10 Popular Cheap Drones with Cameras For 2018

Cheap Drones with CamerasCheap Drones with Cameras are some of the most popular consumer models.

These hobby drones are very popular because they’re relatively inexpensive, easy to use, durable and a lot of fun to fly.

When it comes to drones, you’re typically looking at Cheap Toy Drones for Kids or at more expensive drones meant for Professionals. But Today’s Drone Technology offers cheap alternatives to help you break into the hobby without breaking the bank.

A good quality, affordable drone with a camera can now be purchased that has many of the latest features found in more expensive models. A great choice because these Cheap Drones allow you to have a good time without worrying about watching your investment crash to the ground or have it disappear into a tree top.

In general, These Hobby Drones range in price from 50.00 to 300.00. Most come with a typical  2.4GHz basic radio transmitter, 6-Axis Gyro Stabilization and an average flying time of around 6-10 minutes. All of the models on this list are (RTF) ready-to-fly right out of the box.

These Drones offer new features like Headless mode, Altitude hold, Return Home, A Flip Button and all have at least a 2.0 mp camera or better. You will obviously not get the amazing shots and the same stable video that you would get with a more expensive professional drone, but they do offer beginners and novice pilots a chance to experience aerial photography and FPV at a reasonable price.

Here is a brief explanation of some of the new features:

  • Altitude Hold – With the push of a button, set your drone to hover at your preferred altitude. This makes controlling the drone much easier and stabilizes the camera for aerial photography and videography.
  • Headless Mode – Once activated, the pilot is able to fly the drone to any location without the need to worry about which direction the drone is facing.
  • Return Home – button will trigger your quadcopter drone to fly back to the take off position.
  • FPV – First person view allows you to see what the drone see’s in real time.

In order to keep up with the ever changing market of Remote Control Drones, You would have to search Banggood, Gearbest and Amazon along with other sites on a regular basis to find out about the latest new quadcopters available on the market. My goal is to save you time in your search and offer you information about some of the most current and popular models you can buy.

These low cost Drones would make a good choice for anyone looking to get into the hobby.

It includes some cool new drones from top hobby drone manufacturers like Syma, UDI and Hubsan. Perfect for both beginners and novice drone enthusiasts alike.

To increase flight time, It is highly recommended that you also purchase an extra set of props and an extra battery or two.

Cheap Drones with Cameras for 2018

U818PLUS WIFI FPV Drone With Wide-Angle HD 2MP Camera

U818PLUS WIFI FPV Drone With Wide-Angle HD 2MP Camera



The U818PLUS WIFI FPV Drone has a 60 meter range and can stream FPV video to your phone, Offers 15 minutes of flight time and a couple new features not common in drones in this price range.

One is VR Mode and the addition of a Custom Flight Route Mode, Just draw a flight line on the mobile phone screen and the drone will fly according to the flight line. Can be controlled by APP with your smartphone (compatible with IOS / Android systems). Equipped with an 720P HD camera for real-time Wifi FPV video recording. Has a lot of features and function at a reasonable price.

Headless ModeCamera: 720 HD 120 Degree
Altitude HoldCharging Time: 120 minutes
One key takeoff/landFlight Time: 15 minutes
App Controlled FunctionsControl distance: 60 meters
Low battery alarmBattery: 7.4V 1000 mAh


Package Includes:
1× U818PLUS
1× Controller
1× 7.4V (3.7V×2) Drone Battery
1× USB Charger
1× Blades (4pcs/1 set)
1× User Manual
1x 4GB TF Card and Card Reader
Spare Battery Seach Asin: B074FXLSF8



Holy Stone HS100 GPS FPV RC Drone with Adjustable Wide-Angle 720P HD WIFI Camera

Holy Stone HS100 GPS FPV RC Drone with Adjustable Wide-Angle 720P HD WIFI Camera



The Holy Stone HS100 comes with a wide angle HD camera that takes clear still and video pictures in high definition. The 720P HD WIFI camera is motorized and can be moved up and down (90 degrees) from the controller, which is very cool.

This drone offers features usually found on more expensive drones, like the popular “Follow Me Mode” and Auto Return Home (RTH), which is nice to have when the battery gets low or in case of signal lose.

Has the standard Altitude hold, Headless Mode and a one-key take-off and landing button on transmitter that make it stable in the air and easy to fly for beginners.

If you want a Good quality camera drone that won’t break the bank and comes with outstanding Holy-Stone customer support, then the Holy Stone HS100 may be just what your looking for.

