Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Ruggedized Camera Drones

1. Casematix FPV Drone Quadcopter Travel Case Bag with Customizable Foam Fits Eachine Racer 250 FPV Dro...

User Ratings: 70 13

CASEMATIX ADV17-EACHDRONE First Impressions

"Hovers good."

The manual is very clear and it takes 5 minutes to set up. This is our first drone that uses GPS. Really pleased with the CASEMATIX ADV17-EACHDRONE performance. I’ve not confirmed the same behavior with Bluetooth. But overall, I am very happy with the product.

  • Casematix FPV Drone Quadcopter Travel Case Bag with Customizable Foam Fits Eachine Racer 250 FPV Drone with Props on, Batteries, Propellers, Frame Arms, Receivers and More Compact Accessories
  • Rugged protective case for FPV 250 racing drones and accessories such as batteries, extra props , small goggles and accessories
  • Depending on how you store your drone body (props on or brush guards on) determines the amount of space you have left to design compartments for accessories. May not fit remote.
  • Middle Diced Foam layer of this case has an area that is customizable within 14” X 10.75” X 4”. Please measure Your drone and accessories to determine if you can fit everything desired
  • Ideal for Travel With Super Durable Exterior and built in carrying handle. Keep your Mini Racing Drone and Accessories Organized and Secure
  • Additional features include: 4 standard-sized padlock rings, stackable design for multi-case storage, highly durable hinges, MADE in the USA - Includes CASEMATIX warranty and easy-close latches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CASEMATIX ADV17-EACHDRONE
  • Video Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Durability
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

CASEMATIX ADV17-EACHDRONE Final Thoughts

"Fantastic Ruggedized Camera Drone!"

Excellent Price for a Drone like this one. The controls are easy to master and intuitive. Turn on the drone and go to wifi setting in your phone. This really is a great drone for anyone of any ability. Controls are smooth and easy to use.

Overall Score
4.3


(23 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Ruggedized Camera Drones

2. CASEMATIX Rugged FPV Racing Drone Customizable Case - Protects Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 FPV Racing Qua...

User Ratings: 47

CASEMATIX ADV17-EMAXNDRONE First Impressions

"Other than that."

Takes great photos and videos and is a lot of fun. It's pretty quick and sounds like a really loud mosquito. I was very excited to receive this CASEMATIX ADV17-EMAXNDRONE. It's also important to take your time with the installation. Didn’t unplug in the middle of the flights.

  • CASEMATIX Rugged FPV Racing Drone Customizable Case - Protects Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 FPV Racing Quadcopter, Batteries, Propellers, Antennae and More Compact Accessories
  • Rugged protective case for FPV 250 racing drones and accessories such as batteries, extra props , small goggles and accessories
  • Depending on how you store your drone body (props on or brush guards on) determines the amount of space you have left to design compartments for accessories. May not fit remote.
  • Middle Diced Foam layer of this case has an area that is customizable within 14” X 10.75” X 4”. Please measure Your drone and accessories to determine if you can fit everything desired
  • Ideal for Travel With Super Durable Exterior and built in carrying handle. Keep your Mini Racing Drone and Accessories Organized and Secure
  • Additional features include: 4 standard-sized padlock rings, stackable design for multi-case storage, highly durable hinges, MADE in the USA - Includes CASEMATIX warranty and easy-close latches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CASEMATIX ADV17-EMAXNDRONE
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  • Picture Quality
  • Durability
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

CASEMATIX ADV17-EMAXNDRONE Final Thoughts

"It was great."

This is a great flyer for both indoor and outside flying. Great quality and easy enough for beginners to learn with. Also I would HIGHLY suggest you use the prop guards. Very durable for a beginner to crash lots of times. This is our first drone that uses GPS.

Overall Score
4.2


(6 Points)

3. Dromida Vista FPV Ready-to-Fly 251 mm Electric Drone with Tactic DroneView 720p Wi-Fi Mini Camera, R...

Dromida DIDE04GG First Impressions

"Great job!"

Batteries, no reason to stress them like that. The liability insurance is worth it. I was very excited to receive this Dromida DIDE04GG. New drone shows no issues and flies very well. The manual is very clear and it takes 5 minutes to set up.

