The drone you want to buy flies very fast, but you should take it slower if you want to make a good choice. Here are the 10 tips for buying a drone you need so you don’t crash.
Put the card away and take out the pen: until you’ve crossed out all these tips for buying a drone, don’t spend anything. We liven up your reading with videos of the flaws you SHOULD NOT make with your new toy.
1. Be clear what you want it for
In recent years the drone market has spread widely among those who use them to hang out. They’re often called recreational drones, and you’re going to get the most out of the amount there is to choose from.
However, if you may use it for your work, you may want to look in a semi-professional or professional category. In areas such as the study of nature, architecture, maps, civil engineering or of course photography, the use of drones is increasingly integrated.
2. Look at a budget before falling in love with one
Probably the most obvious (and most important) of these tips for buying a drone: don’t spend what you can’t! With the diversity of models that are today, you have the option to disburse from less than 100 euros to thousands and thousands and thousands of euros.
Think about how often you’re going to use it, how suddenly you think you’ll get tired of it, and the quality you want it to have. And then yes, compare prices to see which one suits you best.
3. Calculate how long your flight sessions will last
Here’s some bad news: this isn’t like your cell phone. If the smartphone in your hand barely lasts a day without charging, with the drone battery you’re going to be stoned. Most non-professionals move between 12 and 26 minutes of in-flight autonomy.
Complementary batteries are sold to double the time you can use the drone. Depending on where you intend to blow up the puppy, you might want to get one. And that brings us to the next point…
4. Decide where you’re going to fly it (not everything goes!)
It is said that in recent years the density of drones lost in the cups of Spanish pines has increased by 10 years. Well, okay, we made it up, but it’s true that it’s not uncommon to meet someone who’s lost their drone on a reckless flight.
That’s why you have to decide where you’re going to fly it, whether in your house, on a ship, in the park, in the countryside… And, based on that, you will be able to determine the autonomy and range that the device needs.
5. Choose how you’re going to handle it
There are two types of schools: app on mobile and lifelong command schools. The advantage of the first one is clear, because you save space (it’s not that we don’t have gadgets today…) and batteries!
However, if you are a beginner in this, with a controller it is much easier to learn. Leave the mobile for minimalist professionals.
6. Think about how you’re going to learn
Piloting a drone is not as easy as it may seem, and if not to tell the pines where thousands of lost drones rest. That’s why this is one of the tips for buying a more important drone: think about how you’re going to learn how to use it.
In the 21st century it is easier than ever to be self-taught, with the number of online tutorials out there. Buy the model you buy, on the internet you will find guides on how to use it; but if you prefer there are intensive courses of piloting a drone and surely very close to you.
7. Decide if you want to record videos or photos
There is an unofficial distinction in the world of drone: those who use it for fun piloting it, and those who want to take videos or aerial photos. And there are more and more amazing photos taken by drones, and it’s normal that you feel like trying it yourself.
Keep in mind that not all drones support camera, and that not all drone cameras will get the result you want. Check megapixels, zoom options, stabilizer… If not, you can always keep taking photons with your mobile.
8. Check the laws before you fly
One thing that many people not started in this drone thing are unaware of is that the legislation in Spain is quite strict with them. It seems logical, because for security reasons it is not reassuring to see a lot of anonymous drones flying over the cities.
At the moment you can only fly your recreational drone out of urban environments during the day and at a maximum of 120 meters high. Learn more about the State Aviation Safety Agency here.
9. Always keep it ready
If you’re a bit of a crazy goat, chances are you’ll lose your drone on some moor in the Spanish steppe, but the intention is that it lasts a long time, right? Like any device, it also requires its maintenance.
There are basic things like not charging the batteries more than you need to, cleaning it when you get back from the field, or checking that everything is fine before you blow it up. It’ll scare you more than a scare.
10. Think twice
We don’t want to take your idea, really. But we don’t want you to make a purchase of those you regret at two weeks either. Drones are fashionable, and when something is trending we feel like tod@s to have one.
If you think it’s a good investment, you’re well informed and you’re going to take care of it, go ahead!