Top 6 Drones Of 2016

The FAA recently revealed that there are now more licensed UAV operators in the U.S. than airplane pilots. With a steady clarification of our own drone regulations, Canada is poised to expand its own private fleet of hovering eyes in the sky.

Of course, Canadian drones will have a bit more room to take in their epic, sky-high flights. If you’re keen to find the best drones in Canada you can this year, this list will get you started. The market’s big enough now that these haven’t been placed in order of quality, they simply represent some of the best available in a diverse fleet of options. Let’s get started!

DJI Inspire 1 Pro

1. DJI Inspire 1 Pro

Price: $6,959 CAD

One of the most professional of the prosumer drones for sale, the Inspire 1 delivers a truly absurd amount of value for its not-insignificant price. With a chassis that raises its landing gear to provide its 3-axis 4K camera rig with an unobstructed 360-degree view, a 1.2 mile range, and full 720p remote monitoring, it’s hard to overstate the steep jump into the future the steep price carries.

(http://store.drdrone.ca/collections/drones/products/inspire-1-pro-black-edition)

DJI Phantom 3
2. DJI Phantom 3 Standard

Price: $729.00 CAD

While by no means a “cheap” option, the Phantom 3 truly establishes the platform as the iPhone/Xbox of the current drone market. Reliable, stable, with “only” 2.7K video, the flexibility of this UAV and DJI’s accessories mean that it’s a short jump to a configuration that best delivers what you need, and only what you need.

(http://store.drdrone.ca/collections/drones/products/phantom-3-standard)

 

Yuneec Typhoon Q500
3. Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

Price: $1599.00 CAD

If you’re looking for a drone that delivers a vision of the future right outside of the box, it’s hard to argue with the Yuneec Typhoon and its “Follow Me” and “Watch Me” features, you can finally get the helpful hovering camera buddy you’ve always wanted. And hey, is it really an annoying “selfie” if you got your robo-buddy to take the picture?

(http://store.drdrone.ca/collections/drones/products/yuneec-typhoon-q500-4k)

DJI Matrice 100

4. DJI Matrice 100 

Price: $4784.00 CAD

If you’re coming from an educational or hobbyist background, it’s hard to find a more reliable open platform than the Matrice. Again relying on DJI’s status in the industry, this UAV packs universal power and connection ports, two expansion bays, and the DJI SDK for customized development of whatever hovering wonder you can dream up.

(http://store.drdrone.ca/collections/drones/products/dji-matrice-100)

Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone

5. Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone 

Price: $520.78 CAD

Although you can grab this drone with an official “sky controller” for a few hundred bucks more, you can get started with the Bebop on its own with a downloadable app for your phone or tablet. While lacking in some of the response of a proper controller, it’s an economical way to get started. Parrot has built so much stability and reliability into this drone, any lowered response is easily compensated for.

(http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Parrot+Bebop+Quadcopter+Drone+)

 

Holy Stone X400C FPV RC Quadcopter Drone
6. Holy Stone X400C FPV RC Quadcopter Drone 

Price: $177.26 CAD

Look, you don’t need to break the bank to find a reliable starter drone. With the pace of upgrades, you can find something like Holy Stone’s offering quickly and (relatively) cheaply. An included remote with an attachment for your phone, basic HD, and a few nifty built-in maneuvers to engage, the X400C represents an affordable tour through the expensive future.

(http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Holy+Stone+X400C+FPV+RC+Quadcopter+Drone)

10 Cool Things You Can Do With A Drone

mini drones

Drones and UAVs (unmanned air vehicle) are becoming more popular and affordable. The average person has access to technology that was only available to the military a few, short years ago. There are many models of drones for sale today.

There are several uses for drones you may not have considered:

1. Monitor wildlife.

This has many practical applications, from the tracking of animal migration to a rancher keeping tabs on his herd. Drones can also reach traditionally inaccessible areas to observe rare animals.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150825-drones-animals-wildlife-bears-science-technology/

2. Deliver an item to or from a friend

Have you ever needed an egg to bake a cake or a can of soda to enjoy the ball game? Driving to the store for a single item is a hassle. Send your drone across town to a friend instead.

