Drone / August 10, 2018 / Sanni Pekkarinen
Flight Time - consider flight time and battery capability. Small Drones may have less then 10 minutes flight time while bigger Drones fly up to 25 minutes. For casual videos 10 minutes flight time may be enough however if you plan to use the Drone to locate schools of fish or remote moorings then consider purchasing a Drone with longer flight times. Camera- Many Drones come equipped with their own camera while others are able to make use of external cameras like a Gopro or DSLR. Included cameras range from low resolution with images stored on a memory card while others are capable of 4K resolution (broadcast quality) and relaying live images via WIFI to a smart phone tablet or controller LCD screens. External cameras generally offer the owner more options and higher resolutions but may not be fully integrated with the included controller system. An example is the Yuneec Typhoon G set up to use the GoPro Hero3 or 4 4K cameras. This is a great set up capable of unusually stable video in most windy conditions. However while the operator can see what the camera sees on the Typhoon controller LCD screen the controller is not able to control any of the features of the GoPro camera- and the operator needs to activate the video record button on the GoPro prior to taking off and then can only shut off video recording after the Drone is retrieved. Integrated cameras usually can be controlled from the controller.
If you want to buy a drone only for recreational purposes then you can find the right drone quite easily. There are plenty of recreational drones available in the market that can be utilized for personal use. Such drones dont cost much and are fairly easy to operate. You simply have to control the flight of the drone using a joystick type of controller whose functions are similar to any other type of remote controlled vehicle. So you will get the hang of it quickly should you decide to start flying. The best thing about recreational drones is that you wont have to break the bank for purchasing them. If you want to purchase a drone for commercial purposes then you will have to do some extensive research to find the drone that is best for you. Since the drone is going to be used for a particular job you will have to find one that has the capabilities for carrying out that task. For instance if you want to use it for the purpose of aerial photography then you will have to get a drone that has an HD camera attached to it. Such drones can be found online with great ease. However do remember that these types of drones are quite expensive and will cost you a good deal of money.
Flight time of the most expensive drones can last for more than 25 or 30 minutes but sub-200 drones will never be able to fly for that long. You can expect average batteries in these drones to last for between 7 and 12 minutes of flight time. Buy backup batteries and have them all fully charged. When initial flight time is up change to the next set to play with your drone longer without needing to recharge anything. Another important feature to consider is the range that the drone can cover. Range is how far the drone can fly from the controller. While models at the top end of this price point many be able to fly up to 500 meters most will top out around 100 meters. How many meters do you want to cover with your drone? Decide this and then narrow your selections.