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. PARROT ARPARROT-AR-DRONE-2.0720p10 minutes30mSee price now !
9. MJX Bugs 3GoPro15 minutes300mSee price now !
8. Xiro XplorerGoPro22 minutes500mSee price now !
7. DJI Phantom 2dji-phantom-2GoPro18 minutes600mSee price now !
6. CX-20cheerson-cx-20GoPro14 minutes300mSee price now !
5. 3DR SoloGoPro20 minutes500mSee price now !
4. Hubsan H501Shubsan-h501s1080p17 minutes400mSee price now !
3. Traxxas Atontraxxas-7908-aton-300x179-300x163GoPro18 minutes200mSee price now !
2. AEE AP101080p23 minutes500mSee price now !
1. UPair oneupair-one2K18 minutes500mSee price now !

10. 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 potentially the best mid priced drone – 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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9. MJX Bugs 3

MJX Bugs 3 is the cheapest drone on this list, at the moment of publishing. It offers great value for the price. MJX Bugs 3 is cheapest drone with brushless motors available on the market. Trust me, brushless motors do make a difference! Regarding other specs, I should probably mention that it has solid LiPo battery that should provide you with 15 minutes of flight time. That is definitely above average for it’s price range. Control range of MJX Bugs 3 is somewhere around 300 meters. Build quality is pretty good, significantly better than what we used to see in this price range. I hope this is way other drones in 2017 will follow. Great value for the quality. Especially if you have GoPro or any other action camera, since MJX Bugs 3 comes with gimbal that supports GoPro cameras.

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8. Xiro Xplorer

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No camera included.

Xiro Xplorer comes in several different versions (without camera, with camera, with GoPro gimbal). In here article, we’re referring to version without camera and gimbal. When launched, Xiro gained a lot of media exposure thanks to it’s futuristic design. It’s still one of the best looking drones available on the market. But, as we all know, design is not only that matters when buying a drone. Xiro Xplorer comes with 5200 mAh LiPo battery that should provide you with 22-25 minutes of flight time. Thanks to it’s modular design, you can easily upgrade it with Xiros official Full HD camera. When it comes to control range, you can expect somewhere around 500 meters. Only few drones left in stock so hurry up if you like Xiro Xplorer drone.

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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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6. 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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5. 3DR Solo

3dr-solo-droneDrone that used to cost $1200 (2016) can now be bought for less than $300. It probably means that 3DR is getting ready to launch new drone soon, so they are giving “old” one at discounted price to prepare market for a new model. If you ask me, now is great time to buy this drone. They often call it “smart drone” because of features it brings. It has 1GHz processor that will make sure all data is processed without lag. 3DR Solo does have all modern features such a follow me mode, cable camera, orbit and selfie. All features works very well. Thanks to GPS, 3DR Solo features auto return home function too. In case you go out of range (500 meters), 3DR Solo will automatically return back to take off point. When it comes to flight time, you can expect somewhere between 18 and 22 minutes. 3DR Solo comes with GoPro (HERO 3+ and 4) gimbal. Interesting thing is that transmitter has HDMI out port, which means you can stream live feed from camera on pretty much any device that supports HDMI input. Cool, right?

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4. Hubsan H501S

hubsan-h501s-x4Hubsan’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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3. 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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2. AEE AP10

AEE is drone manufacturer well known for their high quality yet affordable drones. AP10 has everything you need to start with flying drones and learning basics of aerial photography and videography. Since it comes with 16MP (1080p, 60FPS) camera, aerial photography shouldn’t be an issue. AP10 is using WiFi protocol for FPV transmission, you can use your smartphone as a live video feed receiver. AP10 has a flight range of 500 meters, while FPV range should be somewhere around 100-150 meters. It comes with 5300 mAh battery, so you can expect somewhere around 22-25 minutes of flight time. APP is producing and selling spare parts (propellers, batteries, camera) on Amazon, so it shouldn’t be a problem to repair those parts if you crash it.

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1. UPair One

upair-oneHere we come, first drone on our list of drones under $300. Upair One drone. When 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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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.

 

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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8- Walkera Runner 250

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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?

 

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.

 

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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