Best Drones You Can Buy For Less Than $200

With drones on a steep rise in recent months, people have finally accepted them. More and more of them are opting to buy one for themselves or their kids. If you are among them, then you have come to the right place. Your son / daughter wants a drone and doesn’t accept NO for an answer? You are actually thinking of buying one but you don’t have a single clue on what to look for or how much money you want to spend on it? Well, I got you covered with this awesome list of 10 best budget friendly drones where we’ll see what’s the best drone under $200. Later you can check out our list of Drones Below $300. All drones featured on this list are under $200 which means you will not have to rob your piggy bank to buy your LO a nice new toy.

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10. UDI U818A

udi-818a-hdOn the 10th spot of this list we have UDI U818A drone. It packs quite a bit of features for only $120. The best feature (in my opinion) is the support for VR headsets. This means that its FPV camera can be used to display live video feed to your VR headset. Combine that with a quality HD camera, bonus power bank which quadruples its flight time and an industry standard 6-axis gyro stabilizer and you got yourself a pretty good drone for a relatively cheap price.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP HD FPV Camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – up to 100 meters
Flight duration – up to 10 minutes
Charging time –  60 minutes
Dimensions –  16.1 x 4.1 x 13.8 inches

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9. JJRC H8D

jjrc-h8dIt comes in a beautiful blue aluminum case with quality foam making sure everything is perfectly fitted in its place. It features FPV mode with a separate LCD screen that comes with the package. In addition to that, you will also get a 5.8 Ghz controller, 3 500 mAh batteries, 2 spare motors, 4GB storage card, USB card reader, battery charger, 4 spare blades and to top it all off – the user manual. The drone is RTF (ready to fly) which means all you have to do is charge it up and it is good to go.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP FPV Camera
Frequency – 5.8 Ghz
Max distance – 50 meters
Flight duration – 8 minutes per battery
Charging time –  120 minutes
Dimensions –  18 x 14.4 x 6.2 inches

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8. UDI U842

udi-u842DBPOWER is stepping up their game in recent months, releasing a line of top quality drones with very competitive price tags. This one comes with a bonus battery and a 4GB TF card for video and photo storage. It features 6-axis gyro stabilizer with headless mode, gravity induction and even a special low voltage alarm. It’s a RTF drone with support for FPV which means you can pilot it from first person view straight out of the box.

Specifications:
Camera – HD Camera, captures 720p in 30FPS
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 100 meters
Flight duration – 6 to 9 minutes
Charging time –  60 minutes
Dimensions –  19.1 x 19.1 x 4.8 inches

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7. Syma X8W

syma-x8wSyma did a good job with the default X8G drone model. They renamed it to X8W and added in a 2MP FPV camera that is able to broadcast live feed up to 50 meters away. It’s quite a big drone (especially for this price range), but that only makes it more stable during strong winds. The only con of this drone is its excessively long charging time. It takes more than 3 hours to fully charge it… And you will only get around 7 to 8 minutes of flight time after a full charge. Other than that – it’s FPV 2MP camera is able to produce good quality feed and capture excellent HD videos, which is always a great virtue of budget drones.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP FPV Camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 100 meters’ control, 50 meters FPV feed
Flight duration – 7 to 8 minutes
Charging time –  200 minutes
Dimensions –  14.4 x 14 x 6.8 inches

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6. Ionic Stratus Drone

ionic-stratus-droneThis is one of the most popular drones under $200. Ionic Stratus looks brilliant. Purely brilliant. It’s a pretty bulky drone with a silver casing along with 2 black and 2 white blades. The first thing that you will notice if you are planning on purchasing this drone is that it does not come with a camera. In order to shoot videos with this bad boy, you will have to get your own action camera. Luckily, it supports GoPro’s which means you’ll be able to mount one underneath it… If you have a GoPro, of course. If you don’t, then I recommend you opt for another model from this list.

