10 Best Quadcopter Models of 2022

Wondering what quadcopter to buy this year? Well, some of the best quadcopter models have been launched, and we’re here to present them to you, drone by drone, spec by spec, propeller by propeller.

Because we love everything about quadcopters. Therefore, we love promoting well-engineered, high-performance quadcopters.

Maybe you’re a professional looking for something with which to capture that crisp 1080p video from the middle of the sky. Or maybe you’re an amateur drone lover wishing to get more serious about your hobby.

Either way, the following list of drones is bound to feature your next perfect companion! All you need to do – and it’s a really difficult task – is to decide which of the following best quadcopter models of 2016 is the one for you.

10 Best Quadcopter Reviews

10. Hubsan X4 (H107C) Quadcopter

Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter with Camera - Green/Black
  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
  • Permits super stable flight. With 4 channels
  • Lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • Camera: 0.3 MP video recording module included (requires a Micro SDHC card)
  • 4-ways flip(left, right, forward, backward)

The Hubsan X4 – probably the cheapest drone on this list – is not to be overlooked. Despite being small, having a small range, and a relatively low flight time at 7 minutes, the Hubsan makes up for its petite size.

For starters, it’s extremely maneuverable and easy to use. Secondly, because it’s so small, it can efficiently be used both inside and outside the house. Also, for 19-ounce drone, the battery is pretty big at 380 mAh.

Hubsan X4 (H107C) Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$37.45<7min.In/Outdoors720p380mAh<120min.19oz.70x70x25mm100 m

While not the best quadcopter drone of 2016, this one is clearly a fan favorite among amateurs, if only for the fact that it can record video at 720p.

9. Haktoys HAK907 Quadcopter

Haktoys HAK907C 2.4GHz 4-Channel 17" RC Video Camera Quadcopter, LED Lights, Lightweight & Crash-Resistant Foam Structure, Loop Function, Low-Battery Warning, Rechargeable, 6-Axis Gyroscope
  • Picture Taking and Video Recording Capabilities, Multi-directional flips, Bright colorful LED lights for night flights, Excellent precision control, Slow-Fast speed modes.
  • 4 Channels and 6-Axis Gyroscope with auto-stabilization. 2.4 GHz wide-range frequency for better control and simultaneous flights.
  • High-capacity rechargeable Li-Po battery, Optimum Charge Time: 90 minutes, Flight Time: 8-10 minutes, Flight Range: Up to 300 feet. Blinking LED lights indicate low battery.
  • Lightweight and Styrofoam structure to minimize damage when crashed. Indoor/Outdoor Flight - Withstands up to 5 mph breezes.
  • Great for beginners. Excellent gift for Kids and Adults alike! Does NOT require FAA drone registration. Spare parts are available.

The advantage of the HAK907 is that it’s so small. At somewhere under 5 ounces, you know this little mechanical buzzard is practically an obese fly.

However, it can truly pack a punch! Its range is slightly lower than the Hubsan at number 10 on our list, but it can stay aloft for up to 10 minutes and it has almost double the battery.

Haktoys HAK907 Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$59.99<10min.In/OutdoorsSeparate650mAh<120min.4.64oz.33x33x7.5cm90 m

The downside of this little toy is that you need to buy the dedicated camera separately, but it’s really worthwhile.

8. Syma X5C Quadcopter

Syma X5C 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter w/ Camera
  • Equipped with HD camera.
  • Perform flips at the press of a button with 360 degree eversion, Wind resistant and can be flown indoors or outdoors
  • 6-axis Gyro stabilization system ensures maximum stability during flight
  • 7 Minute flight time and 100 minute charge time.
  • Kindly refer the User manual for troubleshooting steps.

Want to shoot crystal-clear videos but not pay an absurd price for a device that can do that? The Syma X5C is the perfect quadcopter for your needs.

At 33 ounces and an operating range of 50 meters, the Syma is the bumblebee of our list. However, the camera more than makes up for everything.

Syma X5C Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$43.99<7min.In/OutdoorsHD Video500mAh<100min.33.6oz.42x31x10cm50 m

Simply put, the videos you’ll shoot will look almost professional and will most likely secure you the next viral video on YouTube.

