Drones are on the cutting edge of the technology that private individuals can own. Every year their specs get more impressive and their price points go up. Just how high can it get? Many of us are interested in knowing what the most expensive drone on the market is.

Some of us need to use up a budget so that it does not shrink next quarter, others are interested in the drone price tag for investment reasons. No matter what your situation is, this article will give you the skinny on the top ten most expensive drones on the market.

Comparison Of The Most Expensive Drone Options

How We Reviewed The Most Expensive Drone Options

We scoured the internet for the most expensive drones that you can currently buy. Some specialty and military models may ultimately cost more than these, but every entry on this list can be privately owned.

Overall Price Range

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The most expensive drones tend not to cost less than $. Some on the very high end cost as much as $$$. Potentially the most exclusive drones are those that sell out quickly from Amazon. These are not only expensive, they are especially hard to get your hands on.

What We Reviewed

  • Power Vision PowerRay Wizard
  • Freefly Alta 8
  • DJI INSPIRE 2
  • DJI Phantom 4 PRO PLUS
  • DJI Matrice 600
  • YUNEEC YUNH920US
  • Freefly Alta 6
  • Yuneec Typhoon H Pro
  • DJI Mavic Pro
  • Faucon Drones Lifter Series V1.0 Octocopter

Power Vision PowerRay Wizard

Power Vision PowerRay Wizard Underwater 4K UHD ROV with FPV Headset...
  • The Best Underwater Drone! Great for Fishing, Exploring, Mapping, Treasure Hunting, Studying Marine Life or Recording...
  • 4K UHD Video, 1080p Real-Time Streaming- 98' Depth Rating, 210' Tether
  • See & Record in 4K UHD the Underwater World from Boat

Features

The reason the Power Vision PowerRay Wizard is so expensive is that it is arguably the best underwater drone. If you can shell out its nearly nine hundred dollar price tag, you can get great footage of fish and even indulge your fantasies of finding shipwrecked treasure.

Pros

  • Shoots in 4k UltraHD  
  • Records in stunning 1080p real-time streaming
  • Rated for a depth of 98 feet

Cons

  • Battery lasts 2 hours
  • Many people prefer flying drones

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


Freefly Alta 8

Features

The Freefly Alta 8 is a basic flying drone. It can fly for about ten minutes around a half mile range. Why is it so expensive? Not many were manufactured, so it can be difficult to find one for a reasonable price.

Pros

  • Capable of flying around a half mile range
  • Very light design

Cons

  • Users report it breaking easily
  • Some people dislike its “flying spider” aesthetic

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


DJI INSPIRE 2

Features

The DJI INSPIRE 2 is a drone quadcopter equipped with a 2-axis FPV camera. It even comes with its own 64 gigabyte SD card for recording footage. We loved the way it looked, although its features were fairly basic. This is another example of a drone that is expensive because it is rare.

Pros

  • Uses a 2-axis FPV camera for precise footage
  • Comes with a bonus 64 gigabyte SD card
  • Sleek “Terminator-esque” aesthetic

Cons

  • Difficult to find in stock

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


DJI Phantom 4 PRO PLUS

DJI Phantom 4 PRO PLUS (PRO+) Drone Quadcopter (Remote W/ Integrated...
  • YOU WILL RECEIVE V2.0 PHANTOM 4 PRO PLUS! The Phantom 4 PRO Series is just the Most Powerful Drone in the market, it is...
  • YOU WILL RECEIVE V2.0 PHANTOM 4 PRO PLUS! A 5.5in 1080p Touch Screen Display integrated with the Phantom 4 Pro Plus...
  • YOU WILL RECEIVE V2.0 PHANTOM 4 PRO PLUS! FIVE Directions of Obstacle Sensing, you really need to be the Crashing PRO to...

Features

If you are remotely interested in remote controlled drones, you have probably heard of the DJI Phantom 4 PRO PLUS. This represents the cutting edge of drone technology. It shoots with a 20 megapixel camera and shoots 4K video in sixty frames per second. All this, and it handles as beautifully as it looks.

Pros

  • Top of the line gear
  • Excellent footage in 4k
  • Flies and looks incredible

Cons

  • Sometimes difficult to find first-hand

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


DJI Matrice 600

DJI Matrice 600 Includes Camrise Lanyard and Camrise USB
  • Works with Zenmuse Gimbals / Cameras - DJI A3 Flight Control System
  • Works with Ronin-MX Gimbal - Controllable with DJI Go App
  • Up to 33 Pound Total Take-Off Weight - Retractable Landing Gear

Features

​The DJI Matrice 600 costs half again what the DJI Phantom 4 PRO PLUS does, making it one of the most expensive drones on the market. For that price, you get a drone that works with Zenmuse gimbals and cameras as well as with Ronin-MX Gimbals. It can lift off with up to thirty-three pounds of weight. Yet, you can still collapse it for easy transport.

