I hope you enjoyed reading the seven affordable starter drone reviews above. Now it’s time to include a couple of great beginner choices for under $500. Both models are equally priced and equally capable.

Weight and the size was the first thing we considered. Weighing under 200g (7oz) with 170mm (6.7in) of diagonal distance, PITTA is as light and portable as a smart phone that is easy to hold in one hand – which makes takeoff & landing easy even with just one hand.

That’s mostly because AirDog ADII is oriented towards athletes who require a fast drone to follow them around and record their reckless moves. This is further helped by the highly innovative controller called AirLeash. Mind you, we are not talking about a classic handheld controller. Nope! AirLeash delivers a handsfree controlling experience as it straps around your wrist or biceps. Plus, it’s easy to use and best of all – it is completely waterproof. So, for all you water sports lovers reading this, AirDog ADII is basically made for you!

We at DroneLife are not fans of drone Kickstarter campaigns for a number of reasons. It takes a lot of capital to design, test, refine, and mass produce a drone or any other technology device. There funding goal is $125,000. Maybe there are other sources of funding; but that amount strikes us as a bit thin. Second, teams requesting funding have not been vetted by anyone. Regardless of your opinion of venture capitalists, they give firms a rigorous review in terms of technology experience, business and marketing etc. That is not the case with a Kickstarter firm. Using SELFLY as an example, there are no bios of the team members or even a list of who they are.

Note:The above shipping time are calculated by using calendar days. This is a general guide and delays maybe caused force majeure, natural disasters, inclement weather, war, public holidays, and factors outside our control.

With this drone, your days of unintentionally cropping someone out of your photos are over. Once you sync it up with your smartphone, you can steer it to a picture-perfect angle. Air Selfie’s drone can ascend about 30 feet in the air, so it’s great for stunning aerial shots, sprawling landscapes, and, yes, group pictures. 

There’s a lot more to report on the DJI Phantom 3 Standard than I’ve written here, but that’s for you to explore later. After all, the purpose of this guide is to highlight features for entry level users.

Well, even though drones are technically allowed to use in public places, there are still some remarks on how to use them. Most importantly, you need to know that you must not fly them in highly congested areas. Also, you are not allowed to fly them anywhere near other people in public areas. Anywhere near means roughly 20-30 meters (above doesn’t count, only away), otherwise, you will be breaking the law. With all that taken into account, I strongly suggest going to parks during the early morning or past the peak visit times when there aren’t many people around. 

On the other hand, there are models on this list that rely on both RC and smartphone controls. These types of drones are usually much more expensive than “smartphone only” models… but the price is a proper measurement for quality. You see, these types of drones use RC controllers for accurate tasks such as manual flying, aerial photography… and basically everything that includes human factor. On the other hand, these drones also come with dedicated apps that allow you to use more advanced (frequently fully autonomous) in-flight features. This includes various smart flight modes, GPS settings, telemetry and is generally very helpful in the long run, especially when you get accustomed to the app and you want to get the very best out of your drone.

is the competitor of DJI Inspire 1. It is an astonishing drone, but a little more affordable. It comes with its own HD 4608 x 3456 megapixels 1080p 60 FPS camera. It includes features such as GPS, GLONASS Dual-Navigation System, One Key Take Off, One Key Landing, One Key Go Home, Follow Me Mode. It has an average control range of 1000 meters and a flight time of around 20 minutes. It also comes with its own DEVO F12E, 12 Channels 2.4GHz with a FPV 5” Monitor to display great quality live video directly on the remote controller.

Facial and Target Tracking: as the name suggests facial tracking allows the drone to recognise an individual’s facial features and track them, meaning that if it has your face in its system, it can follow you to make sure you’re always in sight. Target tracking allows you to lock onto anything and have the drone either hover, follow or orbit it. Great for creating visually dynamic videos and getting awesome panoramic moments.

First of all, using a free app on the phone, users can enter a flight path which the PhoneDrone will then autonomously follow. Alternately, if they have access to another smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android), they can keep that one with them and use it to manually pilot the drone via Wi-Fi – they’ll also be able to watch live streaming video from the drone’s phone camera while doing so.

With a 3D Split Screen Display, you can use the VR headset to see the world in a completely modern way, and this just adds to the excitement you get from this device. This best budget drone does not need to be registered with the FAA, and its weight is under 1.6 lbs. It has been said to be able to take a beating during many reviews, and has a pretty awesome white underwater-stealth looking appearance.

Like I said above, first we’ll give its camera a closer look. Holy Stone HS300 works with a bulky 5MPX camera. Obviously, it can record full HD footage, otherwise, it would not be featured in this section. Other than that, it’s noteworthy to say a thing or two about the mount. While it might seem like a cheap ass mounting bracket, it’s actually far from that. Not only does it work with a precise locking mechanism but it also incorporates 4 dampening balls. Needless to say, this ensures smooth footage and no jello whatsoever.

Absolutely perfect for any age or skill level, the Aura uses hand gestures to control it. Strap the “controller” onto your hand and you tilt your hand up and down to fly it away from you and back again. Tilt to the left to go left and to the right to go right. and hold a button under your thumb and the same movements let you raise and lower it or flip it left and right. Level out your hand and it will hover in place. Also, with the props are completely protected, so it just bounces off walls or whatever if you drift off course. 

Drones aren’t just fun to fly. They can let you capture breathtaking footage, some in high-resolution 4K video. They’re also more affordable than ever, as quality beginner models now cost less than $60. Good camera drones start at a few hundred dollars. More complex drones, starting at less than $1,000, offer customizable and programmable features, turning them into truly autonomous devices that can make their own decisions. Plus, a new class of racing drones has started hitting the scene.

The majority of the cheap quadcopter options you locate on websites such as Ebay and Amazon are manufactured in Taiwan, and China. Hubsan, which is one of the manufacturers who have a pretty broad range of drones for beginners, are made in China.

The Wingsland S6 is also controlled by an App Controlled, with a number of fancy modes such as auto follow, flipping in the air, orbit, gesture control, and various automated flight modes, together with the very importance Comprehensive Obstacle Avoidance mode. Simply put, it is designed to stuff in your backpack and take on a hike! Or to take to the beach or even ski trip or something. It’s small,

Regardless, things still get broken sometimes, particularly racing drones. A good model will offer a ready supply of cheap parts like rotors and struts to replace the broken ones, and will make it easy to swap these parts out when required. The same is true of batteries.

Update: DJI has announced the new Mavic Pro Platinum, an iterative update to the Mavic Pro, but a powerful one. New flight controllers and updated propellers make for longer and quieter flights. Stay tuned for more on the new Mavic Pro Platinum as we go.