It’s time for next article in our series of affordable quadcopters. Today I bring you the top 10 drones you can buy for less than $200! All of them are very good toys ready to take off, so let’s find out more.
Last update : Monday, January 9, 2017
All quads have been researched, analyzed and compared to others. In order to compile the most useful quadcopter information, quality and moneywise best choices currently on the market. Join us as we conquer the sky with amazing Unmaned Air Machines for your budget. Enjoy it! P.S. if your budget is not limited to $200, you might be interested in Top 10 drones under $1000? So, let’s find out what’s the best drone under $200.
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TABLE OF BEST DRONES UNDER 200 BUCKS :
|Name||Image||Skill required||Camera||Flight time||Control range||Price|
|10. WLToy V686||Beginner||2MP||7 minutes||130 meters||See it|
|9. SYMA X8W||Beginner||2 MP||10 minutes||150 meters||See it|
|8. JJRC H8D||Beginner||2 MP||8 minutes||100 meters||See it|
|7. HUBSAN X4||Beginner||0.3 MP||8 minutes||100 meters||See it|
|6. WLToy V666||Beginner||2 MP||8 minutes||150 meters||See it|
|5. JJRC H25G||Beginner||2 MP||10 minutes||100 meters||See it|
|4. JJRC H26D||Beginner||3 MP||7 minutes||300 meters||See it|
|3. AR 2.0||Beginner||720p||10 minutes||130 meters||See it|
|2. Hub. H502S||Beginner||720p||12 minutes||200 meters||See it|
|1. MJX Bugs 3||Beginner||GoPro||15 minutes||400 meters||See it|
11- WLToys V686G
We’re starting our list of top 10 drones under $200 with V686G. WLToys is an established and renowned drone company in the market. Several successful products make WLToys one of the most reliable among the low-cost drones, among those success stories is the V686G, a very cheap drone packed with great features. FPV quadcopter (real time transmission video) for such a low price V686 has a great 2MP camera quality and it comes with its own monitor, no need for a separate device. The transmission is done with no lag outdoor or indoor, although you will experience FPV transmission problems if you fly the drone into a room where you are not it (walls decrease video transmission quality). The flight time is of 8 to 10 minutes and control distance of 150 meters, how is this all accomplished in such a cheap drone? A 3.7V 780 mAh powers the entire quad. It’s also very cheap, so it almost fits standards for our list of Top 10 drones for less than $100.
|2MP FPV Camera||Remote frequency : 2.4 Ghz|
|Headless mode||Control distance : 150 meters|
|One key return||Flight time : 8 to 10 minutes|
|6 axis gyro||Charging time : 90 minutes|
|360° stunt||Drone size : 10 x 36 cm|
10- Syma X8W
The X8W is Syma’s version of the X8G but with a 2MP FPV WiFi camera instead. It is a robust drone, larger than average but able to hover effienctly maintaining a good steady balance even when facing stronger winds. It does not come with a FPV monitor, the transmission is done via WiFi, connecting your Android or Apple device through a free app. Although its size, Syma X8W still has a good speed even at lowest yaw rates, easy to control, perfect for beginners. Definitely one of the best quadcopters under $200.
|2MP WiFi FPV Camera||Frequency: 2.4 Ghz|
|Headless Mode||Control distance : 100 meters|
|6 axis gyro||Flight time : 7 to 8 minutes|
|360° stunt||Charging time : 200 minutes|
|LED Lights||Drone size : 50 x 19cm|
9- JJRC H8D
The H8D quadcopter design resembles the famous Cheerson CX-20. H8D is JJRC competitor to V686G from WLToys. It uses the same frequency as V686G and same 4.3” FPV monitor. The camera quality is almost equal too, H8D uses a 1.6V while V686G a 1.5V, the lens is adjustable to your preferred angle but smaller than the one used on its rival. The range is slightly better on V686G, H8D only goes as far as 100 meters. The antenna is an actual 5.8Ghz camera! Why is this so good? Because most FPV quadcopters advertising a 5.8Ghz transmission is in fact a fake 5.8Ghz. Also the video transmission being 5.8Ghz and the remote frequency 2.4Ghz means both connections do not disturb each other. Many WiFi FPV quads operate on 2.4Ghz same frequency as the remote resulting in a faulty transmission. It’s a very good ratio of price/quality, it will definitely find it’s place on our homepage in following weeks.
