Many folks just getting started with drones seek out low cost drones to get started, yet still want to get the best bang for their buck. Understandably, it can be hard to pick one out with all the options available at a low cost that you can afford. Let us help you pick from our inventory of low cost RTF (Ready to Fly) drones you need to get started with, or possibly as a gift for someone.
“Starter drones” is a term in the drone industry that describes a drone with lots of features, but they may not be as feature filled as high costing pro drones. Sometimes camera features may be less powerful, flight times a little less and GPS function may lack some of the outstanding options a $1000 drone provides.
In most all cases, starter drones come fully ready to fly after being charged. They often have protection bumpers on the wings to help keep them from breaking during a collision that’s inevitable. We will review 4 popular drones we carry below which include as many features as our flyers need to get started flying.
Worried about local laws? All these drones are within FAA parameters and do not require any licensing. And they are easy enough for young flyers to fly.
Lastly, we will point out a few drones just over the $100, and have even more features. The extra few bucks can make a big difference in performance and features, and yet, they still fall under low cost.
Holy Stone HS110D – RTF
Top selling beginner drone, Holy Stone presents its excellent drone HS110D with a 1080p HD FPV Camera. It’s an ideal gift for kids and starters on a low budget. This drone is featured with some famous facilities that will bring joy for any beginner pilot. The safeguard of propellers will protect it ass you learn to fly.
- 20 Minutes Fly time with 2 Batteries
- 1080p HD FPV Camera
- 120 Degree Wide Angle View
- Transmission range 100m
- Video Transmission Range 60m
- Comes complete with spare battery
I really enjoy this drone. It teaches you to fly without any gps interference. The camera, which takes pictures and records video, does a good job at this price point. The flip functions are fun to play with when your friends are around, or the kids. There is an app you can use to only receive video via WiFi. I recommend flying the drone with no phone and using the remote control only.
Best beginner drone hands down!
I never write reviews, but I absolutely love this drone. It was so easy to setup and start flying. I bought all my kids one because of how durable they are. It takes great photos and videos. I recommend this to any beginners. Just wish the batteries would last a lot longer. Last between 15-20 min.
$74.89 – $93.89
Eachine E58 is a great starter toy drone that affords HD pictures and videos with some brilliant features on a flat budget. It’s not a pro drone, but it is more than enough for what it is. This small smart-looking fuselage is effortless to fly smoothly. A highly rated, low cost, ready to fly drone.
- 7-9 Minutes fly time with a single battery
- 2Mp 720p wide-angle camera/Optional 1080p
- Flying range is within 80-100m
- Fpv range 30m
- Folded size:12.5×7.5x5cm, Not folded: 27×19.5x5cm
- Carbon Fiber Body
- Weight: 96g with battery
- Easy to fly
- Tiny enough to carry in pocket
Excellent Quality 100% Satisfied!
Exactly as promised! Order this VERY High Quality Drone without worry. Easy to fly. Excellent quality construction. Amazing for the price. I love this Drone! Truly a great purchase. So much so I am ordering another one as a Birthday gift for my Buddy. Great job EACHINE!
This is a great step into high-end drones giving you a means of how to operate a drone. It is responsive and has many features. It isn’t easy to fly like a cheap drone that doesn’t do much and takes a little getting used too but can give you many hours of fun. I’ve smacked it into a few walls and its fine not even a scratch (on the drone at least lol) I recommend it!
Holy Stone HS140
This Friendly-For-Beginners drone comes with a 1080p camera and Gesture Control mode. Guests can trigger the camera, and it is much more convenient to take pictures and record videos. This drone does Auto Hovering; it also has one key start/landing, headless mode, emergency stop, 3D flips and luminous LED lighting assuring simple control and playing fun. A perfect drone for starters, or newbies to have a easy and stable flight experience.
- HD Camera – 1920*1080 Photos & 1280-720P Video
- 17 minutes fly time
- Transmission frame 20 fps
- 100m control distance
- Can fly 328 feet high
- Highly rated drone
- Weight 140g
- Smart Phone – App Control
Fun Drone! Easy to fly and well built for the price!
Super fun drone. I think it is very well built for how inexpensive it is. I took it out and was zipping around, even got my dogs chasing it around at low altitude, in no time! Easy to fly, video quality is quite good sending through wifi to your phone(where you can record also) and controller easy to use not too crazy!
For the money, definitely worth it!
This is a great beginner drone for the ones that have not flown much. The controls are easy to learn and the drone flies great. Its also nice that you can stream the video stream to your phone. Before you do this make sure you connect your phone to the drones wifi. The video feed works good as long as the drone is not to far away from you. I would recommend this drone to my friends. Its a great low cost starter drone if yours looking into getting into the hobby.
This small low cost starter drone will assist you like a pro with all of its outstanding features at a little investment. SNAPTAIN S5C has a stunning eye-catchy look with cool led lights. Best choice for beginners and kids to get a bucket full of satisfaction with joy. If you are discovering being an amateur drone enthusiast on a small budget, then this UAV will be the perfect suggestion for your entertainment.
- 720p HD Video
- 1280*720 Photo Resolution
- Fly time 8-10 minutes with a single battery
- Controlling range 80m
- Fpv range 40m
- Simply press one button, it will take off, land or return to your command. Smart voice control, headless mode, and the fascinating 360° Flips & Rolls
- Altitude-Hold function ensures a steady hover in the air at a certain altitude. Great aerial pictures and videos are feasible thanks to this function.
I will say that this is perfect for beginners. I saw a fpv drone racing video and wanted to dive right in, but through some research I decided to scale it back and get an affordable one to start with.
Assembly was easy and I was up and flying right away. Battery life is limited, but it does come with 2. If you don’t plan on using the app features, you can just use the remote and get in more flying time. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to get into drone flying.
This is my first drone. I’m a total beginner but I was able to record video I took with its onboard camera as soon as I was ready to fly. I have crashed so many times I think this little thing is indestructible. This thing is tough. I’m flying it better every time I fly it, by the way I clocked the flight time of the batteries and when it landed automatically it was shy of the 10 minutes (9:50’s or so) and it still communicated with my iPhone to download video to my photos thru the air. Awesome!
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