When drones first came out, i was very excited because I’ve always wanted to see the world from above. Drones somewhat allow you to do that. When I was a beginner, I did the mistake of buying a very sophisticated drone which ended up with me crashing it into a tree because i had no idea what i was doing. This is one of the main reasons i decided to write this article and help you find the best drones for beginners.
1. DJI Spark
On top of our list we have another DJI product, with the Spark the company is democratizing the market and simplifying complex technology, as stated by the brand. This translates to a top-notch device that provides all the features of commercial drones to a consumer drone with its lightweight and small build, ease of use and great image quality.
It is not small enough to fit in your pocket but it is DJI’s smallest drone to date, the main body of the device is as big as the palm of your hand, making for easy palm launches that are incredible. You will barely feel the weight of this drone if you carry it in your backpack put together with its durability you can take the Spark everywhere.
The drone comes with both GPS and GLONASS sensors, giving Spark the ability to connect with 24 satellites at once for accurate positioning, also there is a 3D infrared sensor camera on the front of the drone for the purpose of avoiding objects. For indoor flying where there is no GPS or GLONASS available, the Spark has a vision positioning system that has a downward-facing camera and IR sensor.
The aforementioned downward-facing camera also records a video using the downward-facing camera, which in turn provides footage for the return-to-base landing feature. The 1/2.3-inch sensor captures 12-megapixel pictures and 1080p video at 30fps, unfortunately, there is no 4K recording available, the lens also is 2-axis stabilized with the third stabilized digitally.
The Spark can be controlled via your smartphone with a WiFi-Direct connection that has a 100m range, the app also provides a lot of interesting features. But if you opt for the Fly More Combo pack, you get the remote control which provides fine-tuned controls, a top speed of 50km/h and a range of 2km.
The drone has a battery life of 13 minutes which is a little disappointing, also it takes a long time to charge, so buying spare batteries is an attractive option or buying the Fly More Combo pack.
To conclude, the DJI Spark is hands-down one of the best drones for beginners on the market.
2. Force1 F100 Ghost
The first impression you get from this drone is just how good this drone looks, it is a very stylish and sleek device that is built for purpose as well. It has tall legs that ensure smooth landing in various terrain and protection for the camera mount that is located under its sturdy body.
You can even remove the landing legs of the drone to decrease its weight, which in turn improves its flight time. Also, the brushless motors provide an ultra silent experience, which is a concern for most beginner drones, furthermore the brushless motors provide amazing power and speed.
In the performance department, the Ghost is incredible, it has showcased great stability, as well as smooth and easy flight controls that very intuitive. It even provides the altitude hold function for easy footage shooting and control as well as the enhanced 6-axis gyro stabilization system.
Its motors provide the drone two-speed settings, however, it is pretty fast even in the lowest setting and can be a little difficult to control indoors.
Outdoors, the drone is amazing thanks to its power and speed, it can even be flown in windy situations up to 20 miles per hour with ease.
One would expect that when you attach the camera it would decrease its speed and power, but the drone has performed amazingly in that state as well, not stuttering even for a moment.
Setting up the drone is very easy and intuitive, but if you struggle the included manual provides with clear and easy to comprehend instructions. After that in your first flight you will have to synchronize and pair the drone with the remote, then all it is left for you is to enjoy this amazing drone.
3. DJI Tello Quadcopter
The DJI Tello Quadcopter is a very interesting drone with an amazing price and tons of features by the tried and tested DJI manufacturing and the rising talents and bright minds at Ryze. This partnership has brought us the Tello Quadcopter, with decent flight time and no compromise on quality or feature end the DJI Tello Quadcopter is an amazing drone.
It is very interesting to see that even an absolute beginner will gain confidence quickly with the DJI Tello, you can control the app via its smartphone app or via its remote control which is sold separately. Interestingly the device provides tons of fun for experienced pilots as well.
Most drones in the Tello’s price range provide a lackluster battery life from 5 to 7 minutes, fortunately, Tello provides 13 minutes of flight time, providing you tons of fun and letting you enjoy the experience for longer without charging breaks which ruins the experience most of the time.
