If you’re in the market for a drone, one of the most intimidating parts is looking at the price tag. We’ve already covered our favorite toy drones and kid drones, but what are the best drones for the price in these categories?
High-end drones can easily take you above $1000, but luckily today’s drone technology offers cheap alternatives to help you break into the hobby without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a crash-prone beginner looking for a drone to get you started or an advanced pilot just wanting another drone to play around with, Buy The Best Drone is here to help with this list of 10 cheap drones (under $150) for sale in 2016.
1. HELI-MAX 1SQ V-CAM – $130
Starting out the list with the highest price, the Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam is an inexpensive way to start trying out aerial video and photography.
This cheap drone comes equipped with a 720p camera for videos or still photos controlled by a transmitter, with the main benefit being able to start and stop video recording while in flight. As far as flying goes, the Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam has the added benefit of four individual rotors for more stable and easier flight.
If you’re not looking for a cheap drone with a camera but the Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam has caught your eye, the Heli-Max 1SQ is the model without a camera and goes for about $100.
2. UDI U818A HD+ – $110 (Green) $100 (Black)
The newest version of the well-known UDI U818A, the HD+ takes the maneuverability and durability of the original model and adds a few new features to make a cheap drone that will be especially appealing to new pilots.
One new feature is the return home mode, getting the drone back to you with the ease of a button. Another feature is what’s called headless mode, allowing you to get the hang of flying without worrying about what way the drone is pointing. The HD+ also features an upgraded 720p with a 4GB SD card included. They also throw in an extra battery to double your fly time.
The original UDI U818A is another cheap drone worth mentioning at about $45, but doesn’t include the return home, headless mode, or upgraded camera featured on the HD+.
3. AIR HOGS HELIX X4 STUNT – $100
Out of all the cheap drones listed, the Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt is probably the most durable. The frame is made of dense foam, so this is a cheap drone made to definitely take a crash and keep flying. Ducted fans make for more stable flight and means the propellers are protected by foam bumpers.
Like its name suggests, the Helix X4 Stunt has no problem busting out aerial tricks with its easy one-button rolls and flips. While the foam frame is durable, it’s also very light, so this drone is going to fly best indoors.
4. SKY VIPER V950 HD – $90
The Sky Viper V950 HD is a cheap drone with some very cool camera features for anyone wanting to get into aerial videography and photography.
The V950 HD’s 720p camera comes with a 4GB SD card and is adjustable up to 130 degrees with the added bonus of simply pressing a button to capture full 360 degree panoramic views mid-flight, a feature rarely seen at this price point.
This cheap drone doesn’t skimp on fun flying either, allowing for aerial stunts like barrel rolls with the easy touch of a button. The Sky Viper V950 HD also has a resilient polypropylene frame, just in case one of those barrel rolls turns into a nose dive.
5. HUBSAN X4 H107C – $80
The Hubsan X4 H107C is a very popular cheap drone, mainly because it comes with features that are appealing to both beginners and more advanced pilots.
The main feature with this broad appeal is the X4’s two separate modes, Beginner and Expert. Beginner mode gives you less sensitivity during flight to get the hang of the controls, while Expert mode gives a boost to controls’ sensitivity and the ability to do front, back, and sideways flips.
The latest X4 H107C model has been updated with a higher quality 720p camera and the package also comes with a second battery for more flying time. This cheap drone is small enough for indoor flight, but can handle moderate to heavy winds despite its compact design.
6. BLADE NANO QX RTF QUADCOPTER – $75
The Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter is a versatile cheap drone with great features to get the hang of flying indoors. One of the main features beginners will enjoy about the Blade Nano is its SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology, which helps with two very necessary skills for beginners: taking off and not crashing.
This cheap drone also has two modes of flight: a stability mode while you’re practicing your pilot skills, and agility mode for more advanced maneuvers and greater speeds. Whichever mode you’re flying in, the Blade Nano can also just hover in the air if you need to take a break.
7. AIR HOGS MILLENNIUM FALCON QUADCOPTER – $75
Another cheap drone from Air Hogs, the Millennium Falcon Quadcopter is a fun addition to this list for any Star Wars fans looking to get into flying. True to the iconic Star Wars ship, this drone has authentic LED lights and sounds and even a hyperdrive stunt to make sure you make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.
The Millennium Falcon Quadcoper isn’t just all looks, lights, and sounds though. It has many features to make it a viable cheap drone, including an extremely durable foam body, four concealed propellers, and an impressive 200-foot flying range.
8. PARROT MINIDRONE ROLLING SPIDER $70
The Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider is a cheap drone with the cool flexibility of having two different ways to pilot. Either fly it normally with the propellers or attach the wheels to roll up the wall, ceiling, or across the floor.
Another unique feature is this cheap drone is controlled through your smartphone or tablet with the Freeflight 3 application, which also includes programmed stunts like flips and spins. The Rolling Spider does have the added bonus of a 360p camera, but it’s going to be a step below the other drones on this list with 720p cameras.
9. SYMA X5C – $45
The Syma X5C is a very popular cheap drone for beginners. It doesn’t have a lot of extra features, but for the low price you get a stable and responsive quadcopter great for learning. This cheap drone even comes with a camera, and while it may not be on par with other cheap drones with cameras on this list, the addition of a camera makes the Syma X5C a well-rounded learner drone for this price point.
10. CHEERSON CX-10 MINI – $15
It makes sense the cheapest drone on this list also happens to be the smallest. Like the name suggests, the Cheerson CX-10 Mini is definitely tiny, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Despite its small size, the CX-10 Mini is still a stable quadcopter with three modes for adjusting the sensitivity of the controls and the ability to to pull off more advanced maneuvers. The low price makes it an inexpensive and no-nonsense drone for beginners to learn on or a fun little drone for more advanced pilots to fly around the house.
The 10 cheap drones we just went over may not have all of the flashy features of more high-end drones, but they still offer a great gateway to getting you off the ground and into a fun and quickly growing hobby. Whether you’re more interested in stunts, photography, or still trying to figure out what your favorite part about flying drones is, any one of these options can give you an inexpensive way to find out. These cheap drones are a solid snapshot of what sort of features make drones such a fun hobby. We hope one of these drones gets you into the sky, enjoying the hobby, and thinking about what you’ll want in the next addition to your collection.