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Parrot’s Drone Revenues Up 356%

Source: Tech Crunch
By: Darrell Etherington

Parrot’s Drone

Parrot saw a big bump in drone sales between its first quarter for 2015, and the same period last year – there was a 356 percent increase in revenue derived from the category between those two measurement spans, with consumer drones leading the big increase with 483 percent revenue growth. Pro drones, like Parrot’s eBee Ag agricultural model, also saw revenues rise 164 percent overall.

These are huge increases in a particular category that has benefited from being in the limelight, as major players like Amazon continue to pursue their efforts to make delivery drones a reality, and as domestic players like Skycatch continue to help push the issue of commercial drone regulation forward at home in the U.S.

Increased attention for how drones might be used in commercial settings are clearly helping raise consumer consciousness when it comes to the category, too, as evidenced not just by these numbers, but also by the entry of new players to the market, and the acceleration of the frequency of product releases from established companies like Parrot, as well as DJI and others.

Parrot’s numbers need to be taken in context, of course; The increase for the consumer segment was from € 7.6 million in Q1 2014, to € 34.6 million in Q1 2015, so we’re not talking about the kind of numbers driven by the industry-leading smartphones. But that percentage increase is still incredibly steep, and if the pace of growth keeps up, consumer drones could become a significant product category very quickly.

As a result of the success of its consumer drone push, which included the launch of low-cost, fun entry-level devices like the Parrot Rolling Sumo and Jumping Spider, the company said in its earnings that it will be pursuing accelerated R&D efforts in that area in order to capitalize and stay competitive in the increasingly crowded market. The company also cites the Bebop’s launch late last year as a key ingredient in its sales success.

Parrot’s ability to target the low end of the category with drones that have unique abilities vs. the standard quadcopter consumer form factor could help it stand out from the fray.

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$999 3DR Solo Smart Drone Ships in June

We’re getting antsy over here.

In just a few weeks, 3D Robotics’ $999 Solo smart drone ships to the masses.

solo smart drone launch


In case you’ve been hiding under a rock these last few months, the 3DR Solo is likely the most anticipated launch of the summer.

“Solo is a breakthrough in intelligent flight. It’s not just smarter so that it can do more; it’s smarter so that you have to do less. We’ve turned the Hollywood toolkit into software and allowed everyone to experience what it’s like to make epic video, both behind and in front of the camera. Solo will expand our concept of what a drone can be and do, using advanced autonomous technology to make creativity easier. Rather than needing skill to capture a great shot, you can let the software do the work. Even better, you can be in the shot—you can be the subject of your life’s story, not just the director.”
— Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics

We’ve spoken with 3DR launch partner and authorized dealer Drone Fly and learned a few things about the launch:

  • If you can’t shell out $999 at once, you can finance your purchase for as little as $27/mo.
  • If you order before July 15th, you’ll get a free extra Solo battery ($149 value).
  • The Solo will begin shipping in early June, but the gimbals are backordered and won’t ship until July.
  • The gimbal runs an extra $399 but is well worth it if you plan to use the Solo for any kind of aerial photography or videography.

Learn more about the 3DR solo (and pre-order it to arrive to your home in just a few weeks) here.

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The Drones: An Interesting Ad From Audi

This interesting advertisement from Audi features the use of hundreds of drones. Inspired by The Birds, the famous Hitchcock film, this ad shows how the Audi A6 fares against a horde of aggressive drones. A little ridiculous… probably, but entertaining nonetheless.

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17 Cheap Drones for Beginners (Under $175)

Cheap Drones for Beginner Pilots

Note: This list is updated for winter 2016. Fly safely and responsibly, folks. Never flown before? Check our flying guide here!

Today, I’m going to walk you through 17 inexpensive drones for beginner pilots.

At UAV Coach, we always suggest starting off with a less expensive system. This is so you can hone your skills before moving on to the bigger guns (like the DJI Phantom 4) or the Yuneec Typhoon H).

These models don’t have all the bells and whistles of high-end drones for sale, but you’ll be surprised at how advanced their features can get.

