What To Keep In Mind Before Buying A Drone

Author Wouter Wargerink 16.11.2017. | 15:40

Drones and quadcopters have become highly popular among young and old tech enthusiasts alike. These cool gadgets allow you to cruise through the skies and let you experience what it feels like to be a true drone pilot. On today’s market, there are thousands of different drones available. This might make it a bit confusing and difficult for first-time drone pilots to decide on which drone to buy. In this article, we will give you 5 basic tips that help first-time drone users to find the right RC drone that meets all their demands.

 

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Purpose Of Your Drone

There are numerous kinds of drones and quad-copters available to the general public that all come with their own features and benefits. Therefore, the first thing you have to think about before buying a drone is for what purpose you will use your drone. Are you looking for an ultra-fast drone to race through the skies? Do you want a camera drone that lets you shoot stunning video and great selfies? Or are you simply looking for a fun little pocket drone that can be flown indoors to entertain your kids? Only when you know for what purpose you will use your drone, you’ll be able to find the right Quad-Copter that meets your needs.

 

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Additional Costs

Before you buy a drone, it is important to keep in mind that, if you wish to take the most out of your drone experience, you might need to invest in some extra accessories. Hereby you can think about extra batteries, propeller protectors, or filters. Especially professional-grade drones such as the ones by DJI often support expensive accessories. Therefore, it is always a good idea to keep some money aside to buy accessories in order to upgrade your drone experience. If your final budget is $1500, it would be reasonable to spend a $1000 on your drone and save a few hundred dollars for buying extra batteries, ND filters, and other add-ons.

 

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Local Drone Laws

Every country has its own set of rules that apply to people who wish to fly a drone. In some countries, for instance, you will be required to register your drone before you’ll be legally allowed to take it out for a flight. Added to that, it is illegal in most countries to fly your drone in near airports so you have to be sure of your current location before letting your drone lift off into the skies. Within a certain country, each county or city may have its own laws and regulations for drone flights. Therefore, it is very important to check out what are the local rules of your city on flying drones before you actually decide to start cruising through the skies. Naturally, this tip also applies for when you are traveling abroad or in a different city. It is never a smart idea to simply take off and fly your drone around without first informing yourself on the local rules.

 

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Ease Of Flying

Because there are so many different drones and Quad-Copters available, you can also expect these drones to have different flight levels. Although there still are some professional-grade drones that are difficult to control, most consumer RC drones nowadays are very user-friendly. This takes away many of the worries of first-time pilots who are afraid of accidentally damaging their newly bought drone.  The latest drones come with follow-me features, as well as return-to-home and other safety features which all make consumer drones very easy to fly. If you are a first-time drone pilot, it may be a wise decision to find yourself a drone that supports many of these in-flight features as this is guaranteed to increase your in-flight experience.

 

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Camera Resolution And Features

Shooting the high-end cinematic drone shots you see on YouTube is much more difficult than it seems. Although the vast majority of drones come equipped with a state of the art 4K camera, this does not guarantee you that you’ll end up with professional-grade footage. It takes time and skill to learn how to process and edit the pictures and footage you have shot with your camera drone. Not only do you have to learn how to fly in a proper and smooth manner, you’ll also need to understand how to edit your footage. It is important to know how to use the intelligent flight modes of your Quad–Copter in order to take the most out of your drone filming experience.

Author Wouter Wargerink 16.11.2017. | 15:40
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