Best Drones You Can Buy For Less Than $500

In this article, I will go through some of the best drones that are priced between $300 and $500. This is a heavily competitive price range and as such, it has a lot of top notch models for you to choose. Picking the right drone for you might seem like a pretty tough job because there are so many variations… But with a little help of this article, you will be able to make your decision pretty easily. With this in mind, I will start off with the list that will show us what’s the best drone under $500 because I don’t waste more of your precious time with this introductory section!

Table : Drones under $500

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Here’s link to our list of best drones below $300.

10. XIRO Xplorer G Version

xiro-xplorer-g-versionThere are a couple of great XIRO Xplorer models, but the one that I decided to list on the 10th place is called the G version. It’s a great looking model with a quality 2.4 Ghz controller (both looking outright amazing) that comes with a set of usual features. It has amazing control range which is great if you plan on exploring your surrounding area (thus the name Xplorer), but it lacks a camera which means you will have to buy one separately if you don’t already have one… Or you can pay additional $150 for an upgraded V version that comes with a full HD camera and a 3 axis motorized gimbal. All in all, it’s a great budget drone that is making quite a name for itself on the market.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 6.42 x 13.86 x 14.8 inches
Max distance – 1000 meters
Flight duration – up to 18 minutes
Charging time – 120 minutes
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Camera – mountable

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9. AEE Technology AP10 Pro

aee-technology-ap10-proAEE is not exactly the most known drone manufacturer on the planet, but from time to time, they surprise us with a great model that takes the market by storm. This exactly can be said about their newest model called AP10 Pro. It sports a unique white design with black and red finishing touches. It looks amazing but has a bunch of features and great specifications to back its looks up. One of the best virtues of this drone is its Full HD 16MP camera that is able to shoot 1080p videos at 60FPS. That’s amazing coming from a built in drone camera. Kudos to AEE Tech for this one! In addition to its camera, AP10 Pro is also quite fast, clocking in at 44 miles per hour. In order to fly this fast It needs to have good stability and wind resistance. That’s where its rigid body comes in. It is able to endure snow and medium rain and has a Class 4 wind resistance rating.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 14.6 x 5.5 x 14.6 inches
Max distance – 500 to 700 meters
Flight duration – up to 25 minutes
Charging time – 120 minutes
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Camera – Full HD 16MP

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8. Traxxas Aton Plus

traxxas-atonWe already had the chance to take a closer look at Traxxas Aton in the other list. Now, we are going to take a look at its upgraded brother – the Traxxas Aton Plus. They share the same black and red look that is quite easy on the eye. To be honest, there is not that much difference between these 2 except in the specifications department. Among other things, the Plus version comes with an improved battery and a 2 axis motorized gimbal. With that in mind, let’s skip the small talk and take a look at the specifications of this model so we can see how exactly is it able to perform.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 18.6 x 18.6 x 3.7 inches
Max distance – 200 to 300 meters
Flight duration – 25 minutes
Charging time – 100 minutes
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Camera – mountable on a 2 axis motorized gimbal

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7. BLADE Chroma

blade-chromaAs its name implies, the Blade Chroma is a RTF drone which means it does not require any assembly in order to start flying. In other words, all you need to do is charge it up and it’s good to go. Another important thing about this drone is that it comes in 2 versions – one with a 3-axis brushless gimbal and one with a top-quality camera. The standard model (the one without a camera) is priced at $500 which is just enough for it mark its place on this list. With a smart mode for beginners and an advanced SAFE Plus technology, you don’t have to worry about losing or breaking your drone. It’s able to record smooth aerial videos and has great stabilization which is always important for drones in this price range.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 19.6 x 15.9 x 11.1 inches
Max distance – up to 400 meters
Flight duration – up to 25 minutes
Charging time – 100 minutes
Frequency – 5.8 Ghz
Camera – mountable

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6. ARRIS X-Speed 250B

arris-fpv250-250mmIf you are looking for a racing drone then you cannot go wrong with Arris X-Speed 250B. The enhanced brother of Arris FPV250 comes with more power and a better camera, but it’s a bit more expensive than it too (not that much though, jus $50 more). So in other words, if you are buying a drone only for racing and first person piloting view experience, then I warmly suggest you consider opting for X-Speed 250B. It has a max range of up to 500 meters due to its reliable 5.8G connection. In addition to that, it can last up to 10 minutes which is not that bad for a racing drone.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 11.1 x 10.8 x 8.5 inches
Max distance – 500 meters
Flight duration – 10 minutes
Charging time – 120 minutes
Frequency – 5.8 Ghz
Camera – FPV HD

