If you’re new into a drone world but don’t want to spend a lot of money, here are the top 5 best drones for sale under $300.All the 5 quadcopters under $300 are amazing machines, not the average low-cost quad.So, let’s see these drones.
5.DJI PHANTOM 2
DJI Phantom 2 is a powerful quadcopter that can carry any action camera such a GoPro or official DJI’s camera with gimbal. It has been tested with GoPro Hero 3 and 4, and it works very smooth. Keep in mind DJI official app doesn’t support WiFi stream from GoPro camera so you might want to reconsider buying official DJI’s camera with gimbal. V2.0 comes with redesigned self-tightening propellers which means extra security and no worrying about lost prop nuts when you remove the props for storage. DJI claims that Phantom 2 has a flight time of 28 minutes. That sounds great but unfortunately isn’t trues. In real life conditions, you should expect somewhere around 20 minutes of flight time, which is not bad at all. DJI Phantom 2 V2.0 comes with everything you need for flying, including transmitter, battery and propellers. All you need to do before flying is to charge batteries. Anyways, I would suggest reading manuals before flying to avoid any accidents.
4.NIGHTHAWK DM007 QUADCOPTER WITH 720P HD CAMERA
The NightHawk DM007 is advertised as a “Spy Explorer” and is very reliable with it’s six-axis gyro stabilizer. As a “spy” drone it’s tiny at about 7″x8″ and just a little over 3 ounces in weight. It isn’t large enough to require FAA registration.
It’s capable of very stable hovering and 360-degree flips in the air, making it an exciting beginner’s model you can really have fun with.
A 4GB SD memory card is included and the 2MP camera is removable to film from other perspectives. The controller allows you a range of up to 150 meters with its 4 AA batteries (not included).
While it isn’t exactly water-proof, it is water resistant, which means you can fly it in the rain as long as you dry it out thoroughly before plugging in the charger again.
On the down side, it is a very small drone that isn’t built for high winds, and is almost impossible to see at long range, given the size and the fact that the entire thing is flat white in color.
3: HUBSAN H501S X4 FPV BRUSHLESS
The Hubsan H501S has the quality 1080p camera, but isn’t stabilized.
The 7.4V lithium polymer battery gives you up to 20 minutes of flight time. The controller includes a 4.3″ LCD display, and the unit includes GPS and a return home feature, as well as follow and headless flight modes.
Headless mode basically means the drone knows which way is “front” no matter how much you turn it- even if you lose track.
It’s smallish at less than 9″ across, but heavy at 3.6 pounds. That weight packs in a lot of firmware. The brushless 12 amp motors are both quiet and powerful.
The reaction between controller and drone is exceptional; only slight movement brings sudden response in the drone, so it may be too much for younger kids or complete beginners.
This is not a professional quality drone for video, but for flying it’s pure fun. Not only is the 501S highly responsive, but it can fly up to 250 meters high (more than is legal under FAA rules) and at distances up to 1000 meters (almost 1,100 yards).
2: PARROT AR DRONE 2.0 -JUNGLE
The Parrot AR drone 2.0 is a fantastic entry point for someone interested in the hobby.
This one is controlled strictly via a Wi-Fi connection with your smartphone; no handset is included. Simply download the Parrot control app to your phone and you’re able to control and record video in 720p. There’s also an optional Director Mode available for purchase within the app that allows you to set up cinematic shots if you fancy yourself an amateur filmmaker. There’s even a USB plug in the base of the drone so you can record video straight to a removable drive.
The built-in sensors and navigation system allow the AR 2.0 to maintain stability, even in winds gusting up to 15 miles per hour, so you shouldn’t lose control of your drone on a windy day. Even if you do, simply attach the foam blade protectors to help take the brunt of any crashes. Oh, and the Elite Edition means it comes styled in your choice of camo: jungle, desert, or snow.
Price: $227 (Jungle)
1: PARROT BEBOP
The Parrot Bebop’s 180-degree view, 14 megapixel HD camera, and three-axis stabilization provide some great aerial views, whether you’re surveying your property or recording the family reunion.
The Parrot Bebop’s range and flight time are surprisingly good. It stands up well to the inevitable crashes as you learn how to maneuver it.
Wi-Fi is built in so you can download iOS, Windows, and Android apps to use the drone with your mobile phone. The Parrot creates it’s own Wi-Fi network, and won’t automatically reconnect if for some reason you lose the signal. You have to reconnect manually through the app. However, it will stay in hover mode if it’s disconnected.
You get about 12 minutes of serious flight time on a charge. The Bebop also comes with GPS and a Return Home feature if you get disoriented. You can also implement a mapping feature. With this quality of construction and great tech features, the Parrot Bebop should deliver on all your expectations.
What did we miss?
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