If you are looking for a drone, then the first and foremost thing that you need to ascertain is the purpose that you want to fulfill with your flying camera. Are you an action sports enthusiast who wants his/her stunning tricks to be captured with a drone camera? An ambitious videographer who wants to make a mark for himself in the production line? Or a social media geek who wants to get more likes and follows with his/her scintillating repertoire of selfies? There are a number of drones of varying sizes, features and prices and the best one depends on our answer to the aforementioned questions.
If you are still not sure and do not really have any exact answer to the above mentioned questions, then we have in store for you a prolific beginner drone that won’t put too much stress on your pocket but would still be able to gratify your hunger for phenomenal images and videos. In addition, we have also chosen the best device for novice cinematographers and another one for action sport junkies to capture all their tremendous moves.
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Best Drone for Beginners: DJI Spark
The DJI Spark is the most affordable drone to have been created by the tech giants and can be bought for about $500. It weighs less than 300 grams that is almost equivalent to three iPhone 7s put together. A pilot does not need to learn how to fly this thing which comes with a dual stick controller. It can be launched and then made to land on the palm of your hands and maneuvered around with simple gesture controls. More complicated stunts can be carried out by the drone with the tap of a button in the app and it can also be made to follow a certain object for splendid photographs and videos.
If the DJI Spark is controlled with the help of gestures or with smartphone, the control range gets limited. But if you are interested, you can purchase a dedicated controller that will provide you more control over the device along with a control range of about a mile and a top speed of 30 mph in the sports mode.
The camera is stabilized with a dual axis gimbal and records in 1080p. The images and videos when compared with those captured by other drones of similar size and falling in the similar price range, are phenomenal. If you want your special occasions to be covered by a good quality photographer and want top quality videos and images for social media content, DJI Spark is the way to go.
Another Option: DJI Mavic Pro
DJI Mavic Pro is a device that is way ahead of the DJI Spark in terms of speed, range and overall features. It is a small sized device that can be transported from one place to another with relative ease. It has retractable legs that can be folded up and the device can be stuffed easily into your pockets or wallet. With a flight duration of 25 minutes, it can attain a top speed of 40 miles per hour and offers a control range of a whopping four miles when used with the dedicated controller. It comes with a better quality camera that is stabilized with a three-axis gimbal and can capture videos at 4K resolution.
In comparison with the DJI Spark, it is more costly, larger in size and is more complex to fly and maneuver. It is heavier than Spark and costs upto $999. If you are someone who is learning how to fly a drone, then you need a flat surface to launch and land your drone on. It can be used for indoor flights as well but it makes far more noise and can be quite scary for the onlookers if they see one approaching them.
There are loads of other drones in the market. Some might turn out to be better for you while others should be avoided at all costs.
- Gimbal can be detached and used as handheld stabilizer
- Includes a shoulder harness to mount camera on your body
- Reasonably priced if you own a GoPro action camera
- Low control range
- No autonomous tracking
- No obstacle detection and avoidance
Yuneec Typhoon H
- Stable in gusty conditions
- Able to fly after losing a rotor
- Good picture quality and stabilization
- Large sized and bulky
- Poor quality of frame
- Low range
Parrot Bebop 2
- Low priced
- Poor connectivity and device pairing
- Bad image quality
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