Most popular drones of 2017

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Are you hunting for a drone? This could be the best time to shop for one what with the numerous top-rated drones available in the market. Whether you have a limited budget or you’re willing to burn thousands of dollars on a drone, you will find a model that would suit your needs and budget.

In choosing a drone, there are other things you need to weigh in on aside from your budget. You should also consider your flying skills. The camera of the drone is another important factor to consider, as well as the flight time of the unit.

There are really plenty of things you’ll have to consider in choosing a drone. But for starters, why don’t you include in your shortlist any of these popular drones:

  1. DJI Mavic Pro

Small but powerful, the DJI Mavic Pro is proof that sometimes the best things come in small packages. The drone measures 7 x 13 x 17 inches, which may not be as small as other drones. But what’s nice about it is that it folds up into a compact and lightweight package that can be easily slid into most backpacks.

Despite its size, the Mavic Pro is packed with features. It comes with a 4K camera and three-axis gimbal resulting to professional-quality images and videos.  Flying it is an experience what with the number of functions such as obstacle avoidance and numerous autopilot modes.  Flight time can go up to 27 minutes.

  1. DJI Spark

The DJI Spark doesn’t have a 4K video. Its propeller arms also don’t fold up unlike the DJI Mavic. But it has a smaller and lighter body. And perhaps more important for the budget-conscious, its price is about 50 percent cheaper than the DJI Mavic.

With a smaller and lighter body, the DJI Spark remains a very portable and compact drone. It also comes in five different colors. The camera shoots respectable 1080 pixel videos and 12 megapixel still images. It is also equipped with a two-axis stabilizer.

The DJI Spark can fly up to 16 minutes. There are three ways to operate it—through a mobile device, hand gestures, and a dedicated hand controller.

And one more reason to buy this drone—it is widely considered as the best model for taking selfies.

  1. Parrot Mambo

The Parrot Mambo is cheap which makes it a great buy for novice pilots hesitant to burn hundreds of dollars on a drone. It’s one of the best indoor drones today. It is stable, easy to fly and surprisingly strong for its size, which makes it a great drone to hone your pilot skills.

The Parrot Mambo can be flown using the Freeflight 3 app which is downloadable both on Apple and Android devices. If you want better control you can get the Flypad transmitter which comes with an extra fee.

Since it is a toy drone, this drone can also perform several functions. It can shoot small balls or pick up small items.