Considering the fact many people nowadays possess one (or even more) GoPro action cameras, it comes as no surprise that the drone market for them is quite huge. More and more drones for GoPro are coming out with GoPro support meaning they don’t have a primary video source of their own. This is actually a good thing, if you have a GoPro of course. You’ll be able to mount it in no time and experience top notch video and image quality. Combine that with a great aerial platform and you’re going to be making professional looking footage before you know it. So, with this in mind, let’s go through some of the best drones that work with GoPro cameras. You’ll be amazed when you see these beasts…
Table : Drones For GoPro
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The cheapest of all drones compatible with GoPro camera on this list is coming from Syma, a well-known budget drones’ manufacturer. It actually comes with a built in 8MP camera, but that does not mean you can’t mount your own GoPro on it. All you have to do is disconnect the built in one and connect your GoPro, it’s a piece of cake. Moving on to its specifications, this little fella is able to fly for around 12 minutes and can reach cca 100 meters away from its transmitter. All in all, it’s a pretty good choice for people who have their own GoPro but don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on a premium drone.
Ionic Stratus Drone
This drone costs just few dollars more than the Syma X8G, but they are pretty similar when it comes to their respective specifications. While Syma’ model has a bit longer flight time (12 minutes compared to 10), Ionic Stratus excels at flight distance, having around 50 meters more than the X8G. Combine that with headless mode, one key return and 3D rolls, and you’ll realize that Ionic Stratus is a pretty good installment. It does not come with a camera which is actually a good thing in this case since you will have less trouble with mounting your GoPro. This is one of decent budget friendly drones with GoPro mount, would you agree this is the best drone for GoPro under $100?
$200 TO $500
AEE Technology AP9
Next on our list of drones with GoPro mount comes from AEE. If you are willing to up your budget close to $300, you should definitely check out this amazing drone by AEE Technology. Their AP9 drone is a real treat, with its max speed clocking in at around 44 miles per hour. Combine that with great stability and up to 25 minutes of flight time and you’ll understand why are we praising this drone so much. And that’s not even all, it is able to reach up to 500 meters away from its transmitter, making it one of the best price / performance drones on the market. One thing is certain – you can’t get much better than this for less than $300!
XIRO Xplorer G
This drone does not come with a built-in camera, just like the AP9. Fortunately, it comes with a 3-axis gimbal that is bound to provide your GoPro with ultimate stability throughout your aerial footage. In addition to that, this little fella is capable of providing you with live FPV feed as well. All you have to do is connect your smartphone to the drone and enjoy your FPV view. Feature-wise, Xplorer G supports circle around me, automatic hovering, and even follow me, all of which will come in handy while recording. These features allow you to concentrate more on shooting than flying, and that’s a great thing if you need top quality footage. If you make a couple of mistakes and need more time, Xplorer G has got your covered with its 25 minutes of flight time. You want to spy on your neighbor whose house is on the end of the street? With more than 500 meters of flight distance, this comes as no problem for the Xplorer G!
Walkera QR X350 Pro
If you are looking for a relatively cheap drone that has a built-in GPS system for positioning and stability purposes, you cannot go wrong with Walkera’s QR X350 Pro. This bad boy has a ton of useful features such as failsafe return, altitude hold and even a decent gimbal which supports GoPro action cameras. If you’re worried about flight time, don’t be, because QR X350 is fairly good in that department. Even with the GoPro attached to it, this little beast can still provide you with around 25 minutes of pure air time. Pretty impressive, right? All things considered, this is a great medium range choice for people who already have a great GoPro action camera. Perhaps a good thing would be to upgrade the gimbal because the one that comes within the package isn’t exactly a top quality one.
Traxxas Aton Plus
Aton by Traxxas comes in two different versions. The standard one costs roughly $300 while the Aton Plus version costs $80 more. But there is a good reason behind this. Aton Plus version gets you a 2-axis gimbal on top of which you are able to mount your GoPro. The gimbal is great and will definitely provide you with optimal stability. When it comes to the features of this drone, it is important to say that it has 2 different flight modes – filming and sports. Filming mode provides you with unsurpassed stability making your aerial footage as smooth as silk. On the other hand, sports mode allows your drone to fly with incredible speeds, reaching more than 50 miles per hour which is impressive for a non-racing drone. Specification-wise, it has 15 minutes of flight time along with around 300 meters of lag-free range. With this being said, it is pretty clear that Aton Traxxas is a great all-around model that you should definitely look into a bit more!
3D Robotics Iris+
If you are looking for a great drone with amazing specifications and the looks to back it up, then Iris+ is the one made for you! With great set of features and decent amount of payload it can carry (up to 400 grams), this drone could be the right choice for you. It sports a beautiful black finish and is made out of top quality materials that are bound to stand the test of time (and crashes). When it comes to its specifications, you will be nicely surprised. Iris+ can fly for up to 22 minutes and has up to 800 meters of flight range. Its range is amazing, considering the fact that you can have a seamless FPV experience for full 800 meters. AWESOME!
DJI Phantom 2 V2.0 Zenmuse
What kind of a list would this be if it did not include at least one of DJI’s most popular line of drones – the Phantom series? Well, for just over $500 you can get the Phantom 2 together with the amazing Zenmuse H4-3D gimbal. Of course, it only works with Hero4, but you can order a different one (for example, H3-3D) if you own the older GoPro model. When it comes to the drone itself, you probably already know a fair share of information regarding it. The most important specifications are as follows: flight range up to 1 kilometer, flight duration up to 25 minutes. In addition to that, it is important to add that this gimbal works best with Hero4 Black because of its extreme stabilization properties.
The bundled package of 3DR’s most popular drone model comes with a bunch of handy accessories alongside the drone itself. With a carrying case, specialized GoPro gimbal, a set of 8 high-quality propellers and even an extra battery, I’m sure you see why this bundle costs so much more than the standalone version of the drone. When it comes to the specifications of this little fella, you’ll be happy to find out that it can fly up to 800 meters away from its transmitter. Additionally, its powerful battery can endure up to 20 minutes of flight duration which is more than enough for you to get a couple of great aerial shots.
Walkera Tali H500
And finally, we have come to the last drone on this list. The most expensive drone in this category is Walkera’s Tali H500 which has a great number of tricks up its sleeves. It does cost quite a bit of money ($900 to be more precise) but with its state-of-the-art features and amazing specifications, the price is more than justifiable. It even comes with a pretty good full HD camera mounted on the well-known G-3D gimbal. It sports brushless technology and is fully motorized meaning you will get perfect stability and image smoothness time in and time out. Another great thing about this drone is its DEVO F12E transmitter that supports 12 channel operations. It even features a 5-inch LCD screen on which you can enjoy seamless FPV monitoring experience. And finally, it has a maximum range of cca 500 meters (with FPV on) and can last up to 25 minutes in air.
Congratulations guys! You have made it to the end of our Best Drone For GoPro list. Finding the perfect drone that will serve as a great aerial platform for your favorite action camera can get tricky, but with this list, we are pretty sure your job will be much easier. Make sure you pay attention to the gimbal you are ordering since there’s a whole heap of them on the market (a lot of them come bundled together with some of these drones) and things can get complicated if you are looking for a specific one. With this being said, we would like to thank you for reading this list and, until next time, happy piloting!