Best Quadcopters over $500 [ November 2017 ]

Best Quadcopters Under $1000

The drones in this price category are the ones which are equipped with the latest features and innovative technology. Most of these products were launched earlier in 2016. There is no going wrong with these quadcopters and they are designed to make you fall in love with them.

YUNEEC Q500+ TYPHOON

Yuneec Q500+ is a very sophisticated model. Yuneec has always tried to impress the customers with its unique and well-positioned offerings. With this model, it has proved that great quality can be delivered at an optimal price.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • Very high-quality camera and 3 axis gimbal give you clear images and high-definition videos.
  • It does real-time video transmission to the 5.5" LCD touch screen.
  • It has its own software which can update the model's firmware.
  • Has additional Geo Fence protection which prevents the quadcopter from flying near airports, flight above 400 feet vertically and flying further than 300 ft. from the pilot.
  • The mobile app named CG03 will make it easier to operate the quadcopter.
  • Three different flight modes namely, Home Mode, Smart Mode and Angle Mode make the flight easier.
  • Everything is included in one package.
  • Easy to maneuver

Cons:

  • LCD screen reflects the sunlight.
  • The positioning of propellers is such that it interferes with the video shooting when flying forward.

Thoughts:

It is a highly appreciated quadcopter. The sleek and modern design of the drone makes it aesthetically pleasing. If you are a beginner or an intermediate with a big budget, Q500+ Typhoon is what you should buy.


DJI PHANTOM 3 ADVANCED

We have already learned about the DJI Phantom 3 Beginner model. Phantom 3 Advanced is just a more refined version of the same model. It is an incredibly powerful machine which can deliver very high-quality snaps. The quadcopter is high on features and provides a memorable flight experience to the pilot.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • Unprecedented clarity in the pictures and the videos.
  • Live 720 pixels HD view of everything that is seen by the camera of the drone.
  • A unique Beginner mode lets you enjoy a safe flight.
  • The package contains around 15 items including battery charger, stickers, landing pads, power cable and vibration absorbers.
  • Interesting features like built-in safety database, intelligent high-power battery, auto landings, auto takeoffs etc. make the flight enjoyable. Powerful mobile app with cool and stylish layout, design and functions.
  • Interesting flight modes like follow me, mission planner and point of interest make the flight easier.

Cons:

  • An extra battery is not included in the package.
  • It is difficult to carry the drone in a backpack other than the one which is specially designed for it.
  • Hard case is not included in the package.

Thoughts:

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is the best drone in $500-$1000 club. Even if you are a beginner, the smartphone app has a flight simulator to teach you how to fly the object. The cost of the product is reasonably low for the features it offers. It is a one-time investment machine which is bound to make you happy when you fly it.


WALKERA SCOUT X4

Walkera has been in the drone market for some time now. It has consistently come up with reliable products for the customers. Scout X4 is one of the most decent quadcopters which it has ever made. This model comes with a trick. The trick is that this drone is a "transformable" drone in the sense that it can go from four motors to eight motors. Thus we can say, that the drone can be transformed from a quadcopter to an octocopter.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • Unique hybrid model.
  • Nice flight time and decent range.
  • It features auto-pilot. This is done with the help of selected waypoints on the Google Map. Scout X4 has fly to these points on its own.
  • Auto-return feature and rich flight controller make the flight enjoyable.
  • Hyper IOC make the quadcopter head straight regardless of the drone's orientation.
  • Low voltage warnings and remaining capacity is given by the battery.

Cons:

  • Does not have a built-in camera.
  • Very heavy machine. The weight is around 15.7 pounds.
  • Very costly.
  • Susceptible to crashes.

Thoughts:

The overall design and the body of the drone is aesthetically pleasing. However, it is a bulky model which is highly susceptible to crashes. It is a good option for those who have a high budget and for those who want a hybrid model. The machine has been moderately rated by the users and is not a very highly recommended model. DJI models are a better alternative to the same.

Best Quadcopters Under $2000

While spending more than $1000 on any drone might just be impractical, drone lovers can definitely not let go of these epitomes of quadcopters.

