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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.