I just finished working on an updated 2017 drone infographic that underlines all the important aspects one should look for when buying a beginner quadcopter.
This year, brushless motor drones got cheaper, drones have more features than ever and more models seem to pop up everywhere.
That's why I decided to create a visual guide so you won't be confused when trying to pick your first drone.
Many of the points in the infographic below aren't only valid for beginner drones, but rather any kind of flying device, up to more advanced ones.
The main points underlined below are:
- Safety & Durability - No need to explain why a beginner needs to have a safe to fly drone and one that can handle crashes well.
- Battery Life - The best pleasures in life are short-lived, but when it comes to drones... things can always be better. A better battery life is almost always preffered, even though you could bring a few spare batteries along.
- Speed - No use in staying a lot of time in the air if you're piloting a slowpoke. Speed and power is what makes a drone entertaining and even beginner ones should have this option so you can at least have a taste of the drone racing world.
- Drone Portability - Drones are beautiful at any size and they come with advantages and disadvantages depending on that. Bigger can face stronger winds and carry larger batteries, while smaller can fly inside and maybe even fit in your pocket.
I haven't added a part about cameras because I don't believe necessary for a beginner drone to have one.
Even more, I would not buying cheap camera drones (under $100) as they are very bad quality most of the time.
To conclude the previous message I have to say that I wouldn't recommend anyone who hasn't flown before to jump directly into more expensive quadcopters.
I'm underlining this because more expensive GPS drones are more stable and usually are easier to pilot, but that confidence might only be temporary and accidents are prone to happen.
So stick to a beginner drone that's sturdy as hell and learn how to fly while destroying it in the process.
Don't forget to share this 2017 drone infographic with your friends, they might just need some advice more than you do ;).