Nowadays, people look for budget drones that honestly are nothing more than daddy toys. Now, if you are really into drones, you might not be satisfied with what most of those cheap models offer. What if you’d like to make a long-time investment into a drone that steals the show every time you take it outside?
In this article, we will review the 10 top most expensive drones you can find. And no, it’s not about the price tag alone. It is easy to find scammers who would love to sell you a Hubsan for 10,000 bucks. Price is indeed important, but we will mainly focus on the features here. You will see only premium quality drones in this list!
At the end, we will mention the most expensive quadcopter and why we believe it is worth the price. Without any further delay, let’s get started:
Autel Robotics X-Star
This is the cheapest drone in this review, and it is the kind of all-around quadcopter you would use to practice, record and race. This drone has literally no negative reviews in any of the big commercial platforms, which is really rare. When it comes to quadcopters, people tend to focus merely on flaws and negative aspects.
The Autel robotics drone is often compared to the Phantom DJI 3 by the way it is beginner-friendly. Most people use it for racing, though it comes with a nice 4K 12-p camera that proved to shoot some nice footage. Honestly, we prefer this one over the DJI 3 because of the better customer service.
DJI Mavic Pro
This drone definitely costs a lot, but it is totally worth it thanks to its great design and built quality. This innovative portable drone can be easily folded up to the size of a bottle – you don’t even need to take away the props!
The drone has about the same performance as the Phantom DJI 4. It is extremely easy to pilot – you will enjoy the great maneuverability even indoors! The whole bottom part of the Mavic is on metal, which greatly add to its durability. The DJI Mavic Pro Bundle includes everything to start flying right out the box, which is: a 16GB Memory card, a controller, a battery, and an AC Charger.
DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Kit Bundle
The Phantom 4 is the best selling quadcopter so far. It’s widely praised for being one of the most beginner-friendly drones. Its obstacle detection and active tracking features, along with an in-built GPS and great software support allow you to pilot the drone without touching the control sticks. All you have to do is point a place on the map and the drone will automatically go there. Now, you can always switch to the semi- or unassisted mode.
This kit comes with every tiny accessory you would ever need. It ranges from a 64 GB SD card, to a camera lens hood, to a lens cleaning cloth. It includes an air blower cleaner, a lens cleaning pen and even a remote controller neck strap. Finally, the kit comes with a Surmik full-sized sturdy backpack, designed to carry the drone with all the accessories.
Walkera Scout X4 sale: $540.99 (40%)
This one is not meant for beginners. It has several negative reviews on Amazon because people expect this drone to be as easy to pilot as the DJI Phantom 4. What they ignore is that the Walkera Scout X4 is a different drone and it is meant to be used by experienced users only.
It is sturdy, fast and can be changed from 4 to 8 motors (also called Hybrid design). It takes some time to set up, but once done, you will enjoy the pro features that are lacking in the Phantom 4. Note: It comes without camera, but its gimbal is designed to carry a Go Pro.
The massive Tornado H920 is the first drone in the list that is a hexacopter. It is pretty big, having a 22 inch diameter; it can hold up to three batteries for a total flight time of 42 minutes. Despite its huge size, this drone is very agile and easy to pilot. In fact, it is more trustworthy than the smaller models, since it does not crashes if one of the motors fails mid air.
In addition, it has enhanced stability and automation features thanks to the in-built GPS, compass and air pressure sensor.
This bundle comes with two additional batteries, a charger and a comfortable case.
Walkera Voyager 4
This expensive drone features 15 inch props, which provide superior stability and thrust. High diameter props are considered the best for aerial video shooting. This, combined with enhanced 3-axis brushless image stabilization allows the 4K 18X optical zoom camera to record professional quality video footage. You can pan through 360 degrees and zoom in and out remotely.
The included controller has an inbuilt LCD screen that allows you to easily control and automate the flight, so you don’t have to coordinate every move manually. In fact, you can also automate the camera pan movement.
DJI Inspire 1 Pro
As its price tag suggests, the Inspire 1 Pro is not meant to be used by beginners. It is the enhanced version of the Inspire 1 and it has some amazing features. But first, let us mention that the drone is really easy to crash, if not used correctly. It takes some advanced knowledge and time to configure properly. Once done, the drone becomes easy to pilot. Alas, even then it lacks of the fail-proof mechanisms you can find in the Phantom 4.
The Inspire 1 Pro has a MFT-style camera, which is meant for professional video footage recording. This is actually the strongest point of this drone. If you are into professional aerial video recording, then the DJI Inspire 1 Pro is definitely a great choice.
DJI Inspire 1 RAW
This is probably the smallest (and most expensive) professional video recording drone. But don’t let the size fool you – this drone gets the job done. In fact, it is widely used by professional filmmakers and journalists.
These expensive quadcopters come fully equipped and ready to fly. The kit includes everything from the sturdy case, to a spare set of four props. It even includes a microfiber tissue to clean the camera and two pairs of batteries. It also features two controllers and it can be piloted using both at the same time.
Now, about the camera, the quality coming off the RAW footage is color accurate, sharp and easy to grade.
DJI MATRICE 600 and Ronin-MX BUNDLE
The DJI MATRICE 600 is the second on our list, with only the Freefly ALTA being the most expensive quadcopter (or better said Hexacopter) on the market.
What we have here is a legendary bundle with the best DJI drone and their famous Ronin-MX gimbal set. This duo is often used to record movie scenes, including parts of high motion intensity and speed, like races. The drone can carry Red Epic, Arri Alexa Mini and other high-end cameras designed for high G-force environments. It comes with the A3 flight control system, and has room for further upgrades. While it is a professional and complex piece of equipment, the DJI Matrice 600 is easy and quick to set up.
Freefly Systems ALTA
This is hands down the most expensive drone used in cinematography. It is especially designed for action scenes with low ambient light and illumination. It can carry up to 15 pounds of equipment, which means it is compatible with the most used professional gimbal and camera models.
Once you open the box, you will notice the “Made in the USA” label. The drone uses cutting-edge technologies and top design. This allows it to be extremely lightweight for its size and strength, and durable. It also features SYNAPSE Flight Controller sensors and the option to mount the MoVI to the top or bottom. And again, it only takes five minutes to set it up and start recording!
Professional equipment costs a lot, and the listed quadcopters are no exception. These most expensive drones are widely used both by individual professionals and by cinematographic companies. We honestly hope that you found this article informative and interesting. Please let us know your opinion in the comments section below!