Embrace the open air and widen the scope of your eyes. By definition, the word drone means “a continuous low humming sound.” This technology or gadget is not for military or surveillance use. When people hear the word Drone or Drones, they immediately think of a flying camera. A camera drone is mainly a quadcopter or a quadrotor helicopter. RC (Remote Control) Drones now play an important role in photography, multimedia, videography, and the film industry.
A drone device is controlled via remote control and is fun to maneuver. Another term for a drone is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). These days, they are commonly considered a remote-controlled or computer-controlled device for surveillance, defense, and military offense. However, there these devices also come in various designs for fun and videography purposes. Other than the quadcopter, there is also the upgraded version called the octocopter, which has eight rotors.
Let’s us learn more about quadcopters and the many models, which come with various amazing features. We’ll include buying tips and important factors to consider when choosing the model or brand you want.
What is a Quadcopter?
Without a doubt, quadcopters are one of the top-selling products around the globe among RC-controlled or maneuvers devices. They are composed of a total of four rotors, although the Octocopter is obviously composed of eight. Each rotor has its propellers, two propellers spinning clockwise and two others spinning counterclockwise. The two pairs of propellers need to spin in opposite directions for the drone to hover.
There is no age limit for the use of quadcopters. Most people today use them in photography. Camera drones are also handy in times of disasters like floods and intense fire. They serve as a monitoring or surveillance device in the affected area, enabling the rescuers to more easily operate. They are also useful for police operations, mainly for surveillance.
What to Call your Drone?
Other than quadcopters, drones are called by several terms, based on their different features or number of rotors. Some people refer to them as quadrotor, quadrocopter, UAV, or multirotor helicopter. There are also the tri-copters, with three blades or rotors, and the Hexacopters with six blades or rotors.
The Multirotor models are a lot better compared to complex variable pitch rotors that have only single or double rotors. Multi-rotors provide better stability and flight control for the device and the one controlling it. They are a lot heavier and are able to carry heavier loads. Amazon promotes the use of multi-rotors to carry packages all around town. However, if you’re looking for a drone for photography or surveillance, we suggest you go for the quadcopter.
Owning Your Own Quadcopter
It is a certainty that owning a drone will bring excitement to everyone. Are you ready to control your own flying device? There are a lot of factors and features to consider before choosing the type of drone you want. This is like buying the brand or model of automotive you want. You need research, opinions from experienced owners, and assessment from technological experts. If you’re having a hard time at first, remember that there are three categories: Drones for hobbyists, drones for adults, and finally, drones for kids.
Quadcopters for Kids
If you want our opinion on kids owning their own drones, we are against it. Drones are equipped with sharp rotors or blades that can cause serious injuries to children. As such, we strongly encourage adult supervision while the kids play with them.
If you’re going to buy a drone model for your children, then make sure to choose one with blade guards or covers. No need to buy the advanced models with extensive movement settings. Let the kids hold the remote controller, and monitor them as they maneuver the drone up in the air. This way, everyone is sure to have a good time and safety measures are at hand. Let your little pilot take flight.
This is one of the best models for kids. The rolling spider drone is equipped with plastic rotors and two big plastic wheels. The wheels are removable if you want the drone to fly with only the rotors. However, they provide better balance when the drone is in the air. They also allow the drone to move around like a race car with the wheels acting as the car wheels. You can even make this drone crawl the wall like a spider.
You can purchase this model for at least $100. Instead of using a remote control, you can use your smartphones. The drone has its own application for control and cool tricks. The roller spider is a 55-gram fun device.
If you’re looking for the perfect drone for your kids to operate outdoors, the Syma X5C would be perfect. The unique look and HD quality of the camera are advanced features that allow your kids to capture photos and video footages from above–a birds’ eye view, as one might say. There are also built- in LED lights in all four rotors, so you can monitor the drone as it takes flight, especially during the night time. There are also elastic plastic blade protectors to shield the drone from collision and to shield your kids from the spinning blades.
Quadcopters for Beginners (Adults)
Adults who are excited or eager to buy their own drones are looking for sophistication and adventurous features. We are going to present two well-known quadcopter products that would be suitable for beginners.
If you want something that goes very swiftly, then the Hubsan X4 is perfect for you. This mini-drone is easy to control and is very agile. If you get to familiarize yourself with all its controls and capabilities, then you are sure to appreciate this model. The plastic rotors and body make it lighter and easier to maneuver. You can even hold the entire drone with only one hand.
