Curious about what the best quadcopter is right now? Looking to buy a quadcopter for a friend or family member? Then you’ve come to the right place! The table below has the best quadcopters on the market right now, across various price points. But there are plenty of other great models out there too, so be sure to check out all the options before you make your purchase! Personally I think that the best quadcopter to begin with is the Syma X1, though if you are looking to do more advanced video recording and have experience flying remote control aircraft, then perhaps the DJI Phantom or Phantom 2 Vision would be a better choice
Hubsan X4 H107C
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0
DJI Phantom 2 Vision
|Price||$39 on Amazon||$69 on Amazon||$299 on Amazon||$479 on Amazon||$1,199 on Amazon|
|Review||Syma X1 Review||Hubsan X4 H107C Review||Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Review||DJI Phantom 2 Vision Review|
|Dimensions||14" (wide) x 14" (wide) x 2.5" (height)||3.2" x 3.2" x 1.0"||17.5" x 17.5" x (X)"||18.5" x 18.5" x (X)"||18.5" x 18.5" x (X)"|
|Remote Control||Included, 2.4Ghz||Included, 2.4Ghz||WiFi via iPhone/Android Phone||Included, 2.4Ghz||Included, 2.4Ghz|
|Battery Size / Flight Time||3.7V 350 Mah / 6-8 minutes||3.7v 240Mah / 6-8 minutes||11.1V 1000 mAh / 10-12 minutes||11.1V 2200 mAh / 10-15 minutes||11.1V 5200 mAh / 20-25 minutes!!!|
|Weight||2.5 ounces / 70 grams||1.8 ounces / 50 grams||14 ounces / 400 grams||28 ounces / 800 grams||40 ounces / 1160 grams|
|Camera||None||0.3 MP 720x480 SD 25fps camera - (Note: HD version available with 1280x720 30fps)||Front: HD 720p 30fps |
Vertical: SD 240p 60fps
|Mount included for GoPro or similar compact camera||14MP Full HD (1080/p30 or 1080/60i), live FPV streaming to smartphone|
As you’re making your decision, keep in mind what you want to do with your new quadcopter – is it a gift for a friend? Are you just buying it to have fun? Do you want to use your quadcopter for video? By identifying your needs and usage you can narrow down your choices considerably and therefore make a better and easier decision and the best quadcopter for you.
If you are on a limited budget, then the Syma X1 quadcopter for about $40 is really your best option. It is super cheap and durable, so you won’t have to buy any replacement parts anytime soon.
If you want to take some videos and control the quadcopter with your phone, seeing what it sees, then the clear winner right now is the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 quadcopter.
On the other end of the spectrum, the DJI Phantom quadcopter is the cadillac of consumer quadcopters, offering video capability, GPS integration, insane control and smoothness, and ability to program waypoints and have the quadcopter operate nearly autonomously. This is a serious model, with professional capabilities, but packaged into a very easily understandable and usable interface. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in doing amateur or professional aerial video work. DJI also released an update to this model, the Phantom 2 Vision, which offers an integrated video camera.
There are tons of other models though, so if you need any advice about what is the best quadcopter for your needs and at your price point, just shoot me an email and I’ll be sure to respond to you ASAP! Happy Flying!