Also, you may want to consider learning to fly using a drone simulator. We’re pro-simulator over here and recommend buying the Great Planes RealFlight Drone Simulator. Great physics and many models to choose from. There’s also this free FPV simulator if you’re interested in learning how to race 🙂

Note: If you live in the U.S. and want to earn money as a professional drone pilot, check out our step-by-step guide to getting certified.

Drone technology has come a long way, which means we’ve been able to pack more capabilities into smaller, less expensive packages.

These are some of the most affordable (and popular) UAVs on the market today, and they’re great for anyone looking to get some flight practice under their belt. They’re also great gifts for both adults and kids.

Don’t want to scroll down and read all the specs and just want to see the full list?

Here ya go:

Check out the full specs of our list of 17 cheap drones for beginner pilots below:

Note: All specs/features come from either the manufacturer or retailer. Results may differ whether you equip your system with prop guards, a camera, etc. 

Note #2: When checking out prices, we’ve included both Amazon and Banggood, two of the largest and most respectable online drone retailers. We do our best to keep these listings up-to-date on a regular basis, but if you see something we missed, let us know at support@uavcoach.com.

Note #3: Big thanks to USA Toyz, who sent us a lot of smaller models to test and review. You guys are awesome.

1. U818A Wifi FPV Drone with Altitude Hold and HD Camera



UDI is a highly reputable (and affordable) drone manufacturer that’s been constantly upgrading their training / beginner sUAS models over the last couple of years.

This model, the U818A, boasts altitude-hold and a first-person-view (FPV) screen, so you can see exactly what the HD camera of your drone sees…in real time. Great practice for those of you looking to get into FPV racing.

u818a wifi fpv drone with altitude hold and hd camera

But that’s not all! You also get bonus VR goggles, an extra battery, extra propellers, AND and a bonus power bank for additional charging.

Box Contents:

  • 1 U818W
  • 1 Controller
  • 2 Batteries
  • 1 USB Battery Charger
  • 1 SC Card reader
  • 1 4GB SD card
  • 4 Spare Blades
  • 1 Spanner
  • 1 Manual

The camera can capture 720P video at 30 frames per second (with an SD card). This is one of the most popular training quadcopters on the market, and I like this particular package because it comes with an extra battery.

The LCD screen on its transmitter displays a full range of flight stats to keep you in the know. Its light but durable frame makes it a great quad for new pilots to practice with.


These extra parts are available for the the U818A:

  • Forward-facing camera takes HD video and HD photos with color and white balance
  • Movie resolution upgraded to 1280 * 720 at 30 frames per second
  • FPV and VR headset compatibility
  • Removable Micro-SD (TF) card stores enough for several flights
  • Data port and USB Data Cable – upload your new AVI and JPEG files to Facebook, Email, Photoshop LCD radio controller
  • LCD screen displays full flight status
  • Extra battery to double your flight time
  • Photo Button snaps pictures, Video Button starts & stops video recording
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Size: 13.4 x 13.0 x 2.2 in
  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Charging time: about 90-120 minutes
  • Flying time: about 8-10 minutes

2. MJX X400W FPV



mjx x400w fpv cheap droneThe MJX X400W FPV is a drone with a camera that offers an affordable option for pilots looking to experiment with low-level aerial videography and an FPV experience.

You can control the X400W drone from 100 meters away, and your flight time is about 8-9 minutes.

The MJX X400W FPV drone is stable enough for newbies, but packed with enough features for more advanced pilots.


These extra parts are available for the MJX X400W FPV drone:

→ Extra Batteries & Charger

→ Landing Gear, Propellers, and Prop Guards

  • HEADLESS MODE: Usually, the forward direction of a flying multi-rotor is the same as the nose direction, by using Headless, the forward direction has nothing to do with nose direction, the direction will be the same as your remote controller
  • 3D SPLIT SCREEN DISPLAY: Compatible with 3D VR HEADSET on MJX FPV APP, use your own VR HEADSET (NOT INCLUDED) to see the world in a different way
  • FPV REAL TIME TRANSMISSION: Connect your phone with the drone and the view will be shown directly on your phone, thus enjoy the world above the horizon
  • ONE KEY 3D ROLL: With the latest technology of 6-Axis Gyro flying control system, it can fly very stable and take better pictures and it can finish the 3D roll with one key, it is very easy to use even for the beginner

3. Hubsan X4 (H107L)



Hubsan X4 (H107L)

The X4 H107L is the model I learned how to fly on.

