While there are many drones that will sync with iOS, there are a few that stand out from the pack. Depending on what you want to do, one of the three drones below will probably be a perfect fit.
It is a good idea to think about what you want to do with your new drone. The more you want the drone to do, the more expensive it will be. There is no sense in paying for more than you need, so carefully consider what the drone is going to do for you.
Parrot Bebop 2: Big Fun and Good Imaging
The Parrot Bebop 2 delivers a lot of functionality for a low-ish price. It may not have the specs sheet of a high end drone, but it is a perfect first drone for an adult. It can connect to your iOS device with FreeFlight Pro, which is made by Parrot for its drones.
As a hobby drone that can also shoot photos and videos, the Parrot Bebop ticks all the right boxes. It has a maximum flight time of 25 minutes, and also packs a camera that is rated at 14 megapixels. The drone can be used within 100 meters of your position and weighs in at a little over 1 pound.
If you are looking for professional photo and video results, the Parrot Bebop probably isn’t the right drone to buy. While the camera is rated at 14 megapixels, it isn’t quite as capable as some of the offerings from DJI. Otherwise the Parrot Bebop makes a great hobby drone for flying on the weekends!
DJI Spark: DJI Features at Budget Prices
DJI has made a name for itself as a great drone builder that delivers amazing value for money. The DJI Spark is no exception and offers drone enthusiasts loads of features for not a lot of cash.
The DJI Spark will shoot both still photos and videos with a 12 megapixel camera. The imaging capabilities of the DJI Spark aren’t quite up to professional standards, but if you want a fun drone for snapping pics at the park or beach, this one is up to the challenge.
On the plus side, the DJI Spark will connect directly with your iOS device with DJI GO 4, which also allows you to edit videos right on your smartphone. The DJI Spark also includes DJI’s tracking features, which will make shooting great videos a lot easier.
DJI Mavic Pro 2: Loads of Value for Filmmakers
The DJI Mavic Pro 2 might be the best value going in drone imaging. It has all the advanced DJI goodies like collision avoidance and motion tracking, as well as a 1 inch (the sensor size matters) 20 megapixel CMOS sensor that was developed in conjunction with Hasselblad.
If all that sounds like Greek to you, it means that for around $1500 USD the DJI Mavic Pro 2 will make amazing videos in up to 4k resolution. The camera is stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal mount, and can be used with DJI’s motion tracking tools at up to 12 mph.
DroneGuru recommends DJI Tello and Dromida Ominus, if you are looking for quality budget drones for iOS.
FreeFlight Pro for iOS is a Great Tool
DJI designed an app that will let you connect your devices directly with iOS. If you want to use your Parrot drone with an iOS device, check to see if FreeFlight Pro supports your drone.
There are other programs like Drone Deploy and Tower that add map making capabilities to your iOS device, and also give you optimized flight planning tools.
If you are interested in drones, this is a great time to jump in. The amount of hardware that your money buys is growing, and drone manufacturers are adding new features all the time.