5 drones expert reviewed

5 drones expert reviewed

A guide to what to look for in a drone and what features are most important when buying a drone.

by Kurt Knutsson

On one side of the coin, the invasion of privacy that can be the result of a neighbor hovering overhead with their new drone is unsettling.    The other perspective is apparent the moment you out your own new drone into flight.

Drones are incredibly useful for more than spying on neighbors.  Some of the most dramatic images and video come from the perspective of a bird overhead.

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Whether looking to expand your photography skills or just have a bit of fun in the sky, drones are here to stay.  Selecting the right drone comes down to some careful considerations.


What to look for in a drone?

If the drone is for a child, make sure that you are purchasing a drone specifically designed for a child to fly, as the drones geared towards adults tend to be considerably heavier and more delicate, not to mention more expensive.

The next thing you must ask yourself is, what is its purpose?

If you are in search of photography, first of all, make sure you purchase a drone with a camera installed, as not all of them do.

Then, depending on the type of photography you are planning on doing, you’ll want to make sure it comes with a camera that has a resolution and stabilization to your liking.

If you are just looking for a drone to fly around for pleasure, be sure to check its standard flight time, as depending on the make, drones can last anywhere from 7 to 30 minutes, with their flight ranges also varying drastically.

Then too, if you’re a first-time drone user, accidents can happen, and while your product will likely come with a warranty, some drones are easier to repair than others.

With this in mind, choosing a drone with a brushless motor tend to have a longer lifespan, though brushed motors are more easily repaired.


Best Drones

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the five top-rated drones.

DJI Mini 3 Pro

DJI Mini 3 Pro/Amazon.com

The DJI mini 3 Pro comes the most recommended for photographers and content creators. with 2 remote control options and a built-in camera and video camera, capturing 4K60 footage with digital zoom. It also guarantees a strong flying performance, with excellent safety features, 3-way obstacle sensors, and a highly rated low-light performance with automated flight modes.

Things to keep in mind, however, are that while it does come with a built-in GPS, it takes a while to determine its location, and coming in a $759, it’s fairly expensive for its relatively small size.



DJI Mini 2

DJI Mini 2 drone

The DJI Mini 2 might be the perfect model for first-time drone buyers, and despite its compact size, it has a lengthy battery life and flight time. With built-in GPS to boot.

However, what does not come installed is any kind of obstacle avoidance programming or a reliable tracking device. And coming in at $449, it too is expensive for a model of its size.



DJI Mavic 3

DJI Mavic 3/Amazon

Filmmakers of all experiences will be thrilled to get their hands on the DJI Mavic 3, with a magnificent built-in lens with a 7x optical and 28x digital zoom If that wasn’t enough, it can last up to 46 minutes in the air, with excellent built-in obstacle avoidance and safety features.

On the downside, strong as the quality of the camera is, it does not possess as much storage as one hopes. In addition to being one of the heavier models, it is also one of the most expensive, coming in at a whopping $2,024.



DJI Air 2S

DJI Air 2S/Amazon

Those looking for truly excellent still photographs will likely be drawn to the DJI Air 2S, with its 1-inch sensor camera and 5.4k video quality. In addition to a lengthy flight time of just over half an hour and a 12km flight radius, it also comes with excellent safety and obstacle avoidance features.

Experienced photographers might find themselves frustrated, however, by the lack of filtered looks, and relatively low storage space, as well as the inability to automatically transfer pictures from the device to your smartphone.



DJI Avata

DJI Avata/Amazon

Those with the need for speed will likely find the DJI Avata is just what they need to get their adrenaline jumping. With its easily manageable, one-handed controller, users will feel like they’re part of the action after putting on the accompanying virtual reality glasses, and if you find yourself out of control, its crash-resistant design puts it at low risk for damage.

With that in mind, however, be sure to keep it away from children or irresponsible hands, as its super speed could put others at risk. Then too, coming in at $1,168, fun comes at a price.

Should you be looking for a drone to take breathtaking pictures, fly around in the air, or spy on your family and neighbors (not recommended), there are drones available at a wide array of prices and for all ages.

But with FAA regulations differing from region to region, be sure to check if you’re in a location that requires a license to own and fly a drone, while some models require FAA registration regardless of your location.






The FIFISH V6S is an underwater drone that can capture stunning 4K videos and 12MP photos in any underwater environment. It has a Q-Interface that allows you to attach various accessories, such as a robotic arm, a sonar, or a laser scaler. It also has an omnidirectional movement system that lets you move in any direction with precision and agility. The FIFISH V6S is designed for industrial and recreational applications, such as inspection, exploration, rescue, fishing, and photography. It comes with a 100-meter tether, a 64GB SD card, and a portable case.


HOVERAir X1 Self-Flying Camera

The HOVERAir X1 is a self-flying camera that lets you capture stunning aerial photos and videos with ease. It is designed to follow you automatically and intelligently, so you can focus on your adventure. The HOVERAir X1 has a 12 MP camera that can shoot video and a 3-axis gimbal that stabilizes the footage. It also has a 25-minute flight time, a 2 km range, and a foldable design that makes it easy to carry. The HOVERAir X1 is compatible with the HOVER app, which allows you to control the camera, edit the footage, and share it with your friends. Whether you are hiking, biking, skiing, or surfing, the HOVERAir X1 is the perfect companion to capture your memories from the sky.



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