Visit my YOUTUBE page for drone footage from a DJI Phantom 3.
Choosing a drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle.
When choosing a drone people need to know that smaller is better. That is start learning with smaller drones such as those by SYMA, or a nice camera drone for under $200 X8G with 5Mb camera. A quadcopter versus a fixed wing is better. Using a quadcopter gives you the ability to use indoors and more practice time. The other reason is these drones will not handle any real wind. So if your serious about drones start on a cheap quadcopter less then $80.
For the commercial drone users for cinematography and or mapping use the below. These drones below will handle the wind and are equipped with the latest safety features. I never flew one before my phantom 3, but when I did I was amazed! I have never crashed mine either. A testament to DJI for safety.
Phantom 4 around $1,200 DJI Phantom 4
Phantom 3 Standard around $500 DJI Phantom 3 Standard
My drone the Phantom 3 Advanced around $800 and AWESOME! DJI Phantom 3 Advanced
Or for the all in commercial grade drone around $2,000 DJI Inspire
Know the rules.
FAA has finally stepped up there enforcement on unauthorized drone use. When you get your drone register at faa and pay the $5 to do it ASAP. Go to https://registermyuas.faa.gov/ and register it today? Save your registry as a PDF and save it on your phone or tablet for easy access.
The rules for operating an unmanned aircraft depend on why you want to fly. (Source:https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/)
Lastly, make use of some free apps like B4uFly. Have fun flying but be respectful!
If you want to pursue commercial use of your UAS. I will cover that next with sample questions to help you prepare for the Remote Pilot Certification Exam.