If you predicted a few years ago that for a little over $1000, we’d all soon be able to buy a remote control aircraft that uses satellites to fly, and beams live footage to your mobile phone, it would have sounded like science fiction.

But this is now a reality. We tested a couple of drones that do all that and more, along with four more basic models. We also spoke to aviation authorities about what you need to know before getting airborne. And we talked to privacy experts about your rights on the ground.