7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin

Drones - strictly speaking, ‘multicopters’ - are ubiquitous now. We see them in the news, behind the camera filming aerial footage, and more frequently in parks. There is something thrilling about zooming through the air, controlling the futuristic device from your mobile phone.

They’re like animals, too, twitching and purring as you adjust the throttle. Some even have eyes, their beady cameras tuned in to record. We’ve tried a slate of different models: from the Phantom 2 Vision+, with its built-in camera, to the Hubsan Mini Quadcopter, which can be flown indoors.  No matter your budget, there’s definitely something here for adults or kids alike.

Click on the gallery to see the IndyBest buys

Verdict

There's no way you can doubt that the Phantom 2 Vision+ is the best - with a long battery life, stabilised HD camera and extensive app features. But if you're on a budget, I'd look to purchase either the Parrot A.R. Drone, with its nifty augmented reality games, or the cheaper rolling spider.

Buy now

1. AR Parrot Drone 2.0, £279.99

2. Hubsan Q4 Nano Quadcopter, £29.95

3. DJI FirstPersonView Phantom 2 Vision+, £915 

4. Quadcopter with LEDs, £54.95

5. Hubsan H107D X4 Mini Quadcopter, £98.97

6. Parrot Rolling Spider, £89.99

7. DJI Phantom FC40 Quadcopter, £389.99

 

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Tech editor James Vincent tests drones

 

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