Specifications:
Camera – None, mount compatible with all GoPro models
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – 150 meters
Flight duration – 10 minutes
Charging time –  150 minutes
Dimensions –  21 x 14.8 x 7.2 inches

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5. Parrot AR. Drone 2.0

parrot-ar-drone-2-0If I was to judge these drones solely on their appearance, then the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 would be a clear winner. It comes in three colors: snow, jungle and sand. Each has unique patters on the main body which make it look incredibly cool. Another very important aspect of this drone is the fact that it does not come with a controller. It relies on your smartphone for piloting… Luckily, it supports both Android and iOS devices… Hopefully you’re not stuck with a Windows phone because that would render this drone unusable. Parrot Ar Drone used to be the best drone under $200, but it’s somehow outdated now.

Specifications:
Camera – 720p HD FPV camera
Frequency – relies on smartphones for control
Max distance – 120 meters
Flight duration – up to 10 minutes
Charging time –  160 minutes
Dimensions –  23 x 5 x 23 inches

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4. WLTOYS V666

wltoys-v666WLTOYS V666 might just be among the best-looking drones in this price range. Truth be told, it resembles the Parrot AR 2.0 which is, by far, the best looking model under $200 currently available on the market. It features very durable foam skeletal protection which means it’s quite durable and shock resistant. It’s sporting a quality 2MP HD camera that is able to give you live FPV feed with the help from a separate LCD screen that is mountable on top of the joystick. Both of them come with the package so there’s no need to visit the store twice. All in all, it’s a great 5.8 Ghz drone that will surely make for some fun everyday piloting experiences.

Specifications:
Camera – 2MP HD Camera
Frequency – 5.8 Ghz
Max distance – 150 meters
Flight duration – up to 10 minutes
Charging time – 90 minutes
Dimensions – 22.7 x 19.8 x 6 inches

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3. Night lions Tech

night-lions-techIf you are looking for a monster drone, then you should seriously consider buying Night Lions Tech’s N7C. As its name implies, we are talking about a massive drone that is 37.5 inches long diagonally. It has huge blades accompanied by a solid white frame. Don’t let its big size fool you – this bad boy is quite fast and you should not fly it indoors. As usual, it has 6-axis gyro stabilizer which can, with the help of his massive weight, keep the drone stable even during the strongest of winds. All in all, if you’re one of those guys who think size does matter, then you should definitely buy this beast and test it out for yourself!

Specifications:
Camera – HD Camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – up to 80 meters
Flight duration – up to 8 minutes
Charging time –  120 minutes
Dimensions –  27.2 x 27.2 x 7.3 inches

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2. HUBSAN H107D X4

hubsan-h107d-x4Hubsan has made quite a few budget drones in recent times, but none of them stands out from the crowd as their H107D X4 model. It’s a beautifully compact drone with shiny LED lights underneath each set of blades. It features FPV mode which is able to perform extraordinarily due to the 5.8 ghz controller that comes with it. The 0.3MP built in camera may not be the best on the market, but it will give you great immersive experience with the help of Hubsan Video Goggles.

Specifications:
Camera – 0.3MP FPV Camera
Frequency – 5.8 Ghz
Max distance – 100 meters
Flight duration – 8 minutes
Charging time –  30 minutes
Dimensions –  9.1 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches

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1. JJRC X1

jjrc-x1When it comes to specifications, it doesn’t get any better than JJRC’s newest drone model – X1. It has AMAZING specifications that exceed even some of the more expensive models. For example, the standard flight duration of models in this price range is around 8 to 10 minutes… X1 can do 15. Standard control distance goes around 100 to 150 meters; X1 can go up to 400. I am sure you get the picture. It also comes with a set of standard features such as headless mode and one key return. If you are looking for a great drone that will not take a whole bunch of money out of your pockets and you already have a good quality action camera, you can’t go wrong with JJRC X1!

Specifications:
Camera – no camera
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Max distance – up to 400 meters
Flight duration – up to 15 minutes
Charging time –  90 minutes
Dimensions –  12.3 x 12.3 x 4.9 inches

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Conclusion

I hope that this list has helped you with picking the right drone for your needs. As you can see, drones are not so expensive as they used to be a couple of years ago. Cheapest models can be found for well under $100. You can check those models HERE. All in all, if you are opting for a $100-$200 model, you can’t go wrong with any of those that are listed above.

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