CHEAP DRONES FOR BEGINNERS

Beginner drone pilots should start developing their piloting skills on entry-level, cheap drones so they can learn the basics of drone flying, aerial stability and behavior, before moving on to more expensive and more demanding models.

The features of less expensive models may seem limited, but you might be surprised how advanced the handling and capabilities of cheaper drones can be.

Modern technology has allowed us to bundle more and more features into smaller packages, meaning now we can create less expensive, smaller drones with all the features the previous generation models had, but in a much more affordable, smaller version.

Here we can offer our picks of the best five entry-level, affordable drones for beginners.

SYMA X5C EXPLORERS

HOLY STONE F181

DBPOWER MJX X400W

HUBSAN X4 (H107L)

BLADE NANO QX RTF

SYMA X5C EXPLORERS


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This model is one of the most sought after of the cheap drones offered on the market today.

The Syma X5C has a very good quality to price ratio, offering a variety of features you might expect on more expensive models.

You can expect a very stable drone with four propellers which lets you perform a multitude of aerial maneuvers.

A high-resolution, 2-megapixel camera comes with the drone which allows you to take videos as well as photographs.

An excellent choice for beginner pilots, this drone has very good flight characteristics and it is easy to fly due to the 6-axis Gyro stabilization system.

Since it is a wind resistant model, you’ll be able to fly it both indoors and outdoors, for up to 7 minutes.

Also, there are various extras available for this model, from extra propellers and guards, to extra batteries and chargers, along with other accessories.

OUR RATING

9.0
OUR RATING
BUILD QUALITY (8.4)
FEATURES (9.5)
VALUE FOR MONEY (9.6)
PERFORMANCE (8.5)

HOLY STONE F181


cheap drones | holy stone F181 | topcheapdrones

With its futuristic, somewhat serious design, the Holy Stone F181 is certainly a sight to behold.

It is painted a special kind of black so spotting it in the sky is quick and easy.

Furthermore, it comes with many other features which make it one of the most desirable entry-level models.

First of all, it has good aerial capabilities, able to achieve good height and flip in all four directions.

Also, it has a built-in one-button return system; you just have to watch out that there are no obstacles in the return path, because the drone returns in a straight line.

One of the most valued features of this drone is the fact that it comes with an extra battery so you can fly it longer. A single battery will provide about 7 to 9 minutes of flight time.

A great model for beginners, it offers rotor guards as a safety measure which will certainly come in handy when bouncing around walls.

OUR RATING

9.8
OUR RATING
BUILD QUALITY (9.8)
FEATURES (10)
VALUE FOR MONEY (9.9)
PERFORMANCE (9.4)

DBPOWER MJX X400W


cheap drones | DBPOWER MJX X400w | topcheapdrones

A versatile and multi-talented drone, the DBPower MJX X400W is one of our top 5 picks for a range of reasons.

First of all, this model offers the FPV real time transmission option, enabling you to simply use your smartphone and enjoy the view of the world from up above.

This model also supports the VR headset (which is not included in the drone package) which you can use to see the world in a different way.

Furthermore, you can operate the drone in the headless mode, when forward direction of the drone is the same as your remote controller.

Besides all these cool gadgets, the DBPower has a high capacity battery which can provide about 8 or even 9 minutes of flight time and it is a very stable model when it comes to aerial behavior.

This particular drone has the one key 3D roll option, which allows it to finish off a 3D roll with a simple press of a button on the controller.

The aerial stability provided by the 6-axis Gyro flying control system makes the photographs and videos taken much better.

All in all, a fantastic model for beginners who will quickly learn the trick of the trade with this top pick of the cheap drones on the market.

OUR RATING

9.4
OUR RATING
BUILD QUALITY (9.6)
FEATURES (9.7)
VALUE FOR MONEY (9.2)
PERFORMANCE (9.1)

HUBSAN X4 (H107L)


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One of the most affordable entry-level drones out there, the Hubsan X4 will offer the basic, but essential feature any beginner will certainly demand: easy handling, solid flight duration and a 6-axis flight control system.

This model is well-built, made of a tough one piece frame, equipped with the mentioned flight control system to keep it stable in the air.

It is a ready-to-fly machine, so you can take it out of the package, charge up the battery and you are good to go.

The high capacity battery will provide around 9 minutes of flight, and will charge up rather quickly, in about 30 minutes.

This model does not come with a camera, making it more suitable for flight enthusiasts because the lack of a camera makes it slightly stronger and durable.

Also, aerial stability is improved.

Even without the high-tech gadgets, this is a very decent drone which we can recommend to users determined to learn the basics of drone flying.

OUR RATING

8.8
OUR RATING
BUILD QUALITY (8.6)
FEATURES (8.5)
VALUE FOR MONEY (9.0)
PERFORMANCE (9.1)

BLADE NANO QX RTF


cheap drones | blade nano qx rtf | topcheapdrones

Some drone enthusiasts call this model the perfect drone for advanced beginners and we have to agree with them. You can jump straight out of the toy category into the class above.

These drones are tough and durable and can really take a beating before they malfunction, thanks to their low weight, but a sturdy airframe.

One of the smart features are the propeller guards. Thanks to these, you will be able to brush off walls of buildings without risking damage to your propellers.

Furthermore, this drone is equipped with SAFE technology (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope), featuring two modes: agility and stability mode. To put it simply, this means there are more sensors in this drone compared to an average model.

It is a small quadcopter, which means you can use it both indoors and outdoors.

Also, the motors of the Blade Nano are brushed, delivering smooth and powerful takeoff and longer motor life.

Even without a built-in GPS system, you will be able to do all kinds of aerial tricks with this cool drone.

OUR RATING

8.7
OUR RATING
BUILD QUALITY (9.0)
FEATURES (8.0)
VALUE FOR MONEY (9.4)
PERFORMANCE (8.4)
Summary
11th August
Reviewed Item
HOLY STONE F18
Author Rating
5

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