Cam­era Drone Best Buys

Our picks make it easy to take aerial video and pho­tos

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Our picks make it easy to take aerial video and pho­tos

It’s no se­cret that ro­tor drones and aerial-cam­era sys­tems are a match made in heaven. With the in­creas­ing qual­ity of cam­eras and down­link video links and the amaz­ing de­vel­op­ments in flight con­trollers and sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tems, get­ting those ex­cit­ing bird’s-eye-view images is eas­ier than ever be­fore. This cam­era-drone guide high­lights five of our top-rated picks for those look­ing to get their first cam­era drone. We’ve in­cluded the price and spec in­for­ma­tion so that you can see how they all stack up to each other to help you with your pur­chas­ing de­ci­sion. Whether you are look­ing for a ba­sic “selfie” drone or some­thing that will pro­duce a higher-qual­ity im­age, this guide has some­thing for you.

Traxxas Aton+

The Aton+ is cam­era ready and comes with a two-axis brush­less gim­bal and a large-ca­pac­ity Lipo pack. The gim­bal is made for a Go­pro HERO or sim­i­lar cam­era (not in­cluded), and the fit is right on when locked in place. The in­cluded “batwing” 2.4GHZ trans­mit­ter has a small dig­i­tal screen, which gives you info such as flight-mode sta­tus, throt­tle level, trans­mit­ter-bat­tery level, and flight-bat­tery level. The in­cluded flight pack is a 3-cell 5000mah Lipo. A push-but­ton air­brake fea­ture com­mands the Aton + to stop in its tracks and en­ter a sta­ble hover, which can be a life­saver! The Flight-link app al­lows you to use your smart­phone to check flight sta­tus, ad­just the speed of the Aton+ in Film mode, and pro­gram the trans­mit­ter but­tons and LED light settings. Add an op­tional SD card and you can even record your flights, and use an app like Mission Planner to re­view your flight. The Aton+ is also equipped with a Traxxas High-cur­rent Con­nec­tor.

Fea­tures like Auto Take­off and Land­ing, Re­turn to Home, and Geo-fence pro­vide a stress-free flight ex­pe­ri­ence. The Aton+ comes set in Film mode for smooth, sta­ble flight, al­low­ing you to concentrate on get­ting the aerial shot you want. To en­sure sta­bi­lized footage, it slowly re­turns to a hover when the quad exits a turn or stops abruptly. In Sport mode, you can fly faster, per­form high-banked turns, and do flips by hit­ting the Trick but­ton. The higher flight speed also al­lows film­ing faster-mov­ing sub­jects. In Ex­pert mode, the Aton+ will do just about any­thing ex­cept fly or hover in­verted. With­out a cam­era, you can ex­pect up to 20-minute flights; with a Go­pro HERO4 you can ex­pect up to 15-minute flights.

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