Top 10 Drones for 2016: The Beginner’s List

National Geographic Creative photographer and photography expert for National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions Kike Calvo flying a drone using First Person View System ( Kike Calvo via AP Images )

The latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography.

Shopping for a “drone-obsessed” friend, family member or yourself? I have decided to update my article The Best Drones for Beginners that was enjoyed by thousands of readers, and think of a general guide (list is not in order of preference) to help you choose your first drone. Making sure it will make happy anyone interested in cool gadgets, quadcopters and Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

National Geographic Creative photographer and photography expert for National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions Kike Calvo flying a drone using First Person View System ( Kike Calvo via AP Images )
National Geographic Creative photographer and sUAV expert Kike Calvo.

I recommend you to read my Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series before buying any aerial platforms, including:

. So You Want to Fly Drones?
. So You Want to Shoot Aerial Photography Using Drones?
. So You Want to Backup Your Aerial Footage Taken from Drones?
. So You Lost Your Drone Again?
. So You Want to Fly an FPV Racing Mini Quadcopter?
. So You Want to Keep Track of All Your Drone Flights?


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