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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

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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