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Top 5 Drones with Autonomous Flight – Reviews and FAQ



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Table of Contents FAQ About Autonomous Drones Yuneec Typhoon H Pro DJI Inspire 2 Parrot Bebop 2 AirDog Drone 3DR Solo Top Drones With Autonomous Flight

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A lot of people are intimidated by drones because they feel that they are complicated to fly. This is true in a number of models, but, as you are about to find out, that’s not always the case! Autonomous drones where made for those who want all of the fun without having to much manual work on their end.

Autonomous drones for sale are practically everywhere these days, so we’ve decided to bring you the absolute best of the best. Surprisingly, a lot of them won’t cost you an arm and a leg as an investment cost either!

In short, think of an autonomous drone as a regular drone, but one that constantly has Custom Route Mode going. They literally do all of the work so you can sit back, relax, and have a good time.

FAQ About Autonomous Drones

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If you don’t see your question listed below in our FAQ section, get in touch with us and we’ll help you out!

What is an autonomous drone?

An autonomous drone is a category of drones that do all the work. Have you ever heard the phrase, “a car that drives itself”? An autonomous drone is practically the same concept. All of the drone, very little manual work on your part.

What are autonomous drones used for?

Autonomous drones can be used for virtually anything. Mapping and agricultural work, for example, benefit from and use autonomous drones the most. They are perfect for surveying areas and recording data without the user having to do very much.

Which features should I look for in an autonomous drone?

There a handful of features that you should definitely keep an eye out for when choosing the best autonomous drone for sale.

– Follow Me
– Return to Home
– Cable Cam
– Return to Home
– Selfie
– Waypoints

These are all features that any good autonomous drone should have, so take note of them when you make your selection!

Top Autonomous Drones

Now that we’ve covered all of the basics on autonomous drones, let’s get to the fun part of our review – the drones themselves!

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro

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The Typhoon H Pro by Yuneec will run you about $1000, but we assure you, it’s definitely worth its weight in gold. It has some incredible specs that make it a worthy competitor in our review.

Listed below are the specs and features:

– Uses Intel RealSense technology that creates a 3D map for the purpose of providing positional data when GPS is minimal and aiding in overall obstacle avoidance – Includes the CGO3+ gimbal-stabilized camera that supports 4K video and 12MP still photos – Uses retractable landing gear when in flight and retractable arms to ensure minimal damage in the case of a crash or a collision – Comes with the ST16 Personal Ground Station controller with a built-in transmitter and receiver to ensure that it’s an all-in-one device with a 7” display screen – Uses 2.4 GHz transmission for joystick operation and 5.8 GHz transmission for the livelink video

The biggest pro that the Typhoon H Pro by Yuneec has to offer is no doubt the Intel RealSense technology. It makes flying as easy as possible with minimal work to avoid obstacles and crashes, thanks to the 3D map of the world that it builds all by itself.

The biggest con, however, is that it’s not for newbies. Even intermediate users will have some difficulty. If you are a newbie, though, be prepared to sit with it for hours, maybe even days, until you can figure it all out thoroughly.

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This Inspire 2 by DJI comes with the Zenmuse X4S and will run you up to $3600. Unfortunately, this price may be too high for some just looking at it, but we know once you know the kind of punch this drone bundle packs, you’ll be itching to get your hands on it!

Listed below are the specs and features:

– Features Advanced Obstacle Sensing, CineCore 2.0 image processing, Auto Return to Home, and Follow Me – Uses a dual battery design onboard to extend your flight time to the maximum – Supports recording in both CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes – Fully compatible with 5.2K gimbal cameras – Total flight time of up to 27 minutes – Able to hit 50 mph within 4 seconds and reach a maximum speed of up to 67 mph – Capable of capturing cinema-type footage through recording in H.264, H.265, and other high bit rates – Comes with an FPV camera stabilized using a 2-axis system

The biggest pro that the Inspire 2 by DJI has to offer in the case of this bundle, is the fact that you’re getting an advanced autonomous drone with a lot of extras, too! Even though a 16GB MicroSD card is included, you also get a Sandisk Ultra 64GB MicroSD card, and SPC cleaning kit, and a microfiber cleaning cloth on top of it all.

