After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best gps drones for 2019 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 with Camera Live
HS100 is a new drone from Holy Stone, released just a few days ago at the time of this writing. With HS100 Holy Stone seems to be trying to break into the mid-range market segment, both in quality and price. Up until now Holy Stone, an established Chinese drone manufacturer, has released low cost budget drones. That isn’t really the case with HS100.
Holy Stone HS100 is a rather large drone.… Coming in at 50cm in length/width and almost 20cm in height (if we count the landing gear), this is one of the more massive drones that I’ve had the opportunity of testing. Together with battery, drone measures about 700g in weight. Drone body stretches out to the sides where blades are, similar to Hubsan X4 series.
Camera hangs underneath the drone, and the battery plugs from behind. LEDs under the blade arms are clearly visible and will notify you about paring status between the drone and the transmitter, GPS lock status and battery status. Blade guards are optional and can be removed if you are a more confident pilot. Build quality is one of the better ones I’ve seen from recently released drones.
LOHOME B2W Bugs 2 W RC Quadcopter
A couple of years ago, for roughly $250 you could only get an entry level drone with a flimsy camera that could barely fly straight. Nowadays, the prices have significantly dropped due to technological advances as well as the sheer brand saturation. Let’s face it, drones are a huge hit and are looking to replace a lot of workforce across a plethora of industries.
MJX is definitely an up… and coming drone brand. I’m sure most of you are familiar with their Bugs 3 model. They’ve had a fair share of success with it as it charmed the audience with its smooth flight and potential of being a great aerial photography platform when paired with a solid camera. Now, after collecting a nice bit of income from Bugs 3 sales, MJX has already finished making several new drones including the Bugs 2 series.
There are 2 available models at the moment – MJX Bugs 2W and 2C. Even though they are relatively similar, there are certain differences which cannot go unmentioned. Considering this review will be focusing on MJX Bugs 2W, it’s only fair to give a small explanation related to the differences between these two. So, without further adue, let’s see what are these birdies all about!
Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer
Sure, you can find a backpack for your quadcopter on Amazon or in your local photography store. But with the Adventurer bundle you don’t have to worry about that. Parrot has included a backpack for you. And best of all, it was designed specifically for the Parrot Bebop 2 by the people that made the Parrot Bebop 2. So everything is going to fit just right.
This ergonomic backpack… was designed to be comfortable and to easily transport your quadcopter. Aside from that, it also has 2 exterior and 2 interior pockets where you can store accessories and, if you bring one, your tablet.
And the best part, what is an accessory when you buy a DJI quadcopter (and also for some of the other Parrot bundles) is included here. The Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer comes with the Parrot FPV Cockpitglasses. So you can have a fully immersive flight experience wherever you go! Just don’t forget to check local legislation as you may need a spotter in certain places/countries.
MYSTERY STONE RC GPS Drone
The MJX Bugs 2 isn’t without its…well, bugs. Despite the claims on the Amazon store page it’s still small enough to have problems in wind, and it’s missing a few features we’d normally consider standard
But if you’re a hobbyist… looking for the cheapest possible option for the best drone with GPS and camera, the Bugs 2 is a fine choice. It comes equipped out of the box with a 1080p camera and a very standard GPS navigation system, along with a Headless mode feature and a smart return-to-home.
Hubsan H501S X4 4 Channel GPS
You can buy the Hubsan H501S X4 from GearBest for £252 ($314). Expect to pay import duty and handling fees if you’re ordering from GearBest’s China site and having it delivered to the UK. This is likely to make the total price around £300. Taken at face value, this is a good price for a drone with GPS, brushless motors, a 1080p camera and a decent controller with a built-in 3.7in monitor that delivers a live feed from the camera, plus an OSD.
A hinged cover… at the back opens to reveal the battery and connector, and Hubsan supplies a basic balance charger. The sample we were sent by GearBest came with a European power supply and no adaptor for the UK. At the front of the drone is a 1080p camera that’s fixed in place with no gimbal or stabilisation. You can insert your own microSD card underneath. We found a 64GB card worked with no problems as long as you insert it before connecting the battery.
We never needed to use the trim controls as the H501S flew beautifully out of the box. You will need the manual in order to set the switches at the top correctly, as you don’t flip them all upwards for the default setting. One is for GPS mode, and another is the Home switch – used to bring the drone back to its starting position.
Hubsan H502S X4 FPV RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera
The Hubsan H502S Desire is an X-configuration RC quadcopter that features FPV (first-person view) functionality to put you in the pilot’s seat. The drone’s onboard camera can record 720p HD video or photo to a microSD card. It also beams down a live video feed, which can be viewed from a 4.3″ display on the included transmitter (radio controller), hence the “FPV” distinction.
A GPS-backed flight controller provides… autonomous functions, such as automatic return home and altitude hold. This is a ready to fly drone that includes a flight battery and USB charger. The transmitter requires four AAA batteries, available separately. In this mode, there is no longer a defined “nose” and “tail.” Instead, the aircraft always moves relative to the pilot â” pressing forward moves forward, pressing left moves left, and so on.
This keeps flying more intuitive, especially for beginner pilots. Thanks to a GPS-backed navigation system, the H502 is able to remember its “home,” or takeoff, point. If connection is lost with the transmitter, Failsafe Mode will engage, causing the quadcopter to automatically return to the home point and land. You can also manually trigger Failsafe Mode via a switch on the transmitter.
Force1 Drone with Camera
Of course, as with all things, you get what you pay for. The mount is not a 3-axis gimbal, so the video is not going to have that silky, smooth look that drones these days commonly produce. (Think all the way back to the days of the Phantom 1.) The drone itself is significantly less stable than more expensive camera drones.
The most frustrating thing… about this drone was pairing the drone with the controller, which takes some effort. Many toy drones just have an on-off switch. This drone has a semi-complicated process of pressing a few different buttons. Mess up the order, and you’ll have to start all over again. And if you can’t remember the order, hopefully you’ve got your instruction manual with you.
That being said, if you don’t have a GoPro already, but are looking for low-cost camera drone, there are other alternatives out there. If your only ask is to have a cheap way to get your GoPro up in the air and you don’t mind unstable video, this is the perfect drone for you.
UPair One 2.7K Camera and GPS Drone
Upair One sports a great controller with a huge display for FPV purposes. In addition to that, it has decent flight time of 18 minutes which should be more than enough for casual use. What’s even better is the fact that you can choose which camera do you want, the 4K or 2.7K, allowing you to further cut down on your expenses for the drone if you don’t need the UHD one.
Even though the design of Upair One… is simply spectacular, the build quality is not so much. Don’t get me wrong, the build quality is on par with most other models in its price range, but it does not come close to that of DJI’s Phantom series. Other than that, it is also worth mentioning that I’m a little bit disappointed with its range. It can reach just over 300 meters which is not that praiseworthy.
It is an incredibly sleek looking phone that greatly resembles DJI’s masterpieces. Still, it is not trying to copy their finishing touches. On the contrary, the Upair One wears a clean white finish with no accents whatsoever. It makes up for a beautiful design that will definitely capture the eyes of many. As I have already mentioned, this drone cannot be considered a typical copycat since it is powerful and has great specifications to back that up. Let’s take a closer look at them, shall we?!