Pros

  • 33 pounds take off weight
  • Compatible with multiple types of gimbal
  • Collapsible for easy transportation

Cons

  • One of the most expensive drones on the market
  • Only shoots HD, not 4K

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


YUNEEC YUNH920US

YUNEEC YUNH920US Drone Tornado H920 Hexa-Copter with ST24 Transmitter,...
  • Aerial Shooting with Panasonic GH4
  • Carbon Fiber Frame
  • Retractable Landing Gear

Features

The YUNEEC YUNH920US utilizes a clever quadcopter design. It shoots from the air with Panasonic GH4. It is built from a carbon fiber frame and its landing gear is neatly retractable. It communicates with its operator through an ST24 transmitter with 7" Android device. It costs more than the DJI Phantom 4 PRO PLUS, but up to a grand less than the most expensive drone on this list.

Pros

  • Effective quadcopter design
  • Camera shoots in Panasonic GH4

Cons

  • The camera cannot record audio

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


Freefly Alta 6

Freefly Systems ALTA UAV
  • Fast Setup - Unpacks, ready to shoot, in under five minutes
  • Heavy Payloads - Optimized for up to 15-pound payloads
  • Sky View and Ground View Configurations - Capture cinematic aerial shots like never before with the option to mount the...

Features

This drone costs as much as the four times the price of an average drone, and it currently can only be found used. This is another example of a drone that is expensive for its rarity. Nonetheless, the Freefly Alta 6 can lift off with up to fifteen pounds. It goes from box to ready to shoot in only five minutes.

Pros

  • Frame is lightweight
  • Drone can be set up in about five minutes
  • Can lift off with up to fifteen pounds in weight

Cons

  • One of the most expensive drones to buy used
  • Difficult to find new

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


Yuneec Typhoon H Pro

Yuneec Typhoon H UHD 4K Collision Avoidance Hexacopter Drone= with...
  • READY OUT OF THE BOX - Comes with ST16 all-in-one controller (7 inch Android touchscreen), CGO3+ 4K camera. The Typhoon...
  • SAFE TO FLY WITH BUILT-IN COLLISION AVOIDANCE - FAA compliant no-fly zone, 6 rotor safety with 5 rotor fail-safe, and...
  • EASY TO FLY – GPS stabilized flight control, with 8 smart flight modes, automatic return to home, auto takeoff and...

Features

This is one of our favorite items to make our list of the most expensive drones on the market. It comes completely ready to use right out of the box. The Typhoon is easy to fly and even uses ultrasonic collision prevention to keep your investment safe. Its flight is stabilized by GPS. It shoots 4K footage. All that, and it does not cost as much as the most expensive drone on this list. It undercuts that price point by about half.

Pros

  • Shoots in ultra-high definition 4K
  • Flies safely and easily
  • Can be used immediately out of the box

Cons

  • Can be difficult to find unused

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


DJI Mavic Pro

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DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo: Foldable Propeller Quadcopter Drone Kit...
  • What's in this combo: MAVIC PRO Original Package, 2 Extra batteries, 2 Extra propellers, 2 charging hub, 1 car charger,...
  • The DJI Mavic Pro folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it small enough to bring with you everywhere.New...
  • Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes.True 4K, fully stabilized ensures smooth footageActive Track,...

Features

​The DJI Mavic Pro has a lot going for it. Its package comes with two extra batteries, extra propellers, two charging hubs, a car charger port, a battery to power bank adapter, and a shoulder bag. It can fly at speeds of up to 40 mph and can fly for nearly thirty minutes. It shoots in full 4K. We loved the way it looked.

Pros

  • Actually one of the cheapest drones on this list if on sale
  • Great features for charging including multiple hubs
  • Comes with replacement parts
  • Flies fast and stays up long

Cons

  • Not the most expensive, if that is your goal in and of itself

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.


Faucon Drones Lifter Series V1.0 Octocopter

Faucon Drones Lifter Series V1.0 Octocopter
  • Professional Lift For Professional Photography.
  • MOTORS: Avroto LIFT 3515 400Kv
  • Props: Carbon fiber 15" x 6.5

Features

The Faucon Drones Lifter Series V1.0 is an eight-armed helicopter drone that takes professional photography. It uses Avroto LIFT 3515 400Kv motors and spins 15-inch carbon fiber blades. Its landing gear is retractable. It is expensive largely because it is so hard to find in stock.

Pros

  • Landing gear is retractable
  • Flies quickly and responsively
  • Photographic quality is professional

Cons

  • Can be difficult to find first-hand
  • Not optimized for sport flying

Where to Buy

This product is available on Amazon.

The Verdict

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Our favorite drone was the DJI Mavic Pro, but it represents the absolute bottom of the barrel price-wise. That is something to keep in mind when looking to buy a drone. One of the best options may not be the most expensive drone on the market.

What was the most expensive drone on the market? Right now, that is the Freefly Alta 6, and that is largely because it is rare, not because it offers more than the DJI Mavic Pro does.

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