  • Dromida Vista FPV Ready-to-Fly 251 mm Electric Drone with Tactic DroneView 720p Wi-Fi Mini Camera, Radio, Micro Memory Card, Batteries and Charger (Green)
  • One cool, complete camera drone!
  • Capture exciting footage and photos with the Tactic DroneView 720p Wi-Fi camera. Take full advantage of the camera’s features by downloading the free DroneView Mobile app online.
  • Easy for anyone to fly, with a rugged, impact-resistant airframe.
  • Designed to remain stable and level in a hover, deliver pro-perfect flips on command and adapt instantly to your flying skills.
  • Includes camera, 2.4GHz radio, 4GB micro memory card, batteries, charger, smartphone holder, a set of extra rotor blades and a screwdriver.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dromida DIDE04GG
  • Video Quality
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Dromida DIDE04GG Final Thoughts

"Fantastic Ruggedized Camera Drone!"

My eyes are not as good as they used to be. I can press the button again and continue the flight. It's all very simple and straight forward to assemble. The case is really well-made and everything fits perfectly. Could not get the remote camera controls to work.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

4. Blomiky SJRC F11 Pro 2K 1520P GPS Foldable Brushless FPV RC Quadcopter Drone with 2K 5GHz WiFi HD Ca...

User Ratings: 59

Blomiky First Impressions

"Great experience."

This arrived earlier than I expected from Blomiky. It's well designed and self protected. The controls are easy to master and intuitive. Takes great photos and videos and is a lot of fun. It's well designed and self protected.

  • Blomiky SJRC F11 Pro 2K 1520P GPS Foldable Brushless FPV RC Quadcopter Drone with 2K 5GHz WiFi HD Camera Bonus Carry Case F11 Pro
  • F11 PRO Motor Brushless RC Quadcopter Drone with 2K 2592*1520P 5GHz WIFI FPV HD Camera. Record in phone APP Resolution is 720P.[Powerful Performance] Upgrade adjustable 5G Wi-Fi FPV camera, 2K video recording, 4K photo resolution, GPS smart return, one key return, point of interest, way point flight, real-time App operation(ios, android), track flight, headless mode, follow me, hand gesture control, 3D VR functional experience.
  • Max Flight Distance 600 meters, WIFI FPV Signal Range Max 500 meters. Phone APP: SJ GPS Pro. Phone request support WIFI 5GHz. not 2.4G
  • We test max flight time 26 minutes .RC Quadcopter Drone size: 450 x 425 x 83mm (unfolded) 192 x 130 x 83mm (folded).Weight:515g. Follow Me Mode: The drone will automatically follow you wherever you move. Keeping you in the video at all time. same as HS720 GPS Drone.
  • Advanced GPS: GPS mode enables precise positioning and helps to prevent losing the drone. This drone will alarm and return automatically to the initial location when it fly out of max control area, if the drone lose the remote control signal or when the drone battery is low. FPV Drone with 2K HD Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home, RC Quadcopter for Adults Beginners with Brushless Motor, Follow Me,Orbit follow Headless 5G WiFi Transmission GPS RC Quadcopter Drone,
  • WIFI 5.0GHz FPV Camera RC Brushless Quadcopter Drone toy for aduts or big boys. Folding Body: The small, compact, and extremely portable design makes it can be carried anywhere, and they can be launched easily and quickly.You can take the drone out of your bag very quickly.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Recommended Age: 14 years and up
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Blomiky
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  • Value For Money
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Blomiky Final Thoughts

"Nice Ruggedized Camera Drone!"

Also I would HIGHLY suggest you use the prop guards. I have to say, I really like this drone. I am liking drones and have a few different ones now. This is the second Blomiky Drone I have purchased. There is a Quick-Start guide printed inside the top flap.

Overall Score
4.6


(10 Points)

5. DROCON Bugs 3 Powerful Brushless Motor Quadcopter Drone for Adults and Hobbyilists, High-Speed Flyin...

User Ratings: 73 5

DROCON First Impressions

"As a first drone."

I think DROCON definitely has a potential winner here. This is our first drone that uses GPS. I have to say, I really like this drone. This is a great flyer for both indoor and outside flying. Everything you need to fly and fly a lot.

