Drones are becoming more and more popular,  they suit all ages and sexes, and are all-around good fun, as long as you follow the rules.

Whether you’re a hobbyist, a budding aerial photographer or just want something your grandson can fly in the park, there are so many to choose from to suit every budget. Here are our favourites:


The drone for… having fun

Parrot Mambo

Cost: £79.99
Retailer: Amazon.co.uk

Parrot Mambo

Parrot is a well-known name in drones, so you can’t go wrong with one of its devices. However, if you’re looking for something that’s sure to create some fun and games, look no further than the Parrot Mambo.

This Quadcopter Mini Drone not only flies, but features a cannon shooter and grabber, so you can play all sorts of air battles.

You can use your smartphone and the dedicated Mambo app to control the drone, which lasts about nine minutes on a full charge.


The drone for… basic photography

GoolRC Upgraded UdiR/C

Cost: £65.99
Retailer: Amazon.co.uk

GoolRC Upgraded UdiR/C

Want to take some shots as you fly but don’t want to pay through the roof? This drone from GoolRC could the option for you.

It features a 2-megapixel camera capable of taking photos and video during flight, as well as a 4GB Micro SD card slot to store them on.

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The drone for… performing stunts

Parrot Swing Quadcopter

Cost: £93.97
Retailer: Amazon.co.uk

Parrot Swing

Another fun way you might want to use your drone for is races and obstacles.

The Parrot Swing mini drone travels at 19mph with up to seven minutes flight time, and has the agility to perform stunts, go through loops and even do u-turns.

It’s also pretty resistant to the odd crash and bump.


The drone for… GoPro photography

Blade 350 QX V2

Cost: £180.32
Retailer: Amazon.co.uk

Blade 350 QX V2

If you own a GoPro action camera already, Blade’s 350 Qx V2 quadcopter is ideal as it can carry GoPro cameras using an anti-vibration mount that will keep your photos and videos in steady quality.

Some of the more advanced features include the ability to ‘fence’ the drone within a certain area using GPS, while a single button will return it to you.

Flight times on a full charge are around nine to 14 minutes.


The drone for… pros

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone

Cost: £449.99
Retailer: Amazon.co.uk

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone

If you’re serious about drones, DJI is a reliable and trusted drone option if you have a bit more money to spare.

It can fly for up to 25 minutes on a single charge and features a camera capable of taking 2.7K HD videos and 12-megapixel photos.


Make sure you’re aware of the drone regulations with the Phantom 3 though, as this is a high flier.


The drone for… Star Wars fans

Star Wars 65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone

Cost: £179.95
Retailer: John Lewis

Star Wars 65 X-Wing Starfighter Drone

Star Wars fan? You'll love one of these drones which include the T-65 X-wing Starfighter.

The best thing about them is that they not only fly but also get into battles with other Star Wars drones using lasers.

Which drone would you like this Christmas? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.