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10 Best Drones for GoPro Cameras – 2018 Buyer’s Guide

GoPro cameras are some of the best available. They give anyone the ability to get expert quality shots.

Luckily, there are drones that can mount a GoPro as well. This allows you to get superb quality images from the sky, while keeping the price and features of the drone itself wide open.

This way, you can customize your flight experience, stay within your budget, and still take full advantage of your GoPro’s power.

This article breaks down the best drones for GoPro cameras in 2018. If you’re looking for a GoPro drone, you’ve come to the right place.

All of these quadcopters are compatible with GoPro action cams, and they run the full gamut in price, from cheap to advanced.

You can get an overview of each drone in this list using the table below. Or scroll down to start from the beginning.

Still haven’t bought a GoPro yet? Check out the full range here.

Table of the Best Drones for GoPro Cameras

1. GoPro Karma

As a GoPro fan, you probably know that GoPro’s first entry into the drone market, Karma, was a huge bust.

However, it relaunched recently and it seems like the issues have been resolved. In other words, Karma is ready to rock and roll.

This drone is a fantastic quadcopter.

  • Foldable design allows it to fit snuggly into GoPro’s carrying case for easy transport
  • Autonomous flight modes make it easy for even novice pilots to fly and capture aerial imagery
  • The GoPro Passenger App lets people nearby view your flight and control the camera while you fly (or vice versa)
  • It’s designed so your camera has an unobstructed view
  • Karma’s controller comes with a touch-screen monitor for first-person-view flight
  • It can fly up to 35 mph at a 3,000 meter flight distance
  • And Karma has a solid 20-minute flight time

This quadcopter is specifically designed for GoPro cameras. As a GoPro drone, it can’t be beat.

Right now, you can purchase Karma either with or without a GoPro Hero 5 included in the bundle.

2. Blade Chroma for GoPro

The Blade Chroma is one of our favorite GoPro drones, mainly because it offers a 30 minute flight time (much longer than most drones).

It comes with Smart Mode, which helps beginner pilots fly and orient the quad more easily. And it comes with AP Mode for more experienced pilots.

To put the cherry on top, this drone also comes with an auto return-to-home feature and adjustable flight boundaries to help you stay safe and within a legal altitude.

The Chroma is a nice aerial photo/video tool for capturing footage using your GoPro.

3. Cheerson CX-20 Professional

The CX-20 Professional is on the higher end of Cheerson‘s line of quadcopters.

The camera mount supports a GoPro, the camera of choice for many pro aerial photographers and videographers (no matter the drone model). The CX-20 also offers a very respectable 15 minute flight time.

It’s ready to fly right out of the box with a max speed of 10 meters per second, and the quadcopter’s Auto-Pathfinder has GPS Attitude and Attitude Control Mode to customize your flight experience.

The CX-20 Professional is an affordable path for GoPro users to get in sky and start taking expert quality shots.

4. Ionic Stratus Quadcopter

If you want a cheap drone for GoPro Hero cameras, the Ionic Stratus quadcopter is one of your best bets.

This drone sells for under $100, which makes it a crazy inexpensive way to get your GoPro in the air.

The quadcopter comes with a 6-axis gyro system for stability, one-key return-to-home, headless mode (in this mode, you don’t have to worry about which direction the drone is facing when controlling it), and shock absorption cradle head.

It can also perform 360-degree flips with the push of a button.

All in all, the Ionic Stratus is an affordable way to test out your GoPro’s aerial shot capability.

5. DJI Phantom 2

DJI Phantom 2 Zenmuse image

Looking for a drone packed with features to house your precious GoPro? Look no further than the DJI Phantom 2.

It comes with an efficient battery that gives it a whopping 20-25 minute flight time, which is great for giving you enough time to get the shot you’re looking for.

This version includes an upgraded controller with rechargeable batteries, a premium Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal to hold your camera and give you smooth shots, updated motors, and more efficient propellers for added thrust.

The controller also comes with a dial that allows you to control the gimbal and a throttle locking feature that holds the throttle stick in place when descending.

The Phantom 2’s integrated GPS auto-pilot system offers position holding, altitude lock, and stable hovering, giving you the freedom to focus on taking stunning videos and images.

The DJI Phantom 2 is a feature-rich GoPro quadcopter that won’t break the bank.

6. Yuneec Typhoon G

Yuneec Typhoon G image

The Yuneec Typhoon G rivals much of the DJI Phantom 3 series.

It comes with Watch Me and Follow Me autonomous flight modes, it is GoPro camera compatible (Hero 3, 3+, or 4), and its controller contains a 5.5 inch screen for viewing flight telemetry data (like battery life) and changing the drone’s settings.

The quad also has a solid flight time of 25 minutes. For aerial photographers and videographers, longer flight time is a god send, helping them save time and money on batteries.

The Typhoon G a great all-around GoPro drone for sale.

7. Traxxas Aton

The Traxxas Aton is one of the coolest drones to date.

It comes with two flight modes: Sport and Film.

In sport mode, the drone can fly over 50 miles per hour and perform acrobatic aerial maneuvers. In film mode, you can get beautiful smooth, stable footage and attach your GoPro camera for expert quality shots

Traxxas decided to help out beginner pilots by giving Aton dual-mode GPS, air brakes, and return to home functionality, and the quad comes in a tough composite frame to help it handle crashes.

You can also use the Traxxas Flight Link app to customize Aton’s flight settings, like geofence radius, flight ceiling, control rates and more.

The drone is also customizable with a bunch of different color and light combinations.

If you’re looking for a drone that’s capable of both smooth and exhilarating flight, definitely check out the Traxxas Aton.

8. Tokky Bugs3

The Bugs3 from Tokky is one of the few drones in its price range that come with brushless motors, giving them lower friction, reduced heat production, and a prolonged battery life for the quadcopter.

The drone comes with support for GoPro Hero cameras. Its gimbal mount adapter snugly fits your GoPro and comes with an anti-shock system for shock absorbance and smoother images/videos.

LED lights also help you fly in low-light conditions.

It’s a great quad for GoPro fans or pilots who want to use their own action camera(s).

9. 3D Robotics IRIS+

The 3D Robotics Iris+ is one of the best drones for autonomous flight.

Using their exclusive DroidPlanner 2 app, you can map out a flight path and instruct your drone to follow it. You can also set the Iris+ to focus its camera on a point of interest. This allows you to get almost any shot fully autonomously.

The Iris+ has a flight time of 16 to 22 minutes, and it comes with advanced Follow Me and GPS-stabilization technology.

This multirotor is a one-of-a-kind in autonomous flight.

10. 3D Robotics Solo

3D Robotics Solo image

The 3D Robotics Solo is one of the most technologically advanced drones available. And it has come down drastically in price.

The drone allows in-flight access to your GoPro, giving you the ability to adjust camera settings, start recording, and stop recording while flying. Solo also comes with four autonomous flight modes that differ slightly from DJI’s — Follow Me, Orbit, Cable Cam, and Selfie.

The quadcopter’s controller is manufactured in a video game design to make it easier to handle, and it offers one-touch takeoff and landing.

This is one of the few drones that beginners and veterans alike can fly to get professional quality shots.

What’s your favorite GoPro drone? Let us know in the comments below.

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