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DJI Mavic Pro Drone

Theoretically, drones don’t need to be big to be capable, but so far these two attributes have been tightly correlated. DJI’s Mavic Pro breaks the mold by being small enough to fit in your hand while lacking few features of the drone brand’s far larger flagship machines. Folded, the Mavic could fit into the tightest of handbags and murses. Once it takes to the skies you’d hardly know it considering its got a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized 4K…

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Parrot Swing

Looking at the Parrot Minidrone Swing, you cannot help but wonder if it’s an X-Wing Star Fighter or the much-dread TIE Fighter of the Empire or perhaps a bit of both. The Swing comes with a very unique X-wing design but with the wing panels significantly squarish like that of a TIE Fighter. But there’s a reason for this geometric design. The Swing can be flown either as…

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Lowepro QuadGuard BP X2

If you’re into quadcopter drone racing, you know very well that the performance of your aerial racer is highly dependent on the maintenance of its integrity especially during transport. Rather than stuffing your gear into any ordinary bag, you’re better off with the QuadGuard BP X2 by Lowepro. The QuadGuard has a main storage compartment for your quadcopter drone racer plus 4 fully adjustable smaller compartments for the…

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TRND Labs FADER Drone

Drones are everywhere these days. The unfortunate thing tends to be if you want a good drone you need to drop some serious cash. TRND Labs throws money to the side. With prices around $130, the FADER drone is the perfect balance between cost and advanced flight. Primed to fly out of the box, the drone features auto take-off and landing, six-axis gyro, LED lights for night flying…

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Airdog ADII Hands-Free Drone

This is most definitely not your typical drone. The Airdog ADII is the smartest, all-terrain, high-performance drone with a built-in camera. For ultimate portability this drone folds right up and is the only drone created for hands-free use, maintaining perfect content capture every time. To prevent collisions, the drone is fitted with LiDAR which is a distance sensor, ensuring no crashes. Perfect! As well as this it has…

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DJI Spark Drone

By far the smallest drone coming out of the Shenzhen-based company’s factories, DJI’s Spark Drone is both simpler and smarter than its larger brethren. For one, it can be deployed on the fly without the need for a remote, launching from the palm of your hand to be controlled using nothing but hand gestures to position it just right and snap photos (namely selfies). Then, it lands back in your…

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Biki Underwater Fish Drone

If it doesn’t look anything like your typical drone, that’s because it isn’t. First and foremost, the Biki Underwater Fish Drone explores seas, not skies, and does so while foregoing propellers for a more natural-looking caudal tail fin that propels the drone to 1.12 mph while remaining rather silent. It’ll dive to a maximum depth of nearly 200 feet, with dual 114 lumen spotlights to illuminate its path and…

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DJI FPV Drone Goggles

Drones give the layman the chance to experience the world from a higher place. Problem is you’ve got to settle for looking at a live stream on a tiny phone screen. DJI FPV Drone Goggles remedy this with an experience that’s much closer to actually flying thanks to a first-person view that’s created using two HD 1920×1080 screens — one for each eye — as well as head-tracking to…

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DJI Matrice 200 Series Drones

Drones are delicate, hovering contraptions. DJI’s lineup of Matrice 200 Series Drones makes it a point not to be. These large drones stay afloat even in strong winds thanks to equally large 17-inch props and have enclosed shells that endure extreme weather including rain, snow, and sub-zero temperatures. The latter in particular is aided by a dual-battery power system that keeps the batteries warmed up in freezing weather. The basic…

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Griff Drone

Most consumer drones lug along a small camera. Some professional-grade quadcopters can even carry heavier filming rigs weighing dozens of pounds. Still, Griff Aviation’s Griff Drones are worlds apart from other drones when it comes to rated payload. Three three models include the Griff 125, 300, and 800, the number designating the gross weight that each can carry in kilograms, meaning they can lift about 275, 660, and 1,760…

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Piaggio Gita Personal Cargo Droid

Piaggio, the Italian company known for the Vespa Scooter synonymous with transport in many European countries, is trying their hand at a similarly-styled product that’s both a hell of a lot more high tech and more niche: the Gita Personal Cargo Droid. The 26-inch tall spherical drone rolls along on two large wheels and follows you (wearing a tracking device) autonomously thanks to a battery of cameras and sensors, dodging obstacles, climbing sidewalks, and…