The Parrot Bebop is feather-weight despite the built-in camera, which is a 14-megapixel “Fisheye” that can cover a shot of 180°. When the drone accidentally collides with something, the propellers automatically stop spinning and the GPS allows it to land safely from its takeoff point. Now this is a brilliant drone with the necessary settings installed.
Quadcopters for Hobbyists
If you already have years of experience with several models, you might want to try out these advanced models.
The Phantom 2 is a Drone with a GoPro camera feature. The specs of this model are also amazing, as they include low-voltage protection, a virtual radar aircraft locator that uses mobile devices, and an anti-vibration camera stabilizer. The Phantom 2 also has GPS features to guide it back to the owner in case of emergency. It has a truly remarkable camera setting with multi-capture and continuous capture features. This is a great model for hobbyists and travelers alike.
Controlling the Quadcopter
Something You Need to Know
Most people think that flying a quadcopter is a piece of cake; well, it’s not. In this case, just like in many cases, practice makes perfect. Being familiar with the drone’s capabilities in terms of controls, hover accuracy, max ascent, and receiver sensitivity will surely help you fly it like a pro immediately.
Make sure to start with beginner models that are easy to maneuver and then step it up. It would be a shame to start with a more expensive advanced model and then find your drone colliding with another drone or crashing on a tree.
The most important thing to learn and master are the controls:
· Pitch (Right Stick) – tilts the drone or quadcopter to move forward and backward.
· Roll (Right Stick) – tilts the drone or quadcopter from left to right or vice versa by slowing down the rotors on one side and speeding up the other side.
· Yaw (Left Stick) – rotates the drone or quadcopter by slowing down all the rotors in the opposite direction and speeding up the rotors in the direction you want to rotate it.
· Throttle (Left Stick) – moves the drone or quadcopter downward and upward.
By mastering all the controls, flying your drone will be a lot easier and exciting. All drone products are sure to have a manual with the specs and control information. There are also extensive tutorials on the internet.
As a beginner, move your drone upward, downward, and side by side. Familiarize yourself with the drone’s reaction time and movement speed. Make sure to also practice landing. There’s no command center and runway to guide, so it’s all up to you.
Here’s How to Start Out:
Commence flight by lifting the drone from the ground with the throttle. Don’t put too much power on the rotors. Start slowly and control the drone mid-air with ease. This is to help you with the reaction time of the throttle. Do this a couple of times before tilting the drone from right to left in mid air. Most drones tend to move sideways when moving up, so make sure to balance it with the yaw or roll button. Getting it to fly mid- air is the real challenge because it requires you to use two or more buttons simultaneously.
Time for Take Off – Finally
Simply moving the drone above the ground and reaching at least two feet is not takeoff. To take off, make sure to hold altitude by using the right stick to maintain balance while the drone is above the ground. Practice staying in the same spot in mid-air, which is a hard thing to do. Once again, perfect your landing; a smooth landing is the right landing.
Don’t Stay in One Spot
The real task is to maintain the altitude of the drone in mid-air. Once you’ve got past that, moving the drone from left to right is going to be easy. Hover the drone from left to right. Make sure to do this in a wide open area. Try to move in patterns like circles around you or maybe in a square movement.
Aerial photography is widely practiced around the world and by the best production companies from all over. The introduction of RC drones with a camera is a huge leap in photography and videography. It surely delights videographers and photographers as these devices enhance their craft and production.
Make sure to consider all safety measures before taking off. There have been many incidents of injuries, both mild and severe ones.
Here are some safety tips:
- Focus is the key
- Fly around an open field
- Avoid strong winds (This is not a kite!)
- Don’t overuse the movement capacity of your drone
Always keep an eye on your quadcopter while it’s in motion. This is why focus is key; you don’t want to lose control and forever lose your drone. There is a range for the transmission control, so keep that in mind. There are also some technical issues for some brands, so make sure to do your research and to not be fooled by false opinions. A drone doesn’t have to look cool from the outside. A durable and functional drone from the inside is the coolest one.
As such, remember not to rush into things if you’re a beginner; otherwise, you will surely end up wasting a lot of money. Start with beginner drones and when you’ve finally got the skills, it’s time to level up. There is so much you can do with these devices, so don’t limit yourself to flying. Imagine taking your drone as you travel the world. See the world from a whole new angle. You can’t fly, but at least you get to enjoy the view from the ground.