7. Xiro Xplorer Quadcopter

XIRO Xplorer Professional Quadcopter (V Version) Drone with Remote Transmitter, UZ350V Gimbal and 1080P 30FPS HD Video Camera
  • Innovative Modular Solutions: XIRO innovatively adopt standard modular concept to its XPLORER drones series.
  • Complete Quadcopter and Remote Transmitter: Pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included battery, attach the propellers and you're flying.
  • Long Cruise Duration: High performance 5200mAh LiPo Smart Battery Pack offers flight time up to 25 minutes! Built in intelligence system continuously to report battery capacity mid-flight.
  • Special Gimbal and HD Video Camera: Built-in support for the UZ350V gimbal for extreme camera stability; bundled with 1080P 30FPS HD Video Camera for smooth video recording.
  • Lost Connection Functionality: Outdoor flight is made possible by advanced GPS positioning that compensates for light wind. The Xplorer Quadcopter has a fail-safe function and can be configured to automatically fly to and land at its take-off position if connection to the transmitter is lost.

We thought it necessary to mention some cheap-but-awesome quadcopters as the best quadcopters of 2016. Nevertheless, tiny drones are just one side of the spectrum.

The following quadcopters are truly top-of-the-line. Take the Xiro Xplorer for instance. For about $750 you get yourself much more than a little indoor toy.

It can last up to 25 minutes. It can shoot stunning photos. It can capture movie-quality videos. And it only weighs about 150 ounces and can operate within a pretty large range at 500 meters.

Xiro Xplorer Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$749<25min.Outdoors14MP,1080p5200mAh<120min.150oz.42x38x17.5cm500 m

We recommend the Xiro for those of you who are very serious about choosing the best quadcopter drone.

6. Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter

Geniusidea Drone with Camera
  • The Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon quadcopter is a complete ready-to-fly system. For a limited time receive the cgo steady grip handheld gimbal (comes in box) to be used with the camera (removable from the drone) for free- A $150 value. Two batteries, two sets of propellers, and an aluminum case included.
  • 16 Megapixel full HD 1080P 60Fps camera with a redesigned lens to produce lower image distortion.
  • With the "follow me" Feature, the drone autonomously follow the pilot, adjusting its location to the transmitter.
  • A real-time feed from your q500+'s camera is displayed on the 5.5" Touchscreen of the ST10+ personal ground station (transmitter) giving you a perfect view of what the camera sees to frame your shots.
  • Extra-long flight times of up to 25 minutes from the intelligent 5, 200-mah battery (2 included in box)

Yuneec have always made amazing products, yet the Q500+ far outranks the quality of their other products. For $700 you get the best quadcopter for the money.

It can run continuously for up to 25 minutes within a range of 500 meters. In that time, the Yuneec Typhoon specs tell us that it has no problem recording 1080p videos continuously. And it looks truly stunning.

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$699<25min.Outdoors16MP,1080p5200mAh<120min.400oz.50x50x38cm500 m

5. Blade 350 QX3 Quadcopter

We’ve talked about another of Blade’s best quadcopter devices in an article here. However, with the Blade 350 QX3 be prepared to kick things up a notch. With a 3000mAh battery, you’d think this drone has a very long flight time.

And it has! At 15 minutes, you can practically get bored before the drone runs out of battery. It operates at a maximum of 400m, but it needs a separate camera.

Blade 350 QX3 Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$429<15min.OutdoorsSeparate3000mAh<100min.33.7oz.465x465x138mm400 m

However, it’s designed so that it can easily fit a GoPro.

4. DJI Phantom 3 2.7K Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera
  • Refer the user manual and videos on this page for troubleshooting.Enjoy the view: A live video feed gives you a 720p HD real-time view of what your camera sees right on your mobile device
  • View a live image streamed from the drone up to a half mile away on the DJI Go app using your mobile phone or tablet
  • GPS assisted flight features let you concentrate on getting great images while the drone helps you fly safely. You can achieve advanced camera perspectives with the Point of Interest, Follow Me and Waypoints modes (pending app feature availability)
  • Fly up to 25 minutes with the included intelligent battery. A range of accessories is included:1 battery and charger, full set of propellers, radio controller
  • Update the remote control first before use.

Many drone enthusiasts insist that the DJI Phantom is the best drone ever. One can’t really argue with that and the following spots on this list are really a matter of taste.

The Phantom 3 2.7K can shoot videos at 720p in stunning resolution. It can operate for up to 25 minutes at a range of 500 meters and it only needs 96 minutes to charge back up – just enough time to read another article on how to fly a drone.

DJI Phantom 3 Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$599<25min.Outdoors720p4480mAh96min.1.2 kg46x33x20cm500 m

Hold on tight because this one isn’t the last Phantom we’ll review here.

