Gadgets are, well, complicated sometimes. If you’re like most non-techie people, you’ve probably found yourself wanting to buy something then after a quick Google, realized that there’s so much about it you first need to know. And drones are no exception to this.
There’s a hell lot of drones out there, and finding one that would work perfectly with your GoPro is not as easy as one Google search. Thus, we’ve compiled 8 of the best drones for GoPro perfect for all adventurous folks out there! Because every adventure calls for great videos and photos!
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Maybe you’re not really planning on using a drone to film whatever is happening 1 km away. Maybe a device that can handle a couple hundred meters is satisfactory for your taste. If such is the case, the DJI Phantom 2 V2.0 Quadcopter with its 300-meter range might be the right fit for you. You’ll also love its return-to-home feature which is helpful in case signal is lost for whatever reason.
This is very versatile and works with GoPro Hero2, GoPro Hero3/3+, and GoPro Hero4 cameras. Aside from the fact that it flies very stable on its own, you can even make your videos super smooth by getting the optional gimbal, which can be purchased as a bundle with this product. The drone has built-in support for the Zenmuse H3-sK gimbal. Compared to other models, this has a longer flight time of 28 minutes.
Before buying this product, be informed that there is a bit of a learning curve, so don’t expect to become an expert overnight. In fact, crashes sometimes happen because a few users underestimate just how fast this drone can fly.
Russ Landreth, who bought this drone from Amazon, says: “Cool drone! Had the DJI Phantom 3 but had to return it because there was no Wi-Fi anywhere near my home. The Phantom 2 is easy to fly plus, if your battery is too low, it will land where it took off from. Great idea, great drone. Thanks.”
All shoppers know that exhilarating feeling when they find a great product at a very affordable price. Looking at the features of Holy Stone HS700 FPV Drone, it will give the same pleasant feeling of surprise. This is not only priced lower than other models, it even comes with its very own camera.
This gadget already has an advanced 5G 1080P FHD camera with a 110°FOV (field of view) lens for panoramic recordings. Of course, it is also compatible with GoPro Hero 2/3/4 camera, which you can easily swap with the existing one. It has a long flight time of 20 minutes and a good range of around 400 meters. Not to mention you can set it to follow you around. Of course, it knows how to return home when it detects its battery is low or when the signal from the controller is lost.
There are two areas that this drone could use some improvement. For instance, its camera is not on par with GoPro models and it’s a good thing is that you can easily swap its stock camera with one of your choices. Another potential issue that might affect video quality in some cases is that this gadget does not come with a gimbal.
Amazon buyer Lee E. DeBell wrote: “Purchased the Holy Stone 700 because of the brushless motors! It is a very low profile style drone which helps in its flight, good GPS, RTH, Point of Interest, follow me, tap fly functions all great upgrades and work, better app and capabilities. Dislikes?? Charging time on batteries way too long. Phone holder should be capable of holding larger phones/tablets. The 1080p is good addition, good set up, picture quality is good, no gimbal, but you can adjust on preflight! Highly recommended this drone for even a beginner!”
Stabilization options such as a gimbal are a nice feature to have, but may not be a necessity for some buyers. If you’re not particularly interested in your drone coming with this feature, then the 3DR Solo Quadcopter is a perfect fit for you.
Even without it, you can still get stable shots, thanks to the drone’s stable flight. It sports two 1GHz computers which allow it to fly intelligently. You can set it to follow you wherever you go, orbit around a subject or smoothly execute the cable cam effect. It is super tough and sturdy, and can survive falls. It is fast but very maneuverable that you can make it suddenly stop in midair.
On the slightly downside, aside from stability issues you might sometimes experience due to the absence of a gimbal, some owners say that charging the batteries is too slow. In addition, GPS might be spotty at times.
Drone owner Andres Chacon says: “Amazing drone! For the price, it’s a steal. Buy more propellers as i have already broken 2 out of the six it comes with and you are going to need replacements as these are going out fast. Also, put the propeller protections, you'll be glad you did so. Already has fallen twice and the most amazing part is that the drone itself does not have even a scratch. The propellers, on the other hand, are the first thing to break.”
If you’re looking for one that has well-rounded performance and flight capability without busting your wallet, the Altair Aerial Blackhawk quadcopter is a good option for you. While this drone has no specific feature that stands out as particularly impressive, you can’t really find a serious issue with this machine either, especially if you take into consideration its very affordable price.
You’ll be amazed at the performance of this budget gem. It’s is very nimble and fast, thanks to its 6-axis gyros which allows you to fly it in any direction you want. It has a longer range than most drones and you can still control it even at the 300 to 500-meter range. It is very durable and, unlike others in its class, its body is constructed out of metal and not plastic.
However, it does have a few flaws that might matter to some buyers. While stable in flight, some videographers might remain unsatisfied as this drone has no camera stabilization. But considering its under $130 price, it is one of the most affordable yet dependable GoPro Hero3 and Hero 4 Compatible drones out there.
