The best camera quadcopters 2022

Fly­ing drones are no longer sci­ence fic­tion, but the “steam­boat of moder­ni­ty.” Think­ing about buy­ing a quad­copter for enter­tain­ment and film­ing? Then let’s take a look at the best of them togeth­er with KP
The best camera quadcopters 2022
Pho­to: Pix­abay

Quad­copters are becom­ing more and more pop­u­lar devices every year, leav­ing the cat­e­go­ry of toys for chil­dren and geeks. For exam­ple, for blog­gers, they have become sim­ply indis­pens­able assis­tants that allow you to get a pic­ture that is impos­si­ble even with the use of a whole heli­copter. True, the youth of this seg­ment of con­sumer elec­tron­ics and the abil­i­ty to con­trol this tech­nique some­what com­pli­cates the process of choos­ing a drone.

“Look­ing at the best cam­era quad­copters of 2022,” says Sergey Smirnov, co-founder of Pau­ri drone rental ser­vice, A begin­ner should under­stand the basic char­ac­ter­is­tics.

— It is easy to buy Phan­tom DJI and acces­sories for it for sev­er­al hun­dred thou­sand rubles. Prob­lems will arise when, in the hands of an inex­pe­ri­enced oper­a­tor, it crash­es or flies away in an unknown direc­tion on the very first sor­tie. You learn the basics of con­trol, legal reg­u­la­tion of the use of drones and sim­ple pre­cau­tions. It is best to start with small inex­pen­sive mod­els that for­give a lot in man­age­ment, but it’s not a pity to “decom­pose them into spare parts”.



Top 10 rating according to KP

1.Syma X8 Pro

Syma X8 Pro. Pho­to: Syma

An updat­ed ver­sion of the famous Syma X8 mod­el, aimed at those who want to try their hand at drone con­trol. This is a medi­um-sized drone that can for­give a lot for an inex­pe­ri­enced “pilot”. There is a remote con­trol includ­ed, but you can (and even need to) con­trol the quad­copter from your smart­phone or tablet. From the oper­a­tor, the drone can fly to a radius of 70 m and to the same height. The quad­copter has a built-in 1MP cam­era capa­ble of record­ing 720p video. Not only that — use a gim­bal where you can attach an action cam­era. The main prob­lem of this mod­el, which the man­u­fac­tur­er him­self does not hide, is bat­tery life of 9 min­utes. Because of it, it is not nec­es­sary to count on a long flight. In addi­tion, some users com­plain about con­stant fail­ures in the built-in GPS.

Pros and cons

Inex­pen­sive, which means it’s not a pity to lose, sim­ple oper­a­tion
Runs 9 min­utes on a sin­gle charge

2. DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mav­ic Air. Pho­to: DJI

An advanced yet still ama­teur-lev­el quad­copter from indus­try leader DJI. The high cost of the device is off­set by its char­ac­ter­is­tics, which are prac­ti­cal­ly the “ceil­ing” for a non-pro­fes­sion­al device. Judge for your­self, DJI Mav­ic Air can climb to a height of half a kilo­me­ter, fly at a max­i­mum speed of 19 m / s for 21 min­utes, sup­ports simul­ta­ne­ous con­trol over Wi-Fi and radio. Accord­ing to the lat­ter, the drone can fly to a radius of 2 km. And at such a dis­tance, when it becomes dif­fi­cult to visu­al­ly see the drone, the first-per­son view (FPV) mode comes in handy. The cam­era for this (and not only) in the drone is set to 12 megapix­els, capa­ble of record­ing video in 4K. She can also write videos in slow-mo at 120 frames per sec­ond. A huge advan­tage of the mod­el is the pro­pri­etary DJI GO appli­ca­tion, which is prac­ti­cal­ly a ref­er­ence for con­trol­ling drones.

