Today we are going to reveal the best drone cameras you can buy in 2017. Everyone has different needs and reasons for wanting one over the other, so just keep that in mind when looking at our top drones 2017.

01. DJI Phantom 4 Pro – The Best Professional Drone in 2017

Right now, there are a ton of camera drones for sale, but the DJI Phantom 4 PRO is by far the most innovative. It can fly super-fast. It’s very reliable. The HD live video streaming works better than any other drone out there. It’s super easy to set up and use. The list of thing
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The main feature of the Phantom 4 is the added 3D cameras and new computer hardware for mapping out environments in three dimensional space. This is what allows it to avoid obstacles and maneuver around them. However, features like obstacle avoidance aren’t the only thing that puts the Phantom 4 above all the other drones out there.

From a design standpoint, the Phantom 4 is made extremely well. It’s not the kind of drone where it just looks cool. Every part has been designed to be functional, but still elegant.

The DJI Phantom 4 comes with the ability to takeoff as well as the ability to come back home on its own, all of this thanks to the brilliant GPS technology. The Phantom 4 is extremely easy to operate and comes with an app that lets you control, and monitor all the brilliant camera operations with great ease and convenience. The camera on the Phantom 4 is extremely well made, and can easily let the user capture videos in 4K at 30 fps. In addition to that, the camera also supports the maximum resolution of 12 megapixels in photos.

The camera has an impressive f/2.8 lens that offers a rather wider field of few for people who want extremely crisp, well detailed, and clear pictures. It also comes with a technology known as Gimbal stabilization technology, this technology is good enough to offer users a great hover function, along with the ability to capture brilliant footage even when the drone is in the air and moving around.

Users can use the included DJI director software that has a built-in video editor in order to edit their video as they please; the editor lets you add text, music, and a couple of other options as well.

Although beautiful, the Phantom 4 is only available in white color, something that may put off potential buyers. Battery life isn’t as good as we would want it to be, and the drone is quite expensive.

Features

  • Camera with 1-inch 20MP Sensor
  • 5-Direction of Obstacle Sensing
  • Remote Controller with Built-in Screen
  • 3mi (7km) long-range control
  • 30-minute Flight-time
  • Mechanical Shutter

02. Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone – Best Robotic Drone 2017d2

The X-Star Premium is a sophisticated yet amazingly easy-to-fly quad copter designed for superb aerial imagery. The 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal can record crystal-clear, smooth Ultra HD videos or take 12-MP photos with HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away. This drone is ready to fly out of the box, and can be flown with or without the help of the free Star link mobile app. Powered by an intelligent flight control system, dual GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation and aided by the Star point Positioning System, the drone stays safe and stable, even indoors or at low altitudes. Where other drones might become erratic or fly away when there is magnetic interference, the X-Star is equipped with our exclusive Secure Fly technology to help your drone come back home safely.

Learning to fly the X-Star is easy: you can start the motors, take off and land, hover, or have the drone automatically return home by using the one-touch buttons on the remote controller. The controller’s integrated LCD displays critical flight information, allowing the Star link mobile app to show full screen live HD video. Star link brings a wealth of autopilot features such as follow, orbit, waypoints, and also lets you adjust camera settings and record images in flight. With the X-Star Premium from Autel Robotics, a new perspective is just one flight away.

The Star point Positioning System measures the aircraft’s flying height and optically tracks its position. This lets the X-Star Premium fly accurately, at low altitude, even when a GPS signal is unavailable. In addition, dual GPS and GLONASS navigation ensure solid positioning even in low signal environments. Smart-Flight features like Follow, Orbit, and Waypoints allow you to focus on controlling the camera rather than the flight controls so that you can capture the most extraordinary scenes, while options like Beginner Mode can provide a geo-fence that limits your aircraft’s range and speed. The X-Star Premium is powered by a powerful, lightweight, intelligent 14.8V Li Po battery that provides up to 25 minutes of flight time and 1.5-hour worry-free charging with the included fast charger.

Features

  • 4K (Ultra HD) video camera (4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120, 720p240 with 12MP still images, conveniently integrated into a quick-release 3-axis gimbal stabilizer
  • HD Live View (720p streaming up to 1.2 miles away) and autonomous flight modes including follow, orbit, and waypoints via the free Star link app for iOS or Android (mobile device sold separately)
  • Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, Secure Fly magnetic interference protection, and the Star point Positioning System™ for precise flying where GPS signals are unavailable
  • Intuitive remote controller with LCD display for flight information and one-touch action buttons for starting the motors, taking off, hovering, going home and landing

03. Yuneec Typhoon H Pro – Best Innovative Drone 2017d3

The Typhoon H Pro with Intel Real Sense Technology, winner of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show “Best of Class” provides capabilities for enthusiasts previously only found in high-end professional drones, yet at a consumer price. The Typhoon H is equipped with Intel Real Sense Technology, six rotors, a 360-degree gimbal camera and retractable landing gear with Yuneec’s standard of being ready out of the box, easy and safe to fly, with stunning Ultra HD 4K video and stills.

Typhoon H is the most advanced aerial photography and videography platform available in such a compact size. Driven by customer demand for a design that goes beyond the limitations of a traditional quad copter, Typhoon H delivers capabilities previously only found in high-end professional offerings, but at a consumer price.

Typhoon H offers flight durations of up to 25 minutes while filming with the CGO3+ 4K UHD camera. The Android powered ST16 Ground Station features a 7-inch touchscreen that displays live footage of your flight in HD 720p resolution and enables a wide variety of autonomous flight modes.

Typhoon H with Intel Real Sense technology builds a 3D model of the world, while navigating through it. Using a 3D model of its environment enables the drone to make intelligent choices about creating routes around obstacles. Additionally, Real Sense is capable of remembering its environment, further enhancing the prevention of possible collisions. It is not reactionary – if it avoids an obstacle once, it will remember the location of the obstacle and automatically know to avoid it. Typhoon H uses GPS – not just vision – to track targets. From a tiny tree branch to a large building, Typhoon H can still navigate around obstacles, regardless of size, and stay in contact with the subject, even if it becomes obscured.

Features

  • Collision prevention and advanced obstacle navigation
  • A full 360° view of the world
  • Intelligent front sonar sensors allow Typhoon H to stop short of obstacles automatically, ensuring a safer, stress-free flying experience.
  • Select a subject and Typhoon H will orbit that subject autonomously, all the time keeping the camera trained on the point of interest.
  • Typhoon H will go up and out, as far as 150ft, and capture the perfect aerial selfie.