The scoop on the latest drone models and trends
The latest drone models and trends
The drone revolution has hit it big here. In fact, Frank Wang, the world’s largest drone maker and the first drone billionaire, graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to found DJI in 2006. Today, Forbes values the 35-year-old’s net worth at US$3.6 billion.
This innovative series of quadcopters have integrated flying systems with aircraft, camera and Wi-fi connectivity—all managed from the user’s mobile or tablet.
DJI Phantom 4
Easy to fly: press a button to take off and another to land. New tracking modes follow a target, while the new sport mode lets it fly at about 45mph. The camera is improved with 4K video capabilities. And, a flight simulator mode allows users to practice flying their drone before taking it out in the field.
Xiro Xplorer V
It flies as far and as high as other models on the market, but it does take longer to master the features than other popular choices. It’s stable in the air, but unfortunately the on-board camera is a little disappointing.
Not yet available, the throw-and-shoot Lily is a waterproof quadcopter that acts as a robot videographer and can fly 50 feet in the air.
It’s the latest racing drone from Sky-hero, released as a frame and kit only, allowing users to completely customise their craft by choosing motors, flight controllers and cameras. Super-fast, this is one of the top picks for drone racers.
The hottest craze that’s part video game and part action sport—drone racing lets you fly at up to 70 miles per hour, dodging obstacles along the way. Using special drones that are smaller and more lightweight, you can forget following your drone in the sky—they go too far and fast for that. Keep track of your baby by wearing a special pair of goggles.