Hundreds of drone brands now compete against each other to make cheap drones that live up to the high quality and reliability standards of the more expensive model of drones that are available on the market today.
Fortunately for us consumers, as technology progresses year by year, so does the quality of the manufacturing standards and the quality control process. Most cheaper drones are now just as good as competitor high end drones that can cost double, triple or even quadruple more!
Below, we have rounded up the Top 10 drones under $200 that you can buy in 2017.
The Ei-Hi S911C Huge is actually pretty big at 21 x 3 x 21 inches and has a flight time of about 6-9 minutes.
The charge time is about 120 minutes and can give you about 6-9 minutes. It has an integrated video camera to give you FPV. Replacing parts on this is simple thanks to it’s modular design. You can control it at a max distance of 30 meters. It has a standard 6 axis gyro to give you precise flying.
2) 180 QX HD
If your idea of value dips below $200, look to the 180 QX HD by Blade. The QX boasts a lightweight camera with up to 720p resolution in high definition video and offers 1.3 megapixel still image capture — maybe not the most high-quality photos but well within the boundaries of its humble price. The QX is easy to use – it allows a pilot to toggle between the photo or video function on the camera in flight. The QX ships with SAFE technology that enables a diversity of flight modes. With so many mode options, the UAV’s angle of direction relative to flight control — in lower modes prevent rapid changes in altitude or direction. This makes the 180 QX more difficult to crash and results in stable image capture. The RTF model comes standard with an E-Flite lightweight camera. $190
Get about 7-9 minutes of flight time with a 90-120 minute charge.
You can do tricks easily with a push of a button. The 6 axis gyro helps keep the quadcopter stable making it easy to use for beginners. You can record in HD from the quadcopter at 30 fps onto a removeable MicroSD card.
Get 10 -12 minutes of flight time on a single charge.
The Striker Spy can record 30 minutes of smooth HD footage. It has built-in shutter stabilization for great video capture stability. The Striker Spy comes with an extra 4 rotor blades incase you have a bad crash. Charging is easy as it can be done via USB.
The Hubsan X4 H107L can fly for about 7-8 minutes and has two modes of flight (beginner, advanced)
The quadcopter has 4 very bright LED’s so know exactly where you’re at in the dark. It has a 6-axis flight control system for stable flights. This is especially useful if you’re a beginner. You’ll be able to flip around in 4 different ways (left, right, forward, backward). In advanced mode you can take total control of the flight and have fun.
One of the more advanced drones in the line of affordable drones. For $89, this quadcopter provides safe and stable flight. The drone features a lightweight but sturdy chassis made from plastic. The chassis comes as one piece and acts as the prop guards as well as the drone’s legs. Being the RTF (ready to fly) version, a 2.4 GHz radio controller is included. However, this controller includes “SAFE” technology, and that essentially means that the drone has more sensors for increased flight safety and stability. We’ve checked out some video reviews, and by the looks of it, this drone can take a ton of hits. Even if the plastic chassis, motors, or main board happens to sustain some damage, you can replace the parts for less than $20. Overall, the Blade Nano QX is a great drone if you’re looking for a more stable yet affordable micro-sized drone.
The 3D X4 comes with bumpers to help protect the blades while you’re flying.
The 3D X4 can fly backwards and perform rolling 180 degree tricks. It comes with 4 extra propellers for those accidents you might have. You can get about 5-7 minutes of flight time on a single charge in about 65 minutes.
8) UDI U839
The UDI U839 came out as a “clone” of the Proto X (#6 in this article). With its 7mm diameter coreless motors, you’ll find that this is one of the most powerful mini-drones on the market.
Its rubber feet make it great for hard landings, and it sports a high-speed mode for outdoor racing (which also helps it challenge the wind).
One of its key features is the replaceable battery. When your first battery dies, simply swap it out for a another one and you’re good to go for a second round.
For the beginner this is a good drone to get your feet wet with drones.
This drone from Syma comes with a built-in camera and a remote. You can fly for a distance of 50 meters.
The DM007 is the first camera drone on our list. For a new pilot who’s looking to experiment with aerial photography, you might want to consider this quadcopter.
It comes with prop guards and landing gear standard, which is nice for a drone this size. However, I have read that the blades tend to pop off (but a little super glue can solve that).