Do you want to fly a drone? If you do, then you basically have two routes or options in front of you. Build it or buy it.
A drone can help you take shots and videos if you love photography along with numerous other things. You could definitely build yourself one or go ahead and buy a good hobby drone like DJI Phantom 4. While a DIY drone can help you gain an appreciation for your building skills, but can it guarantee you a smooth flight? 
When you decide that you want to fly a drone, you will need to decide that whether you will buy it or build it. If you take the build route, you need to get all the parts and then get to building with a manual, but if you decide to buy the drone, all you need to do is go to the store and buy one. Here is a comparison to help you decide:
1.      Building your Own Drone:
  •     Seeing your own creation taking off for its first flight can really be a proud moment for you. If you want to know how that feels, then build your drone. It will definitely give you a feeling of achievement.
  •     If you build your drone, then you have the option of replacing parts and getting the latest part in its place. This can help you upgrade the drone, from time to time, but remember that will cost you a lot of money.
  •     Nobody is a born a builder, so building the drone yourself, means that you gain inexpensive knowledge. The tons of knowledge that you gain from the build can be used for other jobs and tasks. You can also use it for future repairs.
  •     Building a drone is much more expensive than buying one. The main reason for this is that you need to buy all the accessories and parts. Some of those parts are much more expensive when bought separately. If you want to make your drone of superior quality, then you will need to invest in high-quality parts that are expensive.
  •     Building a drone requires a lot of time. Do you have time, after your hectic schedule? You can never finish it in one day, so you will need to put in days to build the drone and have patience as you hit bumps (being a novice).
  •     If you are a novice, then there is no guarantee that your drone will fly. So, do not feel disheartened if it does not fly. Suppose, you have an issue and cannot detect the problem, you also have no “customer care” backup.
  •     Lacking technical expertise can be a huge disadvantage. Building a drone is no joke, so if you have no technical knowledge, then chances of building a working drone is really slim. The online tutorials might guide you, but there are certain things that only proper lessons and expertise can teach.
2.      Buying your drone:
  •     Buying a drone would be the more cost-effective option.
  •     If you purchase a drone, then you can start flying it immediately and sharpen your skills, especially the RTF (ready-to-fly) type of drones.
  •     In case you have issues with the drone, you can call the manufacturer’s customer care. If the drone stops working within the warranty period, then you can have the manufacturer fix it or replace it (sometimes free of cost). All of this would be impossible if you had built the drone yourself.
  •    If you want a guaranteed smooth flight and a drone that works efficiently, then you should buy the drone, instead of building it.
  •    You cannot upgrade it, but you could always buy a new one, which is much less hassle.
What do you want to do, spend time building a drone, which will lead to frustration and a hole in the pocket, or a smooth flying and efficient drone, without a hole in the pocket?
Buying a drone would seem to be the better option. You can fly the drone immediately, without having to spend a fortune. 

Published by Sarah Williams