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It’s 2017 and drones are here to stay, whether they are soaring in the skies capturing majestic aerial shots or crashing oh so elegantly into skyscrapers. The public opinion that drones are used primarily for military deployment are slowly dwindling as the idea of using drones for photography, surveying, and agriculture are becoming vastly popular. Commercial market leaders such as DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec are all developing the latest technology to make drone flight more reliable, safe, and thoughtless for the everyday user. That being said, 2017 is a novel year for these companies to come out with revolutionary technology to take aerial photography to the next level. Here are the top four drones we are anticipating to make a huge “soar” in 2017.

DJI Mavic Pro

We’ve all seen the hype on DJI’s latest product the Mavic Pro. Its compact size, 4K stabilized camera, and 27 minutes of flight time have made the average tech consumer drool. Being 1/6th the size of its younger brother, the Phantom 4, it doesn’t lack the sensors and camera technology that made the Phantom 4 so great. Nonetheless, being a sixth of the size of the Phantom 4, heavy winds have shown to move the Mavic Pro around when hovering at higher altitudes, but with forward, rear, side and downward vision sensors, the Mavic can still hover precisely indoors or in places without GPS. With 5 vision sensors built into the drone for obstacle avoidance, flying at a max transmission range of 4.3mi has never been easier. With all its technology and compact nature, the Mavic Pro is revolutionary! Sign up for our waitlist to be one of the first people to try it!

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro

As the older brother to the Mavic Pro, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro offers the added benefits a older brother should. With an upgraded 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, you are able to get the clarity and sharpness you always wanted in a drone. The photos are essentially good to use immediately, but also capture enough detail for advanced post-processing. By using a novel mechanical shutter, you can now eliminate rolling shutter distortion which usually occurs when trying to track a fast moving object or flying at high speeds. Just like the Mavic Pro, the Phantom 4 Pro boasts 5-directional obstacle sensing to ensure ease of mind when flying. Furthermore, by giving the Phantom 4 Pro 30 minutes of flight time, you can bet that you’ll get the perfect shot when flying at a maximum transmission range of 4.3 miles. This drone is every aerial enthusiasts dream!

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Yuneec Breeze

The Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro are great drones to really capture the essence of aerial photography, but what about those who prefer selfies and super portability? Well, this is where the Yuneec Breeze comes into play. The Breeze is controlled by your iOS or Android device and weighs just under 1 pound! With the ability to record in 4K Ultra High Definition, the idea to capture the best selfie at a park, picnic, or barbecue really captures the Breeze’s philosophy; easy, safe, and social. By using the drones 5 automated flight modes (Selfie, Pilot, Orbit, Journey, and Follow Me Modes), Yuneec has made it a priority to create a product that is incredibly easy for anyone to use.

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GoPro Karma

A lot of the buzz behind ’s first drone, the Karma, hasn’t been well received. With the massive recall due to battery malfunctions, GoPro dug itself into a hole. The Karma is still an extraordinary drone by being able to capture smooth footage in the air, handheld, or body mounted. The handheld stabilized gimbal inserts directly into the drone, allowing stabilized functionality both in the air and ground with 4K video (with a GoPro Hero5). Built around the idea of being ultra compact, the drone will fold up into its own compact case which you can take with you for any activity. In addition, the ability to buddy up with a friend via the GoPro Passenger App allows one person to pilot the drone, while the other uses the app to monitor the camera and change settings. Built in Auto Shot Paths (dronies, cable cam, orbit, reveal) enable users to take elegant photos and videos all at the click of one button! GoPro has made their first drone very versatile!

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Photo via TechVibes

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