I saw some YouTube videos recently of people flying various quadcopters. My interest was first drawn to the DJI Phantoms I had seen being used in professional videos. I found some very cheap ones which are ideal for beginners.
After watching a review of the JJRC H5C quadcopter, and the fact it seemed idea to learn with, I went on ebay and ordered one. It didn't take long to arrive and I took it out on the back yard to practice. That was my first mistake. In a built up area and not being used to the controls it strated heading over the neighbours fence. Panic set in and I shut down all the motors. It crashed but there didn't seem to be any damage. I tried the motors whilst holding on to it and they still worked.
A few hours later I decided to try an indoor flight but when I turned the quad on one of the motors wasn't working. It got really hot in seconds and so I contacted the seller with the view to returning it for a full refund. I did however see another video of how to change a motor, slightly diferent quad but same principle. I asked the seller for a partial refund to cover the cost of a new motor and he agreed.
Got the new motor and replaced it, now works fine again. I'm not out of pocket so very happy. Whilst waiting for the new motor I went on ebay again and bought another good learning quadcopter, the Syma X5C-1 updated version. Haven't had chance toi give this a fly yet, tried and failed on the backyard again, crashed twice but the Syma is a tough quad, no damage despite it being very thin plastic.
With this experience I'm just happy that I didn't spend hundreds of pounds on a professional one with gopro camera. Ok that is on the wishlist once I gain confidence and learn to master the controls. Lots of in flight videos coming along I hope.