What is the Best Drone? Summer 2016 Edition

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As you know the quadcopter market keeps evolving  And it has done just that, evolved (a lot) again, over the last year. Which brings back the same question people had last year; what is the best drone currently on the market?

We’ve seen new technologies (like Obstacle Avoidance) and improvements to already existing technologies (like Follow me and GPS hold) in a way we couldn’t have predicted a year ago. And although drones didn’t really get smaller this year they did get a lot better.

Drones (we’d normally say “quadcopters” or UAVs but the term drone is now so common on the internet we’re going to roll with it) like the Yuneec Typhoon H, the DJI Phantom 4 and the newest player on the market, the AirDog, all incorporate some or all of these new and improved technologies.

At the same time, we’re seeing GPS and altitude hold trickle down to cheaper drones so they keep improving as well. In short, it has been another amazing year for quadcopter enthusiasts and we’ve seen many improvements since we wrote this post last year.

We’ve also seen new manufacturers coming to the scene. Although most of those are still playing catch up some have caused quite an uproar. One of these companies is AirDog with their drone specifically designed for action sports enthusiasts. That quadcopter is full of some of the latest tech and might be the most autonomous consumer quadcopter on the market.

But, with so many (new) options available the question only becomes harder to answer so what is the best drone? So we’re here to help.

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Even though the question “what’s the best drone” still sparks (and probably always will) the biggest debate amongst quad enthusiasts all around the world we’ll anser it for you. But you should know that it’s a bit like asking “what is the best car” or “what is the best phone”. And just like when you try to answer those questions you’d better be willing to put on a flame retardant suit. Obviously, we here at QuadHangar have our own opinion based on the quadcopters we’ve reviewed. So we’ll put on that flame retardant suit and will tell you what we think the best drones are with the  summer of 2016 just ahead of us.

Let’s get to it!

What is the best drone – QuadHangar’s Top Three:

NameDJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter Airdog Action Sports Drone
 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter reviewYuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter reviewAirDog Action Sports Drone
Amazon Rating
MSRP$1399.00$1299.00$1599.00
Lowest Price$819.99Amazon See it$799.99Amazon See it$1299.00Amazon See it
BrandDJIYuneecAirDog
TypeQuadcopterHexacopterQuadcopter
Video ReviewWatchWatchWatch
Best forAerial Photography/VideographyAerial Videography/PhotographyAction Sport Videography
Skill LevelAllIntermediate/Advanced although beginners can fly itAll
Wingspan (mm)410
Video Camera4K, 30FPS, streaming to Youtube, Facebook & Periscope4K @ 30FPS, streaming 720pGoPro
Remote ControlIncluded, lightbridgeIncluded, ST-16AirLeash
BatteryLiPo 4s, 5350mah5400mAh5.600 mAh
Flight Time28 2510-18 minutes
Weight3.04 pounds4.1 pounds4.12 pounds
Dimensions14.96 x 8.66 x 12.8 inches21.25 x 17 x 12.5 inches24.68 x 24.68 x 5.39 inches
 Read the ReviewRead the ReviewRead the Review
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We know, this year’s list looks completely different from last year’s top 3.

While last year we picked one from each category (indoor, aerial videography/photography/fun) this year we decided to put out what we think are the best 3 consumer drones on the market, based on their technological capabilities.

Autonomous flight, obstacle avoidance, preset flight paths, special modes, auto–takeoff, auto-land, and more – these 3 have different combinations of those amazing features making them easy to fly for pilots of all levels. Not only that, they are all capable of shooting 4K footage (although with the AirDog it’ll depend on your GoPro) so they are also ideal for the filmmakers amongst us. Or even for those who are looking for high-quality footage of, amongst other things, their vacations.

So we think these 3 are the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to ready-to-fly (RTF) consumer drones. If you’re looking for the best drone, you can’t go wrong with any of these. Just keep in mind that the AirDog was developed for a special target audience, action sports enthusiasts, so it may not meet all your requirements if you’re not part of that group. But, if we had an unlimited budget that we were to spend on RTF consumer drones, these 3 multirotors would be the ones we’d be ordering right now.

You can find our full reviews of these 3 quadcoptes here:

DJI Phantom 4 review

Yuneec Typhoon H review

Airdog review

Other drones
As we picked the 3 most technologically advanced consumer drones (in our opinion) we left out a lot of others. So, if you are interested in 3 best drones for specific uses (f.i. beginner drones)  check here to see our opinion. And if you’re looking for the best drone for real estate photography and video, click this link.

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If you like these quadcopters but they’re out of your budget, just have a look at last summer’s list. They are still great machines and definitely worth considering if you’re on a budget. It’s a bit like cars. A new model comes out every year but the previous model is still great and can even be a better investment.

Now it’s up to you. Use the comments to let us know what you think the best drone is (RTF) and why you think so. And if you found this article useful or it gave you some ideas about what to look for please share it with your friends as well. You can easily do that by clicking the social media buttons at the top of the post.

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Have a great summer!

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