Best 2019 drone: how to choose

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Why don’t we take a little height? Especially since drones are increasingly accessible to the general public. In a growing number of stores, the stalls displaying recreational drones that can be used by anyone are getting bigger and bigger. The miniaturization of technology and the democratization of smartphones have led to lower prices that make the drone more and more attractive. So much so that they lead to a question you should ask yourself: why not you? This question will be answered with our comparison of drones (with or without hd camera) over 2019.

Let’s assume that if you’re here, it’s because you’ve already asked yourself the question. Finding an answer is not necessarily easy, given the overabundance of offers in the field. Which criteria should be used? How is this controlled? What is the average autonomy? Which is the best drone for professionals? Find the answer to your questions by reading our guide.

Best 2019 drone: how to choose

In our comparison these are only a few of the drones available to the general public, but they are not the only ones. You will find the best drones, according to their brand, the ground/air type, their smartphone compatibility (iOS or Android), their battery life, the integration of a camera, some special features, their price, their availability and the presence of a dedicated test on our site. This allows you to compare existing (and future) offers and choose the right drone for you. If you have any questions or other proposals from drones, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments. To follow all the latest drone news we have a category for drones.

Dive into our comparison of the drones of this year 2019. Everything has been compared to make your choice easier. Don’t panic if you don’t know anything about it, everything is detailed to make your future purchase as simple as possible.

Which is the best drone for you?
Choosing a drone is not as simple as it sounds. There are many factors to consider in finding the best drone for you. Price is obviously a very important factor, but it is not the only one. Autonomy is a significant parameter to take into consideration to avoid disappointments during your first flights. Ease of piloting is also an important point to consider, especially if you have never taken control of such a machine before.

Then, you will have to choose a control mode and see if the controls are compatible with your iOS or Android smartphone. If you want to take pictures or videos the quality of the camera is a crucial point to consider when choosing the best drone for your shots and movies. Finding the right drone for your needs is therefore based on various factors to consider that we detail in this comparison of the best 2019 drones. So here is our Top of the drones for the year 2019 regularly updated with the best drones on the market.

DJI Tello: The cheapest drone in the DJI range

At the CES 2018 DJI presented a new drone, the Tello. It is a mini drone designed for beginners and even children. With its embedded technology it controls most of the parameters to make piloting as easy as possible.

It has a range of 13 minutes, which is very respectable given its size. It can be driven up to 100 meters away and provides a 720p image. In addition to that it is intended for apprentice programmers with Tello SDK software that allows them to program features.

Autonomy: 13 min in flight
Image quality: 720p
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 99 €

DJI Spark: The small drone with high performance

Very similar to its little brother Tello, the DJI Spark is easy to control with better performance. The drone contains some automatic gestures such as panoramas, real-time person tracking selfies… To facilitate its takeoff, it can also leave your hand.

As for the video, the DJI Spark is perfectly equipped. With its 12 megapixel camera that films in 1080p, it is stabilized in two axes. Its battery can last up to 16 minutes in flight. It is also possible to watch what you are filming live with the VR DJI Goggles headphones. This will provide a real immersion especially since it can go up to 50 km/h.

Autonomy: 16 min in flight
Image quality: 1080p
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 499 €

DJI Mavic Air: The right balance between drone for beginners and professionals

The latest addition to the range is exactly between the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Pro. The drone is able to take 32 megapixel spherical pictures by accumulating 25 images in just eight seconds. In addition to being able to hold an SD card, it has an internal storage of eight Gb. This allows data to be transferred from the drone to a computer very quickly with the USB C cable.

Its main advantage is undoubtedly the possibility of folding it. Once stored it is smaller than the Spark. Its 12 megapixel camera can shoot at 4K at 30 fps or slow motion at 1080p at 120 fps. In addition, its three-axis stabilization allows it to keep images always sharp. Finally, it also has an autonomy between the Spark and the Mavic Pro, estimated at 21 minutes.

