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October 13, 2014 8:15:33 AM

Find the best drones for aerial videography and photography as well as our quadcopter recommendations for beginners and buyers on a budget.


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December 5, 2014 4:59:35 AM

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December 5, 2014 9:42:13 PM

Hey guys - I decided to get my first drone - a JJRC H8C 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis RC Quadcopter With 2MP Camera RTF - a good little thing that doesn't break my bank if something happens to it but has a nice camera that I like to implement.

However, I've been meaning to get another battery to charge up and use when the battery in it has died. However, I have not the faintest idea where to get these other batteries. Does any know where I can buy another rechargeable batter that will fit my drone?
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March 8, 2015 10:07:07 AM

Most of the drones on this list aren't that good. Some are but some have me questioning the validity and experience of the author. Where is the yuneec q500 on this list? Where is the 3d robotics iris+ on this list? Seems to me like this is a sponsored post as the two quads I just mentioned are two of most talked about quads outside the Phantom. This list seems bogus and/or I have a lot of RC experience. I've taken a screen shot to post all over the place, in case this post gets deleted.... Bc if it does...that means comments are censored. If comments are censored, then you know this list is rigged.
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March 8, 2015 1:34:25 PM

We tend to remove posts from new members which seem to be outright shilling. Because spam is bad.

I don't have anything to do with the article side of things; no-one has told me which brands are OK and which aren't.
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March 8, 2015 1:39:22 PM

I guess that makes sense... I guess my question would be how an article can claim what the best is... If they aren't all clearly listed. I mean some of the quads in the list which I won't name are really subpar.. So I'm trying to understand what determined the selection? It just doesn't look good to those experienced in this hobby who know what from what. For me... It's an issue bc I've used some of these lists in other fields I'm not well versed in. Now I question the credibility of the other lists on this site. Not trying to bash or anything... I hope you understand my point here.
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March 8, 2015 1:48:58 PM

Note that the article was published last year; it probably isn't being continually updated.

You could PM the author if you wish.
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March 9, 2015 2:53:22 AM

Needs to be noted, that the Author states that the Hubsan H107L does not have a removable battery. This is false. You can buy spares and switch them out all day long.
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March 29, 2015 11:31:30 AM

what drone would be good for a novice? something durable for the imminent crashes ..
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April 30, 2015 7:11:49 AM

My needs are a bit different: we are surveying gold mining sites in Zambia. rugged country. so I need something that has a significant range. what can you guys suggest?
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April 30, 2015 7:41:12 AM

Parrot's Bebop, aka the AR Drone 3.0, with the Skycontroller has a range of 2 kilometers - and might serve your purpose. Your other main consideration will likely be durability, but that's tougher to gauge in drones.

-JP
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May 1, 2015 2:17:18 PM

Why is there no mention of flight time / battery duration?
I am looking for a decent simple quad with a longer flight time than 10 minutes..
Most that I have looked at are between 5 and 10 minutes.
It would be helpful to let the people know which have the longest flight and which have interchangeable batteries.
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Pretty much a useless review. No mention of what sort of RANGE the control systems have at all. Is it 20 meters or 20 miles? It kind of matters.
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May 5, 2015 11:43:54 PM

This is clearly an article written with hot-links to purchase products. It has nothing to do with an honest and fair assessment of the 'best' drones of 2015. Walt
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May 12, 2015 7:50:48 AM

we are just a high school student and are in gorkha ,nepal(one of the most earthquake affected area) . we are doing social service to the victims from our club. and we also want to make documentry about the sudden broke of earthquake on april 25, 2015 in nepal. we dont know much about you guys, but where ever you guys are , might probably know about the present sisuation of nepal. so which type of drone would you guys like to suggest us.
thanks
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May 14, 2015 12:04:53 PM

Most drones are a 2 hour charge time followed by a max of 7-25 minute fly time. Why anyone is spending hundreds of $$$ for such a poor battery life is beyond me. Drones need a few more years development imo.
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May 19, 2015 1:45:03 PM

Another consideration is the type of motor magnet being used. The neodymium magnets lose strength over time. I have some very expensive German motors that can attest to that. I am planning to build my own drone and intend to use samarium-cobalt motors sourced from astroflight.
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May 20, 2015 9:36:26 PM

I can relate always want a drone finally find one under $500 with hd cam and gps fly for 30 + minute and have a extra battery don't spend over $800 for no drone personally it dos not worth it and when shopping seek out flying time very important some company dos not mention it .
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May 24, 2015 9:38:57 PM

Well the obvious Quad for a beginner would be the Syma X5C or the X-11 Hornet ... hands down to most stable and durable Quads for the price. Then perhaps a step up to the Syma x8c to get the feel of flying larger quads then up to Hobby Quality models like the Wltoys V303 or the Cheerson x-20 for GPS capabilities .
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May 25, 2015 2:23:52 PM

DannBerg said:
Find the best drones for aerial videography and photography as well as our quadcopter recommendations for beginners and buyers on a budget.


Best Drones 2014 : Read more


whats your price range?
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June 24, 2015 6:25:39 PM

To keep the drones fly longer one has to make a small Alternator hooked up to the battery keeping it charged,just like a car. Will this help?
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a b w Digital camera
June 24, 2015 7:36:30 PM

Francis Betts 41138 said:
To keep the drones fly longer one has to make a small Alternator hooked up to the battery keeping it charged,just like a car. Will this help?


If the drone has a combustion engine, yes (but why use a battery instead of just the engine). If not, what's going to turn the alternator?

PS: Don't answer 'the motors' or 'wind'. You get into perpetual motion issues there.
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September 8, 2015 6:58:55 AM

I know this is old, but it still comes in at the top of the search results and many of the drones listed are still relevant. Most of the reviews seem to focus on a relatively few that are available at retail stores. What I would really like to see someone do is a solid review of the inventory at a place like Banggood or hobby king. Find the best value out in the market for us so we don't have to end up shopping for hours on end. For example, when my shopping started, I had planned on getting the phantom. After spending a lot of time on boards, found that the Cheerson CX20 (aka Quanum Nova) was ideal for me because I'm a tinkerer and the Cheerson can be had with open source flight controller software and is much less expensive which makes it much more palatable to start taking it apart and replacing things. :-)
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