Quick reference guide to drone terminology

When you're searching for a drone, you'll come across lots of terminology like gimbals, altitude hold and FPV, to name a few. Whilst you don't need to be an expert in all of these, it's important to understand the basic terms, especially when it relates to the fuctionality of a drone you're thinking of buying!

To help, we've put together this handy glossary of terms for the most common drone terminlogy you'll come across.

Camera Gimbal

In simple terms, the camera gimbal is a 'caddy' that holds your camera steady no matter what angle or direciton your drone is actually flying in. two or three axis camera gimbals offer significant better quality drone camera footage than those with no gimbal or digital camera stabalisation only.


This is an abbreviation for "First Person View" and essentially refers to the video footage a drone operator can view, in real time, whilst flying a drone that has a camera mounted on it.


Some of the more advanced drones will use the built in GPS to createa virtual wall around no-fly zones or restricted area. Usually these areas will show on the app or controller screen an operator is using to fly ther drone with.

Headless mode

Usually to help beginners but also useful for advanced fliers too, headless mode ensures that regardless of the direction your drone is point, it will always follow your controller stick movemens. i.e With this mode it means you don't need to reverse your controller stick movements when you're flying your back towards you.