Drones are everywhere from delivering your Amazon packages (soon) to of course being the pet projects of many military outfits. However, a surprising sector is claiming the drone for personal use before anyone else: Real estate agents. In a field where aerial photographs of homes and neighborhoods are paramount to making a sell or securing a better asking price, it’s no wonder that drones and real estate agents go together like open houses and cookies. But why should RE agents get all the fun?
You don’t need to have a huge budget in order to secure your very own drone. While RE agents are using drones to take fantastic pictures for their business, you can pick up something like the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 yourself for just $300. It’s by far the most popular personal drone and comes with Wi-Fi, a built-in camera boasting 720HD video and flies for up to 20 minutes before needing to recharge. However, there are many more drones to consider.
A drone for everyone
A little pricier, the DJI Phantom GPS retails for $700, but it comes with a radio frequency handheld control that lets you fly up to 300 meters while still in control. The built-in camera mount can bolster a number of high-powered cameras (sorry, it doesn’t come with one) and it can also go on autopilot. With this option, you program it to fly back to its last location so there’s never any worry of the drone going AWOL.
If you really want to go all out, the Skybotix CoaX Autonomous UAV Micro Helicopter is $5,000 but it really is a mini helicopter. It’s only for the hardcore drone pilots, and is often used for education, research and development purposes. With two Wi-Fi modules dishing out 37Mbps, it comes with dual cameras with 15fps and 640×480 resolution. Technically it’s a personal drone, but at that price you might want to check out a cheaper option first.
Pretty fly options
At the other end of the spectrum, the Extreme Fliers Micro Drone is only $107 and perfect for kids or beginners. It includes an auto gyro control with four rotors, so it’s ideal for small places. However, don’t assume the low price means it doesn’t have guts. Sharp turns and 360 flips are its specialty.
Finally, for those looking for something with more power, the Turbo Ace X830-D Drone RFT, at $1,285, is already programmed and assembled upon arrival. It’s a favorite for photographers because it has the power to hold heavy cameras/lenses and can fly the longest in the industry at 30 minutes.