Pros and cons

Max­i­mum per­for­mance in its price cat­e­go­ry, excel­lent built-in cam­era, soft­ware
A con­sid­er­able price for a begin­ner, slop­pi­ness can cost screws — they are quite frag­ile

3. Hubsan X4 FPV Brushless H501S Standard Edition

Hub­san X4 FPV Brush­less H501S Stan­dard Edi­tion. Pho­to: Hub­san

An ama­teur quad­copter of medi­um size and weigh­ing a lit­tle less than half a kilo­gram. It is con­trolled from the remote con­trol via a radio chan­nel and can fly up to 300 m from the oper­a­tor. But some users have encoun­tered an unpleas­ant odd­i­ty — when climb­ing, the quad­copter can sud­den­ly start mov­ing away from the per­son con­trol­ling it. As a result, the device can fly away with­out respond­ing to the com­mand to return to the launch site, although the Hub­san X4 has built-in GPS. How­ev­er, this defi­cien­cy is rare. Oth­er­wise, this is a high-qual­i­ty quad­copter that can quick­ly move in space for 20 min­utes. This is a fair­ly pop­u­lar mod­el and it is easy to find acces­sories for it both offline and on the Inter­net, includ­ing on the well-known Chi­nese mar­ket­place. For exam­ple, cus­tom anten­nas can increase the range of a copter by sev­er­al times. There is also a cam­era, but the qual­i­ty of the shoot­ing leaves much to be desired. Full­HD video suf­fers from a lack of sta­bi­liza­tion and a rolling shut­ter effect where the pic­ture becomes “jel­ly”.

Pros and cons

Large flight radius, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of com­ple­tion with your own hands
One day the quad­copter may fly away from you

4. Xiro XPLORER mini

Xiro XPLORER mini. Pho­to: Xiro

A small (as the name implies) quadro­copter, which is suit­able as a hob­by for adults and chil­dren. With a weight of 431 g, the drone is capa­ble of climb­ing to a height of 50 m and fly­ing at a speed of 8 m / s /. Man­age­ment here is car­ried out only via Wi-Fi from a smart­phone or tablet and at a dis­tance of no more than 100 m. How­ev­er, many users com­plain about the qual­i­ty of sig­nal recep­tion, espe­cial­ly in dense urban areas. Because of this, the quad­copter can get lost. To pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing, there is a GPS and a return func­tion to the start­ing points. By the way, Xiro XPLORER mini is able to work on a sin­gle charge for 15 min­utes. Inter­est­ing­ly, the man­u­fac­tur­er man­aged to install a decent cam­era in an inex­pen­sive drone. With a res­o­lu­tion of 13 megapix­els, it is capa­ble of writ­ing good video in Full­HD qual­i­ty. The fea­ture of the cam­era is image sta­bi­liza­tion.

Pros and cons

Man­age­ment for­gives many mis­takes for a begin­ner, soft­ware image sta­bi­liza­tion of the built-in cam­era
In dense build­ings, the con­trol radius does not exceed 30 m



A bud­get device that looks like a toy, and yet it is a quad­copter. A tiny 17g drone can fly with­in a radius of 30m. But keep in mind that the mate­r­i­al of the pro­pellers is very frag­ile and is unlike­ly to with­stand a col­li­sion even with a branch. You can con­trol the micro­drone using Android and iOS devices via Wi-Fi. But the CXHOBBY CX-10W can fly on a sin­gle charge for no more than 4 min­utes. In this crumb there was a place for the cam­era, but you should not expect much from a 0.3‑megapixel mod­ule.

Pros and cons

Super afford­able price, mini size
The blades of the copter break at once

6. Parrot Airborne night drone

Par­rot Air­borne night drone. Pho­to: Par­rot

The drone from the French com­pa­ny Par­rot is posi­tioned as a drone for chil­dren. How­ev­er, adults can also use it. With com­pact dimen­sions and a weight of about 60 g, the quadro­copter can fly at a speed of 5 m/s. You can con­trol the drone only via Blue­tooth and at a dis­tance of no more than 20 m. But the set of sen­sors here is sol­id: a mag­ne­tome­ter, an accelerom­e­ter, an ultra­son­ic sen­sor, a barom­e­ter and a gyro­scope. By the way, “night drone” in the title is not used for a red word. The quad­copter has two LEDs for illu­mi­na­tion in the dark.

