Let me introduce you to one of my favorite hobbies: drone flying. I have accumulated significant experience at this and am ready to impart some wisdom on the subject, to whoever may listen.
Even if the weather is dreary, we are in the summer and you want to buy yourself a drone or quadcopter but do not know which one to choose? Here is a short guide to help you choose your first drone, with a look at your pocket and your real needs.
So already, if you’re asking yourself the question ‘what drone to buy’, it’s because you have not read this article, but read on and I will explain how to make the right choice.
Which model to get?
You decided to buy yourself a multi-rotor drone, either for you or to make a gift, but before buying you need to establish your needs and your possibilities.
There are various sizes and prices – how to know what model to choose? If you already have an AR Drone and can fly it with a smartphone or a tablet, then there is nothing for you to do with what will be described below.
If this is your first purchase then this is for you.
Set your needs and goals straight
First of all if it is to make a gift to your child, he or she must be at least 14 years of age, below this age forget it (except for rare exceptions).
The big questions to ask are:
- What budget do you have? And yes it is pointless to waste your time looking at high-end multi-rotors if you only have $40 to spend.
- Have you ever flown a drone or not? For a beginner, you shouldn’t buy the same one as if you were experienced.
- Do you already have a remote control? Some multi-rotors are sold in BNF version (without RC), which will allow you to pay less for your drone and also to choose from several models, but this implies a compatibility between models…
- Do you want to fly inside or outside? If it is only to fly in your house, you will not buy the same drone as for to fly outside.
- What’s the weather like in your area? If you are in a windy area you should not buy an AR Drone for example. If you’re in a rainy region then think if it wouldn’t be better to buy a small model to fly indoors for example.
- Are you interested in taking photos and video? If you want to shoot quality photo or video, you should forget about the lower end models and keep in mind that it’s going to cost you more. Here’s a good selection of quadcopters for the GoPro video camera, which is one of the best to consider if you plan to get into video droning.
- Do you want to fly in immersion? Then that involves thst you know already how to fly. Do not trust that you will be able to fly in immersion (it means looking at either a control screen or through glasses that will rebroadcast the video filmed live from the multi-rotor)
Of course if you know someone who has a multi-rotor drone or a quadricopter, you can ask him questions but he will not necessarily have the experience of several models and therefore cannot advise you except through his experience.
And it is also through MY experience that I’ll guide you as best as I can for your first experience or for a better one than what you may have had before.
You have never piloted a drone!
You still have to start one day, so let’s make this experience a good one. Purchasing a multi-rotor adapted to your needs will provide you with fun and will certainly make you want to buy another, while an ill-suited purchase will risk leaving you disgusted with drone-flying.
When one has never tried to fly a drone, I think that the top of the top remains the Hubsan because they allow to fly in the house as well as outside. Please note there are several models and their prices range from $40 to $150 so let’s see what model you should get.