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From California to Dubai to Japan and Hawaii, the concept of drone racing and flying has continually been hogged by avid fans. It is no wonder that the global market continues to be abuzz with excitement on new upgrades and models being introduced in the market.

 DJI Phantom 3 Part 10  Remote Controller  

 With sensitive control sticks, dedicated buttons and an over 1.2 mile (2km) range, your customizable Phantom 3 remote controller gives you a completely new way to fly and interact with your Phantom. Ergonomically built to fit perfectly in your hands, your remote gives you the confidence to fly the way you want.

Easy, Intuitive Controls
Controlling both your Phantom 3's flight path and the included camera feels simple and natural. This advanced remote has been built from the ground up specifically for aerial photography: dedicated buttons let you take photos and video, tilt the camera, direct where your Phantom 3 flies and bring it back to you at the press of a button.

Integrated Dji Lightbridge
Enabling the incredibly long range and live HD video stream from your camera, DJI Lightbridge is built into both the remote and the Phantom 3 itself. These two parts work in tandem to ensure a continuous link between you and your Phantom 3. Powerful communication signals slice through most environmental interference, giving you precise, full control and information from the aircraft at amazing distances.

Customized Commands
Change your flight mode and set additional commands through the DJI Pilot app. Customize what each of the sticks does and personalize the two buttons on the back of the remote to activate your favorite functions.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter 4K UHD Video Camera Drone

With so many to choose from, buyers like you will most definitely be at a hairsplitting point to come up with a wise buying decision. To help in this concern, we have come up with a quick drone buying guide and the things that you should be looking for before you click on that “add one to cart.”

1. Skill Level

If this is your first time to fly one, consider buying inexpensive miniature quads like Xyma X12 or a Blade Nano RTF to help you practice flying. It would be such a shame to buy a DJI Phantom 3 or Mavic Pro and then, crashing it unto the backyard tree. Hone your flying skills with an inexpensive model and once you get the feel of the whole flying scene, try out for higher more quality – and yes, more expensive— models.

2. Purpose

It is also imperative to consider the purpose of the drone. Will it be for fun? Do you need it for a job? For social media easy sharing? For stunning photography and video footages? For some serious drone racing opportunities? There are certain drones specifically designed to cater a particular market. Knowing full well your purpose will help streamline your choices.

3. Flight Power

Another important aspect to look for in a drone is the flight power. Cheap drones can only be flown in as far as 4 feet while top-rated ones can go within the range of 7 kilometers or more flying at such astounding speed of 30 mph or more. Additionally, flight time must also be considered. Starter drones usually have flight time of 5 to 7 minutes whole high-end ones relatively fall within the 15 to 25 –minute battery life.

4. GPS

When it comes to modern drones, the use of GPS sensors is often a given. The difference usually goes to how advance some features are from the rest in terms of precision control, stability, and safety. Some drones use GPS for its “return home” feature and first-person viewing experience as well as virtual reality—all very significant when you do not want to lose control or sight of your drone.

5. Camera

Cheaper drones usually do not offer First Person Viewing. Some do not offer video footages, only photos with not that much quality resolution. Some drones also do not have built-in cameras. So, it is essential to know precisely what type of photos or videos you want out of the drone.

6. Controller

Controllers for drones are usually called “transmitters”. The usual transmitters come with analog sticks which usually operate at a frequency of 2.4GHz. This device allows one to take control of the flying device and to maneuver it safely without breaking the rotors or crashing into solid objects—and to add more enjoyment to the experience. High end drones usually come with LCD monitors or slots for smart gadgets to enable FPV flying.

7. Apps

Drone pilots today are so into apps or application software that enables more enjoyable and interactive flying experience. These apps can be downloaded via smart gadgets and then, bridged as controllers/transmitters for a drone. From flight planning to weather forecast to social media sharing and so on, apps allow you more flexibility and functionality of a drone.

Bonus: SPAREs

Though many reliable brands come with spares like rotors, batteries, and the likes, it is still essential to look for brands that offer convenient access to spares.

In A Quadshell

Without a doubt, drone flying is the rave nowadays. Let this drone buying guide-7 things to look for usher you to finding the best model to suit your mission and expectations. Don’t forget to get a license for flying a drone should you consider using it professionally though. When confused on what to pick due to almost-similar specs, check reviews and feedback from actual users to know the difference.

Drone Buying Guide – 7 Things To Look For

OCTOBER 31, 2016

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