- #1 DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro Video Camera
- #2 Blade 350 QX3 RTF
- #3 Ionic Stratus Drone Quadcopter
- #4 3DR Solo Quadcopter
- #5 3DR IRIS+ (915) Quadcopter
- #6 Walkera QR X350 Pro RTF FPV DEVO F7 For GoPro
- #7 CXHOBBY CX-20 Professional RC Quadcopter
- #8 Ghost Drone Aerial 2.0
- Bonus: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter
GoPro cameras are quickly becoming popular within the drone industry, and they make it possible to take incredible aerial videography and photography with a quality quadcopter.
Our top recommendation for 2016 is the 3DR SOLO. It has very good flight time, is completely designed with GoPro in mind and has great aerial photography functions such as “follow me” mode and Orbit.
Another great option is the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter. Great flight time, very well adapted for use with GoPro Hero and shoots amazing footage.
If you are on a budget, and just want to shoot some video for fun, check out the Ionic Stratus Drone Quadcopter.
#1 DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro Video Camera
Safe and Stable
When you mount expensive camera equipment you want a quadcopter that is safe, easy to fly and easy to control.
This is one of the reasons why we recommend the DJI Phantom 2 for your action camera. It is a stable and safe drone, and it has already been used by many to record videos of outstanding quality.
The Phantom 2 also has a return to home function, so that you can retrieve it and the camera equipment if the controls are switched off or if you lose control. You will get stable flying, an integrated GPS system, and other safety features designed to prevent crashes.
Ready to Fly
It is delivered pre-tuned, so you can start flying quickly. Just attach the propellers, add batteries to the remote, and charge the battery.
This DJI Phantom 2 package comes with a Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal, which is a new and technologically advanced version, and plenty of support for the gimbal, which provides you with smooth video recording and excellent camera stability.
Long Flight Time
Another reason why we think so highly of the DJI Phantom 2 is because of its long flight time. You can fly the quadcopter for 25 minutes on one charge with the included LiPo battery.
However, the size of the quadcopter makes it best for open, large spaces, so if you need to navigate tighter spaces, this may not be the right option for you.
This drone does not come with its own system for FPV included (First Person View).
You can buy the DJI Phantom FPV Kit for GoPro Hero (7″ LCD, 5.8 Ghz, 500ft Range) that enables you to take videos and photos with first person view and a GoPro camera. Using the WiFi of the GoPro as FPV may interfere with the control of the DJI Phantom 2 as they use the same frequency, so getting this kit is recommended if you want FPV.
What Sets it Apart From the Rest?
It is more expensive than most of the other options, but it has advanced functions, great flight time and a good safety record. It also has a very good reputation online, and lots of faithful fans. You can shoot amazing video with it, and the gimbal is very stable.
Shot with DJI Phantom 2 and GoPro Hero4
Best GoPro Drone
We think that the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal is the best drone for GoPro because of its superior quality, long flight time, excellent safety features, and included gimbal that is specifically designed for GoPro Hero cameras.
Package Including GoPro Hero 4
You can now also get the DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse Gimbal together with a Gopro Hero 4 camera. This package also includes the Zenmuse H4-3d 3-axis gimbal for smooth images and video.
Update: This package is no longer available
Do You Want it Cheaper?
DJI has recently released the DJI Phantom 3 series, and for that reason you can get the DJI Phantom 2 for cheap. This is the basic version without the gimbal or camera mount, and the price is very reasonable. You can buy the gimbal and mount as extras.
It works very well with a GoPro and the flight time is 28 minutes without camera. You can get truly amazing footage with this drone. Tested with Hero2, Hero3/3+ and Hero4 models.
#2 Blade 350 QX3 RTF
While the Blade 350 QX3 is a bit cheaper than the high end quads on this list, this quadcopter still has a lot to offer those looking for a great GoPro drone. Blade specifically designed it to make it easy to shoot photos and video, offering GPS features, simple controls, and excellent safety features.
The Blade 350 includes a basic GoPro mount so that you easily can mount your camera.
It has a flight time of about 10-15 minutes on a single battery charge. It also has a 300 meter range, just like the DJI Phantom.
Delivered Ready to Fly and has Return Home Function
It is ready to fly right out of the box and comes with a mast-mounted GPS antenna, which offers improved GPS performance.
The return home function brings the quadcopter back to the startup point and it lands on its own, which is a useful feature if something goes wrong while flying the drone.
You can get specific flight modes that are programmed to make it easy to capture aerial images and video. These flight modes both include self-leveling and they make use of altitude sensors and GPS to keep the quadcopter in a precise hover.
