The 7 Niftiest Drones And the Tricks You Can Ace With Each One

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Looking to get in on the drone craze – or upgrade your entry-level drone – but finding the sheer range of options overwhelming? Fret not, we've got your back. Here are seven of the best drones on the market right now, ranging from the daft-and-tiny to the fast-and-fearsome. 
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1. UDI Nano U839 Quadcopter

One of the smallest drones money can buy, the palm-sized UDI U839 Quadcopter isn't really suitable for outdoor use – try flying it in anything stronger than a light breeze and it's likely to get swept straight into the branches of the nearest tree. Used indoors, however, it's ridiculous amounts of fun.

It's fast, highly manoeuvrable and – despite its titchy stature – more than capable of performing head-over-tail flips. Plus its clever prop-guard means you won't repeatedly whack its propellers into walls/windows/faces while you master the controls. 

Trick to try: Don't tell us you're not tempted to buy two of these and then race them in your living room with a friend.
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2. XIRO Xplorer G

Sitting at the midpoint between pro-level controllability and value-for-money, the XIRO Xplorer has two flight modes, Attitude and GPS. Let go of the sticks in Attitude mode and the Xplorer will continue along the path you'd set it on; let go of the sticks in GPS mode and it'll hold its position and altitude.

The drone also features a gimbal to keep camera footage steady – no camera is included, although you can attach anything from a GoPro to a smartphone. 

Trick to try: One of the coolest ways to capture drone footage is by performing The Orbit trick, in which the camera circles a stationary object while remaining focused on it.

Here's how. First, get your Xplorer's altitude up a little, and hold it there. Get the camera pointed on the area you want to shoot, set the direction with the left control and then control the orbit speed with the right. 
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3. Air Hogs Star Wars Millennium Falcon

It's the Millennium Falcon, and it actually flies, and you can control it! If you've ever wanted to be Han Solo (or Chewie) then this is about as close as you're ever going to get. Adding to the coolness, the drone features Star Wars-authentic lights and sounds, an impressive 200-feet flying range and a built-in 'hyper-drive' stunt that's activated at the push of a button.    

Trick to try: Well, we'd be tempted to recreate the scene from The Empire Strikes Back in which Han daringly pilots the Falcon through an asteroid field. Scrunch up some pieces of paper, hang then from the ceiling with string and Sellotape, and bam – you've got yourself an asteroid field.  
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4. Parrot Bebop 2

If you're looking for an entry-level drone that still features GPS stabilising – a must if you want full control and manoeuvrability in outdoor environments – then the Parrot Bebop 2 is definitely worth considering.

It takes video at 1080p, photos at 14mp, it has a max horizontal speed of 18 metres-per-second, a max climb speed of 13mph, a signal range of 984ft, and a 25-minute flight time. As a bonus, the Bebop looks incredibly cool – everything from the packaging down seems to have been influenced by the graceful, minimalist chic of Apple products. 

Trick to try: Once you've mastered the Bebop, you can capture thrilling footage with the Divebomber trick, in which the drone plummets in altitude before triumphantly rising up again. Start out at a speed and altitude that you're comfortable with. Drop the left stick down, decreasing the speed and sending the drone ground-wards. As late as you dare, pull back on the right stick and up on the left. Phew!
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5. Cheerson CX-12B

This lightweight, fun-sized fighter-jet drone isn't going to fair well on a windy day down the park, but it'll do just fine indoors, or outside on a relatively still day. The Cheerson CX-12B has three speeds – slow, medium and fast – and is able to pull off full flips. There's also a flashing LED light for night-time stealth missions. 

Trick to try: Not only can you pull off some sweeeet Top Gun-style swoops and flips with this thing, but on Halloween you can scare the living wits out of trick-or-treaters by attaching a home-made cloth ghost to it and having it loom towards them as they wait outside your front door. Aaiiieee!
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6. DJI Phantom 4

Now we're talking. "It's the best consumer drone on the market," enthuses PC Mag's five-star review, "and it's priced accordingly". Yes, it costs north of a grand, but the Phantom 4's specs are impeccable: It's incredibly stable, has built-in collision detection, a huge flying range and is ferociously fast. It can ascend at six metres-per-second, descend at four metres-per-second, and move horizontally at 20 metres-per-second. Most impressively of all, the Phantom 4 can shoot video in ultra-high-def 4K. If you're looking to film epic, sweeping shots of heart-stopping landscapes, this is the drone for you.   

Trick to try: With the Phantom 4's Follow Me mode activated, it will fly along at a set distance behind whoever's holding the remote control, effortlessly side-stepping anything that comes into its path. If that doesn't impress your mates, nothing will.
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7. Cheerson SH6057 Flying Egg

The Cheerson SH6057 is a palm-sized bee-egg thing that splits in two and then flies around your living room, and it's probably either the daftest or the very best thing you've ever seen. It may only be tiny – 7.5cm by 12cm – and have just seven minutes of flying time per charge, but it's suprisingly manoeuvrable and has a range of up to 50 metres.

Trick to try: Believe it or not, this thing can actually perform flips – so wow the already-wowed kids with one of those.  
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