The first step towards buying a drone is, well, deciding that you need to buy a drone. The second step is (and the harder part), is deciding which drone you actually need to buy according to your needs.
The drone is one of the most attractive technological devices to exist today. Even better, they are not even very expensive to buy. However, there are a few perspectives that you need to consider when you begin comparing different models.
You can keep these aspects in mind even when you are upgrading your already existing drone, not just buying a new one.
Major Categories to Consider
The good news is that the categories of drones do not branch into an ungraspable amount. Almost all of the drones fall under two major categories: those with or without a camera.
Many people, in fact most of the people looking at drones, are interested in buying a drone that is capable of capturing the aerial photos of the most breathtaking views possible. The drones that are fitted with cameras are typically larger than the ones without a camera.
Drones Without a Camera
Other people want a cool toy they can control while it’s in the air, and thus they don’t mind sacrificing the camera feature in it. If that is the case, then there are cheaper drones that do not have a camera fitted inside of them. They are smaller, so they are also capable of flying indoors too.
Some tiny indoor drones may have a camera fitted inside of them, but they will not be giving high-quality footage at all.
What To Look For Before Buying a Drone
Apart from the camera feature, there are a few other elements that you can consider to help guide what you want out of your drone. For example, a Star Wars fanatic might enjoy a Star Wars themed drone.
Other factors to consider are how you control the drone. Larger drones typically come with remote controls. However, if you prefer a smaller drone, you will most likely have to operate it from your phone. Check out the apps that control drones before buying, as an app that is difficult to use may turn you away from its corresponding drone.
Many beginners will have nothing in mind prior to acquiring the drone except for having something fun to play with. However, if you want to buy a drone for serious business, you would need to keep these things in mind.
Speaking generally, the more money you spend on the drone, the sweeter the result will be. The more money, the better the quality, and often the bigger the size, the longer it’ll fly, and the better camera footage it’ll deliver. You can, however, find some budget drones with great features. Look for these product specifications before you make a purchase:
The first and foremost factor to consider is the battery lifespan. Choosing a drone with just the right amount of battery life is important, as they can only fly for so long.
Even if you are buying one of the best models, your average battery life typically will not exceed 30 minutes. Then, you will have to recharge the battery. Of course, you can carry all the extra batteries in the world that you desire, but you would have to add the cost of the batteries to the cost of the drone overall.
Kind of Motor (Brushed or Brushless)
Brushless motors are more efficient than brushed motors. The difference is in the technology, so unless you know a lot about electromagnetism, it can be difficult to understand. The main takeaway is that brushless motors offer more energy efficiency and therefore better power. Brushed motors are often found on smaller, less expensive drones – which is fine for their use and price point.
Some drones have a built-in camera; the others have the option that lets you attach your own camera to them. Whatever the case, if your camera is your first priority, you would have to look at it first thing. Check out the number of pixels, whether or not it’s HD, and other photography specs.
For a complete beginner, the headless mode is very helpful. It lets you move the drone according to your position, not according to the direction of the joystick.
This will help the beginners to avoid the confusion and chaos caused by the new and tricky drone system.
The GPS enables the drone to fly in any location that you have fed in it. This is called the RTH feature, where the drone is able to come back from where it started off. A GPS is also important for finding your drone if you’ve flown it too far or out of your sight range.
Follow Me Mode
Some drones have a more advanced system than just integrated GPS. They are able to follow your location, allowing you to bike or ride or do anything that you are recording. Every drone does it differently, so make sure you check in with the follow me mode of your drone before you proceed to buy one.