Drones have been in existence for very long. When drones are mentioned, a lot of people think of them as macabre weapons used by the military for warfare. Many fail to realize that there are a lot of drones used for peaceful purposes such as aerial video coverage, delivery, or enjoyed as simple toys.
Anyone can enjoy drones and they are far cheaper than most assume they cost. But if a flying drone is what one needs, you’ll have to stick to the regulations laid down for drone control.
The CAA has regulations that state that drones over 20 kg are illegal in most civilian areas while smaller drones can’t be flown within 150 m of large gatherings or at a distance of 50 m from people, vehicles, and buildings. You mustn’t use the drones to invade people’s privacy and you must be licensed by the CAA to use drones for commercial purposes.
Ten suitable and affordable drones are examined below.
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2. Walkera QR Ladybird V2
3. Walkera Dragonfly Infra X
It costs about US$223 but one would still have to cough out extra for the transmitter and controller. The Dragonfly has more features than the Ladybird. It has a 15-minute flight time; a GPS autopilot; self-stabilization; and an anti-vibration camera mount, which is awesome if you don’t want blurry or shaky images. The camera mount is for the GoPro.
4. Hubsan X4 H107 with LEDs
5. GAUI 330X-S Quad Flyer
This costs US$460 and it comes in two versions: one for beginners and the other for intermediate users. The intermediate users can add their own radios while the beginner kit comes with radio. It has a 12-minute flight time, which can be extended to 20 minute with the use of an optional high capacity battery. It can carry load of 700 g including its battery. It’s just like a remote control helicopter, but it has the maneuverability and wind resistance of a typical quadricopter.
6. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0
7. Parrot Jumping Sumo
8. Parrot Rolling Spider
9. DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
Romo costs US$103. It’s an iPhone-powered robot, which can be used in a variety of ways. It could be used as a fun robot for kids and can also be modded in various ways. It comes with a lightning connector (for new iPhones) or a 30 pin connector (for old iPhones) as the user may prefer.