Pros and cons

Work with many third-par­ty appli­ca­tions, large and infor­ma­tive screen
Can reset set­tings

7. JXD 507W

JXD507W. Pho­to: JXD

A fair­ly large mod­el from a Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­er of con­sumer elec­tron­ics. With an unsight­ly appear­ance, it demon­strates good flight char­ac­ter­is­tics. Man­age­ment is car­ried out either via WiFi or radio. The lat­ter allows you to con­trol the drone at a dis­tance of up to 100 m. True, this mod­el has an unpleas­ant odd­i­ty that some users have encoun­tered. The quad­copter, when con­trolled from the phone, may sud­den­ly lose con­nec­tion and “fly into the sun­set”. Due to the fact that the JXD 507W is not equipped with GPS, it will not be able to return to the launch site on its own. How­ev­er, the prob­lem is not wide­spread. The drone is equipped with a cam­era capa­ble of cap­tur­ing video in 1280 x 720 pix­els. But keep in mind that tak­ing a pic­ture or start­ing to write a video from the remote con­trol will not work here.

Pros and cons

Good flight char­ac­ter­is­tics, a fair­ly large mod­el for lit­tle mon­ey
Can sud­den­ly lose con­nec­tion and get out of con­trol of the oper­a­tor

8. Ryze Tech Tello

Ryze Tech Tel­lo. Pho­to: Ryze Tech

A small and inex­pen­sive quad­copter cre­at­ed by DJI in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Intel. Despite the toy appear­ance, this is a fair­ly seri­ous entry-lev­el drone, which is suit­able not only for the role of a child’s toy. For exam­ple, there are respon­sive and intu­itive con­trols, which are more like “big broth­ers” than toys from Chi­nese nouns. The man­u­fac­tur­er did not include a remote con­trol, so it is best to use a smart­phone or tablet to con­trol the drone. The quad­copter can fly at a speed of 8 m/s, but not high and not far — 10 and 100 m, respec­tive­ly. If your rotary wing drone skills aren’t enough, the Ryze Tech Tel­lo comes with a few pre-installed tricks, like it can roll. The built-in cam­era here does not strike the imag­i­na­tion — it is a 5 megapix­el matrix that records video in max­i­mum 720p qual­i­ty. In terms of qual­i­ty, it resem­bles the work of a good web-cam­era.

Pros and cons

Log­i­cal and easy-to-learn con­trols, work­man­ship
Ana­logues are cheap­er, the drone will not rise above 10 m

9. Relice QD-704WHD

Relice QD-704WHD. Pho­to: Relice

Inex­pen­sive quad­copter that will for­give the ama­teur many mis­takes in con­trol. The max­i­mum dis­tance to con­trol the drone via radio is 120 m. You can also use Wi-Fi, but then the radius will be reduced to 30 m. The drone is able to spend up to 8 min­utes in the sky on a sin­gle charge. Although the func­tion of return­ing “to base” by press­ing a but­ton is declared here, please note that this mod­el does not have GPS. The drone comes with a 2MP gim­bal cam­era capa­ble of cap­tur­ing pho­tos and videos. Their qual­i­ty is not high, but this is quite expect­ed for a device of this price lev­el.

Pros and cons

Bud­get, radio range 120 m, many spare parts includ­ed

10. YUNEEC Typhoon H

YUNEEC Typhoon H. Pho­to: YUNEEC

An ama­teur hexa­copter (six pro­pellers here) with very advanced fea­tures and a seri­ous price. With its own weight of 1.7 kg, it is capa­ble of lift­ing a load of up to 2 kg into the air. The max­i­mum flight speed is impres­sive — 19.4 m / s. YUNEEC Typhoon H is con­trolled by a remote con­trol with a large dis­play via radio. The max­i­mum con­trol dis­tance over the drone is as much as 1600 m. By the way, the hexa­copter sup­ports Intel RealSense tech­nol­o­gy, which works togeth­er with the “Fol­low me” mode. Thanks to a spe­cial cam­era with a sep­a­rate pow­er mod­ule installed on the front of the drone, the drone receives an accu­rate 3D mod­el of the world around it. The copter not only sees an obsta­cle, but also lays out opti­mal routes for fly­ing around it dur­ing the flight. The drone also has a quite tra­di­tion­al 12.4 megapix­el cam­era, which is capa­ble of shoot­ing video in 4K.



