So you’ve had fun with you budget drone – crashed more times than you can remember, broken a few props (and spent hours looking for the ones that pop off and fly into the most difficult to reach places), knocked a few pictures off the wall and frightened the cat.
But you did get some nice video and a few cool photos and now you want to move up to the next level.
Best Drones under £500
In this section we’re covering a wider price range from £100 to £500. What you will get with drones in this bracket is better quality photos, better video, drones with GPS which offer some smart flying modes and features like return to home, drones with collision avoidance systems and auto take-off and landing capabilities.
These drones are bigger than what you’ve been using so far. This means they can carry bigger batteries and therefore have longer flight times. It also means they can carry better spec cameras and have a camera gimbal that will allow you to control the camera remotely.
Of course these bigger drones are also more dangerous
With larger and firmer props, and are not suitable for indoor flying (unless you’re in something like a warehouse). And with the longer battery life you can fly further (and higher) so you’ll need to be aware of your surroundings and make sure you comply with CAA regulations near airports, military establishments and other sensitive areas.
Remember to always #HaveFunFlySafe.
At this higher price level the big drone players start to get involved.
Companies like; DJI, Yuneec and Parrot as well as some cheaper alternatives from Hubsan, UPair and Xiaomi. You’ll also be into proper racing drone territory – if that is your interest then check out our separate page on racing drones (coming soon).
Of course drones in this bracket all have spare props and batteries available but they usually come from the manufacturer rather than third parties so they are a bit more expensive, but necessary to give you the confidence and reliability.