Drone Buyers Guide 2017

Countless hours of research and hands-on testing help weed through the options to figure out what drone is right for your needs and budget.

Let me guess: You’re thinking about buying a drone?

You’ve double tapped countless drone photos on Instagram, you’ve re-watched a million different drone videos on YouTube, and you’ve already planned out the first dozen places you’re going to fly!

But then you started to look at prices, and tried to compare features, and stumbled across a DIY post that promised you could easily build an amazing drone for 1/2 the price, and… you got stuck.

What drone is right for me?

Do I really need those advanced features?

Should I really spend $1,000+ on something that might fly into the nearest lake?

All valid questions, which is why I decided to put together this buyer’s guide. I recently went through the exact same thought process, and did countless hours of research and hands-on testing to help weed through the options and figure out what drone is right for different needs and budget.

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What Happens When A Drone Gets Struck By Lightning?

To find out what happens when a drone is struck by lightning, YouTuber Tom Scott took a DJI Phantom 3 to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they hit it with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV.

So did the drone survive, or did it get blown into tiny little electrified pieces?

You’ll have to watch and find out:

Setapp Pranks Fishermen With Flying Fish Delivered By Drone

A few fishermen in an Orlando lake got quite a surprise when a DJI Inspire drone flew over them with a fish in a basket.

Setapp’s marketing message is “Take the easy way.” so they found a few fishermen in an Orlando lake, and flew a fish over to them using a DJI Inspire drone:

Real-Life Space Invaders Video Game Uses Drones And Lasers

For GeekCon 2016, Tomer Daniel and a crew of twelve hackers, welders, and coders built a real-life version of Space Invaders using drones as targets!

Players of Space Invaders with Drones sit on a turret that slides back and forth on rails, and they take aim at flying drones with their laser canon. When a drone is hit, the alien lights turn off, and the drone automatically returns to the ground and lands.

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The Weirdest Things Ever Attached To A Drone

Many drones carry cameras, but some drone pilots aren’t satisfied with just taking photos and videos.

Most people are happy to attach a camera to their drone and shoot some nice photos or videos.

But when drones can carry things, it’s only a matter of time before people start attaching weird things to their drones.

We’ve already seen a few people attach fishing gear to their drone and catch a fish, but what else is possible?

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DJI Phantom 4 Review Roundup

The DJI Phantom 4 is now shipping, which means it’s a great time to do a review roundup and see what everyone thinks.

There are a lot of drone-specific sites that have published their review of the DJI Phantom 4, but what does the mainstream media think?

Here is a roundup of the best reviews of the Phantom 4, including videos that show off what DJI’s new drone is capable of:

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Best April Fools Day Drone Jokes (2016)

With the popularity of drones increasing, there was no shortage of drone-related jokes, pranks, and other shenanigans.

It’s April 2, 2016, which means it’s a good time to look back at all of the ‘news’ stories that broke yesterday, and highlight some of the better April Fools Day efforts that involved drones.

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Can You Catch A Fish With A Drone?

With a drone, some fishing gear, and a little luck, it is possible to catch a fish with a drone!

Many people who like to fish and own a drone have probably asked themselves, “Can you catch a fish with a drone?”

Surprisingly, the answer is yes!

Here are a few examples of ingenious fishermen who used their drone to reel in a keeper:

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The Best GoPro Drones

GoPro cameras were designed to capture action, and what better way to capture action than by flying your GoPro through the air with a drone?

If you own a GoPro, and want to buy a drone to get your GoPro in the air, then this guide is for you.

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DJI Phantom 4 Accessories

When you buy a drone, you’re going to spend a lot of time thinking about all the cool places your going to fly it, and the amazing photos and videos you’re going to take with it. But have you considered the accessories you might need to help you capture those amazing photos and videos?

The DJI Phantom 4 is an amazing drone right out of the box, but to get the most out of it, you’re probably going to need a few accessories.

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