The market of drones for private individuals has expanded considerably in recent years.
To help you see more clearly, we have answered the most frequently asked questions on the subject : prices, time-of-flight camera ..
Before we begin, we need to remember that the use of drones is regulated by the law. For security reasons, it is prohibited to fly over urban areas (streets, stadiums, parks), airports, or military bases. For more details, please visit the site AmateursDeDrones.fr or check out this short video.
The drones of our selection are models premium. You are looking for a device less than 50 € ? Then read our list of the best drones on the cheap.
What is the difference between a drone and a quadrirotor ? .
There isn’t really. A drone is a flying vehicle without a driver (UAV, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” in English) and a quadrirotor is a drone that has specifically four engines.
For marketing reasons, the term quadrirotor is rather used to cheap products, and drone for the devices more expensive.
How much is a drone ? .
It is possible to find drones of entry around 10 €, but if you want a camera on your device then it will need to spend at least 50 €.
For 100 €, you can find drones with a video feedback direct (via application or small control screen), and from 350 € the quality of the latter improves considerably.
Finally, so that your device can capture high-quality images, it is necessary that it has a good stabilization tool, and it costs at least 500 €.
Time-of-flight distance and volume
Most of the drones first prize have a flight time of 10 minutes. After this, it is necessary to recharge, which can take between 30 and 60 minutes via USB cable. Prefer a model to batteries or removable battery, and always have refills on hand.
The drones premiums themselves have up to 30 minutes of battery life.
For what is the radius of action, each manufacturer of drone announces the scope of its product but, as a general rule, it is 50 mr. remember that when you use a drone, the latter must always remain in your field of vision, so having a flight distance of 150 m is not necessarily useful.
Unless you are a professional driver, you are guaranteed that your drone will fall or bump into a wall, at least three times before you reach the master.
We recommend that you as well go take a look online to see if it is possible to buy spare parts (propellers, etc) for the model of drone that you are interested in.
All the drones do not have a camera, and when they have, the result can be disappointing.
Apart from the models the more expensive, the drones often have only a video resolution of 720 p (1280 x 720), and without a stabilization tool. The image is so blurry and shaky.
For the backup content, it is done either on a micro SD card or on a USB key, or directly on your phone.
Honestly, to shoot a video worthy of the name, it is better to choose a drone with a support for a camera sporting (GoPro etc) and a stabilizer.
1. DJI Mavic Air .
The DJI Mavic Air is a part of unmanned air vehicles general public the most successful in the market. Although it costs more than 800 €, it has a good price/quality ratio.
With Mavic Air, shoot video and take photos of your flights in ultra High-Definition (120 Mb/s and panoramic mode).
For selfies in the air (photos or videos), you have the choice between 6 modes “QuickShots” (shooting fast) : Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Spiral, Asteroid and Boomerang.
If you are not yet an expert driver, don’t panic, the Sport mode of the Mavic Air allows you to avoid the obstacles.
What we also like is its portability. This drone is foldable so you can carry it around with you.
Dimensions : 16,8 x 8.3 x 4.9 cm.
Flight time : 21 min.
Weight : 430 g.
2. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom .
The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is equipped with a 4x zoom lens whose optical zoom x2. Thanks to the technologies Dolly Zoom and Hyperlapse, the focus is adjusted and your images are of a stability surprising.
With a Full HD resolution for movies, and a Super-Resolution 48 Mpx for your photos, prepare yourself to obtain images of an amazing quality.
In addition, your photos are automatically processed, for an instant publishing on your social networks.
Thanks to the sport mode, making aerial shots at any pace up to a speed of 72 km/h. Its technology with low noise DJI, it ensures an enjoyable flight and silent, for nearly 31 minutes.
As if that were not enough, the support system advanced to the pilot of the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is more evolved and with the help of its sensors it avoids all kinds of obstacles.
Obviously, such a product has a significant cost and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is no exception to the rule. Despite a price of around 1 200 €, its price-quality ratio is undeniable and it is an excellent device full of resources.
Dimensions : 214 x 91 x 84 mm.
Flight time : 31 min.
Weight : 905 g.
3. DJI Mavic Mini .
The Mavic Mini is a scaled down version of the Mavic Air. When it closes, it reaches to the small size of 140 × 82 × 57 mm, compared to 245 × 290 × 55 mm once unfolded (including the propellers). It weighs only 250 g, a feather weight that allows you to carry it anywhere without it becoming cumbersome.
Its goal of 12 Mp offers a photo rendering exceptional, and it is able to record videos at 2.7 K. In addition, in order to film different shots, it is possible to juggle between the four modes QuickShots : Dronie, Circle, Spiral and Rocket.
Thanks to built-in sensors, either during the take-off, landing or in flight, and the Mavic Mini flat with precision and safely. It is also easy to control via DJI Fly, its application is very intuitive. To improve your performance, follow the tutorials and navigate between its various features.
The battery fits in a compartment at the rear, near which you will find the location of micro SD and a micro‑USB port to charge or transfer your files.
Dimensions : 24,5 × 2,90 × 5.5 cm unfolded, 14 × 8,2 × 5,7 cm folded .
Flight time : 30 min.
Weight : 250 g.
4. DJI Mavic Pro .
The drones-collapsible, it is the future. Thanks to its new throttle control and its many modes of automatic piloting, the Mavic Pro is simple to use. In addition, its compact size makes it one of the drones to premium the most easy-to-carry.
The Mavic Pro is certainly very expensive, but it is technically more advanced than the new Phantom 4 Advanced, while costing nearly € 600 less.
We just regret that it is not possible to detach his support for the camera when you do not need.
Dimensions : 24 x 24 x 11 cm.
Flight time : 27 min.
Weight : 743 g.
5. Parrot Anafi .
With a gimbal (attachment for camera) tilt to 180 degrees, a battery that can be recharged via USB-C, a zoom up to 2.8 X without loss of image quality and the ability to record video 4K, HDR, Anafi is a great drone.
It is a quiet, very compact that you can take with you anywhere.
Its use is suitable for both beginners and professionals.
Note, however, that to guide your Parrot Anafi, you need to use the FreeFlight application 6 (iOS, Android), you should also be aware that some of the modes of the autopilot must be unlocked through the purchase of options.
Dimensions : 17.5 x 24 x 6.5 cm.
Flight time : 25 min.
Weight : 302 g.
6. Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV .
With Bebop, 2 Power FPV, made shots from all angles. For even more thrills, arm yourself with Cockpitglasses and slalomez at a speed of up to 64.3 km/h.
Thanks to its two batteries and its functionality Follow me (Follow me in French) which uses your GPS data, fly for 30 minutes without having your smartphone out of your pocket.
Unlike the DJI Mavic Air, the Parrot Bebop is unfortunately not foldable, and her videos have a resolution of “only” 1080 pxl.
Its spare parts are available on the official website of Parrot.
Dimensions : 38 x 32,8 x 8.7 cm.
Flight time : 30 min .
Weight : 525 g.
7. Hubsan H501S X4 .
The H501S of Hubsan has a built-in camera and a remote control with a screen of 3.7 inches which relays the video stream of the drone in first person view (as if you were inside).
This model has a GPS and its flight time is about twenty minutes. As it takes several hours to recharge, we recommend that you invest in one or two spare batteries.
Dimensions : 22 x 7 x 22 cm.
Time of flight : 20 min.
Weight : 410 g.