What’s the best drone for beginners?
So, you want to get a new drone and fly it right away – and you want it to be EEEEEASY, right?
We hear you loud and clear.
If it’s your first time dipping your toes into the world of RC drones, you could be easily overwhelmed. But fear not! There are tips! Advice! Hope! Step into the light, grasshopper. It’s great to be curious, but even greater to feed your curiosity.
You have questions – we have answers:
Is it hard to fly a drone?
Short answer: No. In fact, some drones for beginners fly themselves. One such auto-drone is Scoot, a mini drone that flies without a remote!
Launch this small drone with a light toss in the air - then watch the magic happen. No, there are no controls, but Scoot can change directions when he encounters an obstacle. Put your hand up and he’ll react by flying in a different direction. There can be a learning curve for some drones, but there are tons of beginner-friendly drones to get started with.
Scoot’s a fun one, and without a remote, we’ll go ahead and say Scoot is the easiest drone to fly right out of the box.
What makes a drone easy to fly?
Understanding the remote transmitter.
Barring the aforementioned Scoot, quadcopter drones are remote-controlled - but you knew that already, right? The key is the remote itself. You want your flying toys to easily understand what your remote is telling them to do. (It’s always wise to read the instruction manual first, but you shouldn’t have to pull your hair out while doing so.)
The Blue Heron drone for adults and kids has super-straightforward remote functions:
See the up/down arrow button on the right? That’s the 1-Key Lift/Landing button that launches the drone quadcopter. Simple, right? When a drone has this feature, it makes it super easy to play with right away. Turn on. Press button. Fly.
What if I lose control of my drone?
It’s great to find an easy drone for beginners with Altitude Hold to start off. What’s that? In a nutshell, Altitude Hold means your drone will hover in place after launch. For a quadcopter that has four rotating propellers, you don’t want it to fly away! You want to control it with the transmitter. Altitude Hold is a safety feature that takes over the basic functions of direction and altitude so you don’t have to.
Some remote control drones also come with Return-Home modes. Simply put, Return-Home (RTH) immediately sets your quad on a course back to YOU. Come back home, droney. Good boy.
What’s Headless Mode? Is it gonna take my head off?
Umm, no. Drone makers would be in some serious trouble if that were the case. Picture this: You fly a drone straight away from you. You want it to come back, so you perform a 180° turn. Then what? Will it fly backward because it’s facing a different direction? Headless Mode eliminates all of these concerns. It orients your RC drone to YOU, which is a great feature for beginners because it simplifies the directional controls.
I wanna go fast!
Sure, that souped-up racing drone is gonna be a ton of fun … someday. That day might not be today. Start with a drone for kids and adults that doesn’t get away from you. Sensing a control theme, here? That’s what it’s all about. When you have control, you have fun. When you don’t have control, you have a machine that you desperately wish you could control.
It’s gonna happen. That’s okay. If it’s your first time flying, find a drone kit that’s not a Fabergé egg. Also, fly your drone over a grassy field or some sort of soft surface. When your quadcopter comes down, you want to be able to inspect it, brush it off and get flying again. Find a nice open space that you’re comfortable flying over.
What drone do you recommend?
As promised, we’ve got some great quadcopters, drones with camera, video drones, kids drones, FPV drones and more in our Drone Buyer's Guide. We’re especially excited about these fresh faces of the Force1 fleet: UFO 4000, Monarch and Scoot.
So, what’s the easiest drone to fly?
I think we need to reshape the question into: What drone do you want to fly again and again? Ease of flight comes with familiarity. Pick the drone that you’re excited to learn to fly. While you’re at it, find a drone with a warranty program for replacement parts while you get your feet wet. Force1 has a great one here.
Above all, find a drone that suits your brand of fun!
Happy flying from the Force1 team!