We at DroneLife are not fans of drone Kickstarter campaigns for a number of reasons. It takes a lot of capital to design, test, refine, and mass produce a drone or any other technology device. There funding goal is $125,000. Maybe there are other sources of funding; but that amount strikes us as a bit thin. Second, teams requesting funding have not been vetted by anyone. Regardless of your opinion of venture capitalists, they give firms a rigorous review in terms of technology experience, business and marketing etc. That is not the case with a Kickstarter firm. Using SELFLY as an example, there are no bios of the team members or even a list of who they are.
There are plenty to choose from, which is great, but it can also be a bit overwhelming if you’ve never shopped for a drone before. You can start with our drone buying guide if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for or familiarize yourself with some common terminology. Or, if you’re just after some quick toy drone suggestions, just read on.
Yes! Blade Nano is an excellent choice for beginners, even more so for beginners with FPV racing tendencies. This birdie is a fully stabilized model that can easily be equipped with a lightweight FPV camera. Something like the popular Eachine TX01 should do the trick for you. It’s a micro all in one FPV system (camera, vtx, and antenna) that will do you a world of good with these lightweight brushed models. Try it out and you’ll realize what I’m talking about. By equipping those tiny cameras (and combining them with a solid VR goggles) you will get to enjoy thrilling FPV experience that is bound to teach you the basics of flying.
However, do not think these drones have some limitations due to their simplicity. Quite the contrary, pricier models such as DJI Spark or Wingsland S6 offer most (if not all) features that are popular with full-sized models. So basically, what I am trying to say here is that selfie drones serve as great learning platforms but are not making any compromises in terms of features and functionality.
What hobbyists often do is pick up the Lumenier’s frame first, then modify that with their own propellers, motors, HD cameras, landing strips, and whatever else suits their desires at a given time. You can turn it into an FPV specialist, a stunt machine, a video capturer, or a total speed demon if you have the proper know-how. (It’s especially popular in the burgeoning quad-racing scene.)
Another great design feature of this selfie drone is that the rotors come fully enclosed within the quadcopter body making it extremely safe to handle the drone even with its flying you can simply grab it midair without fearing for your fingers to get hurt. This also makes is tough and can handle some beating and crashes.
Coming in at the number 10 spot, Upair One also seems like a great alternative for earlier DJI Phantom models. With 2 different cameras to choose from, 2.7K and 4K, Upair One provides its users with a solid dose of versatility even prior to the actual purchase. With the price being only $50 higher for the 4K version, it is without a doubt the best bargain to go for.
The last thing we want to do with our drones is crash, but it’s going to happen. Beginner pilots have a lot to learn, flying a quadcopter or similar drone is fairly easy, but mastering it can take some time.
One of the most notable benefits of a drone in this category is the amazing battery life. Up till now we’ve seen 7-8 minutes on average. This beaut gives you a max flight time of 25 minutes per charge.
This really is a fun drone to fly. It’ll surely help to improve your piloting skills in no time. It looks more like an aerodynamic airplane and less like a space craft, though I suppose looks are subjective.
Packed with trendy extras, the Mavic Pro is an “ultra-compact drone with big-boy features” or so say the drone influencers. If big-boy (larger drone) features sounds like your thing, why not pick up one of these impressive quads as your new starter drone. For seasoned travelers — reliability, functionality, portability — there simply is no better choice.
The Xiro Xplorer Mini is Foldable, Lightweight and Compact in design. The drone comes with a few standard flight modes like Auto return home, Lost connection protection, Low power protection and Follow Snap, which instructs it to automatically follow an object or person
Pininfarina have brought their impeccable sense of style and elegance to state-of-the-art electronics which make the Sky Rider Drone a unique product in the quadcopter universe! Drawing on its extensive experience in engineering and aerodynamics, Pininfarina and De Agostini ModelSpace have produced a cutting-edge aircraft that despite its fragile appearance, is tough, elegant and at the forefront of drone design. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that its advanced technology brings it closer to the Star Wars™ universe than any other similar video drones.
To top it all off, its range is maxed out at around 300 meters even with FPV on (yes, it supports great FPV experience if you pair it with a decent action camera), but at that distance, I doubt you’ll be able to see it quite clearly.
As you will have the chance to see down below, Holy Stone F181 has a lot more features than the X5C by Syma, but to its defense, the F181 is more than double its price. In addition all of these features, this little fella is equipped with an HD camera as well. It doesn’t have any form of stabilization which is not surprising at all… It is not the best beginner drone with camera, but it can still take solid shots and the occasional video. To top it all off, you will be happy to find out that HOly Stone F181 is able to fly for up to 9 minutes and can reach up to 100 meters.
2. If you own a GPS drone, returning your drone after losing orientation is even easier. Simply enable the Return to Home feature on your smartphone/controller and that’s pretty much it. Keep in mind though – some models require you to manually set up your drone’s home location.