Top 10 drones you can buy for less than $300 [2017]

Today we are reviewing the top 10 mid priced drones that can be bought for less than 300 dollars! In this price range, really cool devices can be bought! So, carefully read the list 🙂

Some prices may have changed since publishing this article.

Last update : Monday, January 9, 2017

If you haven’t read our top lists of top 10 drones for less than $100, or top 10 drones for less than $200, click the links. The higher your budget, the best are the features and specifications of the quadcopters you are able to acquire. All the 10 quadcopters under $300 are amazing machines, not the average low-cost quad. Most of the drones on this list have great quality cameras, powerful motors capable of carrying a GoPro, and features you probably didn’t know drones could have. Follow us as we take on the sky with these drones booming in the current market. If your budget is over $300, you may be interested in top 10 drones for less than under $500 or maybe $1000? So, let’s see what’s the best drone under $300 :

TABLE OF BEST DRONES UNDER 300 BUCKS :

NameImageCameraFlight timeControl rangePrice
10. WLTOYS V666Nwltoys-v666-12 MP7 minutes150 metersSee price
9. SYMA X8Gsyma-x8g-featured8 MP10 minutes100 metersSee price
8. Walkera 250walkera-runner-250N/A13 minutes1000 metersSee price
7. DJI Phantom 2dji-phantom-2Cam. ready18 minutes600 metersSee price
6. PARROT AR DRONE 2.0PARROT-AR-DRONE-2.0720p10 minutes30 metersSee price
5. WLToys V303wltoys-v303GoPro ready17 minutes100 metersSee price
4. CHEERSON CX-20cheerson-cx-20GoPro ready14 minutes300 metersSee price
3. UPair oneupair-one2K18 minutes500 metersSee price
2. Hubsan H501Shubsan-h501s1080p17 minutes400 metersSee price
1. Traxxas Atontraxxas-7908-aton-300x179-300x163GoPro ready18 minutes200 metersSee price

 

10- WLtoys V666N

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WLToys V666N

Remember WLtoys V666? Well, there is an upgraded version of it already out there available in the market. The V666N, one of the mid priced drones every beginner will want to have. Why? Well, the motors and propellers are covered by a protective frame which will absorb almost any impact. It is a smooth and gentle flier capable of FPV (First Person View) flight. Camera is 2MP and records at 30fps and live video is transmitted directly to the FPV screen on the RC controller. V666N includes features such as a barometer sensor and one-key automatic taking off and landing. Has a decent control range of 150 meters.

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Features Specifications
Automatic Landing 2MP FPV Camera
Automatic Taking Off Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
6 Axis Gyro Control Distance: 150 meters
360Âş Stunt Flight Time: 7 to 8 minutes
Headless Mode Charging Time: 120 minutes
Barometer Sensor Drone Size: 52.5 x 52.5 x 13 cm

 

9- Syma X8G

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Syma X8G

We’re starting our list of top 10 drones under $300 with Syma’s most recent product. It comes with its own version of a Go Pro and it only works on X8G it is not a standalone camera. 8MP camera with 1080p of resolution protected by a mount case also designed by Syma. This case will ensure your camera is safe for the most radical of flights. The advantage form this camera to a Go Pro is you can control it through the remote. Distance range is around 100 meters, which is not that good, this is due to the camera using X8G 7.4V 2000mAh battery to power itself. This one is definitely high quality, but still very affordable product. Definitely, this is one of the best quadcopters for less than $250.

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Features Specifications
8MP Camera Remote frequency: 2.4Ghz
6 Axis Gyro Control distance : 100 meters
360° stunt Flight time : 10 to 12 minutes
Camera Mount Case Charging time : 70 minutes (via usb)
LED Lights Drone size : 50 x 19cm

8- Walkera Runner 250

WALKERA-RUNNER-250

Walkera Runner 250

Runner 250 is Walkera’s racing drone, made out of carbon is extremely light and resistant, it won’t break even when hitting a tree. It uses four WK-WS-28-014 brushless motors giving him the power to fly between 35-40km/h and 12-14 minutes flight time on a range of 1KM. It is very accurate and sensitive to control. Has a built-in support for FPV camera which can be connected to Goggle 2 for real-time image transmission plus live flight data. It is not RTF (ready to fly) you have to assemble it, but there are many videos on internet explaining it and it comes with a manual, it won’t be a problem. Do you think this is the best mid priced drone?

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Features Specifications
Built in 800VTL FPV Camera support Remote : Devo F7
5.7 Ghz Antenna Control distance : 900+ meters
Goggle 2 FPV Support Flight time : up to 14 minutes
Brushless motors Charging time : 90 minutes
Carbon material Drone size : 25.5 x 20.5 x 9.2cm

 

7- DJI Phantom 2 V2.0

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DJI Phantom 2 V2.0

DJI Phantom 2 is powerful quadcopter that can carry any action camera such a GoPro or official DJIs camera with gimbal. It has been tested with GoPro Hero 3 and 4, and it works very smooth. Keep in mind DJI official app doesn’t support WiFi stream from GoPro camera so you might want to reconsider buying official DJI’s camera with gimbal. V2.0 comes with redesigned self-tightening propellers which means extra security and no worrying about lost prop nuts when you remove the props for storage. DJI claims that Phantom 2 has a flight time of 28 minutes. That sounds great but unfortunately isn’t trues. In real life conditions, you should expect somewhere around 20 minutes of flight time, which is not bad at all. DJI Phantom 2 V2.0 comes with everything you need for flying, including transmitter, battery and propellers. All you need to do before flying is to charge batteries. Anyways, I would suggest reading manuals before flying to avoid any accidents.

