Best Drones For Sale UK 2016
|The best Remote control drones for sale with hd cameras are one of the top selling items with many online retailers. The are known by many names like quadcopters and flying drone cameras. When they first were shown to the public, they were seen as marvels of technology that would revolutionize the world. Then came the downfall that saw them as harbingers of the end of privacy as we know it. Now, they are consumer friendly tools that allow anyone to create breathtaking aerial photography, assist aspiring film makers or just have fun with the family. Read on to discover the best camera drones for sale from the cheapest to high end and learn what is the best FPV for your chosen device. How much does a drone cost? Check out all the different options below of the best quadcopters.
Best Drones for Beginners
Hubsan H107D Quadcopter
- This is an absolutely fantastic drone that is difficult to match in terms of price, functionality and performance. The adjustable gyro sensor creates a super responsive flying experience that will make beginner drone enthusiasts feel like an expert pilot. Perform 4 ways flips and record everything on the memory card to watch at a later date.
Symx X5C Explorer
- The Syma X5C has been one of the most popular entry level quadcopters for a few years. It is great fun to fly and can record footage via the built in camera. Beginner drone users always crash and this little device can take a lot of knocks and still perform. There is also a large availability of spare parts on the market.
DCH-330 Quadcopter Drone
- The DHC 330 quad is a great drone for beginners that will enable newbies to take great photographs with the 2.0 mega pixel camera and record video at 30 frames per second. The short 1 hour recharge and flight time of between 7 to 9 minutes is fantastic for a quad in this price range.
JXD 509G Quadcopter
- The JXD 509G quadcopter has a 2.0 MP camera which enables real time first person view during flight. The 6 axis gyro allows users to fly in modest wind conditions with a good level of control and stability. The LCD screen on the controller is great for capturing detailed aerial photos and video.
Top Performance DJI Drones
DJI Inspire 1
- Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
- Top choice for professionals
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced
- Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
- Aerial photography favourite
DJI Phantom 2
- Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
- Best Choice for GoPro Camera
Most Popular Drones
The HB HomeBoat U818S although a ridiculously cheaper drone than the high-end, high performance Walkera Voyager 3 reviewed below is one of the best selling and best performing quadcopters in its price range. The U818S HomeBoat HB quadcopter drone from UDI also establishes its mark by offering a whole plethora of fantastic features that rank it as one of the best in its class for the price range. Key amongst those include:
1. A 5 Mega-Pixel full HD camera
This allows the quad copter drone to capture and record exceptionally breathtaking crystal clear aerial footage. Every beautiful moment is captured with exceptional brilliance.
2. Incredibly Powerful High Speed Motor Drivers as well as a High Capacity Battery.
The 7.4V, 850mAh battery on board enables the U818S to achieve exceptionally lengthier flight times. In addition, the 4 high speed magnetic motors on board allow for precise flight agility and manoeuvrability.
- 6 Axis Gyroscope Chip – The gyroscope precisely stabilizes the U818S during outdoor flight which is critically important for high quality video capture.
- A 2.4 Ghz Transceiver Control System. The transceiver system produces a very sturdy signal that is impressively less susceptible to electromagnetic interference which consequently allows for a more effective navigational control and an overall better flying experience.
- 4 Channel RC Controller.
The controller is incredibly easy to operate and allows for smooth flight control. 3D rolls and flips are performed by the simple push of a button which have made many cosnider it one of the best drones in its price range.
- USB Battery Charging.
- Low Voltage Two Way Transmission.
The UDI U818S quad copter is available for sale on at a reasonable price for a mid range device . It costs a lot less than competitors like the walker voyager and the Parrot Bebop and it packs a punch in terms of fetaures and performance. As far as value for money goes it is the closest you will get to a professional quadcopter drone in this price range.
The compact and sleek body of the Prrrot Bebop Drone is made from foam, robust plastic and fibreglass, making this quadcopter for sale super lightweight. Although I was a bit worried that this 410 grams drone might not be able to resist the strong winds, it has a remarkably stable and smooth flight, flying up to 150m above the ground at a speed of 2.5m/s. The fact that Parrot has made all its replacements parts easily available in case of a crash is another major plus.
Although I’m pretty comfortable using my phone to navigate, you can always choose to purchase the Skycontroller if you’re not a fan of touch screen controls. The 14 megapixels camera with a fisheye lens built into the nose is the coolest thing about this Bebop. The videos it recorded in full HD 1080p were crisp and high quality. I paired it with the tablet (or phone) and enjoyed the live streaming!
