The best drones you can buy on any budget

[MUSIC PLAYING] In just a few short years, drones have gone from a geeky hobbyist toy to a full-on cultural phenomenon They're everywhere now, and they're available in a variety of styles, depending on what you're planning on doing with them

To help you find the right one, we put together a definitive list of the best drones on the planet right now So without further ado, here's the cream of the crop Despite being one of the most compact and portable drones we've ever flown, DJI's Mavic Pro is also one of the most capable and full featured It's equipped with a 4K camera, a three-axis gimbal, forward obstacle avoidance, tons of autopilot modes, and a range of over 4 miles Yet somehow, it still fits in the palm of your hand

Thanks to a very clever hinge system, the Mavic's arms fold up into a neat little package just smaller than the dimensions of your average brick, letting you stuff it in your backpack or messenger bag and lug it along on your adventures When it comes to portable drones, the Mavic Pro has no equal, at least not yet The GoPro Karma is arguably its closest competitor, but it can't match the Mavic in range, speed, compactness, or flight capabilities Some people will tell you that beginner pilots should cut their teeth on lower-end drones, but in our expert opinion, that's nonsense We think it's a smarter idea to start out flying a drone with reliable, responsive controls, a decent warranty, and a design that's easy to repair or upgrade

With these goals in mind, Yuneec's Breeze is a fantastic choice for any greenhorn drone pilot It is relatively cheap, but not so cheap that you'll be encouraged to fly carelessly It also has a pretty decent 4K camera on the undercarriage and boasts an ultraportable form factor that makes transport, well, a breeze And the best part– you can fly it with your smartphone, or pick up Yuneec's dedicated controller system if you want tighter, more responsive controls There is a reason you see this drone showing up everywhere

It's an absolute beast The drone itself boasts some seriously impressive specs It has a controllable range of up to 43 miles, top speed of 67 miles per hour, and all the stabilization and autopilot features you could ever ask for But the camera is definitely the star of the show

DJI's latest Zenmuse cam, the X5S, is a mirrorless Micro 4/3 camera made specifically for aerial photography and cinematography It shoots in 52K at 30 frames per second, or 4K at 60 frames per second, takes 204 megapixel stills, and boasts a ridiculously wide ISO range As an added bonus, this rig is cradled inside a vibration-dampened three-axis gimbal, so your footage comes out silky smooth, no matter how crazily you fly

There are a boatload of mini drones out there right now that you can get for under $50 But in our experience, the vast majority of them are too squirrelly and difficult to master for your average kid Parrot's new Mambo is different though Unlike most other mini drones, this one is actually designed specifically for kids In addition to motion sensors and advanced autopilot software, the Mambo also comes with a handful of attachments that can make it more fun and engaging than a basic quadcopter

Inside the box, you'll find a cannon attachment, 50 foam cannon balls, and a grabber arm that can clamp and carry small objects And the best part– Parrot also gives you the option of piloting via smartphone or via a dedicated dual joystick controller The Flypad, as it's called, is sold separately for $40, but it's totally worth the extra dough