Find your flier: Best drones for photographers

In 2010, the drone market exploded with the launch of the first consumer drone, the Parrot AR.drone. But now there are hundreds of drones and camera systems to choose from, and it's safe, easy, and relatively low cost to capture aerial photographs. You want a drone that has reliable photographic quality without a complex learning curve. This list includes what I believe are the safest, highest-quality drones that are ready to fly with a miniumum of training. And each has two highly desirable safety features: return-to-home and auto-landing. Click through the gallery below to see your best options in professional, prosumer, and budget price and function categories. Sally French is the founder of The Drone Girl website, which provides news and information about drones. She served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its first year.