Buying Guide

Buyer's Guide: The Best Way to Choose Your First Drone

Find the quad copter that is correct for you!

It is an excellent stake, 2015 is going to be remembered as the year drones actually took off.

I am not referring to the contentious military type, but instead the hobbyist-friendly quadcopters you have likely seen buzzing over beaches, parks, races and other open aeras.

Let's go!

First off all, what are drones?

After Wikipedia, here is simple explanation:

"Unmanned aerial vehicle.

UAV" redirects here. For other uses, see UAV (disambiguation).

An MQ-9 Reaper, a hunter-killer surveillance UAV
A DJI Phantom UAV for commercial and recreational aerial photography

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, and also referred to as a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. ICAO classify unmanned aircraft into two types under Circular 328 AN/190.

Autonomous aircraft – currently considered unsuitable for regulation due to legal and liability issues
Remotely piloted aircraft – subject to civil regulation under ICAO and under the relevant national aviation authority

The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed.[not in citation given]. The Nazi-German V-1 flying bomb flew autonomously powered by a pulsejet.

They are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a growing number of civil applications,[4] such as policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as inspection of power or pipelines. UAVs are often preferred for missions that are too "dull, dirty or dangerous" for manned aircraft."


It is the most affordable first class flight you'll be able to reserve, as well as the views are unbelievable. Businesses like 3DRobotics, DJI, Parrot, and Syma have introduced a broad array of consumer-friendly drones, touting anyone-can-fly simplicity, high resolution onboard cameras, and affordable prices.

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Drones are great flying robots, and also have multiple application

As revenues soared like so many drones were sold, YouTube overflowed with dramatic eye in the sky video clips, the sort you'd ordinarily expect to see from large-budget filmmakers with professional crews.

For anyone interested in taking to the heavens, the single challenge is determining which drone to purchase.

Peruse your local or on-line hobby store and you are likely to find tons of different models, with no clear sign of what is best for different demographics.

What are the Best Drones For Children?

Let’s see, a quick-going flying thing with sharp, whirling blades -- what could possibly FAIL?, Everything?

When it comes to drone itself, you will need something cheap, yet tough, with blade guards that could shield walls, pets, siblings, and other risks against less-matched aviators.

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Kids have a lot of fun with drones...

Parrot's $100 Wheeling Spider is an inside-friendly (arguably inside-only) mini-drone with large, removable plastic wheels.

Installed, they serve double functions: protection and, true to its name, rolling. Simply note that children will require a Smartphone or tablet PC to fly the drone, snapshot pictures (and only pictures -- this model does not do video), perform well, and so on.

For a much more conventional RC encounter, look to the outside-prepared Syma X5C, which has a double-stick control and offers substantially better variety.

It is a huge, quick, tough flier, with glowing down-facing LEDs to help monitor it from below. Plus, it has a high def camera that could shoot video.

Time for First-Time Grownups. What's the Best for Them?

Truth be told, the aforementioned Syma X5C provides an excellent experience for grownups, too.

Tons of attributes, forgiving layout, as well as a low enough price tag that it is not a disaster should you plow it into a tree. Also, take a look at the Hubsan X4 H107 set, which packages astonishing speed and maneuverability into tough, palm-size plastic casings.

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Best choice for newbies

The higher-end H107C HD sells for around $80 and carries a high def, front-facing camera.

Parrot's first AR Drone pretty much began the drone craze, and this third-generation model demonstrates the firm understands just how to engineer serious flying pleasure.

Drones for Hobbyists, Which Ones?

Need to do much more than simply see what your neighborhood resembles from 100 feet up? You must take a jump into the hobbyist world of drones -- as well as the place to begin is DJI.

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Drones for advanced hobbyists

If there is a poster child for drone popularity in 2014, it is the DJI Phantom.

The firm's latest, the Phantom 2 Vision , keeps the same friendly, non-intimidating white layout as the first Phantom FC40, but adds a 25-minute battery and gimbal-stabilized, GoPro-fashion camera it is possible to control from the remote.

And not merely does it have return-to-house GPS attributes; it is possible to plot out flight paths for it using your pill.

Photography Drones for Great Footage? No Problem Here is Our Choice!

"Lights! Camera! Drone!" Unlike camera-equipped planes, drones do not need to fly in a straight line. Unlike choppers, they are able to turn on a dime and skate right next to dangerous challenges.

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Photography drones

And thanks to the most up-to-date technology, the drone can do a number of the heavy lifting, piloting-wise. a goal taking a matched Smartphone.

So for your next pursuit scene, you no longer need to worry whether the cameraman got the chance -- particularly if you are the cameraman and you are in the picture.

With so many new approaches to take the heavens and get what is up there, we have never been closer to wiping out fowl-envy. In your face, feathered pals!

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