What to Look For When Buying a Drone?
If you’ve decided that you want to invest a chunk of money into a drone but aren’t really familiar with the different models and all of their features, you’ve come to the right neighborhood. We’ll be discussing the most popular models and the features worth considering so that you can get the most value out of your purchase and have a genuinely good time operating the drone you pick.
Each type of drone has its own strengths and weaknesses, but more importantly, each type comes in a wide range of prices. Consumer drones are the most basic type, and you’ll find basic (budget) models and premium ones. For beginners, it’s highly advisable that you go with a more basic model just to get the hang of it and re-evaluate at a later point whether the hobby is right for you, before you dig into the premium models that can cost up to several thousand dollars.
A micro-drone is another popular type, especially for beginners who want something cheap and small to fly around the office or park. Some of these models feature cameras, while others don’t. There are far more models that feature a camera, and nowadays, even the more affordable models have a basic camera on them.
Regardless of which type you choose, consider what you’re going to do with it for the majority of your time using it. Racing? 4K video? Stunts? This decision can be of major help when deciding which drone is right for you. Additionally, consider the size and the amount of money you want to spend on it. Once you do that, you can move to other important features and specs, like the following.
If you spend a few hundred bucks on a drone, you can expect it to have a brushless motor. Brushless motors are faster, smoother, and last longer than basic motors.
Even though almost every drone comes with a camera, the quality is not the same. Some have a paltry VGA, while others 4K cameras. Higher end drones feature a gimbal that helps keep the camera steady while moving.
Charge and Flight Time
No matter how feature-heavy and good the drone is, it’s not worthy if it can’t stay for at least 30 minutes in the air. That being said, consider how long its batteries last, and how long it takes to recharge them.
Generally, you want to keep your drone in sight at all times, but that may be quite the distance if you’re out in the open. Different models vary regarding how far away you can take them before you lose contact.