Buyer Michael Lucchino wrote: “First Time Flying Solid Pick for a mid-100 Dollar Drone. Altair has great customer service! They have a bunch of how to videos available for customers. This drone is fast and fun to fly I would recommend it for sure.”
For beginner-level videographers and drone enthusiasts, a practical option would be a drone that gets the job done without being too fancy. After all, you don’t really need an ultra-expensive drone packed with all the high-tech features at this point. If you’re looking for an affordable, easy to use yet dependable drone, the Force1 GoPro compatible drone is a good choice for you.
Amazingly, this drone already comes with its own 1080p drone camera so you can already use it to take pictures and videos right out the box. This is GoPro compatible so it’s very easy replacing the detachable camera with the GoPro device of your choice. Longer flight time is also assured since an extra battery is already included in this package.
Unfortunately, this might not suit the needs of demanding pro-level users. It has no gimbal so it might experience stability issues during flight which could adversely affect the quality of the video output.
Amazon buyer Caryl Avendano wrote: “Pretty much everything I wanted in a drone. I was able to attach my GoPro to it which was a huge plus and it was pretty cool that I could change out the color on the outside. It's sturdy and reliable and at a pricepoint I could afford.”
Videographers and drone enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes; some demands only the most impressive features from their wares while others are not too picky and would be happy with anything as long as it works as expected. If you belong to the latter category and prefer a cheaper but reliable entry-level drone, the Mysterystone Bugs 3 RC Quadcopter Drone is a good option for you.
This drone features brushless motors for ultra-quiet operation. It has a flight time of up to 20 minutes and has an operational range of 500 meters. It is perfect for newbies to polish their drone flying skills as well as photographers to familiarize with aerial photography and videography. Its fast and handles very well that even expert drone fliers will have fun with this one.
One potential issue that might come up during use is the stability of the resulting videos. While this drone is very stable in flight, videos filmed might not be on par with the stability of videos from other models since this gadget lacks a gimbal.
Thomas C Kohn wrote: “This quadcopter is amazing, no altitude hold b.s., no headless and 4th, just a pure flyer that is fast, fun, smooth, precise, and low buck! Then its capabilities as a camera platform really put it way on top. The X251 is tremendous, but until you fly this you won't understand. It's so cool to flv and then take the bugs for a nice long LOS flight and enjoy it!”
If price is your biggest factor when choosing a drone, the DROCON Bugs 3 Quadcopter is your best bet. It’s is surprisingly cheap at just under $80 yet Amazon buyers gave it a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which is a testament to its reliable and solid performance.
It has a flight time of around 15 minutes, which should be long enough for you to get the aerial video footage you want. You can even take film from afar since the drone has a decent range of 1000 feet or more. It can also execute a 3D flip at a touch of a button.
professional videographers may disagree that this is among the best drones for gopro since it lacks a camera stabilization feature for pro-level stability of footages. Moreover, flight item and control range is not on par with more expensive models but that’s to be expected from a very affordable drone priced under $80.
Natalie Koerner wrote on Amazon: “Well, I have only had it a short time and flown only twice but just wow. One its beautiful to look at and fly. Super responsive controls with motors that can handle the 15mph sustained winds I have outside right now and just wow. Anyone wondering if the camera messes with it. It doesn't, drone barely notices it. Buy this if you are serious about getting into UAVs it the perfect launch point.”
Based on the high satisfaction ratings of its products, Drocon must be one of the favorite affordable brands among drone enthusiasts. Yes, we’ve just introduced Drocon’s cheapest model as a budget option but if you’re willing to spend just a few buck more, you can get this slightly upgraded version.
We described it as slightly upgraded because the only difference we can notice is its slightly lighter weight which, at 3.09 pounds, is only a little bit lighter from the previous model that weighs only 3.22 pounds. With this improvement in weight, it is conceivable that it has a better flight time as well but actual performance will always vary depending on flight conditions.
It still supports GoPro and other action cameras such as Xiaomi Xiaoyi 4K camera, which was specifically mentioned on its Amazon page. Before you buy it, however, we recommended that you make inquiries with the seller if it supports the GoPro model you have. One possible issue is its lack of a gimbal, which might introduce stability issues in the resulting videos.
Amazon buyer Ben Abbott wrote: “Great powerful drone with long range. I replaced the front light with a small camera from another drone I had and it works great. The battery doesn't last 20 minutes, but I've been in the cold (10 F), so that's to be expected. Without the guards and long legs, it really goes fast.”
That’s it for the 2019 compilation of drones compatible with GoPro. And of course, other action cams. These are all currently available in the market as of writing, so go take your pick and set free the creative explorer in you.
Since we know how crucial the role of budget is, we’ve included high-end, more expensive models as well as those below $100. Seriously, we got you covered! Let us know in the comments how your drone filming went! And if there are other drones you wish we included.