I should buy or build a quadcopter?
If you are interested in getting a quadcopter, but you have no idea on whether to buy or to build a quadcopter, then you are looking at the right post.
If you are unsure what are the things that you should consider before making decision, then once again you are looking at the right post.
Let us admit it, it is one of the toughest decision to make, a quadcopter can cost from $100 to more than $1000.
Well, at least you are making the right decision on reading this post. Below are a few factors that you should consider before making a decision to buy or build a quadcopter.
What is the purpose of getting a quadcopter? The first and foremost is asking yourself this: "What is the purpose of getting a quadcopter?" Everyone wants to have a quadcopter, but not everyone share the same motivation.
If you are interested only in flying and shooting footages using quadcopter, then you should consider buying a quadcopter as it will save your time and you get to achieve your goals of flying and shooting footages.
However, if you are interested in not only flying, shooting footages, but most importantly interested in exploring the wonders of quadcopter, then you should seriously consider building a quadcopter. A clear motivation will make the process of building a quadcopter interesting.
Buy or build a quadcopter, both options require some sort of technical knowledge as both require flying and maintaining the quadcopter. However, it is quite minimal if the quadcopter came in ready to fly package.
On the other hand, you might think that you need to be well-versed with technical knowledge to build a quadcopter, but in fact, it depends. Yes, it depends!
Building a quadcopter can vary from easy, moderate, hard and expert level.
Each level requires different level of time, effort and technical knowledge. If you are technical gifted, you can opt for the hard or expert level if you have the confidence. However, the safest bet is always easy or moderate level.
In terms of prices of buy or build a quadcopter, there are no significant differences. If we were to compare both options of similar specifications, they will have the similar prices. Hence, not much to consider on price factor.
Having mentioned all the points above for buy or build a quadcopter, we can summarize it as below.
If you are:
Not technically gifted; Do not have the patience in DIY; Have a short time frame in getting a quadcopter; Only interest is to fly the quadcopter and maybe capture video or photos using quadcopter. Then you should consider buying a quadcopter.
However, if you are:
Not technically gifted, but willing to make effort;hands-on-diy Have the interest and patience in DIY; Have time to build a quadcopter; Interested in exploring the wonders of quadcopter. Then you should seriously consider building a quadcopter.