Choosing the right drone
Whether you’re a first-time flyer or an experienced drone handler, here’s our guide to some of best drones out there…
For the Rookie Pilot
The Ryze Tello Drone is the perfect option for first-time flyers.
Controlled from an app on your smartphone or tablet, one tap on the screen is all that’s required to take-off, land and hover. Fancy showing off a little? Use the Bounce Mode to impress your friends and family with some neat aerial tricks.
The Ryze Tello Drone can capture amazing HD aerial footage that you can stream or record to your phone. You can even pair it with a smart VR headset to experience an immersive birds-eye view from the sky.
Its compact size means it fits neatly into your bag, so you can always see the world from a different angle – whether you’re at the park, home or office. And if it runs out of battery or you lose signal, Failsafe Protection will make sure it lands safely.
For the Wannabe Hot-Shots
Are you finally getting to grips with drone flying, but still not quite ready to call yourself an expert? Then you should check out the Parrot ANAFI drone – it’s the perfect stepping stone between your starter drone and the proper professional kit.
Lightweight, foldable and robust, its carbon fibre structure is air-filled with glass microbeads, making it resilient to knocks and bumps while still weighing just 320g.
It also features safe flight tech that won’t let it stray too far from you. But, should you lose it, you can always pinpoint its location with Find My Drone.
Once it’s in the air, you can take smooth 4K HDR footage from any angle thanks to its 180° gimbal tilt and cinematic-style effects…
- Recreate the vertigo effect with Dolly Zoom
- Speed things up or slow them down with Hyperlapse and Slow-Motion Modes
- Cameraman functionality helps frame your subjects in aerial shots
- Follow Me keeps you in centre frame and at the heart of the action
The Parrot ANAFI can fly for 25 minutes and up to 33mph in Sports Mode. Should you need more airtime, the battery is easy to charge – just plug it into a USB-C power bank, laptop or smartphone to keep on flying.
For the Seasoned Aviators
If you’ve finally got the hang of this drone-flying malarkey and you’re ready to take full control, you'll love the DJI Mavic Air Drone.
Sleek, lightweight and built for impressive flight performance – accelerating to top speeds of 42mph – it really puts you in the pilot’s seat.
As you’d expect it comes with a controller, but for a totally hands-on experience you can use hand gestures to control this clever bit of kit.
Want to go totally hands-free while you focus on climbing, running or skiing? Just turn on ActiveTrack and your drone will automatically follow you.
It even comes equipped with a 4K UHD Camera, meaning you can capture ultra-high-quality footage, even from high in the sky.
Other features include:
- Three-axis gimbal for clear and steady shots
- Enhance the moment with 120fps slow motion
- Capture vertical, horizontal, spherical and 180° panoramas
- Share your footage straight to social media via the app
For those who were Born to Fly
If piloting a drone feels like second nature to you by now, and you’re looking to try out the latest, greatest tech, with incredible range and mind-blowing visuals – then this one’s for you.
Introducing the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
Capable of flying at speeds of 45mph and with 31 minutes battery life, you’ll stand the best chance of capturing the perfect shot.
Its many features include:
- OcuSync 2.0 technology, which lets you receive full HD video footage from up to 8km away
- Powerful Hasselblad camera for 20-megapixel aerial shots and stunning night-time visuals
- 4K HDR footage
- Active track 2.0 maps the subject location in 3D for perfect footage, even when the subject is far away
- Visual and infrared sensors prevent it from hitting obstacles
- DJI Goggles (sold separately) give you a drones-eye view of the world and allow you to control the camera with head movements
Make sure you fly responsibly
Whichever drone you choose, always follow The Drone Code set out by The Civil Aviation Authority when flying in the UK.
To make sure you’re following the safe-fly rules, check out our article on where you can – and can't – fly your new drone.