drone with night vision camera for sale

Today we will be reviewing the best Drone With Night Vision Camera For Sale alongside drone with night vision and thermal camera options. While drones are surging in popularity among recreational users, others are finding ways to use their capabilities to achieve practical goals and solve real world problems. It seemed almost inevitable that manufacturers would develop drones capable of supporting infrared cameras, and finally the technology has caught up.

Thermal imagery allows us to see the world in a whole new way. Heat signatures that are emitted by human bodies, fires, and other sources of warmth stand out from cooler backgrounds, which allow us to identify subjects we would not otherwise be able to see.

Search and Rescue drones equipped with thermal imaging help first responders identify the location of people lost in chaotic scenes, and police departments have started using drones with thermal capabilities to identify the location of suspects while keeping an infrared eye on their officers.

Fire departments have started to use thermal drones to identify patches of fire that are obscured behind clouds of dark smoke, and the use of infrared has increased hose efficiency while lowering the chances that people are left behind in fire zones.

There are also numerous commercial uses, like checking homes or buildings for sources of excess heat, or scanning solar panels for malfunctioning units. In these cases, thermography has helped save businesses and individuals thousands upon thousands of dollars.

There are other creative uses for thermal drones and infrared cameras yet to be discovered. Luckily, the market has become flush with great options for interested buyers. Searching for the best Black Friday deals drones have become a go-to item for consumers, which is why we’ve assembled the top infrared drones currently available on the market.

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DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 with Zenmuse XT

DJI consistently manufactures the most popular drones on the market, and models like the Inspire 1 V2.0 explain why. Re-engineered with a powerful new propulsion system, the Inspire 1 V2.0 is a highly intelligent, dual-operator equipped quadcopter, integrated with smart flight modes and a 3-axis stabilizing gimbal.

With such elite craftsmanship, it’s only fitting that the Inspire 1 V2.0 should be compatible with the Zenmuse XT, perhaps the best thermal imaging camera at its price point. It’s offered in the Performance Model, designed with emergency responders in mind, or the Radiometric Model, designed for the needs of inspectors.

Features and Specs:

  • 18 Minute Flight Time
  • 49mph (79kph) max speed (!)
  • 3-axis stabilizing gimbal
  • 360-degree camera rotation
  • Ready-to-fly aerial system
  • Dual-operator mode
  • Zenmuse XT Thermal Performance Model estimates temperature surrounding the camera focus point, allowing users to spot salient differences
  • Zenmuse XT Thermal Radiometric Model allows users to isolate pixels and sections of the display while giving average, highest, and lowest temperatures for that area
  • Ideal for analytics and telemetry
DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 with Zenmuse XT

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Yuneec Typhoon H with CGOET Thermal Imaging and Low-Ligh Camera

The Typhoon H is a beautifully crafted UAV with 6 brushless motors and a range of advanced features.  It was designed to bring professional features to a drone priced for consumers.

Equipped with the CGOET Thermal Imaging and Low-Light Camera, the Typhoon H has become one of the most sought after camera drones for sale. It offers a generous 25-minute max flight time, which allows the CGOET gather information with a lens that offers 20x higher sensitivity than the human eye, and thermal imaging capabilities that selectively measures temperature differences between objects.

Features and Specs:

  • 25 Minute Flight Time
  • Point of Interest mode instructs drone to circle objects of interest
  • Curve Cable Cam instructs drone to follow preset coordinates
  • Follow Me/Watch Me mode instructs drone to keep camera focused on user
  • Foldable arms make travel easy
  • 1080p Thermal Imaging and Low-Light Camera
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 360-degree gimbal rotation
  • Dual lens
Yuneec Typhoon H with CGOET Thermal Imaging and Low-Ligh Camera

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OnyxStar Xena with Optris PI 640

The OnyxStar Xena is a foldable, weather resistant octocopter, designed for professional grade performance and loaded with a variety of advanced features. It’s versatility and smart flight modes have made it one of the most talked about RC copters on the market, especially when loaded with a drone infrared camera.