It’s pretty basic but flies well. It has a built-in 720 pixel camera. Its compact size still makes it an excellent indoor flyer. Please note that this model does NOT come with an extra battery, propeller guards, etc. Consider getting a “crash pack” from the link below. I wish I would have bought one when I first started flying this thing back in 2014.

The Hubsan X4 H107L is a great first model for the newbie pilot, but pretty bare bones compared to some of the other models on this list.


These extra parts are available for the Hubsan X4 H107L:

  • Lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • 2.0MP, HD 720p (1280×720)
  • Video recording module included (requires a Micro SDHC card)
  • The transmitter (TX) supports both Mode 1 and Mode 2 stick configurations

  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Charging time: about 30-40 minutes
  • Flying time: about 8 minutes
  • Control distance: 100m

4. Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider



Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider - Image

Ever wished you could walk on walls? Well, now you can live vicariously through your drone.

The Parrot Rolling Spider comes with detachable wheels on both ends. You can fly the drone like normal, or attach the wheels and roll across the floor, up walls, or across the ceiling.

You can also control this drone with your smartphone or tablet, using the FreeFlight 3 app.


These extra parts are available for the Parrot Rolling Spider:

  • Fitted with a propeller circuit-breaker in the event of a crash
  • Removable wheels to roll anywhere: across the floor, up the walls or across the ceiling
  • Take aerial shots like selfies from the sky with the embedded vertical mini-camera
  • FreeFlight 3 app offers an intuitive control from your smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth® Smart and is free
  • The first quadricopter to fly and roll on the ceiling

  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Charging time: 1 hour
  • Flying time: 8 minutes (6 minutes with wheels)
  • Control distance: 20 meters

5. Syma X5C


syma x5c cheap drone

Even in moderate winds, the Syma X5C held up really well during my test flights. This exclusive package comes with an extra battery, effectively doubling your flight time. You’re also getting extra propellers as well.

The Syma X5C also comes with a forward-facing HD camera (720p) and 2GB SD card. That, plus a few autonomous features like headless mode and one-button flips and barrel rolls, makes this a great drone for beginners.

Note: We have other lists of drones, similar to this one buy covering different, more advanced models like: 13 Remote Control Drones to Buy in 2016.


These extra parts are available for the Syma X5C:

  • With Headless Mode, no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying
  • One key to return function makes it easily find the way home
  • 4 Channel can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°
  • HD VIDEO CAMERA: 2MP HD video camera (Resolution: 1280 x 720; Framerate: 30 FPS) lets you take high-resolution pictures and videos during flight. Comes with 2GB Micro SD Card!
  • Lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • Battery protection

  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Charging time: 90-120mins
  • Flying time: 7-9mins
  • Control distance: about 30m

6. Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter



Gizmodo calls the Blade Nano “The Best Drone for Advanced Beginners.”

Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter - ImageFirst, it’s got SAFE technology. SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope. It helps you prevent crashing your drone and assists you in takeoff (two necessary skills for any newbie pilot).

If at any time you lose control or need to take a breather, simply let go of the sticks and the quadcopter will hover in place.

When you get more advanced, switch the quad to agility mode to perform skillful maneuvers and hit top speeds.

The Blade Nano is a beginner drone (for under $100) that will carry you into the veteran landscape. (Blade was also featured in our list of drone companies to watch, among a few of the other manufacturers in this article.)


These extra parts are available for the Blade Nano QX:

  • Features exclusive SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology with stability and agility modes (if you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks)
  • Small enough to fly in any room or office
  • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
  • Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 35.8 x 21.3 x 11.4cm
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Flying time: 10 minutes

7. USA Toyz F180+

Check current price on Amazon.com

f180+ drone usa toyz

An exclusive training quadcopter from USA Toyz, the F180+ is one of the more durable beginner quadcopters out there. As you can see by those propeller guards, they can take quite a beating.

This makes it great for beginners, but more experienced pilots will enjoy this quad as well. The F180+ has a skillful 360 degree eversion (flip) capability. Mode 1 is best for taking photos/videos, and mode 2 allows for greater control in moderate wind.


