10 Best Quadcopters and drones for 2014 and Gift giving

Here are some best bets to be looking at this upcoming gift-giving season, whether you are looking to gift yourself or a family member/friend.
UPDATED 2/1/2014

Please read note in ALL CAPITALS, updated in July, 2014

Note – these quadcopters can be less or more expensive depending on vendor, options, etc. but the following will give some idea of the price ranges.

Also note that many of these are not for beginners! Rather they are upgrades after you’ve learned the basics of flying and know exactly what features you desire. Quads best for beginners are marked with an *

Under $100
*Blade Nano QX – Micro Quad with great features
Amazon Link
*Hubsan X4 H107L – updated version of the most popular micro
Amazon Linky
*WL Toys v212/222 – Mini quadcopters with 6-axis stability – 222 is with camera, 212 without
WL Toys v262 – Larger version of a 212 series with decent payload capacity (see our review)
Amazon Link for v262
WL Toys V262 Cyclone UFO 4 Channel 6 Axis Gyro Quadcopter 2.4Ghz Ready to Fly (Green)
Note- mid-2014 price of under $70 is a great bargain and if you have a large open outdoor area to learn in, it can be a great first or second quadcopter.

Under $200

Eye One Extreme – Brushless high quality quadcopter
(this is just hitting the market now in early Feb, 2014 – search around for it online)
THIS QUADCOPTER IS HAVING GROWING PAINS! I WOULD NOT SUGGEST IT AT THIS TIME FOR THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO FLY. PERHAPS IN A COUPLE MONTHS THEY WILL GET THEIR FINAL QUALITY CONTROL DOWN.
FOR NOW, CONSIDER THE Skyartec Buttefly in this price range.
This would be the “mode 2″ for more USA customers:
Skyartec ButterflyS 2.4G 6-Axis Brushless RC Quadcopter RTF

Around $400
Parrot A.R.Drone 2.0 with new GPS add-on and flight recorder
AR Drone Link
GPS and Flight Recorder Link

Under $500
DJI Phantom (original model) has been on sale for under $500.
(Note – here is a new article with the 4 different DJI Phantom models explained)

Blade 350 QX – Advanced Quadcopter with GPS, Altimeter and more.
Link to Product on Amazon

Blade 350 QX

Blade 350 QX

Under $5-600 (price varies with different transmitters, features.
Walkera QR X350 GPS – Full size Quadcopter with GPS and other advanced features – large payload. NOTE – WALKERA HAS RELEASED A NEW SERIES CALLED THE QR X350 PRO, WHICH HAS MORE ADVANCED FEATURES. BE SURE TO INVESTIGATE IF WALKERA IS OF INTEREST TO YOU.

Under $900
3DR Iris – Advanced programmable expandable quadcopter from 3D Robotics
(this should not be a first quadcopter for most – very advanced and capable – do your research on it!)
CURRENT REVIEWS AND PROBLEMS INDICATE THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT YET FOR THE BEGINNER OR ADVANCED BEGINNER.

About $1000
The new Phantom 2 Vision is a complete solution in a ready to fly Quadcopter – includes a high quality still and video camera, FPV, telemetry and much more. If you want to “buy, fly and photog/video”, you can’t beat this machine.
Amazon Link

About $1300

The newer Phantom 2 Vision+ is packed with most every feature that a aerial photographer wants, including GPS< waypoints, stable gimbal, camera, long lasting battery and more. Check out new review.
We never suggest buying any expensive quadcopter as your first! Mess around with the toy grade models until you get the hang of operation.

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