From military drones to amateur camera drones, drones are everywhere. There’s never been a better time to buy one because today’s drones are extremely capable and brilliant at the basics. With the advancement of battery efficiency, navigation, obstacle avoidance and stabilization, you don’t need to pay too much to get a great experience. Whatever your need, there’s a drone for it. Here are our picks of the best upcoming drones to buy in 2020.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro is, without doubt, its best consumer drone to date. It takes the high-end performance and camera capabilities of the bigger Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian, but puts it in a package that’s foldable, still fits in your backpack and does everything you could possibly need in a drone. Image and video quality is pretty much unmatched by anything else in its price range, thanks to the use of a large 1-inch CMOS sensor, and optics designed with the help of renowned camera-maker, Hasselblad. This latest drone shoots fantastic pictures, thanks to advanced 10-bit HDR processing, as well as great 4K video. What’s more, professionals can make use of DJI’s Dlog-M profile to give them a raw file that’s really great for color grading and tweaking in the edit suite. The Mavic 2 Pro from Buydig.com has all of DJI’s latest innovations in obstacle avoidance and pre-programmed flight patterns. It’s one of the only drones to feature obstacle sensors on every side, and has the APAS system that instead of stopping in front of obstacles, can figure out a path through them, providing they’re not completely blocking its path. There’s a bunch of QuickShot flight modes enabling you to create stunning cinematic effects by just choosing one of the modes and selecting your subject. Depending on which mode you choose, this latest drone will then circle, follow or pull away from the object or person it’s focused on.
DJI Mavic Air
If you’re after a really small drone with all the power and features of the bigger flagship models, look no further. The Mavic Air is that DJI 2020 drone. It’s essentially a halfway house between the tiny Spark, and the bigger Mavic 2/Mavic Pro series drones. It’s small, fits in the side pocket of a backpack, but still packs some serious punch. When folded, this latest drone is only slightly longer than a big smartphone. That means it can comfortably sit on your palm without any issue. Despite its size, it’s a more than capable drone. It has three-way obstacle sensing, and can make use of many Quick Shot flying modes enabled in other drones. What’s more, the camera is mounted to a tiny 3-axis stabilizer. This best upcoming drone is also surprisingly capable of withstanding wind. This latest drone gives you 4K video at 30fps and HDR stills from the 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor too. So there’s not much compromise in image/video quality.
DJI Tello Beginner Drone
Between its extremely straightforward controls, high-resolution camera, and many self-preserving fail-safe features, the DJI Tello Quadcopter Beginner Drone is the perfect drone for kids and first-time drone pilots. Its simple design is great for beginners and makes it easy to perform tricks. This latest drone is equipped with 13 minutes of flight time, 720p HD video camera.
Yuneec Mantis Q
Yuneec’s latest drone, the Mantis Q from Buydig.com, feels a lot like the Mantis Air in its promise of portable, foldable design, but with high end specifications and features. As well as this portable design, the Yuneec Mantis Q is equipped with a camera capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second, and a number of smart flying features. You can get it to circle around a point of interest, return home automatically using the GPS and GLONASS navigation, as well as command it with your voice. You can tell it to “wake up”, “come back” or “start recording” just by yelling at it. Plus, the remote is simple to use, and features a cradle for your smartphone.
Parrot Bebop 2 Power
The Bebop 2 is the follow up to the popular Bebop. The design has changed quite a lot, but the value for money has increased. The Bebop 2 can fly over 37mph and resist winds of the same speeds, and slow down to a standstill within four seconds. This latest drone has a Follow Me feature to track you while you’re cycling, running, climbing, or whatever else you might be doing. It uses GPS to track its position and return home again when you’re done. Its camera can shoot in 1080p full HD resolution, and take great pictures with its wide-angle 14-megapixel lens. It can even capture in RAW and DNG image formats, giving you the ability to edit them professionally afterwards. One of the best upcoming drones, it’s a great value for the money, and you can control it with your smartphone.
Choose the best upcoming drone that meets your needs and requirements from this list of the best drones of 2020!