- Jonathan Feist | Drone Rush
The best drones around are a diverse set of flying machines. There are some amazing UAS out there for everyone from the living room pilot and mountain climbing photographer all the way up to the drones used in Hollywood or for passenger flight. These are fun times, and 2018 is proving to be a turning point where hobby pilots, like you, can step up to pilot drone deliveries and more as flight takes hold around the globe.
We’re here to explore the best of the best in the drone industry, today is all about the best drones that you can buy on a store shelf in 2018. Please note, we are going to focus mostly on the sub-$2000 range, you can get some amazing machines for top dollar, let’s instead focus on the machines that most of us can afford at home. Join us for our rundown of the best drones for sale today.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
In August 2018, DJI announced the DJI Mavic 2 series of drones, including the Pro and Zoom models. Iterative updates to the DJI Mavic Pro drone, each of the two new models offer a different camera experience. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro offers a 1-inch camera sensor, that’s the same size as the Phantom 4 Pro. Thing is, this new Hasselblad build camera may just be the best camera that DJI has to offer without looking at the $3000+ DJI Inspire 2. With all-direction obstacle avoidance sensors and almost all of the best flight features that DJI has to offer, this is going to be a very hard drone to beat for a while.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
With the DJI Mavic 2 Pro taking our top spot for favorite drone these days, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is only a close second. The newly built 1/2.3-inch camera sensor is an improvement even over the DJI Mavic Air, and its secret trick, which is not so secret, is built into the name, it has a 2x optical zoom. In addition to some fun camera modes that take advantage of the zoom, this is a powerful tool for commercial operations or any other spot where you need to get the camera closer, but you can’t actually fly closer. Aside from the camera, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro are the same drone, so look for all the best safety and flight features baked in.
DJI Mavic Air
Announced on January 23rd, shipping starting January 28th, 2018, the new DJI Mavic Air is the culmination of everything learned from the Mavic Pro and Spark. The new machine combines the best of both existing drones and makes it better. It folds down even smaller than the Spark, but is still larger in the air. You’re looking at 4K video recording and 12 MP stills, those videos are at 100 Mbps, which will translate to the best camera experience of the three.
The new drone is light, compact, folds down and can fly by hand gestures. Check it out at the links below and stay tuned, we have plenty more coverage coming:
Have a specific need in mind?
Before we dive in to explore the best drones regardless your needs, we wanted to mention that we have many curated lists on our site. These drone lists are tailored to your needs – if you are looking for the best nano drone, mini drone, camera drone, racing drone and more, we have a list for you. These lists differ from our global Best Drones list you are reading now by further explaining what makes a specific drone great for a need. Have a read through the best list here today, then hit up the other lists when you are ready to narrow down for a purchase.