The Top 10 Best RTF FPV Drones 2 Buy 4 Christmas 2017
This year, there’s no doubt that a drone will be high on top of most every kid’s Christmas gift wish! Even the grown ups too! So the Drone Watchdogs has done some sniffing around and seeking out, and from what we’ve gleamed so far in 2015 about commercial UAV drones, we’ve put together a list of what are the best drones to buy for Christmas 2017. And we’re only in May! The way that drone technology is increasing, by December, there may be other new drones released by UAV drone manufacturers that are better than those listed here. But for now, these are currently some of the best RTF (Ready To Fly) and FPV (First Person View) drones for sale to the public for fun and for professional reasons too, either for someone else as gift, or for yourself.
If want to read more about Professional quadcopters that are made for filming and photo then read this article
Top 10 Best RTF FPV Drones to Buy For Christmas 2017
1. Phantom 3 Professional RTF FPV Quadcopter Drone
While it costs around a grand, the Phantom 3 Professional quadcopter drone is one of the most sophisticated advanced quadcopter drones you can buy today. It also carries one of the best cameras going for capturing 12 Megapixel photos and recording and streaming ultra high quality FHD 4K video to either your mobile smartphone, tablet or other device in real time. The Phantom 3 Professional version is super easy to fly and the controller has a range of up to 2 kilometers! But it’s the built in fail safe features that add that extra layer of peace of mind. If you go out of range or the batteries get low, one touch of a button and the Phantom 3 drone will automatically return home to you using GPS technology. If you need the best quality aerial photography or cinematography that is super smooth of Hollywood quality and want to stream this straight to your eyes while controlling the camera independently of the speed and direction the drone is flying in from over 2 kilometers away then absolutely, the Phantom 3 Professional quadcopter drone is going to do be able to do all of that for you in spades. The 3rd series has an improved battery providing up to 25 minutes flight time and can be purchased separately. Whether you need to take some aerial footage of an event, wedding or ceremony or need professional aerial property photos or surveillance. Or you just want to have fun flying something safely that looks like it just fell out the time machine.
Of course, the Phantom 3 Quadcopter Drone is currently the latest in the line of Phantom drones from DJI and near one the most expensive too at £1,500. You can go down one and purchase the Phantom 3 Advanced version for £100.00, it’s the same drone but only has a 1080p HD 12 megapixel camera and the resolution is different. It can still do everything the Phantom 3 Professional can but it has a cheaper price tag by about 500 quid. Oh, and it has silver bands. But moving down and backwards, they get cheaper still with the Phantom 2 Vision+ which is currently £800 coming with camera and gimbal down to £499 for the Phantom 2 drone on its own. The original and first Phantom 1 drone trends at about £350 but a lot of places are out of stock. You’ll find used ones for sale on eBay and other GumTree though at cheaper prices than this.
2. DJI Inspire 1 RTF FPV Quadcopter Camera Drone
Also one of the most expensive consumer commercial UAV quadcopter camera drones for sale to the public you can buy today but if we’re going to do a top 10 best drone list then DJI’s Inspire 1 Drone has to go on it! We should be listing this at the top because the Inspire 1 drone has technologically advanced all-in-one flying cameras that you can buy today. Not only is the Inspire 1 drone awesome to look at, it can provide you with the best aerial photography and cinematography you can get. It’s 4K 12 Megapixel camera gives you a full, unrestricted 360⁰ view. If you’re serious about the quality of the video or photos you want to take then the Inspire 1 is your all-in-one flying movie and filmmaker. It’s powerful, strong and lightweight. It’s easy to fly and control and can be controlled by 2 people at once (one flying the other using the camera). It has some of the same drone technologies within it that the Phantom series do. You can live transmit 720p HD video from up to 2km away. It has tons of fail safe features built into it like the auto return home. It’s not a drone for beginners and novices! It’s not a toy for kids to fly, crash and burn! It’s a serious flying camera drone for a serious user that wants the best that drone technology can offer. Price wise you can buy the Inspire 1 with one remote for £2400 or two remotes for £2750.
3. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 RTF FPV Quadcopter Drone Power Edition
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadcopter Camera Drone – POWER EDITION is another flying camera drone that is going to be high on everyones Christmas gift list this year because for the price the Parrot A.R.Drone is well packed with the same drone technology but can also do stunts and flips on command. Not to mention the FPV ability where you can stream live 720p HD video to your mobile phone or tablet. The AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition includes an extra battery which extends your flying time to 36 minutes, so 18 mins flight time per battery. With the Power Edition as well as an extra battery, you also get 3 different coloured replacement blades which might come in handy when you first start off and crash and snap a propeller. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 has responsive controls and is easy to fly and get the hang of. It can do stunts and 360° flips in the air on the spot. Controllable on WiFi on your Apple or Android device.
The AR.Drone has a claimed range of 165ft (50 meters). You can double this range if you use a range extender but it can have an effect on other controls and consume battery life faster. Autopilot auto take off/land and auto return home features. excellent for flying both indoors and out and an ideal camera drone for both beginners and experts alike too. That only covers a handful of the Parrot AR.Drone’s features and abilities. Overall the FPV experience it can provide where you see what it sees, and control it all on the same screen too is immense. Intensify the experience with a pair of FPV glasses or headset like the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED glasses boom! Now you can see what it sees, fly away somewhere and have a look and fly back again. All for around £300. Although they’ll want to hold that value they have now, by Christmas time they will assuredly be priced less than that.
