Photos and videos are one of the best ways to save memories and relive them. Capturing both of these has become easier with technological advancements in the past decade, and one such tech at the forefront of aerial videography at the moment are drones.
While professional drones such as DJI’s Mavic will burn a hole in your pocket, there are cheaper options in the market too for beginners and those who want to try it out before investing in a bigger drone with a better camera, more flight time, functions and one that could over longer distances.
Here are the seven cheapest drones that are best suited for adults and kids. Some of the drones mentioned in the list are beginner-friendly, so you can check them out if you are new to the field.
Brand: Ryze | Price: $85
The Ryze Tello mini drone is equipped with a high-quality HD camera, which is undoubtedly a treat for anyone currently at a beginner level trying out drones. It’s easy to control and facilitates new learning experiences for beginners and experts with basic programming knowledge.
Tello has several built-in functions, including a range finder, barometer, LED, vision system, 2.4 GHz 802.11n WiFi and 720p live view. It uses a three-inch propeller for the flight and can be charged using the micro USB port. Ryze Tello sports a 5MP sensor (2592 x 1936) with EiS and an 82.6° FOV.
|Aircraft||Dimensions: 98×92.5×41 mm|
Weight: Approximately 80 g
|Flight Performance||Max Flight Distance: 100m|
Max Flight Time: 13min
|Camera||HD 720p; 82.6°|
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Force 1 U 45W Blue Jay
Brand: Force 1 | Price: $49.95
The Force 1 U 45W Blue Jay is the cheapest drone on our list. It offers a wide-angle with a 720p HD drone camera. By following the product link below, you can get two drone batteries with the set.
The remote control of the drone is equipped with the U45 VR and WiFi camera, 1-Key Lift/Land, 6-Axis Gyro, Headless Mode and Altitude Hold. Additionally, you can download the FlyingSee app on your device and use it to control the drone.
|Specs||Force 1 U 45W Blue Jay|
|Aircraft||Dimensions: 17.68 x 11.18 x 3.66 inches|
Weight: 2.05 pounds
|Flight Performance||Max Flight Distance: 100m|
Max flight time: 7-9 Mins
|Battery||3.7v 500mAh (3)|
|Camera||720p HD camera; 120° wide-angle|
Holy Stone HS 200
Brand: Holy Stone | Price: $229
The Holy Stone HS 200 is equipped with LED navigation lights and remote control indicators for better visibility and flying in the dark if you’re feeling confident. The drone’s controller is also very convenient since it provides a single button for take-off and landing.
The drone features a First Person View 720p HD REAL TIME Video Camera to get those perfect aerial shots on your android or iPhone. You can also control the remote settings of the drone through the smartphone app.
The app uses the accelerometer on your phone to control the direction of the drone by tilting your mobile. You can control the remote functions of the drone on the app called Interface.
|Specs||Holy Stone HS 200|
|Aircraft||Dimensions: 12.6 x 12.6 x 3.15 inches|
Weight: 2.16 pounds
|Flight Performance||Playing time: 7-9 mins|
Transmitter Operation Range: about 50-100 meters
|Battery||1* 3.7V 650mAh Li-Po Battery|
|Camera||Video Recording Modes: 1280 x 720P|
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Syma X 8C Venture
Brand: Syma | Price: $58.99
If you are looking for a cost-effective drone with a reasonably high flight time, Syma X 8C Venture is best suited for you. The camera quality on this isn’t going to blow you away, and the 13 minute flight time can be a bummer at times, but at this price, it’s a great drone to get started with if you’re new to flying.
The drone offers a Headless Mode function, and its 6-axis system allows the quad to take off from the user’s palm, provides wind resistance, enhances flight movements and makes the overall package easier to fly. The quadcopter is suitable for flying both indoors and outdoors.
|Specs||Syma X 8C Venture|
|Aircraft||Dimensions: 19.69 x 19.69 x 7.48 inches|
Weight: 1.54 pounds
|Flight Performance||Maximum altitude: 120 to 180 meters|
Max flight time: 9-13 minutes
|Battery||7.4v 2000mha whit banana conector|
|Camera||It is has a regular camera. The one with the WiFi camera is the “X8W.”|
Hubsan X4 H 107C
Brand: Hubsan | Price: $65
The new Hubsan X4 H 107C has a 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity. In addition to a 480p HD camera which offers an okay looking wide-angle view for some shots. The drone charges over USB, though, so at least charging is sorted.
As one of its many features, the drone allows you to do four-way flips, including left, right, forwards and backwards. The drone also features an in-built LED, 2.4Ghz flight control, and is entirely suitable for indoor and outdoor flying.
|Specs||Hubsan X4 H 107C|
|Aircraft||Dimensions: 13.97 x 7.08 x 3.54 inches|
Weight: 1.1 pounds
|Flight Performance||Flight Time: 8 minutes|
Flight distance: about 100 m
|Battery||3.7V 380mAh Li-Po|
|Camera||480P HD camera—the drone built-in 480P HD camera|
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Xiaomi FIMI X8SE
Brand: Xiaomi | Price: $359
The Xiaomi FIMI X8SE is the most expensive drone on our list, and for a good reason. The drone gets a decent 4k camera for stills and can record up to 30FPS video. The 35 minutes of flight time, 8 m/s flight speed, the 8KM range and the 4500mAh battery all come together to make a package well worth the price tag.
The drone features a high-performance image sensor, provides a video transmission distance of up to 8 km, and delivers 1080p Full HD resolution, which is perfect for live streaming directly from the drone.
|Specs||Xiaomi FIMI X8SE|
|Aircraft||Dimensions: 16.06 x 11.89 x 6.85 inches|
Weight: 4.85 pounds
|Flight Performance||Max flight time: 35mins|
Max flight distance: 8km
|Battery||High-density intelligent Li-Po battery|
Brand: Sanrock | Price: $65.99
The Sanrock U61 W is yet another beginner-friendly drone we have incorporated into our list. The controls and features of the drone are pretty basic, and hence it is also best suited for kids who are beginning to fly drones.
The drone is equipped with safety features, and it offers an HD camera resolution of 720p. Since this is a beginner-friendly drone, it’s equipped with guarded propellers and features Headless Mode, Altitude Hold and Emergency Stop.
|Aircraft||Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 3.5 inches|
Weight: 7.1 ounces
|Flight Performance||Max flight time: 5 -7 min|
Max flight distance: 80ft
|Battery||2 Lithium-ion batteries|
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“Life’s too short to not express how you feel” — I have always lived by this quote and at times of anxiety or restlessness I always resort to expressing how I feel through art and scribbling my thoughts. I believe in spontaneity and sometimes that’s what leads to some of the best content I create.