With a battery life of around 11 minutes and 8 GB storage, there was a lot I could capture and store in one flight. And while one battery was being recharged, I worked with the second battery that came in the package.
My verdict on the Parrot Bebop Drone would be that it’s an incredible device for those looking to make high quality videos for an affordable price. The FPV Sky Controller is also one of the most advanced on the market, making controlling the quad a lot easier so you can concentrate on flying and capturing footage. It is definetely one of the best rc drones with a camera for sale. Another great product by the same company is the Parrot A.R Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.
The Phantom 3 Advanced a professional drone for sale that ticks all the boxes.
The beauty of this Phantom 3 Advanced is that it comes in a “ready-to-fly” mode, meaning that the basics needed to fly, such as flight battery (an extra intelligent battery is also included), charger, 16GB microSD card and the pre-bound radio controller are included. You just have to go through the necessary calibration steps to make sure that the flight control computer works correctly.
One tap on the DJI pilot app on your iPhone (or Android) and the Phantom 3 soars up to a pre-defined height unless directed where to fly. The customizable handheld transmitter is precisely designed to allow control of the Phantom 3 with ease and authority. The GPS-based navigation system is very helpful to ensure flight stability and smooth shoots.
Talking about shoots, the camera allows recording in full HD 1080p. The 3-axis gimbal keeps the camera steady and fights any unwanted motion like vibration or wind turbulence. The 94 degree angle-of-view lens of the camera has a narrower angle compared to a fisheye, which allows for reduced distortion while still capturing extensive shots. The remarkable Lightbridge technology relays a 720p HD digital live video from one of the best quadcopters available. Additionally, you can also take JPEG or RAW pictures at 12MP.
I was sceptical about flying the Phantom 3 Advanced indoors, but it passed that test with flying colours too. The Vision Positioning technology uses sonic waves to navigate it effortlessly indoors, without using GPS.
As with other DJI quadcopters, the Return to Home Failsafe feature ensures that the Phantom 3 Advanced returns to its take-off spot in case it flies beyond 60 feet or the battery starts to drain.
I’ll get straight to the point here – if you are an adventure aficionado who uses drones for GoPro, this is the best drone for sale currently in the market.
As I unwrapped this gift to myself, I realized that the Phantom needed some basic assembly so I followed one of the instructional videos posted on the DJI website. It was pretty easy to get it together, but you can also go through the Quick Start Manual to make sure that the video doesn’t miss out anything. The video and manual were also a great help as I was learning to fly my new toy.
Following suit of other DJI quadcopters, Phantom’s body id quiet resilient and rugged, owing to its patent X-like structure which works great to keep it lightweight yet strong.
The camera rig is built to grip the GoPro HERO perfectly, and what I loved about it was that the camera could be mounted in forward facing position as well as straight down. A little effort is needed to fit the camera into the mount as you need to remove the protective outer casing.
My heart fluttered as the Phantom automatically ran through the configuration after I installed the battery and was ready to takes its first flight. The quadcopter went fast – imagine a speed of 10 meters or 32.8 feet per second! I cannot estimate the exact height but it was too high for sure.
The manual Attitude Mode allowed me to stay in full control of the Phantom during flight, while it maintained a steady position mid-air even if I released the controls. Although this was slightly unnerving at first, the failsafe feature of the Phantom makes the experience less daunting as I knew that if it lost contact with the controller, it will glide back home.
I’m also very excited to experiment with the Naza-M software which unlocks additional features and flying modes like manual control over manoeuvrability, Intelligent Orientation Control and more control over the transmitter.
I can confidently say that the DJI Phantom 2 Aerial UAV Quadcopter for Go Pro is the right choice for beginners for its easy-to-use flying modes. Advance level users will also never outgrow the features of Phantom as there is a lot to play around with the Naza-M software.
Although falling in the high-end category, the Phantom is definitely great value for money!
with 2.0 Mega Pixel Camera. Like the previous Syma version it also has a 6-axis system and a gyro quad-rotorcraft feature which provides it with robust stability which means it can resist wind currents while in flight hence making it extremely easier tocontrol and manoeuvre according to your commands. Apart from this, it employs 2.4 technology which avoids interference with other quad copters which might be flying simultaneously with it. It has a weight of 150g and its dimensions measure up to 25 x 7 x 25 cm. it employs one control mode i.e. mode 1 and it can remain in full flight mode for a time range between 9-12 minutes after which you can charge it using your computer via a USB cable. Like the above drones, it also has a lifetime of over 14 years and maximum control distance is good maximum of 50m. Its electric motor ensures that its propellers are up and running on a constant basis and as a plus it has a total of 6 channels of control. It comes already assembled so the hassle of having to fix the components yourself is eliminated.
