What are the different styles of drones?
This is a good question and to answer it we have to break it down into the basic types of drones that exist. To start off with most hobbyists think of a style or type of drone as a quadcopter. But actually, this is a type called a multi-rotor. In this article, we will break down the 4 main types of drones and then describe their use for each.
This article is certainly not all-inclusive as each category can even be broken down into more specific subcategories, for example, there are extensive different styles of drones for military applications.
The first type of drone is the fixed-wing. This type of drone would be most commonly used by the military, government, or police. It is made for surveillance and carries minimal weight to provide maximum efficiency. The fixed-wing type of drone comes in two styles, traditional and stealth. Fixed-wing drones are used for long endurance flights where it has to fly without stopping or slowing down.
Tilt Rotor or Fixed Wing Hybrid
Next, we have the Tiltrotor or VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) style of drone that consists of two styles, traditional and coaxial. The Tiltrotor type of drone is a perfect combination of the fixed-wing and multirotor styles. It is made for quick takeoff and landing as well as precise movements on the ground. This type of drone can also be easily switched from one style to another by using its tilt-rotor. However, because of its unique design, it uses much more power than a traditional fixed-wing styles drone and much less power than a multirotor styles drone.
The third style is the multirotor type of drone that is most commonly used by hobbyists due to its simplicity and relatively inexpensive cost compared to other styles of drones. Most models that you will find are quadcopters but different styles exist as well, such as hexacopters and octocopters. The multirotor styles drone is equipped with numerous propellers driven by an electronic speed controller or ESC which provides power to the motors. This style is very flexible in the air and great for maneuvering. It is most commonly used in photography and videography and typically has a lower weight capacity than the fixed-wing styles drone.
Single Rotor – Helicopter Style Drone
The last type of drone that is commonly used for commercial purposes is called the single-rotor helicopter-style drone. This type of drone uses multiple styles and configurations because it can be flown both vertical and horizontal. The styles include quadcopter, tricopter, traditional helicopter design, coaxial helicopter design, and even octocopters
Let’s break down multirotor drones.
Multirotor drones can be used for commercial and noncommercial use. Most commercial drone applications that we write about on Aerothusiast.com would be for aerial photography applications, land surveys, real estate, roof inspections, etc. A lot of these types of drones range from quadcopters to octocopters. In this type of drone use, it really comes down to the size of your business, your business needs, and the cost you are willing to spend.
And now, let’s get to the meat of this article.
What type of drone are you looking for? To figure out what style of drone exists for you, you need to deep dive into what you are wanting to do. Do you just want to fly for fun, learn to fly commercially, or want to take aerial photos? We have distilled our information down to the 7 most common drones for hobbyists and commercial use.
Here is our list of the most common drones
- Toy Drones: Toy drones are small or micro-drones that are generally not designed for aerial photography, although they can take still images. They are generally made for kids to play around with but many adults purchase them as well. This style of the drone is typically very simplistic in design and easy to fly.
- Camera Drones: This type of drone is specifically designed for aerial photography. They are commonly used by state media agencies to capture images at events, they are also used by hobbyists, real estate agents, and videographers for commercial purposes. Because these styles of drones range from single-rotor styles to octocopters, the cost can be hefty depending on your needs.
- Landing Drone: Landing styles of drones are styles that are set up with retractable landing gear to land on varying surfaces such as roofs, decks, car hoods, etc. Some styles even have legs! These styles work great for commercial applications but can be used for noncommercial applications as well. They offer the user versatility whether it be commercial or noncommercial. Some styles of drones even can fold up and fit in a small carrying case for easy transport to locations.
- Aerial Imaging Drone: Aerial imaging styles of drones are used mostly by those with videography or photography as their profession. They are specifically designed for aerial footage with high-quality cameras ranging from DSLRs to 4K video cameras. These styles are not beginner styles of drones. They are specifically designed for professionals and hobbyists who understand how to fly the styles of drones accurately.
- Fixed-Wing Drone: A fixed-wing style of drone is more commonly known as a traditional airplane that flies through the air with wings on its sides. There are styles that can fold up and collapse for easy transport on top of a car, in the trunk of a car, or even stowed away inside a backpack. These styles are also typically used by commercial applications but can be just as useful to those who have noncommercial interests such as hobbies.
- Racing Drone: Racing styles of drones typically range from styles that are used for racing leagues or styles that are built in the home. These styles of drones are typically designed for speed, agility, and performance. They offer users an adrenaline rush while flying and provide a great way to compete with other pilots both commercially and non-commercial drones.
We hope you found this article useful to provide you with a better understanding of the different styles or types of drones that exist today. Please drop us a comment below if you liked this article. As always Happy Flying!