You can easily buy a cheap drone for less than what it costs to buy a smartphone. (We have compiled a list of best cheap drones here.)
Some of you however would prefer to buy a low-cost drone that is not the cheapest, but delivers good performance.
Here is a list of best drones under $100 for quality-minded budget shoppers:
10 Best Drones Under $100- 2017
WIFI FPV Version U818A Drone with 720P HD Camera DBPOWER Headless Mode Quadcopter with 2 Batteries Long Flying Time Drone for Beginners
Holy Stone HS110 FPV Drone with 720P HD Live Video WiFi Camera 2.4GHz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Altitude Hold, Gravity Sensor and Headless Mode Function RTF, Color Black
Drone with HD Camera,Holy Stone RC Drone Quadcopter with HD Camera Headless Mode,One Key Return Home and Low Voltage Alarm Function Includes Bonus Battery
DoDoeleph Syma X5UW Wifi FPV 720P HD Camera Quadcopter Drone with Flight Plan Route App Control & Altitude Hold Function With Extra Battery
Rabing RC Drone FPV VR Wifi RC Quadcopter 2.4GHz 6-Axis Gyro Remote Control Drone With HD 2MP Camera Drone
Force1 U45 RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera, Altitude Hold, 4GB SanDisk Micro SD Card, One Key Take Off and Landing and Extra Battery, Black Yellow
This drone is made for shooting aerial video. The quality is 720p, so it’s not super high-def, but good enough for personal use. This drone also has highly desirable auto modes for takeoff and landing. This is a great drone for learning to fly. It’s rather easy to assemble out of the box. It comes with a controller, which works fine but is not of the best quality. We suggest handling the controller with care because it can break easily. Aside from that, this is a solid beginner drone that would delight flying enthusiasts.
Tips for Buying a Drone with a $100 Bill
When you buy a drone for super cheap prices under $100, you may have to adjust your expectations. Mainly, don’t expect a drone you can fly in the air for hours.
Budget drones can only stay airborne for 7 to 9 minutes, depending on usage. All of the drones mentioned above do not stay airborne for longer than 9 minutes. Once you know what to expect, here are several tips for buying a low-cost drone:
If you are new to drones, buy a product with altitude hold. It’s a rather simple feature that allows the drone to hover in air even when there are control commands present. If you are a beginner, this will prevent the drone from crashing if you make a maneuvering mistake.
If you are a beginner, this will prevent the drone from crashing if you make a maneuvering mistake.
Don’t buy a cheap drone hoping to equip it with a high-def camera. Drones are made carefully to balance while on air. So you cannot fly a drone with a camera attached to it.
If you want to shoot aerial photographs, buy a drone that already has a camera. All of the above-listed drones have relatively decent 720p HD cameras. If you want better camera specs, you will have to buy a high-end drone that costs over $500.
Drones record video in two ways: with an SD card, or via Wi-Fi, where the video is streamed to your smartphone for recording. SD cards are great for recording video as it is shot.
With Wi-Fi, a bad signal can ruin the video. However, most Wi-Fi connection for drones are good, so this is only a rare concern. But if you are worried about signal strength, buy a drone with an SD card slot.
Try to buy a drone that comes with a warranty so your purchase is protected for at least a year.