Have you ever seen a flying object close to the ground? Maybe it’s flying up? Maybe it’s flying forward? Or maybe it’s just hovering? Well then you have probably seen a drone.
The new tech craze, the new evolution of photography, and a UFO. All of these thing could be used to describe that flying thing outside your house. The real name is a Drone and there are many kinds of them. Two of the most popular are the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 ($300) and the DJI Phantom Vision+ ($1,300). I myself have the Phantom. It handles very well and can also go to speeds of 30 mph and heights of 1000ft (FAA only allows the max height of 400ft).
There are many uses for the DJI Phantom. If you are a photographer then you will have just opened the door to unlimited possibilities!! You can take photos up high or down low. You will get angles never possible before!! People will stand in awe of your photos. If you are a real estate photographer then everyone will want you. You can get any angle of the house. The roof, the backyard/front yard from above, and the surrounding neighborhood also from above. Lastly, inspectors can now inspect the roof or many other parts of a building without any hassle. Just fly over the top of the building and turn the camera down. Then on your video feed you can inspect the roof or any other parts of the building.
One of the big things that people don’t like about drones is the privacy. But seriously, you can’t be spied on by a floating pillow sized machine making enough noise to hear from 1000ft away. Even if you couldn’t hear it, you would see it. The drones are not microscopic so it won’t take a telescope to find it in the sky. Another thing is that if you are scared that it will spy on you when you sleep then just cover your windows. There problem solved, moving on!
DJI vs Parrot
I don’t know much about the Parrot so this will be brief. I do know that the Parrot allows you to post/edit your flight videos from the app and the DJI does not do that yet. In my opinion I would rather use the controller to control the drone over an iPhone, but that’s just me. This is a little off topic (sorry) but I was just wondering, why in the world would you want to fly the drone inside your house? The Parrot comes with styrofoam guards to protect the blades from hitting anything but are you kidding! You are almost guaranteed to break something (unless you are a pro flyer). The DJI Phantom sells guards separately. The DJI is a very high-tech drone with built in GPS along with the fact that it can hover in up to 30mph winds. The Parrot is also a high-tech drone with built in GPS but without any way to hover in 30mph winds. I think the DJI has better stabilization. That was DJI vs Parrot, correct me on anything if I was mistaken.
In the end if you have the money I think that you should definitely go with the DJI Phantom Vision 2+. It has a better camera, stabilization, and a better controller. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 has styrofoam guards to protect the blades from hurting people/things. But in the end you can still buy the guards for the DJI so it’s even. I think that the DJI is for more serious flyers and the Parrot is for people who think that drones are cool (which they are) and want to play around with one. Thanks for reading and comment if you liked!