So maybe you read our first blog about buying your first drone and operating it safely and your wondering what drone to actually buy? Perhaps we should've wrote these together!
There are soooo many options out there so take your time in deciding what will work best for you. We are particularly fond of the DJI range, there are plenty of alternatives out there however we haven't had any experience with them yet.
We find DJI are in general really safe to use and come with a host of functions, sensors and features to help you fly successfully.
The first question you need to ask yourself is... what am I going to use it for? Will it be just for fun? Is it a present for a child? or perhaps you're a photographer/videographer and want to take your footage to the next level. Will you be planning to use the drone professionally?
Remember it will always be tempting to but second hand. Do beware as these drones may have been involved in accidents and have wear and tear. We would nbever recommend purchasing a second hand drone.
Like I said, there are so many options and only having experience with DJI i'll talk you through a few of their flagship drones.
Their most affordable drone is the DJI Ryze Tech Tello. RRP £100, it's currently their smallest drone and is certainly good value for money with a flight time of 13 minutes and an HD 720p camera.
You can purchase one from RC Geeks at a great price! They also have an in depth review of it!
Moving on from the Tello there is the DJI Spark, at £449 RRP it is a great option for those seeking that bit more from a drone. It's easy to use, fun and very portable!
As you can see this is a great fun drone that's powerful and can be taken anywhere!
Moving up from the DJI Spark is the DJI Mavic Air, the DJI Mavic Pro's little brother! Here's DJI's promotional video for the DJI Mavic Air. Again its a super fun and portable drone! Just be aware every countries rules and regulations for drone flights are likely to be different!
Swiftly moving on to our favourite portable drone... The DJI Mavic Pro. This is the drone that we used to initially promote our business. It's super portable, fun and easy to use and the photos and videos that can be captured are pretty impressive! It can be used for professional use however the photos and videos are fairly limited to social media and medicore youtube quality. Do not let this put you off as this drone is not a toy! It's a great bit of kit and I'm sure we will always have it alongside us when out onsite as a quick and easy back up drone. RRP £899
Moving up from the DJI Mavic Pro you will find yourself in DJI Phantom territory! There are various models to choose from. If you are new to aerial photography the Phantom 4 is a great choice! It produces some amazing images and videos worthy of commercial operations.
Getting serious about your aerial imagery and cinematic productions? You want to start looking at the DJI Inspire range! The below video was entirely filmed on The DJI Inspire 2. This drone has the choice of attaching three different cameras! The cameras range from professional, cinematic to ultra cinematic and are regularly used for movie productions!
The link above is for the drone on its own and the cameras must be purchased separately. We use the DJI Inspire 2 on most of our commercial jobs. We utilise the Zenmuse X5S camera which allows us to install the right lens for the task at hand, be it a roof inspection, promotional video or cinematic production. It's such a versatile drone!
Moving on from the DJI Inspire 2 things get much pricier and usually job specific such as drones made to put out fires, carry people, carry safety equipment and undertake rescue missions or even cleaning ice from wind turbines!
We would love to hear of your drone experiences and what drones use. Share your experiences with us!