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The 8 Best Drones for Every Budget

The 8 Best Drones for Every Budget

It’s no exaggeration to say that drones have changed the way we view the world. They’ve taken once difficult and expensive moviemaking techniques and made them accessible to anyone. Videos that once required a camera crew, expensive cranes, and hours of filming can now be done in minutes by the best drones with the tap of a single Auto Takeoff button.

Drones aren’t just flying cameras, though; they’re also the modern version of remote-controlled vehicles. And again, they’ve made flying easier and more accessible, thanks to intelligent collision sensors that protect your investment from mishaps. There are a dizzying array of drones available, but there is a basic division to be aware of—cheaper drones, while fun, will never fly as well or deliver the kind of video and photo results possible with more expensive models. You get what you pay for. That said, if you’re not worried about wowing YouTube with your sweeping panoramic masterpiece, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good, fun drone. Here are the best drones I’ve tested for every budget.

Be sure to check out our many other buying guides, including the Best Action Cameras, Best Compact Cameras, and Best Mirrorless Cameras.

Updated December 2021: We’ve added the DJI Mavic 3, removed a sold out Potensic drone, and updated pricing and links throughout.

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Capture Your Daring Feats With Our Favorite Action Cameras

Capture Your Daring Feats With Our Favorite Action Cameras

Choosing the right action camera used to be simple: Go with GoPro. It’s still good advice. The GoPro ranks high on our list and is our top pick for most people. But we’ve finally found a few worthy competitors.

To figure out which cameras are the best, we tried them all. We dove with them, climbed with them, biked with them, and handed them to reckless 9-year-olds on bikes. We found a number of great options that will record, and survive, your future adventures.

If an action cam isn’t your speed, be sure to check out our Best Compact Camera, Best Mirrorless Camera, and Best Instant Camera guides as well.

Updated November 2021: We’ve added the DJI Action 2 camera and updated pricing throughout.

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The Best Instant Cameras for Every Situation (and Budget)

The Best Instant Cameras for Every Situation (and Budget)

Sure, smartphone cameras are great, but there’s nothing like watching a freshly snapped photo print and develop in front of your eyes. Instant photography, like the Polaroid pictures of old, is back. There’s a wealth of printing cameras on the market from manufacturers like Fujifilm, Polaroid Originals, Lomography, and even Leica. We’ve snapped pics with most of them, and these are our favorites.

And if you’re hunting around, we have guides to the best compact cams and some of the best mirrorless cameras.

Updated for October 2021: We’ve added a few new instant cameras and updated pricing throughout.

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