Best Drones You Can Buy For Less Than $100

I am sure all of you are aware of the fact that drones are everywhere around us. First, they were considered as secret army stuff, but lately, they are considered as modern man’s toys. At first, there were not so many drone manufacturers and thus, they were quite expensive in their early days. But that has changed because lots of startups are focusing on drones. They developed a healthy competition on the market causing the prices to drop significantly lower than a few years back. Nowadays, we can find small drones (without cameras) for as little as $20. But, these drones are miniature (they can fit in the palm of your hand) and, quite frankly, I am not even sure is it OK for me to call them drones in the first place. Other very popular category is Drones Below $200. Don’t worry, I am not going to be showing you 10 of these cam-less kids toys… Nope! What I am going to do is show you best “real” drones that you can find for less than a hundred bucks, we’ll find out what’s the best drone under $100! That sounds awesome, right? Well, I bet you are eager to find out more about them so I’ll cut to the chase and jump straight to business!

Table : Drones under $100

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Not seeing what you’re looking for? Here’s list of Drones Below $300 you might be interested in!

10. NightHawk DM007W

nighthawk-dm007wWe are starting off at the number 10 with the NightHawk DM007. The agent 007 among drones, NightHawk sports a sleek black design along with an HD camera. It’s a ready-to-fly model which means it comes with everything included in the package, including a 2 gig MicroSD card for video storage. It supports the awesome PFV mode which means you can control the drone from pilot perspective using built in WiFi.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP, 720p
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 100 meters
Flight duration – 10 minutes
Charging time – 150 minutes
Dimensions – 42.5 x 9.0 x 22.5 cm

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9. MJX X300C

voomall-mjx-x300cThe looks of this drone are not exactly godlike. It has a white finish with 2 blue colored blades on the front. It does have a couple of interesting features – headless mode and one key return. Headless mode represents a type of flight in which the drone doesn’t have a front and back side. It moves in all directions depending on your joystick. One key return function speaks for itself – it allows the drone to fly back to the joystick with a single push of a button.

Specifications:
Camera – 0.3MP
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – Over 100 Meters
Flight duration – 8Mins
Charging time – 120Mins
Dimensions – L24 x W24 x H4.5cm

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8. JXD 509W

jxd-509wThis bad boy features an X Shaped design which looks rather cool. Combine that with its silver / black finish and you got yourself one of the prettiest drones featured in this list. It possesses an HD camera that is able to broadcast flight live (FPV mode). In addition to that, it also features a one key return function which enables it to return from where it took off with a push of a single button… and a LED light for those cool night flights.

Specifications:
Camera – 720p
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 50 meters
Flight duration – 5 to 8 minutes
Charging time – 60-90 minutes
Dimensions – 30 x 30 x 9.6 cm

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7. Syma X5C

syma-x5cSyma X5C sports a clean white finish with 2 spare sets of blades, one in blue and other in red. You get a whole heap of accessories in the package: a carrying case, extra Li-Po batteries, a 1 year warranty, 4GB Micro SD Card, charging cable, battery charger and to top it all off – a users manual. It has amazingly responsive controls so your flying experience is bound to be awesome. With this being said, it is one of the most beginner friendly models currently available on the market. In addition to all of this, it also sports a 2MP camera which can shoot decent quality videos. What’s even better, as many other models featured in this list, it does not require the FAA registration.

Specifications:
Camera – Shoots HD video
Frequency – 2.4 GHz
Max distance – 60 meters or cca 200 feet
Flight duration – 7 minutes
Charging time – 100 minutes
Dimensions – 12.2 x 16.5 x 3.8 inches

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6. UDI 818A HD+

udi-818a-hdOne of the top drones under $100 is UDI 818A. This drone features a nice black design that will surely amaze your inner child. It possesses a 6 axis gyro for extra stability when flying during strong wind resistance. It is able to achieve a wide variety of stunts which won’t take too much practice in order to make them perfect. It features headless mode which eliminates the need to adjust its position before flying. Due to its small weight, Udi 818A HD+ does not require the FAA registration. In addition to all of this, this model also features a handy return home function which is activated with a single push of a button.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP camera, shoots HD video
Frequency – 2.4 GHz
Max distance – 70 to 100 meters
Flight duration – 7 to 9 minutes
Charging time – 90 to 120 minutes
Dimensions – 13 x 13 x 3 inches

