February 2017 Drones

In this detailed guide, we will study some of the leading read to takeoff drones for sale in 2017. We have categorized drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) on the basis of their price range and inherent features. We hope this guide will help you find out the best drone that is in accordance with your preferences and requirements.

The number of consumers and passionate dronies, the world over, is on the rise with every passing day. The popularity of drones can be gauged from the fact that during the last Holidays, it was being expected that the drones sales count will cross the massive figure of one million. Just imagine if our skies are bombarded with this many drones. If you were not one of the drone aficionados who spent a lot of money to buy their favorite drone, but are now lamenting over the fact that you should actually have had done so, now is the time to make an informed decision.

You’ve got to decide which drone is in accordance with your requirements and which one will actually won’t put your bank balance to test.

Luckily, as the number of dronies has increased over the past couple of years, we have seen an unimaginable rise in the number of drone manufacturers and the various drone models that are being churned out by them on daily basis. The market is proliferated with tons of drones that can be bought at remarkably affordable prices.

This article is geared towards helping you out in going through the myriad options at your disposal and their associated price brackets so that next time when you set your foot out of your home to buy a drone, you are well equipped to make a decision that assists you in reaping rich dividends in the days to come.

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Leading Drones Above $1,000

If you are interested in some top of the line drones equipped with stunning features and you’ve also got some money up your sleeves, then you have plenty of fabulous options at your disposal. You can purchase drones in this price range and use them for aerial photography and cinematography.

We believe that in this price range, the ideal option will be DJI Inspire 1 with 4K Camera that is far ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of reasonable price as well as performance. It is unbelievably user-friendly and comes bundled in a ready to takeoff package with an integrated camera that lets you take photographs at 12 megapixels and record video footages at 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD). 

Contrary to this, if you are interested in purchasing a drone that is the best one out there on the market, then DJI Matrice 600 is the way to go. It boasts a larger size and a formidable frame while the stabilization gimbal has the ability to rotate along 360 degrees.

So, if you have a budget that allows you to spend over $1,000, these are the devices that will suit you the most.

ImageModel NameEstimated Price (USD)Learn More
DJI Inspire 1 with 4K Camera$1,999 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
DJI Matrice 600$4,599 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
DJI Metric 100$3,299 - Check Today's PriceClick Here

Leading Drone Below $1,000

The drones falling in the price range of above $1,000 certainly have a class of their own. However, there are drones that lie in the price bracket between $300 and $1,000 and still boast attractive features to catch the eye of drone enthusiasts. This is mainly due to the fine balance maintained by manufacturers between price and performance.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is our must-have drone in this category. As far as the flight features are concerned, it almost similar to the DJI Phantom 3 Professional. The only major difference between the Advanced and the Professional versions is that the former one is equipped with a camera that lets you capture videos at 2.7K resolution while the latter one has a camera with 4K resolution.

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Remember that most of the people are not equipped with the requisite hardware to deal with the videos shot at Ultra High Definition and they need an appropriate software to be edited and processed. It will always be a prudent choice to opt for a device that offers a pragmatic and affordable solution. Unless and until you are a professional cinematographer looking to capture cinema-grade videos or have the necessary hardware to view videos recorded in Ultra High Definition, we recommend you to go for the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced model.

ImageModel NameEstimated Price (USD)Learn More
Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon$799 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter$899 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter 4K UHD Video Camera$799 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone$229 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter$389 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
3DR IRIS+$399 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
3D Robotics RTF X8+$900 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter$339 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced$689 - Check Today's PriceClick Here

Leading DronesBelow $500

There is a discernable degradation in quality when we get to drones falling in this price bracket in contrast to the ones placed at the higher end of the price spectrum. The devices falling in the category of $100 to $500 also portray a few good features and can prove to be good options for dronies who are hampered by budgetary constraints.

The HobbyKing TBS is a ready to takeoff device that features a good enough camera mounted on it. We believe that this one is the most comprehensive device among the drones falling in this price category.

ImageModel NameEstimated Price (USD)Learn More
HobbyKing TBS Vendetta 240 Racing Quad$499 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
RC Vortex 250 Pro Racing Quad$429 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
ARRIS FPV250 FPV 250 Mini RC Racing Drones$159 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone$169 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
Lumenier Racing Quadcopter$118 - Check Today's PriceClick Here

Leading Drones Below $150

Naturally, you would be wondering if there are any seriously good drones or quadcopters that can be bought for less than $150. However, you would be surprised to learn that there are a few formidable options in this price range designed specifically for the newbies. I do not mean to say that the devices in this price range are going to compete with the power and capabilities of a DJI Phantom 3 or a 3DR Solo. No, no way!

There are a myriad quadcopters engineered for the rookie dronies in this price bracket that will assist you in learning how to fly drones. If you purchase one of these drones and hone your flying skills with them, you can subsequently move onto much more advanced level machines in the time to come.

Hubsan X4 or the Syma X5C are our favorites among drones that can be bought for an amount lesser than $150. They certainly are low cost machines but they include integrated cameras that let you take photographs and record video footages. It is needless to state here that you should not elevate your expectations with regard to the quality of video and images taken by these cameras. These devices, are certainly user friendly and provide an exhilarating flying experience.

ImageModel NameEstimated Price (USD)Learn More
Syma X5C Quadcopter equipped with HD cameras$57 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
HUBSAN X4 Quadcopter Drone with FPV Camera$149 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
BLADE Nano QX BNF Quadcopter$49 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
Parrot AR Drone 2$129 - Check Today's PriceClick Here
Estes Proto X Nano R/C Quadcopter$27 - Check Today's PriceClick Here

Do You Have Anything to Say?

If you are newbie dronie, choosing the right drone for you that comes within your stipulated budget can certainly be a Herculean task. But we suggest you to do some extensive research before you set your foot out of your home to buy a drone.

We believe that the best way to collate plenty of relevant information regarding your favorite drone is to ask lots and lots of questions. We would certainly appreciate your comments, questions and experiences in the comments section below so that we could help you out in making an informed decision while buying a drone.

Moreover, if you figure out some technical glitches in our articles, or you own an opinion that is different from ours or you believe that a certain drone model should be a part of this article, feel free to let us know. We will endeavor to keep this guide updated so that the information here is always relevant and updated for beginner dronies.

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