At Droneflyers.com our mission is customer education. Those interested in this pursuit would be well served to start out by understanding the various types of drones…or segments of the market in more businesslike terms.
Toy Drones – Millions of these machines are sold and they are somewhat disposable. They are used as pilot trainers and for fun and indoor/backyard flying. In general, the prices run from $15 to $100.
(Popular brands include Syma, Hubsan and UDI)
FPV (First Person View) and Racing Drones – These tend to be mid-sized machines with cameras designed to give the operator a “drone view”. Many operators use headgear (goggles) to get a real feeling of flying. These are usually not equipped with GPS as they are flown within relatively close proximity of the pilots. FPV drones are often sold ARF or “Almost Ready to Fly” and may require some additional parts and labor before they are ready to fly. Some companies are starting to offer RTF (Ready-to-Fly) kits at higher prices. The average price range for FPV quadcopters ranges from $250-$600 although you can certainly spend a lot more if you get high resolution goggles and other upgrades. FPV-type quadcopters can be purchased for as little as $100 without the FPV gear (cameras/monitors/etc.). This type of system can provide some fun while being a step up in speed, longevity and skill level from the toy grade drones.
(Popular brands include Walkera, Eachine, TBS and Blade)
Aerial Photography (AP) Drones – these are, by far, the largest part of the market by revenue and we will likely see 2-3 Billion dollars worth (at retail) sold in 2016. [Read more…]