Quadcopter Drone Reviews
From Professional Camera Copters to Micro Multirotors

Welcome to my drone site. I’m so happy you stumbled on my little corner of the internet. If you’re here it probably means that you’re looking to buy one of these newfangled “drones” everyone seems to be talking about these days. Well, good news! Here on my site you’ll find just about everything you need to enter the world of RC multirotor flight.

I’ve tried to bring together everything the budding pilot would want to know. I’ve got some plain-language informational articles that will get you up to speed with the basics in no time, focusing on the things I think are the most important to know. I’ve also got multiple reviews of actual products just waiting for your credit card number.

You’re about to embark on one of the most rewarding modern hobbies out there today. Heck, by learning to fly a drone you may even be developing some marketable job skills. Whether you are looking to fly for fun or are actually planning to integrate drone technology into your business, this site has information that you’ll want to learn.

Reviews Reviewed

I’ve split my reviews into three categories.

The first category looks at entry-level nano- and micro-drones that all cost $50 or less. If you are looking for a way to get into the game then this is the place to start.

Second and possibly most important is my category for midrange or mainstream multirotors. Here you will find medium-sized craft that cost between $50 and a few hundred bucks. For the beginner video and photography entusiast, I have also created a subselection for this category in which you’ll find cheap multirotor drones with cameras

I’ve also got a category devoted to professional camera drones. You know, the toys for those with deep pockets. There are many top quality machines here, as you can imagine, but the best overall drone has to be the DJI phantom 3.

DJI Phantom 3 Review

Best Picks

Blade Nano QX Review

Best Micro / Nano Quadcopters

Going from small to big, or cheap to expensive, my top pick among the entry level cheapies is without a doubt the UDI RC U27. This is mainstream drone quality for an entry level price, so it’s really a no-brainer.

Add around $30 to your budget and you will leave the toy segment to enter more professional level nano quadcopters with the Blade Nano QX. Maybe it doesn’t have carbon build-quality yet, but the different flying modes will challenge both beginners and pros alike, making this the perfect mini drone for aspiring flight enthusiasts.

LaTrax Quad Copter Review

Best Mainstream Beginner Drones

Moving to the slightly bigger mainstream drones, my absolute number one is the LaTrax Alias. This quad is all things to all people – well, except for those that want cameras. It’s sort of amazing that a company that started out with cars and boats could get a flying machine so right, but there you have it. The Alias is a mean machine with a nice price. It’s on my Christmas list for sure.

The Dromida Ominus does nearly everything the Alias does, but cheaper. It also looks (wait for it) ominous. Yeah, this is probably the closest you’ll get to a RC Batwing before you have to pay licensing fees.

Eachine Racer 250 Review

Best Entry Level (FPV) Camera Quads

For those who want cameras, the best in this category is probably the Holy Stone F181. It’s not an FPV drone, but if you’re looking in the around $100 class you won’t find reliable FPV anyway. Well, ok, you can find it in quadcopters like the JXD 509W which is probably the best beginner FPV drone around, but at this price the feed is usually via WiFi, which means significant lags that make it unsuitable for accurate FPV racing.

So if that’s what you’re after, FPV racing, you really need to add a few bucks. Before I take you to really high price levels though, I’ve found one great pick in the Eachine Racer 250 that will give you true FPV flying for less than $200. Well, if you want the 6 channel 2.4G receiver and 7 Inch monitor to come with it (and you do) it will set you back double the price, but it will also triple the fun.

DJI Inspire Review

Best Professional Camera Drones

Entering the world of professional camera drones, it is impossible to miss the DJI Phantom 3. I already pointed this one out in the reviews section because the Phantom 3 has pretty much become the benchmark for any manufacturer who is serious about aerial filming and photography. This is an incredibly easy to fly quadcopter that provides super clear and stable footage, and I’m actually surprised that it doesn’t cost more.

The Yuneec Q500 is a similarly priced quad that deserves a mention as well, but for the pockets who can handle it, it is now time to present my camera quadcopter pick of the upper echelons: the DJI Inspire 1. With 4K camera this beast of a drone is good enough to be Steven Spielberg’s new assistant; in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it is.