Autonomy: 21 min in flight
Image quality: 4K at 30 fps / 1080p at 120 fps
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 799 €

DJI Mavic Pro: the drone for professionals in need of space

The DJI Mavic Pro has become the benchmark in terms of compact drone. It can fold like the DJI Mavic Air, making it ultra compact and easy to carry anywhere even in a pocket. It is ideal for frequent travellers looking for quality image without sacrificing space in their bag.

Indeed, carrying a drone can quickly become very annoying, even for the smallest models. Indeed, the arms and wings naturally take up space, in addition to being the most fragile parts of the aircraft. While even the DJI Spark can be cumbersome, the Mavic Pro offers easy transport.

It also offers very respectable performance, with a 4k camera at 30 fps and a top speed of 65 km/h. Stabilization is not to be outdone with its three-axis stabilizer. It even has a function that allows you to film and follow a particular person automatically.

Autonomy: 27 min in flight
Image quality: 4K at 30 fps
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 999 €

DJI Phantom 4 Pro: The compromise between price and performance

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is both a film drone and a reasonable budget. With its video formats in H.264 and H.265 it will satisfy everyone. Just like its brothers less it has the same tracking features and ease of piloting.

In addition to the drone, the controller incorporates a bright 1080p display to suit all outdoor and indoor environments. Its battery will allow it to last for 30 minutes in flight. The camera is superior to the Mavic Pro with a resolution of 4K at 60 fps thanks to the 20 megapixel sensor.

Autonomy: 30 min in flight
Image quality: 4K at 60 fps
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 1499 €

DJI Matrix 600 Pro: the best professional drone

Evolution of the Matrix 600, the Matrix 600 Pro is an ideal professional drone for video production. This 10 kg hexacopter can carry a wide range of camera pods such as the Zenmuse and Ronin. Its carrying capacity is up to 6 kg.

Its maximum load capacity is certainly less important than that of the Inspire 2, but the Matrix 600 Pro compensates with its foldable design. The arms and landing gear can be folded in a few seconds to facilitate its transport. To ensure maximum safety, the flight controller has triple redundancy. The system also benefits from increased protection against interference, making the Matrix 600 Pro an excellent drone for industrial environments.

Autonomy: 35 min in flight
Image quality: no camera
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 5699 €

DJI Inspire 2: The drone dedicated to cinema

The first thing to say about this drone is its exorbitant price for a private individual. It is intended for the world of cinema with a basic rate of 3,000 euros that can go up to more than 20,000 euros. It uses the Phantom 4 Pro codes by removing the two fixed feet that obstruct the view. It is also much faster with a top speed of 94 km/h.

In terms of video it is unbeatable, which is why many films have been shot with this drone. Two cameras can be used, the first one films in 5.2K with a dynamic range of 12.8 stops. As for the second, it films in 6K with a dynamic range of 14 stops.

Autonomy: 25 – 27 min in flight
Image quality: 5.2K or 6K
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 2 999 € – 20 000 €

Yuneec Typhoon H Plus : The Phantom 4 Killer

Presented at CES 2018, Yuneec’s last drone is not a quadricopter, but a hexacopter. It has six rotors that allow it to continue flying even if one of them is damaged in flight. This also offers the possibility to fly without any problem even with winds up to 50 km/h.

The Typhoon H Plus also has a 4K camera running at 60 fps. It is clearly oriented towards image professionals. As for its autonomy, it is capable of lasting about 25 minutes continuously. But what makes it different from its direct design is the addition of retractable feet. This allows the camera to rotate 360° without having to rotate the entire drone.

Autonomy: 25 min in flight
Image quality: 4K at 60 fps
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 1600 €

Parrot Mambo: The most entertaining of the drones

The Parrot Mambo mini drone is a device dedicated to entertainment. It has a clip function to carry messages and small objects to a recipient, a ball launcher for shooting games, and can take a LEGO figure into a reserved space.

