How to Get A Camera Drone For First User
Many people ask me, what is the best drone with camera for someone just starting out in aerial photography?
My first answer has always been, get a cheap drone to practice aerial photography with first before going onto the real deal.
Camera quality is always a concern when buying a drone with camera but it is a good idea to just get any drone to build up your skill. You may have read a lot about high-end camera drones like the DJI Phantom series or the Mavic Pro or even the Spark but those are not what you should be starting out with as a beginner.
One camera drone I highly recommend is the Holy Stone HS300, which has a good quality camera, good flight capability and comes in at under $250 dollars. You might think that is expensive but the best camera drones can sell for well over $1,000 so in those terms, it is considered a cheap and affordable drone. One other way to get a camera on a drone is to buy a GoPro and strap it onto a cheap drone and voila, you’ve got yourself a flying camera.
You may also look to small family owned drone repair companies that fix broken quadcopters and resell them at discount prices. I know of one such company that does just that and people seem to love the Bebop 2. They refurbish and sell them for about $240, which is significantly less than the retail price. The Bebop 2 is an excellent drone with camera and should be one of your options. It has a high-quality camera and advanced flight modes, which are excellent for learning how to fly and take precise photos and videos.
Othe Camera Drones to Consider
One other good option to consider is the Eachine 250 FPV Drone. It has a screen for monitoring what you want to shoot with the camera. It gives you a bird’s eye view of your surroundings. As a beginner, you should buy a camera drone that can be used right out the box without having to assemble any parts yourself.
However, if you are a bit experienced, you may consider buying a kit and buy a separate camera. You can then assemble it with all the parts and have yourself a camera drone. If want to get straight into the best stuff, you still have options to get it cheaper. You may look on e-commerce websites like eBay.com which have users selling used high-end drones like the DJI Mavic Pro or the Phantom 4 Pro at reduced prices.
However, be careful when buying used camera drones because you don’t want to buy one that is damaged. If you can, meet the person face to face to inspect the drone before buying. The DJI Spark is also a high-quality camera drone that comes in under $500. Get one with a remote control so you can see what you are shooting or else you will end up getting videos and photos of what you don’t want to shoot.