Ok so long story short I'm a total newbie when it comes to RC heli's and UAV's though I'm looking at either a Gaui 500x or XAircraft 650 v4/8 ish. I'm wanting to do aerial photo/video for myself to start with and maybe discover whats the FAA fuss over commercial flying. I am considering picking up a GPS unit along with the copter to have a fail safe just in case.
Couple of questions that I have:
1. I live at 9000ft, flights would be ~9000-10000ft range (AGL maybe in the 100-200ft range above ground) and was wondering if there's any noticeable difference between a larger single rotor heli and the quads?
2. Keeping the altitude in mind would what would I need to lift off something like a Canon 7D + 17-40 f/4L? I dont have the weights handy but it would be a couple of Lb.
3. I'll likely be using a gopro hero 2 camera for photo and video initially but was wondering if either company offers controllable platforms themselves to attach on or is everything in the RC world flexible enough to accept 3rd party stuff?
4. What would I likely need to get initially to have a RTF system within the first day or so that I get it? I have seen 500x kits for about $650 that feature scorpion motors, gyro etc but still wonder on specifically the batteries I need for extended flights and I'm settling on a futuba radio thats likely 6-8ish channels.
With that being said I have limited experience with UAV's and I'm actually practicing on a toy RC heli to get a feel for just how to fly em and realize the 500x and 650 arent for beginers, besides a simulator does anyone have advice on picking up a parrot AR drone to use first then go to something more or just buy a 500/650 and SLOWLY learn just how to fly it?