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Drone lovers are living thrilling days! Amazing quads are being released into the market almost every month. Manufacturers are competing for both price and quality, therefore you can buy better and more updated quadcopters at lower prices.
This is the result of this drone race in the industry. The ‘big drone boom’ is bound to happen so companies want to earn their spot in the market. In this review we will cover the best drones under $200 and help you to find the best drone for your budget. All drones have been researched, analyzed and compared to others.
You will see that it is possible to purchase top drone under $200. It only takes a bit of searching around. The challenge is to find a drone that has best quality for your money. So, let’s find out what’s the best drone under $200.
You open up your Facebook and there they are: drones! You go to Twitter and bam – drones! Instagram – yes, you guessed it – drones! They are filling the social media, filling the headlines, filling the skies. And you know why are they so popular?
Because, they are just awesome!
So, looking at all of these videos, images and all the cool stuff people do with drones – you are done, you are getting yourself one! Good decision! But, there is the first obstacle. You do not know much about drones, you never flew one, you would not want to spend too much money and honestly – you have no idea what to buy. You are certain only of one thing – drones are cool and you are gonna get one.
So, every drone fan has been in a similar situation as you are in now. And best advice I can give you is – just get yourself a cheap drone to train on. When I say cheap, I mean buy a drone for under $200. You can get one for under $40. But, I would not recommend that. There is a reason why a drone would be so cheap – it is just bad (I would write the “s..t” word, but I am polite). No quality. And that could ruin your first drone experience. So, do not risk your passion for drones by buying a low quality drone.
This problem I know many beginners have, prompted me to make this list that contains a short review of 5 drones that cost between $100 – $200. That is the range you want to stay within. Anything less than that – could be a bad experience. Anything more than that – your wife is gonna be mad when you crash the expensive toy you bought (that she was against of in the first place). If I forgot to mention – chances are pretty high that you are gonna have at least one minor crash while learning to fly. But, hey – Superman had his problems at the beginning as well.
Hubsan X4 H107C
- Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity
- Permits super stable flight. With 4 channels
- Lightweight airframe with nice durability
- Camera: 0.3 MP video recording module included (requires a Micro SDHC card)
The Hubsan X4 H107C drone is so affordable that you can purchase one for each member of your family. This drone comes with a camera. It is made with a variety of color choices. There is one with red plastic casing that has black highlights, black with green highlights, blue with black highlights and yellow with black highlights.
The Hubsan X4 H107C is more of a compact quadcopter, than a full size one. This is why it is perfect to put in your bag or car for spontaneous flying.
This drone is built with a durable, but lightweight frame. It is ideal for the novice flyer who may put it through some accidental crashes. The Hubsan X4 costs only $50, so it is a minimal investment for the novice flyer. When the novice becomes a professional at flying, they can buy a more expensive drone, like the DJI Phantom which has a full range of features.
The Hubsan X4 H107C was built with the latest 6-axis flight control system and has self-adjustable gyro sensitivity. This makes it simple to control, whether you are a novice or a professional.
This drone offers two different flying modes for the flyer. There is the expert flying mode and the beginner flying mode.
The beginner’s mode will help you to control the drone, taking over some of the drone’s flying features, keeping it stable in the air. On the other hand, the expert mode will allow the pilot to take over completely. This will enable you to use the full features of the camera. This mode is ideal for a reporter or real estate agent to use.
The radio controller has four different channels in order to avoid interference with other quads. While the Hubsan X4 H107C is equipped with a camera, costs are kept cheap, so you will have to buy your own SD cards. Also, you can’t adjust camera while in flight, because it points straight ahead. Although the camera is limited, it shoots full color video. There is no option to grab screenshots from the video while in flight, so you will need to grab them after.
The Hubsan X4 is a mini quad that measures in at 3.25 inches x 3.25 inches x 1.25 inches. It’s very lightweight, about one pound. This drone is powered by a lithium ion battery. The good thing is that you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries because it is rechargeable. This drone is recommended for ages 14 years and up.
The Hubsan X4 has extremely stable flight, especially in beginner mode. If you have found it difficult to learn to fly quads with other drones, you will probably be really surprised at how simple it is to control the Hubsan X4 H107C.back to menu ↑
Lian Sheng LS – 128
GoolRC Lian Sheng SKY Hunter LS-128 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro Real-time Headless RC FPV Quadcopter Drone-White
- Compact and lightweight design.
- RC Simulators Type Headless Mode.
- With LED lights, possible for night fly.
- 360 degree eversion function for you to experience cool flying play.
- Support installing camera structure, and adjustable camera angle.
Lian Sheng released amazing mini drones. They directly compete with Cheerson’s mini drones. However, mini quads are not the only thing what Lian Shang does well. LS-128 is an inexpensive FPV (First Person View) drone. It has amazing specifications and a complete First Person View package ready to fly out of the box. This drone has its own 2.0 MP camera with a maximum video resolution of 720p. The angle of the camera is adjustable, which is always helpful for aerial video. The real-time video is transmitted directly to a First Person View monitor on the controller on 5.8 GHz frequency. LS-128 has headless mode feature for simpler orientation. The control distance is of 200 meters. The LS-128 is an amazing drone for beginners and for anyone curious to have a go at FPV.back to menu ↑
JJRC H25G RC Quadcopter 5.8G FPV With 2MP Camera 2.4G 6-Axis Headless Mode One Key Return [RTF Version][Left Hand Throttle]...
