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Top 5 Long Distance Drones in 2018

It is common for buyers to look at the drone flight range while making a drone purchase. It enables them to explore its capabilities, especially for videographers and photographers. This key feature is a must-have to take incredible and breathtaking shots.

So, how much flight range is good?

The flight range is heavily dependent on the control signal sent from the pilot to the drone. Any good drone can easily fly from 500m to 1000m without any issues. However, you can also find drones that easily do 7000m flight range.

In this article, we will go through the top 5 long distance drones in 2018. Drones popularity has grown exponentially in the past couple of years, especially long distance drones.

So, without any delay, let’s get started.

DJI Inspire 2


If you are looking for a drone that offers the best flight range without any budget constraint, then DJI Inspire 2 drone is for you. The first thing that you will notice about the drone is its sleek design. It looks futuristic and is full of features.

Key features

  • Camera: The drone with an excellent camera that is capable of capturing images and videos at 4K resolution. It also comes with Zenmuse X5S gimbal simulation so that the quality remains high.
  • Distance: It can cover up to 7000 m of flight range. That’s one of the best flight range that you can get from a drone!
  • Navigation system: The drone comes with proper navigation system powered by GPS and GLONASS. The navigation system is completely equipped to ensure obstacle avoidance at any cost!

Is it for you?

Inspire 2 is the successor of Inspire 1, and it does improve terms of quality and features from its predecessor. The drone offers excellent long distance capabilities. It is also highly stable and can be used in bad weather conditions. So, if you are looking for the best drone that you can buy right now, get DJI Inspire 2.

Price: $2,999
Flight time: 27 mins
Flight range: 7000m


DJI Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the successor of Phantom 3. It is one of the high models out there. With excellent design, you can take control of your drone journey in the best possible way. It uses all-new obstacle avoidance technology to ensure proper flight path.

Key features

  • Camera: Phantom 4 Pro carries the best camera for a drone in this price range. It comes with the 20MPX camera. The camera is equipped with mechanical shutter and a 1-inch sensor which in turn makes images as crisp as possible. The camera is capable of capturing 4k videos at 30 fps.
  • Obstacle avoidance: The drone is equipped with an excellent obstacle avoidance technology. It is the first DJI drone that comes with this tech and hence drone flying easy.
  • DJI director software: DJI director software is what makes

Is it for you?

If you are looking for a drone with decent pricing, then DJI Phantom 4 Pro is for you. This drone is also equipped with all the features that you will ever need. The flight path is also impressive at 7000m. The battery life, on the other hand, also meets the standard of 30 minutes.

Price: $899
Flight time: 30 mins
Flight range: 7000m

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro is yet another long flight range drone. It is one of the best drones out there. However, it is not costly compared to DJI Inspire 2. Mavic PRO is portable and offers great design-build. It is also touted as the best high-end selfie drone in the market. So, if you are looking for a drone that can take selfies, then this is for you!

Key features

  • Camera: The Mavic Pro offers great camera capabilities. It offers 4K resolution support with excellent image quality out of the box.
  • Smart Features: With smart features such as TapFly and ActiveTrack, you can take amazing 4K resolution videos with great stabilization and smooth.
  • Stabilization: Comes with proper stabilization for reliability and safety.
  • GPS and GLONASS supported for obstacle avoidance. It works both indoors and outdoors.

Is it for you?

If you are looking for the drone that is compact and offers high-quality drone flying experience, Mavic Pro is for you! It has a flight range of 7000m and lasts 25 mins in the sky.  It is also one of the best drones with a decent price tag.

Price: $899
Flight time: 25 mins
Flight range: 7000m

GoPro Karma

GoPro Karma is a drone built by the popular company GoPro. This drone is aimed at both casuals and enthusiasts. However, it does come with a decent price tag and support for the GoPro hero models. The camera is not part of the drone and you need to get it separately.

Key features

  • Camera: GoPro is already known for their camera’s, and it is no surprise that the drone supports high quality cameras. As mentioned already, it supports three GoPro hero models out of the box. You can choose to equip it with Hero Black 5, Hero Session 5 or just Hero Session. Hence, it supports broad camera capabilities ranging from 1080p to 4K.
  • Compact and easy to use: GoPro Karma is a great drone for new users. It is easy to use and also compact in nature.
  • Mounts: GoPro karma comes with wide range of mount support. It even supports shoulder mount so that you can focus on enjoying while it captures those amazing moments! Other than that, it supports handheld and aerial mode of operation.

Is it for you?

GoPro Karma is perfect for those users who are looking for a compact, easy-to-use drone with support for GoPro cameras. It comes with decent features and a flight path of 3000m. The duration time for the drone is 20-minute, which is decent if you compare the price/feature ratio.

Price: $800
Flight time: 20 mins
Flight range: 3000m

DJI Spark

Not everyone has a huge budget for long distance drones. That’s why it is always a good idea to look at the price/performance ratio.

DJI Spark is one of those drones that hit the mark correctly. It comes with a flight path support of 2000m and a battery life of 15m. So, what makes it so unique? It is its highly compact form factor. You can just fold it and take it out for a spin.

Key features

  • Camera: DJI Spark comes with full HD camera, i.e., it is capable of capturing at only 1080p resolution. However, this doesn’t mean bad quality images. It captures excellent picture quality, thanks to proprietary 2-axis gimbal.
  • Supports SafetyWorry Flight – If you want to fly a drone on your hand, this drone can help you do that! However, just make sure that you use the propeller guards before doing so.

Is it for you?

If you are looking for a drone with decent feature-set, then DJI Spark is for you. It comes with decent flight range and battery life. It also offers great stabilization features so that you get high quality pictures and videos.

Price: $550
Flight time: 15 mins
Flight range: 2000m to 4000m, depending on your flight conditions.

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

Our last drone in the top 5 list is Autel Robotics X-Star Premium. This drone is an underdog when it comes to price/performance ratio. It comes with impressive features and excellent safety. The drone offers a flight range of 2000 meters with a battery life of 25 minutes

Key Features

  • Camera: Camera on this drone is excellent as it offers 4K resolution with 3-axis gimbal stabilizer.
  • Autonomous: X-Star Premium supports autonomous flight mode. The flight mode supported by it are waypoints, orbit and follow me.
  • Bright and beautiful: X-Star Premium is a cool looking drone! It comes in orange and white, and also with powerful LEDs. The LEDs are used for orientation purposes.

Is it for you?

The drone is a great pick for those who are looking for a decent flight path and excellent flight time. However, the price is a little high when compared with other drones listed in this article.

Price: $2100
Flight time: 25 mins
Flight range: 2000m


This leads to the end of our top 5 long distance drones in 2018. What do you think about the list? Comment below and let us know!

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