Now that drones are becoming more mainstream, it’s important to understand the kind of drone you’re looking at and what to look out for before you make your purchase. Here are 5 things you should know before you buy a DJI drone!
1) Why do you want one?
The primary reason to buy a drone is to take photos and videos. The drone’s camera is what makes it a high-tech toy; an aerial perspective will make your shots more interesting and add depth to even simple, common images. There are plenty of other uses for a drone, but you want to be sure that you’re buying it for a purpose that makes sense.
For example, do you really need a drone if all you want to do is fly it once per year? Renting a drone might make more sense if that’s the case. Like any consumer product, there are dozens of drones available on the market with different features. When choosing which one to buy, consider how much you’ll use it and whether or not you have a specific need for certain features.
2) Where will you fly?
The Federal Aviation Administration and Civil Aviation Authority has strict rules about where and when you can fly your drone, so it’s important to take these into consideration before you buy. For example, you can’t fly your drone higher than 400 feet or within five miles of an airport—and if you plan on going above that altitude in any circumstance, you need special permission from air traffic control.
You should take in to consideration where you live before buying a DJI drone. Due to No Fly Zones near airports, DJI drones have geofencing. This means you won’t even be able to take off even if you decided to break the law and fly close to airports. This is actually a great feature of DJI drones that helps keep everyone safe.
You should always use a app such as Drone Assist which will show you the restricted flying areas. The app is available on Android and IOS. DJI also has their own browser map for checking areas where you are allowed to fly.
3) FPV v Gimbal Cameras
Unlike camera drones, FPV (first-person view) drones do not have gimbals. Instead, they rely on an attached screen for first-person viewing of what’s in front of them—the drone. This means that you can only see what your drone sees, and you won’t be able to capture any shots from it. It also means that FPV is better suited to flying around obstacles than standard cameras are—because you can see through them as if they weren’t there.
FPV drones are generally use for things such as racing and high speed manoeuvres. If you looking to just shoot aerial photography and videos, stick to a normal gimbal camera drone.
4) Do you need accessories?
When buying accessories for your drone, it’s important to think about why you need them. Do you want an ND filter so that you can take photos in harsh sunlight? Do you need extra batteries so that you don’t run out of power during your flight? Are you looking for a carrying case to make transport easier? Buying these accessories may save time and hassle later on. Just be sure that they fit before shelling out any cash!
Most DJI drones come with what’s called a “Fly More Combo”. We highly recommend these packages as they come with many great accessories that will help you ‘fly more’. Everything from a carrying case to additional batteries and for the more expensive drones, a basic set of ND filters will be included.
5) What is your budget?
Most DJI consumer drones cost anywhere from £350 to £2,500. To find a good price range for a new quadcopter or hexacopter, check out our drone shop. For first-time flyers, we recommend a mid-range model like the DJI Mini 2 or DJI Air 2s. They aren’t as flashy as other models but they offer some nice features like long battery life and great cameras that make it easier to get started.
What is your skill level: If you are just starting out with flying drones, you should probably look at a more entry-level option like the ones mentioned above. The more expensive models while are not more difficult to fly, making simple mistakes with these drones while flying can be costly!