  • DROCON Bugs 3 Powerful Brushless Motor Quadcopter Drone for Adults and Hobbyilists, High-Speed Flying Drone, Support HD Camera 4K Camera, 15Min Flying Time 300 Meters Long Control Range
  • NEW BRUSHLESS MOTORS – Insist on brushless metal motors! Here’s why: they don’t overheat and melt like plastic, so you get longer flights (15-20 minutes). They don’t fray and spark like brush motors, so they’re far safer.
  • 15 – 20 MINUTE FLIGHTS – Thanks to highly efficient brushless motors, Blue Bugs 3 lasts for 15 minutes at the mid-to-high throttle and up to 20 minutes with conservative use. Bugs flies stable and smooth for beginners.
  • CONTROL FROM 300 – 500 METERS AWAY – Even when your Blue Bugs 3 is a tiny speck in the distance, you retain 100% control. Capture incredible shots of breathtaking vistas. Fly to 1,000 feet and beyond in seconds.
  • FLY AGAINST HIGH-SPEED WIND: Bugs 3 is made of durable Nylon fiber material, It will be powerful enough to enable you to fly a drone whenever you want it, even against the high-speed wind.
  • 3D ROLLS & FLIP: This drone will amaze you by performing a cool 3D flip at the press of a button. Have fun with your Blue bugs 3, we provide 30 days money back grantee and lifetime technical support.
  • Recommended Age: 14 years and up
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DROCON
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DROCON Final Thoughts

"Nice product!"

Other than that, these out perform other drones I own. It seems to do just about everything. Everything you need to fly and fly a lot. It holds altitude like a champ and is easy to control. Overall, a decent purchase at this price point.

Overall Score
4.5


(368 Points)

6. DJI Robomaster S1 Gamepad

DJI CP.RM.00000100.01 First Impressions

"Lesson learned."

Not a crack in the fuselage or even a broken prop. A friend has a DJI Phantom drone, and flew My DJI CP.RM.00000100.01 today. New drone shows no issues and flies very well. It seems to do just about everything. Even the gravity control works well enough to fly it.

  • DJI Robomaster S1 Gamepad
  • Capture Stabilized Handheld Footage
  • Folds down for Storage
  • Redesigned Handle and Ports
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DJI CP.RM.00000100.01
  • Video Quality
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

DJI CP.RM.00000100.01 Final Thoughts

"So far so good."

But overall, I am very happy with the product. I think the DJI app will take some getting used to. Really pleased with the DJI CP.RM.00000100.01 performance. But this DJI CP.RM.00000100.01 was a complete and total win from the get go. It will automatically return home if connection is lost.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

7. Dynamite Du-Bro Tru Spin Precision Prop/Wheel Balancer

Dynamite DUB499 First Impressions

"Battery life."

Even my high end drone buddies were impressed. Below I will list the pros and cons I've got with this drone. Overall, a decent purchase at this price point. Some reason the App doesn't work with a pixel 2 phone. This is our first drone that uses GPS.

  • Dynamite Du-Bro Tru Spin Precision Prop/Wheel Balancer
  • Application: Quickly and easily balance both small and larger propellers for all your airplanes
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Dynamite DUB499
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Dynamite DUB499 Final Thoughts

"Loads of fun!"

The Dynamite DUB499 is a great deal in this price range and quality. Wish I got a bit longer on the drone battery though. And it looks like a UFO if flown at dusk. Takes great photos and videos and is a lot of fun. It works perfectly with no problems, indoors, outdoors.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

8. DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k Camera - Bundle with Spare Ba...

Adorama Phantom 3 First Impressions

"Not gonna lie."

It's also important to take your time with the installation. But this Adorama Phantom 3 was a complete and total win from the get go. Didn’t unplug in the middle of the flights. A friend has a DJI Phantom drone, and flew My Adorama Phantom 3 today. Great quality and easy enough for beginners to learn with.

  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Aircraft with 3-Axis Gimbal and 2.7k Camera - Bundle with Spare Battery for Phantom 3 4480mAh Capacity, DJI Hardshell Backpack
  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter with Gimbal and 2.7k Camera - Intelligent Flight Battery - Remote Controller - Charger - AC Power Cable - 4 Propellers - Spare Set of 4 Propellers - Gimbal Clamp - 4x Vibration Dampers - micro-USB Cable - 2x Anti-Drop Kit - Landing Gear Pad - Propeller Removal Clamp - Sticker Set - 8GB microSD Card - (See Specs for More Included Items)- Bundle Includes: - Spare Battery: 4480mAh Capacity - DJI Hardshell Backpack
  • Additional Included Items: DJI 1 Year Limited Warranty on Central Board, DJI 1 Year Limited Warranty on Remote Control (Transmitter), DJI 6 Month Limited Warranty or 200 Cycle Battery on Flight Battery (whichever Comes First), DJI 6 Month Limited Warranty on Gimbal/Camera, DJI 6 Month Limited Warranty on Motors
  • Max. Ascent Speed: 5 m/s
  • Max. Descent Speed: 3 m/s
  • Max. Speed: 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Adorama Phantom 3
  • Video Quality
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  • Durability
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  • Value For Money
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Adorama Phantom 3 Final Thoughts

"GREAT EXPERIENCE!"

