking footage in Full HD 1080p. What’s more, you get an obstacle avoidance system made possible by 4 powerful vision sensors. It’s definitely a drone that packs more in its small size.
Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter Drone
This quadcopter takes aerial photography and video to a whole new level. Equipped with a 12MP camera, this quadcopter captures 4K ultra HD video at 30fps. You’ve also got the alternative of capturing Full HD 1080p slow motion video at 120fps. A 3-axis gimbal gives more precision in every shot. This quadcopter is among the few that provide the convenience of ST-10+ Ground Station and integrated android touch screen. This means you can ditch your smartphone and still fly the quadcopter with great ease. The quadcopter sports a flight time of up to 25 minutes.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard with 2.7K Camera
Here’s a drone you just can’t resist. It’s an all-in-one package suited for entry level. With a powerful 12MP aerial camera, this drone lets you capture stunning 2.7K HD video at 30fps. Smooth video recording is guaranteed by a 3-axis gimbal and a system of 4 vibration dampers. You get a hi-tech intelligent flight system comprising of 5 flight modes; Waypoints, Point of interest, Course Lock, Home Lock, and Follow me. It has a range of 1km and a battery life of up to 23 minutes.
DJI Phantom 3 4K (White/Gold)
Any drone enthusiast will definitely love this quadcopter. Even with the release of Phantom 4, this drone still gives the best value for the money. One of the things that give this drone an edge over other competitors is the quality 4K HD video captured at 30fps. What’s more, you also get to capture Full HD 1080p video at 60fps. It's designed for long-range flights of up to 5km. With it, you get up to 23 minutes of flight and there’s an extra battery to heighten the fun.
Yuneec Typhoon H UHD 4K Collision Avoidance Hexacopter Drone
This hexacopter comes unique in its own way. The six rotors let it pack enough punch to withstand all the odds during flight. Comparable to Phantom 4, this hexacopter is designed for advanced flyers. It comes fully equipped with smart flying modes ranging from the retractable landing gear to the hi-tech sonar obstacle avoidance system. A 4K camera comes in handy to provide 360-degree filming and you get ST16 ground station that delivers live footage via a 7-inch touchscreen. The hexacopter lets you enjoy up to 25 minutes of flight.
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera
Autel Robotics X-Star gives DJI a stiff competition in the world of camera drones. This US made quadcopter packs everything needed to get that stunning footage. For instance, it’s got the 4K Ultra HD video camera that delivers breathtaking Live View to a range of up to 1.2 miles. This drone provides the convenience of an autonomous flight mode achieved via the Starlink app. A dual GPS/GLONASS navigation provides solid navigation for high precision capture. The battery recharges in only 1.5 hours and provides up to 25 minutes of flight time.
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter Drone
Featuring among the kings of drones, this quadcopter takes flight stability to the extreme. It delivers one of the best video recording in 2.7K HD. What’s more, you get Live 720p HD view. Flying indoors and in GPS-free areas is made possible with an advanced Vision Positioning Technology. All controls can be made directly from your mobile device via a DJI Pilot app. There’s even a beginner mode that gives first-time flyers an easy time. The quadcopter has a flight time of up to 23 minutes and has a range of 5km.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter 4K UHD Video Camera Drone
This drone is an upgraded version of DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone. The quadcopter has a 12MP camera that delivers high quality Ultra HD 4K video at 30fps. It provides 720p Live View for a range of up to 5km making every shot crisper and cleaner. The quadcopter can be linked to your smartphone device for larger viewing. It makes a wonderful choice for flyers at all level, thanks to the multiple flying modes. The drone has a battery life of up to 23 minutes.