Headless ModeCamera: 2MP
Altitude HoldFPV Transmission: YES
GPS assistedControl distance: 500 meters
 one-key returnFlight Time: 12-15 minutes
LED LightsCharging Time: 180 minutes


Holy Stone HS100

Package Includes:
1 x HS100 Drone
1 x Transmitter
1 x 7.4V 2500mAh Li-ion Battery
1 x 8G TF Card
1 x Card Reader
1 x USB Charging Cable
4 x Extra Propellers (under the white foam box)
2 x Extra Propeller Guards
2 x Extra Landing Feet
1 x Screwdriver for Motors and Blades
1 x Manual


Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone

Holy Stone F181


The Holy Stone F181 is a great beginner drone .  Has a Sleek design and easy to fly with a little practice. It comes with novice and advanced flight modes as well as a great auto flip feature. It is fitted with a 2 megapixel camera and is built sturdy enough to withstand some hard landings.

Comes with two batteries for longer flight time. Replaceable parts can be bought separately. Camera quality is about what you can expect in this price range. Another plus is the outstanding customer service offered by Holy Stone with over 1600 positive reviews on Amazon.

Headless ModeCamera: 2MP
Altitude HoldCharging Time: 80 minutes
One Key Return ButtonFlight Time: 7 to 9 minutes
 360º StuntControl distance: 100 meters
 LED Lights Battery: 3.7V 750mAh LiPO

Holy Stone F181 contents

Package Includes:
1 x Quadcopter
1 x 2.4G Remote Transmitter
2 x USB charging cable
2 x 3.7V 750mAh LiPO Batteries
4 x Rotating blade
4 x Protection frames
2 x Landing skids
1 x Screwdriver
1 x User Manual


Requires 4x AA batteries for the transmitter


Syma X5UW Wifi FPV 720P HD Camera Quadcopter Drone



The SYMA X5UW is equipped with 720P WIFI camera and has a new Stylish design and a bit better build quality than most cheap drones in this price range. Compared to its predecessor the Syma X5C-1. This quadcopter has a new body style that has shorter legs and better battery design, the bright red color makes the aircraft more visible in the sky as well as on the ground.

It can be flown with the transmitter or with the SYMA APP on your smart phone (IOS and Android). The  “SYMA GO “APP not only has a remarkable interface, but also offers some great functions, One key take-off and land, One key return to home, Virtual waypoint mission (without GPS), Dual flight speed rates (High and Low), along with Low-voltage and overcurrent protection.

If you are looking for a first quad or a cheap drone with a camera and awesome features, the Syma X5UW is a very solid choice.

Headless ModeCamera: 720P HD
Altitude HoldCharging time: About 130 minutes
360º StuntFlight Time: 7 minutes
 Low Voltage AlertBattery: 3.7v 500mah Li-ion (included)
FPV Distance: 40mControl distance: 100 meters

Syma X5UW contents

Package Includes:
1× Syma X5UW quadcopter drone
1× Remote Control
4× Props
4× Prop Protectors
1× Screwdriver
1× 4G Memory Card
1× Card Reader
1× USB Charger
1× Mobile Phone Retaining Clip
2× 3.7V 500mAh Lithium Batteries
1× Instructions

REQUIRES 4 x 1.5V AA batteries (not included)


UDI RC U842 Falcon RC Quadcopter with HD Camera

UDI RC U842 Falcon RC Quadcopter


The UDI Falcon provides a fun way for beginners to enter the world of quadcopters. The U842 Falcon is equipped with an 720p HD resolution camera allowing you to record your aerial adventures in HD quality video at the push of a button.

Comes with detachable propellers guards to protect against light collisions. It is designed for stability and ease of use, A high speed mode for more advanced pilots or to compensate for windier conditions and a low speed mode ideal for beginners.

Its ability to perform tricks makes it a fun way to enjoy the drone flying hobby. Finally, a relatively affordable price means that you can enjoy the Falcon’s many appealing features even if you are on a tight budget. The ultimate outdoor drone for beginners.

High and low speed modesCamera: 720p HD
Low voltage alarmFlight Time: 6-8 minutes
360º StuntCharging Time: 120 minutes
 LED LightsControl distance: 80 meters
Prop Guards3.7V*2 1000mAh lithium battery

UDI RC U842 Falcon RC Quadcopter

Package Includes:
1×U842 Quadcopter
2×3.7V×2 Drone Battery
1×USB Charger
1×2GB microSD car
1×SD Card Reader
1×Set Blades (4pc)
1×User Manual
1× One Screwdriver


Requires 4x AA batteries for the Controller


Syma X8HG 8.0 MP HD Camera Drone

Syma X8HG 8.0 MP HD Camera DroneDescription:

The SYMA X8HG is the upgraded version of the X8. It sports a DJI Phantom appearance and an 8MP HD camera capable of recording at 720p resolution. Capture your friends and family from different aerial views and see the world from a new angle.

The included 8MP HD camera is made by Syma and can be easily detached and reattached from the drone. If you prefer to use another action camera, the holding case is compatible with all GoPro models. Another very useful feature is “Altitude Hold” good for getting that perfect shot.