Another Parrot drone, the Parrot BeBop flying camera drone, that is just completely packed full of all the latest drone technology like First Person View piloting in full HD video stabilized on 3-axes for the 14MP fisheye view camera with live HD video streaming from a 250 meter range. It’s fast and its able to provide you with FPV piloting when combined with the SkyController receiver. The Parrot BeBop drone is easy to fly on your smartphone or tablet device and can fly indoors and out. It’s a light weight but strong and stable camera drone that offers independent camera controls while keeping the drone stable. The BeBop generates its own WiFi which means you can extend the range to up to 2km. It comes in around the middle of expensive top range drones that require some good drone piloting skills and then coming in around those low grade plastic drones for beginners. Although it’s one of the priciest drones it does come with a lot of technology that make flying it fun and friendly. It’s safety features help in case of collisions or you need it to auto land. It’s small compact size and flying abilities make it truly unique and adaptable for any flight plan. But all that onboard tech and processing power that it does can hit the battery hard and reduce that flight time down to nearly half of that 22 minutes flight time when not recording/streaming video. Again, we’ve only covered a handful of the BeBop Drone’s features but it’s one that virtually everyone will consider when wanting to buy a drone for the first time or for a more long term professional reason. Trending on Amazon at £399.99 – £549.99
Stream Live HD Video to Your Smartphone or Tablet.
Ready To Fly and Easy to Fly using FreeFlight 3 App.
14 Megapixel 1080p HD Fisheye View Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal.
Whether its for yourself, or for someone else as a gift. Whether that person is young or old, nobody will be able to contain their excitement on finding a Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone in their stocking! This nano sized flying camera drone is small in size but packed full of drone technology that make it super easy and super fun to fly and pilot. The Rolling Spider Nanodrone gets its name from the rolling up walls and across ceilings it can do because of the 2 wheels that are attached to it. This makes it ideal for flying indoors and for beginners too although it’s got some accelerometer and gyroscope sensors inside that help it hover perfectly on the spot, it can also do insane 90° to 360° flips on command. With the wheels attached to it you get around 6 minutes flight time and 8 minutes without the wheels. Without, it can reach speeds of up to 18Kmh so its pretty nippy! It’s onboard camera can take 300px 0.3-megapixel photos and store them internally to an SD card or live share them instantly to the Parrot cloud community. The Parrot Rolling Spider isn’t FPV enabled but is ready to fly and not one you would want to overlook if you want to make a statement or have the best nanodrone technology can bring.
It’s being able to control the Rolling Spider Nanodrone on your mobile or tablet while streaming and recording 720p high-definition live video to your smartphone or tablet whilst flying it at the same time that makes its a completely exhilarating experience when combined with FPV glasses. There is basically two ways to control it either with the on-screen virtual joysticks or by using your devices gyroscope sensors to control it. That is only recommended for pros in wide open spaces though as can get a bit tricky. Overall the Parrot A.R.Drone is a camera drone that is aimed more at the fun side of flying drones. And with a price tag that’s trending now for around £300.
The UDI U818A Quadcopter FPV camera drone is one of the best selling quadcopter camera drones on Amazon and it’s manufactured by a popular and well respected UAV manufacturer UDI who make high quality quadcopter drones like this and the U818A is one of their best sellers. It’s also one of the nicest looking and designed quadcopters which can be used for indoor and outdoor flying. The U818A has most of the features that quadcopters in its class have and is ready to fly out of the box. The 500 mAH LiPo battery provides around 9 minutes flight time and the 2.4GHz 4 channel RC controller gives you a range of around 30 meters. The U818A drone is 6-Axis stabilized (3 gyros and 3 accelerometers) built in to provide flight stabilization and assist in hovering and smooth forward flying. It can do 360° flips also. The on board camera can snap aerial photos and record video at 1280x720px resolution at 30FPS and you can store it to the 1GB Micro SD card thats included. You could get a larger SD card but the battery would die before you could fill it up anyway. The hull is made from a toughened durable plastic that protects the propellers. That said, for the price and features we think the UDI U818A is an excellent starter drone for beginners and for advanced flyers too. Broken a piece or need a replacement? Fortunately spares and replacements can be purchased. The DGI swaps out the camera for a camera transmitter so you can stream it to the LCD display in FPV mode. Trending on Amazon now for £50.00.
A great affordable quadcopter camera drone for flying indoors and outside. It can stabilize itself in mild wind conditions and can fly in any direction.
These abilities come from the 6-Axis gyro sensors giving the drone complete stabilization while in flight.
A nice looking quadcopter. Will make for a top Christmas gift for your friends or loved ones starting with drones. Or even yourself!
You can charge the U818 on your PC or laptop within around 40 minutes with the included USB charging cable.
Full 2.4 Ghz RC controller provides a fair long distance range of control without consuming lots of battery power.
