Beginners, here is ultimate list of drones you should buy

If you have been living under a rock in the last year or so, then you might have missed the news about the most popular tech trend that’s shaking the world. I am, of course, talking about drones which are becoming huge parts of our everyday lives. When they first appeared on the market they had expensive price tags on them and to be honest, they were primarily designed for experienced pilots. There were only few drones for beginners back in that time. Back then, they weren’t equipped with technologies such as stability systems, GPS and autonomous flights, all of which greatly help beginner pilots. With this being said, if you have just started doing your research on modern day drones and would really like to buy one, but you ended up with a huge surplus of information and you’re no way near the end result… Don’t worry, this list has got you covered. You’ll soon find out what’s the best drone for beginners. It features some of the best drones that are suitable for beginners in all aspects. So, without further adue, let us start with the list!

Beginners drones 2017 - LOW to HIGH price.

NameImageCameraRangeFlight timePrice
12. SYMA X5Cakaso-x5c2MP70 meters7 minutesSee price now
11. HOLY STONE F181holy-stone-f1812MP100 meters9 minutesSee price now
10. UDI 818A HD+UDI-U818A-1NO100 meters9 minutesSee price now
9. JXD 510Gjxd-509w-2-12MP100 meters8 minutesSee price now
8. HUBSAN H502Shubsan-x4-h502s720p300 meters10 minutesSee price now
7. JJRC H8Djjrc-h8d-32MP100 meters9 minutesSee price now
6. UPAIR ONEupair-one4K500 meters20 minutesSee price now
5. 3DR SOLO3dr-solo-drone-300x196GoPro800 meters22 minutesSee price now
4. TRAXXAS ATONtraxxas-7908-aton-300x179-300x163GoPro200 meters18 minutesSee price now
3. HUBSAN H109S X4hubsan-x4-h109s-pro-x1080p1000 meters35 minutesSee price now
2. YUNEEC Q500 4Kyuneec-q500-typhoon4K700 meters23 minutesSee price now
1. DJI PHANTOM 4DJI-Phantom-44K5000 meters25 minutesSee price now

UNDER $100

Syma X5C

syma-x5cIf you have never owned a drone up to this point, then there is no doubt that you need good practice. You need to hone your piloting skills and truth be told, Syma X5C is one of the most popular drones for beginners. It’s also a great model that perfectly fits your needs if you’re first time flyer. It is made out of decent quality plastic (can’t expect premium build quality for this price) and sports a pretty decent 2.0MP camera (If camera is important factor to you, check out our list of best camera drones). It has a 6-axis gyro stabilization system for optimal stability along with one button 3D flips. Other than that, it is also important to add that you can fly it around for about 7 minutes and it can reach about 70 meters away from its transmitter. All things considered, we are talking about a dirt-cheap drone that serves great as flying practice for new pilots. Buy it, test it out and see for yourself.

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Holy Stone F181

holy-stone-f181If you are ready to splash out around $90 for a better-quality drone, then Holy Stone has a great one for you. The F181 is an outstanding drone with a bunch of handy features such as headless mode, one key return, altitude hold and even one key 360 flips. As you can see, it has a lot more features than the X5C by Syma, but to its defense, the F181 is more than double its price. In addition to all of these features, this little fella is equipped with a HD camera as well. To top it all off, you will be happy to find out that it is able to fly for up to 9 minutes and can reach up to 100 meters.

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UDI 818A HD+

udi-818a-hdThis 100 bucks drone sports an HD+ camera which is, with help from its 6-axis gyro stabilizer, capable of shooting decent photos and videos. Combine that with headless mode and return to home functions and you will understand why this drone is so popular these days. But not only is it popular, it looks cool as well. With 1 pair of black and 1 pair of white blades surrounded by built in prop guards, this drone has quite a sexy look to it. Still, when it comes to flight range it is only capable of going up to 100 meters. Luckily, its flight duration improves its image – you can get around 9 minutes on a full charge.

