Drones aren’t just for paparazzi and film crews anymore. A simple beginner’s model can cost less than R1,000 with camera drones starting at a few thousand Rands. More complex drones, starting at less than R10,000, offer customizable and programmable features, turning them into truly autonomous devices that can make their own decisions.
One estimate says a million commercial drones were sold in 2014. The prediction is that two million will be sold in 2015. Here are 7 things you thought you knew about drones.
A Background on Drones
While all drones are remote controlled aircraft, not all remote controlled aircraft are drones. A drone needs to be able to operate autonomously. Whether that be take-off and landing or returning to the start point if it flies out of range or the battery is low.
Actually the main driver for using drones has been their ability to do jobs few others would want to do. It has given rise to the statement that they are best for jobs that are dull, dirty or dangerous.
The Best Drones
- Parrot Bebop. One of the best drones from Parrot is the Bebop. This is meant to sit between professional level drones and toys.
- Dromida Ominus FPV. Dromida offers its Ominus FPV for those that want a full quadcopter experience at a lower price.
- Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter. Parrot was one of the first companies to get into the drone business. So with its second generation of refined AR.Drone you get a lot of technology for the price.
- DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter. DJI makes slightly more expensive drones but that’s because they’re packed with professional level features. The Phantom 2 Vision+ is the latest drone to come from DJI sporting its built-in super high quality camera.