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Buying a Drone with Camera Included

Buying a Drone With Camera Included

If you want to buy a drone with camera included, there are plenty of options available on the market today. The most common versions have four rotors but they will vary in size, price and features, so it’s important you read all of the specifications, and any reviews that are available, to make sure you purchase the best camera drone to suit your needs and piloting ability.

What to Look For in a Drone with Camera Functionality

There are several basic things you need to consider when you’re shopping for a camera drone

  • Different camera types and video quality
  • Stability features (i.e. does it have a gimbal) and camera control
  • battery life
  • Memory storage
  • Price!

Different Camera Types

If you’re considering a drone in the lower end of the price bracket, you will commonly find cameras that offer VGA video and while this can be ok, it is definitely worth considering how you want to use the footage, as having at least 720p (1280×720) resolution will be good if you intend to use your drone for aerial photography/video. Unfortunately, the specifications on paper don’t always give the whole picture (no pun intended) as video quality can still vary, so if you can find some youtube examples of footage from drones you are considering, it’s well worth taking the time to compare the clips and check the quality is good enough for your needs or expectations.

Stability Features and Camera Control

The quality will also be affected by the vibration and motion of the drone in flight, and the only way to achieve super smooth and high quality video footage is to use a drone with a gimbal. Gimbals are camera mounts that use gyros to keep the camera steady as the drone tilts, vibrates or wobbles around. Gimbals are great, but they do add to the cost.

Battery Life

In most of the commonly available drones, you should achieve anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes of flight time before you need to recharge the batteries, with a typical recharge time of approximately one hour. When you are considering the cost of your drone, you may want to budget for buying a couple of extra batteries, so you can turn swap them over as each battery runs out of charge, and fly for longer before you need to pack up and head back to base to recharge. As well as the drone batteries, dont forget that your control unit will also need batteries, and if it has a screen of any kind, it may be a  good idea to purchase rechargeable batteries as screens will often deplete the control unit’s batteries pretty quickly.

Memory Storage

Some drones with cameras come with internal memory built in. It’s worth researching the capacity and having an idea of how much footage you can store before you need to download the footage and clear the memory. This will be affected by the quality of the camera, as higher resolution video creates bigger files for less recording time.

Examples of Camera Drones

Here are just  few examples of drones with cameras here on awesomedrones.co.uk

Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis GYRO HD Camera RC Quadcopter RTF RC Helicopter with 2.0MP Camera + Extra Battery

£34.99

Drone with Camera

  • Syma X5C With HD Camera
  • two modes transmitter
  • The 6-axis system allows the quad to be hand launched. The 6-Axis gyro quad-rotorcraft flight gives good stability
  • 2.4 radio technology adopted for anti-interference so even with more than one quadcopter flying at the same time they will not interfere with each other
  • can fly both indoor and outdoor
  • Including 4CH digital proportional RC system
  • Rechargeable high performance battery

 

Hubsan H107C Plus 2016 model X4 Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

£49.05

Drone With Camera

  • Lightweight, durable airframe
  • 2.4G 4CH transmitter for easy and stable control
  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable throttle sensitivity
  • 3D flips
  • Altitude Hold function
  • 720P Camera

 

Parrot Bebop Drone

£299.99

Drone With Camera

  • Live video streaming on your Smartphone or Tablet
  • Easy to pilot with the free dedicated App Freeflight 3
  • Features 14 megapixels 180 degree fisheye camera stabilised on 3-axis
  • GPS embedded for automatic return home and accurate flight control
  • Record video in full HD 1080p with 8GB Flash storage and share instantly

 

Summary

So there you have it, our guide to some of the key things to consider when you’re buying a drone with camera included.

Take a look at our full range of drones for sale.

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Best RC Helicopters for Sale 2016

With so many models on the market, we’ve brought together the best RC helicopters for sale right now, to help you choose the best helicopter to meet your needs. Take a look at our list and quick features guide, to find out what each of these RC helicopters has to offer.

Flying Gadgets Large 3 Channel 2.4ghz Remote Control (RC) Gyroscope Helicopter For Adults & Children

Best RC Helicopters for sale 2016

RRP £109.99 but Currently on offer from around £73.37

First up is the Flying Gadgets Large 3 Channel 2.4ghz Remote Control (RC) Gyroscope Helicopter For Adults & Children. Features include:

  • First Radio Control helicopter installed with high-pixel camera.
  • Combined the new 2.4GHz remote control
  • It is incredibly stable and great fun to fly
  • The helicopter can be mounted with high-pixel camera and take video when the helicopter is flying
  • Video function can be played immediately after installation of the videography device

This Item Weight is 2.2 Kg, Product Dimensions are 76 x 12 x 31 cm and the manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up. This is a great product and is fun to fly. Although it is one of the larger RC helicopters available, it still gives manages around 10 minutes flight time on a charge which is a decent time compared to many other RC helicopters on the market. The helicopter comes with a good quality camera installed, so taking video is so easy. Just turn on the camera button on the remote control and the helicopter will start recording video. The video camera produces files in AVI Format.

