Being a drone owner these days can be quite tough. We have all these newer, stricter regulations to follow because of recent incidents. These include more banned areas, as well as distance limitations and even talks of drone-owner registrations. New interest in the field surprisingly started at the farming side of the world.
Pros and Cons of Drone Ownership
With all these regulations, it is only normal to see drone sales decrease during the past few months. People may seem a bit more cautious in buying a drone because of all these restrictions and potential fines. Some may still hover around the idea, while also waiting to see what the future holds on drone laws.
There is a saturated market right now, with many drones catering to various categories. Some offer great camera footage, while others feature lengthy flights with powerful batteries backing them up. Some are relatively cheap enough one can easily afford them with pocket money. Other drones still, require a bit more commitment – with prices going over the thousand-dollar range.
Priority and Function
It all depends on the user’s desire for the drone. Photographers would want a drone with above-average camera quality for their aerial shots. Newer users would want user-friendly features for their devices. Features such as auto-return, auto-follow, and motion-controlled action would be a top choice. Others want a delivery drone for their packages, while some just want to fly their drones for a longer period of time. These qualities require a lot of consideration and planning, especially for those wanting a drone on a budget.
Farming and DJI Priority Shift
Yet is the freedom in the skies (or somewhat resembling it) enough to lure newer users in? With all these new regulations popping up, would it be worth it still to purchase drones?
DJI, one of the world’s top brands in civilian drone activity, may shed some light into this. This year, reports indicate that DJI leaned more towards agricultural drone use rather than civilian ones. Is this a sign of the current drone state? With lesser people buying drones for recreation, will the market for more serious drones dominate?
Drones have been known to help out in the agricultural districts of China (and worldwide) during the past year. They can cover large farmlands faster than a worker on foot can. A farmer can use a single drone to survey their entire landscape for signs of drought, seed distribution, and presence of other problems. Using a drone, a farmer can have a bird’s eye view of the situation in real-time, giving them valuable data very quickly.
What Else Can They Do?
Other use of drones include seed propagation, watering crops, and spreading insecticides. In fact, these farming drones have spread gradually worldwide and helped farmers cut costs dramatically. With the switch to a flying drone from manual laborers, efficiency goes up, and mistakes go down. Famers can use your average civilian drone for surveillance on their lands. For more targeted work however, they have to purchase heavy-duty drones. Depending on the purpose, the drone would require an addition in their setup to fulfill the tasks well. These can include a large tank equipped on the drone itself, as well as sprinklers for the plants. Some famers opt to add thermal cameras along with HD cameras to check minute details on their areas.
A Dramatic Shift
During the past few months (extending back to last year), DJI started doubling their profits from farm-targeted drones. DJI reportedly sold close to 20,000 agricultural drones in China alone last 2018. About 10% of that number also sold in other farming clients globally. This means that China’s agricultural businesses have started to rely on drone technology for their day-to-day activities.