Best Cheap Drones For 2018

Best Cheap DronesThe Best Cheap Drones For Beginners

Why Buy a Cheap Drone? Because these quadcopters are inexpensive, Include a variety of features and modes that make them easy for kids and adults to fly.

Best of all, they allow you to have a good time without worrying about crashing and losing a major investment.

A good quality, affordable drone with a camera can now be purchased that has many of the latest features found in more expensive models.

In general, These budget friendly drones range in price from 50.00 to 300.00. Most come with a HD Video Camera for FPV viewing and have 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 camera 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 taking pictures and video
  • Headless Mode – Once activated, the pilot is able to fly the drone without the need to worry about which direction the front 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 RC 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.

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  1. Holy Stone F181 RC Drone
  2. Syma X5UW HD Camera Drone
  3. DBPOWER MJX X400W
  4. Holy Stone HS200 Drone
  5. UDI RC U842 Falcon RC Quadcopter
  6. Syma X8HG Drone
  7. Force1 U45W Blue Jay
  8. Altair AA108
  9. U818PLUS WIFI FPV
  10. Holy Stone HS100 FPV 

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

This list includes some cool cheap drones from top drone manufacturers like Syma, UDI and Hubsan. Perfect for both beginners and novice that have never tried flying an rc drone before.

To increase flight time, It is highly recommended that you also purchase an extra set of props and an extra battery or two. Also don’t forget the batteries for the remote control. (Most take 4 AA)


Best Cheap Drones with Camera for 2018


1. Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter Drone

Holy Stone F181

The Holy Stone F181 is a great starter drone. Built sturdy enough to withstand some hard landings.

Has a Sleek design and fitted with a 2 megapixel camera. Offers novice and advanced flight modes along with a cool auto flip feature.

Comes with two batteries for longer flight time and replaceable parts can be bought separately. Another plus is the outstanding customer service offered by Holy Stone with over 1600 positive reviews on Amazon.

The Holy Stone F181G Drone with Camera and LCD Screen is also available

Features:Specifications:
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:
F181 Quadcopter
2.4G Remote Transmitter
2 – USB charging cable
2 – 3.7V 750mAh LiPO Batteries
4  spare blades
Protection frames
Landing skids
Screwdriver
User Manual

 The F181 is Highly Rated and considered one of the best starter drones on the market.

 


2. Syma X5UW HD Camera Drone

SYMA X5UWThe 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.

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

 

Syma X5UW contents

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

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

 


3. DBPOWER MJX X400W Quadcopter with Camera

DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV RC Quadcopter DroneThe 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.

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

 

MJX X400W FPV

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

This is an affordable drone that offers a lot of great features and flying fun.  Not surprising that it is one of Amazon’s top rated drones.

 


4. Holy Stone HS200 Drone with HD 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 smartphone, to access such features like Gravity SENSOR Mode, which allows the user to control the flight by holding and moving the smartphone accordingly.

Comes with a 720P HD REAL TIME Video Camera for FPV viewing, you can stream a live video and/or photo feed while flying!  Also offers 4 speed modes from low to high.

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

Easy smartphone control, suitable for both beginner and intermediate pilots to enjoy.

 


5. 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.

Features:Specifications:
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:
U842 Quadcopter
Controller
2 – 3.7V Batteries
USB Charger
2GB micro SD card
SD Card Reader
Set Blades (4pc)
User Manual
Screwdriver

Its ability to perform tricks makes it the ultimate outdoor drone for beginners.

 


6. Syma X8HG Drone with HD Camera

Syma X8HG 8.0 MP HD Camera DroneThe 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 many GoPro camera models.

Other Syma X8 Series Camera Drones available for sale
Syma X8C VentureSyma X8W FPVSyma X8HWSyma X8HC With 2MP HD Camera

Features:Specifications:
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 Drone

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

A fun and reliable drone for amateur photography and videography at an affordable price.

 


7. Force1 U45W Blue Jay 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 functionality.

Features One button take off & landing, Custom Flight Path and Custom route mode, Simply 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 the 2MP camera.

Features:Specifications:
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:

U45W Drone
4Ghz Controller
2 – 7V 500mAh Battery
4GB SanDisk Micro SD Card
SD Card Reader
USB Battery Charger
Power Bank
4 Spare Propellers
Screwdriver
User Manual

A perfect choice for novice pilots with  features typically found on higher end models.

 


8. Altair AA108 Camera Drone

 

Altair AA108 Camera DroneThe Altair AA108 is a small sleek and durable quadcopter that offers many standard features and 3 flight modes. Comes with a 120 Degree Wide-Angle 720P HD camera that takes good quality photos and videos.

Equipped with the latest safety features which include- Out of range alarm, emergency landing function, and low battery alarm.

It also has custom route modes, Use your smartphone to draw a path on your mobile screen and the drone will fly according to your flight line.

Bonus Battery for extra flight time, A great drone for beginners and is easy to fly indoors as well.

Features:Specifications:
Headless ModeCamera: Wide-Angle 720P HD
Altitude HoldFPV Transmission: YES
1-button takeoff & landingControl distance: 100 meters
 One-key returnFlight Time: 10 minutes
Virtual Reality ModeCharging Time: 20 minutes

 

Altair AA108 Camera Drone box

Package Includes:
Altair Aerial
2  Batteries
USB Charging Cable
Mem Card Reader (Mem Card Not Included)
4  Extra Propellers
screwdriver
User Manual

A small, feature rich drone designed for those on a budget.

 


9. U818PLUS WIFI FPV Drone With 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.

Features:Specifications:
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

 

U818PLUS

Package Includes:
U818PLUS
Controller
7.4V  Drone Battery
USB Charger
1 set Blades (4pcs)
User Manual
4GB TF Card and Card Reader

The U818PLUS offers a lot of features and function at a reasonable price.

 


10. Holy Stone HS100 FPV Drone with Camera and GPS

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 a lost signal.

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

Features:Specifications:
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:

HS100 Drone
Transmitter
7.4V 2500mAh Li-ion Battery
8G TF Card
Card Reader
USB Charging Cable
4 -Extra Propellers
2 -Extra Propeller Guards
2 Extra Landing Feet
Screwdriver
Manual

If you want a Good quality camera drone that comes with outstanding Holy-Stone customer support, then the Holy Stone HS100 may be just what you’re looking for.

 


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 to fly.

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