Top 6 Best Christmas 2018 Drones

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The holidays are quickly approaching, almost at the speed of light this year, have you picked the perfect present yet? Gifting someone a drone is probably the best way to be the coolest gift-giver of the season.

Even though gifting a drone may have you under the impression that the big bucks have to be spent, this isn’t true. There are a ton of awesome drones out there that are well within any budget you can imagine – some of which have been released just before the season is about to start.

I’ve taken a look to find some of the best Christmas 2018 drones that would make an awesome gift for anyone in your life.


The Outlaw

The Outlaw by Altair Aerial is the newest drone that we’ve seen from this up and coming high-quality manufacturer. I am incredibly impressed by the Outlaw, especially because, if you take a look at the AA108, their first drone, and then the Outlaw – you will see just how much Altair Aerial has learned and grown. It’s priced around $280, which is more than reasonably priced.

Here are the features and the specs:

  1. Uses a camera that takes sharp, 1080p HD videos and photos
  2. Features 3 versions of the classic Return to Home, Barometer Altitude Hold and Intelligent Orientation Control
  3. Has a total flight time of up to 20 minutes
  4. Uses WiFi to fly up to 500 meters away as well as GPS navigation to fly up to 1500 meters away

The biggest pro that the Outlaw by Altair Aerial is no doubt the fact that it can fly incredibly far away and that it can fly for up to 20 minutes, both of which blow all other Altair drones out of the water when you compare these 2 specs alone.

The biggest con, however, is yet to be seen. I can’t find anything wrong with this one yet!

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Tomahawk Drone

The Tomahawk, also a newly released drone by Altair Aerial, is currently priced right now at around $200. It’s one of the best drones from the Altair line where high-quality construction is concerned. You certainly don’t have to worry about crash landings with this one, that’s for sure.

Here are the features and the specs:

  1. Uses a 6-axis gyro stabilization system to keep your flights as smooth as possible
  2. Has a maximum flight time of up to 17 minutes when flying on Medium Throttle
  3. Uses a 720p HD WiFi camera
  4. Features Altitude Hold
  5. Uses Independent ESCs as well as built-in Automatic Lock Protection for protection against burning out due to Dead Lock
  6. Has a maximum transmission range of between 300 to 500 meters
  7. Comes with the action camera mount that’s compatible with numerous action cameras, including GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6

The biggest pro that the Tomahawk by Altair Aerial has to offer is the fact that it can accommodate a wide variety of action cameras. This is especially beneficial to those who have a Hero 5 or a Hero 6, which helps to improve your footage.

The biggest con, however, is yet to be found. Like the Outlaw, I genuinely can’t see or find anything wrong with this one. It flies like a dream.

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Altair Aerial AA108

If you’re looking for a drone to give to the kid in your life, the AA108 by Altair Aerial is a perfect choice. It has the current price of only $130, which is more than reasonable considering how simple yet fun this drone really is.

Here are the features and the specs:

  1. Features Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, One Button Takeoff, One Button Landing, Out of Range Alarm, Custom Route Modes, Emergency Landing, 3 Flight Skill Levels and Low Battery Alarm
  2. Has a total flight time of up to 10 minutes, doubled by the second included LiPo battery for free
  3. Uses the premium 720p HD camera with real-time FPV video and a wide-angle lens
  4. Has a maximum flight range of up to 300 feet or 100 meters
  5. Uses bright LED lights on the bottom of the drone to aid in flight direction and general navigation
  6. Able to be safely flown both indoors and outside due to the build being able to withstand crashes

The biggest pro that the AA108 by Altair Aerial is the fact that it’s one of the cheapest VR-compatible drones that boasts an exceptional amount of quality on the market right now. If you’ve been itching to pick up a drone that’s compatible with your VR headset, or are looking for an excuse to buy one, now is the time.

The biggest con, however, is the fact that it does not come with a memory card. In order to save videos, you will need to have a 4 GB MicroSD memory card, which are cheap and easy to find, so it’s not that big of a deal.

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818 Hornet

Altair Aerial’s 818 Hornet is a drone that flies well, has a great look, and is only priced at approximately $170, at this time of writing.

Here are the features and the specs:

  1. Features Multiple Skill Settings, Headless Mode, One Button Takeoff, One Button Landing, Virtual Reality Mode, Custom Flight Routes, Out of Range Alarm, Altitude Hold, and Low Battery Alarm
  2. Has a maximum flight time of up to 15 minutes, which is doubled by the second battery that is included for free
  3. Uses the 720p HD camera with real-time FPV video as well as 2 MP still photographs
  4. Can be used with the FlyingSee application for Android and iOS devices
  5. Has maximum transmission range of 60 meters for FPV video and up to 150 meters for general flight

The biggest pro that the 818 Hornet by Altair Aerial has to offer is the fact that, like other Altair drones, it boasts VR compatibility.

The biggest con, however, is that it doesn’t use any Return to Home-type features because no GPS navigation systems are used.

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Holy Stone HS700

The HS700 by Holy Stone is quite an impressive drone that won’t let you down. It’s currently priced at $330, which may be too much for some, but it’s well worth it in the end.

Here are the features and the specs:

  1. Uses the 5G 1080p FHD camera with a 110-degree FOV lens for high-quality photos and videos with panoramic view
  2. Also compatible with GoPro Hero 2, Hero 3 and Hero 4
  3. Features GPS Assisted Flight, Quick Launch, Quick-Release Propellers, Custom Flight Path, Point of Interest, Altitude Lock, Headless Mode and Follow Me Mode
  4. Takes a high-capacity 2800mAh LiPo battery
  5. Has a maximum control range of up to 3280 feet away
  6. Uses the long lasting 2204 1500KV brushless motor
  7. Has a total flight time of up to 20 minutes

The biggest pro that the HS700 by Holy Stone has to offer is no doubt the amount of range it has. It has a live video transmission range of up to 1300 feet as well as a general control range of up to 3280 feet away.

The biggest con, however, tends to be the price for most people. Although, investing in a high-quality drone is sometimes necessary to get everything you’re looking for in a single product.

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ScharkSpark FQ36

The FQ36 by ScharkSpark is currently priced at only $55 and has surprised the heck out of me. Based on the price alone, you may be swayed to check out something else, but don’t let that be your deciding factor.

Here are the features and the specs:

  1. Has a total flight time of between 10 to 12 minutes, doubled by the second battery that’s included for free
  2. Uses a 6-axis gyro stabilization system
  3. Features 360-Degree Flips, Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, 3 Speed Modes, One Key Takeoff, One Key Landing and One Key Return to Home
  4. Able to use the FPV camera with WiFi
  5. Has a foldable design
  6. Takes a 3.7V 1000mAh LiPo battery
  7. Has a maximum transmission range of up to 328 feet, or 80 meters, and a video transmission range of 95 feet, or 30 meters

The biggest pro that the FQ36 by ScharkSpark has to offer is definitely the foldable design. It makes it easy to carry this drone around with you wherever you go.

The biggest con, however, is the quick start guide can be a little confusing. To avoid setting up the drone the wrong way, you must make sure that you go through the guide thoroughly and double check everything before you make a judgment – give it a chance!

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