Happy Snappers

Camera footage is a big reason to get into RC multirotors, and even toy-grade drones have something to offer in that regard. The best toy camera drone is the JXD 509W – a great way to bridge from the toys to the big boys.

If you don’t know what you’re looking for then I’d recommend you have a look at one of my two buyer’s guides. I have a separate one for professional camera drones and for mainstream and nano drones.
When you know how it all works, it’s time to visit either of the following pages with in-depth reviews.

Mainstream Multirotor Reviews
Professional Camera Drone Reviews

Beginner Quadcopter Guides

Information is your friend when it comes to the world of RC and multirotor aircraft. That’s why I’ve put together a few info articles to get you up to speed without having to go anywhere else.

I suggest you start by reading about the principles of multirotor flight in my article How do Multirotors Fly? You’ll be surprised how helpful it can be to know this in relation to your own flying skills.

Next up you should learn the most common controls by reading How to Control a Multirotor. This will cover the actual nuts and bolts of the radio transmitter’s controls. This is a crucial article to read before you even try flying.

Once you understand those it’s time to actually learn the flying part of the equation by reading Learning to Fly. I’ll start you off slow and get you flying safely. There’s no reason your first flight should be too stress-inducing. It’s possible to have fun right off the bat while systematically learning to fly the right way.

Learn to Fly Your Multi-Rotor Drone
Drone Battery Basics

A very important part of RC flying is an understanding of lithium batteries, so I’ve put the most important things you need to know about them down in one article. I also recommend that you look into a good quality standalone lithium balance charger, and to help you with this I’ve created a combined buyer’s guide and mini review page listing a few of the worthwhile ones to go for. Lithium batteries are amazing pieces of technology, but they have to be handled with knowledge and the right amount of respect.

Once you have the basics under your belt you should look into the different types of multirotors. There’s way more to it than just quadcopters, you know. It turns out that people have figured out all sorts of ways to arrange spinning rotors on things and still have them fly.

It’s also important that you are aware of the different legal issues that drone ownership entails. I’m not a lawyer, but I can point you towards the info you need so you can’t say you didn’t know. Things are changing fast, thanks to the surge in popularity for these aircraft, and the regulations are coming down hard. Don’t get caught out by ignorance, laziness, or both.

Not Required Reading

I’ve also written about some interesting, but optional, topics you may enjoy. You can find out a little more about the history of quadcopters, which goes back a little further than you may think. In fact, the idea is almost as old as manned flight itself.

I also speculate about the future of drone technology and look at some of the cutting edge things that are happening right now. Drones are set to change significant parts of our daily lives, so I think the time is right to explore some of this stuff.

Finally, did you know that drone racing is a sport now? Read all about FPV drone racing in my article What is FPV Drone Racing?. It’s the coolest thing since they invented the X-games, and who knows, you may be the next Fittipaldi of drone racing. Hey, it could happen!

Drone Racing

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Getting into any part of RC flying can be pretty daunting; it takes a lot of practice (please get a computer simulator!) and quite a lot of studying. It’s the challenge of the whole thing that makes it worth it in the end and, of course, things that fly are just cool.

There can be some steep parts to the learning curve, but it’s well worth pushing through. Before you know it you’ll be pulling off some of the advanced trick flying maneuvers I talk about in this article.

Welcome to the Drone Family

I really hope you find this site useful. RC flying, which now includes drone flying, is a wonderful and inclusive hobby. All over the world there are local clubs where you can learn everything you need to know from like-minded people who have also been bitten by the flight bug.

Once you’ve tried out some flying for yourself and decide that you like it, I hope you’ll consider joining a local club. It’s a great way to make friends and have a bit of fun in the outdoors.

There are also a wealth of internet forums dedicated to building drones, fixing drones, and discussing whatever it is a newcomer or an expert has on their minds. There are people in these communities that literally have decades of RC experience under their belts; it would be a waste not to make use of it.

So don’t just skirt on the edges of the community, come on in and join the conversation.

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