When strapped with the Optris PI 640, the Xena becomes an engineering marvel. The Optris PI drone infrared camera measures temperatures from -4 °F to a devilish 1652 °F. It delivers pin-sharp radiometric pictures and videos, and is perhaps the best mini thermal camera available.

Features and Specs:

  • 37 Minute Flight Time
  • 2kg (4.4lb) payload
  • 16,400ft Altitude Range
  • Octocopter foldable frame, made with high quality, lightweight carbon
  • Drone operates from -5 °F to 104 °F
  • Infrared Camera Weighs mere 320g
  • 125Hz frame rate
  • Pin-sharp radiometric features
OnyxStar Xena with Optris PI 640

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DJI Phantom 3 SE with FLIR Vue Pro

It’s almost possible to call the DJI Phantom 3 a cult classic; words like “iconic” have been used to describe it, and with good reason. Designed with a slick white and yellow finish, the Phantom boasts a 25-minute max flight time and can reach speeds of 35mph. It’s regard by industry professionals as one of the best quadcopter drones.

Onboard GPS ensures that the Phantom 3 never gets too far out of range, and if the pilot’s connection with the quadcopter starts to fade, the Phantom 3’s Return Home functions ensures that it will never get lost. Video position systems guarantee steady flight, and when equipped with the FLIR Vue Pro thermal camera, the Phantom 3 becomes a premier night vision drone.

Features and Specs:

  • 25 Minute Flight Time
  • 35mph
  • 4km range
  • Connects to DJI GO app, which greatly simplifies photographic capabilities
  • Return Home function recalls the Phantom 3 when batteries are low or connection is lost
  • FLIR Vue Pro adds professional grade, easy to configure thermal hardware
  • Vue Pro provides optional color palettes, image optimization features, and offers MAVLink compatibility for geo-tagging
DJI Phantom 3 SE with FLIR Vue Pro

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Aerialtronics Altura Zenith Drone with PENSAR

For its price-point, the Aerialtronics Altura Zenith is perhaps the best RC drone on the market. It comes with a state of the art multirotor system that permits a massive 3kg payload; GPS allows the drone to fly up to 18km away. It’s also one of the best agricultural drones for surveying land and making detailed maps.

The incredibly dynamic PENSAR camera system, also developed by Aerialtronics, is the world’s first dual spectrum computer vision platform. The integrated FLIR Boson camera is capable of detecting remote heat signatures by using a 30x optical zoom, which help distinguish tiny details on a large landscape.

Features and Specs:

  • 40 Minutes Flight Time
  • 3kg (6.6lbs) payload
  • 18km (11 miles) max flight distance
  • Octocopter with carbon fiber design
  • Withstand inclement weather and 35mph winds
  • Tablet Control
  • GPS Assisted Flights
  • Complex Mission Planning
  • FLIR Boson Camera with Thermal and Sensor fusion
  • 30x HD optical zoom
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
Aerialtronics Altura Zenith Drone with PENSAR

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Flyability Elios Drone

At first glance, the Elios Drone might appear like something it’s not.  Wrapped in a spherical, collision-tolerant frame, the Elios Drone was designed to operate in confined spaces where other drones wouldn’t dare fly. It’s quirky, but within its niche industry professionals have fallen in love with its seemingly endless drone uses.

Equipped with full HD and thermal imagery recording, the Elios Drone can be piloted from a distance using the Elios Ground Station, while its state-of-the-art wireless communication system provides live feedback from the onboard camera.

Features and Specs

  • 10 Minute Flight Time
  • Batteries charge in seconds
  • Carbon fiber protective frame
  • Powerful LED lighting for navigating in the dark
  • Full HD and thermal imagery
  • Live video feedback and wireless communication
  • Operates from 32 °F – 122 °F (0 °C – 50 °C)
  • Elios Ground Station reports live telemetry data, and comes with a remote controller and a tablet
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Types of Drones

Beginner Drones

At the lower end of the drone spectrum are toy drones, like the Parrot Mambo and the Hobbico Dromidia Kodo. These simple and inexpensive drones come in at about $100 and are more focused on fun than features. Their controls are straightforward and easy to learn, and they can be accessed through a smartphone app or included remote control.

