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 MiniDrone Rolling Spider
DJI Phantom 2
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
|Price||~$30 on Amazon||~$50 at Amazon|
~$50 at B&H Photo Video
|$99 at Amazon|
$99 at B&H Photo Video
|~$600 on Amazon|
~$800 on B&H Photo Video with Gimbal
|~$1,150 at Amazon.com
$1,150 at B&H Photo Video
|Review||Syma X1 Review||Hubsan X4 H107C Review||Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider Review||DJI Phantom 2 Review||DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review|
|Dimensions||14" (wide) x 14" (wide) x 2.5" (height)||3.2" x 3.2" x 1.0"||5.5" x 5.5" x 1.5"||18.5" x 18.5" x 7"||18.5" x 18.5" x 7"|
|Remote Control||Included, 2.4Ghz||Included, 2.4Ghz||WiFi via iPhone/Android Phone or Mobile Tablet||Included, 2.4Ghz||Included, 5.8Ghz|
|Battery Size / Flight Time||3.7V 350 Mah / 6-8 minutes||3.7v 240Mah / 6-8 minutes||3.7V 550 mAh LiPo / 6-9 minutes||11.1V 5200 mAh / 20-25 minutes!!!||11.1V 5200 mAh / 20-25 minutes!!!|
|Weight||2.5 ounces / 70 grams||1.8 ounces / 50 grams||2 ounces / 55 grams||35 ounces / 1000 grams||44 ounces / 1242 grams|
|Camera||None||0.3 MP 720x480 SD 25fps camera - (Note: HD version available with 1280x720 30fps)||Vertical: SD 480p (640x480) 60fps but only to measure speed, no streaming video - you can take still shots though||Mount included for GoPro or similar compact camera||14MP Full HD (1080/p30 or 1080/60i), live FPV streaming to smartphone, 3-axis stabilized gimbal|
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. However, the AR.Drone is starting to show its age – Parrot has not released a new model in over a year, and the technology has advanced rapidly.
One of the main companies pushing into the quadcopter market is DJI with its Phantom line of quadcopter. The Phantom 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. The Phantom models are serious pieces of technology 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. The Phantom comes in various different options (with links to our reviews):
Phantom 1 ($400) – The original Phantom, now somewhat outdated but the lowest cost. Requires a GoPro camera (and really a gimbal) for video.
Phantom FC40 ($500) – The same as the original Phantom, but with a high definition (720p) video camera included.
Phantom 2 ($679) – Updated version of the original Phantom – increased flight time and control, requires a GoPro and a gimbal for smooth video.
Phantom 2 Vision ($1,000) – Updated Phantom with an integrated high definition (1080p) video camera with gimbal – solid video footage.
Phantom 2 Vision+ ($1,300) – Updated version of the Phantom 2 Vision, with a smaller and more advanced camera (also 1080p 14MP) and a vastly improved 3-axis gimbal. In my opinion, this is the quadcopter to get if you want to get into aerial videography but don’t have your own cameras (GoPro or otherwise) or just don’t like tinkering that much.
As you can see, DJI has a ton of options for consumers looking to get into aerial video – almost too many! But keep in mine this is their full lineup and shows the older models, which may be discontinued at some point too. Right now, I’d recommend buying the newest version of the Phantom 2 or the Phantom 2 Vision+. While you can get a steep discount on the older models, you’ll miss the updated features. The 3-axis gimbal on the Phantom 2 Vision+ is really a game changer and well worth the additional cost. This is now the gold standard for out of the box ready-to-fly aerial videography in quadcopters – 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!