- 5.8 GHz real-time transmission
- Features one key automatic return function
- Features attractive headless mode, completely solving pilot "loss of orientation" problems.
- 2.0 mega pixel camera captures and records every beautiful and unforgettable moment.
JJRC really invested in First Person View (FPV) quadcopters, and we drone lovers are extremely grateful for it. The H25G is an excellent example of this. This drone comes with an inexpensive and complete First Person View package ready to fly out of the box. The H25G has its own camera which records in 720p resolution. The camera is supported by a vibration absorbing mount in order to prevent ‘jello effect’, but it doesn’t stop it 100%. This drone is perfect for any novice looking to have a go at FPV flight. The H25G is a gentle flier and also wind resistant. FPV transmission works in 5.8 GHz frequency and is transmitted directly to a built-in FPV monitor on the 2.4 GHz controller. This drone has One-Key-return) a quad returns to pilot) and headless mode for simpler orientation.back to menu ↑
Galaxy Visitor 2
- Compatible of conventional control mode and intelligent control mode (Patent application number: 201310193041.2).
- Easy switch between two modes through just pressing one button.
- "Headless Flying" under intelligent control mode make it extremely easy for beginner to manage flying a R/C quadcopter.
The Galaxy Visitor 2 has a black undercarriage and white upper finish with orange and black propellers. It is another compact drone on the market. The Visitor 2 is priced under $140. Significant features include the ability to return to the pilot with the press of a button.
There are two reasons why this feature is so useful. This is a useful feature to have when you are beginning to feel tired at the end of the day and just want to go home. This feature prevents any pilot error when you get weary.
This feature can also be helpful if you lose sight of your drone during a flight. If this happens, you can simply turn off the power. However, this may not lead you to finding where your drone has landed. With this helpful feature, you’ll never have worry about losing your drone again. There are three modes of flight on the Visitor 2, making it one of the top drones available on the market today. The Galaxy Visitor 2 is ideal for novice or professional.
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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite
- Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
- Remote control quadricopter controlled using an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet
- 720p high-definition live video streaming & recording to smartphone or tablet while flying
It is very important to say how cool the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite looks! It definitely sparks the cool factor among drone enthusiasts. The Ar.Drone 2.0 is definitely one of the most beautiful drones in the market. This drone is available in three design versions: Sand, Jungle, and Snow. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite does not come with a controller. Instead, the drone relies on your iOS or Android device. This device connects through a free app, called AR.FreeFlight, via Wi-Fi, and the drone provides its own hotspot. This application also enables the pilot to watch on the screen in real-time the video transmission. The application also updates the firmware of the drone and lets you upload photographs and videos. The Parrot AR.Drone 2 camera is built-in with 720p HD quality and the lens is wide angle. Among its useful features there is the Director Mode which lets you program automatic movements so you can focus on your video. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite is excellent for novices, because it has a protective frame around it, allowing it to endure most crashes and hits.
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- Attractive and highly integrated design, easier for you to pack it into your backpack
- Ready to fly the moment you unpack it, you just need to attach propellers, charge the Li-Po battery and install the transmitter batteries before use
Cheerson CX-20 is one of the most advanced quadcopters Cheerson has made. It is an outstanding drone and this drone is truly an example of how the drone industry is developing rapidly. It is equipped with amazing and helpful features. Altitude Holder is one of these features. It used to be very uncommon to find amount inexpensive drones. In fact, Cheerson, along with Hubsan, was one of the first companies to introduce this feature. It is an amazing feature for amateur photography and videography. CX-20 isn’t equipped with its own camera but does come with a camera mount that is compatible with a GoPro. As previously mentioned, CX-20 is an amazing drone by many means. For instance, its control range is about 400 meters, which is much above average for this price range. Also, this drone comes with many great and helpful features that will make your life simpler. Some of those features include: Low voltage protection, Headless mode, Return to home, Altitude hold etc. CX-20 is an outstanding and updated drone for any novice.back to menu ↑
Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G
- 3D flips, stability and agility in flight makes it super simple to perform professional 3D maneuvers like pirouettes 3D fun flips, rolls and more
- 3-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity will give you super stable flight
If you are looking for the ideal drone for your children, the Syma X1 4 is the ideal flying quadcopter for them. When you are looking for the top quads under $200, you want to ensure you purchase a durable flying quadcopter for the children to knock around.
There is still plenty to satisfy the adult user too. Syma X1 4 comes in yellow bumblebee design with black and white rotating blades. This drone is made with durable metal arms and its body is 26 cm in diameter. The yellow color will enable children and adults to keep an eye on it as it flies through the air.
