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Long Range Drones -Best quadcopters from 300m to 8km distance

Long Range Drones - Best quadcopters from 300m to 8km distance

Long range drones is quite a subjective category, depending on the budget and what you plan to do with it.

I’m thinking that because you’re here, you got tired of piloting cheap toy drones that have a maximum range of like 50m and want something more to satisfy your need to fly.

That’s why even the cheapest drone on this list will start from 300m in range and they go up to quite a lot of km, enough to satisfy anyone.

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How far can a drone fly?

Range isn’t everything, but there is indeed a strong correlation between how far a drone can fly and its price and capability.

Usually, cheap toy drones that you can find for under $50 or so will have a maximum range of 100m, usually 50m.

Frankly, for quads that don’t have GPS, there’s no need for a longer range, as you need to see the quadcopter permanently and not lose it out of sight.

But all the drones on this list can use the Return to home function because they have GPS. Not only that, but they’re also some of my top pics when it comes to drones in general.

Don’t forget, there are some drones that not only fly above the ground, you should also check these underwater drones!

300m range (1000 feet)

This range can be achieved even with drones that don’t have GPS and it’s usually enough for filming buildings, parks, people and events.

500m range(1600 feet)

At this point you’re already not able to see the drone anymore and need to have  a good FPV transmission to guide the drone where you need it.

1km range(3300 feet)

Usually you won’t need to go farther than this range for most of your filming jobs, if you’re a professional, but having a 

over 4km range(13000 feet)

Some of the more expensive drones, like the Phantom 4 and the Mavic series can go up to 8 km in range, but they are limited when it comes to battery, so even if you can send them 8km from one point to another, you can’t return them back as there’s not anymore battery left.

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My best top 10 long range drones

This table doesn’t actually represent a top when it comes to quality, but they all have really good range and are some of the best drones in their price category.

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Cheap 300m range drones

MJX bugs 5w

Battery Life

15min

Range

300m

Image stabilization

None

Camera

1080p

This drone is probably some of my favorite ones for this price coming with things like:

  • Great GPS
  • Flight functions like Waypoints, follow me, etc
  • Moving camera( from controller)
  • great range
  • brushless motors

Just keep in mind it doesn’t have a gimbal for image stabilization, but the image is stil pretty good thank to the more than average 1080p camera.

The range of the drone itself is actually more on the 500m side, but I limited it to 300 as that’s the maximum visual range you can get. Make sure to have a 5g 802.11 ac wifi capable phone to pilot this drone.

  • Great GPS
  • Good controller
  • You can mod it for better range
Average Score 9.5
Flight Stability
9
Signal Strength
8.5
Camera Quality
8.5
Features
8.5
PROS:
  • can move the camera while in the air (rare for this price)
  • Stable GPS
  • Aditional functions like RTH, circle and follow
  • brushless motors
  • solid battery life
CONS:
  • Live streaming range is a little bit limiting
  • Camera is not stabilized
$218.98 Buy It Now

Funsky 913

Battery Life

12min

Range

300m

Image stabilization

None

Camera

1080p

This drone, besides the fact that it comes with brushless motors and really good GPS for a super low price, also has some flight modes and is super portable, as it’s size allows it to almost fit in a pocket.

It’s quite fun to fly in sport mode too, as it’s high pitch propellers make it quite fast and it’s size makes it nimble.

There’s no doubt this has become one of my favorite drones under $150 and that’s one of the reasons it got so popular recently.

 

Average Score 9.5
Flight experience
9
Camera Quality
8
Reliability
8.5
PROS:
  • precise Return to Home
  • super silent!!!
  • 1080p camera
  • fast flying
  • powerful brushless motors
  • camera can swivel (manually)
  • fun to fly
  • GPS stable flight
CONS:
  • really none
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Drones that can fly 500m (medium range)

HUBSAN H501S ​

Battery Life

19min

Range

500m

Image stabilization

None

Camera

1080p

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Although prices similarly compared to the previous drone, the Hubsan H501s can’t change the camera angle, as it’s fixed.

