Multi-rotor Drone top picks
With so many multi-rotor drones on the market to choose from, we've narrowed it down to the best: Here are our top multi-rotor drone recommendations based on: Quality, price, durability, service & support, customer feedback, and availability
DJI Phantom 4 Drone
DJI Inspire 1 Pro Drone
What else do I need to start flying my multi-rotor drone?
If you're new to multi-rotor drone or RC aircraft, you're probably going to need to purchase some battery packs, a reciever, and, depending on your model, a camera mount or GPS module.
If you'd like to speak with a multi-rotor drone expert to make sure you get the right accessories, scroll down to the "Ask an Expert" section.
DJI Spreading Wings s900
DJI Spreading Wings s900 WKM
DJI Spreading Wings s900 A2Z
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What exactly is a multi-rotor drone anyway?
A multi-rotor drone is a radio controlled flying machine similar to a helicopter but the multi-rotor drone has multiple rotors mounted in an array instead of one and unlike the helicopter, is does not have a rudder. The multi-rotor drone maneuvers by throttling each rotor separately. Having multiple pairs of blades or rotors greatly improves a multi-rotor drone's stability (due to counter-rotation) and lift/power distribution. There is also the added benefit of redundancy should a blade or rotor fail.
Why fly a multi-rotor drone and not a helicopter?
Quadcopters (4 rotors) are typically the smallest and least expensive of the multi-rotor drones, but don't have as much lifting power or failsafe rendundancy as larger hexcopter or octocopters. Octocopters (8 rotors) have the greates power and stability of the multi-rotor drones, but are naturally larger and more expensive. The Multi-rotor Drone provides a good balance of price and performance for most photography applications over a full sized helicopter.
OK, so what can a multi-rotor drone do?
Sky's the limit... LITERALLY! Most people use multi-rotor drones for some form of aerial photography, but you are limited only by your imagination and your multi-rotor drone's payload and battery capacity. It can hover like a UFO, zoom like a plane in any direction, and, if outfitted with GPS module, fly autonomously to one or several GPS coordinates then fly itself home. If you retro-fit your multi-rotor drone with a high-quality camera and gimbal, you can get some stunning footage that would normally be too dangerous or expensive to capture.
Is a multi-rotor drone easy to fly?
YES! Because of the advanced onboard electronics, the multi-rotor drone is very fun and easy to fly, it practically flies itself... NO KIDDING! The multi-rotor drone is an excellent choice for beginners and pros! You control where you want the multi-rotor drone to fly, but it is self stabilizing so if you let go of the controls, it will hover and wait for your input. You can even add a GPS module to your multi-rotor drone enabling fully automated fail-safe and flight routines.
Bonus: some creative ways to use a multi-rotor drone...
local aerial photography:
- take satellite/birdseye photos of your large property, building, bridge, or structure
- do home/building inspections of high and hard to reach areas including roofing, siding, chimneys, etc.
- shoot captivating and memorable video flyovers at special events such as, weddings, golf, parties, etc.
- gather intel from a distance in risky situations such as fire, collasped structure, explosives, gunfire, etc.
- get amazing camera angles without erecting a massive boom or hiring an expensive heli and pilot
remote aerial photography:
- take photos or video of a property, building, bridge or structure at any given GPS coordinate within range of your equipment
- gather intel remotely from up to several miles away(depending on your equipment).
- aerial surveillance along GPS coordinate path
spectacular advertizing - slowly flying a promotional banner in front of a crowd
manned flight - man in germany rode aboard his large RC decacopter
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