A drone is a considerable investment. The good news is that there are durable, reliable quadcopters that fit every budget. Quadcopter Arena presents you “The Periodic Table of Drones” a comprehensive list of drones, structured in seven different price ranges. Read through these lists and you will be able to find one that suits you.
The aim of this project is to provide readers with a complete, well-organized and user-friendly index of drones. The drones we selected for this index comprise mostly of quadcopters, and their prices are as listed on Amazon. This project is open and we encourage readers to leave their opinions in the comment zone at the end of the article. We will add new drones according to the suggestions given.
This list of drones comprises mini-quadcopters that are below $50. They are a thrill to fly both indoors and outdoors. All of them make eye-catching display items that you can put on a bookshelf or study desk. Each of them is suitable for both beginning and expert pilots.
1. Akaso X5C
The Akaso X5C is budget-friendly and high in quality. Its six-axis gyro stabilization system keeps the craft steady during its flight. Plastic blade frames protect the propellers. It does flips and rolls with the touch of a button, and you can record them with its HD camera. One user remarked that he had difficulties charging his drone.
Like other Cheerson models, this quadcopter has four flight channels and comes with a 0.3MP camera that captures clear images and videos. It does 360-degree flips in four directions. You can launch this incredible mini-drone by hand. Despite its positive qualities, one user mentioned that the drone tends to heat up when being charged.
Experience a First-Person View (FPV) when you fly this drone, courtesy of its 0.3MP HD camera. You can store images on your phone without a memory card. This drone’s transmitter can control other Cheerson drones. With a few speed modes, it is easy to pilot. A few users noted that it is quite hard to monitor, so it may not suit novices.
Do not trifle with this drone. It is capable of running, flying and even climbing with 4.4 lbs (2kg) load. It has a long-distance, 2.4 GHz communication range. This craft has an impressive repertoire of movements and comes armed with a 720p camera. According to customers, It is a steady drone, though hard to maneuver at times.
The Eachine 10C Mini, with a 2 MP camera, takes clear footage from the air. It does flips and rolls in three-speed modes, making it suitable for both novice and expert pilots. With LED lights, it is a joy to fly at night. Winsome as it is, a few customers noted that it’s batteries tend to overheat.
The Eachine H8, like the 10C mini, comes armed with a 2MP camera. Headless mode makes it unnecessary to adjust the craft’s position before flight.The key to return feature helps you to keep track of the aircraft, which does 360-degree flips. Everything said pilots should note that an experience customer had controller issues.
7. Eachine H8C
The Eachine H8C is both a functional quadcopter and a fabulous toy. It takes stunning aerial shots with a 2MP camera. With headless mode, there is no need for pilots to adjust the craft before it flies. The one-key return function ensures that the drone never gets lost. Besides this, it does jaw-dropping 360-degree flips. Pilots should remember not to overcharge it or its motor will over heat.
The Estes 4606 has a plastic body and LED lights, which indicate the back and front of the craft. The lights herald the aircraft’s presence, which is helpful when it is flying at low altitudes. It comes with a LiPo battery, a USB charger cord, spare rotor blades and a handy set of instructions. Note that its motors may be hard to replace.
Fly the Estes Synchro X Nano right out of the box. This craft is lightweight but highly durable. It counts on four micro-motors to give it an outstanding performance. Charge it with a USB cord. It is a nifty drone, but pilots should note a few reviews which mention durability issues.
The developers of this sleek, black pocket drone had pilots’ interests in mind. It flies in three different modes, which makes it an ideal craft for both beginners and experts. It comes with rotor protectors and landing gear, which protect it from crashing. Headless security ensures that users never have to reposition the craft. It is a well-crafted drone, though some customers mentioned reduced power retention.
The Haktoys S611 is a drone that suits beginners to a T. It performs flips and rolls in all directions, yet flies steadily because of its six-axis gyro-stabilization system. It comes with a powerful 3.7-volt battery. Fly it in winds of up to 5mph.
The HobbyZone Faze is a compact quadcopter that weighs a light 12.2 grams. The flip mode enables it to execute flips and rolls that will thrill audiences. It communicates with the transmitter in three different ways.
The Holy Stone HS170, with a wind-resistant control range of about 160 ft (50 meters) and a six-axis gyro stabilization system, is one of the steadiest mini-drones available. The machine’s 2.4 GHz wireless technology blocks signals from other transmitters, so the drone will never fly off course. It stays in the air for about eight minutes, longer than most mini-drones. However, do note that some users mentioned that users could not control it.
Do not let this charming drone fool you. Cute as it is, it does 360-degree flips that will make your head spin. A six-axis gyro stabilization system keeps it steady. Flashing LED lights allow you to identify it in the night sky. A pilot should be careful when putting this drone together, to prevent the motor burning his fingers.
