10 coolest drones you can buy

Do you need an eye in the sky? These drones range in price from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.

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Jun 28, 2013 11:26AM
Glad to see these are affordable.  
First time I see one flying over my house, shortly thereafter, is the first time I will send one over the Police Chiefs, Mayors, Prosecuting Attorneys, and local Judges house.  I will also fly one past their local watering holes to show their constituents what they are really up to.
Jun 28, 2013 10:38AM
woo hoo skeet shooting just went hi tech
Jun 28, 2013 12:05PM
What gets me is all of a sudden remote control model airplanes, cars and hover ships have become DRONES.. Most seem to not know model enthusiasts have been attaching cameras and deployable devices to these things for 75+ years.. Sure the tech. has been steadily improving and has become off the shelf as opposed to the hobbyist who had to retrofit and poor man engineer this stuff.. So now they attach the stigma of DRONE to these things and are making them illegal to operate.. Our government is the worst kind of scum spying and killing with drones so they call the kettle black..
Jun 28, 2013 11:38AM
time to buy a high powered pellet gun and yee haw shoot the fers down if I see one for the hell of it ill shoot one down quick if I see one near my home
Jun 28, 2013 12:52PM

LOL -- as someone who has been flying these "drones" for years, I can help educate the uneducated:


1)  These are not really drones.  They are called "First Person View" (or "FPV" for short).  They must be flown by a pilot on the ground, and the range is about one mile.


2)  These do NOT fly by themselves on a predetermined flight path.


3)  I have some video out on YouTube if you want to see what it looks like -- Look under Lieutenant Loughead's videos, and you will find the videos -- including a pretty good crash video!


4)  You guys are talking about shooting these down.  You would be AMAZED how difficult these things are to shoot down.  Yes, we have tried (for fun).  They are VERY difficult to hit (even with a shotgun).  When you DO hit them with a gun (even with a shotgun), they are very resilient and difficult to bring down.


I am happy to answer questions if anyone has any.  :)

Jun 28, 2013 11:24AM
in the seventies we used to fly radio controlled airplanes (aka today apparently drones). one of the guys even had a super eight movie camera strapped to the back and pointing backwards. he didn't didn't do any domestic spying though.
Jun 28, 2013 12:29PM
Ok it's time to build an rc model A-10 and build a .22cal gatling gun for it to shoot down these drones.
Jun 28, 2013 12:26PM

oh, I get it! Sell a bunch of these to the public so the governments will blend right in!  :/


Jun 28, 2013 1:36PM
Can they build one to deliver pizza?!?!
Jun 28, 2013 11:39AM
Jun 28, 2013 12:29PM
I don't see the big deal.  These are nothing more than glorified R/C helicopters.
Jun 28, 2013 12:03PM

I would drone the crap out of Area 51. Better yet, I would use my drone to shoot down the government's drones.

Jun 28, 2013 1:25PM
We have always been under surveillance by our upper classmen. I would still love to have one of these boogers to keep an eye on me, and make sure I keep behaving. " HEY " I'm just saying.. Call me Jessie Ventura if you get what I mean. If anyone sees this, I'd appreciate having one for Christmas.
Aug 3, 2014 3:37AM
I have the newer version of the phantom (phantom 2 vision +) and got it for about 1.3k. I have tried many different drones (or what some would call RC helicopters) and this is by far my favorite. It has a live 1080p camera (unlike the original phantom which has a go pro mount) Whenever I flew the phantom it had a huge range and a 30 min battery life. I would highly recommend this above all of the other affordable drones (<4000), it's made by DJI and I would advise you looking into it if you want to buy a affordable drone.
Jun 28, 2013 2:11PM
These are not drones, they are Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV's). 
Jun 28, 2013 1:58PM
I can see the quote from the wachodoodles now.. "The only way your taking my drones are from my dead cold fingers" Or something to that nature. I will end up a constitiutional question , decided by the courts.
Jul 10, 2013 11:36AM
I've heard that private eyes would occasionally use such things for their work; in fact, didn't a PI who practiced in New York, and for a time had a show on the cable channel TruTV, show the use of such an item on one of those programs?
Jul 7, 2014 8:13PM
I prefer the Inguity 3D Micro Drone. It is under $40 and preforms much better than a lot of the big ones. 
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