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15 Most Wanted Drones for Shooting Aerial Photos and Videos

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Every day, rapid technological advancement makes our lives significantly easier. The best thing about it is that this progress seems to affect every single aspect of our lives. Most recently, niches like aerial recording have undergone a proper technical revolution. Thanks to the appearance and upgrade in the sphere of drone technology the eye of camera can reach places it never could before.


This makes drones invaluable for the modern event management. Today, it would be completely impossible to imagine a throwing a concert, rally of any scale or even sporting event without a proper drone to document it all. Naturally, field so lucrative was quite compelling to numerous developers, which only means that there is quite a number of surveillance drones to choose from. With this in mind, here are 15 most wanted drones for shooting aerial photos and videos.

1. TBS Gemini
You can get this curious hexacopter for around $600, which is somewhere in the medium price range as far as drones go. The fact that it flies nose up enables it reliable stability making it a true piece of art amongst its peers. However, its greatest drawback is probably the fact that it can only fly for about 6-8 minutes (below standard for a lot of drones), making it not so practical.

2. LaTrax Alias


If however you are going for something a bit more budget friendly, you cannot make a mistake with LaTrax Alias. Costing no more than $150, this drone may yet be one of the most cost-effective ones on the market. The best feature of this amazing quadcopter is that it is incredibly simple to operate. Furthermore, its wide propellers make it nearly impossible for you to lose control over making this drone perfect for beginners.

3. Blade Nano QX


The best way to describe Blade Nano QX would be to say that it is like a smaller version of LaTrax Alias. Its size makes it a lot less stable but seeing how this also make it gain on speed and agility, one must admit that this one has its advantages as well. Sure, its larger counterpart is superior and price confirms this as well seeing how you could get Blade Nano QX for no less t $90.

4. 3D Robotics IRIS+
Now, if you begin to look beyond physical features, you will quickly realize that when it comes to possibility of modification 3D Robotics IRIS+ stands second to none. Because of this, 3D Robotics IRIS+ is ideal for those indecisive, who want to get a drone but are not completely sure for what purpose just yet. Either way, even though its price is $740 most of its users claim that it is well worth it.

5. 3D Robotics X8+
A bit further up the price range there lies 3D Robotics X8+. This amazing drone, with its impressive price of over $1300 is truly a state of art when it comes to size and lifting power. However, its best feature is the follow-me option and with its help it can successfully follow you around by tracking your GPS.

6. Parrot AR Drone 2.0
Speaking of stylish drones, Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is truly a sight to be seen. What is most curious about it is how a marvel that encompasses 1GHz 32 bit processor, 1GB of ram, gyros, accelerometers, magnetometers, a pressure sensor, an ultrasonic sensor, 2 cameras, can cost only $300.

7. DJI Phantom 3


If what you are going for is the quality of the picture/video and you yet want to remain within a medium price range, the choice is quite obvious. You should go for the DJI Phantom 3. With this device, you will have at your disposal 4K Video with 12 Megapixel Photos as well as the option for Live HD Video streaming to your mobile device or even YouTube directly.

8. DJI Inspire 1
Even though every single drone on this list has some positive features and advantages, if price is not the issue and you want to go for the best, then DJI Inspire 1 is what you should purchase. Even though this device is up to $2300, it is one of the best quadcopters in this generation and it comes equipped with everything you could possibly imagine. It also stays in the air for 20 minutes without the need to land which is truly incredible trait.

9. 3DR Solo


Going at $999, which is one of the highest prices on the market (even though after DJI Inspire 1 it may not seem as much), 3DR Solo is truly a device you cannot go wrong with. The downside of this price is that it doesn’t come with a preset camera which means that it will require some additional investment on your part.

10. Hubsan X4
Now if you are not absolutely sure whether or not you even want a droid, then Hubsan X4 is a perfect choice for you. Not only is it extremely compact and as such easy to navigate, but it also costs no more than $45 which means that buying it does not compromise your budget in any way.

11. Parrot Bebop


With its 14 megapixel camera with a 180 degree field-of-view fisheye lens, Parrot Bebop has a number of improvements over its older sibling AR Drone 2.0. The price is greater as well (currently at $300), but this is only natural for a superior device.

12. Quanum Nova
If the looks of the drone mean something to you, you will be instantly drawn to Quanum Nova. Now, if you add to all of this a fact that it possesses absolutely same traits as 3D Robotics IRIS, yet costs only a $300, what you get is truly remarkable.

13. QAV400
This quadcopter is not something that is meant for a layman. Even though it is quite impressive as a device, it is quite difficult to command. One more thing – when you buy it, it comes with no additional gear. The upside is that it’s almost fully customizable. You could get a ready-to-fly version but it will cost you at least $500.

14. Yuneec Q500 4K
This 4K drone that comes with a 1080p camera is surely a top tier drone for shooting aerial photos and videos. It also comes with a price of $1300 to confirm it. The only reason it is not as popular as its counterparts developed by DJI and 3D robotics is because the company is still relatively new.

15. Proto X


For the end, Proto X. Probably the cheapest drone out there at only $29. Even though it is probably the smallest model there is, it is surprisingly stable due to its 3 gyros, 3 accelerometers as well as 4 motor speed controllers. All in all, a good device to learn on or even to be used for fun.

As you can see, your choice is quite wide and there are many incredible devices to choose for. Just bear one thing in mind – when it comes to it, there is no right and wrong drone, there is only right or wrong drone for you. Because of this, put some thought into it before you decide to buy.

Author: Raul Harman

Raul Harman loves aerial photography and thinks that quality photo and video material is an essential part of a good event plan. For all your other event management needs he suggests visiting

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