DJI PHANTOM 3 PROFESSIONAL

As usual, a DJI quadcopter tops our $1000-$2000 range as well. DJI has never failed to make our eyes pop with its awe-inspiring and world class drones. With DJI Phantom 3 Professional, it delivers its promise of providing a super drone with most astonishing features to the professional pilots.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • Very easy to fly.
  • Highly stable in the air.
  • Crystal clear images and very high-quality videos even when the machine is in motion.
  • Built-in GPS to assist flight.
  • The clip in the remote control can even hold a full-sized iPad.
  • Has many intelligent flight modes like home lock, course lock, point of interest, waypoints, follow me etc.
  • DJI also provides Lightbridge. This commands smooth flying operations of this quadcopter.
  • Automatic flight logs, vision positioning system and GPS oriented hover make it an ideal drone.

Cons:

  • Not very impressive for the high price.
  • Very difficult to carry all the paraphernalia that comes with the drone without a sturdy backpack.
  • Flight time is average when considering the price of the machine.
  • Accessory bundle is very costly.

Thoughts:

DJI Phantom is the best drone in this price range. However, the standard features are not much different from the advanced version of Phantom 3.


WALKERA TALI H500 RTF5

For those who don't know, this model is a hexacopter ie. it uses six motors for flight. It is an ideal model for those who are looking for the ready-to-fly machine with first-person-view capabilities. Tali H500 delivers a professional video and very high-quality images. It is perfect for pilots who are looking for stability in a drone machine.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • Very innovative 500-size model.
  • Very convenient to fly and is the first true plug-n-play kit in 500-size category.
  • Sleek body with great curves. The machine is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Retractable landing skids. This is a standard feature in the drone and it is quite remarkable.
  • No programming needed. Use a simple desktop utility to load the software with a single click and set ArduCopter.
  • Interesting features like toggle, simple flight mode etc.
  • All mission planning can be done with the help of a two-way wireless connection. Mode changing, waypoints etc. can all be done via your laptop.
  • Return to launch feature is a bonus point.
  • Automatic takeoff and landing feature.

Cons:

  • As the machine is feature-rich, you need to devote time to master them.
  • Low reliability of the model.
  • The boot loader of the model cannot be modified or disabled.
  • Catastrophic crashes are possible.

Thoughts:

To overcome these problems, Walkera provided the customers with more trusted flight controllers. However, Walkera has poor customer service and it has failed to improve on this front. It has basically aimed to maximize its profits and that too unethically. In its haste to increase its sales and profits, the company has ignored many serious aspects of its products. Despite its many pros, Tali H500 has not been much appreciated by the users.


DJI T600 INSPIRE 1

Just like its previous models, DJI has not failed to impress the audience with this wholesome offering. Taking a step ahead in the world of quadcopters, DJI launched Inspire 1 T600 model in 2015. The model is full of rich and assorted specifications. It is ideal for professional pilots who have a good budget.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • All the related accessories are included in the same package.
  • Ready-to-fly model. Ideal for those people who cannot handle fittings and assembly.
  • Remote control features are awesome. There are two different controllers - one for the camera and the other for the drone itself.
  • Tough built of the machine. The design is also exquisite.
  • A very durable model.
  • The built-in camera has a versatile range of image taking and video shooting. It is the single most impressive feature of the machine.
  • Interesting photo shooting modes like burst shooting, single shots etc.
  • An excellet piece of hardware and mechanics.

Cons:

  • Flight Time is very short when compared to other models of DJI.
  • No HD viewing screen. You need to use your smartphone with DJI Pilot app running on it.
  • Very costly when compared to other two good models in this price range.
  • Internal firmware problems may lead to loss of control over the quadcopter while it is in the air.

Thoughts:

On the whole, DJI Inspire 1 T600 is a recommended model. It has some flaws but overall it is a decent model. There is a complete array of interesting features in this machine.