Even so, it does have some really cool advantages. It’s a very popular drone and for good reasons, the image quality is pretty good.

It can be modded to reach greater ranges and it comes with two versions of transmitters.

Both types of transmitters do the same thing mainly, but one is fancier and has a slighter bigger range.

One really big advantage is that it sends 5.8ghz signal to the controller that comes with an included screen. This means there’s not gonna be any lag in the transmission and you can also connect it to FPV goggles.

 
  • Great controller with screen
  • 5.8ghz no lag video
  • great range
  • stable gps
Average Score 9
Flight stability
9
Features
8.5
Camera
8.5
PROS:
  • brushless motors
  • good range
  • great battery life
  • very stable GPS
  • good quality camera
  • can fly faster in altitude hold mode
CONS:
  • no turning in follow me mode
$150.00 Buy It Now
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Drones that can fly 1km range

HUBSAN Zino

Battery Life

23min

Range

1000m

Image stabilization

3 axis gimbal

Camera

4k

The Hubsan zino is a great long range drone, mainly because of it’s price and quality fimbal stabilization and camera.

It doesn’t have close to the range of more expensive drones like the DJI  Mavic, and a similarly priced DJI Spark has even more range, but I would have like to mention it on the list as it comes with a 4k camera that might be useful for many people.

It also comes with multiple flight modes like follow me, orbit, waypoints and so on.

If you really prioritize range that much, you can get more by buying the spark, but you’re losing the 3 axis gimbal and 4k footage.

 

Average Score 8.5
Flight stability
8
Gimbal stability
10
Image quality
8.5
Features
8.5
PROS:
  • 3 axis gimbal
  • 4k camera
  • flight functions like follow me and waypoints
  • foldable design
  • return to home
  • super smooth gimbal
  • lots of spare parts available
CONS:
  • no obstacle avoidance or position hold sensors
  • No low battery warning on the controller
$364.99 Buy It Now

Xiaomi Fimi A3

Battery Life

16min

Range

1000m

Image stabilization

2 Axis Gimbal + EIS

Camera

1080p

The Xiaomi Fimi A3 is a drone released in 2019 by one of the better companies out there.

The design isn’t foldable unfortunately, but it’s considerably slimmer than its bigger brother the Mi4k drone.

What I’m most excited about in this drone is the FPV option, as it has 5.8ghz transmission and you can connect a cheap pair of goggles to it.

Besides that, the huge 1km range, the super stable video and long battery life make it the best choice in my opinion for this budget.

The build quality is also fantastic, as we’ve been used from Xiaomi in all their products.

The drone doesn’t come with flight modes like waypoints, circle around and so on, as it doesn’t connect to the phone (which in my opinion is a benefit, lol).

 

Average Score 9.5
Flight stability
9.5
Camera quality
8.5
Features
9
PROS:
  • 2 axis gimbal
  • Electronic Image stabilization
  • long battery life
  • slim profile
  • 5.8ghz signal
  • great quality transmitter and build
CONS:
  • I wish this was 2.7k in resolution
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4km Long distance flight drones

Parrot Anafi

Battery Life

25min

Range

5000m

Image stabilization

3 axis

Camera

4k with lossless zoom

The parrot is in my opinion the best drone you can get for actually under $500 because of it’s very high quality build, awesome zoom features and overall very capable camera.

Considering Parrot is one of the main competitors for DJI and has a strong history of high product quality and drone manufacturing, it’s safe to say the quality level of the product is something that becomes a big advantage.

This quadcopter is nothing short of being a fully fledged professional drone, able to take 16 or 21 mp photos in RAW format while also capable of shooting 4k super stable video.

Another reason why this drone is in the number one spot is that the camera can turn 90 degrees above to take absolutely original shots that no other drone is curently capable of.

