Top 10 Best Camera Drones for Beginners

Update - 2017.01.13

Searching for the best camera drone for beginners can quickly send any uninformed consumer into a tailspin. The sheer number of options, in addition to the dizzying specifications, may overwhelm you. But fear not, this handy top ten list will guide you well on your way to deciding the best drones with cameras for beginners. This list has every range of beginner’s drones you could ask for—from the nifty and thrifty to the more advanced premium options. So if you’re new and in the market for this awesome technology, read on! Just one more thing: beginner’s take note that HD video is superior, the higher the MP (megapixels) the better, and headless control feature eliminates the need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying, which may greatly reduce the learning curve for beginners.

Best Camera Drones for Beginners

The list starts with:

Syma X8C Venture

Syma X8C Venture

Syma X8C Venture

 

 

Topping the list of best camera drones for beginners is the Syma X8C Venture. It has an incredible camera for the price—2MP HD! Considering that similar camera drones cost significantly more, you may may find the value for this one to be too irresistible to pass up on. Throw into the mix that this drone has the headless function, and you truly have a great drone for the money.

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Syma X5C

Syma X5C

Syma X5C

Slightly outperforming the original UDI is the Syma X5C. As a competitor for the best drone for beginners with camera, this enormously popular option has HD video unlike the UDI and is cheaper. With very good stabilization and one-button 360° flip, you cannot go wrong selecting this as your beginning drone. Also consider that as a budding drone hobbyist, it may be wise to begin with a very cheap option when you encounter those inevitable bumps and crashes!

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UDI U818A

UDI U818A

UDI U818A

Coming in third as the best drone with camera for beginners is the original, and hugely popular, UDI. Nearly $100 less than the camera-advanced Discovery, this cheap drone still provides much of the same dependability. Air-stability and agility are both good for beginners, so long as you fly it in light winds! The downside is the camera, which is of lower quality at 720p. But the price for a beginning camera drone is nearly unbeatable. Also consider that this tough little drone can withstand some bumps and bruises, which those just starting out will be sure to encounter many of!

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UX5C RC

 

UX5C RC

UX5C RC

2MP video, hi-resolution pictures, headless support, and top-of-the-line air-stability make for one quality beginner’s drone with a camera. Though this great device doesn’t have quite as good value as the #1 Syma, it does have one differentiating feature—heavy-duty guards that protect all the propellers! It is also large for a beginner’s model, making it a sturdier option than some others.

 

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UDI U818A Discovery

 

UDI U818A Discovery

UDI U818A Discovery

As the evolution of the original UDI, the Discovery offers a significantly enhanced camera for more professional-looking video and photo. 2MP HD video will have you thinking you’re flying something a lot more expensive than it is! In addition, the Discovery also offers one-key return and headless mode, which greatly reduces the learning curve. Besides those enhancements, the Discovery and the original UDI are largely the same.

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DBPOWER Hawkeye-II FPV

 

DBPOWER Hawkeye-II FPV

DBPOWER Hawkeye-II FPV

This drone could prove to be the right option for you. This is the only drone on this list that comes with a smart-phone mount, allowing you to view your video and photo in real time. Wifi connects your smartphone to this drone so you can always have the bird’s eye view! The price is reasonable, but you won’t be working with any advanced features, and the camera itself is of much lesser quality than the premium options here.

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Holy Stone F180c

Holy Stone F180c

Holy Stone F180c

Holy Stone is the mini-drone that matters! This little guy offer a 720p camera and offers a one-key 360° flip function. It doesn’t offer any of the more advanced functions that other drones have, but this wildly popular drone will still provide you with hours of fun!

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Hubsan X4

Hubsan X4 (H107C)

Hubsan X4

Even though this Hubsan X4 drone may not boast the greatest camera quality, it does have instant video preview on the controller, allowing you to see your video and photo in real-time. It has good stability, but lacks any of the better features such as headless control.

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Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM

 

Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM

Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM

While not topping the list for best drones with cameras for beginners, most people would vote the Heli-Max first place in terms of coolness. The body of this drone looks like something straight out of the future and will impress your friends. At 720p, the camera on this is lower than others on the list, but the great upside to this sleek-looking drone is the incredibly fast charging time of 15-20 minutes! Others take twice as long. But you may be better off buying a drone with a better camera for slightly more money, especially considering that like-priced models offer headless mode while this does not.

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Ionic Stratus

 

Ionic Stratus

Ionic Stratus

Because the Ionic Stratus doesn’t come with a built-in camera it is placing last in this list. But the unique feature of this great beginner’s drone was too great to not include it! Unlike competing models, the Stratus allows for all GoPro Hero cameras to be attached. With this distinguishing feature, the user may buy whatever quality camera they need to suit their purposes, and can always upgrade their GoPro without having to buy another drone. This drone offers headless mode, one-key return, one-button 3-D roll, and excellent air-stability. But just in case an accident happens, each blade is protected by a guard to ensure it’s safety!

Conclusion

There you have it, the ten best beginner drones with cameras you can purchase! All of these offer great control and value for a starting drone, it’ll be up to you to weigh the differing costs, features, and value in determining what your first drone will be. One thing is for sure, no matter what you choose, you will be provided with endless hours of entertainment with one of the most exciting new technologies today.

1 Comment
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    Jodie January 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Where can I get an antenna for my drones

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