The flight times of beginner drones and drones for kids are also more limited – generally less than 10 minutes, or even fewer than five for the very cheap models. Designed to perform some tricks, like midair flips, spare parts are available at fairly low prices if anything goes awry. Some small drones also come with video cameras, though the quality captured tends to be poor. But don’t count them out too soon – getting a cheap drone is a fantastic way to learn to fly before upgrading to a more expensive model. They also won’t cost a fortune to fix or replace in the event of a crash.

Camera Drones

Drones with cameras – like the DJI Mavic Mini, the Parrot Bebop 2, and the GDU Byrd – are specifically designed to capture images, and range in price from $500 to $1,500. Built to provide a steady platform for the lens, which can either be an add-on or built-in, these sophisticated flying machines are more focused on recording high-quality video and still images than performing midair tricks. Because the equipment needed makes them larger and heavier, video drones need to be registered with the FAA.

Video drones often come with gimbals, which is a system designed to pan and tilt the camera – and cushion it from the motors’ vibrations – to cancel out the drone’s motion and keep the lens steady. Gimbals can either come as an electronic system built into the camera, as seen in the Parrot Bebop 2, or as a physical system made of motors and gears, like in the Mavic Air. Either way, the gimbals allow users to direct the camera at whatever angle they like, to capture beautiful pans like those seen in nature documentaries.

Bigger drones need bigger batteries, which often translates to longer flight times. A fully charged battery typically lasts a video drone around 20 minutes, and they can usually be swapped for spares to extend the session. Like toy drones, video drones are also built to be repaired, and replacement parts are generally easily available. Parts are relatively inexpensive as well, with Mavic Air’s replacement rotor blades running about $20. The quality of video these drones capture can vary widely, from the Bebop 2’s decent but sometimes choppy HD video to the Mavic Air’s super-smooth panning shots. While the videos produced by cheaper models like the Bebop 2 will be good enough for most use cases, it’s worth investing in the more sophisticated DJI drones when quality’s the main focus.

From photographing special occasions to surveying construction sites, drones are being used for an ever-expanding range of purposes. In fact, dedicated drone film festivals have popped up in major cities like New York and Berlin to showcase the creative new ways amateur moviemakers are utilizing their flying machines. Not only that, but the more innovative drones – like the Mavic Air – have built-in autonomous flight tech to make journeys on their own. They can even use cameras to detect and avoid obstacles in the way of their flight path. These more advanced drones allow users to play with their device’s autonomy by letting them navigate a predefined course on their own via GPS. Autonomous flight does, however, come with some restrictions – these drones must be registered with the FAA and have to be kept in the pilot’s line of sight at all times. The pilot must also be able to take back control of the drone at any point.

Racing Drones

With the rise of drones came the rise of drone-based competitions – and drone racing might just be the most exciting of all. Racing drones are on the smaller side and designed specifically to offer pilots speed and agility. Users see through their drone’s lens via first-person-view headsets, navigating around a course and trying to beat other fliers. Most racing drones are adapted by hand to shed unnecessary weight or increase motor power. Cheaper models, like the Aerix Black Talon 2.0, start at about $115. Ready-to-fly drones on the higher end of the spectrum, such as the Uvify Draco, can run up to $700.

Drone Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone regulations are the guiding principle behind safe unmanned aircraft flight.

Drones can be an incredibly fun and fruitful new hobby, but they must be flown responsibly. Even a small toy drone can hurt someone if hit by it, and fingers can get injured if caught in the rotor blades. To fight this, some drones have built-in shields to protect the rotors, but even these aren’t foolproof. It’s best to fly any kind of drone, big or small, with proper care and caution. Here’s five quick tips for drone safety:

  • Know the drone. Before the first flight, take the time to read through the instruction manual and get familiar with the controls.
  • Check the drone before flight, looking for any damage to the motors or rotors that could fail in the air.
  • Never fly near people or animals.
  • Fly with caution, particularly when first using a drone or taking a new one for a spin. Always be sure to land before the drone’s battery runs outs.
  • Fly with care. Drones can be noisy, annoying and even scary to those near their flight path. If someone asks to stop flying, be reasonable and courteous.