These extra parts are available for the the F180+:

Extra Batteries

→ Extra Propellers

  • Simple assembly and convenient for maintenance
  • 360 degree flip capability
  • Equipped with camera for video recording and photography

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 13.5 x 13.5 x 3.5cm
  • Weight: 467 grams
  • Charging time: about 45 minutes
  • Flying time: about 7-9 minutes
  • Control distance: 30m


Check current price on Banggood

JJRC H8C - Image

The JJRC H8C is the Syma X5C’s arch rival. Boasting 4 different speeds (25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%) it’s a great quad to progress from beginner to advanced.

Like the X5C, this drone comes with propeller guards and landing gear standard. The H8C offers an LCD monitor attached to the transmitter. This monitor shows you the throttle, LED light, battery power, and signal conditions — all very useful information for any pilot.

The JJRC H8C also boasts a 2MP camera and dual mode transmitter (Beginner and Professional mode).


These extra parts are available for the JJRC H8C:

Extra Battery

→ Extra Propellers

→ JJRC Landing Gear

→ Propeller Guards

→ Spare Charger

  • HD Camera 2MP (comes with 2GB memory card and card reader)
  • With dual mode (Beginner mode and Professional mode)
  • 6-axis system allows the quad to be hand launched
  • 360-degree 3D and special functions (continuous rolling)
  • LCD monitor can show the throttle, LED light, battery and signal conditions

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 19 x 19cm
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Charging time: About 90mins
  • Flying time: About 8 minutes
  • Control distance: About 80m


Check current price on Amazon.com

dbpower x705c discount

The DBPOWER  X705C is one of the most affordable FPV options a beginner UAV pilot has. Not only is it compatible with a VR headset, but the transmitter has a built-in FPV screen so you can see exactly what the drone sees. popular drones on the market. For its price, you get a stable quadcopter that can perform all of the maneuvers you want it to.

  • First-person view
  • Easy to fly
  • No assembly required
  • 14 years and up

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 12.4 x 5.3 x 4.7 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Charging time: about 100 min
  • Flying time: 8 min
  • Control distance: about 100 meters

10. NightHawk DM007

Check current price on Amazon.com


For a new pilot who’s looking to experiment with aerial photography, you might want to consider the NightHawk DM007.

It comes with prop guards and landing gear standard, which is nice for a drone this size. However, I have read that the blades tend to pop off (but a little super glue can solve that).


These extra parts are available for the NightHawk DM007:

DM007 Crash Pack + Spare Parts

→ Extra Propellers (Full Set)

→ Extra Batteries + Charger

→ Extra Battery

  • 2MP Camera (comes with 2GB memory card and card reader)
  • Dual mode (Beginner mode and Professional mode)
  • LCD monitor can show the throttle, LED light, battery and signal conditions
  • Ready to fly
  • Strong anti-drop capabilities, uses high strength metallic materials, and equipped with a full range of multi-angle crash protection cover
  • Replaceable aircraft batteries
  • Two different speed modes

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 21 x 18.5 x 8cm
  • Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Charging time: About 80-90 mins
  • Flying time: 6-8 mins
  • Control distance: About 150 meters

11. Eachine X6 Hexacopter

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Eachine X6 Hexacopter - Image

The Eachine X6 hexacopter (6 blades) offers a design unique from the rest of the drones on this list. It sports a 2MP camera, like the Syma X5C and JJRC H8C, with a micro SD slot.

A key feature of this rig is its battery. With a charging time of about 40 minutes (which is on the shorter end) you get a flight time of 10-12 minutes (the longer end).


These extra parts are available for theEachine X6 hexacopter:

Card Reader + MicroSD Memory Card

  • Picture/video function
  • Camera angle can be adjusted to -45 degree to 45 degree
  • Removable protection cover and LED light
  • Camera: 2MP

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Charging time: 40 minutes
  • Flying time: 10-12 minutes
  • Control distance: 100m

12. Hubsan H111 Nano Drone

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hubsan h111 nano drone

As you can see from the image, the Hubsan H111 is one of the smallest quads on the market, comparable to the size of a quarter.

