With Christmas around the corner, you may be on the lookout for a drone, which is now more popular than ever before. Buying a beginner drone is a sensible option, as they won’t come with as many features as a more professional piece of kit, but it’ll still give you hours of fun and be easier to operate.
The best budget model: Ryze Tello
Sticking to a strict budget for your beginner drone doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality, and with the Ryze Tello, you get a lightweight and compact autonomous drone that is ideal for a novice.
The drone is controlled via the Tello app on your smartphone, and it comes with a stability sensor that will keep drifting to a minimum when it is supposed to be stationary, a 720p video camera and a range of up to 100m. Flying time is limited to 13 minutes, but this is an ideal drone for learning twin-stick flying.
The market leader: DJI Mavic Mini
Thanks to its weight, coming in at a touch under 250g, this is one drone that does not require registration with either the US or UK aviation authorities, which is a requirement for heavier models.
For beginners who are now looking to move up in class, the DJI Mavic Mini is ideal and comes with a camera that offers 2.7k video capture and 12-megapixel stills. Gimbal-mounted, the flying time comes in at a respectable 30 minutes and the range is well over 3km.
The one you can’t lose: Potensic P25
The Potensic drone has one feature that is not typically included with similar types of beginner drones, and that is GPS functionality.
This feature includes a return-to-home button on the app that when pressed will send the drone back to where it was launched, which is ideal should it land out of sight. Flying time is limited to eight minutes, but it does come with a hard carry case that will help to keep it in pristine condition when you’re out and about.
Buying a drone can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you are new to the hobby, but buying a beginner drone can help you to get used to flying one without having to worry too much about the cost.
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