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5. MJX X400W

mjx-x400wMJX did an awesome job with their newest drone model – the MJX X400W. It sports a beautiful white and red design that will surely turn quite a few heads while flying in an urban area. What’s best about this drone is the fact that it’s compatible with 3D VR headsets (f.e. Google cardboard which is dirt cheap) for the ultimate FPV experience. It has “one key 3D roll” function which enables first time users to show off awesome mid-air flips.

Specifications:
Camera – 0.3MP FPV Camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 100 meters
Flight duration – 8 minutes
Charging time – 90 minutes
Dimensions – 11.8 x 11.8 x 3 inches

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4. Syma X5HW

syma-x5hwThis model is equipped with a 4-axis structure and 6-axis gyro stabilizer which give it an awesome, beginner friendly, flying experience. The learning curve is not that steep which means you’ll be piloting it like a proper champ in no time at all. It is able to provide you with videos and photos during flight as it supports both Android and iOs devices. It has the “one key 3D roll” function as well which means it can do awesome tricks straight out of the box.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP HD FPV Camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 70 to 100 meters
Flight duration – 6 to 8 minutes
Charging time – 120 minutes
Dimensions – 6.7 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches

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3. JJRC H26W

jjrc-h26wThis model also enables you to pilot it from a first person perspective which will give you an extra bit of immersion. It is equipped with a decent 7.4v 1200mAh Li-po battery which is able to produce up to 8 minutes of flight time. With a max distance of up to 300 meters (by far the best flight distance on this list), it comes as no surprise that it took the third spot on this list.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP FPV Camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 300 meters
Flight duration – up to 8 minutes
Charging time – 90 to 120 minutes
Dimensions – 15.9 x 13.6 x 6 inches

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2. Holy Stone HS170C Predator 2

holy-stone-hs170c-predator-2Perhaps not the most known drone manufacturer, Holy Stone managed to do a great job with their newest model – HS170C Predator 2. The drone itself looks outright amazing with its minimalistic black finish with 2 white blades. It is able to capture 720p videos (in only 30FPS though) and comes with a 4 gig Micro SD card. It has great wind resistance and is able to last around 8 minutes of flight. Unfortunately, it’s max distance is not that good – it will work properly up to 50 meters. Beyond that, you will have some problems with interferences.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP HD Camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance –  50 meters
Flight duration – 8 minutes
Charging time – 60 minutes
Dimensions – 5.3 x 1.6 x 5.3 inches

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1. PowerLead Pqad D015

powerlead-pqad-d015The best drone under $100 is surely the PowerLead’s Pqad D015. Not only does it work on a much higher frequency than all of its competitors (5.8 compared to 2.4 Ghz is a massive difference), but its max distance is around 150 meters which is amazing in this price range. It’s a fairly small drone though, but it still has a set of nice features. It’s fully charged in less than 90 minutes and its battery can withstand up to 8 minutes of flight time. Unfortunately, it does not feature FPV mode, but it surely makes up for it with everything else it has to offer!

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP FPV HD Camera
Frequency – 5.8 Ghz
Max distance – 150 meters
Flight duration – up to 8 minutes
Charging time – 80 to 90 minutes
Dimensions – 2 x 2 x 2 inches

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Conclusion

Now that you had the chance to look at some of the cheapest drones under $100 currently available on the market, I am sure you have a better understanding of what to look for in one. As you could see above, the main specifications for drones are as camera quality, battery duration and flight range. In addition to this, it’s nice to have a drone with a sturdy frame so you don’t have to worry about breaking it every time you make a bad maneuver. Another feature that some drones have (don’t expect it at this price range though) is water resistance. You would be surprised at how many drones have it, but unfortunately, you will have to dig deeper into your budget if you want one of those…

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