A high-quality drone is a serious investment. We’ve flown plenty, and these are the top performers in our tests.
Article by Jim Fisher, July 24, 2017 11:18AM EST
DJI Phantom 4 810

A Good Drone’s Going to Cost You

Even if you have no good reason to justify buying one, you have to admit that drones (or quadcopters) are cool. Some models out there are glorified tech toys, but the ones we highlight here are fit for use in imaging and cinematic applications small and large. If you think you can use a flying camera in your next project, there’s some good news—the tech has come a long way in a very short time. There are models on the market now that put earlier copters to shame in terms of video quality and stabilization.

And now the bad news. You get what you pay for, and if you want an aerial video platform that can capture stunning footage, you need to be ready to spend some cash. Because drones are such pricey propositions, it pays to do your research before buying one. We’ve tested many of the ready-to-fly models on the market to determine what’s important to look for, and the best models available.

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