Best Drones – Summer 2019

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A lot of people want to know what the best drone is, but that is actually a very difficult question. My favorite drone is the Mavic 2 Zoom, but I wouldn’t recommend that drone to everyone. I don’t think the best drones of 2019 are here yet as Skydio and DJI have some drones in the works. There are still some excellent options out there, though.

Your purpose and budget are two hugely important factors when looking for a drone. If your goal is to have fun, then I would recommend one of the inexpensive drones on my list. If aerial photography is your focus, then the best beginner drone has been the DJI Spark, but it isn’t one I’d recommend to professional or semi-professional pilots. I’ll take a look at the entry-level competition as well as some of the higher-performing birds, like the Mavic 2 Pro.

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Xiaomi Fimi X8 – Can it compete with the DJI Mavic?

Xiaomi has been busy producing aerial photography drones that look to compete against some of DJI’s flagship drones. We have already taken a look at the Xiaomi Fimi A3, a $299 Spark competitor. Now we will take a closer look at the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE. It is a foldable drone capable of shooting 4K footage for only $499. How does it stack up against DJI Mavic lineup? We will also look at how it compares to the Hubsan Zino and Parrot Anafi.

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Xiaomi takes aim at DJI’s market share with two new drones

Xiaomi is making a push into the consumer drone market with two new drones, the Fimi A3 and the Fimi X8. In doing so, for the first time, Xiaomi is trying to pull customers away from the DJI Spark and Mavic Air. With lower price points and specs that look to compete with DJI, does Xiaomi have what it takes to beat the world’s leader in drones?

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Xiaomi spends $12.6M on second stock buyback

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone, and drone maker repurchased 9.85 million of its own shares for around HK$100 million ($12.7M) last Friday. The company announced the share buyback on Monday. This is the second stock buyback the company has made. Thirst one happened on Thursday when it bought shares for around $7M.

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE -Is it a threat to Mavic Air sales?

The Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE ($499) is an excellent looking foldable drone and it should compete directly with the DJI Mavic Air, Parrot Anafi , and Hubsan Zino. The new Fimi X8 SE features a 4K camera on a full three-axis gimbal. With a variety of intelligent GPS flight modes, the newest Fimi drone from Xiaomi looks to be some serious competition for DJI.

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Is the Spark still the best drone under $500?

The DJI Spark has been the best drone under $500 for quite some time now. At its new reduced price of $399, the Spark is officially the beginner drone for most people. There really haven’t been many other options for people who want a good aerial photography drone on a budget. That’s changing now, with some smaller players moving into the affordable consumer drone space. Let’s take a closer look at the best drones under $500.

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