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So you're trying to figure out which are the best drones to give your friends and family this Christmas.
This list is the right place for you.
We've compiled a quick rundown of the top drones on the market this holiday season - bound to make your drone-loving loved ones smile.
The Best Drones This Christmas
We've taken into account price, portability, image quality, autopilot functionality, and flight performance in compiling this list of the best drones out there.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
One of the best drones on the market, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom boasts excellent portability and a superb camera. The shots you'll get from it will be second to none, largely thanks to its awesome zoom feature.
The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom gives the user high-quality cinematic shots. Its optical zoom is very small, super stable and the drone has omnidirectional obstacle avoidance sensors making it truly stand out.
Its dimensions are 3.3in x 3.3in x 7.8in and it boasts a light weight of just 1.6lbs. It also folds up, making it easy to transport.
It operates at a range of 4 miles, with a 4K (or 1080p) footage camera. It can also be looped in with your smartphone - allowing you to pilot it and review your footage easily. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is my favourite drone of the year 2018 and you can purchase it here!
Inspire 2 with X7 Camera
If you're more of a high-end filmmaker or photographer and have a larger budget to spend this Christmas, the DJI Inspire 2 is the one for you!
With its magnesium-aluminum shell and carbon fiber arms, this drone is not only of pro quality, but it also looks stunning too.
The resolution and clarity of the Zenmuse X7 will delight any drone captains out there looking to dazzle with their aerial cinematography. This drone is made to last and the footage recorded to impress!
It also comes with the world's first DL-Mount, allowing the user to flick from one prime lens to another. There are four in this camera, allowing the user to take their photography to a whole new level. Literally.
This drone is more affordable and a little more straightforward. It's often great for those who are new to drone flying and for people who look for a decent backup drone.
What stands out about the Parrot Anafi model is its amazing camera angles. It looks up as well as down. In 4K! This is quite a special feature given it is not technically the best of the best when it comes to drones on the market.
This, too, is controlled from your phone and is the same size as it, too. The control layout is excellent for a first-timer trying to familiarize themselves with drone piloting.
The built quality is unfortunately quite low but it's still a fun drone to fly with amazing camera angles.
You can purchase a Parrot Anafi here!
This is the ideal model if your child wants a drone for Christmas!
The Ryze Tello is excellent for those learning how to handle a drone, and its durability means it's ideal for young pilots.
The Ryze Tello allows you the option to programme it and offers a function of taking simple aerial photos and videos of a basic quality, excellently-suited to a younger, non-pro market. The Ryze Tello is my clear recommendation for children and you can purchase it here!
The DJI Spark drone is light and portable and is a smaller model. This makes it excellent for those traveling a lot with their device. It's also ideal for absolute beginners.
It's like a more affordable version of the Mavic Pro 2 Zoom, mentioned at the top of this list.
It's a great model to use if, as a starter, you want to work with an established, great quality manufacturer, but are looking for something a little less expensive.
One of the Spark's major differences is that it only records in 1080p, not 4K. But the 1080p looks good still. Also, it is fully stabilized (albeit not digitally) which makes it an amazing drone for beginners. It is definitely worth its price and will introduce a great hobby (or career)!
You can purchase a DJI Spark here!
Time to Fly
So there you have it: the best drones out there for your friends and family (or for yourself) this Christmas.
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