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​Top 5 Best Quadcopters for Aerial Filming

Today let’s see what  the Top 5 Best Quadcopters or drones for Aerial Filming  are.

Even if you own the best video camera ever made, creating a stable good quality aerial clip is always going to be a challenge. This is especially true if you shoot from a helicopter or microlight plane. For one thing its very expensive to do and other thing you will need some very good equipment to steady the camera during flights.

Thanks to quadcopters, aerial filming is now easier and safer than ever . At the moment DJI lead the way in quadcopters and we have the best ones here. We have tested all of these and each is good in its own way.

Drones
An unmanned aerial vehicle ( UAV ), commonly known as a drone , unmanned aircraft system ( UAS), or by several other names , is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy : either under remote control by a human operator, or fully or intermittently autonomously, by onboard computers.

DJI Inspire 1 DJI Phantom 3 Professional DJI Phantom 4 Pro DJI Phantom 3 Standard DJI Mavic Pro DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Parrot Bebop Parrot Disco FPV
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$1499.00MSRP

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Even if you have no good reason to justify buying one, you have to admit that drones are cool. And if you’ve ever thought about dropping money on a quadcopter, but you’ve managed to wait this long, good news: the tech has come a long way in a very short time. There are models on the market now that put last year’s copters to shame in terms of video quality and stabilization.

And now the bad news. You get what you pay for, and if you want an aerial video platform that can capture stunning footage, you need to be prepared to spend some serious cash. Because drones are such a pricey proposition, it pays to do your research before buying one. We’ve tested many of the ready-to-fly models on the market to determine what’s important to look for, and the best models available.

Price Matters

There are low-cost drones on the market, but you’re still looking at spending around $500 to get a solid model that’s stable in flight with an excellent integrated camera. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard certainly fits that bill. It captures 2.7K video that’s similar in quality to the pricier Phantom 3 Advanced, although its operating range isn’t quite as great. The Xiro Xplorer V$499.98 at Amazon can also be had for $500 or so, but its 1080p camera leaves a lot to be desired when compared with the Phantom.

If you’re looking to spend less, the Parrot Bebop, which sells for around $350, is a good choice, as long as you understand its limitations. It’s not a high, fast flyer, but it can be fun if you’re interested in a small quad that can perform flips and rolls. You will have to fly with your smartphone or tablet, unless you decide to spend a lot more money on the Bebop configuration with the Skycontroller<a class="zdcse" data-affiliate-ziffcat="26776" data-parentmodule="Contextual" title="Buy it from Amazon" href="http://www.pcmag.com/roundup/337251/the-best-drones#&quot; rel="nofollow" data-commerce-price="$340.00" data-commerce-productname="Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone – Blue" data-commerce-providerproductid="B00OOR90J2" data-commerce-vendor="Amazon" data-commerce-provider="amazon" data-commerce-manufacturer="Parrot Inc." data-commerce-logo="" data-commerce-msrp="" data-commerce-couponcode="" data-commerce-shipping="" data-commerce-configuration="" data-commerce-cpc="" data-commerce-condition="New" data-commerce-ziffcatid="26776" data-commerce-zifftaxid="7969" data-commerce-guid="117d71cd-1adb-47d3-b770-438843ef3029" data-commerce-openhtml="//www.googleadservices.com/pagead/conversion_async.js\n\n (function() {\n var targetLink = document.querySelector(‘.pcmag-buyitnow .pcmag-buyitnow-table tr[data-commerce-provider=amazon] td.pcmag-buyitnow-buybutton a’);\n targetLink.onclick = function(){\n if (!google_trackConversion) return;\n window.google_trackConversion({\n google_conversion_id: 1035223437,\n google_remarketing_only: true\n });\n };\n })();\n” data-commerce-image=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31Ki9cUz2oL._SL75_.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-smallimage=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31Ki9cUz2oL._SL75_.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-largeimage=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31Ki9cUz2oL.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-mpn=”PF722001″ data-commerce-upc=”792491093974″ data-commerce-ean=”3520410025983″ data-commerce-providerid=”14″ data-commerce-canonicalvendor=”Amazon” data-commerce-priceoverride=”” data-commerce-ctatext=”” data-commerce-vendoroverride=”” data-commerce-cached=”y” data-commerce-productid=”B00OOR90J2″ data-zdcserendered=”true” style=”box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: inherit; background-color: rgb(44, 135, 166); border-radius: 3px; display: inline; margin: 0px 0px 0px 4px; padding: 1px 2px 2px;”>$340.00 at Amazonremote—but at that price, you’re better off getting a more capable drone. The Bebop 2 is out now, available in both tablet and Skycontroller configurations, but it sells for signficantly more—around $550 for the Bebop 2 by itself, and $800 when bought with the Skycontroller.

