Top Drones Under $300
|Holy Stone GPS HS100 GPS||720p||15 Min||500M|
|Contixo F18||1080p||16 Min||1.6KM|
|Force1 F200W Shadow||1080p||30 Min||1KM|
|Enjoydeal Foldable 6-Axis||720p||7 Min||30M|
|Hubsan H501S HIGH EDITION||1080p||20 Min||450M|
|3DR Solo||Not Included||20 Min||500M|
|Cheerson CX-20||Not Included||15 Min||300M|
|Parrot AR Drone 2.0||720p||12 Min||50M|
|Parrot Bebop||1080p||11 Min||2.4KM|
|Zero Tech Dobby||1080p||9 Min||100M|
Drones cost a lot less now compared to a few years ago since manufacturing costs have been greatly reduced due to increased market demand. Flying your own drone doesn’t need to be very expensive. If you have a restricted budget but would still like to enjoy this hobby and learn how to do it well, these drones under $300 may be the best alternative for you. This review will list down the best drones under $300.
The variety factor is perhaps one of the best things about drones. You can choose to use them for a professional application like photography and/or documentary. Others would build setups meant for drone racing while some are merely for hobby. Of course, there are different of types out there, but each of them definitely caters everyone’s needs.
It is no secret, however, that drones can be quite pricey. In fact, most professional models could cost a couple thousand more. Fortunately, not all drones can break your wallet – some of them can best under $300.
With that in mind, we have rounded up the best drones under this price. Check them out below!
Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100
The Holy Stone Drone’s flying time is up to 15 minutes, reaching up to 500m control distance and a capacity of 2500mAh high performance battery.
It has GPS assisted flight, providing you with accurate positioning details and a Return-to-Home (RTH) function, which allows it to fly and return home safely when its battery is low or when it is flying out of range and its signal is weak.
One of the standout features of the Holy Stone Drone is the Follow Me Mode. It will automatically follow you and captures you wherever you go, keeping you in the frame at all times.
Although many users rave about this drone for its outstanding features and reasonable price, some users’ expectations were not met in terms of lighting requirements and capturing high quality videos. This is not a drone to use for taking professional videos and images. Some users also have some difficulty with controlling the drone.
Contixo F18 Drone
Contixo F18 offers up to 1-mile control distance and a flying time of 16 minutes. It is equipped with MT1806 1800KV brushless motors, which ensures minimal friction during engine operation and reduces heat production.
It has an auto return to home feature which allows the drone to land within a 10-ft radius from the home point. The Failsafe RTH will also be triggered if the remote control signal is lost for more than 6 seconds.
Although there are no issues with remote control reception, many users think that it is difficult to control the speed using the remote. There are also no gimbals on the camera for image stabilization, which makes the video image jerky and choppy when turning.
Force1 F200W Shadow Drone
With 30 minutes flying time at 0.6 miles of GPS signal, this 1080P HD drone has 3 return-home modes and a built-in GPS.
For a more stable flight, it features intelligent orientation control. It also has 1-key takeoff and landing stable control and altitude hold for easy hover.
It flies smoothly, and with its bright LED lights, it can easily be seen in the night sky. It is quite sturdy and holds its own against moderate wind.
Calibration methods are difficult because it is quite a challenge to get the controller to sync with the drone. Many users found it hard to pair the drone with the transmitter.
Enjoydeal Foldable 6-Axis Quadcopter
This new WiFi FPV RC drone 6-axis quadcopter is brought to us by Enjoydeal. It also has a 720HP selfie camera has a flying time of 7 minutes with a remote control distance of about 30 meters.
It operates on gravity sensor control, allowing you easy, one-hand operation. In order to fly it, all you need to do is to tilt the drone into a specific direction. This small, lightweight, and portable drone has multiple functions: up and down, left and right, 3600 degree roll, altitude hold, headless mode, and more.
Although it is rated highly by users, its downside is that its flying time is only 7 minutes long and its remote control distance is limited, compared to other brands. However, this is an excellent choice for newbies and younger flyers.
