Features to consider when choosing a drone
As more and more drones come onto the market, there are more and more features that you need to consider. Don’t worry, however! We have put together a comprehensive list of features so that you can buy your new drone with confidence.
One of the best things to do with a drone is to use it to get amazing shots of interesting objects from the air. Drones allow you to see the world from a bird’s eye view. Of course, not all of the different models go about this in the exact same manner. There are several different features that you need to consider when you are looking for a drone-based camera it utilizes. Some of these considerations include:
- Definition – Perhaps the most important consideration when it comes to a camera’s features is going to be the definition, or how clear the picture will be. After all, you don’t want to send your drone for awesome footage and then not be able to make out what you shot. Thankfully, all of our models shoot in the clear video, though you will definitely be able to see a bit more with a 4K camera, like the one on the FIMI X8SE, compared to a 720P model, like that of the Syma Camera Drone.
- Latency – Something else to keep in mind with your drone is how much latency, or lag, there is between what the drone is shooting compared to what you see on the controller. While having a few milliseconds of latency is to be expected, it is better to get a smaller amount, like you will with the DJI Spark, since that can make the difference between hitting or avoiding an object.
- Stabilization – It is also a good idea to look for a drone that has some sort of stabilization system. That way, your video won’t give you motion sickness due to excessive amounts of shaking. You can get drones with either 2-axis or 3-axis stabilization. If you want to keep your filming as steady as possible, then a model like the Hubsan Zino Pro is a good option.
Another important consideration that you should take into account is how fast you want your drone to be able to fly. Obviously, the faster you can fly, the more ground you can cover and record. On the other hand, this also increases the likelihood of accidentally crashing your device, especially if you are an inexperienced pilot.
If you want a fast-flying drone under $600, then we highly recommend you check out the FIMI X8SE, which has a top speed of 40 mph. If, however, you want to keep things at a slower pace until for cinematic shots and to keep from losing control of your drone, the Hubsan Zino Pro is a good choice since it can only go 20 mph.
Maximum flight time
You will also want to take how long you need your drone to fly into consideration as well. Longer flights will mean more powerful batteries, which will increase the overall purchase price. Of course, this will also mean that you can keep your drone in the air for a longer time, which will give you a better chance at capturing the footage you desire or exploring a bit more terrain.
If you don’t need a really long flight time and want to save a bit of money, then the Syma Camera Drone is a good choice. Anyone looking for longer flights and doesn’t mind spending a bit more money should check out the FIMI X8SE as an option.
Something else to keep in mind is where you intend to fly your drone. This will help you to figure out how much control range you need to effectively view everything that you desire. It is always a better idea to look for a model that has a larger control range than you think you will need. That way, you are covered in case you need to go a bit further than you originally had in mind. After all, the last thing that you want is for your drone to fail because you lost the signal sending it too far away.
If you want the biggest control range possible, then the DJI Mini 2 is going to be the model for you. This little beauty boasts an impressive 6-mile range, which is the top on our list.
Dimensions and weight
The size and weight of your new drone are only going to come into play in a few different situations. If you are planning to use your drone around your home, then you probably do not need to worry about how much space it takes up or how much it weighs since you can pretty easily store it away without too many issues. Of course, if you want to take your drone traveling or camping, then you will want to look for the smallest and lightest model possible to save on the packing room.
In this case, the best drone for traveling is going to be the DJI Mini 2, which only weighs about 8.8 ounces. It is also, as the name would suggest, quite small, which makes it very simple to slip into a pack without weighing you down or taking up too much room.
When it comes to choosing a drone, you should also carefully examine the different options for controllers on the market as well. After all, even if you have a great drone, you won’t be able to use it properly if you don’t like the controller. Most controllers are very similar in their designs, however, which makes choosing one a bit easier.
You need to be sure to get a controller that has a large enough screen so that you can easily fly your drone but is also small enough to fit well in your hand. That way, you can comfortably control your aircraft as you explore the world around you with ease.
Most of the time, you are going to utilize the controller to fly your drone and the memory card to save your footage. You can, however, also utilize an app with all of the different models on our list to some degree. The most useful function for any app is that it will allow you to share your footage more freely from your drone when you have an internet connection. On some models, like the Syma Camera Drone, you can also direct the flight path of your aircraft.
As with any other piece of technology, drones come with lots of different features that you should consider before you make your final purchase. One of the most helpful extras has got to be additional batteries or propellers. Even if you are extremely careful, mishaps will occur, which makes the importance of extra propellers essential. Extra batteries will allow you to keep flying when one set needs to be recharged, which is always a big plus.
Another nice feature to keep in mind is a digital zoom. This will allow you to take a closer look at objects while you are flying without having to actually get your drone closer. This can keep your aircraft much safer since it will let you get a better look at things without risking an accident.