I will try to keep this list of Drone manufacturers as up to date as possible even if the multi-rotor industry is grooving rapidly.
If I left any major ones off, please contact and suggest me other drone manufactures and I will add it to this list.
DJI Innovations – They offer a range of mid-high end unmanned aerial systems platforms, they are specialized on GPS First Person View drones. Must of their drones are for commercial photography and videography, but after they dropped the price under $499 with the latest DJI Phantom FC40 drone they are also targeting the hobbyists market.
DJI Homepage: http://www.dji.com
Walkera – The Walkera drone factory is located in Guangzhou City. Walkera is a drone manufacturer that offers a wide range of drone models, from the tiny and popular QR Ladybird micro drone to the QR X800 GPS FPV professional Multi-Rotor.
Walkera Homepage: http://www.walkera.com
WLToys belongs to Shantou Chenghai Weili Toys Industrial Co. Ltd., with years of experience in the RC toys industry. WLToys offers a range of remote controlled toys, including helicopters and drones. One of their most popular model is the WL303 GPS GoPro compatible drone with the lowest price in his range, around $290.
WLToys Homepage: http://www.wlmodel.com
Cheerson – JH TOYS INDUSTRIAL CO., LIMITED located in Shantou of Guangdong province, specializes in the design and manufacture of all kinds of remote controlled toys. One of their most popular model is the Cheerson CX-20 open source Drone with a very attractive price, under $290.
Cheerson Homepage: http://cnjhtoys.com
Hubsan – This drone manufacturer become fairly well known recently with its Hubsan X4 drone series, including the popular entry level Hubsan X4 H107C.
Hubsan Homepage: http://www.hubsan.com
Syma Toys – Is located in Laimei Industrial park Chenghai District Shantou, China. It is a large-scale enterprise with own designing, manufacturing and trading. This drone manufacturer is best known for its remote controlled helicopters, though they have recently broken into the drone market with the highly popular Syma X5 drone with 6-Axis Gyro system and onboard HD camera.
Syma Homepage: http://www.symatoys.com
Parrot – Parrot produces the highly popular AR.Drone, a hobbyists drone with integrated FPV system. Their aircraft can be controlled by smartphones over the WiFi signal.
Parrot Homepage: http://www.parrot.com
DIY Drones – If you are in electronics, you can build your own drone from scratch or you can buy a drone kit.