The Walkera Voyager 3 undoubtedly belongs in the top tier in terms of quad-copter functionality. It is certainly an all-rounder and features a fully fledged high definition 1080p camera for stunningly clear HD video. This drone is certainly suited for professional high quality aerial video shooting and production. Even for an outright novice, it is incredibly easy to set up right out of the box and on an average of about 10 minutes or so, one can get it to fly (provided that you really read the manual, of course.)
In a nutshell, these are just some of the amazing features possessed by one of the best quadcopters of its class:
1. Dual-way Operations Control
The Voyager 3 has the unique distinction of being fully controlled by either the conventional 12 Channel F12 E RC controller or by a smart phone all thanks to the Walkera smart phone Android app. A “MIX” switch that is on board the F12E RC controller allows one to seamlessly toggle control between the either it or a smart phone.
2. A Ground Station Control Module
This module comes right out of the box with the Voyager 3 drone and it interfaces with the smart phone via Bluetooth. The module is responsible for facilitating communication between the drone and a smart phone with the Walkera smart phone app installed. The module is equipped with a 2.4 GHz long antenna which in turn communicates with the drone.
3. The Walkera Smart phone App allows Voyager 3 to be Astoundingly Easy to Fly.
The app allows the smart phone to implement the ONE-KEY control functionality. With a single touch, the smart phone can carry out operations such as One Key landing, One Key Take off, One Key Go Home as well enabling the WayPoint feature which is discussed next.
4. GPS and GLONASS are incorporated for precise Accuracy and Stability as well as Waypoint.
GPS and GLONASS allow the Voyager 3 to attain precise stability and accuracy in its flights. The WayPoint feature allows the user to upload a flight plan which then enables the Voyager 3 to auto-hover and proceed automatically as per the flight plan.
5. Real-time Video Feeds to the RC Controller.
The 12C F12E RC controller incorporates an LCD display that allows real time viewing of live video being captured by the HD camera on board the drone. This is all made possible thanks to the inbuilt 5.8G remote image transmission technology.
- An Ultra High Capacity 6000mAh Battery enables the Voyager 3 to achieve unparalleled flight times of between 20-25 minutes with all equipment on board.
The Walkera Voyager 3 by GoolRC is available for sale online. While some may dismiss this as being a quite expensive quadcopter, it’s easy to note that considering the myriad of top notch features that this drone offers.
Compared to the previously reviewed Walkera Voyager 3 and the UDI U818S, the Ehang Ghost Aerial Quad copter offers convincing midrange performance and is certainly a cheaper quadcopter than some of the others reviewed.. It has been touted as the “World’s easiest drone to fly” and fittingly so because it too, just as the Voyager 3, can be dually controlled by either a standard RC controller or an Android/iOS smart phone with the Ehang Ghost Drone app installed.
Other key notable features include:
- A Proprietary G-box Transmitter
This interfaces with the android/iOS smart phone to allow the Ghost drone to be controlled remotely by the smart phone. The G-box has got an impressive control range of over to half a mile, provided it’s within an open field with no obstructions present. A maximum flight height of 1000 metres can be achieved by the drone.
- A Fully functional HD camera complete with a 2D Gimbal.
Video capture and recording is stunningly clear on the Ghost Drone. The 2D Gimbal provides the Ghost drone with superior image stabilization.
- A High Capacity 5400mAh battery 11.1V Battery which allows the Ghost Drone to have Superior Flight times, second only to those of the Walkera Voyager 3.
With the 2D-Gimbal and the HD camera on board, the battery pushes the Ghost Drone to flight time of up to 20 minutes. The drone is good for a full 30 minutes without these gadgets on board.
- The Ghost Drone features a Unique Inverted Motor design complete with Tri-Blade Rotors. This definitely gives the drone an Iconic appearance which clearly distinguishes it from the rest of the pack.
Furthermore, the landing gear and rotors have to be attached, but even for new user, this is such a simple task and it only takes close to ten minutes to do it.
- The Ghost Drone Android app is surprisingly user friendly with Overlay Buttons for landing, taking off, returning and hovering.
