Flying drones is the new “in” thing! With so many uses for drones from just having fun, freeing yourself to soar in the sky, or high adrenaline racing, there’s quite literally a drone for everyone. Most drones you see in stores are in fact junk – they’re cheap toys and if you don’t know what you’re getting, you’ll end up breaking it and losing it very quickly!
While toy drones are very useful for getting started and familiarizing yourself with the controls and how drones respond to your inputs, they’re stepping stones towards bigger things(literally!). Drones broadly fall under two categories – aerial photography rigs such as the DJI Phantom and Mavic, or racing drones which are usually found as kits or separate parts that you need to assemble yourself.
Personally, I feel racing drones are the greater challenge and more rewarding(unless you’re a photographer/traveler/vlogger) because there’s always a new boundary to push every day. If you don’t have access to new flying locations very regularly, you may get bored of a Phantom or Mavic very quickly. A racing drone you can use anytime, anywhere (provided it’s safe to fly) and you can always push yourself to fly harder and faster.
Either way, this is a very rewarding hobby, so whether you want to race or fly for aerial photography, build yourself a copter or buy a ready to fly unit, this infographic-flowchart will help you get on the right track!