To learn more about drone safety, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is a fantastic resource on all things drone. The AMA can help connect drone enthusiasts with others in the area to share both beginner’s flying techniques, and more advanced tips and tricks. Remote-control flying clubs often meet regularly to discuss and fly drones together. But remember that with great power comes great responsibility. Make sure to update all software and firmware before any takeoff, and read the drone’s manual thoroughly before use. For FAA registration requirements and further information on drone safety, check the FAA website. Additional local jurisdiction requirements may apply, so it’s important to stay informed on the latest drone regulations for the area.

Drones & The Law

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced registration requirements for anyone flying a drone weighing over 250g recreationally. Most drones that fall under the toy category will not have to be registered, while those built for video, racing and autonomous flight likely do. Drone registration can be done via the FAA website – and separate, more stringent requirements are applied to professional drone fliers.

Once registered, the registration number must be displayed on the drone. This can be as simple as a sticker or shipping label placed under the battery, along with the owner’s name and number in case of theft or loss. The FAA also defines restrictions on where drones can be flown. They can’t be flown higher than 400 feet, in restricted airspaces, or over emergency areas, like traffic accidents or wildfires. They’re also banned from flying through national parks and cannot be flown within 5 miles of an airport without informing the air traffic controllers. Federal, state, and local regulations can vary, so check with the organizations directly if unsure.

Drone Accessories & Add-ons

Additional hardware can be added to drones that have ample lift from their propellers and motors. Lift specs can be found via the drone manufacturer’s website. In general, drones built to support external cameras are usually equipped to carry an additional half pound or more of weight above that of the drone on its own. Added weight increases stress on the motors and can affect flight time and stability.

The most popular and useful drone accessory is undoubtedly the spare battery. Drone batteries can provide between 5 and 25 minutes of power in the air per charge but can take an hour or longer to recharge. Fortunately, most drone batteries can simply be replaced with a freshly charged one when the power levels get low. To get the most airtime out of each flying session, users should invest in several spares.

The next most useful accessories for drones are spare propellers and parts. Because occasional mishaps and less-than-perfect landings are an inevitable part of flying drones, they were designed to survive crashes. The exterior components are made from sturdy materials – such as polypropylene foam and carbon fiber – that protect the more sensitive parts, like the CPUs, motors and transmitters. The parts that break the most easily, like the propellers, are the cheapest and easiest to repair or replace. New drones often have extra propellers included, and additional spares are usually available for purchase separately as well. Remember that drones need different propellers to spin clockwise and counterclockwise for stability, so it’s wise to get both kinds of spare propellers.

Depending on use cases, other drone add-ons that may be of interest include LED bands, propeller guards and extra landing gear. For photography drones in particular, various lens filters can be added to alter saturation levels, reduce glare, and more. Getting a quality bag or case specifically designed to carry a drone is an important investment as well. Drone bundles can often be found with a number of accessories. Drone cases should have a foam interior built to fit the device and its accessories and protect them from damage during transit.

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Things to Consider When Buying a Drone

There is a multitude of options on the market now, with each model excelling in something else. Hence, before you go ahead and buy your drone, decide what are the most important things to consider when buying one.

Purpose

Drone to Learn Flying

When you just wanna try and see if it’s something for you, learn how to fly a drone and have some fun, it may be better to go for a cheap UAS. You can get one for as little as $30 and it will have all the functions you’ll need. It may lack in video quality, or it can get heavy, but you will be able to play with it without worrying as much about crashing. It’s a good idea to start with this and learn the ropes.

Here’s a list of best drones for under 200 dollars in 2020.

Drone for Hiking

You can capture some of the best videos of yourself and your friends, as well as the landscapes, when you go hiking with a quadcopter. The most important things to consider when you buy a drone for hiking are weight, flight time, camera resolution and camera stabilization. It’s also important to make sure it will fit into your drone backpack (yeah, that’s actually a thing now).