It’s definitely not the best camera drone on the market, but for this price, it’s a good buy. With Two Speed Modes, it’s a great pick for beginners and novice alike. A fun and reliable drone for amateur photography and videography at an affordable price.

Headless ModeCamera: 8MP
Altitude HoldFPV Transmission: NO
360º StuntControl distance: 70 meters
LED LightsFlight Time: 5-7 minutes
 7.4V 2000mA Lipo BatteryCharging Time: 180 minutes


Syma X8HG 8.0 MP HD Camera DronePackage Includes:
1× Syma X8HG RC Quadcopter
1× Transmitter (Mode 2)
1× 8.0MP HD Camera
2× Pair Spare Propellers
1×  7.4V 2000mAh Li-po Battery
4× Landing Gear
4× Propeller Guard Ring
1× Balance Charger
1× Power Adapter
1× 4GB Memory Card
1× English Manual


Requires 4x AA batteries for the Controller


Syma X8 Series Camera Drones

Syma X8C VentureSyma X8W FPVSyma X8HWSyma X8HC With 2MP HD Camera

 Force1 U45W Blue Jay WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

Force1 U45W Blue Jay WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone


The U45 Blue Jay is one of UDI’s most tricked out models yet! Comes with upgraded VR compatibility and WiFi FPV (first person view) functionality.  One Button Take Off & Landing, Custom Flight Path, Custom Route Mode: Trace the desired flight path on the mobile app screen and the drone will fly along the path unassisted and capture 720p HD aerial photos and videos with 2MP camera.

This quadcopter’s lightweight, ready to fly design makes it a perfect choice for novice pilots and experienced flyers, with tons of the latest features typically found on higher end models.

Headless ModeCamera: 2MP / 720 HD VIDEO
Altitude HoldFPV Transmission: YES
one-key returnControl distance: 100 meters
 LED LightsFlight Time: 15 minutes
 360º StuntCharging Time: 90 to 120 minutes


Force1 U45W Blue Jay WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

Package Includes:
1× U45W Drone
1× 4Ghz Controller
1× 7V 500mAh Battery x 2
1×4GB SanDisk Micro SD Card
1× SD Card Reader
1× USB Battery Charger
1× Power Bank
1× Spare Propellers x 4
1× Screwdriver
1× User Manual


Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone with HD Wifi Camera

Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone



The HS200W is equipped with a lot of the latest features. Press the “One button take-off/Landing” button, the drone will take off automatically, Press the button again, it will slowly land to ground.

The drone can be controlled by either remote or an APP on your smart phone, to access such features like Gravity SENSOR Mode, which allows the user to control the flight by holding and moving the smart phone accordingly.

Comes with a 720P HD REAL TIME Video Camera (2MP, 1280×720 Pixel) for FPV viewing, you can stream a live video and/or photo feed while flying!  Also offers 4 speed modes from low to high, suitable for both beginner and expert to enjoy.

Headless ModeCamera: 720P HD / 2MP
Altitude HoldFPV Transmission: YES
One-key returnControl distance: 100 meters
 LED LightsFlight Time: 7-9 minutes
 360º StuntCharging Time: 60 minutes

Holy Stone HS200 FPV RC Drone with HD Wifi Camera

Package Includes:
1× HS200 Quadcopter with Camera
1× 2.4GHz Controller
1× Phone Holder
1× USB Charger
4× Spare Propellers
1× 4GB Micro-SD Card
1× Card Reader
1× 3.7V 650mAh LiPo Battery
1× User Manual
1× Screwdriver

Requires 4x AA batteries for the transmitter


DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV RC Quadcopter Drone with Wifi Camera

DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV RC Quadcopter Drone


The MJX X400W FPV drone is a reliable and durable drone with a camera that offers an affordable option for pilots looking to experiment with aerial photography and FPV. Stable enough for newbies, but packed with enough features for more advanced pilots.

One of its popular features is FPV (First Person View) real time video transmission, using your mobile phone and compatible with 3D VR HEADSETS on the MJX FPV APP, so you can then see exactly what the camera sees in real time.

This is an affordable drone that offers a lot of great features and flying fun.

Headless ModeCamera: C4005 Wifi
LED LightsFPV Transmission: YES
360º StuntControl distance: 100 meters
 One-key returnFlight Time: 9 minutes
Charging Time: 120 minutes




Package Includes:
1× Quadcopter with camera
1× Transmitter
1× 3.7V 750mAh battery
1× USB charging cable
4× Spare propeller blades
1× User Manual



Requires 3x AA batteries for the transmitter


These Cheap Drones with Cameras may not have all of the flashy features of more high-end quadcopter drones, but they offer a great way to get you flying without a large investment upfront.

The drone market is filled with many choices and the technology is advancing at a rapid pace. Drone manufacturers are introducing new drones all the time, supplying a steady stream of featured packed models for consumers and pros alike.

We will be updating this post as new models are released to the consumer drone market.