Here All You Need To Know Before You Buy Your First Drone

The advancements made in the science of aeronautics and robotics in the 21st century has led to the production of drones. Drones are becoming mainstream at a very fast rate making their prices to be more and more affordable to most people.

Drones are considered to be flying computers because they are packed with a lot of 21st-century technology that includes vision sensors. GPS and so much more.

Since everybody wants to buy a drone nowadays, it’s only a matter of time before you too decide to get involved with the drones that is if you haven’t yet decided, of which I highly doubt. Well, we are here to help you know everything that needs to be known about drones before you break the bank.

Today, there are different types of drones that can be used to perform different tasks. Before you buy your first drone, you must be having something in mind that you would like to use the drone for hence the intended purpose for your drone will determine the type of drone you go for. There are many types of drones, but the most popular ones today include:

More and more types of drones are showing up in the market since the revolution of drones is still an ongoing process.

Things that you need to know before buying your first drone.

One of the most popular uses of drones is to capture and record videos and images. More and more photographers and video directors are finding it necessary to have drones. Drones are also used in other industries like agriculture and even the sporting industry. Here is what you need to know before buying your drone.

Camera Quality

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This is the most important feature in a drone. It is like the eyes of your drone. Camera quality is important since you need to get images with high resolution. Camera quality is also important because you need to see clearly where you are guiding the drone to.

Drones come with their own cameras, but if you don't like the quality of the manufacturer’s camera, then you can use proprietary camera systems. You should also check if the drone has a camera mount and gimbal system so that you are able to control the positioning of the camera to obtain stable images.

Drones with fixed camera mounts are not suitable especially if the need for quality images and videos is what makes you want to buy a drone in the first place.

Flight Time and Flight Controllers.

Getting a drone with the best flight time should be one of your priorities before you buy your first drone. You need to have a drone that will last longer in the air. Most drones have a flight time of between 20 minutes to 30 minutes. With extra batteries, you can fly your drones for hours.

Since your drone is going to be up in the air while you are controlling it from the ground, your drone’s flight controller should have a system that will show you your flight status, give you a map overlay and live streaming video in one display.

The best flight controllers should be manual that use control sticks as it makes flying your drone easy.

GPS Autopilot

Most drone manufacturers have advanced their drones which now have GPS systems that control them. Without the GPS, it will be difficult to fly your drone since you won't be able to tell its position at any particular time.

Drones use 3 different GPS technologies which include:

  • Standard GPS
  • Redundant GPS
  • Parallel GPS

Standard GPS is used in most drones and has only one chip that is the GNSS receiver. Redundant GPS uses 2 chips that will ensure that your drone does not lose its GIS positioning.

Drones with parallel GPS systems have 2 or more chips that work together to give very precise GIS locations. You can thus choose a drone that will suit your needs, for example, if you want to cover a sporting event in a stadium, you will need a drone with parallel GPS systems that will give you very accurate and precise locations.

Flight Ceiling and Range of your Drone

Flight ceiling is the maximum height that your drone can fly to. This can be as a result of the range of your drone’s wireless radio signals or the software that your drone is using. Most camera drones have a range of around 1000 metres from the controller. Drones that are used for other purposes like racing drones have higher limits which can be further boosted by use of wireless boosters.

Flight Speed

Camera drones can fly at a speed of up to 50 miles per hour while gaming drones can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. You will thus choose a drone with speed that suits your requirements.

What you need to know before flying your drone

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You should be above 13 years of age before you can be allowed to fly your drone. All drones that weigh more than 0.5 pounds should be registered with the FAA. Below are guidelines that have been put in place to ensure that drones are used and flown safely.

  • Drones should not be flown within 5 miles of an airport without notifying the airport control tower.
  • You should not fly your drone more than 400 feet above the ground. The drone should also be flown within sight where you can observe its movements.
  • You should avoid flying your drone next to vulnerable properties, individuals and moving vehicles. Ensure you fly your drone at least 25 feet from people or properties.
  • Avoid flying your drone in no-fly zones or in areas where privacy is adhered to since this can result in confiscation of your drone.

By and large, with the growing popularity of drones that are becoming more and more versatile in their use, I figured out that you might one day find yourself being in need of one. I hope this article has provided you with things you need to know before you buy your first drone.

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