|2MP FPV Camera||Remote frequency : 2.4 Ghz|
|Headless mode||Control distance : 100 meters|
|One key return||Flight time : 8 minutes|
|6 axis gyro||Charging time : 90 minutes|
|360° stunt and LED Lights||Drone size : 33 x 11 cm|
8- Hubsan X4 H107D
Hubsan X4 H107 was a very successful drone in the market, you may probably already be familiar with it. But, Hubsan released a newer version with FPV mode, the H107D, one of the smallest FPV drone. The camera is only 0.3MP but it is great performance with perfect transmission through 5.8GHz assuring no lost connections and no latency. The camera is also build-in and as such is unmountable. A very light drone only weighting 57.8g, easy to carry anywhere. Supports Hubsan Video Googles for amazing FPV flights in real drone view. This is definitely good value for the money. Another positive thing is while this is relatively popular drone there are dozens of flying/mods/repairs instructions on the internet and you should find your way through them easily.
|0.3 FPV Camera||Remote frequency : 2.4 Ghz|
|Video googles support||Control distance : 100 meters|
|4.3 LCD Monitor build in remote||Flight time : 8 minutes|
|6 axis gyro||Charging time : 30 minutes|
|LED Lights||7.5 X 7.5 cm|
7- WLtoys V666
V666 might be the best drone under $200. It is a large quadcopter with a camera and very robust and durable foam protection, no need to worry when crashing or hitting objects, it will survive almost anything. It is FPV ready, right of the box, no need for separate devices, it has its own 4″.3 5.8 Ghz LCD monitor capable of transmitting up to 200 meters in distance (longer than its actual control distance). The only negative side to the V666 is its brushed motors, they are not very durable, clean them after every flight. The most fun feature is the support for a missile launcher you can buy separately. It’s also important to notice this is one of the best rated drones on Amazon !
|2MP HD Camera||Remote frequency : 2.4 Ghz|
|6 Axis gyro||Control distance : 150 meters|
|Anti vibration camera mount||Flight time : 8 to 10 minutes|
|LED Lights||Charging time : 90 minutes|
|360° stunt||Drone size : 25.5 x 13cm|
6- JJRC H25G
JJRC really invested in FPV (First person View) products, and we drone enthusiasts sure are grateful for it! H25G is a good example of this. Comes with a complete and affordable FPV package ready-to-fly out of the box. It includes its own 2MP camera which records in 720p resolution. The camera is supported by a vibration absorbing mount, supposedly to prevent ‘jello effect’, but it does not stop it 100%. H25G is great to any beginner looking to have a go at FPV flight. It is a gentle flier and wind resistant. FPV transmission works in 5.8 GHz frequency and is transmitted directly to a built-in FPV monitor on the 2.4 GHz controller. H25G as features such as Headless Mode for easier orientation and One-Key Return (drone returns to pilot).
|2MP FPV Camera||Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz|
|6 Axis Gyro||Control Distance: 200 meters|
|360º Stunt||Flight Time: 10 minutes|
|Headless Mode||Charging Time: 90 minutes|
|One-Key Return||Drone Size: 50 x 50 x 16.5 cm|
5- JJRC H26D
Once again, another great product by JJRC. This time they have decided to focus on amateur videography and photography. H26D is one of the first low-cost drones to feature a 3MP camera. The camera has a genuine glass wide lens with a 120º Field of View and is supported on a 2-Axis Gimbal. Way to go JJRC! H26D features Headless Mode for easier orientation and One-Key Return, the drone returns to pilot. H26D just like many of JJRC products, has a great control range of 300 meters! If you are into larger quadcopters for videography and photography with a good controlling range, H26D is the one.
|3MP Camera||Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz|
|6 Axis Gyro||Control Distance: 300 meters|
|360º Stunt||Flight Time: 6 to 7 minutes|
|Headless Mode||Charging Time: 90 minutes|
|One-Key Return||Drone Size: 45.5 x 45.5 x 18 cm|
4- Parrot AR drone 2.0
Firstly it is important to mention how cool the AR Drone 2.0 looks, it comes in three design versions (Snow, Jungle, Sand)! One of the most beautiful drones in the market. Secondly it does not come with a controller, it relies on your Android or iOS device connected via a WiFi hotspot generated by the drone itself. You can control it through your phone or tablet through a free app called AR.FreeFlight and watch on the screen in real-time the video transmission. The app also updates the firmware of the drone and lets you upload videos and photos. The camera is built-in with 720p HD quality and the lens is wide angle. The Director Mode lets you program automatic movements so you can focus on your video. Do you think this is the best quadcopter you can buy for under $200?
