Looking for a drone? You have options. Whether you're interested in a high-tech drone that's designed for outstanding photography, or you just want some remote-controlled fun, our selection has what you're looking for. Find everything from small toys to advanced aircraft capable of capturing Hollywood-worthy, 4K video. But there's one thing all drones have in common — they're fun. To help you choose the right one, here's an illustrated introduction to some of the key players.
When people think of drones, The Phantom is often the first to come to mind. First released in 2013, this quadcopter's ability to capture jaw-dropping video is legendary. And now, the legend continues with the Phantom 3. It includes beautiful 4K video, and an intelligent system that helps you fly with great stability.
The Yuneec Typhoon series of quadcopters are ready to fly, right out of the box. They're perfect for beginners looking for a way to start flying quickly, or experts who want to capture striking 4K imagery from new perspectives. The Typhoon 4K (illustrated below) comes with an onboard 4K camera with a 3-axis gimbal, while the Typhoon G has a 3-axis gimbal that's ready to house your GoPro. Both feature an array of programmable flight modes for a safe and fun flying experience.
The 3DR Solo is made for beginners and pros alike. While it's designed specifically for aerial photography, it does not have a built-in camera. Instead, you attach your own action camera to it. Best of all, the Solo offers easy flying with one-touch takeoff, flying and landing options.
Drones are often divided into two camps: toy and photography. Bebop bridges these two worlds. It captures stunning 1080p video like many photography drones, but it also performs one-touch flips and other flight functions with the FreeFlight app. It's designed to fly both inside and out, and just might be the perfect mix of photography and fun.
Parrot's AR.Drone was one of the most buzzed-about technologies at CES 2010. It lived up to the hype, becoming one of the best-selling drones of all time. Version 2.0 is easier to fly and has a better camera than the original.
The Parrot Airborne Cargo drone is all about letting your imagination fly. The plate at the top of the structure lets you attach an action figure to act as the pilot of your drone as it soars through the air. This mini drone features an automatic switch-off function when it contacts other objects, making it great for indoor fun. To get started just download the free controller app to your smartphone or tablet. Then, control from your device — no need for an extra controller. The Cargo also features in-flight stabilization, a built-in camera, and an autopilot system for fun and easy flying.
When you're driving the Parrot Jumping Race by yourself you can program a course and watch as your vehicle peels out, jumps more than 2 feet in the air, rolls and turns on a dime. But with friends, the fun really heats up. Make a course just about anywhere in the house or yard, fire up your Race drones and compete for victory. The wide-angle camera captures all the action on video and in photos for entertaining playback.
Much like the Parrot Airborne Cargo, the Night Swat is an easy-to-use mini drone that you can control with your smartphone or tablet. However, the two wide-angle LED headlights let you explore the night skies like an expert. Activate the powerful lights from the FreeFlight 3 app and even adjust their brightness on the fly. Then, enter the shadows for a whole new flying experience.