Shot with Blade 350 and Hero3
Great Choice but Consider Investing in a Gimbal
Overall, the Blade 350 QX3 is a great choice for your GoPro camera, particularly if you invest in a new gimbal to go with it. Blade offers the Blade BLH7910 GB200 Brushless Gimbal New which is good, and it is compatible with GoPro cameras.
This quadcopter offer excellent safety features and its reasonable price makes it a great choice.
#3 Ionic Stratus Drone Quadcopter
This is probably the cheapest GoPro drone in our list, and while it does not have the same flight time or range as the more well known models, it offers very good value and is fun for beginners wanting to play around with a drone and an action camera. There is also a battery available if you want increased flying time.
There is no gimbal included with this drone, and that means that the video can get a bit shaky at times. The camera is rubber mounted fixed, which removes some of the vibrations from the drone though. The mount is removable if you want to attach a better gimbal.
Here it is in action with a Hero3 Black attached.
It has a flight range of around 150 meters, and can do some fun things like 3D flips.
For the price it offers a surprisingly good flying experience, but without a proper gimbal it is targeted at beginners. It reportedly does not fly or land very well in windy conditions.
#4 3DR Solo Quadcopter
3DR Solo Quadcopter
The Solo from 3DR is a new release, and it is marketed as the worlds first smart drone. It is powered by twin 1 GHz computers and has some really cool functions for shooting aerial videos. Solo is an exiting new drone, and a real challenger to the DJI Phantom 2 and 3. Unlike most of the other drones on this list it is designed totally with GoPro in mind, and you can control the GoPro camera with the gimbal (sold separately).
It also offers streaming in HD via WiFi from your GoPro to iOS/Android devices, so you get FPV, First Person View.
Solo has some really cool functions, such as orbit, where you can lock your camera on an object and get wraparound shots moving in a circular track while keeping the camera locked on the target, and cable cam, where you can lock the drone on a virtual cable leaving you to control the camera. Movie tricks that you usually only see on Hollywood movies, you can now easily do yourself with your drone.
The Solo Gimbal (sold separately) gives you steady and smooth video, and control of your GoPro camera.
What Sets it Apart?
First off, it is designed entirely with GoPro cameras in mind. This give you control of your camera via the gimbal, and you can also use FPV without having to purchase extra equipment. Solo offers some really cool functions for shooting aerial videos, and this drone is in my opinion the best choice for shooting professional and creative video with a GoPro drone.
#5 3DR IRIS+ (915) Quadcopter
3DR IRIS+ (915) Quadcopter
IRIS+ from 3DRobotics has a lot to offer if you want to be able to take great videos and photos. One of the really cool things about this drone is the “Follow Me mode”, IRIS+ will follow your every move and keep you focused in the camera, which is really useful for more than just action sports.
It has a great autopilot, just tell it where to go and it will go there automatically while keeping the camera completely stable with the 2-axis gimbal.
The IRIS also has flight safety features, it can return home if it flies out of range, or the battery runs out.
IRIS features a GoPro-compatible camera mount so that you easily can mount the camera.
The Tarot T-2D Brushless Gimbal Kit is not included, but can be purchased separately. It works with GoPro Hero.
Ready to Fly
The IRIS+ is delivered ready to fly, all you have to do is to attach the propeller and charge your battery.
Filmed with Hero 4 and 3DR IRIS+
Why I Like it
One cool thing about the IRIS is the follow me mode, just set it to follow you and you can ride of on your bike, run, walk, whatever you want. It is your own hands-free camera crew. I see it as an interesting alternative to the DJI Phantom 2, and although it has slightly less flight time, it has some really cool features that your can use together with your GoPro camera.
#6 Walkera QR X350 Pro RTF FPV DEVO F7 For GoPro
The Walkera QR X350 is produced by the Chinese drone manufacturer Guangzhou Walkera Technology, and they have a very good reputation.
The flight time is about 23 minutes, which is quite impressive, and much better than the around 5 minute flight time you could get with the old Walkera X350.
This package has a FPV-system included, which broadcasts in-flight video to the radio.
Included is a mount and a gimbal compatible with GoPro cameras.
Optimized for GoPro
The gimbal is included in the price with this package, as is the compatible mount, and a GoPro transmitter. FPV works with 5.8GHz FPV technology so that it will not interfere with the Radio Control System. The system is ready to fly and completely setup to work with GoPro cameras.
It does come with a return to home function, which I like to see on drones that carry expensive camera equipment.
The DJI Phantom is, in my opinion, faster and easier to get up in the air, but for someone with a little drone experience the Walkera QR X350 Pro might be preferable to the DJI Phantom. It’s a different flying experience, and the Walkera might be a bit faster and more edgy.
A huge plus is that it is all setup and ready to work with GoPro, making it a very convenient choice. All in all this is a very good alternative to the DJI Phantom 2, and with this quadcopter Walkera really upped their game.
