Owning a drone can be fun and productive for many reasons. It can prove a fun hobby on evenings and weekends. They are handy for surveying property and the area around you, or they can serve a multitude of professional and business applications. Regardless of your motivations for wanting to choose one, keep reading to learn the 6 things to look for to know which drone with camera is right for you.
1) Can you access the pictures with your smartphone? While it is handy and even necessary to be able to download and view your drone’s photography on a desktop or laptop, it’s better to be able to view the pictures on your smartphone or tablet. When you’re out on location taking photos, you need to know while still on-site that you are getting the shots that you need. Verifying the angles, focus, subject matter, lighting, and resolution is all best done then and there, rather than having to come back later, which isn’t even possible in many circumstances.
2) Is the resolution high enough? Drones take their video and photos in different resolutions. Chances are, the still photos can be higher resolution than the video, but high definition video in 720 is often found in the current market. Know what your needs and expectations are and make sure you find a drone that matches.
3) How long does the battery last? Longer flight times are usually better, but might also mean longer charging times between flights. Even if you don’t expect to be flying your drone for long periods of time, long flight time availability can mean multiple flights between charges.
4) Does your drone use rechargeable batteries? Not all drones recharge through getting plugged into something and instead use removable, disposable batteries. This can be a serious drain on your wallet over time, unless of course you use rechargeable batteries in those slots. That’s still extra effort constantly removing them and putting them back in though.
5) How much digital storage does the drone have on-board? How many photos and how much video your drone can store on-board is sometimes a consideration. Storage capacity does not usually weigh that much, but every ounce counts on a drone. Wireless transmission capacity where you can view and record live content on a phone, tablet, or laptop mitigates this concern and gives you far more control.
6) Are the file formats easily used? Photos are probably going to be in the universal file formats of GIF, JPEG, or TIFF. These are easily accessible and used in most software and operating systems. Video can be a little trickier. It should come in a standard format such as AVI or MPEG, or something similar. However, some scrupulous manufacturers create custom file formats that can only be unlocked or used in proprietary software that you must pay extra for. Shy away from these to stay in control of your own content.
Now that you know the 6 things to look for when shopping, you should know exactly which drone with camera is a good match for your budget, needs, and expectations.