Top 10 drones you can buy for less than $100 [2017]

Today we are talking about top 10 inexpensive drones that can be bought for less than $100! In this price range, really cool devices can be bought! So, carefully read the list.

Some prices may have changed since publishing this article. We are giving our best to regularly update our list of cheap drones with camera.

Last update : Monday, January 9, 2017

The drone industry is developing remarkably fast; new low cost drones are coming to the market with new features and at lower prices. Nowadays it is easy to find and purchase an inexpensive drones, so today we will talk about top drones that can be bought for less than $100.

From toys to professional quads, soon everyone will own a quadcopter as the world embraces this new useful and fun technology. To help you decide what’s the best inexpensive drone for your needs and budget, we bring you a list of the top 10 drones under $100 you can acquire online.

NOTE: if you don’t find what you’re looking for on this page, I suggest you reading our top 10 drones for less than $200 list?. Follow us as we take on the sky! It’s time to find out what’s the best drone under $100 you can buy:

Table of Best cheap drones under 100 bucks :

NameImageSkill requiredCameraFlight timeControl rangePrice
10. SYMA X5C1Syma-X5C1-1Beginner2 MP8 minutes60 metersSee it!
9. MJX X400MJX-X400-1Beginner0.3 MP8 minutes100 metersSee it!
8. SYMA X8Csyma-x8cBeginner2 MP12 minutes200 metersSee it!
7. JXD 509Vpioneer-jxd-509vBeginner1 MP7 minutes80 metersSee it!
6. JJRC H31jjrc-h31-revew-test-flightBeginnerNo cam.10 minutes150 metersSee it!
5. Tarantula X6tarantula-x6BeginnerNo cam.10 minutes100 metersSee it!
4. JJRC H26WJJRC-H26WBeginner2 MP7 minutes300 metersSee it!
3. JXD 509Wjxd-509w-2-1Beginner2 MP8 minutes100 metersSee it!
2. Syma X5UWsyma-x5uwBeginner2 MP8 minutes100 metersSee it!
1. Hubsan X4hubsanx4Beginner2 MP8 minutes100 metersSee it!

10. Syma X5C1

Syma-X5C1

SYMA X5C1

Syma X5C1 is the upgraded version of the X5C, one of Syma’s greatest successes. Ready-to-fly out of the box, a highly recommend cheap quadcopter and one of the most bought in the market. Its 7x20mm four motors give him enough power to transport small lightweight objects when the camera is removed. The camera is 2MP and as mentioned it is easily unmountable, not using it increases the quadcopter flight time from 6 to 8 minutes. This is due to the X5C1 using battery power from its 3.7V 500mAh to both maintain the quad and the camera. Perfect for indoor and outdoor flight. This is great pick for all of you looking for an affordable but still quality drone. This is probably cheapest drone with camera. Since it comes with prop guard in the box, you can fly it indoors too. When you learn how to fly it, I suggest removing prop guard, camera and landing gear. Drone will lose some weight that way and flight time will increase while motility will be much better. Many people will agree Syma X5C1 is one of the best cheap drones with camera.

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Features Specifications
2MP Camera Frequency: 2.4GHz
6 axis gyro Maximum distance : 60 meters
360 stunt Flight time : 8 to 10 minutes
LED Lights Charging time : 60 minutes via USB
4 channel remote Size : 31.0 x 31.0 x 8cm

Read next: What’s the best drone to buy for less than $300?

 

9. MJX X400

MJX X400

MJX X400

MJX X400 greatest feature is the FPV (First Person View) Real Time Transmission. This is done using a WiFi FPV camera C4005 0.3 megapixels that connects to your iOS or Android smartphone through an app. Enabling you to see directly on your phone screen what the X400 is recording. For a drone of this price it is an amazing feature. Due to its powerful 3.7V 750mAh battery it is still capable of a 8 minute flight time while recording and transmitting FPV. The cheapest FPV full experience. Some people asked me if this best low cost drone (?) can be used to record weddings etc. Answer is simple – NO. MJX X400 is great for this price but for recording weddings etc. you need something more professional. You won’t find that in low cost drones range.

