If you are a fan of flying drones and taking aerial pictures and videos, then you will know that the DJI Phantom Drone is one of the best in the market. But its high selling price can make it slightly less feasible for every flying enthusiast to buy.
Here is a list of the best alternatives to this great drone, which are not only cheaper but will also give the DJI Phantom a run for its money!
The Walkera QR X350 Pro drone is about 11.5 inches and can be flown indoors as well as outdoors. It is a ready-to-fly, unmanned, quadcopter that has great calibration.
It has LED lights on the back (red LED lights) and front (silver LED lights) that provide easy flying in low lights and they also blink to indicate general status messages or to indicate how good your GPS reception is.
It is considered one of the fastest and most agile enthusiast-level drones, and features a gyro system that keeps the quadcopter stable and steady. The QR X350 Pro has a flight time of about 20 minutes, which is higher than most quadcopters in its range, and thus it allows you to record for longer uninterrupted.
This model also includes a gimbal installed as part of the camera mount, which allows for recording good videos and pictures from a wide variety of cameras (purchase separately). Since the camera has to be attached below the body of the drone, you can record great quality videos as the rotors never obscure the camera’s view.
The customer care offered by the company is exceptional and you will be provided with downloadable manuals, software, trouble-shooting help and online tutorials and videos.
The only drawback is that you will have to buy your own camera, which makes it an expensive buy. However, the great features and excellent stability and agility can make it worth your while.
Cheerson’s CX-20 Auto Pathfinder is one of the best in its range and is a next generation Quadcopter. It features a GPS that is capable of reading from up to 12 satellites, an electronic compass and altitude sensors, making it an ultimate drone to fly and also gives it the ability to hover on one spot.
Its unique altitude lock feature sustains a steady height, letting you capture amazing panning shots without having to worry about monitoring the height.
With a single touch, the drone will also fly straight back to the point it started and gently descend. This is great for when you want a safe and steady return for your quadcopter. This will also help if you lose radio contact to the model as it will automatically return to the takeoff position.
Another great advantage of this drone is that when the battery starts getting low, it will automatically begin descending to safely land. It also has a switchable IOC function, which lets the drone always fly in the direction you push the controls.
Before any flight, the CX20 also automatically locks it's throttle system to avert accidental start-up and any potential damage, permitting you to make adjustments to your camera system.
If you fancy GoPro cameras then you can also add an optional Camera Mount to film your flight and get a true birds eye view.
The WL Toys V303 Seeker RC Quadcopter features a 6-axis system that allows the quadcopter to raise up and down, go forwards and backwards and move left and right. It also lets you perform crab flying, hanged flying and 360 degree rotations.
It uses a 4-channel radio control with a 2.4 GHz remote control to monitor the drone. The control has a built-in LCD display and a range of 500 meters. The package comes with a mount for the GoPro camera and a button on the remote control easily switches on the camera when it is mounted. It also has switches for triggering the compass and return-to-home function.
The drone has a built-in Gyro for easy flying and permits GPS Auto Pilot Function. With 2 modes – photo and video recording, you can take beautiful captures from your drone’s flight.
The V303 uses a built-in rechargeable battery that has a charging time of about 60 to 100 minutes and a flight time of around 13-15 minutes.
The Blade 350 QX3 Quadcopter AP Combo is great for aerial video and photography since this quadcopter combines the 350 QX3 quadcopter with Blade's CGO2 GB 16 MP Full HD camera and 3-axis gimbal.
The footage from the camera is saved to a microSD for easy data transferring. Alternately, it is also equipped with a 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi connection for drone fliers to view a live feed, transfer data and operate the drone using a smartphone.
The transmitted is attached with a smartphone clamp to mount your device and keep it in place.
This ready-to-fly (RTF) drone has a GPS-based flight control system that helps in providing changeable degrees of autopilot redundancy and also gives you the option to acclimatize fliers who range from beginners to experts.
