Note: This article discusses consumer drones, also known as sUAS (small unmanned aerial vehicles). As opposed to military drones.
The consumer drone world has advanced a lot in the last five years.
Manufacturers are packing more features and higher quality technology into these flying machines than ever before.
However, if you are not familiar with this technology, it can be quite overwhelming.
What is a camera drone? What do you use it for? Why should you (or shouldn’t you) buy one?
This article answers these questions and more.
What Is A Camera Drone?
A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
It’s a flying machine that is operated using a remote control. It is “unmanned” because no one is flying it from within the machine itself, like an airplane or helicopter would be.
Most drones are multirotors. This means they come with multiple propellors to stay in the air and maneuver in different directions.
However, you can also find fixed wing drones and single rotor drones (helicopters).
A camera drone is a small unmanned aerial vehicle with a camera attached to it, usually used for taking aerial images and videos.
Camera drones are often used for aerial photography and videography, but they can also be used for aerial inspections, thermal imaging, land surveying, and many other applications.
The drone either comes with a camera built-in when you buy it or you attach a camera separately, like a GoPro.
Both the drone and the camera are operated by a remote control. The remote control is used to maneuver the UAV and to control the camera. The pilot can reposition the camera, take photos, record videos, and adjust the camera’s settings remotely.
What Are The Main Parts Of A Camera Drone?
Camera drones come with a few distinct parts:
- The body
- Landing gear
The parts give the drone its shape and functionality. The most common camera drones are quadcopters. This means they comes with four propellers.
What Are Camera Drones Used For?
Camera drones are used for:
- Aerial photography
- Aerial videography
- Land surveying
- Thermal imaging
- Industrial inspection
- Drone delivery
- Disaster relief
- Remote sensing
And a host of other applications.
A drone’s ability to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively get an aerial view makes it a versatile piece of machinery. sUAS are revolutionizing many industries, including construction, real estate, and emergency response.
However, they are also allowing thousands of hobbyists to simply enjoy the experience of flying one of these beautiful machines and get a view of the world from above.
Why Should You (Or Shouldn’t You) Buy One?
There is a wide variety of camera drones available. This can be a blessing and a curse.
On the one hand, you can find an excellent drone for almost any need. On the other, it can be tough to make a decision if you don’t know what to look for.
If you’re interested in buying a drone, the first thing you should do is invest some time researching the options available.
You can buy a drone for $10 all the way up to $2,000+. Each price range will cater to different needs.
Figure out why you want to buy a drone. Do you want to fly recreationally and enjoy the thrill of flight? Do you want to make money with your drone and fly professionally? These are the two basic questions every budding pilot must answer.
From there, you can get started researching each type of drone.
On the other hand, you should not buy a drone if remote piloting doesn’t interest you at all, or if you’re not willing to learn how to fly a drone. There is often a learning curve for people who have never flown an unmanned aerial vehicle before.
In other words, there will be some crashes.
But if you’re willing to learn and make some mistakes along the way, drone flying can be an amazing hobby and profession.
Have A Question? Ask Away!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I will be happy to answer them.