Fly high with our three favorite drones

BestReviews Staff

Never fly your drone over people, as this poses a safety risk. Similarly, do not fly your drone after dark.

The drone has captured the attention of young and old generations alike. It's a sensational new toy that can entertain hobbyists, photographers, and can also be used to monitor areas that aren't reachable on foot. There are a few legal stipulations surrounding drones, so if you're in the market for one, you undoubtedly have some questions.

One of the most common questions has to do with where you can legally fly a drone. In the U.S., you must follow zoning guidelines imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Because the rules often change, be sure to check the FAA website for the latest information for your area. Notably, your community may have its own rules about drone flying which you must also follow.

If you're in the U.S., you may also be wondering if you should register your drone with the FAA. People who fly drones for commercial purposes must register their drones with the FAA. However, people who fly drones recreationally don't have to register with the FAA as long as the FAA-established rules are followed.

There's a drone for every budget, whether you've got hundreds to spend or would prefer something under $100. Here's a look at three of the drones that are most popular and have optimal performance.

DJI Phantom 4 Professional Quadcopter

The DJI Phantom 4 is a popular drone among seasoned hobbyists. It's one of the most reliable drones on the market, and its excellent performance and advanced features would surely tantalize any drone aficionado. This is an expensive drone, however, and if you're new to drones or even a semi-experienced flyer, we recommend that you opt for another choice first and work your way up to this one.

Holy Stone RC with HD Camera

Beginning drone enthusiasts are more prone to crashes. This is a tough drone with a lower price tag that appeals to novices. It's true that this drone doesn't include the high-end features you'd find on a more pricey model, but it hovers well, and for someone who is mildly curious about drones and may or may not continue the hobby in the future, it's a great place to start.

Force1 UDI Discovery Camera Drone

If you're in it for the photography, this drone with an HD camera is one to consider. The price is not exorbitant, yet you get a high-quality camera touted for its stability and a drone that flies well in all but the windiest of conditions. Both kids and adults love this affordable drone.

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