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A Beginner's Guide to Buying Your First Drone

A Beginner's Guide to Buying Your First Drone

Do you need a long-range drone?

The range of the drone depends on the quality of the radio transmission, essentially an invisible connection between you (or the controller) and the drone. While some drones can only fly a few dozen meters from a base, some of the best Autel Drones for beginners are capable of shooting high-definition video up to seven miles away.

What to Consider When Buying the Best Drone for Beginners?

Whether you need a long-range drone to fly further, or a longer-flying drone to capture more footage, you can find a drone that's right for you. The best drones for beginners can shoot in 4K and fly 4 miles away. They can also land on their own or track subjects automatically. But not all drones are created equal. Here are some key features to consider when shopping for the best drone for beginners.

Do you need a beginner drone that flies longer to set up the perfect shot?

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On average, drones can only fly for about 20 minutes, with a range of between 5 minutes and more than 30 minutes. Lightweight batteries simply do not exist to support longer-lasting work in flying equipment. The amount of flight time you need depends on whether you want to send your drone into the air for a quick family barbecue, or if you need some time to find the right panorama of a mountain lake.

One of the most exciting and innovative technologies to emerge in recent years, drones allow you to observe your surroundings from a height and capture stunning aerial images. If you suddenly feel the urge to own one, know that these tiny craft are relatively inexpensive, so now is a great time to finally take to the skies.

Whether you're upgrading your existing drone or buying your first model, you've got plenty of options to choose from. There is something for every budget and requirement - you just need to know where to start.

Finally, when you start the drone for the first time, start slowly and carefully. This not only keeps those around you safe, but also your new gadgets.

What kind of camera should your beginner drone have?

A bird's-eye view alone almost guarantees that the drone will capture stunning video and take eye-catching photos, but onboard technology ensures that. The best drones for beginners can shoot crystal-clear HD video (8K on top models) and make 20-megapixel photos. Many camera drones also feature zoom and panorama modes, allowing you to see clearly from near and far. Camera drones with a gimbal are designed to keep footage steady by activating motors on different axes while the drone is flying.

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The EVO Nano and EVO Nano+ drones, the base models feature a 48MP camera capable of capturing 4K 30fps video. Additionally, the camera is paired with a three-axis mechanical gimbal to prevent camera shake. Drones have become smaller and more agile, enabling easy access to hard-to-reach areas such as buildings and tunnels.

The Evo Lite Plus features a 1-inch camera sensor that captures 20MP stills and 1080p video at up to 6K at 30fps, 4K at 60fps, or 120fps. The larger camera offers up to 1.3x lossless zoom at 4K, 3x lossless zoom at 4K, and up to 16x digital zoom overall.

What kind of control are you looking for?

While some drones come with their own controllers, others can be flown using a synced smartphone. Handheld controllers are more reliable and more responsive than smartphone controllers, but they can also have a steeper learning curve or increase the price point -- or may only be purchased as an accessory. Other control functions also exist. Some drones take off and land at the touch of a button, while others automatically return or land safely when the battery runs low. Additionally, you can find drones that sync with virtual reality headsets, drones that can lower your voice based on your voice, and drones that can take pictures by waving your hand.