The biggest pros that the DJI Spark has to offer would definitely have to be what you can do with the camera and the various modes. For example, you can use Pano Mode horizontal or vertical to automatically tilt and pan the camera in flight to capture photos that will work for a dynamic wide angled panorama shot.
We will start with the big boy of the group. The DJI Mavic is the most interesting drone we have seen from DJI to date. DJI is pushing its drones more and more into the mainstream by making them friendlier, but what makes it so special?
When it comes to the specifications, there is no doubt that Autel Robotics X-Star Premium will amaze you with what it has to offer. Take the range as the perfect example – this birdie can reach 2 kilometers and is able to do so with full FPV coverage thanks to a powerful VTX system. Furthermore, X-Star Premium sports a 14.8V 4900mAh LiPo battery. Yup, that’s a 4S battery right there, and it can hold it up in the air for up to 25 minutes. Realistically you’re looking at slightly above 20 if you plan on recording with the provided camera.
To learn more about the Phantom 3, check out our full DJI Phantom 3 value piece. For the Phantom 4, to be fair, it is superseded by the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced, but we’ve got all that Phantom info over here.
Likewise, specifications are nothing short of outstanding either. You’re looking at a 5870mAh smart LiPo battery capable of enduring more than 25 minutes in the air which should be more than enough for a fair share of aerial images and/or videos. When it comes to operating range, 7 kilometers is becoming a standard for all premium DJI models so it’s not that surprising to see that number on DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
It’s also worth noting that there’s been something of a history of customer service complaints directed at DJI over the years. Take a look at the user reviews on this model, for instance, and you’ll see 30% 1-star reviews, despite the device holding a 4.1 rating. Again, we’ll just stress that you truly understand what you’re getting into before you make any huge investments in drone tech.
DJI Mavic Pro is very easy to fly despite its high quality and sophistication. My advice is to stay well away from the Sport Mode until you’re comfortable and familiar with all the drone’s basic features.
When it comes to the hardware inside, Yuneec Typhoon H runs on 14.8V 5400mAh Li Po 4S battery which can hold it in the air for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Additionally, it has 2 kilometers of flying range and is equipped with an awesome 4K camera. Needless to say, this combination of features and specifications is why I believe Yuneec Typhoon H to be an exceptional drone that can make all of you pretty happy with its performance.
Only recently announced, and possibly not yet shipping by the time you read this, the new GDU O2 is a compact machine that is one of the most portable drones on the market today. We were at the official unveiling of this drone and got to go hands-on with it at InterDrone 2017, but we have not yet flown it ourselves. That comes next. Instead of folding down, like many portable machines today, the propeller arms slide into the body, keeping them safe and getting them out of the way.
Flight time of the Dobby is about 9 minutes, which is relatively good of this type of drones, and of course, you can always get an extra battery, which is easily replaceable giving you more flight time.
There’s built-in obstacle avoidance features, which of course, is always a plus for newbie-drone fliers. There’s also optional bumbers which you can add to the casing of the drone, to ensure that you don’t damage anything, if you’re really an absolute beginner.
In the meantime, Nasa is turning to industry for help. In a presentation last September, John Cavolowsky, director of Nasa’s Airspace Operations and Safety program, wrote: “All demonstrations are to be planned with strong, cost-shared partner involvement.” Last February, Nasa invited interested businesses to a workshop on the future of UTM. In its agreement with Verizon, Nasa reveals: “The workshop was very well attended with cellphone companies such as AT&T and Verizon. To date, only Verizon has stepped forward to pursue collaboration with Nasa regarding the potential use of cell towers.”
Pricier selfie drones are equipped with GPS which brings a whole bunch of additional features you can play around with. Follow Me, Orbit, Cable Cam and so on… each of these features could give you a lot of room to work with. Experiment with them and I’m sure you’ll find the optimal method for shooting selfies with your drone. Remember guys, practice makes perfect!
The Syma X11C Quadcopter is one of the most affordable quadcopter options a beginner UAV pilot has. With its 6-axis gyro direction stabilizer flight control system, 3D lock to help for more precise flying, and blade protector to help with minor crashes, this is a great inexpensive quadcopter for beginners.
If you do not want the dedicated remote control, you can grab the DJI Spark for $390 on Amazon to day. Otherwise, we really do recommend the DJI Spark Fly More bundle for $599. (Regular price is $499 and $699.)