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Features Specifications
WiFi 0.3MP Camera Frequency : 2.4GHz
Headless Mode Maximum distance : 100 meters
6 axis gyro Flight time : 8 minutes
360 stunt Charging time: 90 minutes
LED Lights 4 Channel remote
One key return Size: 32 x 32 x 7 cm

 

8. Syma X8C

syma-x8c

Syma X8C

Syma is a drone brand known to us all, their previous successful products have gained them a high credibility in the industry. One of the most recent products is the X8C, a large quad aesthetically resembling the DJI Phantom. It is a somewhat heavy quadcopter, 601g with the battery and camera installed. To withstand all this weight, X8C has big propellers and uses a large 2S 2000mAh battery to power its brushed motors. All this power gives him a 12 minute flight duration and a flight distance of up to 200 meters. As expected of a quadcopter this size it is ultra stable, wind resistant and has durable shell. Packed with a 2MP low-performance camera, it flies better without it, a mobius or 808 camera is better instead. To conclude, Syma X8C is definitely one of the the best cheap camera drones.

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Features Specifications
2MP Camera Frequency : 2.4GHz
Headless mode Maximum distance: 200 meters
6 axis gyro Flight time : 12 minutes
360 Stunt Charging time : 120 minutes (via USB)
LED Lights 4 Channel remote
Size : 50 x 50 x 19 cm

 

7. JXD 509V

pioneer-jxd-509v

JXD 509V

Here we are, the top 3 best quadcopter under 100 currently in the market. In third place is the amazing Pioneer JXD 509V! Packed with great features, more than any other same price drone. Such components include: One-Key Return (drone returns to pilot), Altitude Holder (drone maintains height by itself, allowing pilot to focus on the video) and it also has Headless Mode (easier orientation). Additionally, it comes with a VGA module camera, decent image quality but not the 2MP advertised in the package. The camera can tilt 30º angle, allowing different points of view. 509V only has 80 meter maximum control distance, which is the only negative side of it, however the features make up for it. The 3.7V 600mAh battery powers up to 10 minutes of flight time. If want a good quadcopter with useful features this is it!

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Features Specifications
VGA module Camera Remote Frequency: 2.4 GHz
6 Axis Gyro Control Distance: 80 meters
360º Stunt Flight Time: 10 minutes
Headless Mode  Charging Time: 60 minutes
Altitude Holder  Drone Size: 30 x 30 x 9.6 cm
One key return  LED Lights

 

6. JJRC H31 – waterproof!

JJRC H31

JJRC H31

This spot in our list of top 10 best quadcopter under 100 goes to JJRC H31, the cheapest and yet longest distance quadcopter available for this price. H31 is a simple drone, it does not have many features but it is a great beginner friendly quadcopter with a control distance of 150+ meters. It is one of the most sold low-cost drones at the moment, due to its high stability and great flying performances. I have tested one by myself and I know what I’m saying. I have also tested many other drones in this “cheaper” price range, and trust me, JJRC H31 is one of the drones I always recommend when someone asks me questions like “I’m buying my first drone, what’s your suggestion?”. It’s also noticeable that JJRC H31 comes with prop guards and nice landing legs. Since it’s small/medium size and it has a prop guard, you should be able to fly it indoors without any problems.

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Features Specifications
2MP Camera Frequency: 2.4GHz
6 axis gyro Maximum distance: 150-200 meters
360 stunt Flight time : 8-10 minutes
LED Lights Charging time : 30-45 minutes

 

5. Tarantula X6

tarantula-x6Tarantula X16 is a neat quadcopter with a different design to what we are used to see. It comes without camera, but you can buy one separately. It has also enough power to lift up some random action camera such a GoPro. Tarantula X6 was one of the best selling drones in 2015. There are many reasons why’s that so. First of all, you can easily fix it by yourself (in most of cases). For an example, motors can be replaced easier than on any other drone. Now you’re probably wondering why would anyone want to replace its motors. Well, that’s because rc motors can burn out sometimes. When it happens, you can easily order new motor from Amazon for few dollars and replace it by yourself. There are many tutorials on youtube so you should be fine with that. The 7.4V 1200mAh LiPo battery powers up to 10-12 minutes of flight time. Besides that, Tarantula X6 has a control range between 80 to 100 meters. Very solid and quality drone in my opinion. It’s no surprise this drone has many “followers”, there are tens of groups on Facebook related to this drone where owners exchange their experiences and opinions.

