7 Factors to Consider When Buying a New Drone or Quadcopter


7 Factors to Consider When Buying a New Drone or Quadcopter

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While you may not be able to get your hands on a military-style drone anytime in the near future, you can buy smaller drones or quadcopters.

These are fairly inexpensive compared to the price tag that they had just a few years ago and the best part is that they even have the ability to capture crystal-clear video.

Before buying a quadcopter, you must consider the following features or factors.

1. Camera Type

The drone camera type available will be a major consideration. While some models come with their own camera, others will need a product like a GoPro attached to them.

Ideally, you will choose a model that comes with its own built-in camera.

Built-in cameras are lighter than most other cameras and they are often more functional.

A few other considerations will be:

  • How many megapixels the camera is
  • The video resolution given
  • Whether or not the camera angle be controlled
  • The distance of the camera

If you plan on taking video or pictures when flying your quadcopter, you will need a camera that is more suited to your needs.

2. Controllable Range

The range that you can control the quadcopter is very important. Many only work with a remote distance of 30m. This is the farthest you will be able to control the drone.

Knowing the range may not seem vital for casual users, but if you want to take aerial footage, you will need to know the range at which you can control your drone.

Typically, the more expensive models will have a further range available.

3. Live Feed

Live feed of the video that is being taken is not available with all drones. In fact, quadcopter cameras that have live feed are more expensive but worth every penny.

The feed will go over Wi-Fi and can be transmitted to a variety of devices.

Typically, the feed will be either given to a computer, tablet or smartphone. Live feed may also be available right on the controller which is the optimal choice for precise flying.

Controllers that have an LCD display will often have a feed that is sent and allows you to see what the camera is capturing in real-time.

If your main purpose is to take aerial videos at parties or of real estate, this may be the most important factor of all.

There are apps for streaming or streaming may be available directly to your tablet, computer or smartphone.

These capabilities will vary from one drone to the next. The one benefit to streaming to your computer is that you can capture the video directly without the use of a USB transfer.

When there is not a live feed present, video is often stored on an SD Card or flash drive. This means precise videos will be virtually impossible to take for professional purposes.

4. Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most important factors to consider. Whether the quadcopter is for you or a child, the last thing you want is for your copter to be dead within minutes of use.

There are a few considerations pertaining to battery life.

  • Charging time. How long will the battery take to charge once it has been depleted? Many models will take 2 hours to recharge, so keep this in mind.
  • Battery life. Some copters can fly for 6 minutes and others 12 minutes before needing to be grounded and recharged. Know how long your battery will last before purchasing.
  • Replacement batteries. Whether for a spare that can be used when a battery has died or simply if a battery is no longer holding a charge, replacement batteries are essential. Determine if replacement batteries are available and where you can purchase them.

Another factor that will determine the longevity of your battery is how the camera is being charged.

Oftentimes, cameras will have their own batteries that they utilize to operate which will extend the flight time of your drone greatly.

5. Height and Speed

Height and speed will be a consideration. This is more of a personal preference that has to be tailored to a user’s specific needs.

If you have a drone that is meant for taking live-action video during a baseball game, you may need to reach a height of 300 feet or so to be able to capture the entire baseball field.

However, if you are flying just for fun, 100 feet may suffice.

Speed is also another consideration. Oftentimes, the speed of a drone will be 10 – 15 miles per hour. However, as stated before, you are confined to the range of your controller.

Speed will be a consideration if you need to take video of sport’s games, such as soccer, or you want to follow around your child as they run through the yard to make a family video.

6. Design

Drone advancements are occurring fast. The high-end models are now being offered with GPS capability, which allows the quadcopter to adjust for wind and even call the helicopter back to its base.

Typically, quadcopter designs are most utilized because they allow for refined control and balance when flying. Weight and dimensions will also be a factor to consider.

The heavier a copter, the more power it will need to fly. However, heavier models typically do better when gusts of wind are present.

