Buying A Drone

Hints, tips and recommendations for buying a drone.

Features To Consider When Looking at Drones For Sale

Price.  If you are a beginner it is better to stick to the cheap drones for sale until you have got the hang of flying.  Also check out the features of the drone and compare them to what you would like to do with it, to avoid paying a premium for features that are not important to you. For example, do you specifically want a drone camera to take aerial views, or are you just looking to have fun flying a drone?

Ease of Flying.  If you are beginner then you probably need a drone that is easy to fly to start off with, then move on to something a little more challenging once you've got the hang of it.  Drones that are able to hover in one spot are easier to fly, as you don't have to constantly adjust the controls to maintain your position in the air.

Camera Quality.  If you want to take pictures then make sure you choose a drone with a camera, the higher resolution the better (preferably at least 1280x720).  Some drone cameras offer FPV (First Person View) which means it transmits live video to either a screen on the controller, or your smart phone, so you can see what you are filming.  A drone with a good quality camera will add considerably to your budget.

Battery Life and Charging Time.  These vary, and some have a battery life that is very short! It is useful to have at least one spare battery for the drone as they can take a while to charge.

Flight Range.  This is the distance the drone can fly away from you.  Bearing in mind that you need to keep your drone in your line of sight when flying it, for a mini drone or quadcopter a range of 30-50 meters is plenty.

Availability of Spares.  Most drones will be supplied with a spare set of rotors, but you will probably get through these pretty quickly so it is better to buy a drone for which spare parts are easily obtained.

Best Drones for Beginners

If you are buying your first drone, or buying a gift for someone who has never flown a drone before, here is an important piece of advice ... beginners drones should be cheap drones!  Why?  Because during while your flying expertise undertakes its upwards learning curve, you will crash your drone.  And due to the fact that gravity is not very forgiving, it will break into several pieces.  It is best to learn how to fly a drone in the safety and comfort of your own home, and there are some fantastic  indoor and "toy" drones available which react to controls in exactly the same way as more expensive ones.