The hexacopter design of the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus offers a reliable and smooth flight experience for the attached 20mp camera.
- 28 - Minutes
- 4K - 30 FPS
- 30 - MPH
- 1 - MILE
The Parrot Anafi is one of few drones that looks up as well as it looks down. The 4K front mounted camera is on a...
- 25 - MIN
- 4K - 30 FPS
- 32 - MPH (50 km/h)
- 2.5 - MILES
The PowerVision PowerEgg X is a camcorder and waterproof drone all in one. Fly in the rain, remove the shell to add some flight time,...
- 30 - MIN
- 4K - 60 FPS
- 40 - MPH
- 3.7 - MILES
The UVify OOri is a fantastic drone for aspiring race pilots. It is stable and manageable in the living room, but can also run up...
- 5 - Minutes
- Basic FPV
- 50 - MPH
- 500 - ft
2020 marks a new era for drones, the Autel Robotics Evo II (Evo 2) series offers 6K and 8K cameras, and 40 minutes of flight...
- 40 - Minutes
- 8K - 48MP
- 45 - MPH
- 9 - KM
Some of the best drones on the market are from the dominating DJI. Starting with the Phantom drone, followed by Inspire, Mavic Pro, and Matrice UAV, DJI has a long list of successful and reliable machines. That being said, world politics are inspiring folks to avoid drones from this Chinese based manufacturer. DJI is going to great lengths to ensure that your data is safe and secure, with servers around the world, and even talk of opening a manufacturing facility to go with their offices in the United States.
For those that are worried, if you follow DJI’s guidelines, with the right settings, your flight data can be secured locally. Some account data makes it to DJI servers in China if you have an active account with them, and/or have purchased products directly from their site, but you can operate a drone offline, then download the flight data before you re-connect to the internet to avoid having it sync to DJI servers – even then, those servers are probably based in the U.S. as well, as DJI uses AWS servers, like most websites do. Should you opt for the US Government approved DJI Government edition drones, this task gets easier. Just remember, manufacturers of non-DJI drones also offer account sync, including flight logs and images, so research is required no matter what drone you purchase.
If you still have concerns, or you don’t have fears but want to see what else is out there, let’s dive in, here are some of the best off-the-shelf non-DJI drones on the market today.
Update: DJI has posted an analysis that attempts to debunk the top five myths about their company and security concerns. It’s always been hard for us to understand why drones that were built to U.S. government specs, and are approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for government use, are now being banned as being a security risk… Read on for more info: Five Common Myths about DJI
Things to know before you fly
- You must register your drone with the FAA before you fly
- You must affix your drone registration number to your craft
- Coming soon: The FAA will require you to pass a test before you fly your drone
- You must acquire your Part 107 certificate if you are to receive any compensation for your flight
- You must follow all of the FAA’s airspace rules if you are flying outdoors
- Hobby flights have different requirements from commercial flights
- In the eye’s of the FAA, drones are aircraft. Period.
- You need to acquire authorization to fly in controlled airspace
- Almost all drones over 249 grams will need a Remote ID broadcast starting April 21, 2021