15. Hubsan X4 H107C
The H107C is a compact, capable drone that delights all pilots. An adjustable six-axis gyro-stabilization feature permits stable flight across four different channels. A 0.3 MP camera records footage without annoying lines. It flips in four different directions. Adorable as it is, it may be hard to calibrate. Though this is an excellent drone, note that Hubsan can be hard to contact if it is faulty.
16. Hubsan X4 H107L
The Royal Blue H107L is one of the most user-friendly drones to date. Six-axis gyro stabilization ensures that it never veers or shakes. Equipped with four-way directional control and two different flight modes. It is comfortable for both novices and experts to use. This drone is efficient if you control it well. Note that a user mentioned that his drone flew randomly.
17. Hubsan X4 Hornet
This little hornet can sail through the air for eleven minutes, longer than its mini-drone counterparts. Unlike other models by Hubsan, it has an altitude hold feature, which allows it to stay within a set height limit. LED lights enable you to identify it at night.
18. JJRC H8 Mini
The JJRC H8 Mini is a functional quadcopter that is a breeze for novices to fly. The six-axis gyro-stabilization system makes it easy to control. Headless security removes the need to adjust its position before flight. Recall the drone by touching a key. The H8 Mini is functional, though its battery is difficult to detach.
The KiiToys X-10, at 1.5 in (4cm) is one of the smallest drones in the world. It moves in all directions and hovers on command. It tumbles in 360-degrees. A six-axis gyro stabilization system and four dynamic micro-motors give it stable flight. Some users complained that the instruction booklet it comes with is too small for them to read.
The Luxon Quark is a high-quality, durable drone. The six-axis gyro-stabilization system allows it to fly in all conditions. It has an adapted wireless system to prevent signal interference. It has integrated propeller guards so you can fly without fear.
This world famous drone has graced the covers of Wired Magazine. It is one of the smallest quadcopters to date. It fits snugly into the controller, which makes it portable. It flies in four channels and, a powerful battery keeps it in the air for a long time. Some customers mention that its thrust is uneven.
The Protocol Neo-drone is one of the most responsive drones you can find. It moves in six different directions, at three selectable speeds. It communicates with the transmitter at a wavelength of 2.4Ghz. A customer remarked that the battery compartment of this drone is inconvenient to detach; it requires the tiniest screwdriver you can find.
23. RC Stunt Drone
With a reinforced screw, this durable fellow is almost crash proof. If you have a second battery, it can stay in the air for about 12 minutes. It is safe in the hands of both experts and beginners. It does 360-degree flips that many drone owners will envy. It has adjustable speed. Some users mentioned that the batteries did not last as long as they hoped.
24. Syma X1
The Syma X1 will turn you into a professional pilot. It does flexible pirouettes, rolls, and flips. It comes with the latest 2.4 GHz technology, which removes interference. It has a longer control distance as well. The adjustable speed mode makes it fun for anyone to fly.
25. Syma x12s Nano
The X 12 Mni is an intuitive creation by Syma. The company has adapted 2.4 GHz technology for anti-interference so that you can fly a few helicopters at once. 360-degree rotation gives it flexibility and allows it to execute perfect performances. It warns you when its battery is almost flat. These draws aside; one customer pointed out that one propeller on his drone seemed to turn slower than the others.
The X5C is one of Syma’s durable creations. It does flips and rolls with one click. The drone flies well despite strong gusts of wind; it has a six-axis gyro stabilization system that keeps it stable. One of its drawbacks is that it has a small communication range.
The X5SW is one of Syma’s most intuitive drones. The drone can fly forward even if its nose does not point that way. A six-axis system allows it to fly steadily, while an HD camera captures engaging aerial shots. FPV allows pilots to view and edit them in real time. Some customers remarked that it does not come completely assembled.
28. Sys GPtoys F8
The GP Toys Drone is an intuitive creation by SYS. It flies in all directions and can do continuous rolls. It conforms to various flight modes, which gives it stability. Its transmitter is much faster than other drones in its price range. A few users realized that it has durability issues.
29. UDI Freedom U32
The Freedom U32 mini drone is a considerable force. It has powerful motors, which allow it to stay in the air for a long while. The sturdy, hardy plastic frame protects the propellers from damage. UDI provides two batteries, which give the drone a total of 20 minutes in the air. Customers reported that its blades, which point downwards, pick up hair easily.
30. UDI RC U27
This drone shocks friends with its unbelievable acrobatics; the RC U27 flies upside down in Inverted mode. With headless mode, pilots do not need to turn the drone in a forward direction before launching it. Six-axis gyro keeps it steady, and high-capacity batteries give it a strong performance. What is the only drawback of this drone? Durability. Some customers reported that its propellers kept coming off.
31. UDI U840 Mini
This trendy drone is the perfect gift; it comes with a clear case for showing off. Compact, it is about two times the size of a coin. Roll and flip it in all directions. A six-axis gyro-stabilization system makes it ideal for beginners. A user noted that the batteries which came with his drone did not fit into the battery compartment.