The Best Drones
Winner: The GoPro Karma is the best drone. It’s easy to fly, it uses the best action camera which is removable along with the gimbal to slot into a hand held device.
Its the easiest to fly thanks to a quick setup, intuitive and responsive controls, and the fact that you don’t need to pair it with your smartphone. It shoots excellent stills and video courtesy of the GoPro Hero5 Black (which is currently the top action cam pick), it has a nice suite of intelligent flight modes and decent battery life, and it ships with GoPro’s handheld Karma Grip, which lets you get more use of the camera off-drone. It’s still lot bigger than the DJI Mavic Pro, but maybe this helps in windy conditions?
Give the batteries a charge, the GoPro Karma can be in the air within minutes using its built-in 5-inch controller with screen —no need to pair it with your phone, but I did need to download the updates and calibrate it. Some users didn’t need to do this but I would always check first at home whilst you have a wireless connection.
Four arms extend from the main body of the Karma, each of which has a 10-inch propeller on top. These have been positioned to ensure they aren’t within the camera’s view. The front two arms have green lights underneath, while the rear two arms have red lights, enabling you to see which way is forward when it comes to controlling it – something that comes in handy.
On the underside of the main body are four legs to keep the Karma steady, along with a battery that slides out (and is charged by using a proprietary cable).
The front has a circular hole, allowing for the attachment of the camera and stabilisation mount. This is easily detachable with a twist and lock system, enabling you to then attach it to the Karma grip for using on the ground as a handheld gimbal system. The Karma is compatible with Hero 4 and Hero 5 action cameras.
Runner up: DJI Mavic Pro
This drone will fit in your pocket, you can go for a walk without carrying a suitcase on your back.
The Mavic Pro is also a much meaner-looking product, with more of the contours and angular sharp edges of a stealth bomber, rather than the bulbous, round finish of the Phantom.
Unlike the Phantom series the Mavic Pro also doesn’t rest on a built-in set of helicopter-like stands. It almost lies flat on its belly, resting on the short legs which protrude downwards from the quadcopter arms.
These arms are unusual as they can be easily folded in to the body. The front arms fold inward towards the top of the chassis, while the rear arms pivot downwards to tuck in to the underside, leaving you with a product that easily fits into your hand and can be thrown in to a backpack.
Check out the footage, its crystal clear, and thats just in HD!
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a drone better suited for advanced filmmakers and photographers.
It is more refined, with a 20-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor and a mechanical shutter (which reduces or eliminates the rolling shutter effect), better manual photography controls, and more advanced collision detection. It captures truly excellent-looking 4K video up to 60 fps and has a 100 Mbps bit rate, capabilities that place it alongside advanced mirrorless and high-end point-and-shoot cameras. It can shoot raw and JPEG images and can capture up to 14 fps in burst mode. It’s expensive at £1,525.36 the best all-in-one drone available right now.