Getting a new drone, especially for first-time buyers can be tricky, so let’s explore what you will need to keep in mind when buying a new drone.

Drones have been the talk of the town for quite a while. While many have been pretty exposed about drones, the majority of us are still in the dark generally about drones but still keen to own one for various purposes.

A lot of people wanted to take up drones as a hobby, or some might even considering it to use it for professional purposes and so on.

Buying a drone however, can be tricky as there are many models that are being sold in the market right now.

If you are planning to purchase a drone in the future, it wouldn’t hurt for you to follow these simple 10 tips that won’t put a hole in your pocket while getting the ideal drone!

Let’s jump in!

1. Understanding your purpose

Before buying a drone, it is very important for you to know for what purpose you are buying the drone for. Is it for recreational purposes like drone racing or photography?

Or are you buying for professional photography or videography? If so, what kind of video quality that is required?

If you are buying drones for industrial purposes, narrow it down. Is it for surveillance and inspection? Or is it for mapping and land survey?

You need to set your priorities right by pointing out what you need a drone for. Pointing out your points for a drone will be extremely beneficial for you to choose the right drone. Like I said just now, there are many kinds of drones in the market and buying the wrong drone that is not suitable for your needs will only be a loss on your side.

2. Budget

The second you will need to consider is your budget. Your budget needs to be realistic. Be prepared to expect to pay more on heavy duty drone like the industrial drones.

After you know exactly the purpose of you buying the drone, you can now set your budget by surveying the price range of drones that are optimised for your needs. 

It is noteworthy that while some drone can be expensive, but it is easier to handle and high chance that it will come with flying training mode.

3. Understanding the drone specs

Next is to go through very carefully the drone specifications (specs). Before buying a drone it is important you read the product description of the device. The features of a particular drone model help you find the right drone model.

That being said, this is because the drone models out there are usually produced to fulfil one or two specific functions, and their features can be different despite they were made for a same purpose.

For example, for photography drones, the quality of the pictures and video can differ a lot, depending on the drone. You might want to consider buying drone that has the ability to cater to your photography requirements.

Example of DJI drones specs comparison
Source: NewsAtlas

Related: 8 Crucial Things to Know Before Buying a Drone For Photography

4. Where to buy your drone?

This is also one of the popular questions. In short, you will need to look out for official resellers, dealers and distributors. Avoid getting the drones that are up for sale on online shopping platform.

As such, Poladrone is actually a Tier-1 dealer for DJI products, drones platforms and payloads alike. We offer the latest DJI products that can cater for any kinds of drone requirements and functions. To see more of our offerings, head on to: https://www.poladrone.com/drones/

The reasoning is simple. Authorised dealers and resellers guarantee original merchandise, and updated operating systems for the drone. Furthermore, local authorised dealers should be able to help you in case something happened to your drone, and that brings us to the next tip.

5. Maintenance and spare parts

Like any other machinery, your drones should be maintained regularly and spare parts should be always readily available. This holds true especially the drones that are being used for professional and industrial purposes.

The brands’ authorised dealers should be able to help your to maintain your drone and have spare parts stocked. At the very least, they can help you to advise on the steps and procedures repairing process should your drone involved in any accident.

6. Practice and fly

If you do not have any prior experience of operating a drone before, it is advisable that you engage with drone training academy or get someone who is very familiar with drone operation to show you the basics. 

Or if you already are familiar with handling a drone, it is still recommended that you go through the user guide and run a test flight to get yourself familiar with the new operating system.

Image via PhotographyPro

7. Adhering to the local rules

Flying a drone can be fun, but you still have to make sure that you observe the local rules and regulations on drone operations. General rules of thumb would be: 

  • Drones may not be flown in Class A, B, C or G airspace; within an aerodrome traffic zone; or more than 400 feet above the ground.
  • You cannot fly higher than 400 feet (122 meters)
  • You cannot fly within 50 meters of any person, vehicle or structure not associated with flying the drone
  • Do not fly over crowds or densely populated area

Make sure you study in-depth about the restrictions and rules to avoid from getting troubles from the authorities and the public. 

Read more about drone rules and regulation in Malaysia: MALAYSIA DRONE LAWS (2019)

Featured image via: Lowvelder