Thanks to the on board GPS navigation, the user is now in a position to schedule a flight plan for the Ghost Drone. A simple tap on the destined location within the map, and you will have the drone auto-hovering to that location in no time. The overlay sliding bars within the app allow the drone’s altitude, orientation and camera tilt to be adjusted. The ghost is a popular rc camera drones in the uk for sale.
Different Types Of Drone Quadcopters and How Much Does a Drone Cost?
There are a number of different types of drones, from the tradition drone, to the quad-copters to the multi-rotor helicopters, which are the big thing right now. While most drones fall under the quadcopter or hexacopter or multi-rotor craft style, the biggest differences come from their size, price and features. Most come with four rotors for stability and a similar body layout.
With the smallest, entry level drones in the UK starting around £10 anyone can get started in the hobby without a big investment. If you are looking to use a camera with the drone, expect at least £40 as the starting price, you can get the fantastic Syma X5C drone for around that price. Prices can move up to several hundred if you wish to use the drone to see live video on your smartphone with professional capabilities.
Find the Right Drone
There isn’t one particular drone that is perfect for everyone. It comes down to your particular needs. As you now know, not all drones include a camera. If you are looking for something that will be fun to simply fly around the yard or park then a standard quadcopter drone or mini drone will do the trick.
If you are looking to fly the drone a bit more out of your line of site, you will want to find a slightly higher end model that includes video of some sort. Generally 720p video will do the trick, but bear in mind that the quality of the camera will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. When it comes to top end drones the two main manufacturers are DJI and Parrot. The DJI Inspire 1 is one of best available on the market while the Phantom series is not far behind.
Once you start getting to the higher end of the price spectrum you are likely looking for a drone that can shoot video of the highest quality a GoPro camera. In this case, make sure you find a drone that includes a gimbal. Essentially, a gimbal is a mount for a camera which is gyro-stabilised to allow for steady shots as the drone flies. Just be prepared to make a bit more of an investment here.
Drone Battery Life
There is one particular issue that most UK drones face currently, which is battery life. The type that you are likely going to be considering should get between 5 to 15 minutes of flight time before another hour long charge is required. So budget for additional batteries if you wish to get more time in the air, just understand that you are going to have to constantly switch the batteries out and look for a drone body style that makes that easy to do.
Where to Fly a Drone
UK Drone law requires that an unmanned aircraft is always within the controller’s line of site. So claims of drones reaching 100m range don’t really have much of an impact on your purchase. The big consideration is where you expect to spend most of your time flying the quadcopter. For me, personally, there is a large park across the street from my neighbourhood which is perfect for flying as it is basically a huge open field.
If you plan to only fly in your yard or garden, you have to consider the amount of space you have. You likely won’t be an expert pilot the first time you send your drone up, so expect to have to retrieve it a few times as you get your bearings. Flying in a fenced back garden may not be the best idea – unless you are fond of jumping fences to pick up futuristic looking pieces of technology in front of your neighbours.
Generally a field, like a local pitch, is perfect for flying as you are able to safely keep the drone away from others and not risk crash landing into others if things go out on you. Wind will also be a factor and needs to be carefully researched. Don’t fly in areas that create wind tunnels, even if the ground gets very little wind as your chance to lose control is much higher. Keep all of this in mind as you start to narrow down your potential purchases.
So you decided to buy a drone? Awesome. You have just enabled yourself to dive into the amazing world of drones. Surely you have many ideas by now. Flying a drone around your house, maybe a park, a magnificent architectural landmark or camp site with great landscape are some of the ideas I had when I just got my drone. But before you embark on the drone adventure, you have to learn how to properly fly a drone first. Luckily for you, you can find the how to guide down below.
1) The absolute first step, which is crucial to your practicing success, is to know your drone. You need to know what you are dealing with and what you have at your disposal. Knowing what it is made out of, what features it has can cut your learning process in half. Study your drone, study your controller. Make yourself conversant with the drone manual. Once you are acquainted with basics you can now do the next step.
2) The second step involves finding your flying spot. Flying a drone in enclosed areas like inside the house is not a smart idea. You can accidentally knock down some valuables and cause a huge mess like knocking off human who may be within. For that reason it is best to go outside, somewhere with a lot of space. Parks are the best places to learn how to fly a drone but other places may include empty parking lots may also be great places to practice. You get a ton of space, have a nice overview of the area and get privacy.
Here are some general tips before you get started:
- It is always best to fly early in the day. The Sun can be distracting in noon and the afternoon, while any time after the Sun sets will grant you poor visibility.
