DRONES… Who Makes These Flying Marvels?
According to the latest news reports (some good, some bad ) the Air Drone Craze is in full swing in most countries and consumer DRONE MAKERS are flooding the market with new 2018 Quadcopter models all the time.
Over the last year or so, I have compiled a list that you may find helpful, especially, If your just getting started with hobby RC Quadcopters and drones, you’ve probably seen a few different models you are interested in buying, but you’re not familiar with the manufacturer. Use this list to visit their website and learn more or if you have a favorite brand use this list to see what new models may soon be available.
List includes the most popular Quadcopter and Drone manufactures of both Hobby and Professional RC Drones, along with a link to some of the Best Drones you can buy. This list is not complete, but will be updated as more reputable company’s enter the market.
Top Consumer Drone Manufacturers
DJI Innovations is headquartered out of Shenzhen, China and they are the most popular Drone Makers in the industry. They produce the phantom series quadcopters with GPS First Person View. Their products are aimed at both hobbyists and professionals.
Yuneec is the world leader in electric aviation. Headquarters are in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Yuneec manufactures over 1 million units a year that are sold under OEM/ODM brands. In 2014, Yuneec introduced the world’s first ready-to-fly, out-of-the-box drone. The Typhoon Q500 quadcopter.
In 2015, Yuneec improved the Typhoon by adding a 4K camera and introducing a SteadyGrip that turns the Typhoon into an “Air and Ground Imaging Solution.” Innovative features such as Watch Me, Follow Me, and Dynamic Return Home make capturing the perfect video easier than ever before.
Parrot a French company, Headquartered in Paris, is a new entrant into the UAV/ quadcopter market, its main specialty is wireless devices for mobile phones and automobiles (i.e. Bluetooth hands free kits). Surprisingly, it has seized a large part of the consumer UAV/ quadcopter market with the AR.Drone and its successor the AR.Drone 2.0 a mid- range hobby drone with integrated FPV system, controlled by a smartphone app.
New models include the Bebop 2 Drone, an advanced quadcopter with lots of features, the Parrot Disco FPV, a fixed wing drone that has 45 min battery life and FPV goggles. The Parrot Mambo mini drone that comes with a cannon that fires miniature balls and a Grabber claw to move objects through the air.
Autel Robotics founded in 2014, has U. S. headquarters in Bothell WA and is a subsidiary of Autel Intelligent Technology Company Ltd. Founded in 2004 and based in Shenzhen, China. A company known for producing award winning automotive diagnostic tools and equipment.
Seeing the explosive growth of the drone market worldwide, Autel Autel Robotics, whose main goal is to research and develop easy-to-use aerial drones for aerial photography and other industries.
They currently offer the X-Star Premium Drone with a 4K Camera, A orange color drone that is in line to compete with the popular Phantom 4 from DJI.
Autel has introduce their first portable aircraft, The EVO, a compact aircraft packed full of intelligent flight features, equipped with a top quality camera, and foldable for maximum portability.
The Evo isn’t yet available for purchase, but Autel says that it will be priced at about $1,000, which is around what the Mavic Pro is currently going for.
They also have 2 popular FPV models the H501S with brushless motors and the H502S, both have GPS Positioning, Follow Me, Headless and Altitude hold modes, they also feature a LED display built into the controller.
Popular models and reasonable prices have helped make it a household name in the drone hobbyist market.
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Blade a hobby product distributor based out of Champaign, Illinois and is owned by Horizon Hobby, they manufacture the Blade range of Quadcopters. They offer some enhanced features such as SAFE to make flying their craft easier and safer. From helicopters to multi-prop drones, Blade has many options available, its most popular model is the Blade Nano QX, a great beginner quadcopter. For photography check out the Blade CHROMA Drone. A new model the Blade ZEYROK Drone now available.
JJRC (JJRC Toy Co. Ltd) is another Chinese toy manufacturer making robots, toy guns and remote-controlled vehicles of all types. They really have a very extensive collection of toys, the majority are remote-controlled kid and hobby drones.
The JJRC H36 Mini Quadcopter and the JJRC H20 Nano Hexacopter are some of the most popular. They are one company constantly presenting new models such as the JJR/C H47 Elfie a Foldable Selfie Drone with a unique one hand G-sensor remote control and the JJRC H31 Waterproof Drone.
More New models currently on the market include:
- JJRC-H43 APP-Controlled Foldable Mini RC Drone
- JJRC H23W Air Ground Flying Car
- JJRC H39WH FOLDABLE DRONE WITH TELESCOPIC REMOTE CONTROL
- JJRC H345 Micro Foldable Drone
- JJRC H39WH Foldable RC Wifi FPV Quadcopter
- JJRC H49 Foldable Selfie Drone
Syma Toys is located in Shantou, China. This drone maker is best known for its remote controlled helicopters, though they have recently broken into the drone market with the highly popular X5C. The Upgraded version X5C-1 Explorer is one of Amazons best selling quadcopters. Other popular models include the small Syma X11 mini-quadcopter and the Syma X5SW Plus Quadcopter Drone with WiFi FPV Camera.
New models introduced:
UDI RC Toys is a manufacturer receiving good reviews for their products. Also based in China, they make an entire line of radio controlled craft from cars and boats to helicopters and quadcopters. Popular models include the UDI U818A RC Quadcopter and the new UDI U818A WiFi FPV RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera. The latest upgrade is the U818PLUS WIFI FPV Drone, which offers a Wide-Angle HD 2MP Camera and a 15 Min Flight Time. Also has Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, along with One-Button Take-off And Landing.
Walkera has a drone factory located in Guangzhou City, China. Walkera is a drone manufacturer that offers a range of drone models, originally selling quadcopters like the QR LadyBird V2 Mini Quadcopter and Walkera QRX 350, but now seem to be concentrating more on Racing Drones.
- Walkera Rodeo 150 RTF FPV Quadcopter
- Walkera Runner 250 PRO
- Walkera Rodeo 110 Racing Drone
- Walkera F210 Quadcopter
They also make a few professional models:
Cheerson Hobby Technology Company Limited was established in 2011. They are based in China in the Guangdong province. Cheerson Hobby specialize in the design and manufacture of many kinds of remote-controlled toys, in particular, the Cheerson CX-20 Drone, which is a mid level GPS drone with Camera Gimbal support for semi-professional aerial video production.
Hobbico is located in Champaign, Illinois and is the world’s largest retail and wholesale distributor of hobby products. The company distributes about 30 brands of hobby products including several proprietary product brands that include the Dromida series of quadcopters. They also carry the Estes Proto X and Heli-Max along with many other RC models.
Look for a lot more new designs and innovations in the near future, especially now that the FFA has given Drone technology a thumbs up and will start to allow it to show some of it’s real potential, the Air Drone CRAZE is only going to get more momentum going forward…. slowed only by public perception and battery life.
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