The biggest con, however, is that it can be a very complicated setup for beginners or those who have never had a “big rig” before. If you’re completely new, or even relatively new, to more advanced drones, we don’t recommend this package deal.

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The Bebop 2 by Parrot comes in at around $500, has some wicked specs, and even has FPV capabilities. The Base FPV Bundle is an incredible deal that we’re excited about, so let’s dig into the good part!

Listed below are the specs and features:

– Comes with the Parrot Cockpit glasses for a fully immersive FPV flight experience – Shoots footage in full 1080p HD for videos with 14MP photos in DNG, JPEG, and RAW using the built-in wide-angle camera – Total flight time of up to 25 minutes – Uses a 2700mAh LiPo high capacity battery – Has a transmission range of up to 1.2 miles – Uses a 3-axis digital stabilization system – Features Auto Takeoff, Auto Landing, Waypoints, Autonomous Flight Plan, and more – Weighs 1.1 pounds with a total size of 15”x3.5”x12.9”

The biggest pro that the Bebop 2 by Parrot has to offer is the FreeFlight Pro app that is used for the majority of Parrot’s drones, including both Bebop 1 and 2 and the Disco line. It’s designed to work with their FPV goggles, saves your aerial photography footage, flight data, and gives you access to a number of useful and awesome features, including Autonomous Flight Plan.

The biggest con, however, is that, unfortunately, you have to purchase some of the features in the app to be able to use them, which can be a downer for some.

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AirDog is an awesome autonomous drone that has flown under a lot of people’s radars, but we thought it’s time to show some love and recognition. At this time of writing, there are only two sellers. One has it priced at $630, the other at $1300, but we’re hoping more pricing will be available in the near future!

Listed below are the specs and features:

– Automatically uses an autonomous flight feature that follows you around without having to use a controller through the use of motion prediction technology – Comes with the AirLeash, which is a wearable tracking device that is 100% waterproof that allows you to make adjustments while it’s in flight – Able to fly through winds reaching up to 28 knots – Features automatic autonomous flight, multiple flight modes already included and additional modes that are to be released soon, LiDAR, Wakeboard, Surf, Auto Takeoff, Auto Land, Return to Home, and more – Has a foldable design that makes traveling with it as easy as possible – Compatible with GoPro Hero 3, 3+, Silver, White, Black, Hero 4 Black, Silver, and the adapter for GoPro Hero 5 – Total flight time of up to 15 minutes – Able to detect a collision with the ground and avoid it using LiDAR – Weighs 4.1 pounds with a total size of 24.7”x24.7”x5.4”

The biggest pro that the AirDog has to offer is quite obvious. For those who want a fully autonomous drone that requires almost nothing on your end, this is your best bet. It predicts and tracks your movements using motion prediction technology, something you’ll rarely, if ever, find anywhere else.

The biggest con, however, is that some customers have received some faulty batteries. Although, customers have reported that they have received replacement batteries from the manufacturer at no cost, which is always a great gesture.

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Who wasn’t excited to hear about the release of the Solo by 3DR? Fortunately for all of us, it’s currently priced at around $230, making it an absolute steal and one of the best autonomous drones for sale that won’t drain your wallet entirely.

Listed below are the specs and features:

– Features Auto Takeoff, Auto Land, One-Key Photos and Recordings, One-Key Flight Pause, Smart Shots, Orbit, Cable Cam, Follow Me, Selfie, and more – Includes a high-quality HDMI input port in the controller for a quick connection to any screen of your choice, be it your laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc – Offers wireless HD video streaming from a connected GoPro straight to your smartphone or other mobile device – Has a transmission range of up to half a mile – Uses LiDAR technology to ensure that indoor flight is both safe and fully possible – Total flight time of between 15 to 20 minutes depending on whether or not you use the gimbal and a GoPro – Compatible with GoPro models Hero 3+ and Hero 4 – Weighs 3.3 pounds with a total size of 18”x18”x10”

The biggest pro that the Solo by 3DR has to offer would definitely be the price and what you’re receiving. It’s a fantastic autonomous drone that comes at a surprising, reasonable price.