Blade has a SAFE technology that helps fliers with their drone flying skills. It features Smart, Stability and Agility flight modes, as well as Return Home, which gets the drone back home with the press of a button, and Self Landing, which initiates when the drone has low battery or loses contact with the transmitter.
The drone uses a 3000mAh battery along that comes in the package along with the AC adapter. The battery gives the drone up to 15 minutes of flight time on a single charge.
Flying Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Battery: 11.1 V 3S 3000mAh 30C LiPo
Completion Level: Ready-to-fly (RTF)
Rotors: Diameter (4 Rotors): 22.8" / 580 mm, Length: 8.27" / 210 mm
Dimensions: Length: 18.3"/ 465 mm, Width: 18.3" / 465 mm, Height: 7.5" / 138 mm
Flying Weight: 33.7 oz / 995 g
Effective Pixels: 16 MP
Photo: 16 MP
Lens Angle of View: 155°
White Balance: Automatic
Recording Media: microSD/SDHC card up to 32 GB
Gimbal: Number of Axes: 3, Controlled Rotation Range (Pitch Axis Control): -90 to +45°
Video Transmitter Frequency: 5.745 to 5.825 GHz
Working Voltage: 12 VDC
Dimensions With Lens: 0.1 x 4 x 5.1" / 3 x 101.6 x 129.1 mm
Weight: 5.8 oz / 163 g
Parrot’s BeBop drone is a Wi-Fi-based, mobile device operated RC aircraft that can record 1080p aerial videos and take 14MP pictures. Its amazing camera evades the extra weight and power consumption of a motorized gimbal and has an electronic image stabilization system that works with a 3-axis motion sensor and a 180° fisheye lens.
This drone can be easily controlled using an Android or iOS mobile device that has the FreeFlight 3 App on it. This app will also show you real-time preview from the flight camera, and also let you record a low-resolution feed directly on your phone or tablet. If you want to record high-resolution videos, you can do so using the 8GB of built-in memory, or by connecting a USB storage device. The BeBop Drone can be controlled from up to 1.2 miles away and includes antennas for both 2.4 and 5 GHz.
The package comes with 2 outdoor hulls as well as an indoor hull, which is comprised of detachable EPP prop guards. By using the outdoor hull, you can reduce the flight weight and make the quadcopter more aerodynamic.
The BeBop Drone uses a 1200mAh lithium-polymer (LiPo) battery, which can provide approximately 12 minutes of flying time. 2 batteries and a charger are included with the drone.
Built from impact-resistant ABS plastic, this drone is extreme sturdy. The propellers are created in a way that they stop automatically on contact and start the Emergency Mode, which causes the drone to land instantly. It even has a built-in GPS receiver with a Return Home feature that causes autopilot to engage, flying the BeBop Drone back to the takeoff point.
The BeBop Drone uses Multi-sensor Flight Stability System to ensure stability, based on several sensors like a 3-axes accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ultrasound, and pressure sensor as well as a vertical camera to track the speed.
The Parrt AR.Drone 2.0 is a 4-rotor, fixed-size and unmanned flying device that is also fitted with an aerial camera. It is RTF or Ready To Fly as soon as you download the application to control it on your smartphone or tablet (Apple or Android).
Its 3-axis stabilization system makes the quadcopter steady and makes flying for beginners easier. The drone weighs around 13 to 15 ounces and measures from 18 inches to 20 inches across. It also comes with inside and outside hulls.
It can accomplish many superior aerial stunts that ordinary RC helicopters are not able to do. When fully charged, it can fly for approximately 10 to 12 minutes when doing complex stunts and slightly longer when flying in simpler patterns.
The built-in camera can capture videos in HD at 1280 x 720 p that can be streamed directly to your device. You don’t need an extra storage card as the captured footage is directly saved on your smartphone or tablet and can be easily shared via the internet and social media.
A great advantage of buying drone for Parrot is that they have great customer support and you can reach them through phone and email. They even have online forum, how-to videos showing minor repairs, release notes and a FAQs section. Additionally, they have a rich, online, augmented-reality, gaming community.