The best drones you can buy

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If you fall into these categories a drone may be for you. If you want pictures of your action adventures, or a fun and high-tech toy to make fellow tech geeks jealous, it might be time to invest in a drone.

What to look for in a drone

Drones are a fairly new consumer category, but there are some things to look out for when deciding which drone you want to buy. There is a fairly huge price range for drones. Serious drones that border on professional quality, such as the DJI Mavic pro, can cost more than £1,000. Tiny, featherweight drones that can be used indoors might cost less than £100.

Some key things to consider include portability and weight, which will determine how easy it is to transport your drone; ease of use, including how long it takes to set up your drone and get it flying; and balance and build quality, how powerful is your drone and does it fly with fast and steady.

If you are buying a camera drone you might also want to consider the quality of footage you are going to get. Models like the DJI Mavic Air provide some of the best video quality on consumer drones, including 4K footage. Others may not provide video at all.

Getting this footage from your drone should be easy on many models. DJI in particular is designed for film editing, allowing you to quickly load your footage from your drone onto your smartphone via WiFi. Alternatively, most drones include sim cards store camera footage.

Finally, battery life is a central drone-buying metric. If your drone can comfortably fly for more than 20 minutes you are likely to be paying a premium.

Use our comparison table below to see which drone is right for you: