Drones have quite a wide variety of applications, the main ones being in the transportation of small items and photography. Some people also buy drones for the fun experience of flying them. The intended use of the drone is what should determine the features and specifications to look for when shopping for one. Below are some of the top considerations to make before buying a drone.

Range

drone flying

The distance to which the drone can fly relative to its controller is what is referred to as range. Once a drone flies past its range, you lose control over it. You should, therefore, consider the range of the drone when choosing one, depending on how far you wish to be flying it. The longer the range, the more expensive the drone is likely to be. For cases where you can follow the drone around, you should not invest a lot in getting one with a long range.

Battery

The batteries determine how long you can keep the drone in the air. When the batteries run out, you have to land the drone and recharge the batteries or use new ones to fly again. You should thus choose a drone that has high rated batteries to ensure longer flight time, allowing you to do more work with it. In addition to the power ratings, check the life cycle and discharge time of the batteries as well. You can also consider the amount of time it takes to recharge the batteries to full capacity.

Camera

quadcopter with a cameraA drone can be quite a useful tool in photography, particularly for taking aerial images and videos. For this reason, it is essential that you consider the specifications of the camera mounted on the drone. The camera should be able to take quality shots even when the drone is unstable, such as during windy conditions. Some of the specs to consider include, the frame rate, pixels, shutter speed, and autofocus, among others.

GPS

GPS enabled drones are a much better option, though a little more expensive. They allow for self-controlled flying and have better hovering stability. They can also help you to avoid restricted zones such as prisons and airports by simply locking in predetermined coordinates. Most GPS-enabled drones have the return home function, which directs the drone back to where the controller is if you lose control over it. This minimizes the chance of losing your drone.