As travel vloggers we love watching interesting destination videos on youtube that show high aerial shots of exotic places around the world. We started to think maybe we can do something similar. My wife and I aren't the wealthiest couple in the world who can buy a thousand dollar drone on a whim, in fact we try to keep all expenses on a budget to travel more for less. That being said our dream of owning a DJI Phantom drone will probably never happen instead we started looking for alternatives.
Being in the Philippines there are a lot of places you get stuff on the cheap especially a place called Divisoria in Manila, everything is for less. So I sent out to Divisoria to pick up an affordable drone to play with. A had a few things in mind for the drone I wanted first it had to have a camera because good quality or not I wanted to at least try out the idea of taking an aerial video clip. Second I wanted it to be strong enough to pick up a GoPro or SJCAM I know I'm a total novice at all this drone stuff and don't know the first thing about flying a drone but I like the idea of someday learning how to fly and take decent video in the air. Third it shouldn't cost too much something cheap to learn with is fine for me. After doing some research and asking around at the SM malls I find out that the best starter drones are the SYMA brand series affordable durable and decent to learn with for beginners. The SYMA X8C is what I had in mind strong enough to fly a GoPro and it already had a camera but unfortunately after walking a few hours around the 168 Mall in Divisoria I didn't find any SYMA models what I did find was the Jumpbo Q6 drone a clone of the SYMA X8C. Reading up any anything I could find on the internet about it I made the decision to buy it since it has all the things I wanted in my first drone plus it's a few thousand pesos cheaper than the SYMA X8C.
Found this at the 4th floor of 168 Mall in Divisoria Soler wing
JUMPBO Q6 SPECS
• PRODUCT DIMENSIONS: 48.5 CM X 48.5 CM (WITH PROP)
• BATTERY SPECS: RECHARGEABLE 7.4V 1600MAH
• FLIGHT TIME: 8-9 MINUTES
• FLIGHT RANGE: 100-120 METERS
• 2.4 GHZ TRANSMITTER
• WITH CAMERA
• SUPPORT WIFI FPV LIVE-VIEW (TO BE CONNECTED WITH CERTAIN SMARTPHONES)
• 3,800PHP at DIVISORIA 168 MALL
Flying a drone is not as easy as I thought plus so many factors come to play when flying a drone like the wind, objects around you, and your turning orientation once you're in the air. The FPV (first person view) from my cellphone that connects to the drone's camera means nothing to me right now as I can't even stay off the ground for more than twenty seconds. If I've learned anything from the "How to fly a drone" videos on youtube is that you need to practice a few times in the beginning to get it right and that you'll feel sorry for your drone after a while because without a doubt you will crash more than a few times. Now they do say that flying expensive professional drones are a lot easier if your willing to spend the dough but learning on something cheap is a lot of fun. I have tried to lift an SJCAM with my Jumpbo Q6 and it is able to I unfortunately haven't been able to take any decent video yet as I haven't learned to fly it without crashing LOL.. All in all I'm pretty happy with my first drone.
OTHER DRONES I FOUND AT DIVISORIA