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One of the most common ways drones break is through water damage.
Their technology is extremely fragile to liquid exposure, and most drones simply aren’t built to withstand rain and wet environments.
That’s why manufacturers have started coming out with waterproof and water resistant drones. These drones can handle rain and wet conditions, and some of them can even fully submerge underwater.
This article reviews 7 of the best waterproof drones for sale in 2017. These quadcopters come with cameras and other fun features as well.
Scroll down to start from the beginning, or use the table below to get an overview of each drone.
Make sure to look at the price level column on the right. It will help you find the right rigs to fit your budget.
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GARLUS Splash Drone
OOTTOO JJRC H31
Braha Aqua Drone
Parrot Newz Hydrofoil
The GPTOYS F51C is one of the best waterproof drones with a camera available today.
The quadcopter is fully waterproof, meaning it can submerge completely in the water without getting damaged, and it comes with a 2 megapixel camera for taking images and videos. The F51C also comes with an SD card and SD card slot to save your pictures and recordings.
The drone sports a solid 8 minute flight time, and it’s very affordable.
If you’re looking for a waterproof camera drone, the GPTOYS F51C is one of your top options.
The JJRC H31 is another great waterproof quadcopter.
The H31 has an 8 minute flight time and can fully submerge underwater. It can also do 360 degree flips in the air with the push of a button, comes with a built-in flashlight for low light conditions, and it comes with headless mode (a fantastic flight mode for new pilots).
The drone’s controller also gives you flight telemetry data.
The Splash Drone is one of the most advanced waterproof drones available.
It has a max flight time of 20 minutes and a range of 1 kilometer. You can control it using either the remote control or your smartphone/tablet, and the drone is fully submergible.
The drone is ready to fly, GPS compatible, comes with altitude hold, flight planning capability, auto-landing, follow me, and other autopilot flight capabilities. It also comes with a built-in gimbal to hold GoPros and other small action cams.
If you’re looking for an advanced waterproof quadcopter with a camera, this is a great option (camera is sold separately).
The Splash Drone comes in multiple versions, so make sure you’re choosing the version the suits you best.
The GoolRC T6 is one of our favorite waterproof drones for sale.
The drone comes with ABS water repellency texture, so water can’t penetrate it and its power remains stable. The built-in positioning system gives the drone a one-key return-to-home function (the drone comes back to you with the push of a button).
It also comes with over-charge protection to help protect the battery, and the 6-axis gyro control system gives it stable flight.
At under $50, the GoolRC T6 is a great value.
This is OOTOO’s version of the JJRC H31 (mentioned previously). It’s the same quadcopter, but this package comes with some nice extras:
If you’re looking for a fun, reliable quadcopter, the H31 is a great option.
The Braha Aqua Drone is a solid quadcopter.
It has a nice 10 minute flight time, which is on the longer end of drones in this price range. And it comes with propeller guards standard to help protect them from falling off or breaking.
However, note that this drone is water resistant. It can handle rain a wet weather just fine. However, it cannot be fully submerged.
This is one of the most interesting drones out there: the Parrot Newz Hydrofoil Mini Drone.
It’s part boat, part quadcopter. You can either fly it through the air like a regular drone, or you can glide across the water like an RC boat.
It moves through the water using streamlined foils and a hydrodynamic hull, with the quadcopter on top for propulsion. You can also use Parrot’s Free Flight Mini app to control the drone from your smartphone or tablet.