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SEVERAL TYPES OF DRONES YOU CAN BUY




About 7 months ago

Drones are a bit of a niche market, you either love them or you think they’re a menace to society. However, the mistake many people make is to assume that drones are the first thing that come to mind when you say the word, which are little fliers buzzing across the skies. However, you couldn’t be more wrong.

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Drones come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny ones kids can fly around the playground to the US’ military ordnance delivery vehicles. For obvious reasons though, we’ll stay away from the latter here. A drone is basically just a remotely controlled vehicle, and as such they’re built for different uses and environments. 

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The basic UAV

This is your most basic of drones, called a UAV or unmanned aerial vehicle. It’s pretty much just four rotors on a lightweight body, with what you can see os a protective bumper around it. This serves the dual purpose of avoiding damage to the propellers in crashes, and minimizing damage if it hits you in the face. Almost all of these sold nowadays also pack a tiny camera, like you see on the front, and run off Bluetooth or their own WiFi signal, flying for about 10-20 minutes on a single charge (depending on size)

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The competitive racer

This, meanwhile, is a racing drone, meant for competitive flying rather than just passing the time. These babies are radio-controlled, to ensure the best signal, and can hit speeds of up to 80 km/h, though the Drone Racing League (DRL) has previously developed a drone outside league parameters that had a top speed of 263 km/h. That speed comes at a price though, as these usually fly only about 2 to 5 minutes, about the time to complete a single race course. These are also the most dangerous commercial drones, and therefore banned from sales in many countries, so most pilots build their own from scratch.

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The photography professional

Meet the photography drone, or at least one of its variants. While cheaper models might feature a fixed camera on the front or bottom, the professional kind have that knobby attachment on the bottom called a gimble. This is sort of like your wrist joint, where a camera like a GoPro is attached, letting the pilot minutely control both the drone’s height and positioning as well as the camera’s orientation. Believe me, this is very popular with tech-savvy wedding photographers these days.

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The land rover

This particular drone is meant for just land purposes. That’s right, all UAVs are drones, but that doesn’t mean all drones are UAVs. This one is noticeable because it doesn’t have an “up side”, meaning it’s not ever getting stuck on its back. Not to mention, it also has a tight turning radius. Drones of this kind are usually built for entertainment purposes, though recently some manufacturers have been outfitting them with WiFi receivers and cameras, and marketing them as a way to remotely monitor your pet while away from home.

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The bunny hopper

The Jumping Sumo here is a bit of an oddity, from drone manufacturer Parrot. Aside from the obvious wheels there, this drone can also make small leaps. Sure, that means it can possibly take the stairs, but it’s certainly not sturdy enough to take offroading. Either way, this is just one of those gimmicks for the wow factor, and nothing more.

Now, if this story got you interested, you can buy most of these drones off e-commerce sites or in physical stores, right here in India. Of course, just make sure that you find a nice open space to use them, so you’re not flying a faceful of plastic and metal right into someone’s bedroom window.


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