Although drones aren’t really new, 2016 was the year were drones really came into their own.
This was the year that we were treated to drones that were smaller, had more power, did more crazy stuff and generally filled the skies around the world to create things that the average joe would have never thought of just a few years ago.
So to mark the end of 2016, we have rounded up what we think were the best drones of the year, check out the list below for a quick look.
DJI Mavik Pro
DJI has always been a big name in the consumer drone arena and 2016 was no different. The latest of their arsenal, the Mavik Pro is an awesome, foldable drone that is small enough to fit in a large pocket, while feature a 4-axis stabilisation mount and the capability to record footage at up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second.
Skeye Pico Drone
The Skeye Pico Drone is a truly accessible, tiny drone. Sold by Firebox for just £40, it features 6-axis flight control and gyroscope with the ability to flip, spin, and dive. It doesn’t record 4K footage, but it is definitely fun to use.
The GoPro Karma drone is the closest competitor to the DJI Mavik Pro, it is small enough to fit in a large pocket like the Mavik, but only features a 3-axis stabiliser. But the big advantage is that it is slightly cheaper and supports GoPro’s already existing camera line-up.
The Parrot Disco is a drone like none of the other drones in this list, featuring a plane design, it can fly as fast as 50mph for a total of 45 minutes, while recording video at 1080p smoothly via the 3-axis stabilisation.
Parrot Bebop 2
The Parrot Bebop 2 is the 2016 edition of the Bebop drone, featuring the ability to take HD videos and 14MP photos from an integrated 180-degree fish eye lens, it isn’t as high-end as the Karma or Mavik but it is a great option for anyone looking to get started thanks to the price tag.
Turbo Ace Matrix
The Turbo Ace Matrix is the most expensive drone in our line-up, but you shouldn’t let that put you off. It is a professional grade drone that has been built for filming the best drone footage possible. Featuring a 1 metre wingspan and triple carbon fibre deck build, it can fly for 25 minutes over a range 1.2 miles.
The Matrix has also been built to be modular, with a range of gimbals and cameras that can be attached to it to create the drone that you need.