Humans have always wanted to simulate bird flight, thus the invention of various aircraft. One such aircraft that has gathered some traction as of late is the drone. More than just a remote-controlled airplane, the drone has become a ubiquitous presence that several sectors have started using it with security being one of the most recent to adopt the technology. But aside from its commercial applications, the drone has also become an item of interest for hobbyists looking to learn how to fly remote-controlled aircraft and take above-ground photos or videos at the same time.
If you’re a hobbyist yourself, you’ll want to check out some of the best drones that came out this 2018 as follows:
1.) DJI Mavic Pro
Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer DJI has been putting out a few drones for a while under its Mavic series, and their Mavic Pro quadcopter – or a drone with four propellers – has proven to be a hit amongst the recreational drone operator circuit.
A top selling point of the DJI Mavic Pro is its built-in camera that can capture videos in 4k resolution, the highest standard right now. The said drone also has foldable arms, thus making it easy for you to stick it in your bag. You can also operate the DJI Mavic Pro at a maximum distance of 7 kilometers away from its transmitter.
2.) Yuneec Typhoon H
On the other hand, if you want more propellers in your drone, you can go with the Yuneec Typhoon H as it’s a hexacopter with six propellers attached to it. But with that many propellers, it’s certainly possible that any one of them can fail at any given time. However, You won’t need to worry about the Yuneec Typhoon H suddenly crashing as the said drone has a five-rotor failsafe to keep it upright and airborne in case anyone of its propellers stops spinning.
You can also detach the Yuneec Typhoon H’s built-in camera and replace it with a thermal one that you can use for more serious pursuits such as participating in search and rescue operations or inspecting power grids.
You might get disappointed with the Yuneec Typhoon H’s coverage though which is a measly 1.5 kilometers. So if you’re planning to use the Yuneec Typhoon H to take pictures of remote islands while you’re on vacation somewhere, you might want to buy a far-reaching drone instead.
3.) Parrot Bebop 2
Both the DJI Mavic Pro and Yuneec Typhoon H’s respective built-in cameras come with three-axis gimbals that help ensure stable drone shots. On the other hand, the Parrot Bebop 2 completely ditches the gimbal altogether as its built-in camera uses stabilization software instead. You can also take circular panoramic images with the Parrot Bebop 2 as its built-in camera comes with a fisheye lens.
Compared to the Yuneec Typhoon H, the maximum distance that the Parrot Bebop 2 can cover is up to 2 kilometers flat. However, it still pales against the maximum distance that the DJI Mavic Pro can cover.
Drones may have been around for quite a while under the guise of unmanned aerial vehicles used by the military. But as time passed by, drone technology had become more and more within reach of hobbyists looking to fly more than just a remote-controlled airplane. With so many drones currently available in the consumer market today, choosing one can become rather daunting, especially if it’s your first time to shop for one. The above review of some of the best drones that came out this 2018 should make it easier for you to pick one that you should enjoy spending hours operating.
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