Its light weight design makes it easy for children to pick up. This drone has amazing flight controls, so if you are flying it during windy weather, it’s able to keep itself under control. At under $40, Syma X1 4 has some outstanding flips and special effects which are not usually present at this price point. This drone will intuitively respond to your controls, and it will never feel like you are going to lose control of your flying quadcopter.back to menu ↑
Hubsan X4 H107D
Hubsan H107D FPV X4 Drone 480P Camera Live Video 5.8GHz Quadcopter with Protection Cover Mode 2 RTF (White)
- World's smallest quadcopter with FPV ,4 channels , USB cable design .
- Huban FPV X4 H107D equipped with 480p camera and 4.3 inch LCD remote control screen .
- 360°flips & rolls ,latest 6-axis flight control system make it fly more smoothly.
The Hubsan X4 H107D is one step above the Hubsan X4 H107C. You will get more features and spend more money with this quadcopter. The Hubsan X4 H107D is priced at about $160. This drone is made with a white plastic casing, with red blades. Instead of being a compact drone, Hubsan X4 H107D is more of a full sized quadcopter. This drone also has a full color video camera. It will allow you to take still videos and photographs.
This drone has an expert flight mode that should interest most flying professionals. It allows you to do maneuvers and acrobatics which would not be possible on the Hubsan X4 H107C. You can use the Hubsan X4 H107D outdoors or indoors, but it is advisable that you utilize the expert mode outdoors, especially to see what this drone is fully capable of.
The radio controller has a built-in video screen for First Person View (FPV). This will enable you to watch live streaming video, even while in flight. You don’t have to go back home to download your video before watching it, because now you can watch it as its being filmed.
This drone is also able to adjust to windy weather, so you want need to pack up.
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The JJRC X1 is another outstanding drone by JJRC. And as you can see, JJRC has been taking over the market of the Toy Grade quadcopters. All drone enthusiasts sure are happy for it! Excellent quality at a low price! JJRC X1 is once again another amazing example of this. This inexpensive quadcopter has brushless motors. And it is impossible to find other same price drone with brushless motor. As you can see, JJRC is breaking barriers. Brushless allows the motor to be much more powerful and durable. This drone is maneuverable, quick and has a range of up to 400 meters. So X1 flies well past your sight! Luckily, it does have Headless Mode and One-Key Return. So don’t worry about losing this drone, everything is under control. You can easily handle this drone. JJRC X1 uses a 7.4V 1300mah LiPo battery which allows about 15 minutes of flight time. Yes, 15 minutes, well above the average flight time for same price quadcopters.back to menu ↑
Sky Viper Quadcopter
- This 4th generation s1700 Stunt Drone is agile and fast reaching speeds of up to 20 MPH
- 10 inch with blade guards on
- 8 One-Touch stunts, including; Flips, Barrel Rolls, Spirals, Spins & more
- State of the art Viper Flight+ technology - AUTO FLIGHT (Auto Launch, Auto Hover, Auto Land)
For drones under $100, the Sky Viper is one of the best drones under $200 available in the market today. Sky Rockets is known in the drone industry for their original designs and innovative ideas and the Sky Rocket doesn’t disappoint.
Also, this is not a tiny, low-cost quad copter. Diagonally, from one blade to the other, it measures 40 centimetres. Furthermore, the body is made from carbon fibber, one of the most lightweight and durable materials.
This particular drone is available in two separate designs, which allows the user both outdoor and indoor flying. The carbon fibber body ensures safety from hits and crashes. The Sky Viper comes with a foam bumper, designed particularly for indoor flying.
The foam bumper ensures safety for the drone as well as the furniture during the initial indoor practice session. The bumper is not needed on the outside, and the drone flies smoother and without much glitch when you remove the foam bumper.
The durable body is pretty lightweight. However, it can endure a considerable amount of beating without gaining anything more than a couple of scratches or perhaps in some extreme cases, a bent propeller. The drone comes with some replacement propellers, which can be simply attached using a screw driver.
This drone comes with advanced flight system that allows it to have a dynamic flight patterns and can go in all directions. After you get used to the controls and become confident about flying this low-cost quadcopter, you can easily maneuver it to do stunts. 360 degrees spins and barrel rolls are the most common stunts. However, you should be careful that there are no trees around.
Here is another list of cheap drones you can buy:
Hubsan X4 w/ FPV – this one is a FPV, meaning first person view. You are gonna literally be a pilot and this is a great experience. The price is acceptable and the fun is guaranteed.
UDI 818a HD+ – some interesting features like “return home”. Has an extra battery and some more exclusive features(nothing groundbreaking, but they do try hard to separate themselves from other drone companies).
Parrot Rolling Spider – SELFIES! You like them? Then get this one – it has a mini camera for aerial selfies. And yes, you can remove its wheels. They are kind of huge …
Blade 180 QX – can be configured to be very newbie friendly and it also has an embedded aerial video camera.
Nano QX – Small, great for indoor fun. It is like a fly, you can annoy your friends with it. You, know – flies like ….
So, there you have it – 5 drones you can afford to break. Just kidding, do not break them. But, if you do break them, your wife will probably ban you from touching her for a smaller amount of time than she would do if you bought this drone (for example).
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