CNET Top 5
The best drones available todayWe picked the brain of CNET editor Josh Goldman to find out which drones deserve your hard-earned money.
These are the top five drones you can buy right now. If you're gonna have a drone, why not have the best? We get to test all kinds of drones here but these are the ones that are worth your hard earned money. Spoiler, get used to hearing DJI in this video. At number five is the Yuneec Breeze 4K. This isn't a toy drone and it really isn't for racing. The Breeze 4K is a selfie drone that you can control with your phone in an app. The Breeze 4K has some good automated flight mode for fun shots. While a camera record video in 4K. As you figured out by the name .You probably want to stick to HD video. Why? The HD mode use digital image stabilisation. So you get smoother video. In 4K mode the video might not look too great with the movement. Or when it's a gust of wind. Also, flight time is around 12 minutes, so it's probably best used for quick shots. Coming in a number 4 is the Parrot Bebop 2. Sharing the name with everyone's favorite purple mohawk wearing war hawk human hybrid. The Bebop can do lots of tricks very easily. It's also very safe. Check out what happens when the BeBop 2 runs into an object, the propellers stopped immediately. There's also a version with an FPV pack, which comes with a controller and a headset, which gives you a first person viewpoint of what your drone is seeing. The controller in the FPV is also smaller than its been in the past. Number three is the DJI Spark, its very compact but its gesture support grabs your attention This Spark, let you take pictures without the need of anything else. Of course, you get better control using the app, or you can have increased precision, thanks to an optional controller. Flight time is a bit on the short side under 16 minutes. So you might wanna grab some spare batteries. The camera on the Spark is really good, with a two axis motorized [UNKNOWN] for smooth movement and video. [MUSIC] We are at number two, which brings us to the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. The Phantom 4 Pro is easy to fly in beginner mode. Outside of that mode you can get this drone speed up to 45 miles per hour, that's around 72 kilometers per hour. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro shoots smooth video and can track objects. What's the downside? It's pretty pricey. So if you're just dabbling in drones, maybe the Phantom 4 Pro isn't for you. And the number one drone you can get, is the Mavic Air by DJI. It folds up, has a stabilized camera, and can be used in the air for around 20 minutes. The video shoot is very smooth, even when there are Strong winds. The Mavic Air also features gesture controls like the DJI Spark, gesture away. The Mavic Air also has some advanced object collision avoidance features. It can go over or around objects, to keep moving forward. Thanks to Josh Goldman for his help on this top five. What features are most important to you in a drone? Do you wanna race them? You wanna take selfies? Take selfies while you race a drone while you're on foot? Let us know. I'm Iyar Akhtar and I'll see you online.