I bought a drone with the sole intention of aerial photography however since discovering how much fun flying a drone is I have started to buy drones just for flying around and doing (or should that be attempting to do?) some stunts. Since buying my first drone, a Hubsan X4 501S, I have bought several more.
One drone I thought I never would buy, but have ended up getting is a nano drone. On paper, the nano drones seem pointless and a total waste of money. When I saw the tiny nano drone I assumed it would be weak and would be destroyed on the first crash, and crashes are all too common when flying drones. I was also a little concerned about the size of the nano drone. At 4cm x 4cm they are very small, lightweight and look like they would blow away in the slightest bit of wind.
As I am sure you have already guessed, I ended up becoming an owner of a nano drone. I have to confess that I didn’t buy it as such, since a work colleague got me one. Whilst on a shopping trip this work colleague walked in to a gadget store where there were nano drones reduced to £9.99 from £24.99. Long story short, this work colleague bought ten of them (some for the people I work with and some to sell on through eBay) and I ended up with one.
Since getting the nano drones lunchtimes have never been the same. The boss isn’t too keen on us employees flying drones around in the office, so as soon as he walks out to get a sandwich the drone wars start. The battery life of the nano drone is 6 minutes which is plenty of time to fly the drone and deplete the battery, pack everything up and carry on with a “normal” lunch hour.
Flying the nano drones is good fun and a total laugh. Okay, they are a little tricky to fly to start with but once you get the hang of it and everything falls in to place they really aren’t too bad at all. Learning to fly a nano drone won’t take too long and after a few attempts you’ll be racing it around performing mid-air flips and rolls like a pro.
Despite their small size nano drones are tough and can a lot of punishment. The nano drones we use at my office have been crashed several times, and some more than others, and all of them are still going strong. Propellers break on all drones, and we have had to replace some of the propellers. That said, the propellers on the nano drones seem to be tougher and more durable than the propellers on larger drones. Perhaps this is to do with them being smaller? I don’t know……
We have also flown the nano drones outside, but it needs to be a totally still day. The slightest breath of wind takes the nano drones and makes them impossible to control, but I guess this is to be expected. Where the nano drones really come in to their own is indoors as they can be flown in the smallest of places and won’t do damage if you get heavy handed with the controls.
If you have been thinking about buying a nano drone but there’s something stopping you from doing so, get a nano drone. If you have never considered buying a nano drone, get one. Nano drones are great fun and very addictive, and now I find I am never without it.
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