Best Quadcopters and Quadrotors 2015

So you’ve decided to buy a quadcopter.  Congratulations are in order, you have decided to join one of the fastest growing hobbies.  The question is, where to start?

There are a multitude of quadcopters and quadrotors available and at first glance they all look the same – 4 rotors surrounding a center pod.  Upon closer inspection you will find the specs, performance, and size all vary wildly between models.  The good news is that there is a quadcopter to fit any budget, from toy to serious drone territory and everything in between.

The Toy

Estes

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano

A tiny but capable quadrotor.  A perfect entry point, this is great indoor fun.  Dip your toes into the quadcopter pool and learn how to control this stable yet inexpensive copter without ever leaving the couch.

Entry Level

UDI

UDI U818A

A real starting point in this field.  Capable outdoors, easy to fly, and it has a built in camera.  That’s the trifecta right there.  Tough enough to survive a few crashes so it’s perfect for learning to fly outdoors.  Learn how to fly in wind and how to avoid encounters with trees.  The camera is nothing to write home about but overall this quadcopter has amazing performance for the price!

Getting Serious

DJI Phantom

DJI Phantom 2 Vision

Now we’re getting somewhere.  This is a serious but approachable outdoor quadcopter that’s built for high flying and video taking. Not a toy but still easy to use and simple to fly. This is the perfect quad for the entry level YouTube video shooter – stable and a built-in auto-return feature so your high flying antics won’t get away from you. Excellent battery life too. DJI is a well known brand and has a wide variety of accessories and support.

Super Serious

DJI T600

DJI T600 Inspire 1

Ready to put your quadcopter to work?  Maybe you want some return on your investment?  Use the T600 Inspire to start shooting beautiful video. This is a professional level quadcopter that is still accessible to most flyers.  Gimbaled camera, 4K recording, and a 720p live video feed make this copter a serious video shooting package.  It doesn’t get a whole lot better than this.