With the onboard stability you’ll be able to do flips and rolls in minutes and make you look like you’re a pro in no time.
All for a very reasonable price that wont leave you with no money left for anyone else’s presents!
7. Hubsan H107D X4 FPV RTF Minidrone
The Hubsan H107D X4 is one of the smallest compact nano-sized quadcopter FPV camera drones that can do live video transmission to the controller on the mini LCD screen attached to it. It’s small, tough and durable and the built in LCD Monitor on the 2.4Ghz RC controller works a treat to see what it sees, in real time. And the quality is clear and crisp on the 5.8Ghz Video Transmission System. Seriously, the H107D is a mean looking, tech packed mini FPV drone that will provide you with around 7 minutes flight time and an FPV video range of up to 100 meters. You can do FPV mode and have it transmit video to the controller monitor and also record internally to a 16GB Micro SD Card. What’s greatest about the H107D is the way its built so that even after a kid flying it for 20 minutes it will still continue to fly. The propeller blades are thick and durable and its easy to fly. A 6-Axis flight control system lets you set the gyro sensitivity for smooth, stable flight indoor and out. Its Li-Po battery can be charged quickly via USB charging cable in about 30 minutes. Overall the Hubsan H107D X4 is an impressive and interesting FPV nanodrone to consider for first time flyers and buyers and pros alike letting you capture some awesome aerial videos and photography as well as see what’s going on around the corner from up above. It’s 4 LED lights for night time flight bring it to live in the dark & soft rubber feet are what it sets down on. You can also charge the X4 by USB cable to your PC or laptop or any USB port. Trending on Amazon at
8. Walkera QR Y100 Mini Hexacopter FPV Camera Drone
The Walkera QR Y100 Hexacopter FPV Camera Drone provides you with FPV on WiFi so you can have an FPV range of up to 200 meters depending on your WiFi signal strength. It sends back 640×480 resolution video and up to 18 minutes flight time on a full charge which is quite good. It means you can get some really high and impressive aerial photography and cinematography. The Walkera QR Y100 is easy to fly and provides smooth, stable flight thanks to its 6-Axis gyro. You can control the QR Y100 on your mobile phone too using the free iRemote iOS/Android App. So you can control it via your iOS or Android device or use the RC transmitter all controlled on your own WiFi. Auto return home, auto take off and land. Perfect hovering and FPV video streaming from up to 200 meters. It’s one of those mid range hobbyist and advanced drone flyer’s hexacopters that has good technology at an affordable price. Trending on Amazon for around £100.
9. RTF SKY Hawkeye HM1315S FPV Quadcopter Camera Drone
The RTF SKY Hawkeye HM1315S quadcopter FPV camera drone can stream back video to the FPV Monitor attached to the 2.4GHz RC Controller on a separate 5.8GHz channel. It’s made from a tough and durable plastic and has propeller guards that offer protection in the even of a collision. You get around 8 minutes flight time and it has a range of up to 50 meters. It comes with quite a few features that match it to most FPV quads in its class and price range. The camera is a 0.3MP HD camera allowing you to see what the drone sees in real time. Easy to fly and able to fly in all directions and do 360 flips. Has flashing lights for indoor and outdoor flight or at night and a auto return home feature. You can also charge its 3.7v 700mAh battery. Overall the Sky Hawkeye Model 1315s FPV quadcopter drone provides a fun experience for those of 14+ for both indoor and outdoor flight. Available on Amazon for about £70.00.
10. STORM Drone 4 V2 Flying Platform
The STORM Drone 4 Flying Platform is a serious FPV camera quadcopter drone. It can be upgraded to an FPV system by adding a Video Transmitter and a GoPro camera. The STORM 4 V2 is built to be able to carry the extra weight of an expensive high quality camera and other gadgets and tech! In fact the upgraded power system can lift heavy loads beautifully. The STORM Drone 4 could be many things. It could be a fun RC FPV camera drone. It can be a trainer drone or a filming and FPV drone. You really do get to decide with the STORM Drone 4 what it will be used for and it can do it so well. The STORM Drone 4 is packed full of intelligent technology that provides safe, stable flight like the GPS System different beginner, sport and free style flight modes. It’s just one of the most versatile flying platforms that you can do so much choice of what it has and it’s all just “plug and play”. The new Storm Drone 4 is a all-in-one flying platform for beginners and pros also and can be easily switched into different modes.And yes is has cute soft spongey balls for feet to cushion its landing but these can be removed. It’s fast, it’s agile, it’s durable, it’s ideal for beginners and pros and for turning beginners into pros. It can be used as an FPV racing drone. It can do all sorts of stunts and tricks. It can be upgraded in lots of different ways. It can be purchased on Helipal for $299.00 on its own or you can add an upgrade like extra battery or the FPV Package and GPS Control. Check the STORM Drone 4 V2 details on Helipal.
If want to read more about Professional quadcopters that are made for filming and photo then read this article
Vote which drone you think is the best or that you would most want this Christmas! We’ve put a top 10 FPV drone poll together so you can see what people are voting as the best FPV drone and vote yourself as well. As if there wasn’t enough voting going on already with the elections and everything right now!