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$100 TO $300

JXD 510G

jxd-510gBlokimy’s version of JXD 510G costs 20 bucks more than the standard one. Still, in my opinion it is worth the purchase because it comes with a bunch of useful accessories that are worth way more than $20. You’ll get spare props, 3 extra batteries (4 in total), prop guards and a 4 gigs memory card among a bunch of other things. Still, the most important accessories are surely the extra batteries. Considering each one lasts up to 8 minutes, you have around 30 minutes of flight time by using all 4 of them. The controller is fast and responsive and has a 5.8 Ghz LCD screen for FPV monitoring which is among the biggest selling points of this drone. All things considering, there is no doubt that JXD did a great job with this drone… and that Blomiky made sure you have all the extra parts you need.

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Hubsan H502S

hubsan h502sHubsan managed to outdid itself yet again with their upgraded H502s drone model. It comes with a great quality 720p built in camera that can shoot outstanding aerial footage and is able to provide you with 640×480 live FPV. In order to make the picture (and the drone itself) stable, it has the standard 6-axis gyro stabilization system that takes care of stability issues. It works via 5.8 Ghz connection and comes with a controller that has a pretty big (4.3 inch) LCD screen for FPV monitoring. And finally, this little fella is able to fly up to 10 minutes on a single full charge and can travel up to 300 meters away from its transmitter… or cca 150 meters with a lag-free FPV feed.

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JJRC H8D

jjrc-h8dThis drone comes in a nicely protected package. Well, it is not exactly a package, more like a blue metal suitcase that you can use to transport it from point A to point B. Inside, you will find a whole heap of accessories among which are extra batteries, spare props, prop guards, chargers and spare motors. The H8D sports a 2.0 MP camera which is actually pretty good. It is capable of providing you with live FPV feed as well, after connecting via 5.8 Ghz to its dedicated controller that has a built in LCD display with a shade block on top. The controller is top quality, very responsive and with a nice clean OSD information. When it comes to specifications, JJRC H8D could easily be the best drone for beginners. With FPV on you can witness live feed for more than 100 meters away, plus it can fly for around 10 minutes on a single full charge. All things considered, if you are a newbie when it comes to drones, but you are willing to spend close to $200… you will not find anything much better than JJRC H8D!

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UPair One Drone

upair-oneIf you’re an Apple fan, you will really like this drone. The build quality (and design) is nothing short of spectacular. It sports a minimalistic, clean white finish and awfully resembles DJI Phantom series. The controller breathes the exact same qualities as well – with its huge 7 inch LED display for FPV monitoring it will surely stand out from the crowd. It is equipped with an outstanding 2K camera that can, in combination with its stability systems, capture great aerial footage time in and time out. But that’s not all, it has a smart battery which lasts up to 18 minutes on a single charge which is a great trait nonetheless. When it comes to its features, it has a dedicated GPS system, one key return function, auto return, failsafe return and many more. Specifications-wise, this little guy works via 5.8 Ghz frequency which enables it to fly up to 800 meters away from its transmitter without ever loosing connection. But still, keep in mind that if you have FPV turned on, you probably won’t make it further than 500 meters. Still, that’s a great distance nonetheless, especially considering you get a crisp clear image on a 7 inch LED display. With all of the above in mind, there is no doubt that UPair One is a must have if you are thinking of making drones your main hobby.

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$300 TO $600

3DR Solo

These days, for a little over $300 you can get the 3DR Solo (regular price is cca $700) which is a great drone in all aspects. Truth be told, it lacks a camera which might be an issue for some of you. But still, it offers a good solution with its dedicated gimbal that you can either buy separately or bundled together with the drone for a little over $600. The price is significantly higher than the standalone drone, but the gimbal itself is amazing and will serve as a great aerial photo platform, especially if you have a top-quality action camera. Other than that, it is important to add that this drone simply breathes quality. It’s made out of sturdy and durable lightweight material and possesses a bunch of handy features such as orbit mode, follow me, cable cam and even a dedicated selfie mode. When it comes to its specifications, the 3DR is nothing short of brilliant. With more than 800 meters of clean, lag-free experience and around 20 minutes of flight duration, you can’t expect to find anything even remotely close to this for just $330.

