The Quadcopters Buyer’s Guide for the first time flyer
Some things to consider before making that purchase, remember with great power comes great responsibility!
Keep it legal
Keep it safe
Keep it smart
Keep it fun!
Keep it legal.
First of all, there are laws and regulations that govern what you’re allowed to do with an unmanned drone. The FAA has guidelines and restrictions in terms of safety and scope of operation. The rules are meant to keep everyone safe, including you, and if you’re just planning to have a little fun, and aren’t using it for business purposes, you won’t have anything to worry about. If you’re going large, and plan to use your Quadcopter for commercial purposes, take the time to study the rules, and avoid legal problems, or even worse, injury or damage. This guide will help you on the path to picking out your first quadcopter.
Keep it safe
If you’re buying a Quadcopter for a kid, common sense will tell you that drones are dangerous. They’re heaps of fun, and with a little intelligence, can be very safe too. Adult supervision is a must, obviously. Look for something inexpensive, strong and practical. It should have blade guards to protect your kid, your pets, your home – and you!
Our Beginner Quadcopter section offers a nice variety of easy-to-use models, and feel free to get in touch and find out more if you’re unsure.
Keep it smart
Quadcopters have made a big splash in the market. There are many to choose from, these days. Whether you’re a first-time flyer, or an expert film-maker or photographer, there’s a great product just for you. Virtually anyone can pick up a controller and start enjoying the exhilaration of flying right away.
Be smart, choose the Qaudcopter that is best for your needs, and your budget.
Are you looking to start a new career in aerial photography? Just want to fly around your local park? How about a gift for a friend or family member? Or maybe you’re planning to sit on the couch and spend a little time mastering your quadcopter skills. Here’s a guide to help you get what you want.
A Great Gift
Quadcopters make great gifts, and they will make kids of any age smile. These days the technology is a lot more affordable, and you can get a great, inexpensive quadcopter for someone and really brighten up their day.
For an and adult (16+) I would recommend an Intermediate Quadcopter.
Quadcopters are great fun and, just so you know – beware, they’re addictive! When giving one as a gift, keep in mind that you never know if the person you’re buying for will absolutely love it, or simply just like it. It is always better to get them something that they can add to later, like an upgrade to the engines or a better camera.
A quadcopter gift for a kid is a neat way to get them outside to play. I would recommend a Beginner Quadcopter to start off with, something that has a cage or a protective ring around the propellers. (See “Be Safe” above)
First Time Buyer
Quadcopers are not just meant for kids to race around the house with causing chaos. They’re great to use outdoors at the park or in a big back yard. I would recommend an Intermediate quadcopter or a Professional Quadcopter. Range, Battery life, and Cameras are important factors to consider. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the price tag, the longer the range and battery life. Find one that balances the best spec. with your budget.
The range is a very important factor when making your decision on buying your first quadcopter. Most of the intermediate and the professional quadcopters range between 350ft and up 900ft. Getting your quadcopter up to that altitude can be extremely exciting and rewarding. If you want to just fly around the park and let your kids use it, I would recommend an Intermediate Quadcopter. If you are into taking pictures and uploading cool aerial videos to youtube, I would recommend more of a Professional Quadcopter
Battery life on a quadcopter ranges between a couple of minutes up to 20 minutes. When deciding on what to buy, look at the battery life, and make sure that it is suitable for what you are doing. Most photographers that need to get a couple of shots normally only need to be up in the air for about 10-15 minutes.
Built-in cameras are great for beginners. I would definitely recommend this to start off with. The worst thing would be to see your expensive top-of-the-range camera come bolting down out of the sky and smash to pieces. Choose something sturdy until you’re a master of remote control. Once you’re confident, and know how to stay out of danger, you can attach a nice camera like a gopro to your quadcopter for a more professional video or photo shoot.
Looking To Upgrade?
Have you mastered the art of flight and feel that it’s time to take it to the next level? Don’t worry it’s not as expensive as you might think. Used quadcopters are easy to sell on craigslist, or to a friend, and that extra cash will help you fund your upgrade. The technology today is amazing. From GPS tracking to stability, The sky is the limit to what you can accomplish!
When considering an upgrade, you really want to find a model that has good range, battery life and a good gimbal for your camera. Consider what you’re going to be using it for: High angle Areal shots, or low angle park fun. When searching for your upgraded quadcopter make sure you Find the right gimbal for your needs. If you’re shooting photo’s there’s no need to break the bank. If you want steady video footage, spend a little more.
Professional quadcopters are fun, and easy to fly. These models can fly higher, stay up longer and get those incredible shots you’ve always dreamed of. This type of machine could get you into a little trouble with the law, so it pays to educate yourself. With a little bit of research you should be up and flying within FAA regulation in no time. (See “Keep it Legal” above)
The cost of one of these units can be anywhere from $1200-$6000, and they are worth every penny. With the growing popularity of aerial shots and videos, quadcopters are now in high demand. Professional models can deliver great video quality, stay in the air far longer, and get you into places you never thought possible. There are new opportunities opening up, whether it’s real estate photography, research, wedding photography, Grand openings or even just reviews on YouTube. You can make money with your investment, so consider your purchase wisely.
GPS is a key feature in any professional set up. You’re able to pre-program your destination, or use a smartphone, leaving you free to concentrate on the perfect shot. Some even let you control the camera in-flight.
Also consider a professional case. This shows that you are prepared, organized and extremely professional. If you already have a quad copter business or you’re looking to start a new one, we wish you best of luck and be safe.
The last thing to remember is:
Keep it fun!
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