Best Drones 2018

Editor's choice

Best Drone for Beginners


Learning to fly a drone begins with learning how not to crash. That process begins with mishaps, so an aspiring pilot needs a drone that is tough, but also cheap enough that losing it in a tree won't bankrupt them. The UDI U818A has a great range of...

Product Use case Rating
UDI U818A Best Drone for Beginners 9
Aukey Mohawk Best Drone for Kids 8
DJI Mavic Pro Best Camera Drone 9
Parrot Bebop 2 Best Simple Video Drone 8
Blade Nano QX RTF Best Drone Under $100 8
Aerix Black Talon 2.0 Best Racing Drone for Beginners 8
Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 Best Seller on Amazon N/A
Best Drone for Kids
Aukey Mohawk
Best Camera Drone
DJI Mavic Pro
Best Simple Video Drone
Parrot Bebop 2
Best Drone Under $100
Blade Nano QX RTF
Best Racing Drone for Beginners
Aerix Black Talon 2.0
Best Seller on Amazon
Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3

After flying dozens of drones around the sky for countless hours, our top pick for the Best Camera Drone is the DJI Mavic Pro, which folds into a compact, portable size, comes with a 4K camera, and which you can control using nothing more than hand gestures. For kids, we recommend the Aukey Mohawk, which doesn't have a camera, but costs less than $70 and is very easy to fly.

Read on to see our choices for different types of flying and budgets. Below our recommendations, you can find our tips on shopping for a drone and what rules you need to follow.

Latest Drone News and Updates

  • After a disastrous launch and lackluster sales, GoPro announced that it is discontinuing production of its Karma drone. GoPro will sell its remaining inventory, and continue to support those Karma drones already sold.
  • GDU announced that its newest drone, the O2, will be available in February for $732. The O2 is a small, foldable drone not unlike the DJI Mavic Pro; it has a 4K camera on a 3-axis gimbal, obstacle avoidance, object tracking, and about 20 minutes of flight time, but costs about $200 less than DJI's model.
  • Racing drone maker Uvify is launching the OOri, a palm-sized racer capable of reaching speeds up to 60 miles per hour. The OOri, designed for those who want to dip their toes into drone racing, comes with a controller, and is also compatible with FPV goggles. It's currently available for pre-order for $289, but will cost $389 when it ships in March or April.
  • Drones once again have to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. A bill signed into law in December reinstated rules requiring that all drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds be registered with the FAA. Here is a link to all federal drone guidelines.

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