The other day I was on a hiking tour around Birtvisi Canyon in Georgia. During this tour I realized a drone or quad copter is a must have toy for such outdoor activity fans like me,  I was really looking for a feature of flying some drone over those canyons. Returning home I decided to make a search for a drone on Amazon.

I learned a simple lessons doing my research: You need a drone with a camera; DJI Phantom seems is a leader for now in quad copter market. Lifetime of a battery plays a major role as well. Although you can buy a drone for some $50.00 I took a look for those costing more than $200.00. It turned out that in many cases you cannot buy even a case for your quad copter by not spending another $280.00. So I understood following a good drone will cost you at least $1,000.00.

In this article I have listed 11 drones/ quad copters available on Amazon in a price range ~$360.00 - ~ $1,500.00

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Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter with 1080P 60FPS HD Video Camera, 3-Axis Gimbal and Personal Ground Station. Extra Battery & Extra Rotors Included.

The Q500 Typhoon is a complete aerial photography and videography (APV) system. The Q500 System includes the aircraft, a 1080P HD camera, a CGO2-GB 3 axis precision gimbal, the ST10 personal ground station, 2 batteries, a charger and an 8GB micro SD card. In addition, there are a number of accessories including a sun shade, car charger, USB adapter/charger and an extra set of 4 rotors. The ST10 personal ground station is a 10-channel 2.4GHz RC transmitter that supports a 5.8GHz video downlink that delivers streaming video to the built-in screen of the transmitter. While the Q500 offers a superior flying experience, it is the quality of the video and still images that sets it apart. The CGO2 GB combines the 12 megapixel, 1080p/60FPS camera and the 3-axis brushless gimbal into a single unit that captures smooth, steady aerial video and still images in vivid detail. Product Specifications: Q500 TYPHOON Aircraft: Flight Time: Up to 25 Minutes Height:  240mm (9.45 in) Width:  420mm (16.54 in) Diagonal Length Without Rotor Blades: 565mm (22.2 in) Propeller/Main Rotor Diameter:  330mm (13.0 in) Weight Without Battery and Payload: 1130g (40.0 oz) Battery: 5400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo (included) Charger: 3S 11.1V LiPo DC Balancing Smart Charger with AC Adapter (included) Transmitter: 10-channel 2.4GHz with 5.8GHz video downlink (included) 3 Flight Modes: Smart, Angle and Home Modes Maximum Flying Height: Default 400 Feet...

  • Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter with 1080P 60FPS HD Video Camera, 3-Axis Gimbal and Personal Ground Station. Extra Battery & Extra Rotors Included.
  • 12 Megapixel Full HD 1080p 60FPS camera and outstanding 3-axes image stabilization
  • Records videos in an immersive 130° field of view with remarkable image quality
  • A real-time feed from your Q500's camera is displayed on the ST10 Personal Ground Station giving you a perfect view of what the camera sees to frame your shots.
  • Extra-long flight times of up to 25 minutes from the intelligent 5,200-mAh battery (2 included in box)

Price: listpriceformattedprice not found for B00PD34136 Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0 Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera, 3-Axis Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal, and Spare Battery

  • DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0 Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal
  • DJI Battery

Price: $1,428.95 Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0 Quadcopter with Gimbal-Stabilized 14MP, 1080p Camera + Extra Battery and a 32GB microSDHC Memory Card plus Reader