|Built in 720p HD FPV Camera||Remote : phone or tablet|
|Return home function||Control distance : 130 meters|
|Gyroscope; accelerometer; magnetometer||Flight time : up to 10 minutes|
|1GB DDR2 RAM||Charging time : 170 minutes|
|Ultrasound sensors||1GHz 32bit ARM Cortex A8 processor|
3- Hubsan H502S
Hubsan has been one of the most active drone manufacturers in the market lately. Not only have they released several new products, but they have done it quite successfully. It is impossible to make a top 10 drones list without including some Hubsan model. A good example of this brilliance is the new Hubsan H502S. One of the first affordable drones to feature brushless motors. Thanks to this, the motors are much more powerful and durable. H502S is a fast and smooth drone capable of flying as far as 200 meters! An amazing control distance! This drone comes with many features that used to be reserved for expensive drones only. Some of those features are : follow me mode, altitude hold, low battery protection, GPS etc. The good stuff doesn’t stop here, H502S also has an above average flight time of 12 minutes! How great is this sky beast?
|Brushless motors||Remote frequency : 2.4GHz|
|6 axis gyro||Control Distance: 300 to 400 meters|
|360° Stunt||Flight time : 10 to 12 minutes|
|Headless mode||Charging time : 100 minutes|
2- Hubsan H501S
- Price of this drone has changed after publishing this article. It’s not < $200 anylonger. We’ll replace it in upcoming update of this article.
To be honest, this drone costs slightly above two hundreds dollars. Honestly, I believe it’s worth mentioning because it has so many advanced features that it’s just way better than any other drone on this list. H501S is newest drone from Hubsan and it’s very popular. In fact, this was one of the best selling drones on market last month. H501S comes with 7.4V 2700mAh battery that will provide you with 15-18 minutes in total. This is extremely good result for a drone in this price range. That’s not where the fun stops, because Hubsan brings us cool features such a : Altitude Hold, Follow me mode, GPS, Auto take off/landing, headless mode and FPV camera. Thanks to GPS, functions such a Return to home works like a charm. Regarding camera, H501S comes with 1080p HD built in camera that can’t be removed. Live feed from camera is automatically transmitted to 4.3” LCD display on your RC controller. This is, in fact, very good camera. Much better than any other camera on this list (excluding drones with GoPro cameras). Control range is somewhere around 300 meters, which is, again, above average for this price range. One again, I apologise for listing drone that’s out of price range this article’s about, but I really think it’s worth it.
1- MJX Bugs 3
Mjx Bugs 3 is newest quadcopter MJX has manufactured. Not only newest, it’s also the best quadcopter they have ever made. Let me explain why. It’s cheapest drone available on the market that comes with brushless motors. Trust me, that makes a hell of a difference ! It also comes with 1800 mAh battery, which is way above standard for this price range. This battery combined with efficient motors will provide you with up to 16 minutes of flight time. MJX says you can get up to 18 minutes, but in my case 16 was maximum. You’ll know when you’re running low on battery because controller will start making “beep-beep” sound. When it starts beeping, you have 1-2 minutes to land safely. I should also mention control range for MJX Bugs 3. It’s somewhere around 300 meters, which is above average for this price range. Bugs 3 doesn’t have it’s own camera but it does have gimbal that supports GoPro and other action camera. This drone is very fast, MJX claims it can go up to 70 km/h. Summary is : above average flight time and control range, brushless motors and GoPro ready. All that makes it #1 on this list!
|Automatic landing||Supports GoPro|
|One key return||Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz|
|6 Axis Gyro||Control Distance: 400 meters|
|360º Stunt||Flight Time: 14 to 16 minutes|
|Headless Mode||Charging Time: 80 minutes|
These are the top 10 drones under $200 you will find currently in the market. Amazing machines ready to take on the sky and provide you incredible hours of fun. So which one fits you best? Use the comment form bellow and tell us what’s your favourite affordable drone!