For the average person looking to purchase a drone, there are a myriad of features that are available and choosing the right ones depends on the type of use.
In this article I will describe the most common features and discuss why the are important when choosing your drone.
- Camera: Most everyone who purchases a drone does so because they want to be able to take pictures or record video. The higher the quality of video or pictures the more expensive the drone. Most middle tier drones will be able to take good quality photos and HD quality video. You will want to choose a camera that fits your needs and budget.
- Battery Life: The average life of a drone battery is around 5-7 minutes of flight time. That doesn’t seem like much and honestly it isn’t. The higher the flight time the more expensive the drone. My tip to you would be to purchase extra batteries for the lower flight time batteries so that you can swap them out during sessions and feel like you are getting good flight time.
- Headless Mode: This feature allows you to orient the direction of the drone to the operator and controller.
- Orbit Mode: If you want to capture video and pictures, this feature is one that you will want to consider. This allows the drone to hover over objects for the purpose of capturing pics and video.
- Return To Home: If your drone is getting low on battery life you can have it return to the point in which it took off before loosing battery and crashing to the ground.
- Axis Gimbal: The gimbal is a gyroscope that keeps the drone from tipping over and allows it to stay balanced in the air. It also allows you to take shaky free video and pictures.
- Drone Range: This is the distance that you can fly the drone from the controller and still keep communication.
- Smart Phone Apps: If you have an iPhone or Android device, you can download and install applications that will allow you to turn your phone into a controller. You can also view real time video the drone is taking.
When purchasing a drone, you will need to keep these features in mind, especially when determining price. Some of these features add more cost to the price but you can really get a lot of value from them.
One thing that I recommend is that you set a base price that you are willing to pay for your drone. There are some really high quality drones for under $100 that have decent cameras and 1080p video. I would say that the number one feature that almost every drone buyer wants is a camera that can take video. You will need to take that into consideration when you decide to purchase and I can tell you from experience that you will want to get one that has a decent camera built-in.