Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are remote-controlled flying vehicles that were originally developed for military applications and later expanded to civilian use in commercial, logistic, recreational, and agricultural areas, among others. Consumer drones, the first variety developed for non-military use, were initially only of interest to model aircraft enthusiasts. Nowadays, however, they are also used by tech fans, sports fans, adventurers, professional photographers, and videographers – thanks to the adoption of various innovative technologies, such as flight technology, mobile technology, video technology, as well as advanced software and ecosystems, in the course of the past decades. After years of development, the range of consumer drone models is almost limitless now: tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, or octocopters, with 3, 4, 6, or 8 rotors, respectively. And the price varies according to the features of the device, such as its size, sensing systems, onboard cameras, batteries, and flight modes – ranging from under US$100 for a lightweight hobbyist drone to over US$1,000 for a prosumer drone with a 4K camera, an obstacle sensing system, a flight range of up to 5 kilometers, and 30 minutes of flight time. But the overall average price shows a falling trend due to lower production costs and material prices.
The market comprises revenue, average revenue per capita, volume, average volume per capita, and price. Figures are generated through both online and offline sales channels and include spending by consumers (B2C) and enterprises (B2B). Key players in the market are companies like DJI, Parrot, and Autel Robotics. These companies are leaders in their respective segments and are known for their innovative products, brand reputation, and extensive distribution networks. For more information on the data displayed, use the info button right next to the boxes.
Prosumer drones under 5 kg (including high-end drones for professional use acquired through consumer distribution channels)
Hobbyist drones / toy drones
Commercial drones / industrial drones
Radio-controlled two-wing aircraft and helicopters
Accessories (not included in the original package, cameras, lenses, handles, spare parts, etc.)
In 2022, the Drones segment continued to grow, driven by advancements in technology and changing consumer preferences, despite the worldwide supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19 and geopolitical bringing many market sectors to a stillstand. With the lifting of lockdown policies and the recovery of tourism around the world, the increasing popularity of drones for recreational use and aerial photography has created a wide range of opportunities for this segment. The global Drones segment reached US$3.64 billion in 2022, marking a huge increase from 2021.
When it comes to market leadership in the drone industry, we anticipate that well-known players such as DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec will maintain their dominance due to their strong brand reputation and diverse product offerings. However, smaller players that offer competitive pricing may also experience growth. With an extensive range of consumer drone models now available, including tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, and octocopters with varying numbers of rotors, the price range depends on the device's features, such as its size, sensing systems, onboard cameras, batteries, and flight modes. While lightweight hobbyist drones can be purchased for under US$100, prosumer drones with advanced features, such as 4K cameras, obstacle sensing systems, and a flight range of up to 5 kilometers, can cost over US$1,000. However, the overall trend in average drone prices is declining due to lower production costs and material prices.
With regards to further market growth in the Drones segment, we expect that demand for Drones will continue to increase, as they become more accessible and affordable. Advances in technology, such as longer battery life, improved camera quality, and obstacle avoidance, are making drones more versatile. However, regulations and privacy concerns remain challenges for the drone industry.
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