In “Ready to fly a quadcopter? Here are the best drones for beginners,” Christine McKee from AppleInside breaks down which drones provides the best bang for the buck. Regardless of your budget, McKee has options ranging from $50 to $1,000.
Remember, when you invest your hard earned dollars in drone hardware, you also need to invest in drone training; the last thing you want to do is crash your brand new $1,000 drone.
With so many models on the market today, finding the right quadcopter can be challenging to say the least. We’re rounding up a list of the best drones for beginners with price points starting at under $50.
Need help deciding which drone to buy? Working with a budget? Looking for specific features? Here are our top picks for drones under $50, $100, $250, $500 and $1000.
Please note: Pricing data was collected by McKee mid-march, pricing fluctuates, and is not guaranteed by Drone Universities.
Drones under $50
- UDI RC UDU818A-1 Discovery (720p)
- Dromida Kodo HD Quadcopter (1080p)
- Hubsan X4 Mini H107C+ (720p)
- UDI RC U839 Nano Quadcopter (Orange)
- Hubsan H108 SPYDER Quadcopter (Yellow)
- TX Juice Pocket Drone (RTF)
Drones under $100
- Hubsan H107D X4 Quadcopter with FPV Camera (Black)
- Parrot Minidrone Mambo with Cannon and Grabber Accessories
- UDI RC U842 FALCON Quadcopter with HD Camera (Black)
- Syma X5C-1 Explorers (Upgraded Edition)
Drones under $250
At this price, you can expect HD recording capabilities.
- Hubsan H501S X4 FPV with 1080p Camera
- Parrot BeBop Drone with 14MP Flight Camera
- Hubsan H502S X4 with 720p HD Camera
- Estes Proto-X FPV Micro HD with 720p HD Camera
- UDI U842 Predator WiFi FPV Drone with 720p HD Camera
Drones under $500
At this price, you can expect 4K recording capabilities.
Drones under $1000
At this price point, you can expect more advanced features.
Once you’ve picked and purchased a drone, don’t forget to sign-up for drone training courses. At Drone Universities, we can prepare you for commercial and non-commercial FAA Certifications.