Choosing your first drone is as crucial as learning to use it. The drone you pick must help hone your skills. Going for the cheapest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle will not help you, especially if you are considering using drones for the long haul. It needs to be responsive and durable; plus, the fewer the features, the better off you are. Why are you looking for these three elements?
Because one thing is certain, you will crash your drone, so you need to make sure it stays operational even after one too many falls. The fewer features and the more responsive they are, the easier it will be to learn. To help you save money and still get something that works, we found 10 of the best drones for beginners that are very durable.
Let’s take off with this mini-copter, which took Airplane Magazine’s award as 2014 Editor´s Choice for innovation of the Year. Apart from the agility and stability modes, it has the exclusive SAFE technology incorporated. The Nano QX RTF has a radio, is resistant, and featherweight. Although its airframe comes integrated with blade guard, you will have to purchase a DSMX compatible radio separately should you opt for the bind and fly version (BNF).
This little bird can take videos and pictures within a 180° view. To monitor flight experience, you can use the integrated FreeFlight 3 app (Windows 8.1, Android, iOS). The Bebop Drone systematically assesses data from a range of 3-axle sensors: gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. This makes for optimum motility without destabilizing the bird. It comes with an ultrasound sensor, a vertical camera to measure speed, and a pressure sensor.
Costing about $41, this drone is designed with rubber feet to make for soft landings. It incorporates LED lights which are color-coded together with red and black rotor blades to indicate the direction. This certainly works well for the beginner who is not conscious of the drone’s direction or if it’s coming or going. You can easily monitor it to cover quite some distance and keep it from getting away by using its 4GHz RC remote controller, which covers a view of 30 meters and a seven-minute flight time. It comes with an FPV camera mounted to the front which can shoot as well as a 640 x 480-pixel video camera attached to a winged- hairdryer. It saves photos to an inserted SD card.
The Air Hogs is entirely covered with black styrofoam; so if you are looking to impress anyone with the X4 Stunt’s design, you will need to rethink that idea. The good thing is that you can connect it to your TV at maximum speed with no fear that it will destroy it. This drone is one of the most harmless birds to fly; it is not much of a destructive flyer. You can therefore fly it outside of your home without much fear.
The Byrobot Drone is more of a fighter drone. It comes incorporated with 2.4GHz RF and a 2-way communication, running six channels. Should an infrared shot hit your fighter, its LED lights will flash, and the controller will tremble in your hands. Make sure not to get hit too often because more than six times is a dead sentence. You can reduce the weight of this mini-drone by taking off the rotor guards when in expert mode. It even allows you to execute 360 flip-overs. You can assign the integrated Infrared transmitters and receivers to teams if you have two or more.
It’s true that as a beginner starting off with a mini-drone can be challenging considering they are harder to fly, less stable and easier to destroy. You will not be able to transfer the skills you learn running a mini to running the bigger ones. You may have to stick with the micro. Nevertheless, the Q4 Nano is not as hermetic as most minis. It comes with its macro version, the standard X4 which most people recommend as a great UAV for beginners. The Q4 is simply the micro of it. It is one of the tiniest drones available nowadays. Its front and back lights show orientation, although it is not great for outside practice.
The main reason for picking the UDI is because the most destructive parts are easily replaceable and cheap (guards, rotor blades). They protect the expensive pieces of the drone from destruction during serious impact. This explains the fact that most beginners go for this one. Although it is quite a safe drone, its camera is a 640×480 that produces grainy images. Your first drone lesson will be learning how to keep from crashing. This stage comes with practiced crashing: you crash your drone over and over into a chosen object. The six axis gyro balance and the large-guard protected rotors give the U818A more stability during flying, making it seem more professional and smoother.
The Syma X5C comes integrated with an HD camera, executing flips at the push of a button with 3600 posture. It is resistant to the wind can fly outside or inside the house, and has a 7-minute flight time. To ensure optimum stability during operations, it is integrated with a 6-axis Gyro stabilizing system. If you are looking to buy an FPV version, look no further than the Syma X5SW Wifi FPV. It works seamlessly with Apple ISO and Android phones.
This is one of the few drones that can take you from beginner to intermediate: it grows with you. If you are looking more to appropriate strong skills in operating a UAV than you are of shooting videos, then this is the drone to purchase. Light-weight and quite stable, the Ominus flips and spins effortlessly when used by a knowledgeable user. When fully charged, you get about 15 minutes of flight time.
This drone is good for the beginner who has fiddled with drones a little. If you have some hands-on experience with UAV’s or RC vehicles, then you can easily manage the Blade Nano QX. This drone comes with a complete hobby-grade motor which makes it more stable and powerful, albeit a little unsafe. You can start this one in beginner mood and then move on to professional mode for outdoor stunts.
Obviously, there are a lot more beginner-appropriate drones, so we recommend that you go for a small and easy to learn UAV. When you have the hang of it, you can then make an upgrade. We sometimes choose drones that are hard to learn, have too many features, and not so easy to use. It will prove inadvertently wise to buy a drone according to your skill level. If your budget is tight, get an affordable drone with easily available replacement pieces. You don’t want to have to pull the hair out of your head if and when it crashes.