So, it’s that time of year again. You’re rushing round trying to find presents for everyone you’ve ever met and you’re almost out of time. Luckily for you, the RC Geeks team have revised our handy list of the best drones of 2019 – starting at as little as £37.99!
Don’t worry if you can’t tell your DJI‘s from your Makerfire‘s, this blog should have everything you need to make an informed decision. If not, you can send me, or preferably one of my colleagues, an angry email and we’ll do our best to help you out. Fancy something that drives instead? Click here to check out our Best Cars 2018 Blog.
A timeless classic, this budget quadcopter has been a staple in our guide for years. The included medium-sized controller follows the same ‘mode2’ layout of full-size professional transmitters, making this an ideal learning aide for anyone looking to try flying a drone before heavily investing
Topped up from the included USB charger, the X4 has a short flight time, but additional batteries are available. Its 2MP onboard camera can record to a MicroSD card when supplied, but it isn’t designed to be an aerial photography platform, instead the video recordings are more for reviewing your flights.
Check out the Hubsan X4 Mini Quadcopter now!
Looking for something for little kids and big kids alike? Try the Carrera Nintendo Mario Kart™ Quadcopter! This quadcopter measures roughly 1ft square and features foam propeller guards making it safer for flight indoors.
The included battery is good for short 7 minute flights, just enough time to take your Mario Kart battles to the sky! Beginner and advanced flight modes make it easier for novices to get flying. We also offer extra batteries for this drone should you wish to get right back at it.
Take a closer look at the Carrera Mario Kart quadcopter here.
This Tiny-Whoop style bundle comes with the drone, plus a pair of entry-level wireless VR goggles so that you can fly your new drone in true FPV style! The drone itself is a powerful ducted-fan design, ideal for stunt flying indoors.
The Makerfire VR006 goggles that are included in this bundle allow you to wirelessly tune in to the real-time transmission coming from the camera on-board the Tiny Whoop, meaning that you can fly the drone out of your eyeline whilst you’ve got your feet up on the sofa! If you can afford the extra for this combo, the upgrade to VR goggles really does improve the flight experience, and excitement, immensely.
Pick up the Makerfire Armor Shark VR Bundle on our website now!
Propeller guards allow you to fly indoors and the ultrasonic sensors automatically moderate the drones altitude. Two speed modes allow beginners to get their eye in before upping the pace.
This drone is a little different to all the others we have talked about so far. This beastie contains DJI technologies that bless it with autopilot talents. By that, we mean it can literally fly rings around you! Controlled via Wifi from an app on your smartphone (Available for both Android and iOS, its best check it works before you buy one) the Tello its a highly intelligent quadcopter.
A 5MP camera capable of 720P video paired with the app means a live video downlink on your phone screen, ideal for positioning the craft for a cheeky dronie. Its removable battery allows for 13 minutes of flight time, with auto takeoff and landing and low battery warnings. Its incredible vision-positioning-system allows for incredibly stable flight both indoors and out, plus the ability to land safely in your hand.
Freshly released, the Mavic Mini is the perfect first drone. A featherweight 249g, it doesn’t require registering with the CAA (but naturally you must still follow the rules of the drone code) and can be used both indoors as well as out, with a staggering 30 minute maximum flight time.
The three-axis stabilised camera shoots 12MP aerial photos and super smooth 2.7k quad-HD video, just slot your microSD memory card into the back of the drone. We would recommend picking up the Fly More Combo, expanding the package with two extra batteries, a carry case and a smart two-way charger.
Like all DJI drones, it provides fantastic build quality and class-leading accessibility. With the companion smartphone app even complete novice pilots can produce incredible dynamic aerial movements and videos at the press of a button.
The Mavic 2 is the top of DJI’s ‘prosumer’ range of drones. Available in Pro or Zoom form, offer 31 minutes of flight time, omni-directional obstacle sensing, long range control and new filming modes such as hyperlapse. The Pro model features a large 1-inch camera sensor with Hasselblad technology, whilst the Zoom model has a much lauded 2x optical zoom!
A personal favourite of mine, the Mavic 2 Pro is, in my opinion, way ahead of the competition. This certainly isn’t a toy, or a gimmick drone – it is highly professional and can provide endless fun, as well as exceptionally high quality photos and videos.
Absolutely everything is considered when it comes to the Mavic 2 series. From the packaging, to the ergonomics of the controller, to the smooth gimbal movements, the Mavic is a tremendously high quality drone that is guaranteed to thrill. It is the most expensive drone on our list, but if you can afford to fork out over a grand, it’s certain to excite. Besides, whoever you’re buying it for may even let you use it, if you ask nicely.
These high end VR Goggles link directly with DJI drones, allowing you to see footage from your drone in real time during flight. Furthermore, you can even set the camera unit to track your head movements, so as you turn your head, the camera on the drone dynamically mirrors your actions – pretty cool, right? Furthermore, the DJI Goggles RE can also tune into 5.8Ghz video transmissions from FPV racers!
As per the originals, they can be plugged in to a whole host of other devices, through the included HDMI cable, allowing you to watch your favourite shows or play your favourite games in classic VR style.
DJI boast the goggles to be equivalent to watching a 216 inch home cinema screen from less than 10 feet away. Now if that doesn’t excite you, I honestly don’t know what will.
You can discover more about the original DJI Googles in our initial hands-on review. Find out how they can be used for everything from surveying to filming in our recent blog paired with the Mavic 2 Zoom. Learn just what goes on inside to get that incredible HD picture in our teardown blog. Pick up a pair of DJI Googles (Racing Edition) here on our webstore.
Help and Support
Here at RC Geeks, we don’t just sell drones. We thoroughly support all of our models with a range of spares, hop-ups, batteries and accessories. Check out our extensive Spares Finder here! We also provide excellent quality support for you and your product – if you have any pre or post sales inquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly support team!