Hobby Drones Versus Professional Drones: What Do You Need?

Hobby versus professional drone

We’ve all seen those twenty quid quadcopters that seemed to take over the shops around Christmas shopping time last year. Toys for kids, right?

Well, they can be educational for many reasons – but they’re not exactly high end or long-lasting drones. We certainly don’t think a professional should be using one of them!

So why are professional drones more expensive – and do you REALLY need to splash out on a more expensive UAV? (TL;DR: yes).

Stable Flight With Professional Drones

Ever wondered how many tears were cried on Christmas Day last year when those well-intentioned toys ended up in smithereens the first time an over-enthusiastic pilot tried to land them?

There’s a reason for that.

Professional drones are stable, designed for flight in all types of different weather conditions and environments. They have much more sensitive controls, so something like upward thrust and ‘jet wash’ won’t be an issue (FYI that’s what caused those toys to crash – someone trying to land too quickly).

The more rotors a multi-rotor drone has, the more stable the flight. That’s why TV and film production companies use those badass UAVs that have six, eight, or even more rotors: stable flight, smooth filming, and far less risk of rotor failure causing an almighty incident.

Higher Payloads

Even the more expensive hobby drones are limited in terms of the payload they can carry, and the flight times associated with the extra weight.

A professional drone is designed to carry high end equipment, such as advanced cameras and sensors, while still being able to fly for decent durations, on a stable path, and without being affected by wind gusts etc (too much).

While we’re on the subject, the battery is far, FAR higher quality on a professional drone. More than that, the software around the power systems is advanced: your drone won’t drop out of the sky when your battery runs out. A good drone with an intelligent system like the DJI Phantom series will know how far it is from its starting point, how much power is required to get back there, and start a return trip with enough power to spare for a decent landing. Neat, huh?

Higher Quality Cameras

When it comes to drones, the majority of people are going to need a camera on it for whatever reason. Whether you’re using one to inspect a rooftop, take landscape shots for your music video, or find a missing person, you’ll need a camera.

It kinda ties in with the payload options mentioned above: more advanced cameras can only be fitted to drones that have the power to carry them! If you’re using a camera, LiDAR, or photogrammetry tech, you’re going to need a big drone to heft it into the sky. More than that, though, is that the software you’ll get is more advanced too…

More Software Options

With more bespoke professional drones comes far more advanced software, meaning you can easily build 3D models or take high definition footage to combine with super cool CGI. A hobby drone is designed to be flown for fun – so you won’t be able to find as many (if any) compatible software solutions with a hobby drone for your professional needs, and if you do by some miracle find some then you’re likely to be restricted without updates or customisable elements.

Higher Quality

Do we really need to discuss this point? The materials on a professional drone are the Dons of the aviation engineering world: carbon fibre and titanium feature heavily for their lightness and strength. Cheaper drones will, inevitably, use cheaper materials. This of course increases the likelihood of degradation over time, larger problems with smaller crashes: you WILL crash your drone at some point, we almost guarantee it, and better quality materials will withstand knocks and bumps far more readily.

More Badassery

It’s not a technical reason to want a professional drone, but have you SEEN some of them?! They just look really cool.

So there you have it: if you want to use a drone for your business, it’s worth paying the money for a professional drone. Thinking you can get by with a hobby drone that has a camera attached just won’t cut it we’re afraid: buy cheap, buy twice!

(If you’re still afraid of the capital you think you need for a professional drone, talk to us – COPTRZ™ offer affordable financing so you can get your hands on a drone faster and your business ahead of the competition straight away! Email info@coptrz.com to get in touch).

 

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