I started my drone hobby kind of late in the game in my opinion. I started in 2017 with a Parrot Bebop. Ill be honest, I was hooked from then on. What I liked about the Parrot Bebop was it was pretty cheap so I wasn’t too worried if I crashed it or lost it. And boy did I crash it. I can’t tell you how many propellers I’ve gone through. Heck, I even lost it a few times. Lucky for me, I put a sticker on it with my phone number and both times it was found by honest people. I still believe the Parrot drones are best for beginners for a few reasons. One, they are cheap (compared to other drone models). Two, they are not cheaply made. By this I mean you are still getting a good quality drone with decent range. Sure, you can go through amazon or Aliexpress and but a cheaply made Chinese knockoff, and it’ll probably fly just fine. But it won’t be too long until you get frustrated because your video feed will lag and you won’t get distance.
If this is your first time flying a drone, it’s going to feel weird. There are so many controls you have to master before you’ll feel confident with your flying. I recommend checking out tutorials on YouTube if you’re a visual learner like me. It took about 10 flights before I was confident enough to fly a little further. Before I knew it, I was setting up flight plans and seeing how far I could fly. I started buying accessories on Amazon to assist with the distance. Eventually I decided it was time to upgrade one step above.
My upgrade was the DJI Phantom 3. This felt like a huge step up at first but it was actually easier to fly. Note: I strongly recommend watching all tutorial videos about flying this drone for the first time. I got over confident and tried to fly in my apartment complex. The DJI was not connected to GPS when I first took off (because I didn’t wait) and the drone started to drift towards a car. I freaked out and made the drone drop altitude as fast as it could. The propellers were still spinning when I reached for it, the drone was fighting me because it was still in flight. It must’ve thought my reach to pull it down was a strong gust of wind. Long story short, one of the propellers hit my forearm and gave me a decent gash. I probably could’ve used a few stitches but opted out of going to the doctor. Lesson learned, NEVER touch a drone until the propellers have stopped spinning.
BEST DRONES FOR BEGINNERS
If someone new to drones wanted to get into the hobby, I would suggest starting with a name brand like DJI simply because they are considered very user friendly drones. Also, they take great pictures. Specifically I would suggest the DJI Spark. This little drone is their smallest and least expensive but still integrates the award winning DJI technology. The DJI Spark will give you about 16 minuets of flying time and can go a distance of about 2 kilometers! I would suggest buying an extra battery or two for maximum fun. I’ve taken mine to the La Jolla shores and gotten some pretty awesome pictures of the waves with the 1080p camera. With the DJI intelligent modes, you can map out your own flight plan and let it fly on its own. It’s like sending out your own little spy on a reconnaissance mission. For the beginner, I would suggest taking it easy at first because this little thing is quick. Also, it is packed with features which may become overwhelming for a novice. Just watch some YouTube tutorials and you’ll be a pro in no time.