Worldwide Consumer Camera Drone Sales Numbers for 2015 and 2016
As yet another exercise in Rules of Thumb (earlier US guess here), following are some guesses as to the number of consumer camera drones sold. This particular doc will look at unit numbers as opposed to dollars.
GPS enabled Multirotors
Camera(s) and gimbal or equivalent included or expected to be used (GoPro gimbal, etc.)
Price range of $400 – $1500 retail
Capable of at least minimal autonomous flight (RTH, etc.)
SOLD units – not production, but actual retail sales to the consumer.
DJI has released various estimates for their sales in 2014 and 2015 which provide a relatively solid number to start with. Parrot has also hinted at revenue, although this could include large numbers of toy models. Amazon, the largest seller of consumer drones, has various way to determine both sales range and relative numbers – by comparing with other drones and, more importantly, other products (GoPro cameras, etc.) where the sales ranges are well established.