There are a few drones that have paved the way for all others on the market, machines that many people identify at a glance, or are what people think of when they think of the word “drone.” We believe the DJI Phantom line is perhaps the most iconic drone around, but it is hard to ignore the presence of the Inspire, the multitude of props on the Typhoon and the extremely popular folding design of the Mavic Pro.

  • Phantom
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    DJI Phantom 3

    (7.6)
    $599.00 BUY
    • 23 - Minutes
    • 1080p - 30 FPS
    • 36 - MPH
    • 3.1 - MILES
    An icon in its time, the DJI Phantom 3 became the iconic drone that comes to mind when you hear the word drone.
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    DJI Inspire

    (8.9)
    $1,229.00+ BUY
    • 18 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 49 - MPH
    • 4.3 - MILES
    The DJI Inspire rapidly became a dream drone for many, with retracting landing gear and more, it is just a cool drone.
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    Yuneec Typhoon H

    (8.0)
    $1,199.00 $949.00 BUY
    • 25 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 43.5 - MPH
    • 1 - MILE
    The Typhoon H was the initial folding retail hexacopter from Yuneec. This capable machine matched the Phantom drones at launch for camera quality and flight...
  • Hubsan H111

    (8.2)
    $18.00 BUY
    • 5 - Minutes
    • No camera
    • 7 - MPH
    • 150 - ft
    The Hubsan H111 is one of the best nano drones for flying around the house. It is a tiny machine that fits in the palm...
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    DJI Mavic Pro

    (9.0)
    $999.00 BUY
    • 27 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 40 - MPH (65 KPH)
    • 4.3 - MILES
    Introduced in 2016, the DJI Mavic Pro redefined portability for consumer drones. The folding design made for a drone that could safely slide into a backpack...

For now, let’s first dive into the drones that everyone knows, and then we’ll explore the newer drones that have all but replaced these iconic beasts over the years.

Original iconic drones

Phantom

DJI Phantom 3

April 2015

Release Date

Some might call the DJI Phantom 3 the most important drone of all time for DJI. I might say that is the Mavic Pro, but there is no way to ignore the cultural significance of the Phantom drone. For a lot of the general community out there, the Phantom 3 is the drone that comes to mind when they hear the word drone. The drone itself was solid for its time, but offers the sort of specs that get laughed out of the market today. 1080p video capture, no obstacle avoidance and more, at least on the original version. DJI launched four versions total, including the Pro and 4K, with the 4K being the last out the door and first with 4K capture.

You can grab the DJI Phantom 3 for about $599 and bump to the Phantom 3 Pro for about $799. Remember that this drone is discontinued, stock may vary.

Inspire

DJI Inspire

November 2014

Release Date

Few drones captured the reputation of being a monster of a drone quite like the DJI Inspire. We call it now the Inspire 1, to differentiate it from the newer Inspire 2, but it's still that same killer drone that got people excited. The retractable landing gear, 360 articulating camera gimbal and design captured imaginations. Sadly, the drone gained popularity through a bunch of drone crash videos, but in the industry, it marked the beginning of being able to access a superb drone for a price that a consumer can handle.

High speeds, superb cameras, a unique drone design and more sold for a price well above double what you can snag it for today. Check out the DJI Inspire 1 for about $1229 today. As a discontinued drone, stock and prices may fluctuate.

Hexacopter

Yuneec Typhoon H

June 2016

Release Date

The Yuneec Typhoon H is a folding hexacopter with 4K camera and effective flight features. The design has become iconic of Yuneec drones, offering the safety and stability of six propellers and the versatility of a center-hanging camera. The remote control of the Typhoon H is an Android powered device with built-in 7-inch display and all the controls needed to navigate the aircraft and operate the camera.

GPS connectivity and multiple smart flight modes ensure a successful flight for most pilots and operations. Basic obstacle avoidance sensors help keep things safe, with the option of the Typhoon H Pro with equipped Intel RealSense collision avoidance sensors.

The attached CGO3+ camera offers 4K video resoplution at 30 fps and still images at 12MP. As a discontinued drone, you can still find the Yuneec Typhoon H for about $950.

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