- Avoid crowded areas. You need privacy and focus for learning.
- Avoid distractions as much as possible. Learning how to fly a drone requires a major part of your attention. No playing games on your phone or talking to your friends.
- Never skip any of these steps. Do it a 100 times if you have to but master it. Mistakes and impatience will damage or destroy your drone.
3) Set the drone and check the controls. Slowly and delicately check the controls. In some cases the gyros on your controller might be reversed, ultimately leaving drone rotation and falling on the ground. Use one tenth of the maximum throttle to check the controls. Fly just slightly above the ground, 10 cm for a start. Once you get the hang of it, move onto the next step.
4) Gradually increase the throttle. Now that you know the controls, it is time to increase your flying skill. Add more throttle so that you can get used to your drones full potential. Try flying moving around and reaching a higher altitude, 20 cm for a start. If your drone wanders off, throttle it down. Since you are working on low altitude, you will not subject it to significant damage. If the drone lands near an object, move it back to the initial position. Do not fly from that position. Better safe than sorry.
5) Reaching the sky. At this point you need to play around with the altitude. Slowly increase 10 cm at a time. Once you get to a higher altitude you will see that flying the plane is a lot easier. The more you fly, the more confident you will be. Just take things slowly and make sure not to damage your drone
6) Flying and landing is a useful technique every drone pilot should know. It is a very simple technique which increases your landing and handling skills. Before you start choose a point A and point B. They should be about 1 – 2 meters apart. Lift your drone, move from point A to point B and land. Once you are done, repeat the process from B to A. This exercise requires patience. The more you practice, the better you will be. When you master flying and landing, you will greatly increase your flying skills.
7) Flight control is the name of this exercise. Now that you have mastered all the previous methods, you will want to turn around and not just move in one direction. Controlling your drone and turning it in different directions is a crucial technique you must know. How to master it?
All you need to do is put the drone so it right in front of you. Lift it up to a small altitude, about 20 – 30 cm. Rotate it firstly 60 degrees left. Do the same right. You can use the watch notation, so first 10 o’clock, then 2 o’clock.
Once you have mastered this simple rotation, do the following. Turn your drone 90 degrees left and 90 degree right. By using the watch notation that would be 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Practice until you can rotate with ease.
The final exercise for flight control is to rotate it by 150 degrees left and right. Again by using the watch notation, this is 7 o’clock and 5 o’clock. This one will be difficult to do. It will take a lot of time to perfect these methods but once you master them you will be unstoppable.
8) Opposite flying is a method which can get you out of a sticky situation, where, for any reason, your drone was turned by 180 degrees. To do this, turn the drone so it is facing you. You have to be aware that now the controls are inverted. Left is right, forwards is backwards. Do steps 6 and 7 also with this method. Experiment with different heights and move one step closer towards being a professional drone pilot.
9) The last method is called M.L.Z., multiple landing zones. This method is just like method 6 but here instead of two points you have much more. Setting different points can not only aid your flying but can also prepare you for some unexpected events during flying.
So what are you waiting for? Follow the steps and learn how to fly a drone. Have the guaranteed fun drones have to offer.
Drone Spare Parts
While drones are fantastic pieces of technology, they are also full of fragile parts. Propellers are the most likely parts to break, so order extras when you make your purchase. Also make sure you are splitting into clockwise and anti-clockwise purchases as the rotors come in those two styles.
Look at the difficulty to obtain the extra parts for your particular drone before you make a purchase. If Amazon has a long listing of parts that are all ready to ship today, you are probably in good shape. If you can’t find parts without significant Google research, you may find yourself with a (not very heavy) paper weight very soon.
Motors are also going to be replaced at some point, but the lifespan is going to be primarily based on the quality of drone you purchase. Brushless motors are rarely found on the lower end drones which means you are going to be sitting on a shorter lifespan than if you went with a higher priced quadcoptor. It generally isn’t that hard to find the replacement motors, but the skill required to install the new parts may be a hindrance if you are not technically minded. Visit our drone spare parts page for more information.
The best thing you can do is research and decide what you want to use your drone for. You have a good understanding now of the basics you should look for when buying a drone in the UK, but it would be wise to do additional research on the individual ones that are in the running for your money. YouTube is a great place to see the drones in action while also getting real owners feedback. Remote control drones are a fantastic way to enjoy a lazy Sunday out at the park with the family, but they are an investment that should not be rushed in to.