Parrot Bebop

The drones we review are ready-to-fly models, so you can use them right out of the box. In most cases you’ll need to bring your own Android or iOS device to view the camera feed in real-time, but we’ve reviewed a few models, including the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K, Typhoon G, and Blade Chroma, that have an Android tablet built into the remote control. We haven’t delved into covering true pro models, which require you to get out a soldering iron and install flight control systems and custom gimbals that can accommodate an SLR or mirrorless camera.

Safety and Regulations

All of the models featured here have some safety features. Even the Bebop, which isn’t built for long-distance flight, includes a GPS and automatic Return-to-Home functionality. If your control signal is interrupted, or if the battery gets down too low (most drones can only fly for about 20 minutes on a single battery charge), you drone will start to head back to its takeoff point and land. If you’re really concerned about losing your copter to a flyaway you can add a GPS tracker. The Flytrex Live 3Gis available for a number of popular models and constantly sends location data to the cloud via a 3G cellular connection. Flyaways still happen, and there are horror stories on various Internet discussion forums. Of course, negative experiences are amplified in this context, simply because uneventful flights that don’t result in a crash or missing drone aren’t hot topics for discussion.

If you’re flying within the United States, you need to take heed of FAA guidelines—or be prepared to face potential fines or jail time. There are no-fly zones set by the FAA, so don’t take off if you’re near an airport without notifying the control tower first. And, even if you’re out in the middle of nowhere, don’t take your drone above 400 feet. Most drones are set to obey these regulations out of the box, but controlling a quadcopter is just like driving a car—even if you missed seeing that speed limit sign, you’re still liable to pay the ticket.

Be sure to read up on the current FAA guidelines before buying. If your new drone weighs more than half a pound, you’ll need to register with the FAA.

Racing and Toy Quadcopters

There are a number of products on the market that are sold as drones, but don’t quite fit the bill. Remote-controlled aircraft have been around for ages. (Check out this clip from Magnum, P.I. if you don’t believe me, or just want to see Tom Selleck in a bathrobe.) But with the recent popularity of drones, quadcopters that would simply be sold as RC products are now being tagged as drones. These products don’t include GPS stabilization, return-to-home functionality, and other automated flight modes that make a drone a drone.

We’ve reviewed a handful of these products and placed them in our Toys review category. If you’re interested in something you can use on the International Drone Racing Association circuit, like the Horizon Hobby Blade Nano QX2 FPV BNF<a class="zdcse" data-affiliate-ziffcat="30409" data-parentmodule="Contextual" title="Buy it from Amazon" href="http://www.pcmag.com/roundup/337251/the-best-drones#&quot; rel="nofollow" data-commerce-price="$159.04" data-commerce-productname="Blade Nano QX2 FPV BNF" data-commerce-providerproductid="B01EUBN5L0" data-commerce-vendor="Amazon" data-commerce-provider="amazon" data-commerce-manufacturer="Horizon Hobby" data-commerce-logo="" data-commerce-msrp="" data-commerce-couponcode="" data-commerce-shipping="" data-commerce-configuration="" data-commerce-cpc="" data-commerce-condition="New" data-commerce-ziffcatid="30409" data-commerce-zifftaxid="24301" data-commerce-guid="923ef27c-6c51-4f56-8314-a961cae77383" data-commerce-openhtml="//www.googleadservices.com/pagead/conversion_async.js\n\n (function() {\n var targetLink = document.querySelector(‘.pcmag-buyitnow .pcmag-buyitnow-table tr[data-commerce-provider=amazon] td.pcmag-buyitnow-buybutton a’);\n targetLink.onclick = function(){\n if (!google_trackConversion) return;\n window.google_trackConversion({\n google_conversion_id: 1035223437,\n google_remarketing_only: true\n });\n };\n })();\n” data-commerce-image=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZHJuEuVvL._SL75_.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-smallimage=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZHJuEuVvL._SL75_.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-largeimage=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZHJuEuVvL.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-mpn=”BLH9180″ data-commerce-upc=”605482608005″ data-commerce-ean=”0605482608005″ data-commerce-providerid=”14″ data-commerce-canonicalvendor=”Amazon” data-commerce-priceoverride=”” data-commerce-ctatext=”” data-commerce-vendoroverride=”” data-commerce-cached=”y” data-commerce-productid=”B01EUBN5L0″ data-zdcserendered=”true” style=”box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: inherit; background-color: rgb(44, 135, 166); border-radius: 3px; display: inline; margin: 0px 0px 0px 4px; padding: 1px 2px 2px;”>$159.04 at Amazon, or just want to tool around with a tiny remote copter like the Aerius, keep your eyes tuned there for reviews.

