Supply your UDI drone with remote control video streaming

So you are interested in purchasing a drone, but want to make sure that you get remote control video streaming sent wirelessly to your smartphone. You’re not alone: it’s becoming more and more common for drones to simply use an iOS or Android device as the default controller, with FPV (or first person view) as the main means of control. Video streaming, then, is becoming a default function on many drones. Use the tips and steps below as you shop to make sure you end up with a drone that has FPV function.

Step 1
First of all, don’t simply go for the best-selling drones or remote control helicopters/quadcopters on the market. The UDI U818A device is the top selling RC copter on, but doesn’t offer any FPV video streaming whatsoever.

Step 2
Instead, pay attention to the specific brands known for their FPV-assisted drones. Parrot (makers of the AR.Drone 2.0) is likely the most popular of these brands. Their copters are affordable, are controlled through a mobile app, and come with default video streaming function.

Step 3
Ask yourself what your purposes and budget for your drone are. If you are just a hobbyist looking to get some exhilarating first-person footage of your flights, a Parrot drone will do perfectly. If you have more professional aspirations for your FPV drone—filmmaking, aerial photography, video journalism, etc.—you might want to go for something a bit more expensive and heavy duty.

For instance, the DJI Phantom Quadcopter is an investment (it costs about $1,100), but gives you crystal-clear first-person video footage, streamed right to your mobile device.

There are many different options for drones out there, and shopping for one can be a daunting experience. If you are most concerned with video streaming capability, though, make sure you use the term “FPV” as part of your product search.