I think Adorama definitely has a potential winner here. Even my high end drone buddies were impressed. Highly recommend this drone to you all. Highly recommend this drone to you all. I've crashed my Adorama Phantom 3 hundreds of times.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

9. Geniusidea Drone with Camera

User Ratings: 69 8

Geniusidea YUNQ501RTFUS First Impressions

"I'm impressed!"

Even the gravity control works well enough to fly it. It works perfectly with no problems, indoors, outdoors. This arrived earlier than I expected from Geniusidea. Those will simplify drone flying a lot for beginners. I was very excited to receive this Geniusidea YUNQ501RTFUS.

  • Geniusidea Drone with Camera
  • The Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon quadcopter is a complete ready-to-fly system. For a limited time receive the cgo steady grip handheld gimbal (comes in box) to be used with the camera (removable from the drone) for free- A $150 value. Two batteries, two sets of propellers, and an aluminum case included.
  • 16 Megapixel full HD 1080P 60Fps camera with a redesigned lens to produce lower image distortion.
  • With the "follow me" Feature, the drone autonomously follow the pilot, adjusting its location to the transmitter.
  • A real-time feed from your q500+'s camera is displayed on the 5.5" Touchscreen of the ST10+ personal ground station (transmitter) giving you a perfect view of what the camera sees to frame your shots.
  • Extra-long flight times of up to 25 minutes from the intelligent 5, 200-mah battery (2 included in box)
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Geniusidea YUNQ501RTFUS
  • Video Quality
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  • Value For Money
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Geniusidea YUNQ501RTFUS Final Thoughts

"OEM Stuff here."

I love the follow me feature and the return to home button. I could not have made a better purchase. The case is really well-made and everything fits perfectly. I could not have made a better purchase. Some reason the App doesn't work with a pixel 2 phone.

Overall Score
4.3


(129 Points)

10. Attop Foldable RC Drone, X-Pack 5 Portable Quadcopter for Beginners and Kids, 720P FPV WiFi Camera v...

User Ratings: 71 15

ATTOP First Impressions

"I was right."

Very durable for a beginner to crash lots of times. Positively the best drone for inexperienced pilots. But this ATTOP was a complete and total win from the get go. The battery is very easy to replace. This drone is very easy to fly, very stable.

  • Attop Foldable RC Drone, X-Pack 5 Portable Quadcopter for Beginners and Kids, 720P FPV WiFi Camera via App, with Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, 3D Flips, One Key Take-Off/Landing and 1 Extra Battery
  • [Ultra-mini, Foldable & Portable] This mini drone is designed to be compact and portable. The quadcopter can be easily folded into the controller and easy to carry, it is a perfect drone for kids and beginners to easily operate.
  • [FPV Real Time Transmission] First Person View 720P HD Real Time Video Camera (1280x720 Pixel) enables you to take aerial videos and photos with your IOS or Android devices. Connect your phone with the drone via the app and the view will be shown directly on your device.
  • [Ideal for Drone Training] Equipped with 6-Axis Gyro, Altitude Hold Mode, Headless Mode, Emergency Stop, 3 Speed Modes, One-key take-off/Landing and LED search light, this mini drone allows players of any level (Beginners/Intermediates/Experts) to fly the drone easily with perfect control and wonderful performance. It helps you to practice the flying skills step by step to grow from a beginner to an expert.
  • [Headless Mode/Compass Mode] You can orient the quadcopter's flight in relation to the player’s operations on the controller (instead of always on the drone's ‘head’). In other words, the drone will change the flight direction following the change of the same operation on the remote control. You won’t be confused about which direction the drone is facing when it flies far away.
  • [Altitude-Hold & 3D Flips] 1) Altitude Hold Mode enables the drone to be locked at a certain height. This makes drone controlling much easier. Super suitable for beginners, kids and hobby users. 2) 3D Flips makes 360° stunt rolling easy with one touch of a button. It brings more fun to your drone experience. 3) If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact us first.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
  • Recommended Age: 14 years and up
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ATTOP
  • Video Quality
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

ATTOP Final Thoughts

"Takes practice."

I would definitely buy this one again! Great quality and easy enough for beginners to learn with. This is a great Ruggedized Camera Drone for the price. Can't wait for my other parts so I can put it all together. The ATTOP is a great deal in this price range and quality.

Overall Score
4.3


(11 Points)

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