Date
22 November 2017
Of the 11 models tested by the Consumer Council, DJI Mavic Pro, priced at HK$7,759, got the highest score of 4.5 points on a scale of five points. Photos: HKEJ/Internet
Of the 11 models tested by the Consumer Council, DJI Mavic Pro, priced at HK$7,759, got the highest score of 4.5 points on a scale of five points. Photos: HKEJ/Internet

Watchdog finds no correlation between drone price and quality

Tests on eight brands of commercial drones conducted by the Consumer Council showed that price does not always correlate with quality, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Of the 11 models tested, DJI Mavic Pro, priced at HK$7,759, was found to be the best after scoring 4.5 points on a scale of five points.

The products, all in quadcopter design, are sold from HK$2,999 to HK$10,380. The test evaluated the drones based on flight performance, filming and photo shot quality, battery performance, versatility, safety design, and convenience of use.

Two other drones, priced at HK$5,459 and HK$3,869, ranked second after scoring four points each.

The most pricey product, worth HK$10,380, only scored 3.5 points.

The results displayed large variations in the quality of the drones, with their overall ratings ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 points.

The results also showed there is no direct correlation between the price of the product and its quality.

The Consumer Council said all drone operators must obey relevant regulations in Hong Kong, noting that several people have been arrested for operating drones improperly and without due care.

It noted that users who alter the radio system of a drone could cause interference and disrupt the operation of other radio communications equipment in violation of the Telecommunications Ordinance.

Offenders may be fined up to HK$50,000 and jailed for a maximum of six months upon conviction.

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