Are You New To Buying Drones – If So Where Do You Start !?
Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place!
Welcome to our simple and straightforward guide to buying your first Drone or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) !!
If you have already had a look you will have seen there is a wide variety of choice when it comes to buying a Drone.
However, don’t worry we as have some sage advice that will help and guide you to pick the exact one that’s just right for you.
If you haven’t owned a Drone before it’s important you know exactly what you want to use it for because this should drive your decision to buy.
What Exactly is a Drone?
A Drone is also known as UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and basically is a remotely piloted aircraft.
The most common type of recreational Drone is a Quadcopter, although there are Remote Controlled (RC) Planes, Helicopters and other multi-rotors.
Recreational Drones are mainly used for flying, racing and photography/videography purposes.
Do you know the Differences Between UAVs, Quadcopters and Drones?
The majority of all personal Drones are in Quadcopter format which means they have 4 rotors.
Quadcopters come in two main designs;
X Frame – probably the most popular and widely used for general use
H Frame – tend to be used more for racing
Design doesn’t really affect you as a beginner and this should be down to your personal preference.
Some Basic and Useful Features
These are some of the basic features you can look out for when deciding on your Drone;
- CAMERA: Most Quadcopters come with a camera these days for photo and video
- 6-AXIS GYRO: Control system which helps with stable flying
- 2.4 GHz TRANSMISSION: For more responsive controls and minimal interference
- HEADLESS MODE: Usually the forward direction is the same as the Quadcopter nose direction, but if using Headless mode the forward direction will be the same as your remote controller
- 3D FLIPS: Ability to perform 360° Flips with one press of a key
- BLADE PROTECTORS: Useful for preventing the blades getting damaged during collision and for safety
- LED LIGHTS: Colorful Flashing Lights useful if you want to fly at night
Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Drone
It’s important to do your research thoroughly and to help you we have listed the key areas you should consider when making your choice;
- Price – Costs vary significantly, from very cheap Toy Drones through to the more expensive premium products like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, so deciding on your budget upfront will make your search a lot easier from the start
- Learning to Fly – You need to Practice. Some people think they can just buy their Drone, take it out of the box and fly it around like a seasoned pro. Sadly this is not normally the case. As with anything, and especially an Aerial Vehicle, practice, practice and more practice is required to gain some degree of competency. Always start with a cheaper Drone and the Easiest to Learn to Fly designed specially for beginners- you can always move on later
- Further Investment – Be prepared for crashes as there will be lots of them in the beginning. Again it’s usually best advice to start with a low cost beginner Drone as the last thing you want is to destroy an expensive one and have to find further funds for costly repairs or even replacement!
- There is a lot of choice – Make sure you know what you are getting. Do you know what RTF, BNF and ARF mean, if not check our post explaining the Different Types of Drones.
- All Drones are not created equal – there are various functions available to make flying easier, especially for beginners. 6 Axis Gyro and Headless Mode are some of the functions that will help you learn to fly quicker so look out for them.
- What do you want to use it for – Drones have multiple uses, you may just want to enjoy flying around, or perhaps you are keen on photography and want to explore this further using your Drone. You might even have your mind on Racing with FPV (First Person View) which is a growing new sport. There is a Drone designed for the purpose you want, so take your time and find what is right for your needs.
- Power – Flying time of beginner Drones are usually fairly short – 6 to 8 minutes as an average. It a good idea to invest in some extra batteries so you can extend your flying time as recharging your battery will take a couple of hours, so factor that into your budget.
- Check the Law – Always check the Rules and Regulations in your country before you buy. For example, Drones require FAA registration in the USA if over 0.55 lbs.
Happy Drone Hunting…!
We hope that you find the perfect Drone for you.
Please check out some of our Reviews and if you have any questions or need any help or assistance with making your choice please let us know by leaving a comment below.
Good Luck and Enjoy !!