In this thorough buyer’s guide, we’ll take a look at some of the best affordable drones for sale in 2017. We’ll break down the drones listed here by price and features to help you find a solid cheap entry-level drone.
Who says that you need to have a ton of money in order to get a drone? The truth is that with more and more new companies introducing their drones and UAVs into the market every day, there are a ton of affordable options out there, regardless of your budget.
In fact, there are drones and quadcopters that can be had for under $20. Are they going to deliver you a high-end flying experience? No.
Are they going to allow you to get your feet wet and give you a chance to sharpen your flying skills? Absolutely.
In this guide I am going to take a look at a wide array of affordable drones, quadcopters, and UAVs. I’ve broken your options down by price and listed the best drones between $100-$200, the best drones between $50-$100, and the best drones under $50.
This list is not complete by any means. As I mentioned above, there are new options being introduced into the market on a daily basis. However, I will update this list regularly to keep up with current prices and the newest products.
Ultimately, the goal is to provide you with a list of options you have under $200 and to give you an idea of what each of those options brings to the table.
The Best Drones Under $200
In the $100-$200 price range you have quite a few options that will deliver a mid-range flying experience. There are even options in this price range that can accommodate a GoPro.
And, one option—the Syma X8G—even comes with a 1080p/8-megapixel camera. That’s pretty incredibly given the price. Although, it should be noted that it does not come with a gimbal and so the video will still appear pretty shaky.
But the main point is that in this price range you really move up from the entry-level quads that are listed below $100 and you move into a range where you can get something that you really enjoy flying.
The Best Drones Under $100
If you have a little bit more to spend and you are looking for a quadcopter with a few more features than the sub-$50 quads listed below, then there are quite a few options for you to choose between in the $50-$100 price range.
In this price range you can expect capable fliers that have low-quality to decent-quality cameras. The reality, though, is that without a gimbal system or the ability to digitally stabilize video, no video taken by a drone is going to come out looking great.
Still, though, being able to watch your flight back on a video is an exciting prospect for first-time buyers and I would never discourage anyone from pursuing that. So, if you are looking for a quadcopter with a camera on it, then you will definitely find a few options in this price range.
The Best Drones UNDER $50
If you’re a beginner and you don’t want to spend a ton of money on your first quadcopter/drone, then fret not… you still have quite a few options to choose between!
No, you aren’t going to get a high-end experience out of a sub-$50 drone. However, if you’re just starting out and wanting to learn the ropes of flying, you’re better off foregoing the pleasure of flying a high-end drone and choosing a cheap quadcopter that you can hone your flying skills with.
In truth, the expensive and big-name drones on the market are incredibly easy to fly (at least in comparison to some of these cheaper quadcopters), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t crash them, or cause serious problems.
In fact, if you’re just starting out it is inevitable that you will crash at least a couple of times. So, why not get all your crashes out on a more affordable and expendable quadcopter?
HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
There are so many quadcopters, hexacopters, drones, and UAVs to choose between in the under $200 price range that it was quite the chore putting this list together. And, to make things even crazier, more and more new quadcopters and UAVs from new manufacturers are hitting the market everyday.
In reality, though, if you look at these options by price range, you’ll find that, for the most part, similarly-priced quadcopters all have similar features and specifications. So, while it might be stressful trying to discern between five different options in the $125-$150 price range, the reality is that they all virtually do the same thing.
The only difference is in the support you will receive and, as such, it’s always a good idea to go with the more established brand, or with the brand that is US-based.
Ultimately, though, there are a ton of affordable drones and quadcopters to choose between on this list. And, if you are looking for something a little more high-end, check out our list of best drones.
And, please, if you have any questions or comments about your buying decision, don’t hesitate to post them!