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Aerodyne Nimbus Indestructible Drone

Want a drone you don’t need to worry about? Aerodyne’s Nimbus is just that, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that this racing drone is virtually indestructible. Nimbus features a lightweight custom-made carbon fibre monocoque design that’s formed from the inside, with recurring egg-shaped domes that are hardly coincidental. All electronics are packed within the aerodynamic monocoque as well which is rated to IP54 meaning water and dirt are…

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AirSelfie

Forget selfie sticks. AirSelfie is smaller than your smartphone and captures images from further back than any normal-sized selfie stick could dream of attaining (or close by). To launch, remove it from its cover, launch it using your smartphone, with its app as a controller, and snap away. The miniature drone flies in three modes: selfie, which points to you and moves either further or closer; flying, which lets…

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro

While it’s outer shell remains nearly unchanged, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro takes the brand’s already stellar flagship model and improves it further. The Pro adds in a longer 30 minute flight time, a couple of extra stereoscopic and new infrared sensors around the drone, and a better camera equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled to a custom lens. One thing this means for the pilot is better obstacle avoidance: notably, you can now enable this…

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Sunflower Labs Flying Camera

What’s tougher to dodge, a static security camera or one that moves around independently and unpredictably? The obvious answer to that question is what drove the development of Sunflower Labs’ Flying Camera. Part of their Home Awareness System, the Flying Camera works in conjunction with their Smart Lights: when the motion sensing lights detect suspicious movement the camera is deployed to check out what’s going on, streaming live video to your smart device from high above your property….

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Flybrix Lego Drone Kit

You could already make near anything with Legos. And with Flybrix, even a drone. These naturally intuitive DIY kits include a LiPo battery, eight motor boom-arms and motors with propellers, a random minifig pilot, and all the Lego bricks you’ll need to make your own custom drone (though you’re more than welcome to sub in some bricks of your own). Their Basic kit relies on your smartphone and a Bluetooth flight control app to fly your…

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GoPro Karma Drone

Plenty of other drones are built around GoPros as their primary cameras. It only made sense that GoPro would want to get in on the action themselves with the Karma Drone. It’s one of the most compact drones yet, folding into a relatively slim case that can be worn as a backpack. The included Karma controller boasts a flip up touchscreen display and dual joystick controls, and since others crowding around for a view of the…

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DJI Osmo+ Camera

DJI knows a thing or two about stabilizing a camera — it’s been doing it on its drones for years. DJI’s 4K/30fps Osmo+ Camera upgrades the original with a few new features including a 3.5x optical zoom that combines with digital for 7x total, advanced stabilization attained through its gimbal that keeps the camera flat through motion and shakes, and a Motion Timelapse mode that pans the camera while shooting…

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Staaker Auto-Follow Drone

Skilled enough in a sport that you’d want to show off footage of you doing your thing? The Staaker Auto-Follow Drone will get it all on film, from the best angles, with minimal setup necessary: just strap the included tracker on your arm and get to it. Sophisticated artificial intelligence anticipates your movements and positions the attached GoPro camera optimally to never miss a frame. It’ll simply follow from behind, from a specific angle, circle…

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Propel Star Wars Battle Quads

Ok, so the X-wing model isn’t quite as sleek as the real fictional thing, hence us not including it in the above crop. Still, Propel’s Star Wars Battle Quads are fast flying drones that legitimately dogfight, albeit with harmless lasers in the stead of deadly ones. The collection spans four iconic Star Wars vehicles — the Millennium Falcon, 74-Z Speeder bike, X-Wing Starfighter, and Tie Advanced X1 — each equipped…

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Yuneec Typhoon H

Sure, its six propeller-equipped arms will probably garner the most attention. But the Yuneec Typhoon H really distinguishes itself from competitors — including DJI’s latest Phantom 4 — thanks to the implementation of Intel’s RealSense technology, which uses dual Intel cameras and a processor along with sophisticated software to understand its environment and avoid everything in its way including branches, trees, electric pylons, and more. A 4K camera on the end of a 3-axis…