If you want a very smooth flight, you may want to choose a model that comes ready with GPS capability.

7. Replacement Options

Just like any quadcopter or drone, parts may need to be replaced or repaired. Some models will not allow for an easy replacement which means they are virtually useless if anything breaks.

Instead, you want to make sure that you can buy adequate replacement parts that are easily installed.

The most common replacements are:

  • Gears that have worn in the propellers
  • Propellers that have been damaged
  • Batteries that have lost their ability to charge

You will also want to consider what type of maintenance, if any, will be needed. Oiling the blades may be a necessity to keep your quadcopter in tiptop shape.

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  • Ryan

    Thank you for this very informative article that probably saved me a couple of hundred dollars which would have been wasted on a model that doesn’t allow an easy replacement of its parts! I’ve now found a good drone, which is also within my budget, and it looks like it fits all my criteria.

    • Mike Gortolev

      Hey Ryan, I am glad you like it!!!

  • John

    I want a drone that can take a lot of high quality pictures. Not interested in video quality for the most part, so having the capability to film is a bonus for me. It’s also very important that it has a remote distance of at least 50m.

    I have a budget of $200 for such a drone. Can you suggest any model that would fit my criteria, Mike?

    • Mike Gortolev

      Hey John, maybe you should check out this model here: Hubsan X4 H107C I think you are going to like it a lot.

  • Alex London

    As I want a drone primarily for aerial photography, a live feed is essential. I had considered using a gopro with the gopro app but I’m unsure about the reliability. Thanks for this article, I hadn’t given much thought to many of your points – especially replacement parts

    • Mike Gortolev

      Hey Alex, I would look at DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus, it is a beast 🙂

  • To me the most important point in here was about replacement parts. I have not given any thought to that as I have yet to run into the problem. But one of my quads is getting a lot of time on it and I know it would be much cheaper to replace parts. Lot of good things to think about in this post.

  • myrose sorcera

    Having a live feed feature can really make a drone worth spending for. It can seriously make a difference compared to drones who have no features like it because it can be used effectively especially in spying purposes. It may cost bigger but I will prefer it compared to drones with lesser benefits. The range of control is also very important because we should consider the location of the controller and the location of areas where drones will be placed.

  • Coach Wagner

    Camera is very important for me in choosing the right drone. I love taking aerial images because I’m using them on my blog. It is important for me to check if the drone that I’m going to purchase has high-definition camera that will surely catch the images that I want. Height and speed is also my consideration since the higher it can reach the more awesome images I can capture with it. I bought a drone 3 months ago but I’m planning to buy a new one because I’m no longer happy with its camera and its overall features knowing the fact that there are new realesed drones that have nicer features.

  • Greg

    Smart list! I always have battery at the top of my list though. That is the most important to me, followed by the camera. If you have a drone that only lasts 20 minutes, what good is an amazing camera going to do when you need 40+ minutes of footage? I also keep an eye out for speed as well and just how far it can go.

  • IndianaDronez

    Awesome article! Really enjoyed reading this. Don’t forget skill level though. You want to make sure you don’t purchase an aircraft that you aren’t capable of flying just yet. Take it slow and practice with an inexpensive quadcopter. Eventually you can work your way up to the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+! Here’s a great review if anyone is interested. Happy dronin’ 🙂


  • Dan

    Loved the list. You put very basic information but great stuff all dove flyers, especially beginners, should know. My order would be slightly different. The camera quality isn’t at the top of my list. I mainly just enjoy flying them and doing trick with them. I do plan on getting a drone with a great camera on it for outdoor adventures but I am waiting till my son is old enough to taking camping.

  • charlygree

    This is a really helpful post. I’ve been hearing a lot about this hobby lately and it looks like fun. after reading your tips, I feel like I know a little more about what to look for. The battery issue seems like it would be crucial, and to me the camera is not so important. Thanks for the pointers.