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I want to get my daughter a drone for a xmas present. I have seen this on Groupon but the lack of detail worries me, checked the website and nothing further. I know some drones are cheap tat (probab… Read More
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6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
I want to get my daughter a drone for a xmas present. I have seen this on Groupon but the lack of detail worries me, checked the website and nothing further. I know some drones are cheap tat (probably this one is???). Can anyone advise me what a decent drone would be that would be easy to maintain (no man in house) and generally easy enough for a child to use? Thanks. (Would also consider a used one in great condition).

https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/drone-24ghz-quadcopter?p=9&nlp=&CID=UK&tx=0&utm_source=channel_goods-deals&utm_medium=email&sid=a0f66020-42b1-4e94-a7da-97e55edac452&division=national-deal&eh=49bfd0850f0630c7f309677e67e3b7ab645beaa64afed7416f84136803872538&date=20161110&sender=rm&s=body&c=link&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=dihl-sensor-bin-1
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6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I wouldn't spend too much as it'll probably get broken. What's your budget realistically?
#2
Havent set a budget, suppose under £100. I know they can break easy so would want a model where parts are easy to order (if possible).
#3
I think the first question to ask is how old is your daughter ? drones are not toys and without proper instruction can be hard to fly, and depending on size very dangerous the rotor blades on an average sized one will cut fingers badly if caught in the blades. Have a look for a Hubsan but be warned these or any drone (quad copter) for a new flyer will be hard to fly. If you have a local rc flying club near you I'd go there I'm sure they would be happy to guide your daughter how to fly. If she try's on her own I almost guarantee she will crash all the time get bored and it will be left gathering dust, Sorry I know this probably isn't what you wanted to hear.

Edited By: Fontie on Oct 11, 2016 23:36
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googley2
Havent set a budget, suppose under £100. I know they can break easy so would want a model where parts are easy to order (if possible).

I'd ignore that 'deal' and go with something more well reviewed, like the Syma X5C or something similar.
#5
I agree, the Syma X5C is a good starter or the newer models x5wc I think it is the camera will be junk on any so it's a novelty really.
#6
Familiarise yourself with aviation rules if it is your intention to allow her to use it outside- they are not a toy and there are CAA serious rules with proper criminal penalties if you don't follow them (including that you can't fly within 50M of a person, vehicle, or building- you got somewhere to fly it that is 50M away from all of those things?):

https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Model-aircraft-and-drones/The-Dronecode/

https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Model-aircraft-and-drones/Flying-drones/
#7
I like the idea of a flying club, had a quick look last night nearest 1.5 hrs away, got to find something closer. She is young but very responsible and sensible so I am not worried about that. Thanks

Fontie
I think the first question to ask is how old is your daughter ? drones are not toys and without proper instruction can be hard to fly, and depending on size very dangerous the rotor blades on an average sized one will cut fingers badly if caught in the blades. Have a look for a Hubsan but be warned these or any drone (quad copter) for a new flyer will be hard to fly. If you have a local rc flying club near you I'd go there I'm sure they would be happy to guide your daughter how to fly. If she try's on her own I almost guarantee she will crash all the time get bored and it will be left gathering dust, Sorry I know this probably isn't what you wanted to hear.
#8
The Syma X5C is a good cheap toy drone to play around with. I have one but the problem is that its very light and so only use it in very light / no wind outside easy to lose orientation and have it get blown away from you if its too breezy. Spares are cheap from china suppliers. Buy extra batteries as flight time is only a few minutes.
#9
Have a look at this site it will show if there are clubs in your area, there surely must be one closer to you. As she will be flying outside its a good idea to get the insurance anyway. BMFA British Model Flaying Association

This site may help you fly the drone






Edited By: Fontie on Oct 12, 2016 12:59: Text edit 5
#10
The Syma X5C

what some reviews, tbh they can be hard to fly for novices, for easier better drone id reccomend hubsan h501s at 200£

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