Best Alternative To DJI Drones

Best Alternative To DJI Drones

Best Alternative To DJI Drones

The search for a reliable alternative to DJI drones has been picking up. In recent months relations between China and the United States have deteriorated further, causing the government and many private enterprises in the United States and other countries to reconsider their reliance on the iconic Chinese drone manufacturer DJI. DJI has developed such a foothold, with a market share over 70% in the consumer and low-end commercial drone market that its drones have ended up in the U.S Army, and other government institutions due to the lack of alternatives. The desire to find alternatives to DJI drones has not been without merit though, as the U.S government has outlined a number of concerns in a leaked memo.

What Is The Main Concern?

In China, there tends to be a strong relationship between private enterprise and the communist party government, no matter how much the two try to distance themselves from each other. It is hard for companies, and people in other parts of the world who have not worked with China to understand just how intertwined business and politics is in China, much more so than in most other countries.

A leaked report from ICE (immigration and customs enforcement agency) in the USA claims that DJI drones are being used to gather critical US infrastructure, law enforcement, and more. ICE claims in the memo that the information it has come from a reliable source within the drone industry who has first and secondhand access. The main concerns it outlined are the following,

  • DJI is providing law enforcement and critical infrastructure data to China
  • DJI Go and Skypixel Apps grab facial recognition data even if the feature is disabled
  • Uses full names, images, and videos, phone numbers, and computer credentials, are automatically uploaded to “cloud storage systems” in Hong Kong and Taiwan “which the Chinese government most likely has access to.”
  • The Chinese government is using DJI UAS as an inexpensive, hard-to-trace method to collect info on U.S. critical assets … directorates most likely receiving the data from DJI’s cloud are the offices responsible for defense, critical infrastructure, traffic control, and cyber offense
  • Security researcher Kevin Finisterre was threatened by DJI when he pointed out some of these bugs in the system
  • Much of the information collected [by DJI products] includes proprietary and sensitive critical infrastructure data, such as detailed imagery of power control panels, security measures for critical infrastructure sites, or materials used in bridge construction.
  • DJI is providing the Chinese government with data to help it determine which assets to acquire in the U.S.

The ability for DJI to transmit images and video from a DJI drone to a server in China while it is flying around a piece of critical infrastructure such as an army base or power plant in the United States or any other country is very concerning.

Is This Just A Concern For U.S Companies And Agencies?

No, this should be a concern for any government agency in any country or any private organization that will be using the drones around critical infrastructure.

Should You Keep Using DJI Drones In Your Operation?

Part of our business is reselling DJI products to a variety of customers from consumers, to enterprises and government entities. The serious security threats outlined in the ICE memos make it clear that DJI drones should not be used in or around critical infrastructure, military, or otherwise sensitive sites, and alternative drones to DJI should be used for these projects instead.

Is This Limited To DJI Drones?

DJI is the one taking the heat for this issue since their drones are so widely used, however, the problem is likely to persist among all the major Chinese drone manufacturers – DJI, Yuneec, and Autel.

Are There Any Reliable Alternatives To DJI Drones?

Finding an alternative to DJI drones can be hard, but we have worked to come up with a list of drones that are ideal for sensitive uses, such as the U.S Army, and other government or private customers who do not want to rely on Chinese drones or DJI for their needs. The list has the best alternatives to DJI drones from least to most expensive.

3D Robotics Solo

The 3D Robotics Solo has been around for a number of years now, and the company that manufactured it, 3D Robotics, has since left the drone business. Despite this, however, this drone is a great affordable alternative to DJI Drones and has seen its popularity pick up again recently.

Payload Ability: The 3D Robotics Solo is designed to carry payloads under 1lb (500 grams)
Alternative: Alternative to DJI Phantom 3, and DJI Phantom 4
Flight Controller: Pixhawk – Manufactured In USA
Batteries: Standard lipo pack
Main Use: The 3DR Solo is used mainly with a GoPro camera to do various camera and surveillance projects. The sitescan add-on allows the drone to be used in construction to calculate volumes of materials and other survey work.
Made In: China
Cost: $499.99 USD

You can see more information regarding this drone by clicking here.

Tarot 650 Ready To Fly

The Tarot 650 is manufactured by us in the United States and Mexico. This drone has been popular with utility private enterprises, companies, government agencies, and others looking for an alternative to Chinese DJI drones.

