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Our Best Christmas Drones 2018
With Christmas just around the corner, we put together our favourite drones from 2018. So this is our roundup with a perfect drone to suit anybody for Christmas, from the first time flyer to the seasoned pilot.
Budget Drone Choices
Best beginner drone for Christmas
DJI / RyzeTech Tello drone
The DJI / RyzeTech Tello is the perfect starter drone for beginners, with its simple one-button startup and throw and go launch system you can be up in the air in seconds. It features 720p electronically stabilised video, 5-megapixel photos, 100 metre flying range and 13 minute flight time. Tello is controlled using a phone or tablet, the app has loads of great flying features built-in and allows you to use its camera for an FPV view. Its a superb amount of sophisticated flying tech for under £100 ($100)!
Best toy drone for Christmas
Air Hogs Hyper Drift drone
Air Hogs Hyper Drift Drone is an awesome 2 in 1 with a clever design that lets you drift race along the ground using the propellers. Then if you hit a roadblock it detaches the drone launching it in to the air! Its shape means that it is always upright and ready to take off, even after big crashes. This is a great way to get in to drones, the Hyper Drift drone is affordable and robust enough to practice your flying skills without breaking the bank as well as being a while lot of fun.
Best Budget Folding Drone
Eachine E58 Drone
The Eachine 58 is a super affordable folding drone at under £70 ($70) including a controller for tactile control. It features 720p video and a 2 megapixel camera. A phone can be clipped in to the controller for a first person view. The Eachine 58 also features one-touch take off and landing, altitude hold and flight path trajectory, perfect for pilots just starting out.
Best minidrone for Christmas
The Parrot Mambo is an awesome mini drone that features some super fun add-ons. It includes a removable grabber arm for swooping in and picking up objects. It also includes a shooter canon that fires small pellets for a bit of air combat. On top of that the Mambo has some fun flight features like flips. Mambo is controlled through a smart device and features a hands free hover mode. An additional controller can be purchased for more tactile flight commands.
Mid-Range Drone Choices
Best HD camera drone for Christmas
The DJI Spark is a great starter camera drone, featuring a 12 megapixel camera, HD video and a 2-axis gimbal. It’s super simple to use with its palm take off, jedi-esk gesture features and tracking options. The Spark is controlled from a phone but you can purchase a dedicated controller separately for tactile controls and additional flight distance. Spark also features a racing mode
Best FPV bundle for Christmas
Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Bundle
FPV (first person view) is fun through a screen on a controller, but FPV goggles take that experience to the next level. Parrot’s Bebop 2 FPV bundle is one of the best value offerings on the market and a lot of fun to use. It includes the Skycontroller remote, Cockpit FPV Goggles and Bebop 2 drone with 14MP photos / HD video as well as automated flight features including return to home. If you have a little more to spend then it is worth considering the new Parrot Bebop 2 Power.
Best Travel Drone for Christmas
The Mavic Air is brilliant because it bridges the gap between the DJI Spark and the Mavic Pro offering power and portability, 3-axis stabilised 4k video and 12-megapixel raw images in a neat folding body. It also features APAS and additional obstacle avoidance sensors meaning it can intelligently fly around obstacles from most angles. This makes it hands down the best travel drone for tracking and follow shots. An awesome feature of the Mavic Air is that it shoots 120fps in 1080 video for buttery smooth aerial shoots. It can also shoot panoramic images which is a nice little feature.
Professional Drone Choices
Best 4k camera drone for Christmas
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro has undoubtedly the best 4k camera in a folding drone on the market. It’s folding body makes it easy to transport and it is packed with superb advanced flight features. Its Hasselblad camera and 1 inch CMOS sensor are a must have for anybody looking to create some seriously stunning aerial visuals.