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5. Parrot Bebop

parrot-bebopSlowly but surely, we are coming to the big names in the drone industry, and it doesn’t get much better than the first edition of Parrot’s flagship line of drones – Bebop models. It’s a top-quality drone with excellent performance due to its brushless motors. It is able to achieve 13m/s of horizontal speed which is amazing. In addition to that, it is packed with a ton of features such as magnetometer, gyroscope, ultrasound sensor, pressure sensor along with a vertical camera which tracks its speed. Additionally, it also comes with a built in full HD 14MP camera that is able to record 30FPS in its native 1080p resolution. Its GPS allows you to set up waypoints on a map. This means it is able to autopilot so you can concentrate more on getting the perfect aerial video. All in all, this is definitely one of the top drones under $500. It’s in medium price range but has all specifications of a class A drone.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 16.1 x 15.4 x 11.4 inches
Max distance – 2000 miles with the Sky Controller
Flight duration – up to 10 minutes
Charging time – 100 minutes
Frequency – both 2.4 and 5.8 Ghz
Camera – Full HD 14MP

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4. Ehang GHOSTDRONE 2.0

ehang-ghostdrone-2-0GhostDrone is a rather unique drone. There’s a good chance this is the first time you are hearing about it, but that comes as no surprise since it’s made by a small startup company called Ehang. It is primarily aimed at people who have no prior experience to drone piloting. It is extremely easy to use (especially considering the tilting mechanism: simply tilt your smartphone and the drone will mimic your movement) and comes equipped with a 4K action camera. Yup, this is the first 4K camera device on this list. With more than 1000 meters of control range and almost half an hour of flight time, GhostDrone 2.0 could not be left out of this list. Many people will say this is the best drone under $500, would you agree?

Specifications:
Dimensions – 7.9 x 13.8 x 3.5 inches
Max distance – 1000 meters
Flight duration – up to 25 minutes
Charging time – 100 minutes
Frequency – works with smartphones
Camera – 4K capable of recording 4k@24fps

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3. Parrot Bebop 2

parrot-bebop-2The upgraded second version of Parrot’s flagship drone has quite a bit of improvements. Unfortunately, only the standard drone version (just the drone without the sky controller) barely makes it on to this list due to its price. The standard version will set you back for $420 while the complete version (comes with the sky controller and a bunch of other useful accessories and spare parts) costs around $620. The drone itself is kmade out of high quality materials and, how should I put this simply – breathes with fresh, quality design. It has amazing specifications even without the sky controller, which, I’m sure you all know, is able to extend the range for more than a kilometer.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 15 x 12.9 x 3.5 inches
Max distance – up to 300 meters
Flight duration – max 25 minutes
Charging time – 120 minutes
Frequency – both 2.4 and 5.8 Ghz
Camera – 14MP wide angle camera

 

2. DJI Phantom 2 V2.0

dji-phantom-2-v2-0As you can see, we have come to the leaders of drone industry – DJI. Each of their Phantom models have been massive successes and one of key reasons why drones became so popular in the first place. With their upgraded 2.0 Phantom version, they really outdid themselves. The price starts off at $340 for the basic package which includes just the drone and its controller along with miscellaneous spare parts. If you want a Zenmuse gimbal and a top quality action camera the price can go up more than a few hundreds of dollars. Still, the best ”complete” version (in my opinion) is the one with a 2.7K camera that will set you back for around $420. It does not have the awesome Zenmuse gimbal that does wonders to your video, but the stability of the drone itself is more than enough for making outstanding aerial shots.

Specifications:
Dimensions – 14.6 x 13 x 8.3 inches
Max distance – 1000 meters
Flight duration – up to 25 minutes
Charging time – 120 minutes
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Camera – mountable

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1. DJI Phantom 3 Standard

dji-phantom-3-standardAnd finally, the number one spot on this list goes to (like it was possible to choose another drone) the amazing DJI Phantom 3. Feel free to compare specifications of Phantom 2 (above) and 3 because DJI is constantly improving their infrastructure which leads to amazing advances within their flagship drones. This standard edition comes with a 2.7K action camera which has wide angle lens that make for amazing aerial shots. In addition to this, it comes with a bunch of awesome features such as live stream video (with the help from DJI Go app on your phone or tablet), GPS assisted flight, follow me function, waypoint mode and point of interest camera assist. As you can see, this is by far the best drone in this price range. Even its standard package (without the flashy 4K camera, motorized gimbal and a bunch of additional accessories) can make wonders and will surely attract both beginners and new pilots as well. With all of this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the specification of this beast:

Specifications:
Dimensions – 15 x 14 x 8.2 inches
Max distance – up to 1000 meters for standard and more than 5000 meters for the pro version
Flight duration – up to 25 minutes
Charging time – around 120 minutes
Frequency – 2.4 Ghz
Camera – 2.7K HD wide angle camera

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Conclusion

That’s it guys. You have come to the very end of this article which, I’m sure, made your picking task much easier. I tried to be as objective as I could and I hope that I helped you with your decision. If you are not satisfied with this list and you are perhaps thinking of buying a better model (read – more expensive one), then make sure you read through the Top 10 drones below $1000 list that covers some of the best drone models currently available on the market.

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