Top 10 Best Drones for Sale 2019

We review the best drones scheduled for Black Friday Drone Deals 2018

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​Best Professional Drone

​80

​4,500

Yes

​Best Drone for the Money

​31

​8,000

Yes

​Best Mini, Micro, and Nano Drone

​16

​2,092

Yes

​​Best Drone with Camera

​30

​7,000

Yes

​Best GoPro Drone 2018

20

​800

Yes

​Best Drone for Kids

​15

​150

Yes

​Best Drone ​Under $100

​13

​100

Yes

​Best Drone Under 300 dollars

​15

​1000

Yes

​Best Drone for Beginner​Best Drone Under $50

20

​50

Yes

​Best Racing Drone

​9

​400

Yes

Top 10 Best Drones For Sale in 2019 & Scheduled New Release's

​Drone technology is getting better by the day as more of these devices find their way into the market. Drones, also referred unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) come in various shapes and sizes for different purposes but have similar systems. They may include state-of-the-art technology, such as GPS, laser, infrared cameras, and rely on a remote control system (ground cockpit) to function. The technology involved in these devices covers everything from the aerodynamics and materials used to the circuitry, chipset, and software, which represent the brains of the drone.

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​​Drone technology is getting better by the day as more of these devices find their way into the market. Drones, also referred unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) come in various shapes and sizes for different purposes but have similar systems. They may include state-of-the-art technology, such as GPS, laser, infrared cameras, and rely on a remote control system (ground cockpit) to function. The technology involved in these devices covers everything from the aerodynamics and materials used to the circuitry, chipset, and software, which represent the brains of the drone.

The Best Drones 2019

​1. ​DJI Inspire 2

​Best Professional Drone​

​Pros & Cons
  • ​Amazing design and build
  • ​Geat flight time
  • ​Stable, reliable and extremely safe to fly
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    ​Plenty of useful features and modes
  • ​Doesn’t include a camera, ​

DJI drones became an instant hit among professional photographers and videographers when they came into the market. That was about three years ago, and with the advancement of UAV technology, you can now get yourself a professional 4K camera drone at reasonable prices. The DJI Inspire 2 is one of these types of drones (not the pricing). One of the outstanding features of this UAV is the dual battery setup. With this feature, the drone benefits from extended flight time and more juice for the cameras and other systems that make the UAV work like sensors, processors, and stabilizers.

The build quality on the DJI Inspire 2 is impressive; it has props with a locking system that ensures they don’t become loose as the drone flies. In case of a crash, chances of damage are low since the build material is carbon fibre, making this drone reminiscent of a flying tank. Flight time on a single charge is also great – it clocks in at slightly over 25 minutes before going into an emergency landing mode to prevent crashing if it ran out of juice. Charging from 0 – 100 percent should take you about 80 minutes.

With a top speed of 58 miles per hour, the DJI Inspire 2 is one of the fastest drones you can find in the market. The range is also impressive standing at 4500 metres. Being a professional drone, the Inspire 2 costs around 3000 dollars, which doubles to 6000 dollars with its high-end camera that captures fantastic shots from above. You can easily use this UAV indoors, thanks to its obstacle detection technology. The DJI Inspire 2 is one of the few drones that ticks all the boxes in regards to professional drone photography.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

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2. ​DJI Mavic 2 Pro

​Best Drone for the Money

​Overview
  • ​Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance
  • ​Excellent camera options
  • ​Long Battery Life
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    ​Safety Features
  • ​Non-modular cameras
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    ​Some occasional app issues

If you are looking for a powerful drone, you will feel right at home with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. At 1450 dollars, it may seem too expensive, but it is worth every penny with its 31-minute flight time per charge and a top speed of 44 miles per hour. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro features a rather impressive 1080p camera with 8GB expandable storage to facilitate HD video recording. It also comes with a companion smartphone app that also streams live HD video even when more than 500 metres away.

Theoretically, the control range on the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is 8000 metres, but we wouldn’t recommend trying it. You might get into trouble with the authorities. Crashes should not be part of your worries with this UAV – it has multiple sensors that facilitate obstacle avoidance in all directions. You may even key in a pre-set course, and the drone will automatically manoeuvre around obstacles. Regarding design, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro has a sleek, angular body featuring four foldable rotor arms, with the camera at the front and a battery pack at the rear end.

