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 either the Syma X1 or the Hubsan X4, though if you are looking to do more advanced video recording and have experience flying remote control aircraft, then perhaps the DJI Phantom or DJI 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||$1,299 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.
The Hubsan X4 quadcopter is also a great option for those on a limited budget. It is a bit smaller than the Syma X1, but packs more of a punch and is zippier. It sells for $50 for the standard version, or about $70 for the version with an integrated camera.
If you want to take some videos and control the quadcopter with your phone, seeing what it sees, then one of the most established models 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 high definition video camera. While it costs significantly more (about $1,200) it offers an already set up First Person View (FPV) flying experience to your mobile phone and it makes filming videos remarkably easy even for beginners. In my view, this is the best quadcopter to get for video recording if you don’t already have your own cameras. Even if you do, you can buy a Phantom 2 quadcopter and add a gimbal for your GoPro or other digital camera, giving you much greater flexibility and filming options.
Update (4/15/2014): DJI just released the Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter, which adds in a 3-axis gimbal (advanced stabilization) and a few other smaller features. This is now the gold standard for aerial videography – pre-order yours now!!!
On the even higher end, the DJI Spreading Wings S1000 offers professional level solutions for aerial filming. It is the best quadcopter (actually an octocopter!) for high end filming and photography.
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!