We’ve gone a long way from the “dark ages” where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones as it’s more commonly referred to, were mostly associated with the military. Nowadays you can find someone flying a drone just about anywhere. From scenic travel destinations to frolicking music festivals, to beautiful weddings and even your local park, drones are starting to be a ubiquitous part of daily life.
Making that first leap into the world of drones can be quite harrowing. Is it worth it? Will I even use it? Won’t I just lose or wreck it after a few days? Isn’t flying a drone a bit too complicated for me? All of these and a whole host of other things might pop through your head before even considering buying a UAV. Like most things though things are always more complicated than they seem. Here’s a quick and handy guide to getting the right drone for you.
On the level
You’ve got to crawl before you walk and walk before you fly. Even with technology how it is now, there’s still a learning curve with flying drones. There are varying degrees of difficulty depending on the drone’s features and use. It’s always good to start with the smaller, simpler drones before you move on to the more premium, advanced ones.
- Entry Level- These are the beginner drones, usually the microdrones. They don’t cost as much and don’t have much in terms of features. You can liken them to driving with a manual transmission, not too much on the bells and whistles but the perfect piece for your first time.
- Mid Tier- These are more of your hobby drones. A mixture of toy drones and mid-level video drones. They hold a variety of fixtures and gimmicks, albeit not the top of the line, that is sure to hold any enthusiasts interest.
- Professional Grade- These are your heavy duty drones The quality of these products is only matched by their price tag. Most of these drones are for commercial use. A good investment for any experienced pilot.
(Drone and remote control., Source: Pixabay)
Part of the fun of it all is the learning how to fly. Don’t rush and enjoy the ride.
Drone’s come in all shapes and sizes as well as varying price points. Figuring out how much you're willing to shell out would be important in getting the most bang for your buck. It can be broken down mostly by:
- Premium- These are the drones that cost upwards of forty thousand pesos. These may cost a pretty penny but you can really feel the difference in the quality of these drones compared to the others in the market.
- Mid-Priced- You can get these drones in the six thousand to the twenty thousand range. You won’t break the bank for these drones while still getting a variety of different features to make use of.
- Low Cost- These are your basic drones. These are what you usually start flying with as a beginner and would only set you back two three pesos or less.
With the array of drones out in the market, you don’t have to worry, you're bound to find a drone that fits your budget.
The right tool for the job
Are you in the market for the latest video drones that you’d like to use for your business or are you just looking to mess around and impress your friends with the number of tricks and stunts you can pull off? You have to ask yourself what is my goal? What do I want to get out of this experience? These questions can be answered by know what you want out of your drones.
- Battle Drones: These are, so far, a Propel-specific type of drones. Beginning with their Star Wars line, these are every kid, and kids at heart, dream drone.
- Video/Photography- These are what most drones are known for these days. Be it used for films, events, or simply a different perspective, these are the drones you’ll need to get the perfect shot.
- FPV Racing- With the Drone Racing League getting some airtime on ESPN, there’s been a surge of popularity on these type of races as of late. Though most of these drones are of the build it yourself variety, you can still find a number of off the shelf racing drones if you don’t have the patience to work on one your own.
Figuring out what do you really want to do with your drone is paramount deciding what the right drone is for you. Keep in mind that Airspace regulation and general rules of safe flying depends on which country you are from. As a new Drone Pilot, you should educate yourself on these regulations before flying.