Fresh list of top 10 drones you can buy for less than $50 [2017]

As you already might know, drones are not nearly as expensive as they were a couple of years ago when they first hit the mainstream market. Back then, they had enormous price tags and not a lot of people were able to afford them. Only those with huge salaries or proper drone enthusiasts were entitled to one. Luckily, those days are well past us as drones nowadays come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and of course – prices. In this list, we are going to focus on the dirt-cheap drones under $50 that will not make a huge dent in your wallet. They are budget friendly and often called “Chinese toys” which, in my honest opinion, puts them under a bad spotlight. Rumor has it that all cheap drones (we are talking $50 and below) are bad and will stop working for just a couple of days after the initial purchase. While this might be true for some of them, there are still great budget drones that will spark your imagination. Some of them deserve your attention which is exactly why we made this list in the first place. So, without further adue, let’s jump straight to business and check out the best drones that you can get for under $50!

Table : Best Drones under $50 :

NameImageCameraRangeTimePrice
10. Cheerson CX-10cx-10wdNo30m6 minSee price now
9. Eachine H8eachine-h8No30m7 minSee price now
8. TEC.BEAN X902tecNo30m6 minSee price now
7. HUBSAN X4 (H107C)hubsan-x4-h107c0.3MP90m7 minSee price now
6. HASAKEE MINIhasakee-mini0.3MP40m6 minSee price now
5. AKASO X5Cakaso-x5c1MP60m6 minSee price now
4. JXD 512Wjxd-512w0.3 MP40m6 minSee price now
3. UFO 3000ufo-3000No35m5 minSee price now
2. RC STUNT DRONErc-stunt-droneNo25m6 minSee price now
1. HUBSAN X4 HORNEThubsan-x4-hornetNo50m10 minSee price now

10- Cheerson CX-10

cx-10The cheapest drone on this list is the nano drone by Cheerson. This little fella has already made its way into thousands of households worldwide, and as far as we can see, it isn’t planning to stop. Needless to say, it is making quite the name for itself on the market with its incredibly compact size, decent specifications and dirt cheap price. For the price of one restaurant meal you will get a super small drone that you’re able to fly around indoor. Sure, you can fly it outdoor too, but it’s really lightweight and if there’s even a smallest of breezes, it will tamper with its sensors and render it unflyable. Specification-wise, it can last up to 6 minutes in midair which is great considering it needs to charge for just over half an hour. Its control range is great too – it can reach up to 30 meters but I doubt you will ever let it wander off that far away because you won’t be able to see it at such a huge distance. All things considered, if you want a small drone that you can use for practicing without having to worry about breaking it, the Cheerson CX-10 is a great choice!

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9- Eachine H8

eachine-h8The second drone on this list is made by Eachine. Their H8 model is another miniature drone ( a bit bigger than CX-10 due to its prop guards reaching far out from the rest of its build. It has headless mode, bright LEDs, one key return to home and 3D tumbling features that are a nice addition to such a cheap drone. Needless to say, it is extremely lightweight which can be a problem if you are planning on flying it outdoor. H8’s flight time is around 7 minutes while his flying distance is about 30 meters away from its transmitter. Do you think this is the best drone under $50?

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8- TEC.BEAN X902

tec-bean-x902This interesting looking drone kind of resembles an actual spider with its prop guards that are reaching downwards from the propellers. They serve as an extra layer of protection in case you happen to crash your drone somewhere. With 2 bright LEDs, 2 speed modes (slow and fast), 3D tumbling and good stabilization, there Is no doubt that the X902 will provide you with a great deal of fun. When it comes to its specifications, you will be happy to know that it can fly up to 7 minutes and reach more than 30 meters without any sort of lag issues.

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7- Hubsan X4 (H107C)

hubsan-x4-h107cHubsan has made yet another amazing drone that will amaze you with both its features and specifications. Of course, it has the industry standard 6-axis gyro, but in addition to that, it is equipped with a VGA camera module that is able to record decent quality aerial footage. It does not come with a memory card which means you will have to grab your own (works only with Micro SDHC cards). It is made out of sturdy, lightweight material which in combination with its powerful motors enables it to fly pretty fast. Still, don’t expect it to reach speeds of racing drones, but given his small size, you won’t find many similar ones that can go faster. Specification-wise, it can last up to 7 minutes in air and can travel around 90 meters away from its transmitter. This number is amazing, especially for this price range in which most of the drones cannot go more than 50.

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6- Hasakee Mini

hasakee-miniHasakee is not such a well-known drone brand, but kudos to them because they just released a pretty neat little drone with great design. It comes in 2 main colors – blue and yellow, accompanied by black propellers and their respective guards. All in all, it makes up for a great appearance. Another cool thing about this drone is that it offers live FPV with its 0.3MP camera which is an outstanding feature in this price range. You won’t see many drones under $50 that offer this. In addition to this, it is also important to add that it is equipped with headless mode, 2 speed modes (beginner and experienced) and one key 360 rolls. And finally, Hasakee Mini doesn’t disappoint in specification department either. With up to 7 minutes of flight time and more than 50 meters of lag-free range, it justifies its place on this list. Great looking drone with plenty of features and admirable specifications – what else could you want from a drone that costs just over $35?