This is the most technically advanced selfie drone today. If you are looking for a small drone you can bring everywhere, that still takes great photos and video or if you are a beginner who loves taking videos and photos I think this is the best selfie drone on the market.
The brushless motors on the F100G not only make for a smoother, quieter flight, but allow for precise control while flying and longer flight times—at 19 minutes, this drone has one of the longest battery lives of drones on the market for this price point.
Perhaps the biggest advantage this has over the Mavic is the camera technology. Inside its magnesium alloy chassis, and attached to a gimbal, the camera features a mechanical shutter and a huge 1-inch sensor packed with 20 million pixels. It also has the ability to shoot 4K resolution videos at 60 frames per second. For the video nerds, you can shoot H.265 as well as the usual H.264 codec.
Simply snap on the drone module magnetically and get PITTA off the ground to hover in the air. With the auto-follow mode on, you can start recording in the matter of seconds with you focusing on the experience.
It’s a great little drone to practice your flying skills indoors and out, but take heed! It sounds like a large swarm of feisty bees. You may want to make sure you’re home alone for indoor practice 😉
While reviewing these entry-level best drones for beginners, we invested lots of time figuring out every aspect a starter pilot would like. Our personal experience has had a significant part, and we attempted to put ourself in the beginner’s position.
Anyone on the hunt for a best beginner drone will enjoy an item that is ready to fly, and provides a solid opportunity to check out what it’s like to get a drone in the air, land it, and see what type of models they prefer.
Even though collision avoidance systems are usually seen with fully sized (flagship) models, there are several selfie drones that incorporate them as well. Mainly, I am referring to DJI Spark, DJI Mavic Pro, and AirDog ADII, but I don’t know if the latter counts as a real selfie drone. That’s why it’s been put as an honorable mention in the first place.
Starting off with the hardware, inside of Altair AA108 you will find a 1S LiPo battery, a basic 6-axis gyro stabilized FC and 4 brushed motors. This battery is capable of keeping it up in the air for approximately 10 minutes which is not half bad considering the price this beauty goes for. Furthermore, the motors are actually pretty damn powerful and (considering the lightweight design of this birdie) are able to provide good thrust/weight ratio. However, Altair AA108 is not a racing drone so don’t expect neck-breaking speeds. Operating range is solid too, going up to around 100 meters in a clear, unobstructed area.
ZEROTECH, a leading innovator of smart drones and technology, has announced that its HESPER Advanced Pocket Drone will be launched in the late summer, features 4k imaging capabilities and 18 minutes of flight time.
Now you’re fully aware that there are rules to let’s take a look at the best budget-friendly drones for beginners. If you’re looking to spend a minimal amount of money on your drone, be prepared for the basics – small, zippy and perhaps a little flimsy.
This photo shows a Yuneec Typhoon drone and controller in Jessup, Md. Maryland State Police and prison officials say two men planned to use the drone to smuggle drugs, tobacco and pornography videos into the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland, Md. (AP Photo/David Dishneau, File)
Hubsan H501S comes packed with an FHD camera capable of shooting outstanding aerial footage. If that’s not your thing, then perhaps you’ll be satisfied with a 4.3-inch LCD screen for FPV monitoring that’s built into the controller. The controlling works with 2.4Ghz connection while FPV uses a much more reliable (and stronger) 5.8Ghz.
This pocket-sized drone comfortably fits in the palm of your hand, but somehow manages to fit a camera on board. Video is streamed live to a 4.3in screen on the controller. At 720px x 240px, it’s comparatively low-res but to get first-person view on a drone at this price is impressive. It’s also very useful as the tiny X4 can quickly disappear from view. The controller is really easy to operate and you’ll be able to use it straight out of the box without referring to the instructions. It’s also comfortingly retro in its styling – think Sega Game Gear circa 1990.
Once you start attracting clients, make sure you do your work on time and keep up with the marketing. Making a website featuring some of your work could be worth a shot too. Word of mouth will give you a lot of credibility so make sure your communication with clients remain both friendly and professional at all costs. Rinse and repeat until you’ve gained somewhat of a consistency in terms of clients. Congratulations – you’re now a successful aerial photographer. Thank me later! 😊