Best Cheap Drones For Under or around £100
Below are what we consider some of the best cheap drones on the market for under or around 100. Although there are hundreds of different quadcopters to choose from many people like to enter the hobby without breaking the bank. Any of the below would be a good choice for your first drone or as a secondary drone to have when you don’t want to get your top of the range DJI Phantom or Parrot Bebop out.
This is a small but very efficient flying drone. It would be ideal for someone looking for a cheap quadcopter for playing around or for aerial inspection. The Hubsan H107D has an exceptional control range of 100m while being quite durable. The attached camera is able to capture images clearly and the overall styling is sleek and crisp. This is also a drone that allows users to add a variant of accessories, unlike many of its counterparts. Most accessory brands for drones are compatible with the new Hubsan H104D Quadcopter. It responds outstandingly well to movements of the remote control which make flying it an absolute pleasure. You will be very hard pressed to find a better option in this price class. Many experienced quadcopter owners use the Hubsan to have fun at the weekends, when they do want to get their expensive quads out and they just want to have some fun.
This 2.4GHz four channel RC quadcopter is encased in a stylish red and black theme. The flying drone has been very well designed and it quite durable for enhanced stability while in flight. Additionally, the drone features adjustable gyro sensitivity, a 0.3MP video recorder and a six axis flight control system. The attached camera is able to capture pictures of good quality. Consumers will certainly enjoy the fact that the drone arrives fully assembled. The Hubsan X4 H107C is equipped with a frame that is very light as well as a novel four flip system that allows for it to be steered left, right, forward and backward.
For those that have never owned or flown a drone before, the DCH-330 Quad copter drone with built in HD video camera is a very good option in this price range. It is lightweight and features plastic protectors for its blades in order to enable it the ability to bounce off walls while being flown indoors. Additionally, the highly durable drone crashes quite well; but it does take a bit of time to keep it steady. It will take a bit of practice to get the drone to hover at first, but once mastered, it is a breeze. You will need to note that the instructions advise against the pushing of certain buttons in the wrong order as it could result in the device possibly losing control while in flight. Users will need an SD card for the camera to function properly and the battery life is up to ten minutes. Once the battery becomes low, a beeping sound will be heard urging you to charge it or change batteries. Other than its minute flaws, the drone is still a great choice for beginners and/or children.
The Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt drone is a great choice for younger children who are interested in flying quads. It does need to be noted that it will take some time for the quadcopter to be mastered, but once it is, the fun is invigorating. This is a device that is relatively safe for use by children and which they will no doubt enjoy using. The body of the Air Hogs Helix X4 stunt drone is comprised of foam which allows it impeccable durability while posing no threat to its users or others. Due to how lightweight it is, it is recommended not to fly in moderate to high winds as it could be carried off course. During flight, the drone is able to remain quite steady, but it can drift forward (in particular). This is a fantastic entry level flying drone for children or beginners. It is fool proof while being incredibly fun as well as safe for most ages.
The Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad looks incredible, offers a good flying experience and has a flight time of up to 9 – 10 minutes. For fans of the Star Wars series, the drone is a great collector’s item, but for those that actually want to fly it for aerial photography it is not the best option in this price range. On the plus side, the drone is fairly idiot proof. It does not take very long before a user will be able to master its controls and be provided with a steady flying experience. The drone is encased within a polystyrene body making it highly durable. Unfortunately, although quite durable, the paint job is flimsy and thin. With the slightest collision, the paint will certainly begin to peel and/or chip. Additionally, the slightest bump will cause the themed flying drone to spin out of control. This makes our list of best drones for under 100 due to the Star Wars novelty factor rather than its functionality or performance.
This is the drone model that received a revision resulting in improved handling. The overall size is more than ideal for spotting while in flight against the sky. The Syma is one of the most popular entry level models on the market and is an excellent option for someone for their first drone. Its high performance mode will provide users with little to no trouble when flying in conditions of up to10 miles per hour.
The drone is quite stable during flight, despite its wind issues and the flight controller is great as far as keeping it level. Additionally, it is outfitted with propeller guards for an enhanced durability. Thankfully, there are an extra set of guards included in the drones packaging. The guards will allow users enough safeguarding during crashes, etc. that it will keep them from having to replace the propellers or the drone anytime soon. It does need to be noted that the camera is not stellar, but it is adequate and some great images can still be captured. From the controller, users are able to capture either photographs or video which is recorded to an SD card. The average flight time is between 6-9 minutes but upgraded batteries can be bought to increase flight time. It is highly recommended to buy extra batteries also. Changing the batteries is very straight forward and takes less than a minute.