Whether you’re a seasoned drone hobbyist, new to the flight arena or a grandparent looking to purchase a child his first RC flying device, considering a waterproof drone is a great idea.
The waterproof features on the models below allow freedom of flight beyond fields and backyards to rivers, oceans and lakes. You can also get awesome underwater shots, and the fun need not end if it starts to sprinkle.
1. Splash Drone Auto (Mariner 2)
The Splash Drone Auto is the latest version of the Mariner 2. It can float on water, fly in rain, land on water and surf on the water.
The Splash Drone also has follow me functionality, which makes it a great camera drone choice for water sports, like surfing, kite boarding, and water skiing. The waterproof gimbal is compatible with GoPro.
Fishing and Lifesaver Delivery
This drone has a 1 kg payload release device, that can be used for fishing or water rescue. You can use it to cast a bait in the ocean, or even lift up small fish.
The Splash drone can also deliver an automatically inflating life preserver to swimmers.
The Splash Drone Auto comes with a 2 axis waterproof gimbal for stable camera and video shots (you supply the camera, it is compatible with GoPro).
Skim this quadcoptor over water for great underwater footage with your waterproof camera attached to the gimbal for vivid shots.
Intense LED lights allow for optimal nighttime flights.
Download the app for android devices for more control options. Comes with a “return to home” function to prevent loss during malfunction.
2.GP Toys NextX H2O Aviax Drone
This is a great little starter drone for water or land.
With up to 20 centimeters of diving, waterproof power, this drone makes a perfect starter choice and lots of fun if you want to get underwater footage.
On-board colorful LED lights makes night flights and underwater glow really nice.
The LCD transmitter displays battery life, speed and other flight data.
It is recommended to avoid flying on extremely windy days, as it is a quite small quadcopter.
It can do a 360 degree flip, has cruise control and headless mode.
60 minutes for charge time (after a 30 minute cool-down period recommended by the manufacturer.
The drone is about the size of a dinner plate and can be controlled from over 300 feet away. It has reliable customer service that will respond to questions or concerns within 24 hours
3. Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone – New Z
This mini drone requires no FAA registration, so fly away!
It’s designed for freshwater use and can reach speeds up to 6 mph on the water and 11 mph in the air.
You can download the FreeFlight app from Google Play to access more tricks and maneuvers.
Take aeriel photos during the drone’s flight with the embedded camera.
The shock resistant design allows this model to hover over water or fly over land or indoors.
Control the device from about twenty meters away. This style is controlled by the FreeFlight app, which is kept up-to-date by the company. 25 minutes for charge time.
4. The Lily Camera
This brand-new-to-market is available for pre-order now for Summer 2016 delivery! Toss this “throw and shoot” camera drone in the air and watch it fly itself!
This is a drone that follow you by syncing with the waterproof wrist tracker, using GPS and visual tracking technology so the drone can shoot footage while you’re training or playing.
The drone follows whomever is wearing the wrist tracker. It shoots HD photos and video with sound which are stored on a 4 GB internal card; there’s also a slot for an external memory card.
Lily doesn’t have obstacle avoidance, so it needs to be operated in an open area or under full control.
It is waterproof with a compact design and the device can fit into a backpack.
The Lily camera drone can function up to one meter underwater for photography, but without the engine control. The manufacturer states the camera is for use in fresh and salt water, but rinse the motors after use to avoid corrosion. This drone can reach 50 feet above the head and reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour. No assembly is needed. Install the companion app to control and watch battery life and you’re ready to fly.
You can pre-order on Lilys website.
- Camera is included
- Range of 30 meters (100 feet)
- 18-20 minutes of flight time
- 2 hours for charge time (internal battery only)
- 2.8 pounds drone weight
- 10 x 10 x 3 inches drone dimensions
5. Tayzu Quadra
The Quadra from Tayzu is another new drone that is waterproof. It can land and take off directly from water, and you can start your shots underwater and fly and shoot high up in the sky.
The drone carries a waterproof gimbal and camera housing.
Designed to use with GoPro Hero 4.
Although the news of this quadcopter is not that new anymore, I personally have not seen it in the shops or in Amazon. You can try and locate the drone through the Tayzu website.
Whichever waterproof model you choose, it’s a good idea to pick up an extra battery pack for extended flight time (except for the Lily Camera, which only has an internal battery). Also, make sure the camera you purchase as an add-on is waterproof, as well.
Be aware of FAA regulations (drones weighing 0.55 pounds or heavier must be registered) and check the area for obstacles and crowds. Otherwise, have fun with these awesome drone choices for land or water!