Best drones for beginners

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Want to start drone flying, but have no idea which drone to buy? Here we tell you what to look out for when buying a drone and what the best drones for beginners are.

Important specifications for beginner drone pilots

When you are going to buy a drone as a beginner drone pilot, there are a number of specifications to consider. As a beginner drone pilot, you want to purchase a drone that is easy to control and avoids obstacles. Of course, the quality of the camera is also important so you can get great results.

Based on these specifications, you can compare drones and select the one that suits your needs. In our blog on drone specifications we go into more detail on the different specifications of drones.

  • Does the drone have obstacle detection?
  • Is the drone easy to control?
  • How long is the drone's flight time?
  • What is the quality of the camera?
  • What flight functions does the drone have?
  • Laws and regulations, where can I fly the drone?

DJI Mini 4 Pro

DJI Mini 4 Pro

The DJI Mini 4 Pro is a great drone for beginners. Don't let its small size fool you, this drone has the necessary flight functions and qualities. With a camera quality of 48 MP photography and 4k/60fps videography, the DJI Mini 4 Pro achieves fantastic results.

With a camera quality of 48 MP photography and 4k/100fps videography, the DJI Mini 4 Pro achieves fantastic results.

The DJI Mini 4 Pro is suitable for novice drone pilots, this drone is easy to fly is features obstacle sensors. These are located on the bottom, front and top of the drone. A feature you would like to have as a beginner drone pilot. After all, this can prevent you from flying into obstacles.

The DJI Mini 4 Pro also features the FocusTrack flight function that allows the drone to keep tracking the subject. A nice feature for novice drone pilots. With Focus Track, you only need to select the subject. After this, the drone takes over the controls and provides great, stabilised images.

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

DJI Mavic 3 Classic

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic is suitable for the beginner drone pilot who wants to get started with film-making and photography. It is a device, which can take shots in very high quality. The DJI Mavic 3 Classic features a high dynamic range sensor, which allows you to capture sharp images without noise even in low light.

The DJI Mavic 3 Classic is equipped with all features. The drone features 360 obstacle detection, in Normal mode and Sport mode. In areas with many obstacles, the DJI Mavic 3 Classic knows how to detect and avoid them. The drone features ActiveTrack 5.0. This feature ensures that the drone continues to track an object even during backward or sideways flight. The DJI Mavic 3 Classic can detect the object again when it disappears from view.

With a flight time of 46 minutes, you can capture any perspective without interruption. The device can be ordered with a Fly More Combo which means you get multiple batteries and accessories supplied. Enough flying minutes to get to know the camera and create perfect shots.

DJI Air 3

DJI Air 3

The DJI Air 3 is the best drone for creating social media content. The DJI Air 3 is equipped with a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. There is an option to record vertical video footage, for this the image is cropped vertically. The wide-angle lens can shoot in 48 Mega Pixels RAW and record in a video resolution of 4K 100 fps.

The DJI Air 3 has obstacle sensors in all flight directions. The APAS 5.0 system supports flying around obstacles. Furthermore, the DJI Air 3 has support in the form of Focus Track (Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 5.0, Point of Interest 3.0) and QuickShots (Rocket, Drone, Circle, Helix, Boomerang, and Asteroid). It is also possible to perform waypoint missions.

The DJI Air 3 has a flight time of up to 46 minutes per battery. The drone is controlled by the new RC-N2 controller or you can opt for the RC 2 smart controller.

Know the drone rules, get your EU Drone Licence

When you start drone flying, it is wise to familiarize yourself with the drone regulations. You can't just go drone flying anywhere and you have to take into account people, altitude and other air traffic. A violation of drone rules can result in a hefty fine. It is often even mandatory to undergo training and obtain the EU Drone Licence.

In the EU Drone Licence training course, you will learn all drone rules. After the training you will take an online exam, once you have passed you can apply for the official EU drone licence. The EU drone licence is valid throughout the EU + Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. Start flying drones safely and legally.

For the Mini 4 Pro, we recommend the A1-A3 certificate, so you are up to date with all drone rules. For the Mavic 3 Classic and Air 3 with C1 label, this certificate is mandatory.

Sem van Geffen

Co-owner Drone Class B.V.

About the author

Sem is an experienced trainer/developer, with drones as his main interest. He holds the Dutch RPA-L license and the EASA STS theory certificate. His specialism is EU aviation law and he enjoys flying the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise.

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