A drone is basically a flying robot. It can be controlled remotely or be pre-programmed. Drones have been used for search and rescue, surveillance, monitoring traffic and weather patterns, journalism, and even firefighting.
They're fun to fly, and you can get one for under $100. Before you go out and buy one there are some things you should know first.
Drones in this price range typically offer longer lasting batteries, much longer range, computer automation that keeps the drone stable in the air, even on windy days, built-in video in the controller, or controllers that work with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, built-in HD cameras with bigger memory cards to handle all that HD video, or gimbal attachments for your own Activeon or GoPro camera, and GPS integration that allows the drone to follow a flight path-or to follow you.
How about extra batteries? Chances are you'll be having so much fun the time will fly and you'll wish you had an extra battery or two charged and ready. Extra blades are also good to have because even the best drone with an experienced flyer can clip something that causes the blade to sheer off and end the day's fun.
Now, you may have heard that the FAA is now requiring drones to be registered. A few bad eggs have flown their drones some places they should not have flown them, and the FAA wants you to register yours. The good news is it is only a $5.00 fee, it's good for 3 years and the same number covers all your drones. It can be registered easily here: FAA Drone Registration.
If you are a worrier-prosumer grade drones with GPS also have another big advantage: you won't get in trouble flying them near the airport because their GPS automatically prevents the device from flying within 5 miles from the airport.
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