Professional or Fun Flying Drones for Adults

Although the word “drone” often inspires an image of government surveillance, many people today use drones for work projects or for their personal hobbies. If you enjoyed remote-controlled cars as a child, you will certainly enjoy drones as an adult.

Popular Types of Drones

Today’s drones come with much more impressive features, and most of them are still controlled with remotes. Some drones are even operable with smartphones, and below are some of the top choices for adults:


This is the most common choice for beginners. Quadcopters are easier to operate and control in the air than drones with one or two propellers. They are also easier to lift off and land. Since their design is simple, many basic quadcopters are affordable. If you want something much speedier such as the xCraft xPlusOne, expect to pay more. The same applies if you want a high-tech camera quadcopter or one with other special capabilities.

Camera Drones

Camera drones come in all shapes and sizes. For personal use such as aerial selfies or hobby viewing, a simpler drone will suffice. If you plan to use the drone for professional photography or videography, choose one with a three-axis aerial gimbal. Some good examples are the DJI Phantom and Yuneek Typhoon 4K. As quadcopters, they are easier to control, and the three-axis aerial gimbals lend to ultimate stabilization.


These tiny drones are about the size of a small insect. Some are even designed to look like bees, hummingbirds or other small creatures. They may come with cameras or may simply be hobby drones. If you prefer something small, usually inexpensive and easy to fly indoors, you will like nanodrones.

Nautical Drones

Sailing, swimming, fishing and surfing enthusiasts can appreciate waterproof nautical drones. Most nautical drones have buoyant feet, which allow them to rest on water if necessary. One good example is the quadcopter Splash Drone. It has a GoPro dive case for a bottom camera. With the drone’s ability to hold flares in the air and move quickly, it is dually useful for emergencies and hobbies. Lifeguards can also benefit from this drone.

Autopilot Drones

Not all drones operate with controllers. A recent example is the Lily Camera drone. Simply put a tracker in your pocket, throw the drone into the air and let it record you. This drone is optimal if you want something to record your surfing, biking or snowboarding moves.

Which Drone is Right for Me?

Keep in mind that some drones come assembled and some require you to assemble them. Think about how you will use the drone, and ask yourself these questions to help you pick the right one:

  • Will I use it inside or outdoors?
  • What size of drone do I want?
  • Do I want an assembled drone or a DIY assembly project?
  • How much can I afford to spend?
  • Is the drone easy enough for me to use?

Before you fly any type of drone outdoors, learn your local laws and avoid any no-fly air-spaces. Some higher-end drones come with GPS systems, which have these zones programmed. However, it is still good to be aware of zones to avoid any trouble.

Author: Stacey Miller
Copyright: 2016