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Features Specifications
Camera is bought separately Remote Frequency: 2.4 GHz
6 Axis Gyro Control Distance: 80 to 100 meters
360º Stunt Flight Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Headless Mode  Charging Time: 100 minutes
LED Lights

 

4. JJRC H26W

JJRC H26W

JJRC H26W.

JJRC has been producing great products in the last few months, turning them into one of the most innovative companies manufacturing low-cost drones. Why is H26W an outstanding product for its price? First of all, it comes with a 2MP camera with a 2-Axis adjustable gimbal. Meaning you can tilt the gimbal in four directions, allowing for different recording angles. FPV (real time video) transmission is done via WiFi directly to your device, this works through a free to download app available for both Android and iOS. H26W also includes two useful features, Headless Mode (easier orientation) and One-key Return (drone returns to pilot). On top of all that it has an above average control distance, a good 300 meters!

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Features Specifications
2MP FPV WiFi Camera Remote Frequency: 2.4 GHz
6 Axis Gyro Control Distance: 300 meters
360º Stunt Flight Time: 6 to 7 minutes
Headless Mode  Charging Time: 60 minutes
One-Key Return  Drone Size: 45 x 45 x 18 cm
LED Lights

 

3. JXD 509W

jxd 509w drone

JXD 509G

1st place on our list of top 10 drones under $100 is reserved for JXD 509W. The 509W is WiFi version of extremely popular 509G drone.  It is made of ABS plastic and the propellers are flexible for 90º, ensuring it won’t bend or break easily when hitting and crashing. It has a professional look to it and packs great features as well as competitive specifications. Featuring Altitude Holder, One-Key Home Return, Headless Mode, Automatic Landing, there is no other quadcopter within this price range with so many useful features. FPV is decent quality, good controlling range. 509W drone covers all you need for amazing and fun flights at the lowest cost possible. Do you agree this is the best drone under $100? Share your thinking with us using the comment form below. I believe this is the best cheap drones with camera!

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Features Specifications
2MP Camera Frequency : 2.4 GHz
Headless mode Maximum distance : 100 meters
One key return home Flight time : 6 to 8 minutes
Altitude hold Charging time: 90 minutes
LED Lights Remote : 4 channel

 

2. Syma X5UW

syma x5uw

Syma X5UW

Syma X5UW is one of the better looking quadcopters in this price range. This is one of the newest drones on this list, Syma has announced it only few weeks ago. Because of that, it comes with some “advanced” features such a altitude hold, mobile app control and FPV. It is not one of the most stable quadcopters, but once you get the hang of it, on maximum yaw rate it becomes very fast. Its motors are a bit noisy on high-rates. The frame is very durable and it should survive most of your crashes. Battery that comes with this newest Syma drone is “Phantom like”, just take a look at photos and you’ll see what I’m talking about. From what I know, that’s one of the most advanced batteries on cheap drones. Batterys capacity is 3.7V 500mAh and it should provide you with 6-10 minutes of flight time. Syma X5UW has a control distance of 80 meters, which is average and similar to other drones in this price range. Although it comes advertised as both indoor and outdoor flyer, for beginners indoor flights are not advised until you are able to fully control it. We don’t suggest indoor flights because this is not a small drone, trust me, I’m saying from my own experience. Syma says this is the best low cost drone, do you agree with that? After you catch flying basics I suggest removing prop guards and camera. Weight will decrease and you’ll get more flight time and better motility. If you want, you can remove landing gear too. Drone will look weird without that all but it’s worth it in some cases. Try it yourself!

