DIY Drone Kits
These days pilots are using camera drones to shoot photography with extraordinary clarity and quality.
Aerial footage can be stunningly beautiful, but only if the pilot is skilled and has the right equipment.
Usually, a fully tested ready-to-fly UAV for taking pictures costs $1,000 or more. The best camera drones are often the most expensive and cheaper models often can’t measure up to their performance
That said, if you’re willing to build one yourself, there are plenty of DIY kits available for purchase that come with everything you need to get your camera into the sky.
Here is a list of 10 DIY drone kits for the those looking to build their ideal camera drones:
1. PowerUp Toys PowerUp 3.0
That is perhaps the most innovative of the camera drones to make the list.
This nifty device can turn a paper airplane into a fully maneuverable drone.It only costs around $50 and uses Bluetooth from a smartphone as a remote control.
Designed to be crash proof, the PowerUp 3.0 is a great drone for first-time flyers and builders alike.
Any sheet of folded paper can be made into a mobile flying machine.
This UAV incorporates with avenues of creativity and making the builder exercise their skills in physics, origami, and engineering.
2. 3DR DIY Quad Kit
This home built black and blue quadcopter comes with almost everything needed to get it fully assembled and ready to launch.
The only extra tools needed are a Phillips screwdriver, double-sided foam tape for mounting, and soldering equipment.
Although all the electronic components of this drone must be soldered, the instructions are easy to track.
3. Erle-Copter Drone Kit
This DIY drone kit costs around $500 and is an excellent way to learn how to build an unmanned aerial vehicle.
By investing a little more time and energy, builders can also equip their drone with a camera and wifi components as well.
4. LHI Emax Drone Kit
With a 250 millimeter frame, the LHI Emax Drone is one of the most affordable DIY camera drones on our list.
Listed on Amazon at less than $125, it’s an affordable way to get a UAV with a sturdy but light carbon fiber frame.
Equipped with an Emax motor, this drone has plenty get up and go and can zip through the air at surprisingly fast speeds.
5. DJI F450 Flame Wheel ARF Kit
Anyone who is up to speed on what is going on in the drone industry has heard of the Phantom line of UAVs from DJI. The Phantoms are typically easy to fly, sharp-looking, and relatively expensive.
What some consumers may not be aware of is the DJI also has a line of DIY drone kits available for purchase, known as the Flame Wheel Arf kits.
These kits can cost anywhere from $300-$900; prices vary widely according to which individual features the drone has. Those who buy the-the Flame Wheel have a lot of good things to say about it.
It is very durable, just like the Phantom line. The design leaves room for all the necessary components and add-ons. The receiver fits well along with the control board, battery, and ESC while still leaving room for camera equipment.
6. AerialFreaks HYPER 400 3D Quadcopter ARTF
There’s been a lot of buzz about the Hyper 400 3D Quadcopter in the drone world lately.
Owners are pleased with how easy it is to put together and its great overall performance.
Drone pilots also like it because its painted fiberglass canopy allows for awesome visibility while flying.
Since unfortunately crashes are not always avoidable, builders of the Hyper 400 3D Quadcopter also appreciate how simple it is to make any needed repairs to this UAV.
7. Lynxmotion HQuad500 Drone
The Lynxmotion HQuad500 is relatively easy to assemble and requires no electronic soldering of any kind.
It is important to note that the battery, charger, remote, and flight controller are not included in the kit and must be purchased separately.
This is not so bad considering the cost of the kit is only around $520.
This 55 mm quadcopter is made of carbon fiber materials and aluminum which makes it durable but lightweight.
8. HobbyKing Hercules 500mm QuadCopter Kit
This DIY drone kit sells for $20 and includes nothing but the frame.
The 500 mm body serves as personal creativity station for its buyer to decide how he wants to customize his creation.
The Hercules Quadcopter has its very distinctive look that can be modified according to its builder’s ideals. This is one of the best camera drones because it has a forward facing camera and gimbal support mount.
Pilots who have flown the Hercules 500mm QuadCopter praise its ability to turn fluidly, which aids in how well their videography turns out.The motor-to-motor layout of the drone makes it easier to shift focus without the jittering which can occur on a limited machine set-ups.
The builder will buy a computer to its specification such as ESC, propeller, battery, a multirotor flight controller, and five channel radio system.
9. Leap450 3D Quadcopter
The Leap450 3D is quickly becoming another popular DIY unmanned aerial vehicle for good reasons.
It may only have a four minute flight time, but it comes almost ready to be flown right out of the box.
After a small amount of time assembling the drone, pilots can choose to equip it with one or more of the many available attachments compatible with the Leap 450. Priced at around $350, this quadcopter is a great deal!
10. Build Your Own From Scratch
Most people are familiar with the cliche, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”
Pilots who want to construct their UAV ultimately from the ground up will have to put in more work than those who use a DIY kit, but the extra effort may be worth it.
If they have very different specifications which are not finding in another camera on the market, building their own gives them the unique opportunity to get everything to their liking.
Any start-from-scratch project usually won’t be easy, but builders can get an open source controller and 3d print the parts they want to use at a specialty location.