If you’re interested in flying a quadcopter but don’t know how to choose the right one, you’ve come to the right place.
For the uninitiated, the world of drones can be an overwhelming and complicated place to maneuver. There are a lot of terms to learn, a lot of models to look at, and so many numbers to take into account. “I just want to take aerial photos and look cool, okay.” We get it.
So to break it down in layman’s terms, we’ve listed a couple of factors you should consider when making your first drone purchase. These are just some of the things you should look at:
Like all things (and especially gadgets), you shouldn’t compromise on quality. Just think about it, you’re going to buy a device that you’ll be taking up in the air, exposed to the elements and all. It should be durable enough to handle that at least.
If you’re a beginner, it’s even more important to invest in quality. You’re probably going to crash your drone, and that’s not a bad thing. Most drones can handle the beating, but you have to make sure that you’re getting something that can last long enough until you figure out how to fly properly.
So if you can afford it, get a drone with a tough and anti-collision design. You won’t have to worry much about a heavy-duty quadcopter like that.
Flight time and range
Whatever you want to do with your drone, you should at least make sure that it has the battery life and range to handle the activities you’ve got planned out.
Drones on the cheaper end might last shorter than you expect, so make sure that you get one with at least 15 minutes of flight time, especially if you’re planning to take videos.
But you could also probably work with a shorter flight time. That is, as long as you have an extra battery ready and the drone itself doesn’t take too long to charge.
And don’t worry about the drone running out of battery mid-flight; a good beginner drone will automatically land when the battery’s low.
The maximum height to fly a drone in the United States is 400 feet, but the distance your quadcopter can go depends on the device’s range. Cheaper drones have a range of 45 to 100 meters, but there are high-end drones that can reach up to 10,000 meters.
Ease of use
A good drone has enough features that are friendly to beginners. Just take a look at these Dronethusiast.com beginner drones; most of them are specifically designed to make flying easier.
Choose a model that offers different flight modes, one of which would be specific for those just starting out.
Look out for automated flight features like advanced obstacle avoidance (to steer clear of pesky hurdles), headless mode (which automatically aligns the drone movements), automatic altitude hold (this helps maintains a consistent altitude), and easy takeoff and landing options.
When you become an expert at flying, you usually have the option to turn off these features, so don’t worry.
There are more things you should take into account when choosing a drone to buy (camera capabilities, look and design, and price), but these should be enough to get you started. Good luck in your search and happy flying!