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​When fully folded, easily pack this gadget into a small handbag, which weighs less than a pound with dimensions 91x84x214 mm. You can use it both outdoors and indoors, with the obstacle avoidance technology. It is also relatively quiet, allowing you to record videos and photos without attracting too much attention. Getting quality images out of a foldable drone is not easy, so if that is what you are looking for, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is worth considering in this respect.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​3. ​​DJI Spark

​Best Mini, Micro, and Nano Drone

​Overview
  • ​Small but mighty
  • ​Vision system for accurate positioning
  • ​Gesture control
  • ​16-minute flight time

The DJI Sparks is one of the most outstanding pieces of flying camera technology. For one, it doesn’t feature the usual overly-rugged look of most of the available drones in the market, but its simplicity and price makes it worth every penny you spend on it. Also, the DJI Spark is compact yet packs plenty of automated features. It is not easy to come across a tiny UAV with the capabilities that this one offers. The size is nothing larger than a soda can and smaller than a super-sized phone. Features include GPS stabilization technology, obstacle avoidance, and in-flight hand gesture recognition for various flight commands.

It weighs just 10.6 ounces, which when coupled with the small form factor, can easily fit into any bag. Unlike most other drones, the DJI Spark comes in a wide selection of colour, not limiting you to the mundane black, white, and gray. The small form factor does come with some disadvantages though. For instance, being small means that the battery pack has to be small. As a result, the battery life is just over 10 minutes’ worth of flight time per 80-minute charge, meaning you have to worry about it, especially when flying outdoors.

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For the best experience, you have to purchase a DJI Spark remote control for an additional 150 dollars. Using the smartphone app comes with a lot of glitches, so you have to get the remote if you want to fly this drone in peace. It allows you to record 4K video with its inbuilt camera and has a range of about 1.3 miles with a maximum speed of 33 miles per hour.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​4. ​​​DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2

​Best Drone with Camera

​Overview
  • ​Top of the Line Camera
  • ​Superb flight modes
  • ​Quieter than V1.0
  • ​Minimal upgrade from V1.0

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2 came out a few months ago with a few upgrades over its predecessor. Regarding build quality and design, it features the same hull shape, with differences coming at the positioning of various sensors. One of the shortcomings of this drone is portability since the props and arms aren’t foldable, but it is still small enough for you to fit into a bag, should you need to carry it around. Under normal conditions, this UAV can offer up to 30 minutes of flight time on a single charge, which should take you about 90 minutes to complete.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2’s top flight speed is about 31 miles per hour, even with maximum obstacle avoidance turned on, making it an ideal choice for indoor use. The chances of crashing are minimal with this feature. Outdoors performance is quite impressive too if you consider the additional autopilot feature including the Follow Me Mode or pre-setting paths for the drone to follow. It also has a return home feature that doesn’t merely take any route but attempts to retrace its original steps to avoid any obstacles.

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​The range on this drone is also not bad at all. You can receive live HD video feeds from as long as 4.3 miles, thanks to DJI’s OcuSync video transmission technology. The range may be smaller depending on other variables. However, the Phantom 4 Pro v2 still has one of the best drone ranges in the market. With this kind of performance, this UAV is one of the best you can use for photography and video shooting. It comes with a 4K 20 MP camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal for great angle shots.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​​5. ​​​​3DR Solo

​Overview
  • ​Simple, intuitive controls
  • ​Durable design survives falls
  • ​55mph top speed
  • ​Spotty GPS sometimes causes drift
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    ​Requires mobile device to fly

Relative to other quadcopters in the market, the 3DR Solo comes with a more eye-catching military-like look. It has self-tightening props, which you can quickly unscrew and carry them with you as you go about your business. The solo’s controller is one of the best you can find allowing attachment of bigger screens like the iPad, which makes taking camera shots and controlling much easier.

If you are working with a GoPro camera on a gimbal, flight time on the Solo should be around 20 minutes after a 90-minute charge. GoPro partnered with 3DR on this project, which means the GoPro camera has full compatibility when working with the Solo drone. You could even remotely control the camera’s settings remotely. The controller’s battery should last four hours of use and functions at a range of up to 0.5 miles under optimal conditions.

