If we dial back a few years, you wouldn’t be able to find a reasonably priced drone. Drones were something that people with more cash to spare could afford and use. Today, things are indeed different. More affordable drones have been produced in recent years. Technological advances have led to drones that perform relatively well, and aren’t too expensive.
If you’re interested in making your entry into the world of budget drones, take note! In 2020, when it comes to buying a drone, your money will go further than before and you may even be pleasantly surprised by the features and functions you can get.
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
The HS170 Holy Stone Predator Mini is an excellent quadcopter for beginners or for people on a tighter budget. The drone uses a headless security system to prevent losing the copter. Given its weight and quality, the HS170 Predator Mini clearly demonstrates strong performance and is steady when in flight.
The HS170’s flying time is about 6-8 minutes, depending on copter usage. This drone’s flight time is an average standard in drones of less than or equal to $100. The HS170 really is excelling compared to other drones in this price range.
The quadcopter takes about 1 hour to recharge according to the product information (Undercurrents input 0.5A-1A), but in most instances, with this drone, it actually needs much less. This is also significant when compared with many other drones.
This drone is equipped with very effective and responsive motors, which allows the quadcopter to be quite fast (but still at a controllable rate) when it comes to corners.
Enjoy an immersive visual treat via the ultra-wide lens capturing aerial panoramas as you flip 360° with VR goggles in real-time.
The Viper-X Drone auto-syncs with the VR Headset delivering FPV video with speed, stability and clarity so you can perceive the world from above with the 120° wide-angle HD camera and see the bigger images with the height hover lock. Remain in charge and feel the thrill of weaving in and out of trees and climbing to new heights at exciting speeds without taking your feet off the ground.
If you really are interested in aerial photography but want to learn the process with a drone that is cheaper than a DJI Phantom – or if you want to play with a cool gadget from time to time, then the Syma X5C is a great drone for training. You can create extremely impressive videos with Syma X5C while cycling, surfing, running or even if you’d like to get footage with a bird’s eye view.
In fact, the drone is fitted with a high definition camera, which lets the drone film while flying. The drone records on an SD card, which allows the user to acquire the clips directly from a PC. Syma X5C Explorers allows the user to execute remarkable air tricks and acrobatics including a 360-degree somersault.
818 Hornet Plus Drone
This is a brilliant option for an inexpensive FPV quadcopter that isn’t going to break the bank but comes with a wide range of video features. The A818 Plus is an improved version of the U818a which is particularly good for new pilots and sold by Altair Aerial, a company providing top-notch customer service. This model has a new form that evenly balances the weight, allowing for extremely smooth hover and is suitable for IoT projects.
It has longer landing gear as well as thicker prop guards, which means it is very sturdy. This is something that’s extremely useful for new pilots and often overlooked – you’re all but guaranteed to crash the aircraft a couple of times whenever you’re starting to learn how to fly it, so choosing a drone that can take a hit or two is crucial.
HUBSAN Zino Drone
The Hubsan Zino is foldable. So if you’re predisposed to travelling a lot, this is a great pick.
This drone weighs about 700 grams, and it has a dimension of 12 x 9.6 x 5.1 inches, making it very lightweight and compact. It’s made from high-quality polycarbonate that’s very robust and durable, so even if you crash it, your drone will stay safe and intact.
This model also has LED lights under each rotor arm and they are suitable for night flights. The GPS feature will also give your drone stability and will allow you to always know exactly where your drone is.
DROCON Monster Blue Bugs 3
Normally you would be out of luck if you were to look for a cheap GoPro capable camera drone. However, with its latest Monster Blue Bugs 3 offering which has room for an attachable GoPro camera, DROCON has impressed its fans beyond belief. What’s most impressive is that you don’t have to go for a GoPro and can actually instead use a different type of action camera.
Lamaston X5SW-1 RC Drone
Lamaston falls under that category of drone manufacturers that excels in the sub-100 category and gives you quite a lot for your money when buying a budget drone. The Lamaston X5SW-1 comes with a whole host of extras including a spare battery, extra propellers, a holder for your mobile phone to use as an FPV and even a screwdriver. With the exception of a quick charge to the battery, it is fully ready for flight right out of the box.
As advanced as compact cameras and smartphones are, there are more extraordinary ways in which people would like to capture moments. Check out which of these drones fits your tastes and criteria, cheaper doesn’t mean any less useful.
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