You Want it Cheaper?
If you are looking for a cheaper option, check out this basic version of the Walkera QR X 350 Pro without the Gimbal and FPV.
#7 CXHOBBY CX-20 Professional RC Quadcopter
Cheerson Hobby behind this quadcopter is another Chinese manufacturer. This is a budget drone, but I think you still get a lot for the money. And it looks quite similar to the DJI Phantom too.
A big advantage with the Cheerson CX hobby is the price, you don’t need to be super careful while you are learning.
Although the price is relatively low, this is not a toy, it is a sensitive and smart technology.
The CX-20 professional has about 15 minutes of flight time and flies with high intensity led lights for better flight orientation. The fight speed is around 10 meters per second. The size of it is about the same as that of the DJI Phantom.
The quadcopter has no camera of its own but has included a mount that works with GoPro cameras.
It has safety features that warn you if your batteries run low, and if you still keep going it will try and land automatically. The return to home function also works if the communication is disconnected.
Ready to Fly
The CX-20 professional is delivered ready to fly, but some assembly is required.
As always, read the instructions before you fly to avoid incident. Read the manual and check out the instructional disk.
The CXHOBBY CX-20 Professional has been getting pretty good reviews, and people seem happy with the performance of it, calling it a good budget alternative to the DJI Phantom. Expect a difference in build quality though, as the Phantom 2 is extremely well created.
#8 Ghost Drone Aerial 2.0
The Ghost is an indiegogo crowd funding product and it is marketed as the easiest drone to fly. The Ghost 2.0 Aerial was just released, and just like in Ghost 1 there is no RC controller, instead you control it with your smartphone.
The Ghost 2.0 is now delivered with a 4K sports camera, but you can attach your GoPro instead. The gimbal is compatible with Hero 3, 3+, 4 and other action cameras.
You can set the quadcopter to night mode in the evening, and it will use LED lights so that you can track it better.
Like the IRIS+ and the AirDog you can set it to auto-follow mode, which is always handy if you want to shoot yourself biking, surfing, jogging or doing tricks.
The flight time is also very good, 25 minutes.
There is a 3-axis aircraft grade aluminum gimbal included to keep the video stable, and it works well with GoPro Hero 3, 3+, 4 and other action cameras.
A plus is also that the Gimbal is pre-assembled and already mounted on the drone.
If the connection is lost, the return home safety feature kicks in. The Ghost is also resistant to wind and rain. Propeller protectors are included.
Android and iOS
To control the Ghost Aerial Drone 2.0 you need an android or iOS device, as it is controlled via the Ghost Drone app. Included in this package is the G-Box which provides a stable connection between Ghost and a smartphone at an effective range of up to 3,280 feet (1,000 m).
Great for Beginners
The Ghost 2.0 is designed to be extremely easy to use and get started. All you need is your smartphone, and you get real time data via the app. All the commands are very easy with Waypoint Mode and Flight Planning available via a one click system.
EHANG will be releasing 4 different versions of the Ghost 2.0, and one of them will include a camera and a system for using VR-googles.
Bonus: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter
|Camera: 720p high-definition live video streaming to tablet and smartphone|
|Dimensions: 23 x 0.5 x 23 inches|
|Flight time: 12 minutes|
|Range: 50 m|
|Payload: Not designed to carry low weight actions cameras|
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is a cheap option, and it is controlled by a smartphone or tablet.
It is quite small, making it a great choice if you want a drone that can easily navigate smaller spaces.
It does come with a HD camera that offers live video streaming that goes right to your tablet or smartphone when flying. A camera mount is not included.
So if you want to attach your action camera you will need to purchase a mount. Keep in mind, adding weight to the quadcopter will reduce the altitude and the battery life.
Ready to Fly
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 comes fully assembled and ready to fly. It has a range of about 50 meters and has a flying time of around 12 minutes.
Good for Beginners
The Parrot is especially helpful for beginners, since it is easy to fly and needs no major configuring when you take it out of the box.
On-board GPS tracking is also included which makes it easy to map out potential flight paths.
Cheap and Fun, but you Need a GoPro Mount
The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is not really made with an action camera in mind, but it is a cheap option and it is a lot of fun to fly, and it’s small enough to operate in smaller places. Without a gimbal the video will be a bit shaky though.
Parrot AR 2.0 with GoPro Hero2 on a pretty windy day
Not Very Strong
For this combination to work you will need a mount that is very light, as the Parrot may not be able to lift both the camera and a heavy mount. I still wanted to include the Parrot on this list as a budget drone for GoPro, but it has some drawbacks.
There is a new version of the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0, called the Power Edition. It has an outstanding flight time of 36 minutes.
I will keep updating this list as new drones come out on the market. If I missed something please feel free to let me know in the comments :).