The Best Drones Of 2017

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When talking about drones, it generally refers to unmanned aircraft systems. They are basically flying robots. Importantly, drones can autonomously fly via a software-controlled flight plan in their set systems working closely with onboard GPS and sensors. Additionally, they can also be controlled remotely. While drones might seem likes toys, top-end and high-quality drones are very significant investments. The popular uses of drones include remote sensing, commercial and motion picture filmmaking, commercial aerial surveillance, exploration of gas, oil and minerals, disaster relief and many more. On that note, in the following discussion, we are going to look at the best drones 2017.

DJI Phantom 4

The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the best consumer drones on the market today. The drone measures 7 x 11.5 x 11.5 inches and importantly has an integrated Gimbal camera type. The drone also has automated flight features which keep changing depending on your preference. The features include waypoint, follow, orbit and return-to-home. As if not enough, the DJI Phantom 4 has four rotors, 12 megapixels, 720p, 1080p, 4k, 2.7k video resolution and importantly can support microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC video format.



  • Extremely stable and easy to fly
  • Incredible operating range with a live view of 720p
  • Return-to-home feature, obstacle avoidance, and other safety features
  • Automated flight modes and crucially high-speed sport mode
  • Subject tracking and recognition
  • Wide angle lens of 20mm



  • Relatively pricey
  • Requires third-party app in true mission planning.


DJI Inspire 2

If at all money is not a problem with you, DJI Inspire 2 is the drone to get. The drone comes with a superb build quality, top-end, and high performance and importantly offer a raw video capture t 5.2k. The best suits pro filmmakers, deep-pocket enthusiasts, and local news stations. The device supports aerial videography including dual-control operator and grade pro video compression. It’s an obstacle avoidance equipment and significantly has an improved speed from its initial version.


  • Intelligent flight mode
  • Interchangeable camera
  • ProRes and CinemaDNG recording
  • Obstacle avoidance and detection
  • High-speed sport mode
  • 360 degrees camera rotation and a retractable landing gear
  • FPV pilot camera that is integrated into the dual-operator control



  • Relatively expensive
  • Requires high-performance computer to edit videos


DJI Phantom 4 pro

This is generally an upgrade of stellar Phantom 4. The drone comes with additional features including a greatly improved camera and an extra obstacle sensor. The DJI Phantom 4 pro shoots 20MP JPG and raw photos, an image sensor that is four times that of the Phantom 4 and it can be able to capture a 4K footage at levels of up to 60fps. It’s one of the best drones when it comes to pro filmmaking and aerial videography.



  • 20MP JPG and raw images
  • Long distance control
  • Automated flight modes
  • High-performance flight mode
  • 24mm lens and 1-inch sensor camera


  • Limited functionality of the side sensor
  • Pricey
  • Must supply tablet or smartphone for the control of the camera


DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

The DJI Phantom 3 advanced is a well-known drone and actually one of the best on the market. The drone comes with a number of features including 2.7k video recording, captures professional videos at up to a quality of 4K and importantly can support microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC video format.



  • Automated flight mode
  • Very stable and easy to fly in the air
  • Captures smooth videos even when in motion
  • Wide angle-lens of up to 20mm
  • 20MP JPG and raw image capture
  • Live View feeds that of high quality.
  • Return-to-home feature, obstacle avoidance, and other safety features


  • Limited battery life
  • Does not support 4K
  • Angle lens that is wide gives some edge distortion.


DJI Mavic Pro Review

One of the small drones that are capable of doing big things. The drone actually delivers twice as much as all the features of the high performing drones of the DJI family. It’s very easy to use with a functionality that is not compromised. It can fly very fast and it’s usually very stable when on air.


  • Obstacle avoidance system
  • Stabilized 4K camera that is distortion free
  • Records in landscape and portrait mode
  • Flight time of 23 minutes
  • Intelligent flight modes ( follow, orbit)



  • Requires a full experience of smartphone
  • Not steady in strong winds
  • When testing it might fail to take off from grass



It is crystal-clear that the above-discussed drones are undoubtedly the best in the year 2017 and even the current market. If you are in need of drone for remote sensing, commercial and motion picture filmmaking, commercial aerial surveillance, exploration of gas, oil, and minerals, disaster relief, videography or filmmaking, these are the drones to for. The drones have everything you need.

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