Cost and Distribution Today, many drones can beinvested all over the internet ranging from as low as $60 and up to $2,000.
They come in assorted sizes and power that can be modified. Consumer canpurchase and equip the drone with other technologies that will expand thefunction of the drone to fit their desire. Looking at the different webpagethat sells drones, some drones come at a higher price because it is packed witha quality camera and a waterproof case. Others comes with a camera mount andyou would have to buy the case and camera separately.
However, keep in mind themore features you decide to add on the drone, the more money your losing. Adecent drone would cost around $100 and it depends on the features you want toadd in your drone. An overview of drone price from “Drone Lab” 2017, say a fewpopular names like: The Parrot Bebop is known to be one of the smoothest dronewith great strength priced around $400. In a comparable price range, the DJIPhantom 3 is between $450 and $500. The DJI Phantom 2 Vision is priced around$450 and it offers fantastic aerial photography. Finally, one commonlypurchased drone among consumer is the DJI Phantom PROQuadcopter backpackcraft-style drone priced over $1,000 shown in Figure 1. Not only are theyaffordable, they are available throughout United State and worldwide. With itsbase in China, and offices in the U.
S. and throughout the world, Dajiang Innovations(DJI) is the top leading company in manufacturing drones to civilians (Joshi2017). Their drones are made to attract both hobbyists and professionals. They offeraffordable prices that other company can not compete with. Multiple researchestimated that civilians purchasing drones are going to triple by 2020 and sois DJI. Just last year, the Consumer Technology Association estimated 825,000drones were sold in U.
S. alone. DJI constitute to 36 percent of the drone marketsold in North America last year, according Skylogic Research, a firm trackingthe drone market. While other drone manufacturers represented only 17 and 7percent (Glaser 2017). Drone Capacities 2 The abilities of drones have gonebeyond what we imagine. They can be operated to perform complex and dangerousmissions. They can be assembled, transported and managed by one person. Asmention before drones can carry multiple features such as sensors, transmitters,and cameras.
The availability of technology and affordable resources providedby manufacture has helped diminish the limitation for civilians to personalizetheir drones. Surprisingly, they can navigate like a tiny helicopter, and canbe managed through the operator’s mobile device. Furthermore, drones that comesat the size of an insect or a small bird are beginning to interest more people.Perhaps, with the size, it is easier to flying around public places illegallyand not be seen. Another ability of drone is that they can stay airborne forlengthy periods of time in high altitudes.
As they become more equipped withadvance technology and cameras, it is a concern that drone user can enhance theirdrone in ways that violates the privacy and safety of others (Cash 2016,704-705).