Top drone companies – What are the biggest commercial drone manufactures besides DJI?

Top Drone Companies you should watch in 2019

The best drone companies out there will slowly make it on this list, as it’s continually updated and more categories will be added soon.

There are companies that are both manufacturers of UAVs while at the same time providing software or inspection services, so I recommend you research further into each one if you want to find more information about it.

DJI (Dajiang Innovations)

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Definitely the leader in the hardware department, DJI is a company that most people associate with drones these days.
Their most iconic products are the Phantom series, the DJI Mavic series and some other amazing quadcopters that I can’t help but recommend.

 

They have expanded into cinematography with products like the Osmo and their camera gimbals, even competing with GOpro recently for the best action camera company.

 

Some of their Most popular Drones:

Other Camera equipment

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autel Robotics

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Surveying

Autel Robotics specializes in creating consumer level easy-to use areal devices that compete with what DJI has.
They focus on photography and filmmaking strictly by the use of drones, at the current time.

Some of their Most popular Drones:

Autel X Star

Autel Evo

Autel Kestrel

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Parrot Drones

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Software

Parrot is one of the biggest name in the industry, also thanks to its long history with consumer drones. The parrot bebop and the AR drone are some of the initial stars when drones were first released.
Nowadays they focus on toys, but also stepped into the higher end market with their amazing parrot Anafi drone.

Some of their Most popular Drones:

  • Bebop 2
  • Anafi
  • Mambo FPV
  • Swing
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Yuneec Electric Aviation

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Software

Yuneec, unlike most other companies on this list started as an aircraft industry company that stared by creating fixed wing RC planes and then transitioned into the video drone industry.
 
Initially they announced the Typhoon H520, but some of their focus lies into offering a complete ground and aerial imaging solution.
With drones like the Yuneec q500 that had a modular camera that could be attached on a gimbal.

Some of their Most popular Drones:

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This company is also very popular in ther price range department as the top maker of toy drones, usually under $200.
However, recently they started expanding more into the prosumer territory with the Hubsan Zino drone that shoots in 4k and has a 3 axis stabilized gimbal.
I have reviewed it in a youtube video and I like how they have improved it over time.

Some of their Most popular Drones:

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MJX is one of those companies from china that you may not have heard of, but probably have seen their models already.
THey focus on creating intermediate level drones as cheap as possible, in the range of under $200. 
 
They have given away the labeling for their drones to many other sellers, so you might actually find their drones under other names relabeled.

Some of their Most popular Drones:

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Another big chinese drone manufacturer, but this time more oriented towards toy drones. They release heaps of toy drone models, being one of the most proeminent manufacturers in this category.
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3DR(3d robotics)

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Software

3DR is a company based in California  that has created a few drones, including the 3dr Solo, one of the first smart drones at the time, pretty relevant even in 2019.
However, they recently have switched to developing Site Scan, which is the no1 platform for aggregating drone data from construction and engineering.

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Industrial (agrigculture)

Walkera became popular with some of their Ready-to-fly drones and then expanding into toy drones, and recently into advanced camera drones for cinematography.
This company was always focused on quality and price efficiency and nothing changed to this day.

Some of their Most popular Drones:

  • Vitus
  • Voyager
  • Zhun

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Software

Surveying

Kespry is one of those big drone companies that you haven’t heard off because they don’t deal with standard consumer electronics, but rather with drones made for surveying, mining and construction.
 
These businesses mean big money and they chose Kespry as their provider, so it must mean something.

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Surveying

The data from their fixed wing drones such as the UX11 is used in tandem with industry-speciffic analytics software to process the flight data and the final results can be used in the industries of mining, construction, transportation, oil, etc.

Some of their Most popular Drones:

  • ux 11
  • ux 11AG

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Industry

Surveying

SenseFLY is a company owned by parrot that handles surveying, agriculture, mining and industrial inspection jobs. They also have one of the most popular fixed wing drones in the USA called eBee, being a cheaper yet still professional solution to solving data problems.
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AerialTronics

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Aerialtronics  is a producer of industrial and commercial UAVs that are smarter than your average drone and come with amazing capabilities, including being able to detect cars, people and even plate registration numbers. So you might figure how useful this data can be in many situations.
Their drones like the Altura Zenith can be euqiped with almost everything, including gas detectors and even radiation detectors. 

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

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