How will you know that you’re picking the right drone for your drone photography hobby or business? What are you looking for in a drone?

Selecting and buying a drone, whether it’s for a business or your hobby, is like hiring a worker for your company. You should have qualifications and standards set to be met by the drone. You should be looking for specific features and capabilities rather than settling for what is presented to you by the store personnel.

The higher prices will not give you exactly what you need. Though they are good indicators that a drone is packed with features, there’s no telling whether these features are the right ones for the tasks you want to do with your drone.

In general, expensive drones will fly higher and longer, they take better quality of photos and videos, and they come with more extras. But to make a truly informed decision, you need to get specifics about the specs.

Battery life

Most drones will give you 30 minutes between flying. Just like all equipment that comes with a battery pack, a drone will eventually lose its juice and you may have to charge in between if you need to shoot longer than 30 minutes.

You can always carry an extra battery pack with you so you can simply put on the charged battery on when the older battery has already expired. Of course, if you think you may be needing an extra battery pack, you have to take this into consideration when preparing your budget for it.

Brushless motors

You may have come across this term a couple of times in your quest to find the right drone for you. Brushless motors cost more than brushed motors. But in exchange for that price, they are quieter when operating and they also last longer.

Most drone owners have to replace their brushed motors when they have been using it for quite some time already. Investing in a brushless motor saves you money in the long run.


Not all drones come with a camera pack. Some are just meant for practice flying. If you want drones with a camera, the specs of the camera should be a big consideration.

Make sure to check the photo and video resolution that the camera is offering. Even decent-sized drone models (not toy drones) come with a built-in camera but some leave you the option of attaching your own camera.