Choosing drones can be a bit daunting with so many different makes and models being produced. How do you decide?
Drones are popular items these days that come in different sizes and price. You can spend as little as $50 to over $30,000 depending on the features incorporated into the drone. Outside of the obvious military application some of the drones that can be purchase for a specific use include racing, cinematography, delivery, survey, video or pictures and fishing. Yes that’s correct. You can even get a drone that allows you to attach a fishing line to it and drop it in the water. Great for fishing from a remote beach.
One of the things to consider is what you want to do with the drone. Do you need a drone for commercial purposes, just for fun or to make the next epic travel video. Here at upyourdrone.com.au we didn’t need a fishing drone but one that is capable of taking quality video and still imagery. Giving consideration to this will help you to work out a budget, compare pricing and features.
Choosing Drones – You actually require
After deciding on what you want your drone to be able to do, consider the features or capabilities of the drone. There are drones with the ability to work indoors and outdoors dependent on the make and model purchased. Some drones are better at taking quality video and still imagery and others are built for fun and racing.
Sophisticated drones tend to be more intuitive and with comprehensive application programs that are capable of providing intricate flight routines. Don’t get caught up in the sales pitch about the different abilities of a particular drone. You may not need all the features or capabilities offered, so why pay for them. Having a look at the different specifications for the drone you are considering to purchase will help with your decision.
A drone being used to capture good quality video should be capable of recording at a minimum HD video. Should have a quality gimbal setup allowing for steady video capture while in flight.
Choosing Drones – Flying abilities
Drones are not that difficult to fly in open spaces but do take some skill and getting used to. The more sophisticated drones are capable of using inbuilt application programs to control the more hard to obtain video shots. In saying that, if you haven’t flown a drone/UAV before, it may be more prudent to start with hobby drone/UAV before you start spending a lot of money. This will allow you to practice your remote control flying skills and hand eye co-ordination. This type of drone won’t have all features found on a more advanced drone but are less expensive on the wallet should you break it.
Choosing Drones – Price and quality
If you are not looking for a practice drone then don’t just rely on price alone. You need to consider the complete drone package on offer. There are companies that will sell a complete drone package that include extra batteries, extra propellers, car charger and hard shell case and others that sell the basics to get you flying straight out of the box.
The basic drone package should include, drone, remote controller, propellers, battery and charger. Depending on the drone chosen will govern if you need to also purchase a tablet to be able to view it’s flight. It is possible with some drones to be able to view it’s flight via your mobile phone. At upyourdrone.com.au we use a dedicated large tablet.
Not all drones are made the same. Therefore you should give consideration in your budget for quality of product. The best place to find out about a companies product is via their website and reading any reviews conducted. DJI Phantom 4
Where to buy
Just when you think you have it all worked out. You see your dream drone online going cheap. Before you start reaching for the credit card, ask yourself is this a reputable online site. Is it a site that sells second hand items or is it a site that is resides overseas. Buyer beware, because there are a few pitfalls.
A second hand drone may look good because of the price. Even if it is a legitimate sale does it come with warranty. Is the warranty transferable on that companies drone. Do you need a warranty or are you willing to take your chances without one. Mass production of drones, means even the best companies have products that a certain percentage will have problems.
You maybe considering buying your drone from overseas because you can buy it at a third of the price. Be careful buying your drone while you are traveling overseas. Warranty can be an issue with such purchases. Some drone companies require you to return the drone and or it’s accessories like batteries to the place of purchase. This can be a very expensive exercise.
There is no right or wrong way in choosing drones. I hope this article has given you some ideas and what to think about before you purchase.
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