Wired magazine recently released a drone gift guide titled “Gift Guide: 11 Drones for All Types of Pilots,” which was organized by pilot type. Two things I found interesting. First, the list seems to heavily favor Parrot (they make up about 36% of the list, compared to DJI at just 9%). Second, 3DR didn’t even make their list.
Here are the drones that did:
- “For Rookies and Kids” they recommended Parrot’s Airborne Night Mini Drone
- “For Backyard Seafarers” they picked Parrot’s Hydrofoil Drone
- “For Owners of Adventurous Pets” they recommended another Parrot Drone, the Jumping Night Drone
- “For Hackers and Drone Warriors” they suggested the Action Sports DIY Kit (currently taking pre-orders)
- “For Experienced Step-up Pilots” they recommended Parrot’s Bebop 2
- “For Experienced Drone Racers” they picked TBS Gemini hexacopter
- “For Autopilot Aficionados” the Lily Camera was Wired’s choice (currently taking pre-orders)
- “For Surfers, Wakeboarders, and Lifeguards” was the Splash Drone from Splash Drone
- “For Experienced Videographers” they recommended the Yuneec Typhoon 4K
- “Also For Experienced Videographers” (thankfully) they included the DJI Phantom 3 Professional on their list
- “For Experienced But Indecisive Pilots” the recommended the xCraft XPlusOne
If you are still unsure which drone to purchase for your loved one, why not consider giving them a free DJI Phantom 2 v2? (It’s hard to beat the price.)
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