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Traxxas Aton Plus

TRAXXAS 7908 ATONIf you are looking for a great all-in-one drone, it doesn’t get any better than the Traxxas Aton Plus. For around $380 you will get this drone bundled together with its dedicated gimbal that is able to significantly improve the overall quality of your images and videos. Keep in mind that you need to have your own action camera because this drone doesn’t come with one. Besides that, it is important to add that Aton is an extremely speedy drone, clocking in at around 80 kilometers per hour (50mph) in its sports mode. But if you switch from sports to film mode, the drone’s speed will be lower but its stability, control accuracy and smoothness will all greatly increase, giving you a sensational flying experience. With dual mode GPS system, return to home, bright LED lights, 2 flight modes and air brakes, it’s needless to say that we are talking about a very high-profile drone. To top it all off, its range is maxed out at around 300 meters even with FPV on (yes, it supports great FPV experience if you pair it with a decent action camera), but at that distance I doubt you’ll be able to see it quite clearly.

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Hubsan H109S X4 Pro

Hubsan-H109S-X4-ProSlowly but surely, we are reaching the most expensive drones in this list. This beefy little fella is one of Hubsan’s top models, ready to make a proper name for itself out there on the market. With features such as GPS system, headless mode, altitude hold, auto return, follow me, motorized gimbal, 6-axis gyro stabilization and even an Android-powered controller, there is no doubt that this drone has all it takes for you to start off your drone piloting career. With a full HD camera that is able to shoot great aerial footage, mounted on a motorized gimbal for extra stabilization, it is pretty clear that this drone doesn’t joke around. When it comes to its specifications the things are starting to look unearthly. For just $400 you will get a drone that can fly for almost half an hour on a single charge. Combine that with its flight range of around 1 kilometer and you’ll realize why this drone is ranking so good on the market.

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$600 TO $1000

Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon

There is no doubt that the Q500 is the ultimate drone model coming from Yuneec’s factory. With a built-in professional quality 4K camera that is able to record insanely high-quality aerial footage, it is pretty clear that this drone is meant only for people who know what they want from their drone. You might ask yourself – but why should I buy an $800 drone as my first one? Well, despite its awfully high price, you will get a top-quality tech gadget that is actually ridiculously easy to control. When compared to some of the cheaper drones (some of which have been actually featured in this list), the Q500 showed off incredible responsiveness and superior flying assistance, making it by far the most beginner-friendly drone on the market. In addition to all of this, the Q500 comes with an excellent ST10+ controller which is able to effectively control it up to 1000 meters. Still, with the FPV turned on you cannot expect more than 500, even though that’s an excellent number in its own right. As far as the flight duration is concerned, despite Yuneec claiming it can reach 30 minutes, in real-life scenarios you’ll be more than happy with 25, still pretty awesome and among the best specs on the market.

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OVER $1000

DJI Phantom 4

DJI-Phantom-4And finally, we have come to the most expensive drone that is well-suitable for beginner pilots. As if there was any doubt in which drone will take the crown. Of course, the DJI Phantom 4 is the ultimate king among drone with a whole set of incredibly useful features, some of which are directly targeting beginners. As is the case with most GPS powered drones, the Phantom 4 is able to fully assist you while flying so you can concentrate more on taking the perfect shot or finding the perfect angle for your aerial video. With its 4K ultra HD camera this should not be an issue, especially considering the fact it can shoot slow motion footage at full HD. Combine all of that with incredible gyro stabilization accompanied by motorized gimbal, and you got yourself a great drone. To top it all off, this little fell can fly up to 5 kilometers (yes, you read that right) and its respective flight duration varies from 22 – 26 minutes, even with the camera turned on. These numbers are truly amazing, but people tend to expect amazing things from a drone that costs more than a small forture. All things considered, there is no doubt that all drone pilots, no matter whether they are experienced or first-time flyers, will really enjoy piloting this beast. With a huge price tag comes great performance, and that is exactly what can be said about DJI’s newest professional aerial platform called Phantom 4.

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CONCLUSION

There you have it guys. You have come to the end of our Top 15 Drones for Beginners list. As you could see, beginner drones come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and price ranges. It takes quite a bit of work to find the perfect one, but with a little help of this list you should be all set to pick out the right one!

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What do your self believe that regarding "DJI" as opposed towards "Yuneec"

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Dennis Bartholomew

Is there any place you can go to learn to fly drones prior to purchasing?

I'm an "old school" realtor (and old realtor) and can see the potential, having a drone for photos and videos for my listings but need to know I can fly the thing before shelling out big buck$.

Beginners, here is ultimate list of drones yo…

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