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Features Specifications
Camera ready Control range : 1000 meters
Powerful to carry GoPro Flight time : 20 meters
DJI app   Charging time : 120 minutes
LED Lights

 

6- Parrot AR Drone 2.0

PARROT AR DRONE 2.0

Parrot AR Drone 2.0

First place on our list of top 10 drones under $300 is reserved for 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 agree this is the best drone under $300 ?

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Features Specifications
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

 

5- WLtoys V303 Seeker

WLToys V303

WLToys V303

Since WLtoys is well known for their toy grade drones, I was very excited to test their first hobby grade quadcopter. Right out of the box, V303 is very, very easy to fly. Even kid could fly it. They have limited maximum range and altitude by software. It’s limited to 100 meters. I saw forum posts where people claim they modified it and it can reach up to 500 meters without problems but I wouldn’t recommend doing that if you’re beginner. 100 meters is not little, you can easily lose orientation on that distance. If you fly it out of the range, don’t worry because V303 will automatically come back. You’ll know when that happens because it will hold its position in air for 2-3 seconds, turn on red LED light and then fly back to you. Speaking of the air time, I’ve been getting around 16-18 minutes. Which is very good result for a drone in this price range. Another good thing is V303 comes with built in FPV module so you’ll be able to receive live camera feed from separately bought GoPro camera. Yes, V303 supports GoPro camera. Build quality is close to high-end drones, everything holds its place and drone looks very solid. Definitely worth the money.

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Features Specifications
2MP HD FPV Camera Remote frequency : 2.4Ghz
HomeBoat FPV WiFi Video Transmitter and Controller Control distance : 150 meters
6 Axis gyro Flight time : 8 to 10 minutes
360° Stunt Charging time : 45 minutes
LED Lights Drone size : 48 x 12 cm

 

4- Cheerson CX-20

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Cheerson CX-20

Cheerson CX-20 Auto Pathfinder is one of the most bought quadcopters under 300 dollars currently in the market. The customer is not wrong, indeed it is a powerful machine at a great price. Mainly due to its capability to carry a GoPro camera and some great features. Features such as IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control) the CX-20 uses the GPS to remember its coordinates and recover from spins. It has fixed position, hovering steadily to record video. When the battery gets low it automatically land itself to avoid crashes. Return to home function with the push of a button once again through its GPS, so you don’t lose it. Its 2700mah 20C 3c battery gives him enough power to fly 10 meters per second for as long as 15 minutes flight time.

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Features Specifications
Support Mount for GoPro Remote frequency : 2.4Ghz
GPS Control distance : 300 meters
Return to home function Glight time : 12 to 16 minutes
Intelligent Orientation control Charging time : 120 minutes
LED Lights Drone size : 30 x 20 cm

 

3- UPair One

upair-oneWhen I first saw UPair drone, I was very excited to get it for review. I didn’t order it right away, instead I wait for first buyer reviews on amazon. When I saw positive reviews, I knew it was time to get one for myself. I can tell you, this drone is great alternative to high-end models if you’re low on budget. It comes with everything you need, including 2K camera! It has FPV, transmitter looks similar to DJI ones and it comes with 7” LCD screen. Live feed from camera is transmitted through 5.8GHz frequency, which should provide you decent image quality. In average, people are getting around 16 minutes of flight time, which is solid result if you ask me. Control range is somewhere around 500 meters. UPair does have GPS. Another positive thing is UPair is fulfilled by Amazon, which means you can get it shipped by Prime service + you can easily return it if any unexpected problem occurs.

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2- Hubsan H501S

Hubsan H501S

Hubsan H501S

Hubsan’s latest model offers us great price / value ratio. This is the first new drone that comes with many modern and advanced features for a price of less than $300. I know, there are several other advanced drones on this lists with similar price, but keep in mind that they used to cost much more. Their price reduced after new models came out (use DJI Phantom 2 as an example..). H501S comes with brushless motors, that means they should give you more than enough power for such a lightweight drone. It also means they should be reliable and long lasting. Since Hubsan H501S comes with integrated 1080p camera, you have nice and compact camera drone ready to fly out of the box. It has a 5.8GHz transmitter and 2.4GHz receiver, there’s also 4.3” LCD screen on transmitter. These are some of the function H501S comes with : GPS, headless mode, automatic return, altitude hold mode and follow me function. When it comes to flight time, you should expect something about 16-18 minutes, which is solid result. Advertised control range is 400 meters.

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1- Traxxas Aton – without camera

TRAXXAS 7908 ATONTraxxas is USA based company well known for their RC cars. They have many years of experience in manufacturing RC toys so it was question of time when they’ll jump in drones industry. Traxxas Aton is one of their first drones, and trust me, it’s worth your attention. This drones has some of the best flight capabilities I’ve ever seen. It’s much faster and agile when compared to other high-end drones, such a Phantom 3 for an example. It has three modes, Expert, Sport and Film mode. In Sport mode, it can reach 50mph speed, while in Film mode it’s very stable and smooth. This particular model (under $300) doesn’t come with camera included. You’ll have to go for more expensive model if you want camera. Also, you can use your GoPro or any other action camera. Aton has strong and reliable body construction that promises a lot, it shouldn’t break after few beginners crashes. It has some interesting functions such a : dual GPS mode, Return to home button and Air brake. 3 cell 3000mAh battery should provide you with 18 minutes of flight time. Range is software limited to 160 meters (500 feets). If you fly it out of the range, it will automatically return back in. In my opinion, this is probably the best mid priced drone.

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Now you know what are the top 10 best drones you can buy under $300, every single one of them will ensure you hours of fun. They are above the average drone and pack some of the most recent technology in the industry. Choose the one who best fits your demands! From racing to recording videos the sky is no longer the limit!

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Is this that the one called 10 is the best or a countdown to number 1 best drone under ÂŁ300??

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