What are the best drones for amateur use?

May 01, 2015

What are the best drones for amateur use?

You are ready to start your career as a photographer, videographer, researcher, or any number of other camera-related fields that you might be interested in. For all of these endeavors, camera drones are becoming increasingly more popular. The only problem is, you’ve never flown a drone before. Or maybe you have but it was at your cousin’s friend’s house for about five minutes.

No problem.

There are plenty of high-quality drones out there that are perfect for amateur use.

The first thing to consider is that your drone will probably undergo some stress on its first few flights due to standard novice trial-and-error. Because of that, you first want a drone that will be durable enough to withstand the elements. Second, you want a drone that is also low-cost in case you were a little worse at flying than you thought. And third, you want a drone that will be easy to operate so that you can spend less time on instructions and more time flying.

Here are some drones that are best for amateur use:

Nano Quad Proto X

This tiny, light-weight quadcopter is easy to fly. Because of its durability you will be able to practice any maneuver you want without worrying about causing damage. It’s meant for indoor use but can also be flown outdoors if the weather conditions are calm enough. And you can easily recharge it with a USB cord. Its incredibly low price (under $50) will give you financial wiggle room to move on to more elaborate, more expensive drones once you get the hang of flying.

Hubsan X4 H107C

This model is again under $100. It comes with an advanced setting as well as a basic setting, which helpfully limits your abilities—just like adding or removing training wheels. With this model, you aren’t overloaded with complex features that you hardly know what to do with. It comes nearly ready-to-use right out of the package and is simple enough for even the most inexperienced of pilots to use, but you will still be impressed by its expert takeoffs.

Parrot AR. Drone 2.0

While the Parrot generally comes in a little more expensive than the previous two (about $300-350), it is arguably the most popular drone on the market. It is a quadcopter equipped with barriers around the propellers to reduce damage to itself and the environment. Its sensors, including an air pressure sensor, allow for smooth flying and increased control. The 2.0 also has a camera more enhanced than the original Parrot drone. With the 2.0 you can get in about 20 minutes of flight time, which is a perfect amount of time to try some new turns and get a good look at the view.

So while you want a drone that will be durable, inexpensive, and easy to use, you also want quality flight and quality video footage. These three drones are only a few of the great drones out there for amateur use. Once you get the hang of your amateur drone, you can then move on to drones with a few more fancy features that will allow you to further expand your flight adventures.


DJI Phantom 3


And don't forget about the Phantom 3.  Even though it's a lot more expensive it comes with all the features that you will need to capture the shots you want.  You can customize the camera and choose between shooting in HD or in 4k.  It flies extremely easy and is very easy to learn.  You will end up paying more money upfront but the chances are that you will end up upgrading to this drone anyway.  

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