But they still managed to fit 3 gyros and 3 accelerometers in there. This isn’t the drone to show off your best moves with, but for a beginner, it will get you airborne, learning the controls, and comfortable enough to move on to more expensive drones.

Read More: How to Fly a Quadcopter — The Ultimate Guide


These extra parts are available for the Hubsan H111:

Hubsan 4-in-1 Battery Charger

  • Plastic body with window and trim detail LED light indicates front and back and helps in low light flying
  • Ready to Fly
  • Almost the size of a quarter
  • Great for beginners

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 5 x 5cm
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • Charging time: about 30 minutes
  • Flying time: about 4-6 minutes

13. Yi Zhan X4

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Yi Zhan X4

(First off, how cool does this quad look?)

The Yi Zhan X4 comes with prop guards standard, and is often compared to the famous Hubsan X4. Despite how big it may look in the image, it is on the smaller side of the market. This makes it great for indoor flying.

However, it’s also powerful enough to hit high speeds outdoors, making the Yi Zhan a fun quadcopter for beginner to intermediate flyers.


These extra parts are available for the Yi Zhan X4:

Carrying Case

  • LCD display transmitter
  • Low voltage protection function, overcharging protection, memory function and calibration function
  • The 6-axis system allows the quad to be hand launched
  • Strong stability, can easily implement various flight movements
  • Stronger wind resistance, easier to control
  • Can fly both indoor and outdoor

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 13.5 x 14.5 x 2.5cm
  • Weight: 1.16 ounces
  • Charging time: About 60 min
  • Flying time: About 6 min
  • Control distance: About 100m

14. Hubsan X4 (H107L)

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Hubsan X4 (H107L) - Image

The Hubsan X4 is one of the most popular drones on the market. Why? Because it offers a great learning platform for beginners as well as the flight capabilities more advanced pilots want.

The quad has two modes — beginner and expert. Beginner mode makes the controls less sensitive, giving you some leeway if you accidentally push one of the sticks too far.

Control sensitivity doubles in expert mode. This mode is best once you’ve had a chance to get used to the controls, but it allows you to do back, front, and sideways flips.

If you’re looking for a quad you can fly indoors and gradually build your skills, the Hubsan X4 is a reliable choice.


These extra parts are available for the Hubsan X4:

Hubsan 4-in-1 Battery Charger

→ Extra Batteries

→ Hubsan X4 Crash Pack + Spare Parts

→ Propeller Guard

→ Hubsan X4 Carrying Case

  • Durable one piece main frame
  • Permits super stable flight
  • Ready to fly (RTF)
  • Auto-corrects to level after you let go of the sticks

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 14.73 x 5.84 x 2.54cm
  • Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Charging time: 30 minutes
  • Flying time: 9 minutes
  • Control distance: 100 meters


Check current price on Amazon.com

dbpower udi 845

With the UFO-like UDI U845, you can achieve real-time video-transmission, or FPV, by connecting your iOS or Android device via WiFi.

Most of the models in this list are pretty similar, but where the UDI U845 stands out is that it’s a hexacopter, meaning that it’s got 6 sets of motors and propellers instead of the normal 4 that you’d find in a quadcopter.

The reason this is important is that you’ll get extra redundancy if one of your motors or propellers fails during flight.

Also, with this model you’ll get an extra, replaceable battery. When your first battery dies, simply swap it out for another one and you’re good to go for another 6-9 minutes!


These extra parts are available for the UDI U845:

→ Extra Batteries

  • HD WiFi Camera for first-person-view
  • “Gravity Induction” for flying in sync with the angle at which you hold your mobile device
  • “Headless Mode” to make flying easier for beginners
  • Low-voltage alarm to alert you when the battery is low
  • Replaceable LiPo battery

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 8.3 x 8.3 x 3.4in
  • Weight: 112 grams (no need to register with FAA)
  • Charging time: 50 minutes
  • Flying time: 6-9 minutes
  • Control distance: Over 80-100 meters

16. FQ777-124 Pocket Drone

Check current price on Banggood

Pocket Drone

As its name suggests, the Pocket Drone can be carried anywhere. Its transmitter doubles as a carrying case that can slip straight into your pocket.

It also comes with a propellor guard and landing skids, something you don’t get standard with most drones in this price range. LED lights also make it suitable for flight in low-light conditions.


