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Beginner’s Guide to Buying Drones

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So you think it’s time to buy some mini-aircraft flying in the air? Sure. But as a beginner, where should you begin? There are a lot of drones in the market and you have a little or no knowledge at all about these things. So here’s a beginner’s guide to buying drones:

  1. Type of drones

You should know that there are some distinctions in knowing what type of drone should you buy. First, the affordable models and the premium models. If you’re looking for an affordable model, this will only just cost you around hundreds of dollars. But if you’re looking for a premium model (or high end models), you should expect that it will be worth thousands of dollars. Second, the micro-drones. These are the kind of drones that suits you, a beginner. If you’re looking for a small and budget-friendly drone, then you can have this kind. Lastly, the drones without cameras and the ones with cameras. Although the latter is much bigger in size, this will suit you if you’re into aerial photography or videography.

  1. Basic Technical Considerations
  • Camera: If you want the best and the highest quality footage, you surely want to buy the premium models. These models also provide stability and some features that will keep the camera steady while the drone is moving around.
  • Flight time and charge/recharge time: Most drones does not stay up in no more than half an hour. So you should consider this when buying.
  • Range- models vary on the distance the drone can reach before it cuts the connection to your remote controller. But there are drones that have auto piloting and gets back to you whenever it cuts the connection to your remote controller.
  1. Basic things you should know
  • Some drones are not ready to fly

You will observe that there is an acronym printed on your drone and it’s either one of the three namely RTF, BNF, and ARF. An RTF or Ready-to-fly drone doesn’t need a lot of setup, it’s just installing the propellers and other simple things. Next, the BNF or Bind-And-Fly is already fully assembled but without controllers. So what you have to do is buy a separate controller and be sure that its compatible with your drone. Lastly, the ART or Almost-ready-to-fly drone doesn’t always come with transmitter or receiver and will require a partial assembly. So if you are a beginner, you should read the descriptions thoroughly. And it is preferable if you buy a drone with an RTF label.

  • Invest money and time

If you want a high-end drone, surely you will have to invest a big amount of cash. So, if you don’t want to waste your money, you have to invest your time researching about drones. Or try asking for advice from you friends or professionals who are experts with drones.

  • As much as possible, be part of a drone community

All professionals and drone-users are found in some drone communities or forums. So, if you are part of this community, you can easily ask for advices or questions concerning drones. But be sure to ask clearly so that your questions will be answered correctly.

Drones and Quadcopter

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You might ask, what’s the difference between Drones and Quadcopters? First of all, let’s make things clear. A Drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle or (UAV), for example a flying robot, with a (hidden) camera used for capturing and recording live happenings, while a Quadcopter, also known as Quadrotor Helicopter or Quadrotor, is a type of drone and is a bit more specific with four propellers. Some examples of Quadcopter are DJI Inspire 1, DJI Mavic, and DJI Phantom 4.

DJI Inspire 1

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“Creativity unleashed”

DJI is proud to produce the Inspire 1 with the most advanced and complete package. Everything that the latest aerial technology has to offer is packed into DJI Inspire 1. It is a well-built, lightweight, stable, and ready-to-fly quadcopter which captures excellent 4k –resolution videos. It has the ability to remove its camera giving way for possible upgrades. If the quadcopter runs low of battery or the connection between your remote controller and the drone is lost, the DJI Inspire 1 is capable of auto piloting to return back to you safely.