The biggest con, however, is that it does not come with a gimbal. If you want to have one with the drone, you will need to purchase one separately. This is most likely the case because it does not come with a camera, which you will also need to supply on your own.

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Autonomous drones are awesome, whether you’re a beginner who’s a bit intimidated by drones and want a helping hand, or an adventurer who want to utilize these features for your next activity, we can all agree that these types of drones are incredibly beneficial for everyone.


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Amazing Drone Video Shows Mega Colonies of Penguins!



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Drones have helped scientists find mega colonies of penguins – over 750,000 pairs – in protected areas in the Antarctic Peninsula.

The journal Nature reports that a “multi-modal survey” including ground counts and computer automated counts of drone imagery, showed huge populations of Adélie penguins in the Danger Islands off of the norther tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The survey served to demonstrate the results of using satellite and drone imagery for environmental surveys.

“Despite concerted international effort to track and interpret shifts in the abundance and distribution of Adélie penguins, large populations continue to be identified,” says the article.  “Here we report on a major hotspot of Adélie penguin abundance identified in the Danger Islands off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula (AP). We present the first complete census of Pygoscelis spp. penguins in the Danger Islands, estimated from a multi-modal survey consisting of direct ground counts and computer-automated counts of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery.”

“Our survey reveals that the Danger Islands host 751,527 pairs of Adélie penguins, more than the rest of AP region combined, and include the third and fourth largest Adélie penguin colonies in the world. Our results validate the use of Landsat medium-resolution satellite imagery for the detection of new or unknown penguin colonies and highlight the utility of combining satellite imagery with ground and UAV surveys.”

Scientists say that the Danger Islands “appear to have avoided recent declines” which have been documented on the Western Antarctic Pensinsula and “deserve special consideration in the negotiation and design of Marine Protected Areas in the region.”

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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Drone Racing is Racing for Good: IDRA Claims Miracle Flights as Official Charitable Partner




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Drones are well suited for saving lives and performing miracles – and the drone industry has been generous in charitable endeavors.  Drone racing is not to be left behind.  The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) has announced that Miracle Flights, the nation’s leading health and welfare flight organization, is the official charitable partner for the 2018 Drone Racing Series and 2018 Challengers Cup.

The following is from the joint press release by the two organizations:

Established in 1985, Miracle Flights provides free commercial air transportation to critically ill children in need of medical care far from home.

The newly announced partnership fits perfectly into IDRA’s mission to grow the motorsport and international drone community. Our community’s youth are not only the future of the hobby, but also the platform for which the drone market and technologies will continue to develop. With Miracle Flights as the official charitable partner of IDRA, we can use professional and semi-professional drone races as a new medium to promote this organization’s endeavors and raise donations from sponsors and the drone community to help more children receive life-changing medical treatment.

“Miracle Flights is an amazing nonprofit organization that provides thousands of flights to children from all over the world,” said Justin Haggerty, President and CEO of IDRA. “It is our pleasure at IDRA to work with Miracle Flights as our official charitable partner. I hope the partnership bares many fruits and gives our drone community the chance to help a child in need.”

Now in its 33rd year, Miracle Flights has provided more than 114,000 free flights to help children with rare and life-threatening conditions gain access to specialized medical care out of state.

“IDRA has engaged an incredible community of individuals across the country and around the world,” said Miracle Flights CEO Mark E. Brown. “To have them partner with us in our mission to improve access to healthcare for seriously ill children is a true honor. We look forward to everything we can accomplish—and the lives we can change—together.”



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Lighting Up the Skies with Lume Cube



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Lume Cube Lighting Kits give drone pilots the chance to pilot a spotlight in the sky. We took the Mavic Pro Lighting Kit for a spin to see what all the fuss is about. 

Lume Cube market their product as the world’s most versatile light. And they may have a point. These lights can be used with smartphones, GoPros and DSLRs. They can be mounted, sat down or simply handheld. They can be set to varying degrees of brightness or just strobe at whatever speed you feel like. And you can control all of those features through an app.