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​Flying speeds are crazy on the 3DR Solo, reaching a maximum of 55 miles per hour. This capability makes it a good choice for filming cars, bikes, and anything that moves fast. Additional features include orbit mode, the self-explanatory follow me mode, and the selfie mode. If you are not into such autonomous functions, you can turn them off and go full-pro mode where you have control over everything. In case of an accident, the Solo has a black box that logs data for proof since the manufacturer offers replacements.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​6. ​​​​​​​Altair 818 Hornet Quadcopter

​Best ​Drone for Kids

​Overview
  • ​20 minutes flight time
  • ​Multiple GOPRO support
  • ​Waterproof
  • ​Vibration can effect video recording

Specially designed for beginners, the Altair 818 Hornet is an excellent choice to get for your kid. The drone comes with multiple skill settings to facilitate kids and beginners. It looks good with great build quality and costs nothing more than 200 dollars. Regarding design, the 818 Hornet is standard sized, with ring-like propeller guards on each of the drone’s four arms. The guards are essential during crashes, which are normal for beginners and kids. This UAV comes in a combination of blue and black with LED lights at the bottom to help in distinguishing the rear and front of the gadget.

The 818 Hornet features a wide-angle FPV (first-person-view) HD camera optimized for image stability. FPV cameras are great for controlling the drone from the screen of your smartphone or VR goggles. At 200 dollars, the 15-minute flight-time on the 818 Hornet is one of the best in the market. Furthermore, it comes with a spare battery pack, which doubles your flight time. The range of the flight controller is 150 metres. Using this drone indoors is not a good idea since it doesn’t come with obstacle avoidance technology like most high-end drones.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

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​7. ​​Ryze Tello

​Best Drone Under 100 dollars

​Overview
  • ​Inexpensive
  • Easy to fly
  • Programmable via Scratch
  • ​Pixelated, low-quality video

In general, most drones that cost less than 100 dollars come with many shortcomings. They are unstable, lack advanced features, and pose many other in-flight challenges. Despite costing only 99 dollars, the Ryze Tello tells a different story. It comes with surprisingly different advanced features. For example, it runs on a 14-core Intel vision processor, has a five-megapixel camera that can shoot 720p HD video, DJI flight stabilization technology, and a 13-minute battery life. Regarding design and build, the Ryze Tello drone is small enough to fit into your palm. It has a compact frame with an elegant, minimalistic two-tone structure and weighs just about three ounces.

On the downside, the Ryze Tello doesn’t come with a controller. You must rely on its smartphone app with virtual joysticks, which can prove inaccurate and difficult to deal with. To counter this problem, this drone supports third-party attachments, meaning you can purchase a physical controller and link it to the Ryze Tello. It should cost a few extra bucks, which is fine considering how cheap this drone is.

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​For a budget UAV, the range on the Ryze Tello is good enough at 100 metres, with speeds of up to 11 miles per hour. You can use it both outdoors and indoors. In the latter case, you will need to use propeller guards for safety reasons. When the battery runs low, the drone will set the shortest flight path back home for a recharge to avoid crashing.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​8. Holy Stone HS700 Drone

​Best Drone Under 300 dollars

​Overview
  • ​Self-tightening propellers
  • ​Easy to operate
  • ​Long flight time
  • ​Battery takes long to charge
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    ​Does not have protection guards

The Holy Stone HS700 drone is from one of the lesser-known manufacturers but makes it into our roundup given its promising features at a reasonable price. It is ideal for both beginners and professionals alike, given the distance and height that it can cover. You can fly it up 150 metres high and have a controller range of about 1000 metres. The Holy Stone HS700 clocks a total of 15 minutes’ worth of flight time on a full battery, which should take you an agonising 300 minutes to charge,

For your drone shots, this device features a 12 MP full HD camera with an adjustable wide-angle lens. It also churns out full HD videos at 25 frames per second. On the exterior, the HS700 harbours a thick body, which ensures minimal damage during crashes. It also has landing pads for safe landing and to prevent the camera from hitting the ground. You can take out the landing pads and camera for faster speeds and flight time. The remote comes with a built-in battery that should last you some few hours.

