If you are looking to get into the drone hobby, then you have come to the right place. I am sure you all know that there is no point in spending couple hundred bucks for your first drone because, as a beginner pilot, you don’t even know whether you will like it or not. Among other factors, this is probably the most important one. This is why we strongly recommend you choose a budget friendly drone. Luckily, there is a whole heap of them on the market. The quadcopters “under $50” category is among the broadest ones out there. Another popular category is Drones Below $100. It’s sometimes really hard to say what’s the best drone under $50. This leads to quite a common problem – finding the best one for your needs. Well, if you happen to stumble upon that problem, just read through this list and I am sure you will get a much better picture. So, with this in mind, let’s jump straight to action.
Table : Drones under $50
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10. Eachine E010 Mini
This nice looking mini drone will set you back for no more than $20 and trust me, it’s incredibly fun. More than you will like to admit after first couple of minutes flying this thing. It is incredibly small (can easily fit into the palm of your hand) but has decent speed for such a miniature size. It will buzz through your room like a little tornado so make sure you hide away anything it could turn over and break. Moreover, it features the well-known one key return to home function which is extremely useful since your drone will return to your location once it gets out of range. With its range being somewhere around 30 meters and its flight time up to 5, this little fella is a nice addition to this list, and a great way to start it off.
9. Hubsan X4 (H107C)
Even though the regular price of this drone is just above 50 bucks (51.99 to be more precise), it is constantly on sale for less than $40 ($36.93 at the time of writing this article) which makes it a proper bargain. With a famous name, such as Hubsan standing behind a drone, it comes as no surprise that it packs quite a powerful punch in such a small package. It’s a miniature drone that is equipped with the latest 6-axis gyro system whose sensitivity is fully adjustable meaning both beginners and more experienced pilots can have their fun. It even comes with a built-in 0.3MP camera. Truth be told, it does not come with a memory card so you are forced to use your own if you want to capture some good old aerial footage. If you are wondering how much will you be able to record in a single full charge, then you will be happy when I tell you it has around 7 minutes of flight time which is more than enough for a drone of its size. Combine that with close to 100 meters of flight range (keep in mind there’s no way you can see your drone at that distance, unless you use binoculars or something) and you get yourself a real champ.
8. GP – NextX F2C
This drone sits comfortably in the middle of this price range. Priced at $40, this little guy is an obvious bargain. Why? Well, it has up to 8 minutes of flight time, more than 100 meters of lag-free range and is equipped with a great little camera. It can shoot videos at 1080p (although the resolution seems to be upscaled) but the quality is nowhere near those on $100+ drones. When it comes to its features, it is good to know that it has sideward flying, hovering mode, 360 eversion, cruise control and even headless mode. What else can you expect from a $40 drone?
7. Holy Stone HS170 Predator
This list could not go by without at least one of Holy Stones many excellent drones. Their HS170 is one of the most popular drones in this price range (only Syma X5C has a bigger popularity) but its features and specifications justify that in every sense. With headless mode, anti-interference technology and 6-axis gyro stabilization, Predator proves to be on par in the features department. Moving forward to its specifications, up to 8 minutes of flight time seems good but only 50 meters of lag-free range is a bit too low. Still, it’s a great all-around drone, especially if you have kids who would enjoy it as a Christmas gift.
6. Haktoys HAK905
If you are looking for a cheap but relatively big drone, then HAK905 could be the right one for you. Not only is it big and bulky (7 inches diagonally), it is rather bright and colorful as well. Thanks to its strong LED lights placed next to its propellers and their respective guards, it shines bright even through the darkest of nights. It is equipped with 2 speed modes, 360 flips, and works via the standard 2.4GHz frequency. When it comes to its specifications, it doesn’t fall short of expectations. For a drone that costs a bit less than $50, you will get up to 9 minutes of flight time and cca 100 meters of flight range. This could easily be the best drone under $50, do you agree?
5. Cheerwing CW4
This white drone looks awfully like one of drones from the ever-so-popular DJI’s Phantom series. Although not having nearly as quality materials as the drone industry giant (not surprising since it costs just a fraction of its price), this little fella is still a viable option for those who do not like spending more than $50 on a drone. It comes with a decent quality 2Mp camera capable of recording 720p videos at 30fps. Other than that, it has altitude hold, one key take off and automatic landing. Combine that with an extra battery and ridiculously competitive price and you got yourself a great entry drone.
4. AKASO K88
This beautiful looking drone comes with a pretty clunky frame. Its thick prop guards are built in and have small LEDs placed all around. Inside the package, you will not only find the drone and its controller but 3 extra batteries along with 4 spare blades which is rather convenient. The drone itself is able to do all sorts of flips with just one push of a button and sports a small, built-in 2.0mp camera capable of providing you with “meh” image quality. Still, the camera is a nice addition especially in this price range and on such a bulky device. Specification-wise, it can travel up to 100 meters away from its transmitter and its battery can endure cca 6 minutes of flight time. Combine all of the above-mentioned features and you’ll understand why this little fella is such a big hit.
3. Haktoys S611 Storm Ryder
Haktoys has quite a few outstanding drones in the cheapest of price ranges. Our story goes the same when we look at their S611 Storm Ryder model. The man figure on top (the Storm Ryder) sets it apart from all the other drones in this price range. Other than its unique appearance, the S611 can brag about its specifications. With 45 minutes of charging time combined with 10 minutes in air and up to 60 meters of flight distance, this little fella is no joke. It is a great starting drone that kids will adore. Not only because of its Storm Ryder but because of the shiny LED strips that are placed around the protective frame. All things considered, Haktoys’ S611 is a great drone that deserves its place on this list.
2. AUKEY Mohawk Drone
As you can see from the title of this paragraph, we are talking about Mohawk by AUKEY. It’s a fairly simple (but nice nonetheless) looking drone with yellow / gray propellers that make it stand out with its simplistic design. Under the hood it has a couple of on-point functions such as one key take-off and landing, headless mode and the ever-so-popular LED lights. When it comes to its specifications, it doesn’t disappoint at all. With more than 10 minutes of flight time and 100+ meters, the Mohawk Drone cements its place as one of the best budget drones on the market.
1. Syma X5C
Syma X5C is by far the most popular drone in this price range. With a whole heap of satisfied customers who are constantly praising it for its qualities, this comes as no surprise. Even though it is not exactly the prettiest drone on the market with its cheap-plastic feeling to it, you will be surprised at how much torture this thing can go through. The frame, although it feels cheap, is actually quite sturdy and helps the drone survive falls and crashes without a sweat. Moving forward to its specifications – it has around 8 minutes of flight time which is a pretty good number. Moreover, you can control it without any lag for up to 100 meters which is just enough to make you lose track of it. Still, if we take all the above-mentioned things into consideration, it is pretty clear why Syma X5C deserves the number one spot on this list.
And there you have it guys. Our Top 10 Drones Under $50 list is completed, and it safe to say it featured a couple of top-notch drones that you can get for a dirt-cheap price. The best thing about these drones is that you don’t have to be extra careful and worry that you’re going to break them. You can buy extra parts for just a couple of bucks, or even buy a brand new one if you experience a mishap.