If it has very few functions of a classic drone, it does not even have a camera, it should above all be seen as a toy. Very accessible, it is perfect for children or to understand how such a machine works.

Autonomy: 10 min in flight
Image quality: No camera
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 109 €

Yuneec H520: The most accurate drone:

This hexacopter is the professional drone par excellence, it is designed for precision flights. No need to worry in case of strong winds, its stability is foolproof.

Compatible with the E50, E90 and CGOET cameras of its manufacturer, the Yuneec H520 has a retractable gear that allows it to produce excellent quality videos. It is particularly well suited for inspection and video shooting missions. Finally it has 6 engines that propel the 6 propellers. As a result, this drone is even safer because it can continue to fly even if one of the engines fails, allowing a safe landing.

Autonomy: 28 min in flight
Picture quality: HD 720p
Compatibility: Android
Estimated price: 1539 €

Yuneec Breeze: The best drone at less than 500€

The Breeze is the ideal companion for selfy fans. This small 24 cm diameter drone is very easy to transport and does not take up much space since it can be driven on a smartphone. Once launched, the Yuneec Breeze can take 4K pictures or 3K videos. It can even send a 720p video feedback to the smartphone screen. Its control is simplified to the extreme thanks to various modes such as Follow Me or Orbit Me. Its integrated GPS allows it to take off and land automatically. The perfect drone for beginner pilots who don’t neglect image quality.

Autonomy: 12 min in flight
Image quality: 4K UHD 30 FPS
Compatibility: Android and iOS
Estimated price: from 208 €

Swellpro Splash Drone 3: the best waterproof drone

Designed for extreme conditions. It doesn’t look like that but this drone is completely waterproof, so it resists fresh and salt water. He carries a stabilized basket with a 4K camera, also waterproof. In addition, the flight controller is shielded against interference.

The remote control has been improved on the latest versions, incorporating a screen from 5″ with video feedback and telemetry (or OSD) information. However, this version does not benefit from the classic automated functions such as the “Follow Me” mode.

Autonomy: 20 min in flight
Image quality: 4K/25 FPS
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 1499 €

PowerUp 3.0 : The most affordable drones

PowerUp 3.0 refers to a small accessory, a simple metal rod with a battery and a propeller. The device is ultra-light and allows to boost in the air the paper plane to which it is attached. A drone at a lower cost, in a way, but which will still require 46€ to purchase.

That is, a PowerUp 2.0 exists and is even cheaper than version 3.0, but has an autonomy of only 20 seconds (compared to 10 minutes for version 3.0).

Autonomy: 10 min in flight
Image quality: No camera
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 46 €

Parrot Bebop 2: The favorite

If you are interested in drones to a minimum, you have necessarily already been confronted with Parrot, a French company that, in addition to its helmets, has become known for its impressive range of drones and mini drones. One of its most mythical models is the Parrot Bebop 2.

More powerful and not much more expensive than the first Bebop of the name, the Bebop 2 has a 25-minute range, a high definition camera, an integrated stabilizer and can fly at up to 60 km/h. A most satisfying material for a price of 549€, which is the average for a product of this quality.

For an additional 150 euros, it is possible to take advantage of the FPV pack, including the SKYCONTROLLER 2 long-range controller and COKCPITGLASSES virtual reality glasses, to perform immersive flights in subjective view.

Autonomy: 25 min in flight
Image quality: 180p
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 549 €

Parrot AR Drone 2.0: the best drone to start

Equipped with a 720p quality video camera and live feedback on your smartphone, it is probably the perfect drone to start flying a drone. It has all the features of a top-of-the-range drone with protections for beginners.

In addition, it is very light and easy to handle, and you will even have the possibility to perform acrobatic tricks thanks to the “looping” function.

The Parrot AR 2.0 drone is probably the best drone to start flying.

