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There is Such Thing as Hiking With Drones

by | Trekking Savvy

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Taking your drone when you’re out for some hiking can be quite entertaining, as these flying vehicles can take videos from angles where it is difficult or even impossible to reach without proper wings or other flying stuff.

A good drone will let you film rivers, lakes, and forests from thousands of feet above the ground. Sometimes, you might even make a cool picture of a member of another species (maybe even an alien, who knows).  While actually riding a drone with a camera in your hands is arguably the better option, this is still 2018 and we’ll have to cover that topic extensively when it becomes more mainstream.

The video below exemplifies what some drones can give you in terms of footage.

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Whether the video made you feel the urge to get a drone for your next trekking day, already had that in mind, or you are just curious, below are some of the best drones according to Amazon customer reviews.  The list I have made is based on what I would call a good algorithm: I have selected the drones that received 4+ stars from more than 50 customers. Additionally, I have also taken into account the features of each of the drones, particularly whether they have a camera and their target market.

Whether you take this small list for granted or want to do your own research, it is worth mentioning that all high-quality trekking drones should:

• Have a good camera

• Have a good elevation

• Have enough space for storing information

• Have a long-lasting battery life

Based on the factors mentioned above, the WINNERS are…

DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo Collapsible Quadcopter Drone Bundle

Probably the best drone for travel. This drone can fly for miles (or kilometers) at a speed of 22mph (36kph) and offers Full HD 1080p video streaming at a range of 4.3 miles (7 km). While you can try to keep up the pace with it, the remote controller will allow you to control the drone at a range of 4.3 miles (7 km), which should be more than enough in most contexts.

Whether it is a bird or an icy dragon, DJI Mavic sees it all from a distance of 49 feet (15m) at most. In most cases, this should mean that both your drone and anything that could collide with it is safe. Something that might also add additional safety in some contexts is that the drone has an autonomy technology that allows it to land almost where it took off.

The 12-megapixel camera should satisfy most people, including those who like the idea of having a drone taking pictures of them following their gestures. More so, the camera provides 4k video at 30 frames per second and has a mechanical camera stabilization system that ensures the clarity of the image.

Main Specs

Speed 40.3 miles/h or 65 km/h
Flight Time Max. 27 Min
Max Control Range 4.3 miles/7 km
Camera 12 px
Live Transmission Range 4.3 miles/7 km
Battery Capacity 3830 mAh
Weight 1.62 lb/734 g

Holy Stone HS700 FPV Drone with 1080p HD Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home, RC Quadcopter for Adults Beginners with Brushless Motor, Follow Me, 5G WiFi Transmission, Compatible with GoPro Camera

Probably the best beginner drone for travel. Some of those who have never used a drone before might assume they are complicated to handle. This may especially be true for those who often face challenges in handling any technology that wasn’t around since “ever”.  Worry not, Holy Stone HS700 is meant to make beginner’s life challenging but not overwhelming. The drone can fly for up to 20 minutes. Even if it’s not a high-end drone, you do not have to be concerned about seeing your drone falling from the sky due to low battery; the drone automatically returns to its home location when the battery is low or the signal is lost. It is also possible to make your drone fly in circle, and for some, this can be fun.

Main Specs

Speed 15.5 miles/h or 25km/h
Flight Time 16-20 Min
Max Control Range 3280 ft/999.7 m
Camera 1080 P
Live Transmission Range 1300 ft/396 m
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh
Weight 1.34 lb/608 g

ScharkSpark Drone Guard for Beginners, Drone with Camera Live Video, Portable RC Quadcopter with 2 Batteries, 2.4G 6-Axis Headless Mode Altitude One Key Return 3D Flips and Rolls Toys

Probably the best cheap drone for travel. While this is not one of the best drones for trekking in general, it is certainly one that can be considered by those who would like to test a drone in nature but are not ready to spend a lot. Beginners, especially those who don’t enjoy tech challenges, might also like ScharkSpark, as it comes with labeled buttons that make controlling the drone easier. At only $59.99, ScharkSpark can fly for as much as 12 minutes. The drone also comes with two batteries, which makes the charging time between flights less frustrating. It is also one of the few drones in this price range to have a camera and video streaming function. Just as drones in other price categories, ScharkSpark allows you to release the throttle without feeling guilty about the drone’s faith. Finally, ScharkSpark also has a system that allows it to detect your location and return to you once it is out of sight.

Main Specs

Speed Not Specified
Flight Time Max 12 Min
Max Control Range 328 ft/80 m
Camera 720 P
Live Transmission Range 95 ft (30 m)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Weight 0.39 lb/176.9 g

In Summary…

Drones are becoming more mainstream, something which is reflected by their prices and diversity. If a drone has a camera, it will likely be a good company for trekking, even if you have a dog. Whether you are considering taking a drone on your next trekking day trip or you only want to know more about them, the list above should give you an insight into what’s hot on the current drone market. 


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