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You've asked what drones we recommend. Here's our response.
by Alicia Amerson
This review is simple and direct. Drone technology changes everyday - so you can wait for the next innovative technology to come along - you don't have to wait long. When it's released you may fall into the cycle that the next new technology is about to be released - drone cycle drama... DCD. It's a real thing.
One awesome thing about investing in a platform is that you get started. We say let's get this party started, but before you do...
There are a lot of us aspiring to be drone pilots and don't really know how to get started or what all of this means so,
1. Take a class - get your certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration if you are an American. Or figure out what the drone regulations are in your country.
2. Decide what your drone will do for you. What type of product do you want to make. How will this new tool help you in your current work?
3. Now it's time to pick a drone.
NOTE: DJI drones are featured in this article - I use them, own them, and have tested them. I don't want to give advice on drones I've never used before. There are different brands out there - but I use DJI.
4. Before you take flight sign up for The STRIVE Plan to create flight plans that benefit humanity and respect wildlife.
Hobbyist and Traveler Picks
Keep it simple - go small and portable.
Get loads of batteries when you purchase a drone package. Don't get the package with only one battery - you'll regret it. Get at least three and extra propellers. If there is a landing pad included - go all in on the first purchase.
We LOVE these two drones and the retail package because they come with a few safety items including a launch pad to mark your control station when your drone takes off and lands.
PLUS... there's enough batteries to stay flying longer and strong enough to fly where you want to go.
The DJI Mavic Pro - I own this one and take it with me all the time.
The DJI Spark
If you're picking from this category of drones, you've done your homework or working in this space already.
When you pass the FAA certification test, you don't automatically come away with the title "professional" - one topic that was heavily discussed at the AUVSI XPONENITAL Conference at the end of April. After you get a pilots certificate from the FAA you need to invest your time in developing flight skills BEFORE you promote yourself. You're reputation is everything in this new industry!
A additional tip for the beginners - make sure to beat up the small cheaper drones before you spend your hard earned money on a professional drone.
That being said - if you're here to know what we think the professionals we've chosen are the Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2. These drones are fabulous for getting the job done. Depending on survey, monitor, photography - you can do anything with these drones.
The Phantom 4 limitation is the built in camera and no zoom capability. If you need these two things for your client or a product - then move up to the Inspire. But if you don't require zoom capability in your product - go the cheaper route the Phantom is light weight and easy to transport.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
DJI Inspire 2
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