Pros and cons

Huge flight range, 25 min­utes bat­tery life, Intel RealSense tech­nol­o­gy
Very high price for a begin­ner enthu­si­ast

How to choose a quadcopter with a camera

The quad­copter has long gone from enter­tain­ment to some­thing more. For exam­ple, it is almost indis­pens­able for aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy. But it’s not always worth chas­ing expen­sive equip­ment right away when you want to instill in your child a love of tech­nol­o­gy or take a bird’s eye view of your hike.


Prices for the best cam­era quad­copters 2022 can vary wide­ly. Sim­ple micro­drones with prim­i­tive matri­ces on board can cost 2,000 rubles. Medi­um-sized copters capa­ble of fly­ing up to 100 m from the oper­a­tor will already cost 10–20 thou­sand rubles. But advanced ama­teur mod­els from emi­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers for less than 50 thou­sand rubles are unlike­ly to be bought. But they will have real­ly inter­est­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics and good built-in cam­eras.

Flight characteristics

Per­haps the main para­me­ters for a begin­ner will be such para­me­ters as the pres­ence of a sim­pli­fied mode of oper­a­tion, auton­o­my and the pos­si­bil­i­ty of auto­mat­ic return to the oper­a­tor. The first includes auto­mat­ic and semi-auto­mat­ic pre­sets that will allow the inex­pe­ri­enced pilot to get com­fort­able. A lit­tle auton­o­my will great­ly lim­it the flight time. In any case, try to pur­chase addi­tion­al bat­ter­ies. And final­ly, the abil­i­ty to auto­mat­i­cal­ly return the drone to the con­trol pan­el.


If you are just think­ing about buy­ing your first quad­copter, then you should know how to con­trol it. The first and most advanced is the radio chan­nel. It pro­vides a huge con­trol range that can be extend­ed with an ampli­fi­er. for it, spe­cial remote con­trols are used, which are includ­ed in the deliv­ery set. The sec­ond way is Wi-Fi con­trol. In prin­ci­ple, this is the same radio chan­nel, but at the fre­quen­cies that are used to cre­ate a wire­less local area net­work. Usu­al­ly, in this case, instead of the remote con­trol, a smart­phone or tablet on Android or iOS is used. The dis­tance between the drone and the oper­a­tor should not exceed 100 m. And very sim­ple drones are often con­tent with a short-range radio fre­quen­cy — Blue­tooth. It also uses a smart­phone for con­trol, the max­i­mum dis­tance is 30 m. Most of the best quad­copters with a 2022 cam­era sup­port the FPV func­tion — a first-per­son view, which is trans­mit­ted to the remote con­trol or smart­phone. But no mat­ter what kind of quad­copter you have, the pilot should remem­ber sim­ple rules: do not fly over long dis­tances, beware of wind and pow­er lines, and do not accel­er­ate the drone to too high a speed.

Camera, taking photos and videos

The best cam­era quad­copters 2022 have a vari­ety of pho­to and video capa­bil­i­ties. The sim­plest mod­els have cam­eras with a res­o­lu­tion of 0.3 megapix­els, which are capa­ble of tak­ing pho­tos and videos of very mediocre qual­i­ty. More advanced quad­copters can shoot Full HD videos. The most advanced ama­teur drones are already capa­ble of record­ing 4K video with a 2‑axis or 3‑axis sta­bi­liz­er to help avoid image shak­ing. Large and pow­er­ful quadro­copters can lift third-par­ty cam­eras into the air, up to SLR cam­eras.