Have you been wanting a drone? Do you have $1,000 to spend on a decent one?
The key, if you are feeling industrious, is to build your own drone as an alternative. This isn’t actually as complicated as you might think, since you can easily create a DIY drone out of a remote control helicopter or multicopter, an autopilot system, and a video camera.
As for the actual aerial device that you are using, there is a lot to choose from, but most people agree that a quadcopter or hellcopter is the best, due to the fact that they can stay in place and capture better images than a remote control air plane. The option that you select will largely depend on your budget.
An autopilot is ideal for people who want to take it seriously. There are a lot of different options for this, but Pixhawk and APM are the most popular devices and pieces of software. It can take some learning to get used to this, but with the right computer experience it shouldn’t be an issue.
A drone wouldn’t be a drone without a camera attached to it, so you’ll have to pick one up. There are options like the 360Fly, which can capture a 360 degree angle horizontally, although many people are choosing Go Pros for the versatility and durability.
Building a DIY drone isn’t as hard as it seems. You can easily convert any remote control aerial device into one, although you could also build one from scratch if you are interested in something a lot more technical, although rewarding.