The Wall Street Journal reported last year that China is taking the lead in drone manufacturing primarily because of DJI which has become one of the world leaders because of its Phantom consumer drone.

Top Three Quadcopter Drone Companies Are From China

Contributed by | Patnab


The Wall Street Journal reported last year that China is taking the lead in drone manufacturing primarily because of DJI which has become one of the world leaders because of its Phantom consumer drone.  Marketwatch reported on data from both Goldman Sachs & a Drone Analyst report showing DJI having a market share of 70% & 42.9% respectively.




The Marketwatch report was in the context of GoPro, an American manufacturer potentially breaking the Chinese stranglehold in the drone market.  GoPro is considered as a key competitor to Chinese competitors because of their dominance in the camera market for sports & other outdoor activities. Here is an excerpt on the fit between cameras & drones:

GoPro’s competitors have been using GoPro cameras on their own drones. DJI initially relied on the GoPro in its original “Phantom” line, supplying customers with a mount for their GoPro on the drone. While DJI recently transitioned to making its own drone cameras, 3D Robotics continues to partner with GoPro as a supplier of cameras for its drones.

But, what of the smaller drones i.e. Quadcopter market? Which firms & countries dominate those segments? We analyzed various shopping sites to identify top companies selling quadcopters to see if the Chinese dominance held in that market as well. Our analysis found that the companies behind the top three selling products were also based out of China. Here are the top 3.



SYMA is located  Guangdong China & is a large-scale enterprise with its own designing, manufacturing & trading operations. Its top selling quadcopter product is the Syma X5C which is priced at $62 & has more than 2400 customer ratings with an average rating of 4 on Amazon. Its features include:

  • Equipped with HD camera and 2GB Micro SD card

  • Perform flips at the press of a button with 360 degree eversion

  • Wind resistant and can be flown indoors or outdoors

  • 6-axis Gyro stabilization system ensures maximum stability during flight

  • 7 Minute flight time and 100 minute charge time.



UDI RC is based out of Guangdong China & its top selling item, with a 4 rating from 2800+ customers is UDI U818A & its features include:

  • 6 AXIS GYRO with posture control - Integrated design guarantee the precise positioning of the aircraft.
  • 4 CHANNEL function provide stable flying and easy operation.
  • High capacity battery and strong power motors enable the helicopter to fly much longer and more efficiently.
  • Charging time is about 120 minutes while flight duration is about 7-9 minutes.
  • Modular design makes it easy to install and repair. Remote distance is up to 30m.

The UDI U818A is priced at $99



Hubsan is based out of Tangxia Town, Dongguan & its top selling item is the Hubsan X4 (H107L) which is priced at $48 & has a rating of 4 from more than 800 customers. The product features include:

  • Durable one piece main frame.
  • Precision 6 axis gyro.
  • Ready to Fly.
  • 4 channel 2.4Ghz control.
  • High capacity LiPO battery.


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