3. Parrot Bebop Quadcopter

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone - Blue
  • Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
  • Explore the world in 14 megapixel full HD 1080p and capture any vista with Bebop's 180° field of view
  • Cruise at your own pace and return home automatically
  • Take clear photos and videos using advanced 3-axis image stabilization
  • Fly farther and faster with quick charging Lithium ion batteries (included)

Okay, we’ll admit, we’re pretty partial to Parrot quadcopters. We’re not saying that Parrot make the best quadcopter models, however, they do make some pretty solid offers. Take the Bebop for example.

For just $368, you get an HD 1080p camera, a battery to last you 22 minutes, a small but efficient drone (14 ounces), which can more than match any of the previous entries on the list. The fact is: smaller drones should not be dismissed.

Parrot Bebop Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$329<22min.Outdoors1080p1200mAh<100min.14.1oz.33x38x3.6cm250 m

I personally prefer something that’s lighter and more agile, especially if it can capture such amazing videos.

2. DJI Phantom 3 4K Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with 4K UHD Video Camera w/ CS Hard Shell Case and Spare Battery Bundle
  • Camera offers 4k UHD video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal.
  • Quadcopter camera drone features 720p HD app-based monitoring with gimbal controls on transmitter.
  • Drone package includes 2 flight batteries and a rechargeable remote control.
  • Features a vision sensor for indoor flight and offers up to 23 minutes flying time.
  • Kit Includes Quadcopter Drone, Radio Controller, Flight Battery, Charger, Propeller Set, Gimbal Clamp, Hard case backpack, 16GB 633x microSD Card, Micro-USB Cable, Landing Gear Pads, Propeller Wrench, SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB UHS-I/U3 Micro SDHC Memory Card, Memory Card Reader, Transmitter Lanyard, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.

We said we’d be back with the Phantom. This is the premium version of the previous Phantom 3. At almost double the price of the previous one, all that money mostly goes into the camera.

Instead of a basic 1080p camera, you get a 4K Full-HD one that is sure to leave all viewers awestruck. Did we mention that the Phantom models come with their own controllers?

Clearly one of the features that secured them a spot as the best quadcopter drones of 2016, their remote controls feature dedicated buttons for return to home, GPS control, a shutter button complete with focus adjustments, among other amazing features.

DJI Phantom 3 Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$1150<23min.Outdoors4K Full-HD4480mAh96min.1.2 kg46x33x20cm500 m

1. Parrot AR.DRONE 2.0 Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with 4K UHD Video Camera w/ CS Hard Shell Case and Spare Battery Bundle
  • Camera offers 4k UHD video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal.
  • Quadcopter camera drone features 720p HD app-based monitoring with gimbal controls on transmitter.
  • Drone package includes 2 flight batteries and a rechargeable remote control.
  • Features a vision sensor for indoor flight and offers up to 23 minutes flying time.
  • Kit Includes Quadcopter Drone, Radio Controller, Flight Battery, Charger, Propeller Set, Gimbal Clamp, Hard case backpack, 16GB 633x microSD Card, Micro-USB Cable, Landing Gear Pads, Propeller Wrench, SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB UHS-I/U3 Micro SDHC Memory Card, Memory Card Reader, Transmitter Lanyard, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth.

However, the DJI Phantoms aren’t the only quadcopters to come with a dedicated remote control. The Parrot AR.DRONE 2.0 tops our list. However, we’ve decided to put it here not because of its specs.

If it comes down to technical aspects, the previous one should win by a really long distance. The Parrot AR.DRONE 2.0 is simply an incredibly maneuverable, professional device – it’s even advertised to filmmakers.

That’s because the 720p image is so crisp, it really comes close to the resolution at which they film movies and TV series today.

Parrot AR.DRONE 2.0 Specs
PriceFlightEnvironmentCameraBatteryChargeWeightSizeRange
$265<11min.Outdoors720p HD1500mAh<100min.13.4oz.58x58x13cm500 m

The Parrot also has a few nice features that make it stand out: the battery provides quite an extensive flight time, and it even comes in three colors: jungle camouflage, desert camouflage, and snow camouflage.

Conclusion

How many of these quadcopters do you now want to buy? If it were up to us, we’d choose one of the more powerful best quadcopter drones and one of the smaller, fly-sized ones.

We recommend you look for both the best quadcopter to use in the house, as well as the best 2016 quadcopter drone for outdoor fun.

Tell us if you own any of these devices. Did we get it right? Are we completely wrong in our ranking of the best camera drones of 2016? Leave a comment and let us know!

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