There are so many kinds of models on the market. It’s quite a hard work to research and compare each of them. As I see, there are five different dimensions to help you judge the most suitable drone:
Purpose → Function → Duration → Quality → Price
And it’s also an easy-five-steps method of choosing an RC drone. It makes your decision become a logical process.
- Purpose: You should clearly know why you need a drone and what the usage purpose is.
- Function: Purpose leads to function, so you’d better find a drone which can meet your needs.
- Duration: How high does the drone reach and how long does it sustain, all depends on fly duration.
- Quality: Nobody likes poor-quality drones. Good quality sometimes means big brand products.
- Price: After above the four steps, you will get an approximate budget.
If the result is over budget, you need to simply go back to the step2 to step4 and adjust your tactics by compromising on product function, duration or even quality. If you accept the price, please don’t hesitate, just place an order.
Follow these steps, you won’t be helpless or anxious anymore when you are making decisions. But, some of you may still be confused with the easy-five-steps method. So I will give you an example right now.
An Easy-Five-Steps Method Example
- Purpose: Aerial photography with HD quality, easy to control.
- Function: Remote control, HD camera, obstacle avoiding, one button return.
- Duration: At least 18 minutes or 2 miles.
- Quality: Big brand or good quality is the first choice.
- Price: Budget is under $1,500.
- Suggestion: DJI Phantom 4
You must get my point now, right?
- Detail Explanation Of Drone Choosing Five Steps
After above reading, you must have a rough idea of the easy-five-steps method and the basic price information of RC camera drone. And I will give you more detail explanation of drone choosing five steps on the next.
The easy-five-steps method will be divided into 5 selection dimensions, so you just need focus on one simple factor to help you gather information every time. After you finish the 5 dimensions, you will have five different aspects of cognition that will help you make a final decision.
Now, you’d better take out a blank sheet of paper and a pen to record the whole selection process. This can help you cross compare and choose a suitable model for you.
#1 Usage Purpose Is the Primary Consideration
Before you decide to buy a drone with camera, you must have your reasons or purposes. Because the drone is not a kind of cheap commodity so, its usage purpose determines how much money you will spend on it.
Here are mainly usage purposes of RC camera drones:
- Live news broadcast.
- Assisted shooting of movies, TV dramas and advertising videos.
- Search and rescue missions.
- Aerial photography and panoramic maps.
- As a gift.
- Toys for kids
- Once you aware of your purpose, it’s quite easy for you to find out the functions you need.
#2 Filter The Functions Then Meet Your Need
Different RC camera drones have different functions. I list the main functions of drone with camera in the following. You can record down the functions and try to match the model to your needs.
And I would like to help you mark the functions with colorful labels, which makes the filtering of functions easier.
- L= Live news broadcast.
- V = Assisted shooting of movies, TV dramas and advertising videos.
- S = Search and rescue missions.
- P = Aerial photography and panoramic maps.
- G = As a gift.
- T = Toys for kids or big kids.
|Models||Camera Pixels||Control Distance||APP||Throwing Flight||360° Roll
|One Key Return||Real-time Transmission||Positioning Module||Obstacle Sensing|
|Holy Stone U818A||2M||50m||✘||✘||✔||✔||✘||✘||✘|
|Holy Stone F180C||1M||30-50m||✘||✘||✔||✘||✘||✘||✘|
|DJI Phantom 4||12M||5km||✔||✘||✘||✔||✔||GPS + GLONASS||✔|
|DJI Phantom 3 Professional||12M||5km||✔||✘||✘||✔||✔||GPS + GLONASS||✘|
|DJI Phantom 3 Advanced||12M||5km||✔||✘||✘||✔||✔||GPS + GLONASS||✘|
|DJI Phantom 3 Standard||12M||1km||✔||✘||✘||✔||✔||GPS||✘|
|Hubsan X4 H107D||0.3M||50 – 100m||✘||✘||✔||✘||✔||✘||✘|
|LANDVO JJRC H8D||2M||300m||✘||✘||✔||✔||✔||✘||✘|
|Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition||1M||500m||✔||✘||✔||✘||✔||✘||✘|
|Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition||1M||500m||✔||✘||✔||✘||✔||✘||✘|
|Parrot Bebop 2||12M||2km||✔||✘||✔||✔||✔||GPS||✘|
#3 Duration Decides How Far You Will Achieve
The duration capacity decides how far and how high the drone can fly. There are two things you need to pay attention on duration. The first is how long does the battery can last for, the second is how much storage space does the drone has.
