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Is this the Hobby for you?

October 6, 2017

For anyone looking to get into this Hobby you need to ask yourself a few questions. 

 

 

1.    How much should I spend?

While it seems like a silly question, the amount of options available and the various price ranges can make getting into this hobby scare at first. Below i have summarized some of the simple but fun options available to beginners. Ideally for your first Drone I would recommend something cheap but functional with all of basic functionality found in more advanced drones. For example the HolyStone line. They come with low resolution Camera, can integrate with smartphones and have decent battery life. Below I have highlighted some of my favorites from all price ranges.

2.    Are you looking for a flying toy or something more?

The range of activities that can be performed with UAVs is huge. From aerial photography to package delivery so before getting into this hobby you need to fully understand what exactly you want to do. The typical hobbyist will purchase a $100 – $300 dollar drone and fly it around their neighborhood on sunny days never getting the full benefit out of the device.

3.    Do you want to get deep into the Mechanical engineering components?

If you have a technical background and wish to dig into the mechanical components, electrical and software components then building a drone is the way to go. Building your drone comes with the sense of satisfaction found in repairing a car or fixing home appliances without calling / paying someone for help. Also note their or may good resources out there willing to help you get started. One of those is http://www.nova-labs.org a community of Makers who have workshops on drone building along with many other things. Once you get the components (flight controller, cables, soldering iron, props, motors) you can dig in. View the UAV101 videos for step by step guidance on getting going.

4.    Do you have hand eye coordination?

Flying your drone is much harder than it first looks and it will take some hands on coordination and practice to maneuver around trees, houses and people. Expert hint, don’t drone indoors nothing hurts more than a prop to the arm. Take my word for it. To minimize the risk I recommend a cheap starter drone to practice your pilot skills before moving to a more advanced device.

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