Top 3 Drones of 2017

The personal and professional use of drones has expanded exponentially over the last few years. They can be a significant investment and many consumers are not yet knowledgeable about the difference between drone excellence and mediocrity. Drone enthusiasts may also want to consider whether you are interested in limited personal use or professional-grade image and video capabilities. Here are three top flight drones worth your time and money for 2017.

DJI Mavic Pro

The Mavic Pro may be as futuristic as it is powerful. The quadcopter collapses down to the size of an average water bottle. At 3.27 x 7.8 x 3.27 inches, it’s a highly portable product. It has a max speed of 40 mph with a transmission range of 4.3 miles. It enjoys GPS and satellite control, Smartphone camera adaptability that records 4K videos and can live stream to Facebook. The Mavic Pro provides terrific bang for your buck at about $950.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Not to be confused with the Phantom 4 that retails for about $500 less, the Pro enjoys a highly improved camera that benefits videographers and photographers alike. The Pro’s design includes a 1-inch image sensor that hits the 4K footage mark and 20MP JPG stills. At 7 x 11.5 x 11.5, the Pro weighs in at 3.1 pounds and requires FAA registration. It integrates forward, rear and downward facing obstacle sensors. This allows users to hover close to trees, buildings or engage in low-level flyovers at safe distance. The drone comes with a carrying case and sizeable remote controls for comfortable flight operations. At about $1,500, it’s a terrific value drone.

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Zerotech Dobby

Micro drones are quickly becoming all the rage and the Dobby is smaller than most phones. This foldable pocket drone has a range of about 325 feet from a Wi-Fi-connected iOS or Android device. Launching the mini can be fun because you can toss it in the air and tap a flight mode. The smart device can also be programmed for voice control. It is geared toward personal enjoyment and has the ability to adequately shoot short 4K videos and 13-megapixel stills and selfies. The mini drone runs about $225, which is reasonable for its limited personal pleasure.

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