As a newbie, what do I need to get started with flying drones?
I've had a couple of mini helicopters and drones seem like the obvious next step.
For myself, I was introduced to drones by a friend who was already flying them; I got to see what I was getting into and test drive a few of them. If you don't know anyone who owns one yet, you could also look for a group in your area that flies drones and go to one of their events. Although it's nice to know someone who has one already, it's not really necessary.
The next thing I asked myself is what type of activities am I going to use my drone for? If aerial photography, then I'll eventually be spending a pretty good chunk of change on a larger drone with a good camera, like a DJI Phantom 3 or 3DR SOLO. If it's racing, then lots of small, light drones (and lots of crashes) are going to be in my future.
Then I started checking out cheap beginner drones to learn to fly on. Chance are, you'll crash a lot at the beginning, and it's not as hard on the wallet to crash and repair/replace a cheap drone as it is to crash something you just paid $1000+ for. There are some larger, relatively cheap offerings from Syma that could be a good first step toward a better quality camera drone.
If it's racing you decide on, then I'd recommend something small like a Blade Nano QX or Hubsan X4. They're less stable and tougher to control than a larger drone, but it'll make you a better pilot for sure.
Or get both kinds, since they're relatively inexpensive, and compare them.
Yeah start out with something small. Learn to fly well first, no matter what you decide to get into later. And get lots of spare propellors and extra batteries!
I don't have a drone yet. The only experience I have flying anything close to it are $40 RC helicopters. I'm curious about Teeny Drones, does anyone have exprience with these as a starter drone?
I forgot adding a link https://teenydrones.com
Jonathan, is there an edit feature or would that be an enhancement request? :)
Hey Roy, ironically, I got a response from Teeny Drones after reaching out to them yesterday. I've invited them to join the site and tell us more about themselves and their offerings. Hopefully they'll take me up on the offer.
I haven't tried their products out myself, but I believe they're the first (and currently only) Canadian company to offer drones in this size. And teeny drones are pretty accessible as they've gotten their product into Costco, shop.ca, the source, Amazon etc. As a starter drone, I'd say it's a good option - won't break the bank, don't have to worry about serious harm or damage from propellors, and it doesn't fly crazy fast, so probably good for learners. I think they offer a 2-pack, so you can charge one while flying the other. If you end up getting one, let us know about it here!
As for going back and editing your posts - that feature is available, but currently turned off to prevent people from going back and changing their words, as I'd like to keep an accurate conversation history. I recommend using the preview button to do a proof-read before finalizing your post. Worst case, just post a clarification immediately after, as you've done.
Roy, also check out the stuff from Cheerson. I think the Cheerson CX-10 is pretty similarhttp://www.amazon.ca/Cheerson-Cx-10-Mini-Quadcopter-Airplane/dp/B00KXZ7VKY
Are any of thesse suitable kids or teenagers? I'm looking for something I can give to them without worrying about the house getting destroyed :)
Generally, the smaller ones like the Cheerson CX-10 or teeny drones mentioned above aren't likely to cause any damage or injury due to their size and low speed. Slightly bigger and faster ones, like the Hubsan X4, could cause some damage if flown carelessly. But there's a propellor guard available for it, so it's still a good option.
For some other kid-friendly options, check out Airhogs Helix Ion - the frame is made out of foam, so it can be crashed into pretty much anything.http://ca.airhogs.com/site/product/helix-ion
The Blade Inductrix is newer, and has some stabilization technology to help out beginners. Also has blade guards built in. One of my personal favorites.http://www.bladehelis.com/Inductrix/
Parrot minidrones are also getting popular as starters for kids (and adults) as wellhttp://www.parrot.com/usa/products/minidrones/
Wow thank you for all the wonderful answers! I'll have to go do some research into all of those!
You could check out www.dronesinspect.com for top lists of the best drones on the market! :)