Whenever we see a random drone flying around, be it in a video or in real life, we never think of it as a complex task. However, that’s not entirely true and flying an expensive and somewhat larger drone is not as easy as it sounds. They have a whole lot of functions which may confuse the newbies.
With that said, there’s actually no need to worry as all the new mini drones coming out nowadays have a headless mode which makes flying them significantly easier. You may be confused by this term if you’re new to drones. So, let’s dive into it.
1. What Exactly Is Headless Mode
You might already have an intuition about the headless mode after hearing the term, which actually turns out to be true quite often.
If you look at the body of a quad-copter closely, all the sides are identical, and there’s no identification of any side whatsoever, be it front, sides or the back. As a result, you really cannot tell about which side you’re facing. Unlike helicopters, they don’t have a designated head or back, which makes them relatively harder to control.
Headless mode is made to counter this very problem for the beginners who are not very much into drones and have negligible prior experience controlling them.
Essentially, what headless mode does is that it provides you with a way to navigate the drone on the basis of the direction you’re facing. To be put, if you have the headless mode activated on your drone, you need to press the forward button, and the drone will start going forward from your position and pressing backward will make a start going backwards based upon your own direction. Same applies to it going sideways as well, and the drone actually follows your orientation.
2. Does It Really Help?
Imagine if you’re shooting a video for editing purposes later, vlogging, or covering a live event, you are bound to change your orientations quite a many times during the shoot. Without having the function of headless mode, it would pretty much mess things up to make shooting of video much harder as compared to using a drone with headless mode especially if you’re not an amateur.
3. Some Pros And Cons
Every advantage comes with its disadvantages, and so is the case with headless modes. As we cannot argue its usefulness, we certainly can’t deny the cons it comes with.
The pros are pretty straight-forward, headless mode gives the opportunity to even kids to fly a drone without any difficulty, and you don’t need to have prior experience to RC aerial vehicles, significantly reducing the probability of any crashes or mishaps.
However, If you’re planning to use professional drones, you certainly don’t want to get yourself comfortable with the headless mode in the first place as the top-notch drones don’t come with headless mode and its only meant for beginners. Moreover, the whole system is based upon a small sensor integrated into the drone and could be messed up if that sensor goes bad, which often happens if you fly near power grids or cables.