A drone is a great Christmas gift for both young and adults. It can teach young ones about technology, shooting aerial video and even responsibility. And it is so much fun!
But selecting the right drone can be difficult, even more so if you are not all that familiar with the fast developing world of drones.
We decided to make it easy for you with our quick, and easy to understand reviews of 5 outstanding drones that anybody would love to get under the Christmas tree.
5 Best Drones for Christmas 2017
– Fun and Easy to Fly
1. Parrot Mambo Mission
Parrot Mambo is just plain FUN! This drone comes from the very reputable company Parrot, they have a long reputation of providing quality drones.
The unique things about the Parrot Mambo is the attachable Cannon and the grabbing hook they call Grabber .
The cannon can shoot miniature balls at up to 6 ft distance. The cannon is not very powerful, it will mostly burst soap bubbles and knock over paper cups.
The Grabber can catch, carry and release 4 grams of cargo . That is not very heavy, but still very much fun. You can pick up sugar cubes, paper messages etc.
The Parrot Mambo has a range of around 65 m using the controller, and 20 using a smartphone. You can fly it indoors and outdoors.
It is quick and easy to change from the Grabber to Cannon, and the Parrot Mambo is very reliable and easy to fly.
This review might be interesting, keep in mind that the product I linked to above does not seem to include a camera like the one in the video. Just the Grabber and the Cannon.
– For Techies and Beginners with Ambition
2. DJI Spark Selfie Drone
This is a drone anybody would love to get as a Christmas gift. It is very small and super easy for beginners to handle, you can even control it with your gestures . A great little drone for shooting selfies as well.
There are many cool things about the Spark, one of them is that this is a drone that even an experienced drone flyer would love to play around with.
The video is much better than you would expect from its size, the footage you get from it is actually quite professional.
It will set you back a bit, but this is state of the art technology that so far only DJI seems to be able to produce for a drone that size.
It has a flight time of around 16 minutes.
If you have a tech loving partner, or want to give a gift to someone who already has a couple of drones, this might be the best drone for Christmas.
You can see our full DJI Spark review here.
– Cheap and Great for Learning (no camera)
3. Holy Stone HS170 Predator
This is a great little starter drone, and awesome for learning how to control and fly a drone . You can fly it both indoors and outdoors.
It has a flight time of around 6-8 minutes and a control range of 30-50 meters.
This mini drone is more powerful than it looks, and the motors are very responsive.
Beginners are adviced to start with the slowest of the 3 speed settings, and increase it as you learn.
Make sure to always read the manual before you try to lift off.
– Great Drone for Beginners with Camera
4. UDI U818A
If you are looking for a gift for a young family member, the UDI U818A is an excellent choice as it is both fun and easy for beginners and it comes with a camera.
The UDI U818A has a flight time of around 8 minutes, and stable flight via a 6 axis gyro.
The camera is 640×480 pixels, not the highest quality footage, but great for those learning to shoot video with a drone.
This drone is fun and easy, and a great drone gift for kids .
-Foldable Professional Level Aerial Photography
5. DJI Mavic Pro
This drone always seems to end up on my top lists, but it is just that good! It delivers professional level aerial photography and video, it´s super fun to fly and, while not cheap, affordable for those looking to really get into drones, or make money with drones .
It has an outstanding flight time of a little less than 30 mins, and it flies super fast .
It is also very compact and portable, just fold it up and put it in your backpack.
It also has obstacle avoidance, making it pretty hard to crash.
For a Christmas present, it may be pricey, but who would not love to get this drone gift for Christmas?
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