Interestingly, the drone features a 5MP camera with an 82.6-degree field of view and is capable of shooting 720p video at 30 frames per second.
On top of that the 14-core Intel processor provides exceptional footage on the move and while stable, it has electronic image stabilization for less blur and enhanced picture in motion.
Furthermore, it features pressure sensor altitude hold, making it very handy while shooting footage as it allows you to focus on the task instead of flying the drone. On top of that the pressure sensor of the drone will do the calculations about the altitude during the flight and give you precise and accurate information about it.
Moreover, it features one-touch take off and landing, a very sensible feature for beginners, it will also give you alerts when battery is low and when you are getting out of the range, and most importantly, the drone will land itself and safely if you run out of battery or if it gets out of range.
With a number of other features, the DJI Tello is a decent lightweight drone that is perfect for any skill level, and with its amazing price it is a bargain.
4. Altair AA108
Branded by the Altair spokespersons as the perfect all-skill-levels drone, the AA108 is the best drone for starting out and for experienced pilots as well. Their claims have hold-up and it is especially a great drone for beginner drone enthusiasts with its tons of easy to use controls and a combination of features that will make it a joy for every skill level.
The device will come in a cool white-and-blue box that contains the drone and its accessories, which include the fully assembled drone with 4 propellers, two 3.7v LiPo batteries, the USB charging cable, memory card reader, four extra propellers as well as the installation kit for them and a screwdriver, four extra rubber foot guards, and a direction book that will help you grasp the basic and more advanced controls.
You have to download the Flyingsee mobile app on your phone, turn on the drone, connect to the WiFi and just push a button on the drone, after that you will have full access to the drones and cameras controls.
Despite having a small size, that is designed to be used indoors and outdoors, the drone provided tons of fun and was a blast to fly indoors, in tiny apartments and what not. It was interesting to see that the drone did not go crashing straight into walls and furniture, showcasing its great maneuverability in tight spaces.
It was pretty pleasing to fly the drone outdoors as well, where it gives you access to its full set of features. It is very versatile with its manual and automatic take-off and landing, and the first-person flying via the smartphone app was a blast to use. Besides these it has similar features to the aforementioned Altair 818, like the heading hold mode for beginner, three speeds, double batteries, however, it does not provide the same battery life as the Altair 818.
Altair AA108 has prop guards that protect the drone when accidents happen, it was interesting to see that this lightweight and inexpensive drone take those kinds of hits like it was nothing.
To conclude, I would like to state that this is the perfect drone if you are a beginner and want to take things step by step.
5. Altair 818
We are going to start our best drones for beginners list with a product by Altair. With tons of user-friendly features the Altair 818 has a special place in drone enthusiasts hearts. It is essentially the upgraded version of the company’s original drone that was a major success, it improves upon it with various speed modes, headless steering, the ability to hold altitude, and some video and photo features like the impressive battery life and exceptionally stable hover. Let’s dive deeper into the Altair 818’s easy controls and countless features.
Beginner and skilled users will be delighted with it’s increased flight time, the Altair 818 Drone has improved upon its original design and now boasts a flight time of 15-minutes. It has really no competition in terms of battery life, only drones in high-price points have better battery life. That amount of flight time is provided by just one battery, so you will get more time with your new toy, about 30 minutes with a full charge.
Altair 818 comes with a 720p wide-angle, high-density camera that can shoot images from higher and further in the air. Combined with its long battery life this means that you will capture quality content like a breeze. Furthermore, this drone has an altitude hold mode to make it even easier to shoot videos or photos.
Taking off and landing drones is a nightmare for new users, as it can prove very difficult to grasp the controls and it can get overwhelming at first and take away the fun of your first few sessions. However, the Altair 818 has a one button take-off and landing feature making it a beginner favorite.
Moreover, the Altair 818 has alarm systems that provide sound and light alerts if the device gets out of the range or is low on battery, on top of that the device will land itself automatically before its battery runs out to prevent disastrous crashes.
Another interesting feature is the Heading Hold flight mode the drone is always set to the side facing away from you, meaning that winds will not upset your drone and will allow you to better control it.
With a competitive price and it countless features the Altair 818 is the way to go if you don’t want to be bothered with complex controls.