As a “thought experiment” today I wondered how many camera drones have been sold worldwide in the last 3+ years. I quickly put fingers to keyboard and made some wild guesses which turned out as follows.
The time frame for these sales is 2014 onward – being as that was arguably the start of the “consumer camera drone” market. I also excluded models which were sold without a camera and/or gimbal (Phantom 1, Blade 350QX, etc.). Only units under $2K are listed.
My “back of the envelope” results look like this:
These numbers line up fairly well with other estimates. Highlight of the data:
- 2.5 BILLION dollars at retail of consumer camera drones have been sold.
- DJI may have sold 80% of the DOLLAR amount – at retail.
- Yuneec is the ONLY other company with more than 5% of the sales volumes at retail dollars.