A beginners buying guide for drones: what you need to know

Drones are becoming more and more popular nowadays. Due to this fact, manufacturers are making drones for every purpose. This is why it might be a bit hard to find the right drone for you. Also, there are different drones for every user level. Before you decide to buy a drone, you should keep in mind a few things.

In this article, we are going to show you some of the most important things you should consider before purchasing your first drone. Before you decide which drone is the best, you should also check out a review website. Here you can find all the features and the important details for every drone. Now, let’s get started with our guide.

The purpose of the drone

Once you decided that you want a drone, you should also decide what you need the drone for. One thing you should keep in mind is the fact that there are different drones for different purposes, even for beginners.

For instance, if you want a drone for photography, then you should definitely find one with an HD camera. This type of drone is a bit more expensive because of the HD camera. For your first drone, you shouldn’t go for one with a 4K camera. These are the most expensive and they are usually too hard to use by a beginner.

For air stunts, there are a lot of different drones. You can find mini quadcopters which are great for beginners because they are budget-friendly and more resistant. Unfortunately, because mini drones are lightweight, they can’t be used outdoors. If you want a drone for outdoor use and for air stunts, then choose a drone that has a feature for stability during windy days.

You should also know that there are special drones for agriculture, surveillance, mapping, and surveying. For a beginner, these drones tend to be a little too complicated to use. So, if you need a drone for any of these purposes you should get a regular drone, even a mini one and simply get used to the gadget. Once you got used to that drone, you will be able to purchase a more complicated drone for any of those purposes.

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The most important features

Since you know what you need the drone for, you should also check out all of the features. There are some important features you should always look for in a drone. One of those features is the brushless motors. This helps the drone be faster and fly smoother. Also, it is going to make the drone last longer and don’t get damaged so much when you crash it.

Like we mentioned in the previous section, if you want a drone for photography, the camera is necessary. You can find a drone with cameras from VGA to 4K. Pick the one you need or want, and you will learn how to use it in no time.

Flight and charge time are also important features. For instance, most drones can’t fly for more than 30 minutes. Those who are able to fly for about 25-30 minutes are extremely expensive and they are usually made for advanced users. For beginners, we recommend a drone that can fly for 5 to 10 minutes. It is enough time to figure out how the drone works.

Also, when you look for a drone, see how much time it takes to charge it because you don’t want one that charges for 2 hours and flies for 5 minutes. Look for a drone with a charging time of 40-60 minutes. This way, every hour you can enjoy 6-7 minutes of fun with your drone.

Extra features

When you are buying your first drone, you should look for one that comes with extra features designed to help beginners. One of those features is the Home return button. This is great when the drone gets out of the control range or when you receive the signal that the battery is low. It helps you get the drone back to the RC in no time and this way you avoid crashing it.

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Another great extra feature is the automatic obstacle avoidance. Unfortunately, this feature is going to raise the price of the gadget. Despite this fact, it is going to cost you less on the long run because it helps you avoid crashing the drone in every obstacle. This way, you will pay less for repairs and extra pieces.

Of course, if you think you don’t need all of these features then you will find a less expensive drone. All extra features come with a bigger price. Despite this fact, some of them, like the return home button are great for beginners. These extra features are going to help you get used to the quadcopter a bit faster.

Once you read our guide, you should start searching for the best drone for beginners. Keep in mid our advice and it will be easier to find the right drone for you. Also, don’t forget to read an in-depth review for the drone you picked. This way, you will know everything there is to know about it before you purchase it. Knowing the pros and the cons is going to help you be prepared when the drone arrives.

About the author

— Mark Chesterman

Mark has a passion for all things tech, especially drones. He's also blogger at Droneista.com.

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