The 3D flight high efficient coaxial-rotor structure, strong wind resistance of metal stabilizer bar and double motors power system provides a powerful driving force for flight. When the helicopter is flying outdoors in a breeze, the MEMS GYRO has the ability to auto correct and help with flying stability.

By using the 2.4Ghz Radio control technology, up to 15 helicopters can be piloted at the same time. Moreover, T40C has a long control range of up to 150 meters, with strong anti-interference capability, low power consumption and is very responsive.

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GoPros and Drones

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GoPros and Drones can be awesome fun. Capturing footage on a GoPro camera and flying the latest iteration of drone technology are both incredibly addictive.

GoPros cameras have created a new era of action footage, and coupled with drones, have transformed the remote control hobby from a pastime to a global phenomenon. So, what happens when you want to mount that robust little adventure camera on your drone or quadcopter of choice? The answer is some pretty awesome movies shot all the way up in the clouds.

With so many drones on the market it’s not always easy to know which ones are best suited to the job of aerial photography. Here are some of the best.

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter (with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal)

If you’re looking for a drone that’s safe, robust and simple to fly, then the Phantom 2 from DJI is the onefor you. GoPro cameras aren’t cheap, so when it comes to attaching one to a flying bit of technology, you need to know that expensive camera is in safe hands. The Phantom 2 is one of the most sturdy drones you can buy on the and even comes pre-tuned so all you have to do is attach the propellers, attach the battery, mount your GoPro and your drone is ready to fly.

The 3-axis gimbal gives some really versatile camera angles, while the 25 minutes of flight time makes it the best choice for longer, outdoor-based sessions. There’s also some great safety features, including a ‘back to home’ ability that will send it flying back to safety should you lose control or have it disappear from view.

However, there is one small caveat – the Phantom 2’s custom gimbal only supports GoPro Hero models so you’ll need to have a more recent iteration of the camera to ensure its compatible with the Phantom 2.

Blade 350 QX3 RFF

The Blade 350 QX3 is all about bridging that gap between simplicity and an affordable price, and it manages to offer a sturdy little package that’s perfect for carrying lighter cameras over shorter distances. It’s compatible with most types of GoPro, so it’s gimbal is included with the drone, and it should hold your camera nice and firm while flying.

The battery only offers 15 minutes of flight time on a single charge, but its simple controls, GPS antennae for more precise movement, pre-planned flight paths and straight to home feature make up for the flight time.

3DR Solo Quadcopter

Advertised as the first true smart drone, the Solo Quadcopter from 3DR is one excellent bit of kit if you’re looking to capture footage with versatility and style. Unlike most of other drones on the market, the 3DR Solo was designed specifically for filming footage with the latest GoPro cameras, meaning every feature has been fine-tuned for aerial camerawork.

It can stream in HD direct to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi, offering extremely crisp footage on the fly. There’s even features that enable you to lock onto a single object or person and perform fly around shots or attach your drone to a virtual cable. Being able to shoot in first-person view without having to buy any extra bits of kit, makes this drone one superb gadget.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power/Elite Edition Quadcopter

Versatile and lightweight, the Elite and Power Editions of the Parrot AR drone is an idea choice for GoPro users looking to shoot footage both indoors and out. It includes an impressive 36 minutes of flight time, however this will more than likely drop once you add the weight of a gimbal and GoPro camera. You can also perform 360 degree flips, meaning it’s ideal for stunt moves as well as GoPro capture.

The Parrot AR also steps away from traditional analogue controllers, opting for a bespoke application instead. Controlling your drone via the gyros in smartphone or tablet may seem a bit quirky, but it’s actually easy to use. The app, AR FreeFlight, is available on both Android and iOS and with its virtual joysticks you’ll be able to capture the perfect shot with a direct feed.

Walkera QR X350 Pro FPV

The latest drone from the Hong Kong-based manufacturer is a big upgrade from its earlier versions of the X350, giving an impressive 23 minutes of flight time and a G-2D gimbal included as standard. You can record in first person view and live stream that footage direct to the radio controller, making it perfect for shooting footage from the angles you want.

It comes pre-tuned right out of the box and has been redesigned with GoPro cameras in mind. The GoPro friendly mount which is also included in the package, enables you to get your flying device in the air in no time, without the need to re-calibrate. Walkera are really trying to compete with the DJI Phantom 2 and the 3DR Solo with the QR X350, and it’s a big upgrade on its previous efforts.

