Love them or hate them, selfies are taking over the world and, if you’re a fan, there’s now a bunch of really great options out there. Some of the latest advances in drone tech has made these selfie drones much easier to use and are even light enough and small enough to fit in your bag.
Imagine being able to take an image of yourself from above without all that awkward arm stretching and squinting, or from any angle that would be hard or impossible with a regular camera. With drones, the possibilities for epic selfies are limitless!
That being said, drones can still be tricky to use, so thinking carefully about what kind of drone you want to buy is essential. You’d be right to assume that the more money you pay for a drone, the better it will perform, but deciding what you want to use the drone for, will help make the decision a little easier. Here are few things you might want to consider before you purchase a drone:
The size and weight of the drone:
This is an important point to consider if you’re likely to want to carry the drone around with you wherever you go. A drone that is able to be compacted, such as with folding arms, will fit into your bag much more easily, and of course if it’s light, it won’t weigh you down. However, do be careful as drones that are compact and light, may give you less of the other functions.
The quality of the video and images:
For drones, you’ll need to decide on whether you want 4k or 1080p video but if you’ll be using your drone mainly for selfie shots then you won’t really need 4k. Most drones, apart from the costly ones like the DJI Mavic, use electronic stabilization for video taking, which basically means that videos are cut or cropped to create a shot that is stable. This doesn’t always give the best effect, so even if you go for a 1080p rather than a 4k, the result may still not be that great.
Every drone manufacturer will have an opinion on the modes that their drones offer, but the most important thing is to remember what you will mainly be using the drone for, and let that guide you as you browse the many models on sale.
For example, if your priority is to take selfies, the ability to fly quickly away and take a shot is important. An orbit mode is also useful as it enables you to take circular shots of yourself or a group.
The ability of a drone to be able to land in your hand once you’ve finished flying it, is another consideration; most have a return to home mode, but not all have the capacity to be able to land in your hand, and this can be problematic depending on the environment that you’re in.
The life of the battery
If you’re going to be using your drone a lot, then its battery will need to be recharged or changed often. For a few shots one fully charged battery is sufficient, but be warned that drones with longer flight times are often larger and less compact as they require larger battery packs.
Your selfie drone could well end up being your best friend, so consider the options
carefully before purchasing yours!