Hubsan H501S HIGH EDITION Drone
Hubsan makes a variety of drones in different affordable categories. The H501S model prices at $289.99 on Hubsan’s site and a little less on Amazon.
The quadcopter does not miss a beat with the latest features in drone technology. The battery lasts for 20 minutes during flight time in which you can view the flight in FPV. The upgraded transmitter allows the drone to fly out to 450 meters. Follow me mode locks position on a specific subject and will follow it, adjusting its altitude and speed.
This one is also a “non-toy” drone, so take your time learning how to fly the quadcopter drone. The drone is small but it is way too powerful to fly indoors.
3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter
The 3DR Solo is built solidly and dropped down in price. The new price decrease is due to new releases by 3DR.
This drone has all the latest features, follow me mode, orbit, selfie, and cable camera. You can add a gimble for GoPros. The flight has a range of 500 meters (!) and has a Return to Home function just in case connection is lost or the battery starts to run low. Live stream the approximately 20 minute flight on any device that supports the HDMI input.
BUY THIS DRONE ON AMAZON. 3DR has terrible customer service (almost non-existent), so if you needed parts you are best going through Amazon.
This Cheerson drone is made with ABS plastic, making it durable and safe to fly.
It does not come with a camera and you will need to buy a mount and sport camera for aerial images.
It reaches a range a rage of 300 meters and flies for 15 minutes (less with a camera).
The design is compact and can travel with you in a backpack. The remote control unit supports two control flights and position hold. It uses features like return to home, headless IOC, and LED lights.
Parrot AR Drone 2.0
The wildly popular Parrot AR Drone is exciting buying very affordable drones by Parrot. The standards for their products are high, and it shows in their drones.
The Parrot AR Drone’s design has kids in mind, with its thick protective prop guards around the entire frame.
The quadcopter is fast and takes quality images with the 720p HD camera, so it is fun for any age. The battery lasts for 12 minutes. Control flight through the smartphone with the FreeFlight app. The downside is the WiFi connection between the drone and your phone becomes weak after a certain range (around 50 M).
Other features include Headless Mode and LED lights for night flights.
The Parrot Bebop is another quadcopter by Parrot drones. This model comes in red/black and blue/black colors. It’s another affordable drone, without losing advanced features.
The camera is built into the body of the drone. This reduces the risk of it getting damaged since it’s not vulnerably hanging off of a gimbal. The camera has an advanced 3-axis image stabilization. It takes photos and videos in 14 megapixel, 1080p full HD. It has a 180° field of view.
The quadcopter can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet. You can buy Parrot’s Skycontroller separately. Control the drone using wi-fi. This can make the connection weaker, so you can add a wi-fi extender for better control. Without the controller, you can fly to 200m, and with a controller, fly up to 2 .4km (1.5 mi).
The set-up is easy. Learning to fly the drone is easy. The Bebop is smaller and very portable. It is a great drone for beginner drone photographers. This drone is definitely not a toy drone.
Zero Tech Dobby
The Zero Tech Dobby is a mini selfie-drone. After this review, you tell us if you prefer this or the DJI Spark! We won’t name favorites.
This is a mini drone, making it portable and perfect to travel any where with. The arms fold in and out, and the blades are replaceable. The body of the mini drone holds the camera, battery compartment, as well as a sonar sensor and optical flow sensor.
The camera takes photos in 4k and videos in 1080p. It has its own software image stabilization, called Qualcomm Snap Dragon. The videos are vibration free. Activate Dobby to track a person’s face or another moving subject. Use FPV up to 100 m.
Other modes include follow me, RTH, and altitude hold. The battery life is up to 9 minutes.
The Dobby uses GPS and GLONASS technology. It doesn’t have a controller, so control the drone using your smartphone or tablet. Updates on the app for the drone are always available to make the flight experience the best it can be.
When you purchase drones within the $200 to $300 range, you will see distinct improvements in terms of quality and flight duration compared to the lower-priced models. There are certain features in this price range that aren’t available in the cheaper category such as GoPro-ready mount, flying capacity of up to 50 MPH with air brakes, and live video transmission.