Regardless of your budget you want a starter drone that can deliver a great flying experience, and your probably want a decent camera too.
We discuss one of the most popular filipino-made camera drones on the market. That’s a lot of drones hitting the skies in the coming year. So, what is with the drone craze? What is so cool about drones that people are going out?
UAVs come in all shapes and sizes from toy-like quadcopters to large, commercial machines. Generally as a beginner you want a cheaper quadcopter that wont break the bank if it crashes or flies away.
The Hubsan H107P X4 Plus – An excellent choice to fly indoors!
It has altitude position hold, and headless mode for easy control.
It flips and rolls 360 degrees with matching lights to highlight aerial acrobats.
It is manufactured by Hubsan, a company known for their swift and agile drones that can fly indoors and outdoors. It is a one-piece, durable mainframe delivered RTF (ready to fly).
This is a great choice if you want a cheap mini drone to learn on, and even though it is cheap it provides lots of value. It’s only P4,000.
- Dimensions: 105 x 93 x 30mm
- Diagonal motor distance: 112mm
- Motor size: 8mm
- Weight: 40g (with battery)
- Flight time: approximately 10 minutes
- Battery: 3.7V 520mAh Li Po
- Charging time: 30 minutes
- Control distance: 100m
- Transmitter power: 4 x 1.5V AAA batteries (not included)
The Hubsan H501S X4 RC Quadcopter Body Shell is also fun and easy beginner quadcopter with a camera. This is a good choice if you are looking for a toy-grade drone to shoot some video for only P1,500!
The H501S is a 220mm drone, which refers to the distance between the motors, diagonally. It doesn’t have tall landing feet, instead relying on small standoffs beneath the motor, which means you can’t easily take off – or land – in long grass.
It’s quite compact for a non-folding drone, and very light at 410g. There’s a choice of black and white, and both have gold accents.
For its price, the H501S flies very well. It’s stable, easy to control and gives you confidence to fly high and far away, even when it’s quite windy.
By default it won’t even take off unless it has a solid GPS signal, and you have to delve into the on-screen menus to disable this behaviour.
Getting Ready To Fly
Familiarize yourself with the remote control – play around with it, push the switches and practice coordination between the two hands. You should also know how to take off and land the quadcopter gently. Acquaint yourself with indicator lights and what each one of them means.
Assemble the starter drone and check that all of the pieces have been secured together. Find a large open space and test the quadcopter. Don’t go to maximum speed and maximum height immediately. Baby steps are a good idea for the first flight. Once you get a better feel for the controller and how the drone responds to it, you’ll have the freedom to execute some much more daring flight experiments. 🙂
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