Updated: oct 2018
So you’re looking for a brushless drone… and a cheap one at that…
If you’re reading this article you probably have at least a vague idea about the difference between brushed and brushless motors. Even so, I’m going to explain a bit about the advantages of one over the other.
You might want to read my other articles related to brushless drones:
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Now, you might have heard that brushless motors are better than brushed, and that’s perfectly true.
Lately, these motors are the staple of the RC (radio-controlled) world in pretty much anything from boat to aircraft.
Even more so drones, which require a constant use of the motors while in the air.
Top 5 cheap brushless drones in 2018
1.MJX Bugs 3
3.MJX Bugs 2
5.Cheerson CX 20
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of brushless motors
Considering the last negative point made, when it comes to multirotor drones the same principle applies: They are more expensive overall than their brushed counterparts.
What are the best CHEAP drones that have high quality brushless motors?
I won’t make many compromises when it comes to quality, so the drones I’m reviewing here are still top notch, compared to some beginner ones for example.
MJX Bugs 3 : My top Brushless drone
The Bugs 3 is by far my favorite drone from this list and that’s because it’s unbeatable for its price.
The range and speed on this thing makes it able to also play the role of a racing drone no problem.
Real Footage with my awesome brushless drone
I took the Bugs 3 drone around the town some time ago, recording just with a cheap action camera.
My results were pretty great, but what you’ll see next will blow your mind! The following video is made just by attaching a go pro to this drone.
Take notes on how this guy managed to create smooth video and how amazing the results are. Cheers to Maker Mind!
The transmitter on this device is toy grade, but has enough buttons to do the job well.
I like the fact that there is an unlock button for the motors, so you don’t accidentally start it.
There’s also a button for doing flips that also works when you have a camera attached. However, I like to keep my go pro safe.
This drone is super fun to play around with and race thanks to it’s powerful brushless motors and low weight.
The MJX Bugs 2 is the most amazing drone for under $100. Mainly because you can successfully turn it into a very good camera drone for cheap!
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Aosenma CG035 : Best GPS Follow drone for GOPRO
The Aosenma CG035 has the second spot on my list mainly because of its incredible GPS follow feature.
I recommend buying the version with an action camera slot, so you can upgrade the camera later.
And again, because it’s a brushless drone, you can attach even a gimbal to it and it will capture amazing stabilized footage
The transmitter for this drone is almost hobby-grade, which means very high quality. If you decide to invest in this drone, it will be worth it even if only this amazing transmitter.
Depending on the version you’ll get, you can also connect you phone to see the live feed from the camera.
A sample of the follow mode on this GPS drone
Alshanmao made a great video showcasing the follow me mode of the Aosenma cg035 by attaching the transmitter to a racing car and letting it follow around.
The Aosenma can follow the transmitter perfectly, whether you are in a car or running.
If you want a lot of freedom, GPS and a crazy good Follow mode, then this is the drone for you!
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MJX Bugs 2 - Best GPS Drone with camera under $200
The MJX Bugs 2 is the newer version of the Bugs 3( they got the numbers wrong).
And this baby comes with brushless motors, an included Full HD Camera and super long range!
The GPS it comes with makes it stay in place even in strong winds and it also returns to home if it loses signal!
Want to check a full review of the Bugs 2?
Of course you do!
Here’s my article review on the Bugs 2 drone, an awesome and possibly my favorite cheap GPS drone ever.
I have also made a video review that you can check bellow
Being one of the best quadcopters for the price, I'd say that anyone who wants to fly farther and for longer times. Unfortunately this drone isn't modular, but I must admit the camera it comes with is pretty satisfying for having fun in a trip or by yourself in a remote place.
JJRC x1 : Simple but efective brushless drone
You can find toy grade brushed motors for the same price, yet this thing is making it on the top of my list as a very speedy and forceful brushless quadcopter.
With its 2280Kv motors and plentiful battery charge (1300 mAh), it can stay in the air for 10 to 15 min and cut the wind like none other.
As with the other drones on this list, I do not recommend it for beginners, as brushless motors can be to powerful to handle.
The transmitter on this device is pretty much toy grade but with a pretty big range of flight.
I’ve noticed that the starting button sequence is quite complicated as you have to move the throttle button down first, then right to left a few times and only then up.
Even so, it shouldn’t be a problem after you get used to it.
I’m not a big fan of the landing gear on this thing, as it’s pretty small and the bird always tips over when landing. This shouldn’t be a problem most of the time if you have the prop guards on(included in the package).
The JJRC x1 doesn’t come with an included camera, but it’s powerful enough to lift even a GoPro, although I would recommend smaller ones.
Stick your favorite action cams on it, like the runcam or a mobius and it won’t even feel it.
It has a slot for the FPV camera to connect to and there’s even an FPV set you can buy that’s custom for this quad.
Here’s a beautiful video footage of the X1 from a runcam
A very basic, barebones Brusheless quadcopter, very similar to the MJX Bugs 3 on my first place.
Cheerson cx 20 - a GO PRO alternative for the Phantom 3
This is probably the closest very cheap alternative for the Phantom 3 series.
A great video platform with included GPS and a great hobby grade transmitter.
It’s very resilient and pretty tough as it can sustain some beating, although you probably won’t have to find that out if you don’t do stupid stuff like testing the max range(like I did).
How well does the GPS function work?
It works pretty well, even though it’s not so stable in stronger wind.
Overall, pretty far from the stability of the Phantom 3, but a nice addition anyway.
This will enable you to use the return to home function, as it isn’t called “auto pathfinder” for no reason.
Does the Cheerson cx10 come with an included camera?
No it doesn’t, but some bundles come with a slot for your action camera. I would however invest some additional money in an attachable gimbal and a good camera ( it can easily hold GoPros).
There’s no point in having this quad besides using it as a camera platform, because it isn’t as nimble to use for racing or speedy stuff in general.
Here’s some really cool footage with a gopro Hero 3 attached
The Cheerson Cx 20 is the last on my list not because it's bad, but because it's a little more expensive than the rest.