Editors' Choice: Gear & GadgetsApril 3, 2018

Best Drones

Drones let you relive your childhood obsession with a radio-controlled vehicle—but with a massive improvement in technology. The best drones give you just as much control (and excitement) as you can handle, letting you hot rod all over with complete control and giving you some help with takeoffs and landings.

DJI is the dominant force in the drone market for a reason. Its birds are well-executed and user-friendly, and the Phantom 4 Pro is the latest and best iteration of the company's mainstream drone. It'll fly for a half-hour at speeds approaching 50 miles per hour, and you can send it more than four miles away. The stunning 4k video it produces from the onboard camera looks like something you'd see in a documentary.

The Spark is the Phantom's smaller cousin, at just over one third the size. It'll fly for about 15 minutes to a range of about a mile and reaches a plenty rapid 31 mph. What separates it from many other entry-level drones is the technology cooked into its operating system. The Spark has built-in obstacle avoidance, automatic stabilization for its 1080p video camera and a high-definition video link that lets you see what the drone sees from your smartphone in crystal-clear glory.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro can approach 50 miles per hour.

Enthusiast: DJI Phantom 4 Pro, $1,499

Hobbyist: DJI Spark, $349


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