So, as some of you are aware, OA owns two forms of drone tech. We own the Yuneec Breeze 4K and the DJI OSMO handheld and are in the market for a commercial grade. Yes, the OSMO isn’t technically a drone but the tech is similar to their drone counterpart. Let us first state by no means are we experts in the field of drones but we have used the two we have, so we do have enough experience to comment on this subject.
Now, let me say drones are really fun to play with, but can be really expensive. Every time I crash my heart stops a little (lol), but it reasonable to feel this way since, there can be a lot of money freefalling to the ground or into a body of water. Yes, you could purchase those toy drones and they can be a great start into the world. But, in order to get the full effect, toy drones just won’t cut it. The commercial grade drones learning curve are quite steep, it’s not like flying a fully automated or RC drone. Those of you thinking about buying a drone for business purposes, I would hold off on that. Mainly because there are some hidden issues like, registration (based on the state you live in), cost of upkeep, learning curve, and manpower are a few that come to mind. Although, I think it can be a worthwhile addition to video production.
But, the main question is, are the mainstream consumer ready to go out and buy one. I say no, because for one I think the industry doesn’t know what it wants to be. The drone market consists of two types (in my opinion) Toy and Commercial. The toy side is inundated with companies trying to make a quick buck. Take CES, there is a huge section of toy types but DJI and Yuneec are the only real true players in the market. Most of these drone markers won’t be around by next year, let alone the next 5 or 10 years. Yes, there are some that are trying to be innovative but, it seems to many of them are gimmicky as a whole. Plus, I would like to see a third company just into the commercial market before I come to a conclusion. So, as of are now I side we as consumers are not ready, but soon we will be just like 4K and VR. Oh, btw there is a professional drone racing league (DRL) that can be seen on ESPN and Sky Sports. Let’s hope this becomes just as big as e-sports………fingers crossed!!!