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Features Specifications
2MP Camera Frequency: 2.4GHz
Intelligent orientation control Maximum distance: 100 meters
6- axis Gyro Flight time: 6-10 minutes
360 stunt Charging time : 100 minutes
LED Lights 3 Channel remote

 

1. Hubsan X4 – Best cheap drone?

hubsan x4

Hubsan X4

Hubsan X4 is one of the cheapest and best performance small quadcopters you can acquire at the moment. Many people will say this is the best inexpensive drone, would you agree? Not only it has an amazing 100 meter range distance (bigger than any other low-cost quadcopter this size) but it also comes with a 2MP unmountable camera, which again is unusual for affordable micro quadcopters. Consequently it has a flight time of 6-8 minutes, on the other hand only takes about 30 minutes to recharge its 3.7V 380mAh battery. The battery is built-in and like the camera not removable. Perfect for indoor flights or to take on the park when is not windy. LED lights and painted propellers makes it easy to determine drones position when in air. Camera & FPV quality is better than you’d probably expected for a drone of this price. Hubsan X4 is well known for it’s 4.3” screen on transmitter. It works very nice, FPV range is somewhere around 50-100 meters which is more than enough for most of beginners.

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Features Specifications
1MP Camera Frequency : 2.4GHz
Headless mode Maximum distance : 100 meters
6 axis gyro Flight time : 6-8 minutes
360 stunt Charging time : 30-45 minutes
LED Lights Remote : 4 channel

Now you know the features and specification of each Top 10 Cheapest drones to buy. Choose the most viable quad to fit your needs and take on the sky! While you are at it, record your best moments with this inexpensive and yet powerful machines.

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WILLIAM GRFFITH

Bought the Tarantula X6 after doing quite a bit of research and it was definitely the best bang for the buck with loads of positive reviews and comments. Read where you should burn in the motors for a few minutes before going under full power.
So I fired her up on my kitchen floor. Seemed fine until I started to get a little lift. Slid slowly across the floor and bumped a door. From that point on one motor wouldn't operate and I tried every recommendation I could find and still couldn't get it too spin. This thing is worthless if it's that fragile that the slightest bump takes it out of service. Very, very bad out of box experience and I may be soured on quads for good. Pretty expensive lesson.

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i never got a drone and i never saw one i see then on youtube i think its cool so that why i want one

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The Yizhan Tarantula has better range 300 m than these with a lot of features and powerful motors that are easy to replace with no soldering! Way beyond the power of either Syma on this list

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i second that,the x6 is a beast and it if mounted with a decent camera and mount, with an antennae hack and this thing is a poor mans Phantom. You cant beat it with a few mods and with those it puts you in a place where no 60buck quad can go, let alone even equal!

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Quadcopter Fan

Where is the Tarantula X6? It's a quadcopter almost as fast as a brushless racer.

The JXD has an issue, the altitude hold makes him hard to descend and is extremely slow.

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yes i agree , the tarantula was my first drone, got it over a year ago and it looks rough now but it still flies,after a couple gear and motor changes, but its one of the best beginner drones ...if not the best...without camera its now below$70 bucks...awesome

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The JXD 509's are "ol' school"; you should be including the newer 510 series

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really?! syma GO?! stupid dji copiers, espescially with the new battery

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I CAN TELL YOU I AGREE ON YOUR OPINION COCERNING THE JDX 509G. BEFORE I GOT MY HANDICAP, I HAVE BEEN HOBIING IN RC TOYS FOR 20 YEARS SINCE 1997 I AM OUT OF THIS HOBY SFTER A STROKE. NOWADAYS I CAN ONLY USE MY RIGHTHAND. BUT DOSCOVERED THAT DUE TO ALTUTUDE HOLD I CAN FLY A DRONE WITH ONE HAND, BRINGING IT TO THE DESIRED ALTITUDE AND THAN MANOUVRING AROUD AND TAKING VIDEO'S AND STILLS. I HAVE ORDERED MY THIRD DRONE NOW WITH AN 12 MP CAMERA SINCE FOTOGRAFY IS MY SECOND HOBBY. I CAN SAY AFTER 50 STARTS THAT THE JXD 509 G BROUGHT BACK THE FUN FOR ME

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I purchased the Sharper Image Rechargeable DX-3 Video Drone - 2.4 GHz for my Grandson before checking out this website. I don't it listed on your top 10 and wondering if I should return it and find something different. Any thoughts on this model?

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