Let's face it, us parents are simply running out of things to do in order to keep our children entertained during this time of 'Stay at Home'. Having a four and ten year old running around screaming for the last month, I can tell you first hand how frustrated I've been at times. This too, shall pass......
But until then, I've been asking myself, what more can I possibly do to keep these two knuckleheads entertained? Sure I'd love to have them fly around several thousand dollar drones, but I can't take the risk.
The good news is, there are some drones that are seriously awesome for kids. They offer good cameras, decent stability, and are much more affordable then a DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Inspire.
Starting at about $150, the Altair 818 Hornet is a great little drone to kick it off. It has a longer flight time for a smaller drone (15 minutes per battery), and is really durable. It features an altitude hold and 1-button take off and landing to keep things simple for the little ones. It also can hold up to a 32gb SD card, which is rare for a drone at this price point. All-in-all, a really great beginner drone.
Another Altair drone is the Altair AA108. It features a 120 degree wide angle lens, capturing up to 720p. It's flight time is a little less that the 818 at only 10 minutes, which brings it down a notch. It is however a little bit cheaper as well at only $110.
Moving up a notch into the $200 price range is the Altair Outlaw SE. It features a GPS flight mode that allows for much easier flights and stability for aerial photographers. It also has a 1080p live video action camera. It also provides a fail safe return to home function to prevent loss in case connectivity is lost. We'd recommend this drone for teens and adult beginners into the drone world.
Lastly, if you're willing to spend a little bit more on a higher end beginner model, look no further than the DJI Mavic Mini. Featuring a 2.7k HD camera and up to 30 minutes of run time, the Mavic Mini is currently the drone to beat in this subset. Coming in at just $400, it's features absolutely cannot be beat right now. Not only is the camera the best you can get in this price range, it features a 3-axis motorized gimbal ensuring clear, ultra-smooth video footage. The DJI Fly app is compatible with virtually any Android or IPhone smart phone and really is one of the best drone apps that exist today.
Purchasing a drone to play around with as a family is an exciting and fun activity to do, especially with the way things are right now. Always remember to be careful and follow the user manual instructions, as drones do have the capability to injure a user. Personally, I'll let my ten year old fly any of the above under supervision. If you do end up purchasing a drone, have fun with it! Enjoy the smiles on your kids faces as you send a little tiny flying machine up to 400ft in the air, or speeding around your house on a rainy day. If you have any drone related questions, drop us at Six59 Media a quick note. We'd be more than happy to answer any questions we can to help you get accommodated with your new drone.