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Reasons you shouldn't buy a droneRemote controlled drones look like a lot of fun, but there are some good reasons to leave this hobby alone.
[MUSIC] Remote controlled quad copters from companies like Parrot and DJI are a lot of fun. They shoot amazing video and they're much more stable than remote controlled airplanes or helicopters. If it sounds like the hobby for you, here are five things you should know before taking the plunge. Starting off at number 5, they're expensive. Sure you can by those little indoor drones for like 30 or 50 bucks. But the real deal starts at around $500. You could buy a Playstation 4 and a game for that and get about the same amount of physical activity. Either way you're really just standing there with a remote control in your hand except the drone runs out of power in 15 minutes. At number four, it's creepy. People are rightfully freaked out about drones spying on them. So when you're flying one, some people will stare at you in envy, and others will stare in concern and judgement. And if you don't think drones are creepy, just wait until your neighbor buys one. Next thing you know, a goPro video of you sunbathing with your man boobs exposed is trending on Twitter, hashtag drone moobs. Coming in at number 3, the law. The subject of where you can and can't fly your drone is being fought in courts every week it seems. It is now against the law to fly drones in national parks. You can't fly drones around airports. And you can't fly drones for commercial uses, whether that's delivering an Amazon package or recording video that you intend to profit from. We have interactive maps now that show where it's illegal to fly drones and those areas are only growing. So, not only do you feel like a creep when you use one but you also feel like a criminal. [NOISE] At number two safety. You ever had four plastic blades whipping around your face at thousands of revolutions per minute? It's unnerving. So you take it up a little higher, only to wonder what's really preventing that thing from falling down on someone's head. And even if you're Johnny Safety with this thing, you can't control other people. Not to mention nature. Can you imagine how much you'd hate drones if you were a bird? Just saying, if you buy a drone, and a bird poops on your head. You had that coming. Now before we get to the number one reason not to buy a drone, let's take a minute to acknowledge one of the best reasons you should buy a drone right now. It's still legal. Before local laws and general paranoia ruin the party, get yourself a drone and fly it until the Man shuts you down. The way things look now, regulations are only gonna get more strict. But the number one reason you shouldn't buy a drone, it's a slippery slope. First it's the drone then it's the camera upgrade, then you upgrade the controller, the gimble. You buy more battery packs. You buy an iPad so that you can plot out your flight path. You get an oculus rift so you can see what the drone sees in real time. And, then the next thing you know, you're the guy who's out there on the beach with your VR goggles on your face. And, $10,000 worth of delicate gear hanging in the air, turned around to look back at yourself getting pooped on by a large flock of enraged seagulls. Let me save you the pain. So, there you go, five reasons not to pick up a drone as your new hobby. I'm Donald Bell and for more top fives visit top5.cnet.com. Thanks for watching [MUSIC]