The Phantom 2 Vision+ from DJI brings ready-to-fly into the professional realm. With its 3-axis gimbal supporting an all new custom 1080p video camera with Wi-Fi first-person-view (FPV) on your iOS or Android device, you'll be creating super smooth cinema-quality videos in minutes. The Vision+ eliminates setup headaches with the gimbal and camera already securely mounted and aligned at the factory. Just open the box, charge the batteries and screw on the props. This is the highest quality ready-to-fly solution ever made and will quickly become the standard for independent film makers, journalists, farmers, emergency personnel, extreme sports enthusiasts and hobbyists. Features •Radar positioning & return home: The flight radar displays the current position of the Phantom 2 Vision+ in relation to the pilot. •Onscreen real-time flight parameters: Keep track of current flight telemetry. •High performance camera:The Phantom 2 Vision+ carries an extremely high quality camera and a removable 4GB micro SD card. It shoots full HD video at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps. Photos are shot at 14 megapixels. •Camera tilt control. •Greater Control: The upgraded remote control comes with many new features. A gimbal control dial, trainer port, built-in rechargeable LiPo battery with a capacity of 2000mAh, battery level LED indicators and throttle locking feature. •Improved Power: New motors, propellers, and ESCs combine to give you greater thrust and control than ever before. •New Compass: •Camera parameter settings: •No fly zones feature: Bundle Includes:•Phantom 2 Vision + V3.0 with all included accesories •Extra DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Battery •32GB microSDHC Memory Card •GGI All In One USB 2.0 Digital Flash Card Reader / Writer
  • Ready to fly: The Phantom 2 Vision+ is simple to set up and super easy to fly, making it the first aerial filmmaking system for everyone. Now you can shoot fully stabilized video from the sky, right out of the box.
  • 3-axis camera stabilization: A built-in high precision 3-axis camera stabilization system brings a whole new level of smoothness to your aerials and gives you total creative freedom in the sky.
  • High performance camera& parameter settings: The Phantom 2 Vision+ carries an extremely high quality camera and a 4GB micro SD card. It shoots full HD video at 1080p 30/60i, 720p 60for clean slow motion and takes 14 megapixel stills. Camera settings can be adjusted through the vision app.
  • Camera tilt control:Tilt the camera as you fly, creating unique angles and amazing shots. The upgraded remote control comes with many new features. A gimbal control dial, trainer port, built-in rechargeable LiPo battery
  • Improved Power: New motors, propellers, and ESCs combine to give you greater thrust and control than ever before. You can load more equipment on your Phantom, and achieve up to 200g/axis of extra thrust when using a 3S LiPo battery with this completely new system.

Price: listpriceformattedprice not found for B00P8DPKSQ Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter - 2 HD Batteries - 36 minutes of flying time - Red

With the ‘Power Edition’, fans of AR. Drone 2.0 can take advantage of the new high density Lithium-Polymer battery which increases the battery life of the quadricopter from 12 to 18 minutes! The Power Edition includes 2 HD batteries for up to 36 minutes of flight.

In addition to the standard black propellers, the ‘Power Edition’ has three additional sets of propellers. Red, orange or blue, every pilot can customize their AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition to create a unique and exclusive aircraft. The indoor and outdoor hulls have been redesigned to show off a matte black hull giving the AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition an even more mysterious look. With up to 36 minutes of flight time, release all the potential of your Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Power Edition and become the master of the skies.

  • Intuitive piloting through Smartphone/tablet control
  • Automatic stabilization system for assisted control for indoor and outdoor flight
  • Live video streaming and HD video recording
  • 36 minutes of flying time
  • 2 HD Batteries included

Price: listpriceformattedprice not found for B00D8UP6I0 Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0 Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal plus 32 GB microSD Memory Card and Card Reader

Super smooth video thanks to the 3-axis gimbal Crystal clear stills and live streaming video from the redesigned HD video camera with built-in FPV link Extra-long flight times of up to 25 minutes from the intelligent 5,200-mAh battery More flight power and security from the high-efficiency self-tightening propellers, redesigned for V2.0 This is V3.0 which includes an upgraded controller with rechargeable batteries and gimbal control dial, updated motors and more efficient propellers

  • Super smooth video thanks to the 3-axis gimbal
  • Crystal clear stills and live streaming video from the redesigned HD video camera with built-in FPV link
  • Extra-long flight times of up to 25 minutes from the intelligent 5,200-mAh battery
  • More flight power and security from the high-efficiency self-tightening propellers, redesigned for V2.0
  • This is V3.0 which includes an upgraded controller with rechargeable batteries and gimbal control dial, updated motors and more efficient propellers

Price: $1,499.99 Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3 HD Gimbal Quad copter, New Remote, Motors, Compass

-Ready to fly, easy to control 
-See what your Phantom sees with live streaming video right on your mobile device 
-Capture photos and video with a single tap 
-The latest Phantom 2 Vision+ comes with the new remote controller, new propulsion system and new compass

  • New upgraded version, New remote control, Motor, ESC, Propeller and Compass
  • The upgraded remote control comes with gimbal control dial, trainer port, built-in rechargeable LiPo battery
  • New motors, propellers, and ESCs combine to give you greater thrust and control than ever before.
  • anti-static compass has been developed, with a protective shell to help shield it in any flight conditions.
  • (the smartphone on remote is NOT included)

Price:  Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

BLADE 350 QX3 Quadcopter (RTF)

