If there is one trend that made its way into 2018, it has to be consumer drones. Drones, sometimes called unmanned aerial vehicles, are capable of flying without the aid of a human pilot. These smart devices are controlled by computers or remotes, and they function according to a pre-installed system.
Drones have certainly come a long way since their days in the military. They’re now used for all sorts of recreational activity such as photography and racing. If you happen to be looking for the latest drones, then you’ve come to the right place. The only thing you have to do now is to choose the best and most suitable model for you. So without any further ado, here are 2018 drone models that you can buy right now.
2018 Drone Models You Should Get Your Hands On
DROCON Bugs 3
The Bugs 3 falls somewhere in between a toy drone and a camera drone. It may lack in key features like one-key-return or headless mode but at its price point, it manages to offer something much better: Brushless motors! This is perfect for anyone tired of seeing their drone’s motors constantly fails after a few weeks of flying. Additionally, the Bugs 3 offers 15 minutes of flight time and a camera mount for your GoPro or other action cameras.
Holy Stone F181
The F181 has four flying modes, making it the perfect model for beginners. It also includes a camera, which may not be the best in terms of quality but it still makes it a great way to practice your skills. Other than having a headless feature, it also has an altitude hold function and hover, something a majority of affordable drones don’t have.
Parrot Mambo FPV
The Mambo is a toy drone designed by Parrot. Although there are a lot of amazing features in the Mambo, its downward facing camera is the most attractive of the bunch. The camera can be used to view what’s directly below you, which means the Mambo will hold its position to see the ground and stabilize itself.
The Mambo FPV got its name from its newest accessory, the FPV camera. By using this with the FPV goggles, you get to fly your drone like a pilot in a cockpit.
ImmersionRC Vortex 180 mini
ImmersionRC is one of the best-known manufacturers of racing drones. Adhering to their standards is the Vortex 180, which is easily one of the best ready-to-fly racing drones in the business. The first thing you’ll probably notice from the Vortex 180 is its sleek flight controller, Synergy. It is programmed with dual F3 processors for faster 8KHz update rates. A Betaflight firmware is also pre-installed instead of the previous version, Cleanflight. To put simply, you can expect the drone to run in the smoothest way possible.
Live video feeds from racing drones are known to be of poor quality. But Connex wanted to kick things up a notch by installing an HD camera for their Falcore drone. Other than that, you’ll get everything you need to start flying — except for a pair of FPV goggles.
The Mavic Pro is a drone designed and constructed for adventurers and travelers, beginners and pros, or just anyone who wants to capture the beauty of life. Its pocket size only adds to its charm, making it one of the best travel accessories to have around. Most experts have compared it to the Phantom 4 Pro. Speaking of, it’s important to note that the Phantom 4 retails at $1,499, so nothing makes a better deal than the $999 Mavic Pro.
Don’t let the small size fool you, as the Mavic Pro packs a ton of features including 4K video at 30FPS and 12-megapixel photos with DNG support. Obstacle avoidance is also ensured with the help of Sports Mode, so you can count on the Mavic Pro to stabilize itself while flying.
DJI Inspire 2
The Inspire 2 may look like a droid from a Star Wars film, but its features are definitely sweeter than fiction. Inspire 2 is one of the smartest, fastest, and high-quality drones that you can buy today.
There really isn’t much that Inspire 2 can’t do. Most of its features rival that of the Phantom 4 Professional, but it leans more on providing state-of-the-art video features. Additionally, the Inspire 2 has a dedicated FPV camera, so you can have a firsthand view of where your drone flies at all times.
Phantom 4 Pro
Easy to use, reliable, speedy, and packed with features that just deliver the goods, there’s just so many positive things to say about the Phantom 4. It should come as no surprise that the model made it to number one in several top drones of 2017 lists. With the new year finally here, it’s safe to say that the Phantom 4 remains unbeatable.
The main feature of the Phantom 4 is the 3D cameras and program for mapping out environments in three-dimensional settings. This allows the drone to effectively maneuver away from obstacles. Along with this key feature, you can count on DJI’s customer service team. With a service called DJI Care, customers can send over their drones for free maintenance and fix.
Watch the video below