The DJI Spark is a great but I also need a cheap drone to learn to pilot one properly
The DJI Spark is an easy drone to fly however it is full of technology and features to make it easy to fly. If, for whatever reason, the technology fails during a flight I really don’t know if I would be able to deal with the situation or whether my Spark would end up in a crumpled heap on the floor, or in a tree, never to see the open skies again.
Whilst cruising the DJI forum I found some interesting posts about “learner drones” and drones to use to learn how to fly and control a drone. The discussion got me thinking and made me realize that I need a cheap and cheerful drone, i.e. one without all the gizmos and gadgets and learn how to fly properly. There were many comments on the discussion board saying this was a total waste of time and that if the technology is there no point in not using it? On one hand I can see where these people are coming from, but on the other I can see the value in learning how to fly and what effects tight spaces, obstacles, the weather and altitude has on a drone and what inputs are needed for a smooth and stable flight.
It took just a few minutes of reading the discussion and then thinking about it to get me researching on a learner drone. I wanted a drone without altitude hold, I wanted a drone that is tough and sturdy (I know I am going to crash it several times), I wanted a drone with cheap spares that are readily available, I wanted a drone that is cheap, and I wanted a drone you can actually fly outside.
There are loads of cheap drones, the choice is vast and sorting out the wheat from the chaff wasn’t particularly easy. Whilst researching the same two drones kept coming up time and time again – the Hubsan H107 and the Syma X5. Both of these drones get good write ups and seem to be as good as the other, however the Hubsan seemed to be the favorite.
I previously owned a Hubsan 501S X4 drone and had to return it because it gave up the ghost and failed on me. Even though I had a bad experience this has not put me off Hubsan drones at all, and I have decided to buy a Hubsan 107 drone instead of the Syma X5. The only decision I have to make now is which Hubsan X4 107 to buy out of the five available.
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