  • GoPro-ready right out of the box (GoPro camera not included)
  • Easy to fly – no experience necessary
  • 15 minute flight time
  • Mast-mounted GPS antenna for improved GPS performance
  • Advanced SAFE® (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) Technology

Price: $574.99 Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

350 QX BNF Firmware 2.0 with SAFE

The Blade® engineers are taking their knowledge of heli design to the aerial video market with the 350 QX. This highly capable quadcopter features dynamic flight modes that enable stable video capture from an included GoPro®-compatible camera mount. With the 350 QX, novices and experts alike can get involved in this exciting hobby with Ready-to-Fly and Bind-N-Fly® models available upon release. The Blade 350 QX quadcopter has been updated with Firmware 2.0 to provide the best experience. This firmware update facilitates a new flight mode configuration as well as a refined starting procedure. Additionally, the firmware update improves GPS and compass performance during preflight and flight.

  • You will need - A 5+ channel DSM2- or DSMX-compatible transmitter
  • SAFE technology provides up to four flight modes with the flip of a switch
  • Smart Mode with GPS/altitude hold, stick relativity and the innovative SAFE circle
  • GoPro® compatible anti-vibration camera mount** included (camera not included)
  • Bind-N-Fly out of the box with a 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery and DC charger

Price: listpriceformattedprice not found for B00J8T8EO8 Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

DJI Phantom 2 V2.0 Quadcopter

GoPro camera not included.

The Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0 features a number of notable hardware updates over the previous Phantom 2 model from DJI, including more efficient motors, redesigned self-tightening props, a new transmitter (radio controller) with built-in battery and gimbal control dial, and other improvements. The Phantom 2 - for those who aren't familiar - is a quad-rotor UAV aircraft that can be great fun to fly standalone, but more than anything serves as a platform for capturing aerial shots using a GoPro HERO action camera (gimbal and camera available separately). It features a "Smart Battery" with integrated regulation circuitry that provides up to 25 minutes flying time; which is a substantive improvement over the original Phantom's still respectable 14 minutes.

  • Complete quad copter and remote transmitter, pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included batteries, attach the propellers and you're flying.
  • Fun flying by itself or even better with a GoPro to record the action. Tested with Hero2, Hero3/3+ and Hero4 models; camera and gimbal/mount sold separately. Note: Wi-Fi streaming from the GoPro camera is not possible.
  • Built-in support for the Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal for extreme camera stability and silky smooth video recording (gimbal is optional but can be purchased bundled with the Phantom 2).
  • Fly up to 28 minutes on a single charge using the included 5,200-mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery that's easily removable and contains intelligent circuitry and a charge-remaining indicator built-in.
  • New self-tightening propellers (redesigned for V2.0) means extra security and no worrying about lost prop nuts when you remove the props for storage

Price: listpriceformattedprice not found for B00P1QC43E Buy this quadcopter on Amazon

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter V2.0 +EXTRA Battery

  • New upgraded version, New remote control, Motor, ESC, Propeller and Compass
  • The upgraded remote control comes with gimbal control dial, trainer port, built-in rechargeable LiPo battery
  • New motors, propellers, and ESCs combine to give you greater thrust and control than ever before.
  • anti-static compass has been developed, with a protective shell to help shield it in any flight conditions.
  • TWO Batteries included. the extra battery is from 3rd party not DJI.

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Lumenier QAV250-RTF-CF Mini FPV Quadcopter RTF Carbon Fiber Edition

The ready to fly (RTF) Lumenier QAV250 Mini FPV Quadcopter - Carbon Fiber Edition airframe is a small yet fully functional FPV quad deserving the QAV label. The QAV250 is a symmetric 250mm size airframe that accommodates 5" props. The 250mm is measured motor shaft to motor shaft diagonally. The airframe is designed to support 3s lipos such as the Lumenier 1300mah 3s with XT-60 connector.

  • A 2.5D CNC-ed Carbon Fiber unibody main frame board
  • Integrated power distribution board for ESCs and FPV flight electronics
  • 2 integrated LED strips (white and red) to aid LOS orientation
  • Support for 32mm board cams as well as cams in cases with mounting bracket and Support for HD camera (such as the Mobius)
  • Integrated and included Landing Gear reminiscent of the QAV500 CF Landing Gear and propellers(colors may vary)

Price: $423.99 Buy this quadcopter on Amazon