Probably, we all saw spectacular shots in various films and programs when the camera flies high over some beautiful landscape. Not so long ago, it was impossible to imagine that they could be removed alone by an ordinary person, spending a reasonable amount of money.

Now this has become possible thanks to the emergence of models of quadrocopters – radio-controlled aircraft heavier than air with four propellers that create downward thrust.

The development of models of modern-type quadrocopters was carried out thanks to the development of electronics. The fact is that they are equipped with electric motors, the speed of which is controlled by a special stabilization system. With the help of motion sensors and GPS, it continuously monitors the position of the quadcopter, and it is through the regulation of speed that all maneuvers occur.

Quadcopters have managed to gain widespread recognition and popularity, due to the fact that they dramatically expand the possibilities of photo and video filming of various places and events.

As a rule, they are controlled using a special remote control, and if you give it to a beginner without explaining anything, then the aircraft will simply be broken.

Quadcopter radio control equipment

That is, it is impossible to buy your first quadcopter and immediately earn money on shooting: it takes a certain amount of time to learn.

In addition, a beginner should not immediately buy a professional model that costs like a car: it will be difficult to figure it out and some functions may be unclaimed.

Consider what a quadcopter should be like for a beginner.

Physical parameters

The quadcopter we choose will be the first one. That is, it is very likely that he will collide with the ground or some obstacle at high speed. Thus, it should more or less tolerably withstand blows.

To do this, the quadcopter must be equipped with blade protection, be light and durable.

Small “handheld” quadrocopters are not very suitable for a beginner. They are unstable to the wind, that is, more difficult to manage.

Quadcopter Syma X12S Nano

In addition, when choosing a size, consider the following. Although a classic quadcopter has an equal distance between the engines, it actually has a nose and a tail, just like an airplane. Obviously, the larger the quadcopter, the better it is visible in flight, and the better we distinguish its individual parts. And we can manage it correctly only by knowing where they are.

This is another argument in favor of the fact that a quadcopter for a beginner should not be small.

Quadcopter Syma X8 (measuring about 50 centimeters)

Flight time

Just as a pilot’s qualifications are measured by the number of flight hours, so you can learn how to operate a quadcopter only by working through your reflexes and training with it for a certain time. It is unlikely that you will learn anything if the quadcopter can fly for, say, five minutes, you travel with it only on weekends, and you do not have the opportunity to recharge it on the road.

Therefore, you need to have at least 30 minutes of battery life in stock.

To do this, either the quadcopter itself must be equipped with a battery of sufficient capacity, or you need to purchase additional batteries.


In the environment of modellers, this abbreviation denotes a mode in which the camera installed on the model transmits a video image in real time to the display located on the control equipment.

That is, we see not only the quadcopter from the outside, but also “the world around us through the eyes of a quadcopter”, so to speak.

For those who, for example, have played various first-person computer simulations, this mode will be more convenient than the usual control with a side view.

In addition, professional models are used in this mode, since they fly away to such a distance at which the quadcopter itself is simply not visible.

Stabilization and control

It is clear that the loss or damage of a quadcopter, until you have learned how to confidently fly it, should not hit your budget. However, if you are going to use it for serious video shooting, then inexpensive models will not work, as they cannot achieve decent stabilization and picture quality.

The leader in the production of “ready to fly” (ready to fly, or RTF) quadcopters is DJI, if the result of video shooting is important to you, then it is best to start with them.

Quadcopter DJI Mavic Pro

Also worth noting are the following useful features.

Return home

Return to Home is a function of the quadcopter whereby when you operate the dedicated switch, the quadcopter flies to the launch site at a certain altitude and lands, all automatically.


On advanced models, such as the DJI mentioned, when you release the controls, the quadcopter continues to hang motionless in the air. This greatly facilitates the flight and allows you to shoot video from a fixed point.

headless mode

A mode in which the front of the quadcopter is always considered to be the farthest from the operator, and the rear – the near one. That is, when the control stick is released from itself, the “quad” flies away from the operator and vice versa. This makes it easier to control for beginners and at long distances, when the “nose” and “tail” become indistinguishable.


Historically, enthusiasts have always been involved in radio-controlled models, which was due to the fact that they could only be controlled by looking from the side, since there simply was no compact and lightweight video equipment that broadcast a picture in real time.

Now, times have changed, and we can go to an electronics store and buy a quadcopter with a video camera for personal use, which will broadcast and record 4K video out of the box and, in fact, have autopilot functions.

Thus, modern quadcopters combine two different fields of study – video filming and aircraft modeling, so the purchase of such an aircraft will be interesting and useful to a large circle of users. And in our article we tried to highlight where you can start in this matter.


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