Beginner’s Guide to Drones: Choosing the Right Drone for Your Needs

Drones are wonderful gadgets that come with a lot of fun and convenience packages. They are basically remote-controlled flying robots by sensors or autonomous ones controlled by cameras. They can be used for various purposes. 

Paramount sectors are:

  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Agriculture and so forth…

However, selecting a suitable drone can be difficult, leaving most novices to their own devices. Because of this, we have put some basic starter tips and suggestions together that will at least give you a starting point. From this starting point, you can move onto more advanced stages with drones.  

In this guide, you will learn how to:

 •  Define your purpose and expectations for flying a drone

•  Compare and evaluate different drones based on important features and specifications

By the end of this article, we will help you be clear about what you are looking for out of buying a drone, as the usage defines the purchase. Plus, the type of drone that meets your requirements. Let’s get started!

Define Your Purpose

You must start by describing the purpose of flying a drone, the ‘mission’, and the expectations. 

  • You’re looking for what out of a drone, exactly?
  • Do you want to participate in activities requiring a specific drone type?
  • How much time and effort are you going into the process of learning and operating your drone?

The sphere of drones is vast, with many different types and categories with specific pros and cons. As we stated, we’ll take a look at the different types there are and what kind of spec is involved. 

Once you have the answers to those basic questions, you are past the beginner stage and ready to understand the different categories of drones that will define you moving forward.

Hobby Drones

These are drones that are basically fun and to be enjoyed in backyards and parks as well as around one’s neighbourhood. Because they are usually small, lightweight, and affordable to fly, they do not come with sophisticated features, and the cameras may not be high-end. It is also cheap and accessible. 

NOTE – These also come under different legislation to laws for professionals.

Toy drones that may be considered hobby drones are the Syma X5C, Holy Stone HS170 and Potensic A20.

Racing Drones

They are designed for quickness and maneuverability and are used for high-paced flying. They are generally customised and also modified by the end-user. You can fine-tune the motors, propellers and battery. They also have FPV cameras and goggles, which provide a live vision of what the drone is seeing. They are naturally more expensive and are difficult to fly compared to hobby drones; hence, they require a command of and practice.  Racing drones have different design specs, so it’s like going from a family car to a sports car. 

Various racing drones include the EMAX Tinyhawk 2, the iFlight Nazgul5, and the ARRIS X-Speed 280.

Photography Drones

The drones are used for image capture on-air and produce breathtaking pictures and videos with superior-resolution cameras supported by gimbal stabilisers. They are suitable for tourists, explorers and artists who wish to capture memories and publish them. They also come with smart characteristics and modes such as GPS, follow me, orbit, and waypoint that allow the user to apply both easy and creative control on the rover, resulting in improved robot navigation. They are costlier and larger than hobby drones and may need to be registered and licensed in some states or areas. 

The DJI Mavic Air 2, Parrot Anafi, and Autel EVO II are some of the photography drones.

Professional Drones

The ones we are talking about here are commercial and industrial drones, which are deployed for farming, surveys, inspection, mapping, delivery, and many other activities. They tend to be bulky, rugged and strong enough to work with heavy loads, if necessary. They also come with sophisticated sensors and software such as thermal, lidar, radar and artificial intelligence that can gather and evaluate data and information. They are the highest and the most sophisticated, requiring special training and certificates to fly. 

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK, the Parrot Bluegrass Fields, and the WingtraOne are some of the professional drones.

As you can tell, there is a drone for everything. But you don’t have to just restrict yourself to one type or class. 

SUMMARY

The answer is, to be honest and realistic with yourself about what you want to accomplish with your drone and what you are ready to learn and spend. Once you are at least armed with this information, you can begin to then go on to the laws in the state you live in and the more complex issues if you are using a drone for professional purposes. At that stage, you should be looking to take courses and immerse yourself in the drone world to make sure you are fully informed going into it. 

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