3. Disaster relief

A drone can survey the area or deliver food, water, medicine, or a communication device.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/24/us/robot-disaster-technology/

4. Inspect your roof and gutters

Who wants to climb a ladder? Hail damage, bird nests, and other debris can be viewed from the safety of safety of the ground. Ladders can be dangerous.

5. Take a virtual tour

Imagine sitting at home and controlling a drone in Egypt as you navigate your way around the Sphinx and the pyramids. It’s possible to visit an new area without the time and expense of a physical visit.

6. Deliver food.

Domino’s Pizza has been developing drone technology since 2013. They are able to deliver pizzas up to four miles away. The possibilities are endless.

7. Transport people

A German firm has developed a drone with 16 propellers, named the VC200, capable of transporting two people. The flight-time is currently limited to 20 minutes. It might be the first version of a flying car.

8. Aerial photography

This has many applications. Real estate agents can quickly and economically take pictures of property. Wedding photographers will have a new tool at their disposal. It’s even possible to take the world’s best selfie or record your family reunion from a unique perspective. You can have the most interesting photos on Facebook. The social media implications are significant.

9. Inspect oil and gas pipelines

British Petroleum has received approval to monitor its network of pipelines in Alaska. Fitted with infrared cameras, the drones are able to spot leaks and minimize the environmental impact.

10. Monitor crops

There’s no reason to hop in the pickup truck and drive for 30 minutes. Send the drone out to take a look instead. It could even take a soil sample and bring it back to the farmer.

Drone technology will change the world. The business impact will be considerable as the use and acceptance of drones increases.

How would you use a personal drone?

The Growing Popularity Of Drones: Do We Need Laws For Them?

Attack of the drones

The mention of a drone scares a good number of people today. Some think of the massive military unmanned aircraft used to launch missiles. Others envision a world where there is always a drone watching every time you turn around. The truth is much different. Here are some arguments about whether drones should be so easily accessible and whether laws are needed to regulate them.

Privacy and Crime

Privacy and Crime

A large concern for many people is that a drone can potentially be used to invade privacy and commit crimes. This is a widespread fear although drones have never been used in that way to date. The fear is that someone could get a small drone and secretly record people in a house or stalk someone. A drone could potentially be weaponized and used to commit violent crimes or robberies. These are arguments for strict drone laws.

Technical Problems

Drones are machines and are vulnerable to technical problems. A moderately sized unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, could do significant damage or cause injuries if it suddenly fell out of the sky and plowed into a crowd. Technical problems include the operator losing control, the drone flying out of range or onboard electronics malfunctioning. There is now also the threat that hackers could take control of a drone.

Interference with Aircraft and Law Enforcement

A final concern for those who want strict laws is that a UAV could interfere with other aircraft or law enforcement. These incidents are already occurring around the world. A civilian drone could actually lead to a midair accident if there are hundreds of them in random spots at all times of the day.

Individual Freedoms and Innovation

Arguments against harsh drone laws usually point towards innovation and individual freedoms. People should be able to buy the drones for sale today without problems or restrictions. Similarly, putting crippling restrictions on the purchase and use of a drone can stifle technological innovation. These are valid arguments considering the range of dangerous technologies that people already have access to today.

Societal Benefits

Another argument against crushing laws is that a UAV has societal benefits. A drone is environmentally friendly. It could potentially eliminate the need for many small delivery cars on the streets. A drone could help first responders or bring medications to elderly people with mobility problems. It can lower the cost of doing business. These potential benefits will be lost if drones are banned from the public sector.

Drone Laws
Creating Drone Laws

There is little doubt that some laws regarding drones are needed. They need to be kept out of reserved airspace and away from law enforcement. Using them to commit crimes or invade privacy must be addressed. The legal liability issues if a drone does cause harm need to be worked out. The problem is that the laws cannot be too draconian. Citizens should be allowed to own a drone. A better approach might be to regulate manufacturing to ensure a civilian drone cannot be weaponized or used in crimes.