These extra parts are available for the FQ777-124 Pocket Drone:

Extra Battery

→ Extra Propeller Guard

  • Set up with CF mode (headless) and one key return
  • Unique printing and attractive color design
  • Small size allows you to fly indoors with limited space
  • Special designed controller is also a storage box for the drone and spare parts
  • The special controller can: carry the drone, spare parts, recharge the drone, and fit in your pocket
  • Controller is designed with MODE1/MODE2 one key switch

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 7 x 7 x 2.7cm
  • Weight: .46 ounces
  • Charging time: 20mins
  • Flying time: about 4’40” / 5’10″(without landing gear and protector)
  • Control distance: 50 meters

17. Cheerson CX-10 Mini

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Cheerson CX-10 Mini

Allow me to introduce the #2 best selling RC copter on Amazon — the Cheerson CX-10 Mini.

It’s a best seller for a reason. This thing is a perfect quadcopter for beginners, and veterans will enjoy flying it as well. It’s great for all skill levels.

The Cheerson CX-10 Mini is (super) small and durable, so even if you do end up losing a few propellers, spare parts are inexpensive. Despite its size, Cheerson still managed to pack a 6-axis flight control board in there for advanced maneuvers.


These extra parts are available for the Cheerson CX-10:

Propeller Guard + Propellers

→ Propeller Guards

→ Carrying Case

→ Extra Propellers

  • 6-axis design makes the gyroscope adjustable, promoting flying stability
  • 3-level adjustable speed flip function
  • Powered by a piece of rechargeable 3.7V 100mAh lithium battery
  • Suitable for: Ages 14+
  • #2 Amazon best seller in RC Helicopters

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 4.0 x 4.0 x 2.2cm
  • Weight: .42 ounces
  • Charging time: About 30-40 minutes
  • Flying time: 4-8 minutes
  • Control distance: 40 meters


Related: Learn about flight safety, rules and regulations, which drones to buy, money-making opportunities, pilot skills, and more, with our premium training course for new drone pilots.

Thanks for checking out our list of cheap drones. It’s not exhaustive, but I hope it gives you some more options to choose from.

If you’re still struggling to choose the right drone, check out our article that reviews 13 more remote control drones.

Or go ahead and fire off an email to support@uavcoach.com. We’ll do our best to help you out.

Happy flying!

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Drone Photography for Real Estate will Exceed $10 Million Opportunity by 2016

By: Alan Phillips

Drone Photography

Selling million dollar homes is a sure way to bring home a large commission check. But selling “luxury” homes (defined today as those in excess of $1,000,000) takes work to gather all the marketing ingredients necessary to stimulate interest from a selected set of buyers.

“What we do is just give the client all the information and they make a decision”

– says Miami realtor, Mirce Curkoski

More and more the discussion of luxury home marketing turns to aerial photography as a “need to have” rather than a “nice to have” item in the sales package. This requirement has led the real estate community to quickly educate themselves on the options for capturing promotional aerial views of their homes.

Real-estate Sales

Looking at real estate sales by the numbers (and with a broad “rounding” brush):

  • There are 5 million homes sold in the United States annually.
  • Of these sales, 100,000 or (2%) are categorized as “luxury” sales, exceeding a price tag of one million dollars.
  • Real estate commission rates are five percent or $50,000 (for the one million dollar house)
  • Realtors generate more than $5 billion annually from the sale of “luxury” properties.

With $5 billion in commissions in play, realtors will do whatever is necessary to get prospective buyers in the door. DRONELIFE believes that this will translate into over $10 million in aerial photography service fees in 2016 in the United States. DRONELIFE expects that 35% of all “luxury” home sales in 2016 will include drone footage and that all but 5% (where the drone is owned by the realtor) will be through business relationships with aerial photography service providers. The $10 million math: 30,000 drone jobs @ $350/home (average price charged for real estate images and video clips).

So how are realtors finding service providers? Most service providers have a website where a realtor can see their portfolio of images and video in the real estate category. DRONELIFE offers a national service for realtors and other service seekers called JobsForDrones.com. This service allows for an immediate introduction to a service provider based on the proximity of the job.

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