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Welcome to Buy Drones UK, the UK's number one resource for helicopter, quadcopter, camera and AR drones. We provide all the information that you could possibly want to know if you are looking to buy a drone, listing all of the places that provide drones for sale, reviews, facts and a whole lot more.

Drones for Sale UK

Looking to buy drones in the UK? Check out the selection below all for sale on Amazon. Amazon are our preferred partner as they offer the seller protection together with additional quality reviews to ensure that you can make an informed choice when you buy a drone in the UK.

DJI Inspire 1 UK
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What is a Helicopter Drone?

Helicopter Drones are a type of minature UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) which are defined as a vehicle that is small enough to be portable by a person.

In general a helicopter drone will have a fitted camera to enable the unit to capture footage or images from a vantage point that would not be possible from a human's standing point.

Drones Comparison Table & Reviews

The below drone comparison chart will help you make a decision as to which is the best drone for you to but depending on your specific requirements. Whether you are purchasing for yourself or as a gift or present the information in this comparison table will equip you to be able to buy the best drone for your purpose.

Product informationDJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone QuadcopterDJI Phantom 2 Vision+ QuadcopterThe Hubsan X4 (H107L) QuadcopterUDI U818A 2.4GHz RC QuadcopterSyma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC QuadcopterWL Toys V959 Quadcopter
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DJI phantom aerial UAV drone
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
Hubsan X4 Quadcopter
UDI U818A
Syma X1 Quadcopter
WL Toys V959 Quadcopter
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Camera specification Require GoPro/ tested with hero2, hero3 and hero3+ models (Not Included) HD camera (included) No Camera Video camera FPV (in-built) No camera Camera fitted
Dimensions 17 x 17 x 8 Inches 2 x 17 x 18 inches 4.6 x 2.3 x 1.3 inches 16.1 x 2.4 x 16.1 inches N/A N/A
Weight 2.2 lbs 10.8 lbs 3.5 ounces 3 lbs (Shipping weight) 1.5 lbs 2.3 lbs
Battery requirement and flight time 4 AA batteries. 15 minutes (Full charge) 2 5,200-mAh batteries. 20-25 Minutes LiPo battery (included). 5-10 Minutes approx. 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery. 3.7v 350mAh LiPo battery (included). Approx 5-6 minutes LiPo Battery 3.7V 500MAH (included). 8-10 minutes
Special Features Naza-M auto pilot system 3-axis gimbal produces extra smooth video Adjustable gyro sensitivity Modular design for easy install & design Two flight modes - indoor and outdoor 2.4G transmiter with LCD display screen
Price level ££££ ££££ ££ ££ £ ££
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Drone Quadcopter Comparison Chart Information

We have compared the above drones for sale on 6 different criteria to help you make a informed choice when buying your drone. These include:

  • 1. Dimensions - the physical dimensions of the quadcopter where information is available.
  • 2. Camera - Whether a camera is included with the product and some information about it.
  • 3. Weight - the physical weight where information is available.
  • 4. Battery requirements - Information about whether batteries are included and the types of battery that are required to operate the device.
  • 5. Special features - Information about any special features that are available on the drone.
  • 6. Price level - The level of cost to buy the drone online. 

Military Drones

Military droneOften you may hear the word drone mentioned with regard to the military, and indeed the military do use drones in some of their missions, however these types of drones are far greater in size and take the form of UAVs (not-minature) or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems).

The military use drones in situations where manned flight is considered too risky or difficult. In a military context they provide troops with an "eye in the sky". Each vehicle is capable staying aloft for up to 17 hours at any given time, surveying an area and sending back real-time imagery/footage of activities being carried out on the ground.

Videos of Drones in Action

Parrot AR.Drone iPad Controlled Remote Control Aircraft Test Flight Demonstration

London From The Air - A Quadcopter Film

Non-Military Use

Although a lot of people associate drones with the military and warfare that are many applications in civilian life for these fantasticly versatile vehicles, check some of them out below:

Drone Applications

Drone at festival1. Event/Festival Photography: With the ability to carry a camera helicopter drones provide the perfect way to obtain aerial footage of major events, festivals, sports matches etc.

2. Pest Removal: A great replacement for the traditional scarecrow, drones can scare away birds or any other pesky animals that are making a nuisance out of themselves.

3. Animal Observations/Documentaries: Science provides another great application, animals were traditionally tracked using tags to monitor their movements but now with the use of a drones animals can actually be observed in real time and provide a great insight into their behaviour.

4. National Borders: Drones provide a great tool to enable authorities to monitor border movements and ensure that people do not make illegal crossings.

5. Forest Fires: forest fires can be monitored and even battled with the help of drones!

6. Law enforcement: A somewhat controversial use of the ever versatile drone, law enforcement organisations are using drones more and more as part of their battle against crime.

Hobby drone7. Inspection: In industries where there are large amounts of pipes or large areas that need to be monitored, drones can be used to inspect the area for any potential leaks/problem areas etc.

8. Fun/Hobby: Much like remote control car enthusiasts, many people are purchasing helicopter drones as a hobby or just for a bit of fun.

Of course there are many other applications, some that might not have even been thought of yet, who knows one day a drone might deliver your pizza.

UK Laws for UAV's and Drones

Check out this very informative video on the UK laws for drones and other UAV's before you make a decision to buy a drone.

Remote Controlled Aircraft Safety & Responsible Flying

Remote Controlled Aircraft safetyRemote controlled aircraft are designed to be fun, but you must take into consideration safety aspects when you are operating the vehicle.

UK law stipulates that remote controlled aircraft flown on a commercial basis or remote controlled aircraft that are fitted with cameras are treated as standard aircraft.

Things to Remember:

1. You are entirely responsible for the safety aspects of every flight.

2. You must keep your drone within your line of sight at all times.

3. You are responsible for avoiding any kind of collision whether it be a person or object which includes other aircraft. If necessary plan your flights beforehand.

4. You must keep your drone at least 150 metres away from a congested area which includes residential zones and town centres.

5. You must not fly your drone within 50m of any person, other vehicle, building, structure, except during take-off and landing.

6. You must not fly your drone over any groups of people at any height.

7. If you intend to use your drone (with onboard camera) for any kind of commercial or paid work you must obtain permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

8. Never fly your aircraft near any airport, airfield or power installation (including substations and pylons).

Further details of restricted airspace can be found at www.skydemonlight.com.

Your remote controlled aircraft is not legally considered to be a toy but in fact a standard aircraft and therefore subject to UK Aviation Law. Anyone found to be breaking the law can potentially face criminal prosecution.

For full details on how to use your drone aircraft safely please visit: www.caa.co.uk/uas and check out the CAA Model Aircraft - Guide to Safe Flying.

Drones & Other Remote Controlled Aircraft Fitted with Cameras

If your drone is capable of taking images then you must also be aware of Data Protection legislation (Data Protection Act 1998).

The Data Protection Act 1998 stipulates that consent should be obtained from any individual who is the focus of a video recording in order to process his/her personal data fairly. Where a recording involves individuals other than the main players, then, in some circumstances, the images of other individuals may constitute personal data and the data protection regime may come into play, particularly where the video conveys information of biographical significance to the individual concerned.

However, where filming takes place in a public place, the fact that a passer-by is captured in the film in the background and is able to be identified by individuals who know him/her does not in itself make the image personal data and consent is unlikely to be required to put the video on YouTube or incorporate it in an Open Educational Resource (OER).

For full information on data protection please visit: www.gov.uk/data-protection/the-data-protection-act

References

Useful Resources on Wikipedia

Quadcopter
Multirotor
Radio controlled
Parrot AR.Drone