DJI’s Dominance

DJI models currently dominate our top picks, and there’s a good reason for that. The company is simply a few steps ahead of its competition right now, and has a product catalog with models at various price points, which take up a good number of the slots in our top ten. It made huge improvements to the older Phantom 2 Vision+<a class="zdcse" data-affiliate-ziffcat="24627" data-parentmodule="Contextual" title="Buy it from Amazon" href="http://www.pcmag.com/roundup/337251/the-best-drones#&quot; rel="nofollow" data-commerce-price="$448.00" data-commerce-productname="DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0 Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal (White)" data-commerce-providerproductid="B00P309MZ6" data-commerce-vendor="Amazon" data-commerce-provider="amazon" data-commerce-manufacturer="Beyond Solutions" data-commerce-logo="" data-commerce-msrp="" data-commerce-couponcode="" data-commerce-shipping="" data-commerce-configuration="" data-commerce-cpc="" data-commerce-condition="New" data-commerce-ziffcatid="24627" data-commerce-zifftaxid="7969" data-commerce-guid="62f26435-73ef-40d1-9e93-a5ae72a0453c" data-commerce-openhtml="//www.googleadservices.com/pagead/conversion_async.js\n\n (function() {\n var targetLink = document.querySelector(‘.pcmag-buyitnow .pcmag-buyitnow-table tr[data-commerce-provider=amazon] td.pcmag-buyitnow-buybutton a’);\n targetLink.onclick = function(){\n if (!google_trackConversion) return;\n window.google_trackConversion({\n google_conversion_id: 1035223437,\n google_remarketing_only: true\n });\n };\n })();\n” data-commerce-image=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31sGxODHD9L._SL75_.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-smallimage=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31sGxODHD9L._SL75_.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-largeimage=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31sGxODHD9L.jpg&#8221; data-commerce-mpn=”Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0″ data-commerce-upc=”718046515357″ data-commerce-ean=”0718046515357″ data-commerce-providerid=”14″ data-commerce-canonicalvendor=”Amazon” data-commerce-priceoverride=”” data-commerce-ctatext=”” data-commerce-vendoroverride=”” data-commerce-cached=”y” data-commerce-productid=”B00P309MZ6″ data-zdcserendered=”true” style=”box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: inherit; background-color: rgb(44, 135, 166); border-radius: 3px; display: inline; margin: 0px 0px 0px 4px; padding: 1px 2px 2px;”>$448.00 at Amazon with the Phantom 3 line—in video quality, flight stability, and ease of use. And the Phantom 4, the first drone to receive a five-star rating from PCMag, adds an obstacle avoidance system. We awarded Editors’ Choice honors to the Phantom 2 when we reviewed it, but newer models offer such vast improvements that we don’t recommend buying the aging quadcopter at this point in time.

But the Phantom 4 is pricey, so the Phantom 3 series is still on the radar of many a drone shopper. There’s the aforementioned Standard model for entry-level shoppers. You can step up to the Phantom 3 4K, which uses the same Wi-Fi control system as the Standard—but ups the video resolution to 4K. Also selling in that price range is the Phantom 3 Advanced, which records video at up to 2.7K but offers the same rock-solid Lightbridge streaming and control system found on the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 4.

Another Editors’ Choice winner is the DJI Inspire 1. It’s designed for more serious use than Phantom models. Carbon fiber construction, a camera that can swing around in any direction, and dual-operator control—one person flies while another controls the camera—set it apart from consumer models. The version we flew, which includes a 4K camera that matches the Phantom 3 Professional in quality, sells for $2,900 with a single remote control, or for $3,300 for the dual-operator version with the second remote.

Big Drones, Small Drones

For a long time, the DJI Phantom series was about as small as you could go if you wanted to get a full-featured drone that maintains stability in the air and includes strong safety features. That’s changing. The first small drone we reviewed, the Xiro Xplorer V$499.98 at Amazon, was a little rough around the edges in terms of software, and had a dated video camera, but showed the Phantom form factor could be sized down.

More recent models, including the Vantage Robotics Snap and DJI’s incredibly tiny Mavic Pro have taken things a step further. The Snap uses magnets to attach its main chassis to a set of folding propellers, so it’s easy to break down and transport. The Mavic Pro has rotor arms that fold into the body, so it’s easy enough to toss into a small backpack.

The Parrot Bebop series is another that fits into the small category. We still include the original Bebop in our top ten because it’s selling for a very attractive price. We’re in the process of reviewing the Bebop 2

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