When it comes to drones, DJI has an option that is sure to be perfect for you – whether you’re a pro or a beginner. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is a great drone that has many useful features, but, they have gotten more expensive over the years.
Renowned for their waterproof multi-rotors, QuadH20 has just unveiled its all new HexH20 Pro V.2 drone -and it’s absolutely incredible. Armed with a state-of-the-art DJI N3 intelligent controller and an advanced propulsion system, the newest HexH20 Pro version is poised to completely disrupt the drone industry.
The Guangzhou, China drone company Ehang, Inc. turned a lot of heads at Las Vegas’ 2016 CES (Consumer Electronics Show). With its single-passenger Ehang 184 AAV (autonomous aerial vehicle) on display, the company stirred up a lot of buzz around the future of drone technology and more importantly, whether or not international flight authorities would even allow this drone airborne.
Spark, the palm-sized quadcopter, is a gesture-controlled drone equipped with all of DJI’s world renown automated flight modes. With its 31 mph (50 km/h) max speed and 1080p video at 30 fps, the Spark is an affordable mini-drone poised to challenge the likes of the Mavic Pro and Yuneec Breeze.
With an operating range of 1.86 miles (3 km) and capable of flying 1.99 miles (3.2 km) high, the GoPro Karma may not turn heads, performance wise. But if you’re looking at capturing professional-grade footage, whether it’s in the air or on foot, this is one of the most versatile drones on the market today. Compatible with the Hero 5 GoPro camera, the Karma captures its smooth footage from the nose of the drone – keeping the propellers out of the shot.
Backed by a user-friendly Smart flight mode and an intuitive controller, the Yuneec Typhoon Quadcopter is one of the easiest drones to operate. If you’re a beginner looking for a drone with a 4K resolution camera under $1,000, the Yuneec Q500 is an excellent choice.
What makes the DJI Mavic Pro so special? Since capturing aerial footage is high on the list of features everyone looks for in a drone, I’ll start there. DJI’s Mavic is equipped with a 4K camera that rests strategically on a 3-axis gimbal stabilization. Capturing 4K HD-quality streaming video at 30 fps means the most crystal clear aerial cinematography imaginable.
With everyone focused on the best surveillance drones flying overhead, let us not forget about the many underwater drones hitting the market. Whether it’s the Pioneer, Biki or the PowerRay, manufacturers have been busy designing some innovative underwater drones. Taking it to the next level, Roboticists at the Research and Exploratory Development Department of the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have unveiled the first ever Flying Fish Unmanned Aerial Aquatic Vehicle (UAAV) and it’s pretty awesome.
With a simple snap of the wrist, Nixie goes from a high-tech wristband to a lightweight (0.1 lbs) quadcopter that knows exactly where its user is at all times.