It may not have optical sensors in front to avoid obstacles, but it still comes with the optical stabilization at bottom that helps it land better and fly more stable close to the ground.

Here are the box contents for the standard package:

  • quadcopter
  • drone case
  • controller
  • propellers (spare)
  • USB C Cable
  • Battery
  • 16 gb micro SD card

 

Average Score 9.5
Flight stability
8.5
Build quality
9
Flight functions
9
PROS:
  • Really Quiet
  • big battery life
  • 4k camera
  • can film 90 degrees up
  • lossless zoom
  • 21mp photos
  • a lot of flight modes
CONS:
  • card slot must be handled carefully
  • only 2 axis stabilization+EIS
$699.00 $699.99 Buy It Now

Xiaomi Fimi x8

Battery Life

30min

Range

5000m

Image stabilization

3 axis

Camera

4k(2.7k in 60p)

As you can see above, I underlined the fact that this drone is unique though the fact that it shoots 2.7k in 60p. Which is something I wanted for a long time considering I usually shoot in 2.7k anyway.

The drone and controller are both very well made, typical for Xiaomi and the app is also pretty good too.

A thing about this drone, although it may look like it has optical flow sensors in front, it in fact doesn’t.

But the Fimi does come with optical flow sensors underneath to better hold its position in the air.

The only downside of this drone is that the gimbal doesn’t have any ground clearance and you have to launch it from a plane surface.

Otherwise, it’s flight modes are all working great, and the gimbal does an extremely good job overall.

Average Score 9
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Longest range drones up to 8km distance!

To be noted that the drones in this category can’t really go up to their maximum range and get back as they are limited by their battery life. Drones like the Mavic 2 pro can pretty much go up to 5km before having to come back because of low battery.

Also keep in mind that in Europe there’s a legal limitation to the maximum range, so they’re gonna be limited to 4 km anyway.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t send them 7-8km away and simply land them there.

Dji Mavic Pro

Battery Life

23min

Range

7000m

Image stabilization

3 axis

Camera

4k

The DJI Mavic pro is still one of the longest distance flying drones up to this day, and with the lowering of prices considering it has been released for quite some time now, it’s becoming one of the best choices for people looking to clear as much ground as possible.

The signal strenght is quite good and its image capture capability is unparalleled to this day, at least for the price.

Average Score 9.5
Build Quality
9.5
Camera quality
9.5
Flight functions
9
PROS:
  • Great battery life
  • cheap price (compared to the beginning)
  • Huge Range and good signal strength
  • All the actually useful flight modes
  • Precise automatic return to home
  • Amazing 4k camera
  • 3 axis gimbal
  • Foldable design
  • Great build quality
CONS:
  • No back and side sensors for obstacle avoidance (only front and bottom)
  • gimbal is a bit delicate (didn't have any problems in 2 years though)
$899.00 $999.99 Buy It Now

Dji Mavic 2 Pro - longest range drone

Battery Life

29min

Range

8000m

Image stabilization

3 axis

Camera

4k

Dji Mavic 2 pro has beecome the pinnacle of drone technology, with two versions to choose from, both coming with the same body and same insane range capablity of up to 8km.

They’re filled with sensors in every direction, smart flying modes and one of two cameras:

  • 1 inch hassleblad with changeable apperture (Mavic 2 pro)
  • zoom lens (mavic 2 zoom)

 

Average Score 9.5
Camera quality
10
Flight safety
10
Flight features
10
PROS:
  • Huge range
  • Optical avoidance sensors in every direction*
  • Small foldable body
  • High wind resistance 38km/h resistance
  • internal storage 8gb
  • 72km/h speed
  • great dynamic range
CONS:
  • hard to decide between the pro and zoom
  • spare batteries can get expensive
$1,439.00 Buy It Now

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

1 Comment
  1. Very interesting and very well done article. I have heard that you have to keep eyes at all time on to your drone, so a range of 8 km is rather devoted to professionnal with a special permit I suppose.

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