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Best Drones for GoPro

What’s better than drones when taking aerial footage and pictures? GoPro cameras should be attached to devices such as drones. A GoPro drone allows you to take high quality photos and videos, including events such as snowboarding, during concerts, and even on normal occasions. If you already have a good quality camera, or a GoPro, and/or aiming to be a professional photographer, and you’re here to look for the best drone that is compatible with it, then you’ve come to the right place. Different drone brands have different payloads, flight time, stabilization systems and a whole list of features, which makes choosing one a difficult task.

Choosing a good drone is hard and you must be cracking your mind, googling your way to a solution. Going through all the different types of drones for GoPro, we came up with the top 10 best drones fitted for a GoPro. This list will definitely help you with your task.

Drone ModelFlight TimeGoPro-Compatible Gimbal
3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter20-25 minutesAvailable for purchase
DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter25 minutesIncluded
Yuneec Typhoon G Quadcopter20 minutesIncluded
Traxxas Aton Plus≈20 minutesIncluded
XIRO Xplorer G≈25 minutesIncluded
Ionic Stratus Drone Quadcopter≈10 minutes
3DR IRIS+ Quadcopter16-20 minutesAvailable for purchase
BLADE Chroma Quadcopter≈30 minutes
EHang GHOSTDRONE 2.025 minutesIncluded
Cheerson CX-30 Pro≈15 minutes

 

  1. 3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter

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Being a new release from 3DR, this is arguably the best drone for GoPro cameras, and is compatible with GoPro Hero 3, 3+ and 4. Being able to fly up to 800 meters (2,600 ft) above ground, it is able to stabilise itself perfectly, producing clear and non-blurry photos and videos. We came up with this as the best because it is specially designed for GoPro cameras and has some really cool functions for aerial shooting, such as orbiting around a locked object, and cable cam, where you can lock the drone with a virtual cable and control the drone around.

The Solo Gimbal, which is sold separately, provides steady and smooth shoots, and also controls your GoPro. It offers HD streaming via WiFi from your GoPro to your smartphone with the iOS or Android app, giving you FPV. You can watch the video below of the drone with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black:

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • Gimbal for GoPro Hero available for purchase
  • Dimensions: 9.23 x 16.52 x 16.42 in
  • Flight time: 20-25 minutes
  • GoPro-compatible camera mount
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras

 

  1. DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter

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This well-known Chinese drone manufacturer offers the best drones you can get. The DJI Phantom 2 is easy to control and safe to fly. It has been used by professional photographers and videographers to produce outstanding quality of photos and videos. The drone has an integrated GPS system, and also a unique feature that allows it to return home if the controls are switched off or if you lose control or sight of the drone. It also has an obstacle-avoidance feature that prevents it from crashing. The DJI Phantom 2 is mainly used at open spaces, so if you want to squeeze into tight spaces, this may not be the drone for you.

It already assembled for you once the package arrives; you just have to attach the propellers, add batteries to the remote, charge the drone, and you are ready to fly. The package also consists of a Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal, which gives you smooth and excellent camera stability. Using the WiFi of the GoPro as FPV may interfere with the control of the drone as they use the same frequency, so you might need to think about getting the DJI Phantom FPV Kit for GoPro Hero. You can check out the video below of DJI Phantom 2 with a GoPro Hero 4.

Specs:

 

  • No camera included
  • Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 14 in
  • Flight time: 25 minutes
  • Range: 300m
  • GoPro-compatible gimbal included
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras

In no specific order, these are the other GoPro drones you can consider:

  1. Yuneec Typhoon G Quadcopter

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This GoPro drone is slightly at a higher price compared to the others. The Yuneec Typhoon has such a name because it can withstand the strongest winds like the typhoon. It is a drone that has the stability to give stable and smooth shots even when flying. Photographers who intend to become professionals find this drone to be the best to polish their photography skills.

It is compatible with GoPro Hero 3, 3+ and 4. It is pretty quiet for a drone, although some reviewers claimed that the video transmission range is short. The Typhoon G quad has a very sturdy and durable frame, and also a ‘Watch-me’ and ‘Follow-me’ modes that makes flight easier to control, although the ST10+ remote controller is already easing the control of the drone. Check out the video below:

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • 3-axis gimbal included
  • Dimensions: 20 x 16.5 x 8.3 in
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Flight time: 20 minutes
  • Range: 400m
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras

 

  1. Traxxas Aton Plus

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The unique design of the Traxxas Aton drone that reminds you of racing cars is due to the reason that Traxxas is an RC car manufacturer. The drone it manufactures can reach up to speeds of 50 mph. a 2-axis gimbal is included in the package, so you can use it with GoPro. It only works with GoPro Hero 3 and 4, but not 5, but you can get a universal mount that works with Hero 5 as well.

There are several modes you can use, such as the Sports Mode, which lets you fly the drone at high speed, and Film Mode, that lets you shoot perfect videos and stills. If you lose control over the drone while on Sports Mode, you can press a button called the Airbrake, and the drone will stop and hover. This drone is fitted to those who crave speed and at time same time, shoot aerial videos.

