Looking to get stuck into drones without taking out a sky-high loan? With increasing popularity, even the budget-conscious buyer can take to the skies with a feature-packed and affordable drone. The perfect way to take flight before deciding whether to invest into a bigger, pricier and more sophisticated machine.
In 2019, your money will go much further than ever when it comes to buying a camera drone! If you’ve not checked out the market recently, the reason why budget drones are now packed with genuinely good features is because drones as a whole are becoming much more progressive.
Even the beginner pilot on a budget can enjoy features such as camera stabilisation and intelligent flight control.
Stay safe when flying your drone:
Flying a drone is much harder than it looks! When you fly a drone in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. You’ll need to ensure that you’re fully up to date on the UK’s aviation regulations to make sure you are flying safely and legally. Here’s a quick overview to get you started:
- It’s against the law to fly your drone over 400ft, this is to reduce the likelihood of a conflict with a manned aircraft.
- Don’t fly your drone over property or people. Ensure that you keep a distance of a least 150m.
- Don’t risk it! If you’re looking to use your drone for commercial use, make sure you have sufficient liability Insurance with Glover & Howe.
- Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields when flying any drone. Remember, you are responsible for each flight! Failure to fly responsibly could result in a run with the law.
The most popular cheap drones to buy right now
Designed by Ryze and featuring flight technology from DJI, the Tello is easily controlled from your smartphone and packed full of tech from Intel to help beginner pilots and kids into the air.
The nifty Tello boasts a 720p camera with electronic image stabilisation to capture quality footage every flight. Plus, the Tello is also fully programmable, so you can plot your aerial manoeuvres with the included coded tool Scratch. For under £100, it’s definitely top of its class!
SYMA X8 PRO
If you’re looking to jump to the £100 – £150 bracket, the Syma X8 Pro is a beginner-friendly choice for those looking to master their aerial photography skills! Thanks to built-in GPS, this drone is capable of holding its position, even if the wind picks up.
As well as hosting a 720p HD camera on-board, the Syma will also send a live feed straight to your smartphone so you can ensure that you get your composition right. One-button take-off and landing really makes this a great choice for the novice flyer.
HOLY STONE HS100 GPS FPV
Designed to introduce aerial photography learners to the world of cinematic drone photography, at the front of this aerial device is an optimised 1080p Wi-Fi camera with 120-degree field of view and 90-degree adjustable angle.
Equipped with the new “follow me” feature, this drone will stay above you automatically, keeping the camera centred on you at all times and capturing your every move.
Although this model is £150+, making it the most expensive of the drones we’ve introduced, there’s no denying that aspiring photographers and videographers will enjoy taking to the skies with the Holy Stone HS100 GPS FPV!
This popular list also comes after competitively priced mini-drone Parrot’s Swing has announced that it’s retiring its mini-drones to focus instead on developing more advanced Anafi quadcopter for the commercial and consumer markets.
Glover & Howe have specialist policies available with a Photographer and Aviation Insurer, if you’re looking to use your drone for commercial activities, we can provide the perfect insurance policy for you. Call us to find out more on 01206 814500.