Quadcopter Kits for Beginners
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Quadcopter Kits for Beginners
Below are good beginner kits for those interested in buying or building their own quadcopters

DJI Phantom
The DJI Phantom is one on of the easiest ready to fly out of the box systems on the market.

It comes with the following:
  • Nearly completely assembled quadcopter
  • Battery and Charger
  • Radio Controller
With some assembly and practice, the DJI Phantom can be flown with a mounted camera such as a GoPro Hero to take some awesome aerial imagery.

Can be found at: www.dji.com/product/phantom

Scout UAV
The Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is a kit that requires the user to assemble the quadcopter, install the proper firmware and code, and calibrate the electrical system of the quadcopter to interface with the motors.

It comes with the following:
  • Airframe
  • Motors
  • Propellers
  • GPS
  • Flight Controller
  • Radio Controller
  • Battery and Charger

The Scout is for more advanced users who are looking to build a quadcopter to fit their specific needs. The system can be outfitted with a variety of cameras and sensors to fill an array of roles.

Can be found at: www.scoutuav.com

Parrot AR Drone 2.0
One of the most popular quadcopters that are available at most large retail stores such as Wal-Mart and online at Amazon. The Parrot comes completely assembled and is a breeze to fly. It uses a smart phone or tablet as the controller and needs a wi-fi connection to the device. It has automated take off and landing programs that make it great for those that are new. Its low price tag of between $200 and $300 also makes it appealing to hobbyist and newcomers to the quadcopter community. In addition to its low price, the Parrot comes with two on board cameras that are capable of delivering live video to a cell phone or tablet.

It comes with the following:

  • Assembled Quad
  • Battery and Charger
  • Propeller protectors
  • Built in forward facing camera
  • Built in downward facing camera
The Parrot is a great option for someone looking to get a quadcopter off the ground and have fun right away.

Can be found at http://ardrone2.parrot.com/