Updated March 22, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

The 10 Best Long Range Drones

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Become a radio-controlled master of all that you survey with one of these long-range drones. Our selection includes compact, easy-to-control models with high-definition cameras that can capture and track just about any outdoor target imaginable. But before embarking on a quest for superior aerial photography, always be aware of your surroundings and the aircraft's registration requirements. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best long range drone on Amazon.

10. Altair Aerial Blackhawk

9. MysteryStone Bugs 3

8. Potensic D50

7. Enther GPS

6. Altair Outlaw

5. Swagtron SwagDrone

4. JJRC X5

3. DJI Mavic Air

2. Holy Stone HS700

1. Autel Evo

Editor's Notes

March 15, 2019:

I tried to keep 2 things in mind when searching for the right options: safety and functionality. In terms of safety, long-range options are fantastic for beginners, as they not only give newcomers the opportunity to control a copter from a long distance, but also allowing them a more forgiving boundary in which to make flight errors without destroying their investment two minutes after takeoff. That's not to say there isn't learning involved here, but a wider range makes it easy to correct for errors. Additionally, I wanted to make sure I added plenty of camera-compatible options (i.e. those that can accommodate GoPros) capable of shooting high-quality video and aerial photos. The Autel Evo, for example, is equipped with 2 HD cameras with additional obstacle avoidance and 3D mapping functionality, so it's a great option for both beginners and experts looking to track targets for high-definition "reconnaissance." I also added the Holy Stone HS700 for its one-key start and altitude locking features as well as its generally quiet operation. When digital surveillance is key to one's outdoor adventures, the DJI Mavic Air comes in handy, thanks to an ability to create high-quality panoramas in just a few seconds. Additionally, the fact that it and the Enther GPS can support hand gesture operation is pretty cool, since that makes taking photos even easier without having to hold onto a bulky transmitter in the process. I included the JJRC X5 for its ability to circle preset targets. The Swagtron SwagDrone is an excellent option for beginners, thanks to 3 available flight modes and 2,600-foot transmission range. I thought the Potensic D50 was a pretty reliable choice, thanks to the automatic return feature and gravity sensor mode that can follow the direction of a smartphone. Finally, added both the Mysterystone Bugs 3 and Altair Aerial Blackhawk for their superior wind resistance, the former of which can even perform acrobatic flips in the air.

Jeff Newburgh
Last updated on March 22, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

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