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Best Drones for Less Than $100 – 2017

We’re the Youtube generation, and the popularity of live action videos has dramatically increased the demand for drones. Whether hiking in the mountains or flying through a fireworks display, the photos and videos captured from drones are exceptional. There is nothing else quite like it.

When they first came on the market, drones were prohibitively expensive, but as they became more popular, several companies entered the market with low-cost offerings. If you’re just starting out with this hobby, or your name isn’t Scrooge McMoneypants, there are a number of models that offer truly good value.

HUBSAN X4

This small quadcopter is affordable yet performs well compared to many of the more expensive drones out there. It can fly up to 6-8 minutes, be controlled within a hundred meters, and it comes equipped with a 2-megapixel camera. Its 3.7V 380mAH battery takes only 30 minutes to charge. The drone’s light in color, and bright propellers are easy to make out, so you won’t have a hard time spotting it in a sky full of drones.

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Syma X5UW

This low-cost drone looks stunning and boasts superb performance that’s worth every penny. It has features such as mobile app control, altitude hold, and FPV. It can prowl the skies for 6 to 10 minutes on one charge and has 80 meters control range. The Sygma is a bit bigger and heavier than some of its counterparts, so it’s better suited to outdoor than indoor flights.

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JXD 509W

The WiFi-ready drone builds on the previous accomplishments of its manufacturer. It has a sturdy plastic body and propellers capable of rotating through a full 90 degrees. It looks very modern, and you wouldn’t expect something like this to cost less than a hundred bucks. It is equipped with a 2 MP camera, LED lights and altitude hold feature. It can fly for 6-8 minutes up to 100 meters from its controller.

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JJRC

Outfitted with a 2MP camera with 2-axis adjustable gimbal, the JJRC is a good buy. You can capture multiple angles with the drone since it can tilt in 4 directions. It’s WiFi ready and can transmit video in real time. Its headless mode (control without having to know which way the drone is pointing), and one-key return feature simplify flying, making this a good choice for inexperienced pilots.

Tarantula X16

One of the best-selling drones out there, it features a highly attractive design. It’s quite easy to operate, and the design is transparent enough for the user to make simple repairs. The standard package doesn’t include a camera, though, meaning that you will have to buy it separately. With a large user base, you will find plenty of Youtube videos explaining the ins and outs of this model.

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JJRC H31

Last on our list is the JJRC H31. One of the best performers in the economy range, it can be controlled up to a distance of 150-200 meters, which is an unusually long distance for a quadcopter. It comes with a 2 MP camera, 360 degrees stunts, 6 axis gyro and LED lights to help you know where your drone is.

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DSLR cameras are still the camera of choice if your goal is to capture images with vibrant colors and clear focus. However, even with a wide lens, you will rarely find a perch high enough to take a good landscape shot. On the other hand, drones are simply wonderful when it comes to photographing the world from above. While professional photographers will probably shell out more than $100 for the best quality drones, you should know that there are some very economical options out there for those who just want to record their memories.

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4 comments

  1. Seriously, you don’t have any variety of Tiny Whoop on the list? Just the fact that there’s a huge community around them and zillions of parts and mods easily available warrants a spot.

  2. Tiny Whoop? Not a race frame. Just a for fun frame.
    Not sure I would of put the SRD frame, even though it still a nice frame. Thought there would be a Hyperlite frame on the list.

  3. Thank you for sharing those excellent drones above and they’re becoming more and more popular in recent days.

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