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5- AKASO X5C

akaso-x5cAkaso is not the most known drone manufacturer, but they do surprise us with a decent drone every now and then. Nothing different cannot be said about their newest model bearing the X5C nametag. WE are talking about a pretty small and lightweight drone that has a solid shock resistance due to its plastic prop guards that aim to decrease collision impacts. Other than that, it has a couple of handy features such as 360 flips, continuous roll, built-in LED lights along with an HD camera capable of capturing decent quality aerial photos and videos. It can last up to 6 minutes in midair and is able to travel around 100 meters away from its transmitter which is outstanding, especially considering its relatively cheap price of just over 40 bucks.

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4- JXD 512W

jxd-512wThis beautiful drone actually packs quite a punch in such a small and compact design. It is made out of quality materials that feel quite sturdy and prove to be shock resistant and crash proof. It has all the standard features that you’d expect from an under $50 drone, such as 6-axis gyro stabilization system, one key return to home and headless mode. It also sports a VGA camera whose resolution is 640 x 480. Not too good by any means, but still, it will do the trick for real time FPV transmission. With its cca 4 minutes of flight time and about 15 meters of lag free range (with FPV running), it is not exactly the best drone out there. Still, it compensates for its low specs with extraordinary build quality, FPV mode and overall great looking design.

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3- UFO 3000

ufo-3000If you are looking to cause a great lightshow during night flights and trick your neighbors into thinking there is a real UFO in their backyard, then you should seriously consider buying the UFO 3000. While most drones today (if not all of them) are equipped with LED lights, the UFO 3000 takes it one step further. It has amazingly bright LEDs that go all the way around its propeller guards for maximum visibility. In other words, if you want to make sure you can clearly see your drone during even the darkest of nights, then go for the UFO 3000 and you won’t be disappointed. Besides its extremely bright LEDs, this little fella is able to do 3D stunts, one key 360 flips, and 2 speed modes. When it comes to its speed, you will be surprised at how quick and agile this drone is. Another great virtue of the UFO 3000 is its flight time which goes around 7 minutes. Considering the fact that it comes with 2 batteries, that means you will get a total 14 minutes of flight time if you fully charge both of them.

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2- RC Stunt Drone

rc-stunt-droneIf you are looking for a beautiful drone, then look no further because the RC Stunt Drone is the right one for you. We are talking about a beautiful black and orange drone with bright LED lights that will surely make you fall in love with it at the very first site. It has 4 built in prop guards that go all the way around its propellers and make up for its beautiful appearance. Other than it looks, this little fella is not going to disappoint you with its features because it has a whole bunch of them. Starting off with screw reinforced propellers and adjustable speed, all the way to one key 360 rolls and a generally durable frame that is able to endure a lot of crashes. Specification-wise, it can last up to 6 minutes of flight time but can only reach cca 30 meters which is its only drawback.

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1- Hubsan X4 HORNET

hubsan-x4-hornetAnd the most expensive drone on this list is Hubsan’s X4 Hornet. It costs exactly $50 but has specifications and features that fully justify its price. Altitude hold, durable body, 3D flips and colorful LEDs are just some of its features. On the other hand, its specifications ae what matters the most. Luckily, it simply excels in this department by having more than 10 minutes of flight time and being able to effectively reach up to 50 meters away from its controller without suffering lag issues. All in all, a great drone under $50 with the only drawback being the lack of camera. Do you agree this is the best drone under $50?

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Conclusion

And there you have it guys! You had the chance to take a closer look at some of the best budget drones that are currently available on the market. As you could see for yourself, these cheap drones are not always as bad as people claim them to be. As is the case with pretty much all tech gadgetry, if you take enough time to do a proper research, you will find more than plenty of jewels among the dirt. In the end, I would like to thank you for reading through this list and sincerely hope that it helped you with your decision. Until next time – HAPPY PILOTING!

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I find all this info helpful. I have never been on drone website so good. I am a drone geek and all your info is very helpful. Thanks!

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I think you people have overlooked the Yi Zhan Tarantula X6 one of the best selling beginner drones ever made with a GIANT active community. It's speed, carrying capacity and durability can't be touch at it's price point. Don't take my word for it try going over to RCgroups and read the nearly 9000 active comments on this awesome drone. When your drone starts having other companies cloning your design you know it's a winner.

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Hey Shawn. Thanks for the Info. I have 3 Sons and bought a couple different Drones for around 50.00. I forget the names, Safstar SYMA X5C RC Quadcopter and a Gemini something (forgot the name)... They are actually pretty cool and my wife got them on sale for like 30.00 on Black Friday. I will check the Yi Zhan Tarantula X6 out. Take Care and Happy Holidays !!

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