Tips for buying a drone - Drone Emotion

Tips for buying a drone

How to choose your drone : For which use ?

Before deciding on a specific model, it is important to know what use you will make of your drone. Is it because you like to fly, to take pictures, videos, film your sporting exploits? According to these criteria you will already be able to eliminate a lot of models.

The choice of the price

This criterion, even if it should not really be the first factor of choice, it is unfortunately a reality and it is often him who will direct our choice for the purchase of a drone. We will distinguish three price ranges.

Range of drones under 500$.

To learn how to fly, without ruining yourself, they are a good school to learn how to fly and get familiar with the evolution in three dimensions. Their autonomy is seldom consequent but it allows to understand the activity.

Some of them, like the Mavic MINI, are equipped with powerful cameras allowing to make nice videos (2.7k with stabilized camera for the Mavic Mini).

DJI Mavic Mini - Drone FlyCam Quadcopter UAV with 2.7K Camera 3-Axis Gimbal GPS 30min Flight Time, less than 0.55lbs, Gray (Camera)
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DJI Mavic Mini – Drone FlyCam Quadcopter UAV with 2.7K Camera 3-Axis Gimbal GPS 30min Flight Time, less than 0.55lbs, Gray (Camera)

Features: 

  • The compact yet powerful Mavic Mini camera drone is the perfect creative companion, capturing your moments in a way that effortlessly elevates the ordinary
  • Weighing less than 0.55lbs by 250 grams, Mavic Mini is almost as light as the average smartphone. In the United States and Canada, you can fly this camera drone without the need to register your drone with the government
  • Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K HD videos. A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, Ultra-smooth footage
  • Mavic Mini’s weight allows it to stay in the air longer than similar consumer FlyCams on the market. Enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery
  • DJI Fly App requires iOS v10.0, Android v6.0 or above. Compatible devices include: iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6s Plus, 6s, 6 Plus, 6, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, S10, S9 Plus, S9 , S8 Plus, S8, S7 edge, S7, S6, Note9, Note8, Huawei P30 Pro, P30, P20, P10, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 10, nova 5, nova 4, nova 3e, nova 2, Honor 8X, 10, 9, 20 Pro, Magic 2, Mi 8, MIX 2S, MIX 2, Redmi Note 5, Oppo Find X, R15, Vivo NEX, X27, X21, X20A, OnePlus 7, 6T, 5, Pixel 3 XL, 2 XL, 2, LG V20, LG G6

New From: $349.00 In Stock

This price range is well suited for beginners and those who want to improve their skills within a controlled budget.

Range of drones from 500$ to 1000$

Perhaps the most coveted range. A “reasonable” price for drones offering really interesting capabilities.

At the top of the list, we find the Mavic Air, which offers a 4k30i/s camera for a very small footprint. Ideal for making beautiful videos while having a drone that can be carried in a pocket. Its various piloting aids (forward/backward detection, automated flight, tracking…) set it apart from the Anafi which is not equipped with obstacle detection.

DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Arctic White (Electronics)
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DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller – Arctic White (Electronics)

Features: 

  • DJI Mavic Air, Arctic White
  • Supported USB Port Types- Lightning, Micro USB (Type-B), USB-C

New From: $539.00 In Stock

The Anafi is also very practical to take for a ride, it is small and very light. Its 180° rotatable camera makes it a very interesting atypical drone for creative videographers.

A little more expensive but below the 1000$ mark, the Mavic Pro first generation comes to overshadow them. A little heavier, but offering optimal photo/video capabilities for those who master a minimum of shooting parameters (video editing, D-log…). It offers a comfortable autonomy to realize beautiful flight sessions.

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum 4K Drone Electronics, Gray (CP.PT.00000071.01) (Electronics)
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DJI Mavic Pro Platinum 4K Drone Electronics, Gray (CP.PT.00000071.01) (Electronics)

Features: 

  • DJI Mavic platinum battery
  • Highly durable product
  • Manufactured in China

New From: $1,599.00 In Stock

More recently, the MAVIC AIR 2 allows filming in 4k at 60 frames/second! It is good in tracking and offers a very good quality of manufacture.

DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2
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DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo – Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera 4K Video 8K Hyperlapse 1/2″ CMOS Sensor 3-Axis Gimbal 34min Flight Time ActiveTrack 3.0 Ocusync 2.0, Gray (Camera)

Features: 

  • 【UP YOUR GAME】: The Mavic Air 2 camera drone takes power and portability to the next level. It combines a powerful camera with intelligent shooting modes for stunning results. Push your imagination to its limits because aerial photography has never been this easy.
  • 【NEXT-LEVEL CONTENT】: Capture impressive 48MP photos with a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor while the 3-axis gimbal provides 4K/60fps video. The secret to incredible HDR video is a high-performance Quad Bayer image sensor. OcuSync 2.0 has a video transmission distance of up to 6.2mi / 10 km and can also deliver 1080p FHD resolution livestream directly from the drone’s camera.
  • 【IMPROVED FLIGHT】: An impressive flight time of up to 34 minutes allows you to pull off epic, fast-paced shots. Obstacle sensing in three directions makes it extra convenient for beginners and improves safety for your Mavic Air 2.
  • 【INTELLIGENT TRACKING】: Mavic Air 2 features intuitive shooting functions that make aerial photography easier than ever. Spotlight 2.0 keeps the camera locked on a subject while you fly freely. ActiveTrack 3.0 keeps subjects centered. POI 3.0 tracks moving subjects like people and vehicles.
  • 【APP COMPATIBILITY】: The DJI Fly app requires iOS v10.0, Android v6.0, or above. Compatible devices include: iPhone (11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6s Plus, 6s, 6 Plus, 6), iPad Pro (9.7’’), iPad Air 2 (9.7’’), iPad mini 4 (8’’), iPad Pro (10.5’’), iPad Pro 2018 11’’, iPad Pro 12.9’’, Samsung Galaxy (S20, S10+, S10, S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 edge, S7, S6, Note10+, Note9, Note8), Huawei (P30 Pro, P30, P20, P10, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 10, nova 5, nova 4, nova 3e, nova 2, Honor 8X, 10, 9, 20 Pro, Magic 2, Mi 8, MIX 2S, MIX 2, Redmi Note 5, Oppo Find X, R15, Vivo NEX, X27, X21, X20A, OnePlus 7, 6T, 5, Pixel 3 XL, 2 XL, 2, LG V20, LG G6, Sony Xpeial 1.
  • 【WHAT YOU GET】: Mavic Air 2 Aircraft, Remote Controller, 3x Intelligent Flight Battery, 6x Low-Noise Propellers (Pair), RC Cables (USB Type-C, Lightning, Standard Micro-USB), Control Stick, Gimbal Protector, Battery Charger, Battery Charging Hub, Battery to Power Bank Adapter, Shoulder Bag, ND Filters Set (ND16/64/256), Manuals, AC Power Cable, Type-C Cable.
  • 【VIDEO CAPTURE RESOLUTION】: 4K HD

New From: $1,167.90 In Stock

Range of drones over 1000.

Aimed at demanding amateurs or semi-professional use, this range offers very high quality 4k cameras.

Often associated with automated flight technologies to allow you to focus only on the shooting.

The photo and video files will offer formats suitable for post-processing (D-log, Raw, Dng….).

However, you will have to be careful because their high speed and size will require special attention.

The Mavic 2 Pro is a reference in this field.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro (Electronics)
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DJI Mavic 2 Pro (Electronics)

Features: 

  • For Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom
  • Charge Batteries While Driving
  • Turn Batteries into 2 x USB Type-A Banks; Operating Temperature Range: 0℃ – 40℃

New From: $2,399.00 In Stock

The choice of the size

If it is for a “leisure” and nomadic use, a foldable drone will be the best choice, not very cumbersome, they can be put in flight quickly.
The larger drones, such as Phantoms will require a lot of space when you travel and will require some logistics to transport the whole. They will not be very adapted to hikes or excursions…

The choice of the camera

A Spark allows you to make beautiful videos, even if the camera only shoots in 1080, it is not as bad as some 4k cameras.

If you don’t have any notion of video editing yet, it will be a very good choice.

You should know that the more you go for a high performance camera (4K 30i/s or 4K60i/s), the heavier and longer your video and photo files will be to work with. You will need a very powerful and recent computer to make smooth editing.

With or without obstacle detection?

Who can do more… I would say that it is safe to fly with drones equipped with efficient obstacle detection systems.

However, be careful not to rely on it… By dint of being assisted, you can become confident and you risk forgetting the basics of piloting and even taking more risks.

To start it is reassuring, but be careful not to take bad habits. A drone without pilot assistance is, according to me, the one that will allow you to assimilate the basics of piloting.

The place where you will fly

Before any purchase, you must know that you can’t fly a drone just anywhere. There are authorized zones and others strictly forbidden. The goal is to prevent any risk of collision with other aircraft or any unintended impact in populated or sensitive areas.

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