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The Best Drones to Give (or Get) This Christmas

So you’re trying to figure out which are the best drones to give your friends and family this Christmas.
This list is the right place for you.
We’ve compiled a quick rundown of the top drones on the market this holiday season – bound to make your drone-loving loved ones smile.

The Best Drones This Christmas
We’ve taken into account price, portability, image quality, autopilot functionality, and flight performance in compiling this list of the best drones out there.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
One of the best drones on the market, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom boasts excellent portability and a superb camera. The shots you’ll get from it will be second to none, largely thanks to its awesome zoom feature.
The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom gives the user high-quality cinematic shots. Its optical zoom is very small, super stable and the drone has omnidirectional obstacle avoidance sensors making it truly stand out.

Its dimensions are 3.3in x 3.3in x 7.8in and it boasts a light weight of just 1.6lbs. It also folds up, making it easy to transport.
It operates at a range of 4 miles, with a 4K (or 1080p) footage camera. It can also be looped in with your smartphone – allowing you to pilot it and review your footage easily. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is my favourite drone of the year 2018 and you can purchase it here!
Inspire 2 with X7 Camera
If you’re more of a high-end filmmaker or photographer and have a larger budget to spend this Christmas, the DJI Inspire 2 is the one for you!
With its magnesium-aluminum shell and carbon fiber arms, this drone is not only of pro quality, but it also looks stunning too.
The resolution and clarity of the Zenmuse X7 will delight any drone captains out there looking to dazzle with their aerial cinematography. This drone is made to last and the footage recorded to impress!
It also comes with the world’s first DL-Mount, allowing the user to flick from one prime lens to another. There are four in this camera, allowing the user to take their photography to a whole new level. Literally.
You can purchase the DJI Inspire 2 and the X7 Camera here!
Parrot Anafi
This drone is more affordable and a little more straightforward. It’s often great for those who are new to drone flying and for people who look for a decent backup drone.

What stands out about the Parrot Anafi model is its amazing camera angles. It looks up as well as down. In 4K! This is quite a special feature given it is not technically the best of the best when it comes to drones on the market.
This, too, is controlled from your phone and is the same size as it, too. The control layout is excellent for a first-timer trying to familiarize themselves with drone piloting.
The built quality is unfortunately quite low but it’s still a fun drone to fly with amazing camera angles.
Ryze Tello
This is the ideal model if your child wants a drone for Christmas!
The Ryze Tello is excellent for those learning how to handle a drone, and its durability means it’s ideal for young pilots.
The Ryze Tello allows you the option to programme it and offers a function of taking simple aerial photos and videos of a basic quality, excellently-suited to a younger, non-pro market. The Ryze Tello is my clear recommendation for children and you can purchase it here!
DJI Spark
The DJI Spark drone is light and portable and is a smaller model. This makes it excellent for those traveling a lot with their device. It’s also ideal for absolute beginners.
It’s like a more affordable version of the Mavic Pro 2 Zoom, mentioned at the top of this list.

It’s a great model to use if, as a starter, you want to work with an established, great quality manufacturer, but are looking for something a little less expensive.
One of the Spark’s major differences is that it only records in 1080p, not 4K. But the 1080p looks good still. Also, it is fully stabilized (albeit not digitally) which makes it an amazing drone for beginners. It is definitely worth its price and will introduce a great hobby (or career)!
Time to Fly
So there you have it: the best drones out there for your friends and family (or for yourself) this Christmas.
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The ISO Creates First International Drone Standard

The International Organization for Standardization, or ISO (the acronym doesn’t make sense to us either) is a non-profit international standards-setting group with 162 national members, including the entirety of what we tend to consider the “developed world.” When they set standards for an industry, those standards become law in everything but name. It was inevitable …

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Best RC Cars For Christmas 2018 (RC Car Gift Guide)

It’s not easy to pick out the best RC cars for Christmas. With so many options on the market, it can be heard to pick the best one for you or your child, especially if you don’t understand all of the more technical jargon. Fortunately, here at Dronethusiast our team contains experts on all forms …

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Singapore Plans To Use “Drone Swarm” For Delivery And Security

At this point, the governments of the world seem to be choosing one of two paths. The first is to resist the introduction of drone technology with increased regulations that limit pilots’ ability to use the drones effectively as well as the construction of serious drone infrastructure. The second is to embrace the technology with …

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The Best 360 Cameras for Your Xmas Gift List in 2018

Are you still shooting photos and videos on a traditional camera?
If so, it’s time to upgrade to a 360 camera.
You’ve probably seen 360 videos popping up all over YouTube and Facebook.
They’re getting so popular that Facebook spent millions in 2017 to develop two high-tech cameras for commercial use.
Keep reading to find out what 360 cameras can do for you and which ones are the best buys for a holiday gift this year.

What is a 360 Camera?
A 360 camera is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a camera that films 360 degrees around you. While a normal video camera only shoots in a small area, 360 cameras capture every angle. These cameras are so powerful that the police use them to help keep them safe.
This type of camera is a great investment for families or people who love travel and adventure. With 360 technology you won’t miss a single memory.
This technology is growing in popularity, but not every camera is equal. Before you buy one for yourself or a loved one this year, keep reading to see which ones are actually worth your money.
What Are the Best 360 Cameras You Can Buy?
If you’re giving (or asking for) a 360 camera this year, you want to make sure the one you choose is best for your unique needs. Here are five of the best 360 cameras on the market today:
1. The Rough 360° Camera
The Virb 360 by Garmin is perfect if you or the receiver loves the outdoors!
It’s one of the more expensive options on the market, but you’ll definitely reap the benefits of a high-quality camera and tons of features. It’s durable and waterproof for up to 33 feet, so it’s great for a mountain climber, hiker, biker, surfer or diver.

2. The Budget 360° Camera
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly gift that still delivers, then the Samsung Gear 360 is a great option.
This camera is under $100 and easy to use so it’s perfect for beginners. It can connect up to any Apple or Samsung phone or used on its own.
Getting this camera for your loved ones will keep you off of their naughty list.

3. The 360° Camera for Drone Pilots
The Insta360 One X was recently named one of the best consumer-level 360 cameras by Forbes and it is my favourite model of 2018. A clear recommendation!
The price tag is right around $400, so it’s a good middle ground for a 360, but it’s one of the highest quality on the market. 5.7K video footage, a small form factor and tons of fun accessories offer fun and super sharp results.
You can easily mount the small Insta360 One X to your drone using this adapter – and you’ll be able to capture another amazing perspective. I love it!

4. The Nikon 360° Camera
In addition to the Garmin camera, this is another option for those who love the outdoors and know what they’re doing with a camera. The Nikon KeyMission 360 is also waterproof, so it’ll take awesome underwater videos.
The main purchasing argument of this camera is its manufacturer (because the camera itself is a bit outdated).

5. The Premium 360° Camera
The brand name GoPro is synonymous with high-quality action cameras, but it also comes with the highest price tag of any of the other 360° cameras.
At almost $600, the GoPro Fusion is an investment, but if you want something that’s guaranteed to perform well for years to come it’ll be worth the money upfront. Because of the price tag, this is a good option for experienced photographers or professionals who want to take their work up a notch.
If Santa were going to live stream his Christmas journey, he’d probably use the GoPro Fusion.

There are other cameras that offer similar quality; if you’d like to see what equipment I personally use, check it out here.
Want to Learn More About the Best Tech Gifts for 2018?
360 cameras and other tech gifts are great presents for the holiday season. You’ll want to do some research before you spend your money on these gifts, though.
Check out the rest of our site for more information on the hottest tools, such as drones, and everything you need to know before you fly them.