Based on my extensive research before buying the Q500, it really seemed like this was the best choice for me as a beginner. Here is what convinced me: Other drones are clearly better at autonomous flight (programming a preset flight path, even one well beyond your sight, and trusting the drone will come back safe and sound--something the new FAA rules forbid anyway); the Q500 doesn't have this option at all. But it's not something I'm at all interested in; in fact, it makes me queasy even thinking about it. Other drones can also go much faster; my Q500 tops out at only around 18 miles per hour. Again, for a beginner, slower is better. The Q500 also has a slider switch on the remote which you can adjust on the fly to restrict the speed of all flight controls to your liking--very handy for an anxious beginner. The Q500 is surprisingly easy to fly and is very stable, even with moderate breezes. The remote is very user friendly, and I like having the full display built into the remote, rather than having to sync up a wireless connection to your smartphone or tablet, like the competing drones. The battery lasts for well over 20 minutes, which is pretty good compared to the competition. The camera takes phenomenal photos and video--not choppy or grainy at all. The gimbal provides for smooth, jiggle-free video, even during high winds and abrupt flight maneuvers. The drone will fly beyond a quarter mile from the remote, but that's about where the video signal cuts out (and sooner if there is no direct line of sight). The drone's construction seems very sturdy and high-quality, something I've heard owners of competing drones complain about. If the Q500 loses connection with the remote, it automatically returns to the GPS point it took off from (but I'm yet to lose connection). The gimbal and camera can be easily detached and mounted on an included handheld device, making it a great camcorder, especially for high-action recording, like running, riding a roller coaster, etc. (just without any zoom functionality). It's comparable to other small gimbal camera setups, and for about the same price (nevermind a drone is included in that price!) Connection to a smartphone for viewfinder function and settings controls is simple and quick. Here are the only things I don't like, and the only reasons the Q500 doesn't get a full five stars from me: It has "follow me" and "watch me" functions that have the drone and/or camera follow the remote or Wii-remote-sized remote (sold separately) autonomously, and these functions work okay, but not great; and I'm told if you go too fast or change directions too quickly, the drone may "fly away." Yikes! I really wish the Q500 had a feature of autonomous orbiting and camera fixation around a single point on the ground, like one of its competitors. Of course, this may be something Yuneec programs into a further firmware update (fingers crossed). I also wish it had the feature available on one of the competitors of selecting a moving person or object on the screen and telling the drone/camera to follow them/it. That seems like an awesome feature that alone may make that competing drone worth the higher cost for a slightly more experienced pilot. Final opinion: a great drone for my purposes, at a great price. I would definitely buy it again, up until the point I felt comfortable as a very skilled and experienced pilot.