So you’ve heard about the hype surrounding drones and you’ve decided that you want one for yourself. Or perhaps you’re an experienced drone user but are unsure which model to buy next. Well don’t worry as we have compiled a fantastic guide to choosing and buying your new drone. So whether or not you’re in the market to purchase one of these fantastic quadcopters, be sure to have a read to ensure you know all there is to know about these amazing aircraft.
What is a drone?
Drones (or quadcopters or quadrotors as some people call them) are remote controlled aircraft that were initially used by the army to scout out areas to decrease the risk to pilots. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) were and are incredibly popular thanks to the multiple uses they have as well as the ability they give the user to view situations from a distance. Drones have actually been around since 1911 but it wasn’t until recently that they began to be developed for a consumer market.
Do I want to buy a camera drone?
Many people buy drones with the idea in mind that they want to take videos or photos. Whilst camera drones are incredibly popular they also tend to be more expensive and require a little more skill to fly than some of their counterparts that don’t feature camera technology. We have included drones with and without cameras in our buying guide to suit every person’s wants. Our drones featuring camera open up exciting possibilities with aerial photography and videography.
Aren’t there loads of rules surrounding flying drones?
To put it simply, yes. Thanks to the abundance of drones in the commercial market nowadays there are numerous rules surrounding the flying of drones. However don’t let this put you off as these rules are really only in place to protect people’s privacy and safety. As long as you’re a sensible flyer then you can still have an amazing drone experience well within the parameters of these rules.
CAA Rules And Regulations
It is your responsibility to fly your drone responsibly and comply with CAA regulations. For more information regarding these regulations please click here.
Best for Beginner Grade Flying
The Micro Drone is tiny in size measuring only 40mm in length and 24 mm in height. What this copter lacks in size it makes up for with power and durability. This drone has omni-directional controls and can perform various stunts such as mid-air 360 flips.
The controls can be a little tricky to master, but once you have you’ll be delighted to perform tricks and stunts with this plucky little drone.
- Camera: No
- Flying time: 5-7 minutes
- Charging time: Approximately 30-40 minutes
- Batteries: 6 x AA
This drone is a must have for beginners and is a great piece of tech to get you comfortable with the world of RC flying. This drone has a durable roll cage that will keep it safe from knocks and bumps.
The roll cage also lets you roll along the floor and even up walls! This ‘copter charges via an included USB cable which makes it easy to charge on the go. This drone has a flight distance of 50m.
- Camera: No
- Flying time: 6 minutes
- Charging time: Approx. 60 minutes
- Batteries: 4 x AA
Best for Hobby Grade Flying
The Spy Drone is a great hobby drone that features a 3MP camera capable of taking photos and small videos. This drone is tiny and measures 148x148x140mm. Despite its size this drone can be flown outdoors and has a range of 30 metres.
This is a great drone for a beginner as it is sturdy and light, meaning it will not break if it crashes lightly or bumps into objects.
- Camera: 3 megapixel with video capabilities
- Flying time: 5 – 7 minutes
- Charging time: Approx. 80 – 90 minutes
- Batteries: 6 x AA
This drone has amazing technical abilities and can take photos and videos with its integrated camera. This drone takes a while to get used to, but when you have you’ll be amazed at the flexibility it gives you at the fraction of the cost of other camera drones with the same capabilities.
The on-board camera can send a direct live feed to a linked smart device so you can see what the drone ‘sees’.
- Camera: 2 megapixel with video capabilities
- Flying time: Approx. 7 minutes
- Charging time: Less than 200 minutes
- Batteries: 6 x AA
Importance of various drone functions
With all these fantastic choice on the market it can be difficult to decide which drone is best for you. Generally it is best to decide what you want to use it for and go from there.
In order to make an informed decision about your new drone it is important to understand the features they have.
Copters such as the Sky Drone and Spy Drone have circular guards that protect the wings from being damaged should they come into contact with anything. Omni directional controls like those found on the Micro Drone make manoeuvring your copter a lot easier as the directions are always relative to where you stand with the controller.
If you have any more questions regarding our range of drones please feel free to leave a question in the comments box below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.