Everything You Need to Know About Radio Controlled Drones

Everything You Need to Know About Radio Controlled Drones

Advanced Drones for Under $1,000!

Ideally, if you are a beginner, you should learn to fly a smaller drone. Smaller drones are typically less expensive and many of them have most of the capabilities of larger drones. One small con it that trying to fly outdoors on a windy day is much more difficult. If, however, you’ve been flying drones for a while, you may be ready to upgrade to something a bit more hefty, an advanced drone.

In my research, I have discovered many commercial drones that can weigh thousands of pounds and are extremely expensive, but that is not going to be our focus here. We will be focusing on large scale drones used for consumer recreational purposes that are advanced drones for under $1000.

How Much Drone Should You Buy?

As with anything in the market, there are many choices that will affect the quality, size and price of a product. Understanding the purpose and what you expect to achieve, will help you narrow your search. Buying a drone is no different. If a camera carrying drone, for Ariel photography is your quest, are still photos enough, or would you like to capture video? How about the quality of the images and video? The higher the quality, the higher the price tag.

If you would like to fly near, or around bodies of water, you may want to consider a waterproof drone, just as a caution. You never know when something might happen, and you don’t want to go swimming with an expensive drone that doesn’t like the water. There are some drones that are made specifically for the water, they don’t fly at all. More on that later.

As you can see, there are several things to consider before deciding on a drone.

Advanced Drones For Consumers

The more advanced drones come with features that you can’t find on the simpler, less expensive starter drones. Some advanced drones come with high quality, 4k video and goggles for an immersive user experience. Yes, you’ll actually see what it’s like to fly! Photo and video capture usually requires an SD Card, which is included with some advanced drone packages, but make sure you check the features to be certain. Other features might include braking systems that will bring the drone to a stop and hover just in case things get out of hand. Advanced GPS and tracking systems allow you to fly as far as 6 miles and simply pressing a button can bring the drone back to where it started from and land it automatically for you.

Are All The Extra Features Worth the Extra Money?

It all depends on how much of a drone enthusiast you are. When I bought my first drone, I thought it would be fun to fly with my twin boys, who were teenagers at the time. Chris tried his out a couple of times and when he got it stuck high in a tree in our back yard, he pretty much lost interest. Zach, who is really into gaming, hasn’t ever flown his, which surprised me. I though that he would be a natural due to his experience with game controllers. I guess it’s not for everyone. The point is that I started us our with drones that cost less than $50. I’m glad I did! I would have been extremely disappointed if I’d bought expensive drones that would never see the light of day.

I taught guitar lessons when I was young, and parents would ask me how much they should spend on a beginner guitar for their child, my student. My answer was, don’t but an expensive guitar because 80% of my students don’t stay with it. Learning to play the guitar is a lot of work and your fingers hurt until you build up calluses. On the other hand, don’t buy a super cheap guitar because they usually take short cut in the design and are normally even harder to play. I think the same principle applies to drones.

Take Look at Some Drones That Fit the Bill

DJI FPV Drone Combo – Now here’s a drone that comes with all the bells and whistles.

  • High performance GPS
  • Braking system
  • High quality camera with 4K resolution
  • Return to home system
  • Auto take off and landing
  • Goggles for an immersive flight experience
  • Object avoidance sensors

DJI Air 2S Drone – If professional photography is what you’re looking for, this drone is for you.

  • 5.4K/30fps and 4K/60fps video
  • High resolution and accurate color reproduction, even in low light
  • Speed up time with Hyperlapse and widen your area with panorama view.
  • Obstacle sensors in all four directions, up down front and back
  • OcuSync 3.0 technology delivers super-smooth, reliable image transmission for perfect results
  • Choose a moving subject and this drode will lock in on it while doing maneuvers

DREAMER Pro GPS 4K Camera Drone – Advanced technology with a lower price tag

  • SONY CMOS Sensor for 16MP images and 4k/30fbs video
  • Large 3000mAh battery for 28 minute flight times per charge
  • Compatible with IOS v9.0 and above, and Android v5.0 and higher

PowerVision – PowerRay Wizard Underwater ROV Kit – If it’s water fun you are into, here’s a slick little craft.

  • 4K Ultra HD 108 pixel camera for oceans or lakes
  • Transmits images and data up to 262 feet
  • 6400mAh battery for extended run times
  • Goggles for an exciting underwater experience

The Bottom Line

Upgrading to an advanced drone for air, or underwater, adventure is a personal choice. Just remember that you don’t need to spend extra money on features you don’t need. Even the $100 drones can be a lot of fun, but if you are planning to use your drone for a specific business, or professional activity, you may want to look into a drone that will give you what you need. Know that there are rules you need to follow regardless of what type of drone you invest in, so make sure you check with the proper authorities to find out what those are. It’s always better to be safe, than sorry.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can leave them below. I’m always here to help!

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