They can also be attached to your drone, which is where we come in. We’ve been testing out the Lume Cube lights and the company’s mounts for the Mavic Pro. Both are needed if you want to try your hand at flying a spotlight in the sky.

What is a Lume Cube?

So let’s start with the obvious question: What is a Lume Cube? Simply, it’s a portable light.

But it’s no ordinary light. This light is encased inside a rugged, mountable cube and can be connected to your smartphone. It’s also waterproof. So what’s the benefit of all that? Well, if you’re a GoPro user, a keen outdoor photographer or even a drone pilot, using a Lume Cube gives you more control over the light conditions in your shots.

You can illuminate a scene for night photography or light up a dimly lit area with the touch of a button. You can sync the flash to go just before you hit record or take a photograph. You can also get really creative with light when it’s in the palm of your hand, particularly when you mount a Lume Cube or two onto a drone.

Which is where Lume Cube’s Mavic Mounts come in. Not only does the Lume Cube Lighting Kit for the Mavic Pro help illuminate your drone in dark conditions. It also gives you a new tool to help you explore your aerial creativity.

The Lighting Kit comes with two mounts and two Lume Cubes, one for each side of the drone.

Each Cube has 10 manual brightness settings that change in increments of 150 lumens. The brightest setting maxes out at 1500 lumens. We don’t know much about lumens, but we do know that the highest setting on these cubes is ridiculously bright. If you’re shooting at night for whatever reason, they are more than powerful enough to illuminate natural features like trees or rocks.

The Lume Cubes clip onto the wings of the Mavic Pro with a lightweight mount. And it has to be. Because each Cube weighs 3.5 ounces. Despite our reservations, the Mavic Pro didn’t have any problem lifting them off the ground and flying comfortably.

The biggest issue we faced was attaching the mount in the dark in cold weather. It’s fair to say that the plastic mounts aren’t as rugged as the Cubes themselves. Impatient hands and low visibility actually led to us breaking the mounts before take-off while trying to clip them on, but we were still able to attach them and take the Lume Cubes for a spin.

Read more: Hands On Review With DJI’s CrystalSky Monitor

The extra weight took a few minutes off the battery life as you might expect, and the Mavic certainly wasn’t as nimble as it would be without them, but those are minor compared to the benefits of flying your very own spotlight.

The Lume Cube Lighting Kit

Each Lume Cube can be charged up with a standard USB cable. The battery life sits can last for more than 2 hours, depending on how bright your settings are.

Read more: Hands On With PolarPro’s Elektra Cinematic Color Presets

The Cubes and the free Lume Cube application are compatible with both Apple and Android. Through the app, you can control flash, duration and brightness of multiple cubes all at the same time.

Lume Cube Price and Compatibility

Now, you’re probably wondering two things at this point. First, how much is one of these Lighting Kits going to set you back? And second, what drones are Lume Cube Lighting Kits compatible with?

The Lighting Kits cost $179. These include two Cubes, the mounts for your drone and all the cables you need to keep them charged.

In terms of compatibility, the Lume Cube team has done its best to make sure there are kits available for all of the most popular drones on the market. That means you can buy dedicated Lighting Kits for the Mavic Pro, the Phantom range, the Inspire range and even for the now-defunct GoPro Karma, Autel’s X-Star and the Yuneec Typhoon H.

Looking for a lighting rig for your Mavic Air or Spark? We wouldn’t count on this happening anytime soon. Those tiny drones probably aren’t going to be strong or stable enough to carry two of these Cubes.

Final Thoughts

Lume Cubes offer a great way to add some creativity and versatility to your photography. At $179 a Lighting Kit isn’t cheap, but in reality, these lights are going to last you years and can be used in so many different scenarios. If you do decide to upgrade your drone, new mounts alone are only a small fraction of that price.

Rather than using Lume Cubes to light your drone’s way, we recommend getting behind a DSLR and using your drone to guide a spotlight into place over an interesting scene.

The posts below from the Lume Cube community are good examples of that. We did try to recreate a couple, but we’re going to need some more practice before they are worthy of publication…

Malek Murison is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for tech trends and innovation. He handles product reviews, major releases and keeps an eye on the enthusiast market for DroneLife.
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