Payload Ability: The Tarot 650 is designed to carry a wide variety of sensors, cameras, cargo, or other general payloads under 3.5lbs (1.5kg)
Alternative: Alternative to DJI Matrice 100, and alternative to DJI Matrice 200
Flight Controller: Pixhawk – Manufactured In California
Batteries: 18650 Pack made in Korea/Japan/USA
Main Use: The Tarot 650 is used mainly to carry various payloads for research, cargo missions, and general photography and surveillance
Made In: USA/Mexico – (Frame rods are made in China)
Cost: $1,499.99 USD

You can see more information regarding this drone by clicking here.

X8 Long Range Drone

The X8 Long Range Drone is manufactured by us in the United States and Mexico. This drone has been popular with utility private enterprises, companies, government agencies, and others looking for a reliable fixed-wing platform.

Payload Ability: The X8 Long Range Drone is designed to carry a wide variety of sensors, cameras, cargo, or other general payloads under 2.2lbs (1.0kg)
Alternative: Alternative to Parrot Disco
Flight Controller: Pixhawk – Manufactured In California
Batteries: 18650 Pack made in Korea/Japan/USA
Main Use: The X8 Long Range Drone is used mainly to carry various payloads for research, cargo missions, surveillance, and mapping
Made In: USA/Mexico – (Frame is made in China)
Cost: $1,999.99 USD

You can see more information regarding this drone by clicking here.

Tarot X6 Ready To Fly

The Tarot X6 is manufactured by us in the United States and Mexico. This drone has been popular with utility private enterprises, companies, government agencies, and others looking for an alternative to Chinese DJI drones.

Payload Ability: The Tarot X6 is designed to carry a wide variety of sensors, cameras, cargo, or other general payloads under 11lbs (5kg)
Alternative: Alternative to DJI Matrice 600, and alternative to DJI Spreading Wings S900
Flight Controller: Pixhawk – Manufactured In California
Batteries: 18650 Pack made in Korea/Japan/USA
Main Use: The Tarot X6 is used mainly to carry various payloads for research, cargo missions, and general photography and surveillance
Made In: USA/Mexico – (Frame rods are made in China)
Cost: $2,499.99 USD

You can see more information regarding this drone by clicking here.

Tarot T-18 Ready To Fly

The Tarot T-18 is manufactured by us in the United States and Mexico. This drone has been popular with utility private enterprises, companies, government agencies, and others looking for an alternative to Chinese DJI drones.

Payload Ability: The Tarot T-18 is designed to carry a wide variety of sensors, cameras, cargo, or other general payloads under 17lbs (8kg)
Alternative: Alternative to DJI Matrice 600, and alternative to DJI Spreading Wings S1000
Flight Controller: Pixhawk – Manufactured In California
Batteries: 18650 Pack made in Korea/Japan/USA
Main Use: The Tarot T-18 is used mainly to carry various payloads for research, cargo missions, and general photography and surveillance
Made In: USA/Mexico – (Frame rods are made in China)
Cost: $3,499.99 USD

You can see more information regarding this drone by clicking here.

X8 Long Range Surveillance Drone

The X8 Long Range Surveillance Drone is manufactured by us in the United States and Mexico. This drone has been popular with utility private enterprises, companies, government agencies, and others looking for a reliable fixed-wing surveillance platform.

Payload Ability: The X8 Long Surveillance Range Drone is designed to carry a wide variety of sensors, cameras, cargo, or other general payloads under 2.2lbs (1.0kg)
Alternative: N/A
Flight Controller: Pixhawk – Manufactured In California
Batteries: 18650 Pack made in Korea/Japan/USA
Main Use: The X8 Long Range Drone is used mainly to perform surveillance over large distances
Made In: USA/Mexico – (Frame is made in China)
Cost: $4,999.99 USD

You can see more information regarding this drone by clicking here.

Intel Faclon 8+

The Intel Falcon 8+ is the flagship Intel Aero drone, and also the most expensive. The drone is designed and manufactured by Intel and designed to be used as a development platform, and also for mapping.

Manufacturer: Intel
Made In: USA
Battery: General lipo pack
Main Use: Development & Mapping
Flight Time: 16 minutes
Flight Range: 0.6 miles (1km)
Payload Ability: 1.7lbs (0.8kg)
Cost: $20,000+ USD

You can see more information regarding this drone by clicking here.

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