We usually use flight time or flight distance to determine the duration of a drone. Of course, the ones which can fly further and longer means have stronger duration. I put storage into the consideration because the space determines the length and quality of video you can take.
Now, check quickly, which model of drones can meet your requirement on duration.
|Model||Fly Time||Charging Time||Storage||Giveaway|
|DJI Phantom 3 Standard||25 mins||096 mins||Micro SD Card||8GB Micro SD Card|
|Parrot Bebop 2||25 mins||090 mins||8GB Device Memory|
|DJI Phantom 3 Professional||23 mins||080 mins||Micro SD Card||16GB Micro SD Card|
|DJI Phantom 3 Advanced||23 mins||090 mins||Micro SD Card||16G Micro SD card|
|Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition||18 mins||120 mins||USB memory stick|
|Qcopter QC1||13 mins||105 mins||Micro SD Card||2GB Micro SD card|
|Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition||12 mins||090 mins||USB memory stick|
|DBPOWER X101||10 mins||150 mins||Micro SD Card||4GB MicroSD card|
|Holy Stone U818A||08 mins||105 mins||Micro SD Card||4GB Micro SD Card|
|UDI U818A||08 mins||105 mins||Micro SD Card||4GB Micro SD Card|
|SYMA X5C-W||07 mins||100 mins||Micro SD Card||4GB+2GB Micro SD Card|
|Holy Stone F180C||07 mins||040 mins||Mini SD Card||2GB Mini SD card|
|LANDVO JJRC H8D||07 mins||110 mins||Micro SD Card||2GB Micro SD card|
|Syma X8G||07 mins||190 mins||Micro SD Card||2GB Micro SD card|
|Syma X5SW||07 mins||115 mins||Record to moblie device|
|AKASO K88||06 mins||110 mins||Micro SD Card||A MicroSD card|
|Hubsan X4 H107D||06 mins||060 mins||Micro SDHC Card||A Micro SDHC card|
So far, you have already known your usage need and have a basic understanding of the functions and durations of major drones.
#4 Know The Quality Through The Reviews
Quality is an abstract concept, so there are no parameters to exactly judge the quality of drones..
|Qcopter QC1 RCMD||4.6||SYMA X5C-W||4.1|
|Holy Stone U818A RCMD||4.6||DJI Phantom 4||4|
|Syma X8G RCMD||4.5||DBPOWER X101||4|
|DJI Phantom 3 Advanced RCMD||4.5||4Holy Stone F180C||4|
|AKASO K88||4.4||Syma X5SW||4|
|DJI Phantom 3 Professional||4.3||Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition||3.9|
|DJI Phantom 3 Standard||4.3||Hubsan X4 H107D||3.6|
|UDI U818A||4.2||LANDVO JJRC H8D||3.5|
|Parrot Bebop 2||4.2||Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition||3.4|
*RCMD means recommend.
#5 The Price Is The Last But Not Least
People usually think about the price of drones at first. So here is a price chart of different kinds of drone with camera for you.
|DJI Phantom 4||$1399||LANDVO JJRC H8D||$123.99|
|DJI Phantom 3 Professional||$811.68||Hubsan X4 H107D||$114.9|
|DJI Phantom 3 Advanced||$718||AKASO K88||$89.98|
|Parrot Bebop 2||$548||Holy Stone U818A||$79.99|
|DJI Phantom 3 Standard||$499||Qcopter QC1||$69.95|
|Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition||$291.87||Holy Stone F180C||$59.99|
|Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition||$248.88||UDI U818A||$58.87|
|Syma X8G||$145.9||Syma X5SW||$51.99|
|DBPOWER X101||$136.59||SYMA X5C-W||$43.99|