For a trendy tech-savvy individual, it seems now is the best time to invest in purchasing latest drones for yourself. Drones are not more a gadget for fun and surveillance. They have taken upon a space in consumer’s ‘must-buy’ gadget catalog. In fact, these are best utilized during a social mass gathering to capture candid shots or when an adventure freak wants to scan the landscape from bird’s eye perspective.
The market is stocked with an array of drones categorized by flying type and budget. We have camera drones, drones for kids, drones for beginners, racing drones, video drones, all-weather drones and many more. Without getting confused, the drone enthusiasts need to ponder on three criteria to buy a right one.
First of all, spot the target audience such as kids, teenage or adults. Secondly, set a budget – nowadays one can get a drone costing as low as $50 or as high $1000.Purpose of getting a drone is the third and most important agenda to reflect upon. Whether you want access to breathtaking aerial photography and videography or this is just a gadget for fun or you want something to race FPV like they do on ESPN?
If this article happened to recommend a drone for all purposes, it would have started and ended with a single name – DJI Mavic Air. Technowize is listing a breakdown of the latest drones hovering around the sky in 2018.
Newest Drone of 2018: Parrot ANAFI
Parrot’s latest member of its drone family, ANAFI is a direct competitor to the best drone of 2018, DJI Mavic Air. Pioneer in developing consumer-friendly drones, Parrot has launched ANAFI, an advanced drone with unique design and features. It is a $699 USD drone that gets folded into insect-like shape and is mounted with a 21MP camera to shoot 4K with HDR quality videos. Quite resistant to the extreme external environment, Parrot ANAFI is equipped with artificial intelligence. Therefore, it can snap spectacular shots when operated on automated flight modes.
Further, Parrot’s latest ultra-compact drone holds capabilities like unique vertical 180° tilt gimbal and up to 2.8X lossless zoom and 3-axis image stabilization. These features enable ANAFI to capture moments in full HD from bird’s eye angle, and that too, without losing quality or having to come close to the subject.
- Size folded: 244x67x65 mm
- Size unfolded: 175x240x65 mm
- Weight: 320 g
- Max transmission range: 4km with controller
- Battery capacity: 2700 mAh
- Flight time: 25 min
Fly and Learn Drone Coding with Tello
Powered by DJI flight controller and Intel processor, Ryze Tello is one of the latest drones in 2018. Built for both kids and teens, fly Tello with learning about drone coding using Scratch, an MIT-developed programming language.
Priced under $100, Ryze’s latest drone makes it easy for novice drone flyers to record high-quality footage using EZ Shots. A 5MP camera is mounted on Tello drone along with electronic image stabilization to capture the most beautiful moments with consistent clarity. The other advanced features available in the Ryze Tello are Auto Takeoff/Landing, that is, the drone lifts off or lands with a single tap, and Failsafe Protection to land safely on the ground even if the controller loses connection.
- Size: 98×92.5×41 mm
- Weight: 80 g
- Max transmission range: 100m
- Battery type: Detachable Battery – 1.1Ah/3.8V
- Flight time: 13Min
Smart Drone for Kids: Supernova
Air Hogs, the leading payer in a remote-control vehicle has announced a new drone for kids, Supernova. And these latest drones are just going to make adults jealous. Because this $40 USD drone primarily operates on simple hand gestures, no touching or controller required.
The mini quadcopter drone comes caged in round plastic body open enough to allow the propeller to raise it. It is fitted with an intelligent onboard system and motion sensitive lights and sensors that react to kids’ hand gestures. It ignites at one toss into the air. Supernova, drone for kids features over 30 moves and 9 super tricks to play with it.
- Age grade: 8+ years
- Size: 5.125×5.125×4.75 inches
- Max transmission range: For indoor use only
- Charging time: 50-65 minutes
- Flight time: 5-7 minutes
- Available from: August 2018
Drone for Racing: OOri
The latest addition to UVify’s drone line-up is OOri, the world’s first smart racing drone. Sharing the lineage with UVify’s Draco, OOri exhibits unseen racing drone technology – be it speed, design, performance and agility.
UVify’s latest quadcopter drone is a palm-sized gadget which launches right when the pilot opens the fist. It can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour. OOri is equipped with an adjustable camera and height-fixed technology to seize stabilized visions of the scenic landscape. Currently available for $389, Oori also has programmable LED that can be switched off to save on the battery. Likewise, it holds a 5.8GHz analog receiver and a quick-click smart battery.
- Size: 94 x 94 mm
- Weight: 73 g
- Battery capacity: 660 mAh
- Flight time: 5 min (hovering), 2 min (full throttle forward flight)
Most Recent Drone in 2018: EVO
Announced in CES 2018, Autel Robotics’ EVO entered the commercial space on June 25th, 2018. It is presently one of the top and latest drones in the market enabled to capture 4K 60fps Ultra HD video and 12MP photos. The camera is integrated on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal to accumulate crystal-clear imagery. In addition, the Autel’s latest foldable quadcopter can cover 94 degrees field-of-view, the widest landscape range in its class.
Embedded with Dual GPS/GLONASS satellite positioning, sensors at all sides and advanced computer vision systems assist EVO drone to avoid obstacles during the flight. The EVO aircraft comprises of a primary forward camera and forward stereo cameras to create 3D setup and clear obstacles. The other two sensors located at the bottom facilitate the aircraft to land safely on uneven surfaces. The other IP sensor residing at the back of Autel’s latest drone lends a support when flying backward autonomously.
The $999 USD EVO camera also sports a 3.3 inch OLED screen to simply watch critical flight data or live 720p HD video without having to connect to a mobile device.
- Size: 6x3x3.5 inches
- Weight: 863 g
- Max transmission range: 7000 m
- Battery capacity: 4300 mAh
- Flight time: Up to 30 minutes