Ghost Drone Aerial 2.0

The Ghost Drone is one of the most versatile drones on the market. Just like the Parrot AR, the Ghost Drone drops the traditional analogue remote controller and goes for a live feed direct to your smartphone or tablet. It’s designed to carry relatively lightweight cameras such as the GoPro series, although some models may reduce its impressive 25 minutes of flight.

The Ghost Drone isn’t lacking on features either. There’s a special night mode that uses a series of LEDs to keep your drone visible in low light, and a track and follow mode that will enable the drone to track your movements as it follows you and your smartphone. Perfect if you want it to track some parkour sessions or a slope-based adventure on a snowboard without the need to strap your camera to a selfie stick.

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Buy The Best Drone

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If you’re doing some research to help you buy the best drone, you will quickly see that there are a huge amount of options from which to choose. Drones come in lots of sizes and in almost every price range you can think of. They also come with a range of features so when you’re choosing a drone to buy, it’s important to think about your requirements and also your abilities when it comes to drone flying. Here are a few of the steps you can take to help choose the best drone for you.

Choose a drone appropriate to your skill level.

The first thing you can do when you are buying a drone is to choose one that is within your skill level. Drones can range from easy to fly right through to being pretty hard to fly. It depends on what features they have and how they have been designed. You can find drones that are suitable for children to fly, and drones that require expert piloting skills. The type you choose will depend on how well you (or the person you are buying the drone for) can manage the drone.

For example, if you are purchasing a drone for a child, you will need to choose one that is inexpensive, robust, and comes with safety features (such as propeller guards). This type of drone should also be very easy to fly, making it suitable for children’s skill levels. If you are new to drone flying, you should focus on drones that are designed for beginners. These drones tend to sit in the middle of the price range, but are more responsive and intuitive to fly. If you are an expert, you could select a drone with more advanced features that will let you to use all of your flying skill. Once you know which skill level to look for in your drone, you’ll be able to narrow down your selection.

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Choose a drone with the functions you want.

There are lots of things you can do with a drone. Some drones can fly indoors, while others are for outdoor use. Some can do flips and tricks, while others allow you to take photographs and video. The quality of photography and videography you can achieve will vary according to the drone you buy. As a result, you need to decide how you want to use your drone and then narrow down your selection to the drones that can do those things well.

For example, if you are only interested in an indoor drone that can do tricks, you could choose a small, agile drone instead of a larger drone with a state-of-the-art camera. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy a bird’s eye view, a drone with a basic camera might work. If you want to take sophisticated aerial photography and video, you should consider investing a little more money in a drone that has a high quality camera. By choosing a drone that will do what you want it to do, you can save money on unnecessary features and enjoy the type of flying experience you want.

In addition to choosing a drone that fits your skill level and does what you want it to, select a drone that has the specific features you need. Drones come with many features that make them perform a little differently. For example, many drones come with cameras, but the exact specifications of these cameras vary, as do other features, such as the sort of controller they come with, whether or not they are GPS-enabled, their size, how much assembly they will require, etc. Some drones have longer flight times than others, or different types of batteries. Even the accessories they come with vary by drone.

As a result, buying the best drone for your needs, means choosing a drone that has the right features. If you want to begin flying your drone straight away, you may want to choose one that is ready to fly without any assembly. If you want excellent photos, you may want to choose one with a higher-quality camera. If durability is important, you may want to select a drone that comes with features such as propeller guards or has good reviews for its ability to resist damage when it crashes. Regardless of the features you choose, the important thing is to choose a drone that will serve your needs and does not contain extra features you will not use. Doing so will save you money and help you to find a drone that gives you the most satisfying experience possible.

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Choose a combination of quality and affordability.

Price is an important consideration when you are buying a drone. Deciding what price to aim for can be overwhelming, because the price of drones varies so much. Drones can cost as little as a few pounds and as much as several thousand pounds so of course, your budget will limit your choices. In addition, finding drones that both fit your skill level and do the things you want them to should also narrow down your price range.

Once you have an idea of about how much the type of drone you want costs, you can then refine your choice by balancing quality and affordability. One drone may be much cheaper than others that meet your criteria, however, you may find that the quality of the material used to create it is not as good as that used in the more expensive models. On the other hand, you may find that the top-end drone does not perform significantly better than some of the mid-range drones.

As a result, it is important to balance quality and affordability. The best way to select a quality drone is to read the reviews and specifications. This information will tell you how well the drone is constructed and how it performs for other users. Customer reviews should give you a good idea of how well each drone balances quality and price. If you select a drone that has excellent reviews and specs and that also falls into a price range you can afford, you should end up with a drone that is pretty much perfect for you. Hopefully this guide will help you when you’re buying a drone, and help you select a model that gives you sense of satisfaction and fun for as long as you own it.

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