5 Top Drones in 2016

2016 has been an exciting year for the consumer drone industry, and as the days are fast rolling to a new year, here’s a look back to the top consumer drones released this year.


DJI kicked off the year by announcing the release of their 2 quadcopters:

* Phantom 3 4K – priced at $999, it’s basically the same as the Phantom 3 Professional, except for its controller which uses a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi video downlink from the quadcopter with a range of up to 1.2km (0.75 mile).

* Inspire 1 Pro Black Edition – priced higher than its original white version at $4,800, this has a black body and a black controller.

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DJI proves to be one of the leading, if not the best, drone manufacturers in the world. Aside from the 2 earlier mentioned drones, it has come up up with its latest offering, the Phantom 4 Pro, also a pricey drone at $1,499.

The Phantom 4 Pro is an upgrade from last year’s Phantom 4. You can now fly a full 31 miles per hour while obstacle avoidance is engaged. Previously, if you wanted to go that fast, you had to put the drone into Sport Mode, which disengaged crash avoidance. – Read more at:

The Phantom 4 Pro has both front and rear visual sensors that can detect obstacles up to 98 feet or 30 meters away. Sensors on its belly can help avoid landing on uneven ground or water, while infrared sensing systems on both sides allows the drone to figure out where it is within a space, recognizing obstacles up to 23 feet or 7 meters away. – Read more at:

From the French company Parrot comes the Disco drone, the first fixed-wing drone that can fly upto a speed of 50 mph.

It has its share of the good and the bad, based on one review – but the good seems to outweigh whatever the downside – it flies like a dream. […] With the included remote control, called the SkyController 2, the Disco does not allow you to do flips or rolls or other stunts. However, by adding an additional radio transmitter, you can use a high-end remote and perform maneuvers worthy of a professional stunt pilot.

Made of expanded Polypropylene (EPP) with carbon tubes for reinforcement, the Disco is also impressively light. – Read more at:

A drone that is touted as a competitor to DJI’s Phantom 4 as a heavyweight is the Yuneec’s Typhoon H drone – which is going straight for DJI’s jugular. This six-rotor beast costs $100 less than the Phantom 4, but has all the same bells and whistles — plus a few extra. […] the Typhoon H camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that can swivel in 360 degrees. The landing gear is also designed to retract at the flip of a switch so that it doesn’t get in the way of your shots. Read more at:

The implementation of the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems rules (Part 107) in August by the U.S. Dept. of Transportaion and the Federal Aviation Administration brought some eagerly awaited clarity to the industry, Tech Crunch reported, noting that this raised expectations by industry insiders of a big uptick in dollars invested in U.S. drone-tech companies. – Read more at:

The Droneologist also noted in its article, Changing the Airspace with Commercial Drones, that the skies may soon see more commercial drones. especially as more and more sectors realize the benefits these bring.

A much in-demand use for commercial drones is providing aerial photo services.



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