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • 2-axis GoPro-compatible gimbal included
  • Dimensions: 18.6 x 18.6 x 3.7 in
  • Flight time: ≈ 20 minutes
  • Range: 150m
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras

  1. XIRO Xplorer G

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The XIRO Xplorer G works incredibly well with the GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver, but also supports Hero 3. You can get real time FPV with you smartphone via the app, and can be attached to the remote control, plugging in the camera with an integrated USB port. The XIRO Xplorer is reasonably priced and can cover long distances.

Similar to the DJI Phantom 2, it also has a return home function if you lose control of the drone, or if the battery is running flat. The remote controller will also vibrate if the battery is running low. Also, same as the Yuneec Typhoon G, it has a ‘Follow-me’ mode and a ‘Circle Around me’ functions for you to take selfies and your surroundings. You can watch the review video below:

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • 3-axis GoPro-compatible gimbal included
  • Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.9 x 6.4 in
  • Flight time: ≈ 25 minutes
  • Range: ≈500m
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras

  1. Ionic Stratus Drone Quadcopter

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This cheap and affordable drone is perfect for beginners who would like to try out a drone and an action camera. It has a short flight time of only around 10 minutes, shorter than the other GoPro drones in the list. You can also upgrade the battery for a longer flight time or have spare batteries once it runs out.

Since there is no gimbal included, the videos may be shaky and unstable at times. The GoPro is fixed with a rubber mount, which absorbs some of the vibrations when filming a video. The demo video below shows the Ionic Stratus with a GoPro Hero 3 Black:

The Ionic Stratus drone can do stunts like 3D flips and although it is cheap and have a short flight time, it offers good flying experience. It is considered the cheapest drone in the market this year.

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • Dimensions: 50.5 x 18 x 21 cm
  • Flight time: ≈10 minutes
  • Range: 150m
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras
  • No gimbal included

  1. 3DR IRIS+ Quadcopter

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The IRIS+ from 3D Robotics has a lot to offer. One of the awesome things about this drone is the ‘Follow me” mode that follows you everywhere while keeping you focused in the camera. This feature is really useful for sporting events and extreme sports. It can be autopilot and will obey your every command if you tell it to go somewhere, it will go automatically and keeping the camera stable while on the go.

A 2-axis gimbal is included, so your videos and stills are stable and smooth. Also, it has the return home feature when it flies out of range or if the batteries run out. It has a Go-Pro camera mount that is compatible with the GoPro Hero 3 and 4. The Tarot T-2D Brushless Gimbal Kit is not included, and can be bought separately. The video below shows the 3DR IRIS+ with a GoPro Hero 3 Black:

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • 2-axis gimbal GoPro-compatible included
  • Dimensions: 18 x 25 x 6 in
  • Flight time: 16-20 minutes
  • GoPro-compatible camera mount
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras

  1. BLADE Chroma Quadcopter

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This GoPro drone is an intermediate to a high-end quadcopter. As technology advances, most drones are equipped with the ‘Follow me’ mode that follows its owners around, and filming them. There are also a mode for beginners and a mode for experienced flyers. The drone come without a transmitter, which means no gimbal is included, although you can buy one separately. BLADE recommends GoPro Hero 4, but also supports Hero 3 and 3+.

The Chroma quad offers you the ability to set a specific flight boundary, so that you’ll never fly below or above a certain altitude or a certain distance away from you.

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • Gimbal for GoPro Hero not included
  • Dimensions: 13.1 x 13.1 x 9.5 in
  • Flight time: ≈30 minutes
  • Transmitter is not included
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras
  • GoPro-compatible camera mount

  1. Ehang GHOSTDRONE 2.0

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The GhostDrone 2.0 is an indiegogo crowdfunding product and is claimed to be the easiest drone to fly. There is no remote controller but you can control it with you smartphone via the iOS and Android app. In the package, you will find a G-Box which gives a stable connection between your smartphone and the drone at a range up to 1,000m (3,280 ft). A 4K sports camera is included with the drone, but you can replace it with your GoPro instead. The gimbal and camera mount is compatible with Hero 3, 3+, 4 and other action cameras.

The drone comes with LED lights that enable you to fly it at night and still be visible. It also has the ‘Follow me’ mode and the return home feature, just like any other common drones. A 3-axis gimbal is made from aircraft grade aluminium which can withstand crashes. The good thing about this drone is that it is wind and rain resistant, and propeller protectors are included. Check out the review below for the Ghost drone with GoPro Hero 4:

Specs:

  • 4K sports camera included
  • 3-axis GoPro-compatible gimbal and camera mount included
  • Flight time: 25 minutes
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras

  1. Cheerson CX-30 Pro

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The Cheerson drone’s camera mount supports a GoPro and ready to fly right out of the box, with a maximum speed of 10 meters per second. This drone has an auto-pathfinder has a GPS Attitude and Altitude control mode to customize your flight experience. Included in the package is a receiver and a remote controller with a standart 2.4 GHz ISM frequency with a range of 300m. It also includes a return home feature.

Specs:

  • No camera included
  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 11.8 x 7.9 in
  • Flight time: ≈15 minutes
  • Designed to carry lightweight cameras
  • GoPro-compatible camera mount included
  • Range: 500m

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