Getting your first drone might seem like an easy task. After all, it’s just a toy helicopter with a camera, right? No, it isn’t. A toy helicopter wouldn’t cost you more than $200, while a drone is much more expensive and requires more understanding and maintenance. Still doesn’t know much about drones? Read more of this article because we’re about to tell you what you should consider before getting a drone.
A Compatible Mobile Device
The first thing you’ll need to know is if your mobile device is compatible with the drone you’re going to get. Higher quality drones require the most updated smartphones. Usually, people would go for Android phones such as the latest Samsung Galaxy S9, because it has the right ratio and specs to receive images from the drone. You can also use an IOS phone, but a lot of reviews have stated that it is much more complicated since the only apps available there are the ones that are partnered with Apple. Apple phones are also known to run out of storage quickly, even with the 64 GB phone, because of its dependence to iCloud.
Flying Guidelines and Registration
You should also read on flying guidelines for drones. There is even a registration that you need to have to fly drones in some parts of the State. Be sure to check on this and get your registration before buying your drone, or not too long after. There is also a flying etiquette you have to follow when flying drones in an area where other people would fly drones as well. In concerts, for example, you should be aware of those who are flying their drones and make arrangements so your drone doesn’t crash to another. Avoid flying your drone too close to other people, as it is very dangerous. There have been cases of people’s hair getting stuck or chopped because a drone got too close to them.
Type of Drone and Quality
This is not the last thing you should consider, it has to be one of the firsts. The type of drone you get and the quality it has will determine everything, from flying guidelines to the ease of control to the type of footage you’ll be able to get. There are small drones that cannot fly very far away from the remote, so you won’t be able to get footages of the mountain or the sunset from high above. There are bigger drones that can get a bird’s eye point of view type of footage, but requires more skill to control because it has to go against strong wind and avoid birds.