Which Drone To Buy? Drone Shopping Tips

//Which Drone To Buy? Drone Shopping Tips

Which Drone To Buy? Drone Shopping Tips

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What You Should Know

First, let’s start with a few “things your should know before you buy,” from MyFirstDrone.com. In “Want To Buy a Drone? – 5 Things You Should Know Before You Buy,” the following 5 key points are covered:

  • Not all drones are easy to fly
  • Not all drones are ready to fly
  • You need to make investments upfront
  • There are a ton places to buy from
  • You need to be part of the drone community

I’d like to expand further on a few of the points made in the MyFirstDrone.com article:

  • Not all drones are ready to fly out of the box, but you can easily find the ones that are by looking for RTF or Ready to Fly drones
  • You need to make investments upfront, and two key investments you shouldn’t overlook are insurance and education
  • There are tons of places to buy from, so compare prices and shop smart
  • While you don’t need to be part of the drone community, you will be welcomed and the community relishes the opportunity to grow

Types Of Drones

According to “Best Buy’s Drone Buying Guide,” drones fall into three categories.

  • Drones for Beginners – “At the entry level (ranging from around $50–$200), most drones are small and light, and sometimes maneuverable enough to fly safely indoors. Their size and basic technology make them difficult to control outside, especially when there’s wind. Camera-included models will capture lower-quality images and video than more expensive drones. These are a great way to get your feet wet in the hobby and learn the basics of flying.”
  • Intermediate Drones – “At the next level, ranging from around $300–$1,000, drones are bigger, heavier, and designed for easier, more stable outdoor flight. These drones either come with a quality onboard camera (720p video or better), or can be equipped with an external action camera. Use these drones to fly around a park, take a cool vacation video, or get a bird’s-eye view of your house.”
  • Advanced Drones – “Spend upwards of $1,000 and, in addition to 4-rotor drones (quadcopters), you’ll find drones with 6 or 8 rotors for added lift and more stability. Included cameras can take stunning photos and 1080p video or better. If a camera is not included, these drones can be equipped with an external action camera, plus a high-quality stabilizing mount for the smoothest picture quality possible. Advanced flight controllers and GPS, along with feature-packed software and open-source programmability, allow you to control your drone in practically any way imaginable, including premapping flight paths for completely autonomous flights. For serious photographers, these drones unlock cinematic angles and scenes that until now you could achieve only with a charter plane or helicopter.”

Best Drones of 2015/2016

Anna Attkisson of Tom’s Guide recommends the following drones:

Ask Sally French of TheDroneGirl.com and she may just suggest the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon.

Popular Drone Manufacturers

In “DroneLife’s Drone Buying Guide for the 2015 Holiday Season,” Andrew Amato emphasizes the DJI, 3D Robotics and Parrot brands.

My Top Choices

At Drone Universities, we train almost exclusively on DJI hardware, that’s why DJI holds the spot for my top manufacturer. My top drone pick? The brand new DJI Phantom 4, of course.


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Sam Estrin
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