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12 cool drones for photography and more — including some on sale


To snap the photo of your dreams, you might have to get creative. You know, like climbing to the roof, flying over a cityscape, or scaling buildings. Here are 12 drones on sale as of Oct. 31, including drones designed specifically for photography, micro drones, and drones suitable for beginners. The E88 Four-Axis High-Definition Aerial Photography Drone is both lightweight and durable. This drone is on sale for 21% off for a limited time, making it just $59.95.

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DJI's Spark drone is so small and smart, it could be a game-changer


DJI unveiled its tiny Spark drone on Wednesday, and it's sort of the anti-drone for consumers. It's small enough to fit in your hand, launches and lands from there, can be controlled almost entirely with gestures, lets you take a selfie from just 10 feet away, has a whole collection of pre-programmed video shots to help you figure out what to do with it, and even charges via a standard micro USB port. "Is it easy to fly?" "How am I going to use it?" The drone, which goes on pre-sale today and ships mid-June, seeks to dramatically shorten the distance from a consumer buying a drone (DJI said 46% of costumers have the intention to buy one this year) to actually flying one. Spark, DJI's smallest and lightest drone, is not at all imposing like the DJI Phantom series or even the foldable and excellent -- but more expensive -- DJI Mavic Pro.

Parrot Anafi review: A compact drone that's blind as a bat


When you think of drones, chances are DJI comes to mind first. However, you might also remember Parrot and the big splash it made with its original Bebop drone a few years back. Well, the company is still deep into the drone business, and it's taking another step with the Anafi, which gets its name from a Greek island. The Anafi's design is similar to the DJI Spark or Mavic Pro, with foldable legs that make it compact. Despite the diminutive look, its eight blades give it impressive propulsion, and it includes a 4K HDR camera that can move to almost any angle.

Intel's build-from-scratch drone kits to take off next month


It's fun to buy a drone from a store, but perhaps more satisfying to build one from scratch. Intel in December will start shipping a fully loaded drone kit to let you do just that, with all the parts including the rotors, software, 3D camera and flight controller. Intel's Aero Ready to Fly Drone kit will go on sale on the company's website. An Intel spokeperson couldn't immediately provide a price. But it won't be cheap -- likely more than $600.