DRONES… Who Makes These Flying Marvels?
According to the latest news reports the Air Drone Craze is in full swing in most countries and consumer DRONE MAKERS are introducing new Quadcopter models all the time.
If your interested in learning more about these drone companies, Compiled below is a list that you may find helpful, especially, If your just getting started with RC Drones, you’ve probably seen a few different models you are interested in buying, but you’re not familiar with the brand.
Use this list to visit their website and learn more. If you have a favorite brand use this list to see what popular models are currently available.
List includes the most popular consumer Drone manufacturers of both Hobby and Professional Drones, Also includes a link to some of the their Best Drones. This list is not complete, but will be updated as more reputable companies enter the market.
Top Consumer Drone Manufacturers
DJI Innovations is headquartered out of Shenzhen, China and they are the most popular Drone Makers in the industry. Their products are aimed at both hobbyists and professionals.
NEW to the line-up is the DJI Mavic mini drone, the smallest and lightest DJI drone ever made. An affordable drone with the quality and features you expect from a leader in the consumer drone market.
When paired with the DJI FPV Fly More Combo, pilots can engage in an FPV experience like no other.
Yuneec is the world leader in electric aviation. Headquarters are in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
Yuneec manufactures over 1 million units a year that are sold under OEM/ODM brands. In 2014, Yuneec introduced the world’s first ready-to-fly, out-of-the-box drone, the Typhoon Q500 quadcopter.
New to the Yuneec line up is the Mantis-Q a foldable compact drone that can be used with some simple voice commands.
Parrot a French company, Headquartered in Paris, is a new entrant into the UAV/ quadcopter market, its main specialty is wireless devices for mobile phones and automobiles (i.e. Bluetooth hands free kits).
Surprisingly, it has seized a large part of the consumer UAV/ quadcopter market with the AR.Drone and its successor the AR.Drone 2.0 a mid- range hobby drone with integrated FPV system, controlled by a smartphone app.
New models include the Bebop 2 Drone, an advanced quadcopter with lots of features, the Parrot Disco FPV, a fixed wing drone that has 45 min battery life and FPV goggles. The Parrot Mambo mini drone that comes with a cannon that fires miniature balls and a Grabber claw to move objects through the air.
Their NEW ANAFI Drone has a 4K HDR camera with 2.8x lossless zoom and a 21MP sensor. The first drone equipped with a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer that offers 180 degrees of vertical tilt freedom. This means, not only can this drone look straight down, it can also look straight up.
Autel Robotics has U. S. headquarters in Bothell WA and is a subsidiary of Autel Intelligent Technology Company Ltd. Founded back in 2004 and based in Shenzhen, China. Autel is a company known for producing award winning automotive diagnostic tools and equipment.
Autel Robotics was founded in 2014, whose main goal is to research and develop easy-to-use aerial drones for aerial photography and other industries.
Autel has currently updated their first small portable aircraft, The new EVO 2 is a compact aircraft packed full of intelligent flight features, equipped with a top quality camera, and foldable for maximum portability.
Holy Stone was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Zhangzhou, China. Currently one of the most popular drone brands and for good reason, they offer many good quality starter, novice and pro drones equipped with the latest features. Made with quality materials and available at a price point many consumers can afford.
Latest Models include:
When it comes to quality and price, HOLY STONE DRONES are hard to beat.
Pontensic is another drone company based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, and offer a range of beginner and professional drones for sale with great features.
Potensic produces a nice assortment of consumer drones and are intent on providing great customer service.
They also have 2 popular FPV models the H501S with brushless motors and the H502S, both have GPS Positioning, Follow Me, Headless and Altitude hold modes, they also feature a LED display built into the controller.
The latest addition to their line-up is the new HUBSAN Zino Drone with foldable arms and brushless motors. Equipped with a 4K UHD Video Camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal.
Popular models and reasonable prices have helped make it a household name in the drone hobbyist market.
Blade a hobby product distributor based out of Champaign, Illinois and is owned by Horizon Hobby, they manufacture the Blade range of Quadcopters. They offer some enhanced features such as SAFE to make flying their craft easier and safer.
From helicopters to multi-prop drones, Blade has many options available, its most popular model is the Blade Nano QX, a great beginner quadcopter.
JJRC (JJRC Toy Co. Ltd) is another Chinese toy manufacturer making robots, toy guns and remote-controlled vehicles of all types. They really have a very extensive collection of toys, the majority are remote-controlled kid and hobby drones.
The JJRC H36 Mini Quadcopter and the JJRC H20 Nano Hexacopter are some of the most popular. They are one company constantly presenting new models such as the JJR/C H47 Elfie a Foldable Selfie Drone with a unique one hand G-sensor remote control and the JJRC H31 Waterproof Drone.
The new JJRC X18 GPS Foldable Drone comes with a 2.7K HD Camera and brushless motors. Offers 25 Min. flight time along with many of the latest flight modes.
Syma Toys is located in Shantou, China. This drone maker is best known for its remote controlled helicopters. They make the highly popular X5C a very good beginner drone.
The Upgraded version X5C-1 Explorer is one of Amazons best selling quadcopters. Other popular models include the small Syma X11 mini-quadcopter and the Syma X5SW Plus Quadcopter Drone with WiFi FPV Camera.
The New SYMA X500 4K Drone with GPS comes with 2 Batteries for 56 mins of flight time. A low cost alternative to the more expensive DJI mini.
UDI RC Toys is a manufacturer receiving good reviews for their products. Also based in China, they make all kinds of radio controlled craft, from cars and boats to helicopters and quadcopters.
The latest upgrade is the U818PLUS WIFI FPV Drone, which offers a Wide-Angle HD 2MP Camera and a 15 Min Flight Time. Also has Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, along with One-Button Take-off And Landing.
Walkera has a drone factory located in Guangzhou City, China. Walkera is a drone manufacturer that offers a range of drone models, originally selling quadcopters like the QR LadyBird V2 Mini Quadcopter and Walkera QRX 350, but now seem to be concentrating more on Racing Drones.
Cheerson Hobby Technology Company Limited was established in 2011. They are based in China in the Guangdong province. Cheerson Hobby specialize in the design and manufacture of many kinds of remote-controlled toys.
Look for a lot more new designs and innovations in the near future. The FFA has given Drone technology a thumbs up and will start to allow it to show some of it’s real potential.
The Air Drone CRAZE is only going to get more momentum going forward…. slowed only by public perception and battery life.
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