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​One of the few shortcomings of this UAV is that it lacks the obstacle avoidance technology, which would be a welcome addition, especially for indoor use. For this reason, the HS700 is not the ideal drone if you want one that you could use within a building. Nevertheless, it works just fine in open outside spaces; you must avoid obstacles at all costs.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​9. ​​​​​Syma X5C

​Best Drone for Beginner and Best Drone Under $50

​Overview
  • ​Reasonable Price    
  • ​Great for novices
  • ​Easy to fly
  • ​Camera is fixed and has fewer options for controlling
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    ​Its light weight makes it hard to control in wind

If you’ve never laid your hands on a drone before, the Syma X5C should be your three-wheeler for lack of a better word. This drone is small, cheap, and excellent at the same time, ticking all the boxes required of a beginner drone. Flying it is quite simple since it has no advanced features, making it an excellent introductory drone. Weighing in at an impressive 2.1 pounds, the Syma X5C can clock seven minutes’ worth of flight time, backed up by a recharge time of 100 minutes. You cannot compare the specifications to its higher-end counterparts, but at the price range, they are just right.

The Syma X5C has the edge over other cheap drones on one aspect – you can fly it both outdoors and indoors. It comes in a wind resistant build, with six-axis gyro stabilization for the best possible stability during flight. The 50-metre range is a limit we wouldn’t recommend you trying to push if you are a beginner. It has 2.4GHz spread spectrum technology to maintain a connection to the remote at long distances, but we wouldn’t want to go far beyond the limit until you are far beyond the beginner stage of flying drones.

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​You can take in-flight photos and video with the inbuilt 720p HD camera that comes with the X5C, but you shouldn’t expect much regarding quality. Also, you will receive four spare blade guards and propellers, which should come in handy after your first few crashes as a beginner. The battery life on this UAV might be too short and the camera not that impressive, but its overall value makes it the perfect choice for beginners.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​​​10. ​Walkera F210 3D

​​Best Racing Drone

​Overview
  • ​Very stable racing quadcotper
  • ​Robust carbon fiber air-frame
  • ​SP Racing F3 flight controller with BetaFlight firmware
  • ​Fail-safe bug on the earlier versions
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    ​Expensive

With drones slowly becoming a mainstream piece of technology, it was only a matter of time before drone racing became a sport. Drone racing is one of the most exciting games over the recent past, and even though it is not popular, watching video highlights of their races can leave anyone yearning for more. One of the few drones dedicated to this sporting event is the Walker F210 3D. It comes fully assembled, pimped up specifically for handling fast speeds with responsive easy to handle controls.

The build quality is reminiscent of a brick – constructed in such a way that it can survive even the worst of crashes. However, we wouldn’t recommend this for indoor use given how fast it goes. It is a racing drone, and such gadgets belong in the outdoors. Flight time on a full charge should last you between 5 – 9 minutes, depending on your flying technique or aggression levels on the controller. On the flip side, you cannot attach a camera on the Walkera; you must bear with the inbuilt one, which doesn’t offer the best image qualities.

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​You can push the F210 up to 50 miles per hours with a 400-metre control range, which may not be the fastest in a racing UAV, but we know winning isn’t just about speed – skill also matters. Charging the battery from 0 – 100 percent should take about 90 minutes. If you are a drone racer or want something light and fast, the Walkera F210 3D should do you some justice.

2019 Updates: None Scheduled

​Drone Buying Guide

​Like any other piece of tech, you need to consider a few things before investing in a drone. You will need to look at three essential aspects and find the right balance between them to ensure you get the best. These include:

​Range

​The range of an UAV determines the distance it can cover without losing communication with its remote control. Depending on your needs, some drones can soar for up to four miles away from the signal. On the lower end, some budget drones can only cover as little as 150 feet. Going for a drone with a considerable range is a good idea because you won’t have to be careful of losing control every time.

​Battery Life

​Battery life is the trickiest part for most UAV manufacturers. They must find the right balance between battery size and capacity to avoid impending on a drone’s weight and at the same time allow it to fly for longer. Drones in the current market last for anything between 5 minutes and 35 minutes. Some come with a ‘return home feature’ that redirects the drone home in case the battery runs low.

​Price

​Speed may not be important because it is not a limiting factor. However, you may be into fast drones for professional purposes. In this regard, some professional drones record speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.

​Conclusion

​From the mentioned drones, you should be able to identify at least one that suits your needs. If you are a beginner, the Syma X5C would be a good choice given its user-friendliness and cheap price. After sharpening your flying skills, you can then invest in improved drones like the options provided by DJI. For racing purposes, Walkera’s F210D should do a good job, and if you want something for your kids, why not go for the Altair 818 Hornet Quadcopter. It all boils down to your needs and whether you need an UAV for professional purposes. In the latter case, you should go for the high-end pricey models with advanced features, such as the DJI Inspire 2.