Quadcopters are becoming increasing popular these days. More and more they can be seen in the skies in many places like over city parks to public beaches. The popularity of quadcopters was even the focus of a recent segment on CBS 60 Minutes which is one of the most watched television shows in the United States.

Advancements in technology has reduced the cost of quadcopters and this is one of the reasons for their increased popularity. Also, years ago, hobbists’ had to buy the parts individually and assembly the aircraft themselves. Only people who had the knowledge, skill, and the right tools could put these multi-rotor aircraft together and fly them.

Well now you can purchase a quadcopter that is basically ready to fly right out of the box. Due to packaging requirements, there is some minimal assembly required. Usually you will have simple assembly like screwing on the propellers. Then after charging the battery, the aircraft is ready to fly. Simple as that.

Top 3 Quadcopters

1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ best quadcopters

The Phantom 2 Vision+ is the latest model from DJI. This ready-to-fly quadcopter is one of the best quad copters with a camera on the market. The Phantom 2 Vision+ improves on the previous Phantom 2 Vision design by upgrading the camera stabilization platform

The Vision+ comes with a 3-axis gimbal that provides significantly improved stabilization to the camera. As with the previous Vision model, you get the same great features like a 1080p HD video camera and Wi-Fi first-person-view (FPV) on your iOS or Android device.

The Vision+ removes setup issues with the gimbal and camera already securely mounted and aligned at the factory. All you have to do is open the box, charge the batteries, screw on the props and you are ready to fly.

• Comes with its own integrated camera system
–  Camera remote-control by DJI VISION APP
–  HD Recording (1080p30 & 720p)
–  14 MP to capture still images
• Comes with a built-in gimbal for camera with 3-axis electronic stabilization
• The first integrated mobile phone FPV (First Person View) system
• Wi-Fi wireless connection up to a distance of 500m
• Real-Time telemetry data and flight parameters
• Battery is a 5200mAh LiPo
• Flight time is approximately 25 minutes

2. DJI Phantom 2 Vision  best quadcopters

The Phantom 2 Vision is a ready to fly copter within minutes. The Phantom 2 Vision allows you to capture still images with a 14 megapixel camera or record HD video at 1080p. You can also view a live stream through your iOS or Android device. Flight time can be up to 25 minutes depending on the conditions.

• Lightweight, multi-functional integrated aircraft
• Comes with its own integrated camera system
– Camera remote-control by DJI VISION APP
– HD Recording (1080/p30 or 1080/60i)
– 14 MP to capture still images
• Anti-vibration camera platform with single axis stabilization
• The first integrated mobile phone FPV (First Person View) system
• Wi-Fi wireless connection up to a distance of 300m
• Real-Time telemetry data and flight parameters
• Battery is a 5200mAh LiPo
• Flight time is approximately 25 minutes

3. Blade Nano QX RTF best quadcopters

The Blade Nano QX is a great little mini quadcopter to use for learning how to fly one of these aircraft. The Nano QX is lightweight and is small enough to fly indoors and in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle.

The Nano QX utilizes a proprietary solution called SAFE™ technology that is a sophisticated flight control software that keeps the aircraft stable in a hover mode while in stability mode. If you are having trouble maintaining control of the aircraft, then let go of the sticks on the remote transmitter. The SAFE technology system will bring the Nano QX back to a hover position automatically. Once you’ve learn to how to control the aircraft, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode and fly it yourself.

 

What Are Quadcopters?
Recreational enthusiasts have been flying remote controlled aircraft like rc planes, boats, cars and helicopters for many years now. Quadcopters are somewhat new to the consumer market. Quadcopters are similar to remote controlled helicopters except quadcopters have 4 motors and 4 propellers instead of 2 propellers on the helicopter.

Because a quad copter has 4 rotors, it is generally easier to learn how to fly a quadcopter than a remote controlled helicopter. It is also easier to learn how to land quadcopters than remote controlled helicopters.

The main structural components of a quad copter include the frame, 4 rotors and 4 motors. Motors 1 and 3 turn in a counter-clockwise direction and motors 2 and 4 turn in the opposite clockwise motion.

The opposing spinning direction of the 2 sets of motors provides stability to this multi-rotor aircraft. The quad copter pilot can increase or decrease the speed of individual rotors to control the altitude, lateral direction and the speed of the aircraft. All of these actions can be managed from a hand-held controller.

Types of Quadcopters
Quad copters can be grouped into 3 categories based generally on the size of the aircraft.

Mini Quad Copter
The smallest category includes mini quadcopters. Some people refer them as toy quad copters also. These models are generally a good option for beginners learning to fly a quadcopter. Mini quadcopters are lightweight and generally must be flown indoors because they do not have much wind resistance. In addition, because these models are lightweight they fare better in crashes.

Due to their size, the mini aircraft are limited to carrying a smaller battery than other classes. Typical operating time for a mini aircraft is 5-7 minutes.

Hobby Quad Copter
The middle category is the hobby class which includes the mid-size to larger size multi-rotor aircraft. This class of aircraft is also the most popular category with consumers because they are large enough to carry a camera on-board. An on-board camera provides two benefits in that it can capture aerial shots as well as provide live stream footage back to the pilot.

With their larger size, the hobby class aircraft come with a larger more powerful battery than the mini copters. As a result, the typical operating time for hobby level aircraft is 20-25 minutes.

Professional Quad Copter
The last category includes the professional class aircraft that are generally the largest size of all classes. Because of the size, the professional class aircraft can perform numerous functions. The professional class will have a good camera on-board as well as upgraded batteries for longer operation times.