Autonomy: 12 min in flight
Picture quality: Full HD 720p
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 219 €

Xiro Xplorer V: the most pleasant drone to fly

In this comparison, we were able to see drones adapted to children, semi-professionals and even to the cinema. This time, it is the driving that is highlighted with the Xiro Xplorer. This one stands out from the competition thanks to its great manoeuvrability. With its design alone, it is clear that this is a machine designed to be pleasant to control. This is also the case for its controller, linked to a smartphone, which is very similar to that of a remote-controlled car.

Very easy to handle, this powerful and agile drone can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h. It has several features, such as following a person or “coming home” alone. Its image quality is honest, even if you can see much better in the competition. The Xiro Xplorer is therefore primarily intended for control and piloting enthusiasts rather than film and photography enthusiasts.

Autonomy: 25 min in flight
Image quality: 1080p
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 469 €

Mavic is launching two new aircraft that have the ability to fly for up to 30 minutes and reach 72 km/h. Two drones specially designed for image and photography.

Mavic 2 Pro: designed for photo and video enthusiasts

This is the real successor to Mavic Pro. Designed in partnership with Hasselblad, it can put stars in the eyes of drones and photography enthusiasts. It has a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit color profile. Your aerial photos will go up to 20 megapixels and the colors are calibrated to be ideal. Opening side, from f/2.8 to f/11. Ideal to have the best possible images during sunsets according to DJI’s announcements.

Autonomy: 30 min in flight
Image quality: 20 megapixels
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: $1,499

Mavic 2 Zoom: more general public

We take the same basis but try a different approach. This is a bit like the idea of the Mavic 2 Zoom, which makes a fundamentally different bet for capturing images with a profile intended for the general public. On the program, a 2x optical zoom (24 – 48 mm) and 12 megapixel photos. However, on the feature side, the camera can combine 9 shots into one to create another 48 Megapixel image. The device also includes a 2X zoom that should allow you to make video in Full HD according to DJI.

The promise is beautiful, as if you had a 96 mm lossless telephoto lens. The feature called “Quick Shot” which also allows to create a kind of distorted perspective a little difficult to explain but which should delight lovers of original images.

Autonomy: 30 min in flight
Image quality: 12 megapixels
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 1,249 euros

DJI Phantom 3 Pro: DJI quality with the 4K

Here is another model of the DJI brand that, unsurprisingly, succeeds in making its mark on our selection several times. The brand’s Pro models have one major thing in common: they have the same body and the same controller. The difference is in the camera. This is a 4K video with light and clear images in 12 megapixel quality. The only small drawback is the stabilization, which is not really perfect in all conditions. On the other hand, you will be pleasantly surprised by the automatic control.

Autonomy: 22 min in flight
Image quality: 4000 x 3000 pixels
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 1615 €

Parrot Disc FPV: the unmistakable

It is impossible to ignore the Parrot brand’s Disco FPV, which has arguments that can seduce the greatest number of people. In the foreground, of course, are the FPV glasses that allow you to fly away at the same time as the camera by showing you what the camera is filming.

The drone has a range of 2 kilometers from a distance point of view and can reach 80 km/h. Enough to give you a real thrill. It’s also impossible to forget its design that will remind you of an airplane. Finally, from a maneuverability point of view, you should not be disappointed. If the drone escapes your sight, you can count on a return to the starting point.

Autonomy: 45 min in flight
Picture quality: full HD 1080p
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 395 €

GoPro Karma: with HERO5 Black

If you are also an extreme sports enthusiast, it is probably this drone that should be your main option. Easy to transport, versatile, it captures without any jolting. Not insignificant option, its control is really easy thanks to the Karma remote control. On the other hand, we will of course regret the rather limited autonomy of the device. The ambitious will use the pack with the Hero6. As its slogan says, it is “more than a drone”.

Autonomy: 18 min in flight
Image quality: 4K
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Estimated price: 1050 €

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