Top 5 Most Popular Drones

Drones are now super popular, mainstream and whizzing around everywhere. And it's not hard to see why considering how useful they are for capturing aerial video and how fun they are to pilot. 

But finding the best drone in 2019 isn't easy. You want something that can record stunning 4K video, last for awhile on a single charge, fold up in a backpack for ultimate portability, and yet remain easy for beginners to master.

That's why we created this best drones 2019 buying guide, to sort the best drones for sale,

1. DJI Mavic Air

Weight: 430g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery size: 2,375mAh | Range: 6.2 miles
Price: RM3,727.00

DJI Mavic Air is the best drone of 2019 for most people, even though it came out last year. It's now heavily discounted and its portability vs power balance can't be beat. It can record steady 4K video at 60 frames per second, yet fit into a backpack or even a jacket pocket. 

There aren't many compromises either if you're okay with 21-minute battery life (typical for drones of this size). 

The Mavic Air is small, fast and can do a lot of neat tricks. It can track moving subjects, boomerang around them on a pre-coordinated path, and take spherical video as if it's crashing down to earth to capture your ultimate drone selfie

Advantages

  • Incredible portability
  • 4K video at up to 100Mbps
  • Near-perfect obstacle avoidance

Disadvantages

  • Really needs multiple batteries

2. DJI Phantom 4

Weight: 1380 g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.4MP | Battery size: : 5,350mAh | Range: 3.1 miles
Price: RM 4,399.00

The Phantom 4 brings with it a more sturdy construction, updated object-avoidance technology and – like so many of DJI's offerings – an excellent dedicated remote control which connects to an equally feature-rich smartphone app.

4K video recording is supported, and the gimbal design means you get rock-steady footage even when the drone is moving at speed and changing direction.

The biggest downer – and you'll notice this is a common complaint with many commercial drones – is battery life, which is only around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how hard you're pushing the drone.

While it's not quite in the same league as its Inspire 1 sibling, the Phantom 4 offers a similar degree of performance and functionality for a lower price, making it an excellent option for budding aerial photographers rather than experienced professionals.

Advantages

  • Nice and stable 4K footage
  • Fisheye lens
  • Excellent smartphone app

Disadvantages

  • Not easily upgradeable

3. Parrot Bebop 2

Weight: 500g | Controller: Optional | Camera resolution: 14MP | Battery size: 2,700mAh | Range: 300 metres
Price: RM 2,258.53

The Bebop 2 is a mid-range offering which won't break the bank yet offers a surprising amount of features for the price.

The camera utilises a fisheye lens, and stabilization software removes the need for a gimbal; combined with the intelligent construction of the chassis, which uses rubber dampeners to reduce vibration in-flight

This results in video footage that's refreshingly judder-free.

If you're feeling especially flush you can take the Bebop 2 to the next level by purchasing the optional flight controller and FPV headset.

The former connects to your smartphone and offers proper flight controls, while the latter uses your phone's screen to present a first-person view of what the Bebop 2 is actually seeing. It's initially quite jarring to fly the device in this fashion, but after a while you'll wish all drones came with such an accessory.

On the downside, Parrot has locked away some of the Bebop 2's more interesting features, such as route planning and ‘follow me' functionality, behind a paywall, which means the cost increases further if you want to use these. Battery life is also somewhat disappointing, so it may be worth investing in a spare power cell.

Advantages

  • Shake-free video recording
  • Excellent controller and headset

Disadvantages

  • Certain functions cost extra to unlock

4. DJI Mavic Pro

Weight: 734g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.35MP | Battery Size: 3830mAh | Range: 4.3 miles
Price: dari RM 3,494.00

It's now been superseded by the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, but this is still one of the best consumer drones around – and now it's more affordable too.

Until the DJI Spark came along, the Mavic Pro was the smallest drone in DJI's lineup. Don't let its diminutive size fool you though – this pint-sized flyer boasts the kind of performance that DJI's larger drones are famous for.

The camera is mounted on a gimbal, which is unusual for drones of this size. It delivers fantastic results with both photos and video in good lighting, although the small size of the sensor means low-light shooting can sometimes be tricky.

Mavic Pro has a top speed of around 40 mph, so it's no slouch in that department, and the battery is good for around 20 to 25 minutes of aerial action.

As is the case with other DJI drones, the Mavic Pro comes with a dedicated remote control that uses your phone's display to show you exactly what the device is seeing. Range is quoted as being over four miles, giving you the opportunity to capture some amazing stills and video without worrying about the connection dropping.

Advantages

  • Highly portable
  • Dedicated remote control

Disadvantages

  • Weak low-light shooting

5. DJI Inspire 2

Weight: 3440g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 30MP | Battery Size: 4280mAh | Range: 7 km
Price: dari RM 11,900.00

With a sleek metal composite bodywork upgrade, it's a much more attractive piece of kit. What's more, with more advanced object avoidance technology you don't have to worry about that beautiful body getting scratched by you accidentally clipping a tree. 

You get more than 25 minutes of flight time out of the twin-battery arrangement, and the ability to swap camera lenses means that professional photographers and videographers have complete control over their images and 5K video.

The fully-featured smartphone app and dedicated remote control make this drone incredibly easy to control, but make no mistake, this is a professional piece of kit. 

Advantages

  • Amazing build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Plenty of features

Disadvantages

  • Quite pricey

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