So you have decided that you want to join in on the latest tech booming industry of drones but you have no idea where to start or what to look for – we have just the thing with our guide to choosing a drone.
Knowing what you want when you don’t know too much about the technology is a very difficult place to start, so we always suggest thinking about what you expect or would like to be able to do with it. For example, are you just intrigued about using a remote controlled machine to fly around for a bit of fun or would you like to capture images and video. If you do want to use it for photography and videography, are you wanting to do this for a home video purposes, sharing on digital platforms such as Facebook and Instagram or do you need it for a professional website or HD/4K video playback.
These are the questions that you need to ask yourself when first looking for a drone and then of course comes the question of budget. If you know that you have a maximum budget of £200 for a drone then that is going to force your hand with the answers to some of those questions you asked yourself before – for example, 4K video will definitely be out of the equation
However, you may have £500 to spend or even £1000+ in which case you then need to ask yourself how much do you need to spend to get what you want. If you are planning on using your drone for racing then you may need a decent camera with fast relay speeds but you certainly won’t need one that has a 3 axis gimbal with 4K 60FPS video capabilities. Having a big budget is one thing – wasting your money is another.
The key things that newbies tend to forget are the following (and these are crucial to having a good experience):
- Consider battery life – budget drones may only last for 5-6 minutes per charge whereas more expensive drones may last for up to 20-30 minutes.
- How easy is it to fly – like most things, not all drones are equal and some are harder to fly than others.
- How would you like to control the drone – some come with controllers whereas others rely on your smartphone to do the leg work. If you have big chunky finger like me then the smartphone can feel a little clunky and cumbersome.
- File transfer – If you are using your drone for photos or videos then how do you use them – does your drone save them on to your phone, on an SD card or on internal storage – how do you then get these files to where you need them – e.g your phone or your computer.
- How heavy is the drone and what are the regulations – certain drones require registration and weight restrictions may apply – remember to check your local laws of flying in public.
Ask yourself all of these questions and more importantly find out the answers to as much as you can. There are some excellent drone resources all over the internet and YouTube offers even more so don’t forget to fin out what you can there.
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If you are buying second hand then you are less likely to be able to return the drone, but if you are buying new then you will be protected to some extent so if you don’t like it you can always return it.