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How To Choose A Good Drone For Your Next Holiday

If you’re looking to add another perspective to your holiday photo moments, then a drone is just what you’re looking for.

This increasingly popular technology is a fun way to take pictures and videos, and with the recent drops in drone prices, they’re an option worth considering.

But with so many drones to choose from it’s easy to get confused about which one would suit you best.

So whether it’s a family holiday or a private vacation, you’ll need a few pointers to help you make the right choice of drone.

Portability (handy for packing or travelling, compact)

Some drones come already built and ready to fly; others will need some degree of assembly.

For your holiday, we recommend that you get one that is already assembled, that way you can simply take it out of the box and start flying.

Your Budget

You’ll need a drone that is priced correctly, according to its features.

If you’re looking to save money, then you’ll need to compromise on some of the bells and whistles.

Conversely, if having features like increased flying time and greater control distance then know that the more features you want, the more money you’ll have to spend.

For starters, be sure to get a drone with a GPS lock to be able to manoeuvre easily.

Quality Workmanship

The type of job you need it for also determines the type of drone to purchase.

If you’re going to use it for brief videos and pictures, then most drones will meet your needs.

For example, if having your drone in the air for a serious amount of time, then you’ll want to consider a DJI Mavic Pro. If keeping things compact is your aim, then this drone is also a good choice.

When sampling drones, be aware that the flight time advertised on the box is based on how long the drone lasted when tested in a controlled environment. It is probably a good idea to go in-store and ask questions before you decide. Just Drones also has a good buying guide that will give you the basic specs to look for in a drone.

If you’re looking forward to spending your holiday in an area with high winds, you should consider getting a drone with a long flight time.

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The quality of the camera and handling of the controller also matters.

Before you purchase a drone, make sure you’re satisfied with the camera quality.

And make sure you’re comfortable with the controller. Some are easy to use while others are complicated and will take more time to master.

Who Will Use It

When purchasing a drone, consider who’ll be using it. Depending on the complexity of the drone, it may even be advisable to go and get some drone training or complete a UAV drone training course so that you get the most out of your drone.

If your kids will be taking control, or even many teenagers, you might want to opt for a toy drone to begin with. And for everyone’s safety, be sure to get one with a prop guard.

If you’re a new and inexperienced user, then smaller drones are the way to go.

The smaller they are, the easier they are to pilot, and when they go places you didn’t intend, they’ll do less damage to themselves and whatever they come in contact with.

After all, you don’t want to come home from your holiday leaving an expensive trail of destruction behind you.

Maintenance

Apart from batteries, you’ll also need replacement parts including propellers and prop guards.

Not if, but when your drone crashes, you’ll need to have some spare change to get it fixed or have it sent away for repair).

Maintenance prices vary across the range, so choose one that’s relatively easy to maintain. It’s even possible to take out insurance for your drone.

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun, and is a terrific way to record your memorable holiday moments, and our tips should have you flying high with the greatest of ease.