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One of the best 7 Drones from Popular Mechanics

By Don Melanson From Popular Mechanics

The era of drones is upon us, but how to you pick the right flyer? For the most part, your options range from tiny, cheap, radio-controlled quadcopters that can bmavic puzz around your backyard to full-fledged drones equipped with high-quality cameras and and flight distances measured in miles.

Before you get started, you’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the FAA’s regulations (if you’re in the States and Cayman Islands’ regulations if you live locally) so you can determine where to fly your drone and if you’ll need to register it. Now, here is one of the drones recommended by Popular Mechanics that are the best fit for people ready to take to the skies.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

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DJI’s Phantom drones have consistently been among the most recommended for serious drone pilots, and its Phantom 4 Pro is just the latest and greatest. Among other upgrades, the Phantom 4 Pro comes with a new 20-megapixel camera and a large 1-inch image sensor, which is capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps. As PC Mag notes in its review, that sensor is about four times the size of most other drones in its class. This means the Phantom 4 Pro will give you noticeably better results—unless you’re ready to invest several thousand dollars into your new aerial friend.

If you’re looking to save some money and don’t necessarily need the best video quality out there, some of the earlier Phantom drones are also worth considering. The standard Phantom 4, which still does 4K video, is just under $1,000 and, as of this writing, you can still find the older Phantom 3 for only $400.

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