With this in mind, we created a list of the best drones for hiking in 2020.

Hiking Drone

Drone for Selfies

It’s no longer uncommon to see someone swapping a selfie stick for a selfie drone. From pocket drones that can take photos of you and your friends to machines that will follow your movement and react to voice commands/ hand gestures, there’s a whole genre of devices built to accommodate the need for us to capture each moment from another perspective.https://6a7216e4485e9de66bead7c4465a0d81.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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We created a list of best selfie drones in 2020, and there’s even one that doubles as your phone cover so it’s always with you.

Drone Weight

Depending on how you want to use your drone, its weight is probably the most important factor to take into consideration. If you want to take it with you everywhere, heavy UAS will soon prove to be a burden. Lightweight, however, often lack the extra features and have shorter flight times. Hence it’s a trade off you’ll need to consider first.

Important! Many countries regulate the licensing and use of UAV based on their weight. Do consider your contry’s regulations before buying a drone. Many places around the world do not require licensing or registration to use drones under 250 grams.

Flight Time/ Batteries

How long you can fly your drone on each battery will determine how far you can go with it. When the first personal drones come out you had a minute or so to play with. Now there are drones that can fly for 30 minutes non-stop and then you can just swap a spare battery to continue.

Flight time of each battery charge is one of the most important things to check before making a purchase decision. Also, do not forget to see if the batteries can be easily replaced or even if the drone comes with spare ones.

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Flight/ Control Range

How far you can fly without losing control can make a huge difference in the footage and fun you can get from your drone.

There are 3 main methods of communicating with your drone, which impact it’s control range:

  • Radio
    You’ll need a controller to send and receive the radio waves to and from your drone. Depending on the size of the antenna, the range can extend up to 5 miles.
  • Wi-Fi
    The maximum control range using Wi-Fi signals is about 650 yards (600 meters). It’s often much shorter so you’ll have to see the specs of each drone you consider. The good thing is that with some models you may not need a separate controller to fly your UAS.
  • GPS
    It’s also possible, with some models, to define a flight path that your drone will then follow using Global Positioning System (GPS).

Controller

With the things mentioned above in mind, there is a trade off between flight range and total weight of the equipment you have to carry with you. On one hand, it would be best if we could use your smartphone to fly the drone, so that you don’t have to carry an additional controller, but on the other hand the range would suffer without it.

If you just want the drone for selfies, then lack of controller would be fantastic, but if you want to go far into the sea to capture whales, then you want to be in control at all times and from afar. Consider this before you choose your quadcopter.

Drone Controller
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Camera Resolution

Most people use drones for videos, so you should check if your new drone would capture the world in low resolution, Standard Definition (SD), 720P High Definition (HD), 1080P Full HD (FHD), or 4K. Each one is at least twice better than the one before and something to consider.

It’s also very important to check if the footage is recorded to an SD card in the drone, or sent to your smartphone before getting recorded there. If it’s not built-in, whenever you lose connection, you lose that part of the recording. Whereas, with the on-board SD card you’ll have the full footage at your disposal after retrieving your drone, even if it lost the connection with the controller.

Camera Stabilization

Your drone, if it has any camera stabilization at all which you should check, will either stabilize the recording with software or mechanically.

The best for the job is a 3-axis gimbal. Thanks to which, your videos will be filmed with a steady, cinematic motion that compensates for the shakes and wind movements.

Alternatively, some models compensate for the shaky conditions with built-in software. Not as good as a gimbal but much better than nothing at all.

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First Person View (FPV)

Check if it’s possible to see through First Person View directly from your drone while flying. While you can control the AUV by looking at it directly, it would be better to sometimes see for yourself if everything you want to record stays within the frame.

Speed

The importance of your drone’s speed becomes crucial when you need to fly in a strong wind. It may not be able to return back to you if you’re standing upwind, and there are places where it would not be possible to retrieve your drone by walking up to it (imagine shooting at sea).

If you just want to use your drone for fun, then speed is important as it’s just more exciting to fly it faster.

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