In recent years, the drone industry has exploded with some awesome new models capable of doing some amazing things.
Luckily, this innovation has not slowed down in 2016. In fact, we have been introduced to some of the most technologically advanced drone models ever produced.
In this article, I’m going to break down five of the coolest quadcopters of 2016 (so far). Grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy.
Let’s check ’em out:
1) GoPro Karma
On October 23rd, GoPro will officially release its much awaited Karma drone.
Available at a pre-sale price of $799, this quadcopter folds down into a lightweight case that you can carry on your back. This fits GoPro’s style of portable action sports filming equipment.
The drone comes with auto shot modes, making it easy for new pilots to get expert quality shots, and its controller comes with a touchscreen display for FPV viewing and adjusting settings.
With the GoPro Passenger™ app, your peers or flight partner can view your flight and even control your GoPro camera as you fly.
Karma is compatible with the Hero4 and Hero5, which are widely regarded as some of the best camera’s for aerial filming.
Karma looks like a sweet drone that many pilots are anxiously waiting to get a hold of.
2) DJI Phantom 4
This year, DJI released their best quadcopter rig yet: The Phantom 4.
The Phantom 4 is a phenom when it comes to drone technology.
First, it comes with an obstacle avoidance system. The drone bounces back and away from objects that come in its way.
It also has an extra long 28-minute flight time, giving pilots ample time to get as many good shots as possible before switching batteries.
The Phantom 4’s camera shoots 4K video and takes 12MP still photos. This makes it more than capable as a quality flying camera.
Once you combine all of this with its five intelligent flight modes and DJI’s reliability, it’s tough to find a better professional ready-to-fly rig on the market today.
3) Yuneec Typhoon H
The Yuneec Typhoon H is one of the few drones that’s comparable to the Phantom 4.
The Typhoon H also comes with an obstacle avoidance system, and its camera films video in 4K and shoots 12 megapixel photos.
But, the Typhoon H is a hexacopter, giving it added stability and lift. Its landing gear also moves up during flight, which offers the camera a 360-degree field of view.
And it’s a slightly smaller drone, making it easier to store and transport.
4) DJI Phantom 3 4K
After receiving demand for a cheaper model with a better camera, DJI came out with the Phantom 3 4K.
This quadcopter offers the power of 4K video at the fingertips of almost any pilot.
With its autonomous flight modes, it’s easy to fly and get quality shots at the same time. It also comes with a Vision Positioning System, which allows it to sense its surroundings during indoor flight.
The Phantom 3 4K can fly for up to 25 minutes per charge, and you can also fly in Beginner Mode, which allows you to set the drone to only fly a certain height and distance around you.
The Phantom 3 4K offers an excellent balance of features and affordability.
5) The Lily Drone
We round off this list with Lily, one of the coolest drones out there.
Lily is an action sports videographer’s dream. First off, it’s fully waterproof. No need to worry about droplets or large splashes damaging your tech.
Lily also flies itself. All you have to do is throw it in the air, and the drone’s propellers will begin spinning and hover in place. After turning on the tracking device and putting it in your pocket, the drone will begin following you as you engage in your activity.
It shoots video in 1080p, and it takes 12MP still photos.
If you’re into action sports, Lily is the drone for you.
Over to You
These are some of the coolest quadcopters of 2016, and who knows what 2017 will have in store for us.
What are your favorite quadcopters this year? Let me know in the comments below.
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