Drones are becoming quite the rage in recent times, and not without a reason. The utility factor, combined with the ease of operation, is driving individuals to employ drones in their professional domains as well as for leisurely explorations. So if you are toying with the idea of getting your hands on one of these beauties, you will find the following compilation quite handy and useful. Below is a carefully analyzed list of 5 of the best drones of 2015.
1.) DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ – One of the most popular and highly recommended drones, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ comes equipped with a built-in, high-definition camera, GPS, and a transmitter. Coupled with a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi booster, it has a vertical leverage over other drones as the booster helps augment the range at greater heights. It operating scope is around 2,000 ft., powered by 5200mAh LiPo battery. Weighing around 3 pounds, it is quite convenient to carry and operator, although it is a bit complex than operating a remote-controlled toy chopper. It can be easily and intuitively be paired with Android or iOS enabled smartphones to maneuver and track its location and findings.
2.) Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 – One of the cost-effective, but efficient drones. The USP of this drone is its high speed capacity of 15 miles per hour, with its ability to execute barrel rolls. It can also accomplish sharper and swifter U-turns. It comes equipped with two HD cameras, which can be synced with an Android smartphone or an iPhone to view the sightings in real time. The drone’s app can be installed on the phone and the drone’s movements can be controlled using phone tilts. It comes with a 1000mAh LiPo battery and has an operational range of 165 ft. Its GPS Flight recorder Module allows for pre-mapped flights using the phone app. It is an impressive tool for beginners, but can be effectively used by professionals looking for cheaper drone options.
3.) Walkera QR X350 Pro GPS – Whether an amateur or professional, the Walkera QR X350 Pro GPS pleases both. A ready-to-fly drone, it comes equipped with GPS receiver and an altitude sensor. A two-axis gimbal integral to this drone ensures the stability of the equipment, so you get even and smoother video captures. Lightweight and easy to operate, it has a 3S 11.1V 5200mAh LiPoly battery. It can operate at a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and comes with battery life of 25 minutes, which is longer than majority of the drones. Individual looking for agility and flexibility should definitely give this drone a go.
4.) 3DR IRIS+ – This drone is meant for individuals desiring greater accessibility, range, speed. It can attain a top speed of 40 miles an hour and can span up to 3,280 ft. It is fitted with a 5100maH battery, which delivers a flying time of 16 minutes. Comes with a ready GPS, which can be used to pre-map flights using compatible software. The drone has a Follow Me feature that that can be used to couple the drone with a smartphone. The feature enables the drone to focus on the person holding the phone and captures images and videos of that individual. A good drone for individuals looking for run-of-the-mill features.
5.) Blade 350 QX2 AP – The drone comes with a two-axial gimbal for stability as well as a camera that can take up to 1080 pixels of HD video and images with 2 mega-pixel resolution. The drone also sports a built-in GPS and a home return feature that enables it to return back in case it exceeds its range. Weighing around 2 pounds, it comes with a 3000mAh rechargeable LiPo battery that delivers around 15 minutes of flying time. Overall, a great buy for beginners and professionals alike.