Best Quadcopters over $2000

The list of top drones can extend to the $2000 to $6000 price range. Some of the best drones above the $2000 standard budget are-

INSPIRE 1 PRO

This model by DJI is possibly one of the best examples of modern technology and innovation. DJI has never failed to surprise drone lovers. With this model, it has, yet again, proved itself to be a leader in the drone market. This stinking expensive model can definitely empty the pockets of desperate onlookers. It can be one intimidating piece to withhold.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • The model is apt for high-definition imagery and crystal clear videos.
  • Can operate in sub-zero chilling temperatures.
  • The model can ascend to a height of approximately 15000 feet. This is substantially high when compared to other DJI models.
  • The super villain design of the model is pleasing to the eye.
  • Backpack for the drone and its paraphernalia is included in the package.
  • Works amazingly well with Samsung Galaxy Tabs.
  • Zenmuse Stabilisation System gives the model, a professional edge.
  • It is possible to manually set lens'shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity and focus.
  • Xenmuse X5, which is the world's first mirrorless and compact micro four thirds camera, has been used in this quadcopter, making it one of the best drone camera ever.
  • Increased dynamic range.
  • Interchangeable lens mounts.

Cons:

  • The drone is for professionals and not for beginners.
  • It is difficult to maneuver the model.

Thoughts:

Its fully integrated system and ease-of-use make it an incredible model for cinematographers. Those who can afford it will definitely be in store for an incredible treat worth every cent of the money they paid. Those who are looking for drones for hobby purpose, please steer clear from any of the Phantom products.


INSPIRE 1 PRO (BLACK EDITION)

This model is just a supreme extension of Inspire 1 Pro mentioned above. With, Inspire 1 black edition, DJI has tried to overcome the flaws of its previous model.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • Reliable and smoothe locking mechanism. This increases the overall service life of the propeller.
  • Improved motor performance and greater control.
  • Ready-to-fly quadcopter.
  • Live and wireless video transmission in HD quality.
  • Powerful app to edit videos, adjust camera etc.
  • Remote controller and shell of the drone can change into black color.
  • Both the M4/3 cameras are designed especially for aerial imaging.
  • Numerous intelligent flight modes like home lock, course lock, waypoints and point of interest are pre-installed on the machine.
  • Increased dynamic range ensures that everything you capture comes out in the best possible quality.
  • It is capable of withstanding heavy field use.

Cons:

  • Very expensive.
  • Almost all the features are same as Inspire 1 Pro.
  • Lesser flight time.

Thoughts:

The main highlights of this machine are Xenmuse XSR and its sturdy frame. Except these two, all the other features of the machine are same as the previous model. The flight is also reduced by 3-4 minutes which is a big deal. Despite these flaws, It is ideal and high-end film making equipment.


INSPIRE 1 RAW

This dual remote model is a great alternative to DJI Inspire 1 Pro Black Edition. It promises breathtaking professional footage to the pilot.

Specifications:

Pros:

  • Improved performance and a greater sense of control.
  • DJI Lightbridge enables live and wireless video transmission.
  • Perfect model for professional shoots.
  • 4K RAW video can be made with this equipment.
  • New MFT sensor enables high sensitivity image recording at a very high ISO range.
  • Accurate gradation and high-resolving power.
  • Very low noise level.
  • 360 degree movement of camera helps in recording unperturbed video.
  • Perfectly integrated system can stabilize your camera during its flight.
  • Increased stability and excellent performance delivery. The machine is built on the geometry of old Z-blade series and new carbon fiber compound.
  • Quick-release locking mechanism speeds rotor mounting to a great level.
  • Stronger motor with an increased thrust.

Cons:

  • Flight Time is less when compared to models in $500-$2000 range.

Thoughts:

This is by-far the best made-for-the-sky model to be ever developed by DJI. It is the costliest drone model to be ever launched in the history of quadcopters. This feature-rich model is perfect for professional cinematographers.

The above list was just to help you with your decision making process. The list of drones is endless but we have mentioned the top drones from all the possible price categories. Drones have become top trend-setters and their fan-following has been increasing on a regular basis. So you can safely invest in the most appropriate one from the above-mentioned models.