Every hobbyist has to start somewhere. If you have a passion for flying drones but don’t yet have the experience, look to buy a starter drone. As a beginner drone pilot, it is necessary that you purchase a UAV that is easy to learn to operate, before graduating to a more complex model. The more advanced drones are not cheap, and if all you do is crash them, you will quickly get discouraged. Read our tips for drones that are great for beginners.
5 Of The Best Drones For Beginners
The site used to compile this list include Best Drone For The Job, Parrot, DJI.com, Yuneec, Amazon.com. Several of these drones have been around for a couple of years and have stood the test of time. They are still our recommendations for 2018.
Parrot Bebop 2
The Parrot Bebop 2 sells for around $450 and can give its pilot twenty-five minutes of fly time on full charge.
The video boasts 14 megapixels of the quality video made possible by its advanced stabilization system. It has a unique feature that lets its pilot operate it via smartphone or tablet.
Even though it is very lightweight, its material components make it very durable, something every beginner pilot needs. The drone retails for around $450 and is good value for the price.
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K
Yuneec’s Q500 is perfect for a beginner pilot. The 4K high definition camera fits snuggly on the bottom of the drone and is capable of taking 30 frames per second with a 115-degree field of view. The controls are easy to learn and operate.
To begin flying the pilot will need to push the left stick up, the Q500 will take off and continue to rise in the air until the user takes his finger off the control stick. Once he releases it, the UAV will hover in place.
The control stick is very rudimentary in operation. Press up, and the drone flies upward, press down and the drone flies lower to ground, pressing the control left will move the drone left, and right will push it right.
The drone is equipped with a state of the art GPS system that can help it maintain the desired position even in windy conditions. The Q500 is fast too. It can reach speeds up to 22 miles per hour, which sounds like fun, but it could be a little risky for an under the experienced pilot.
The pilot can control the speed, however, so it’s crucial that they go slow while first learning. The drone has two modes aimed at user ease. The “Watch Me” mode keeps the camera lens on the pilot at all times no matter which direction it’s flying.
The “Follow Me” mode will keep the drone near to the person holding the control no matter where they walk. Coming in at around $1,000, it’s the most expensive drone on the list, but it’s indeed a great value considering all the camera specs and user-friendly innovations. This drone is also the largest to make our list as it weighs approximately four pounds.
The Hubsan X4 is tiny, about the size of an adult human hand with fingers extended. Because of its small size, its owner can practice piloting right in his home.
The camera is built into the front part of the drone and captures .3 megapixel videos. It can fly for about ten minutes before needing to be grounded and recharged. One of the best features is its ability to turn flips by just touching a button on the control.
The Nighthawk DM007 is another excellent choice for beginners. In the case of a crash, it’s easy to repair.
It only costs around $35, and it can be a lot of fun to fly because of its simple trick capabilities. It’s small enough to fly inside a building and has a unique HD video camera.
UDI U818A Discovery
The UDI Discovery is by no means exceptional, but it’s very easy to use and resists crashes caused by gusts of wind.
It sells for around $75 and is ready to try out as soon as it is out of the box; there’s no need for construction. It can only fly for around seven minutes, but it can take some amazing aerial skills while hovering.
It’s recommended that beginner UAV pilots purchase a UAV that is not too costly to start out with. Even pilots with some years of experience admit that drone crashes are guaranteed if you fly them often enough.
The crashes are more likely when the pilot is new to the hobby, so it’s best not to invest in the most expensive models when starting out. It’s also a good idea to sign up for the insurance that is offered at the time of purchase for an additional cost. All beginner pilots should check out what the FAA regulations are for flying a drone, so you do not violate any rules unknowingly and end up paying a penalty.