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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.