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Best drones under $200 in 2019 – My top 6 GPS quadcopters

Top 7 best drones under $200 in 2019

More and more cheap drones are getting released these days that are better than the last generations and older guides won’t help you find the best ones in 2018.

There are many drone makers in China that have started actually producing higher quality stuff for amazing prices.

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What to look for in a camera drone?

First of all, if you’re new to the hobby, you better check out my infographic with the beginner drone buying guide that will teach you the basics.

However, here’s the main points you should usually look for in a drone:

Transmitter

The transmitter and its functions add a lot of value to an already good drone.

Battery life

Battery life for anything in the category under $200 dollars should be at least over 10 minutes, 15 min preferably.

Range

Range is going to be a very decisive factor and you should expect even up to 1km at this price.

Build Quality

Image stabilization is just as important as camera quality if not more.

Look for electronic image stabilization or preferably good camera gimbals.

Camera

At the price of around 200 dollars you should get a drone with a pretty decent quality camera, preferably at least 1080p Full HD.

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MY TOP 6 Drones under $200

This is a quick Ranking of my top picks for the best camera drones I’d recommend for different people with different needs, all considering your budget is under 200 dollars.

I have a more detailed review of each one bellow the article. Use the quick navigation above to get there.

This list is in order of what I consider to be better overall AND what value for money that drone has. 

All these quadcopters are super high quality and you can’t really go wrong. It’s up to you to decide!

ProductBattery lifeRangeCamera
JJPRO X5 EPIK review – best GPS drone under $150!
JJPRO X5 EPIK review – best GPS drone under $150!
15 min
300
1080p
$218.98 Buy It Now
2 Hubsan X4 H501s standard and advanced versions
Hubsan X4 H501s standard and advanced versions
19 min
500
1080p
$150.00 Buy It Now
3 JJRC C-Fly X7 review
JJRC C-Fly X7 review
15 min
350
1080p
$137.59 $189.69 Buy It Now
4 SJRC F11 review – 1080p cheap gps drone
SJRC F11 review – 1080p cheap gps drone
25 min
600
1080p
$149.99 Buy It Now
5 ZLRC Beast SG906 drone – cheap 4k camera drone
ZLRC Beast SG906 drone – cheap 4k camera drone
23 min
350
4k
6 MJX Bugs 2 review – best GPS drone under $200
MJX Bugs 2 review – best GPS drone under $200
15 min
1
1080p
$239.99 Buy It Now
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JJPRO X5 Epik/MJX Bugs 5w

Battery Life

15min

Range

300m

Camera

1080p

GPS

Yes

Both the JJPRO X5 and the MJX Bugs 5w are pretty much the same drone with a different looking canopy.

Even so, they always make the top of my TOPS as some of the best overall quadcopters you can buy under $200, hands on!

We’re talking about brushless motors, a good quality camera that can swivel, impecable GPS stability and an overal smaller frame than most drones like the Bugs 3 pro for example.

It has not dissapointed me so far and it also comes with interesting to use flight modes like waypoint flight, circle around me and follow me.

 

  • you can change the camera angle
  • 2 designs to chose from
  • precise GPS
Average Score 9.5
Flight Stability
9
Signal Strength
8.5
Camera Quality
8.5
Features
8.5
PROS:
  • can move the camera while in the air (rare for this price)
  • Stable GPS
  • Aditional functions like RTH, circle and follow
  • brushless motors
  • solid battery life
CONS:
  • Live streaming range is a little bit limiting
  • Camera is not stabilized
$218.98 Buy It Now
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Hubsan H501s

Battery Life

19min

Range

500m

Camera

1080p

GPS

YES

The hubsan x4 H501S has been one of the go to drones of beginner fliers who wanted a solid GPS quad for quite some time.

It differes from the rest on this list thanks to the 5.8ghz transmission that has no lag and the fact that the controller already comes with a monitor. You can also use FPV Goggles and experience the flight much more precise than a wifi video.

Otherwise, it’s packed with the usual great features a drone should have: brushless motors, a 1080p camera, long battery life and even some flight functions.

Here’s what’s in the package:

  •  two sets of self tightenting propellers
  • tool for motors
  • 2s battery charger
  • micro USB cable
  • transmitter
  • drone
  • can wear goggles
  • Good customer support
  • 2 types of transmitter to choose
  • long battery life
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Average Score 9
Flight stability
9
Features
8.5
Camera
8.5
PROS:
  • brushless motors
  • good range
  • great battery life
  • very stable GPS
  • good quality camera
  • can fly faster in altitude hold mode
CONS:
  • no turning in follow me mode
$150.00 Buy It Now
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JJRC x7 - 1080p drone with swivel cam

Battery Life

15min

Range

350m

Camera

1080p

GPS

YES

The JJRC X7 is another drone that comes with a camera that can change angles while in flight.

At this price range we can’t expect a proper motorized gimbal so simply having the option to move the camera angle in the air is great if you want to capture certain things.

Otherwise, the quadcopter has the advantage of a very lean frame that can easily fit in a backpack, and pretty much everything that you can find on this list.

I only recommend drones with good battery life, brushless motors and a decent range.

It also comes with good GPS+GLONASS that keeps it flying steady and return to home in case of signal loss.

  • small flat frame
  • good build quality
  • brushless motors
Average Score 9
GPS Stability
8.5
Camera quality
8.5
Build quality
9
PROS:
  • long battery life
  • powerful brushless motors
  • return to home
  • good GPS
  • camera can be moved from the transmitter
  • follow me function
CONS:
  • no return to home on low battery power
$137.59 $189.69 Buy It Now
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SJRC f11 - Foldable GPS drone

Battery Life

25min

Range

600m

Camera

1080p

GPS

YES

Although in real life it’s more toward 20 min battery life, the SJRC F11 is actually the longest flying drone on this list and it’s also unique in it’s folding form factor.

The transmitter is very high quality for the price also.

Overall it looks like a DJI Mavic, but don’t expect the same performance.

It’s not a perfect drone, like any on this list. The camera quality is not amazing, but it does its job.

However, it’s simply very easy to carry around and it’s flight performace is excelent, along with the stability and the fact that the camera can be moved up and down.

There’s also options to get multiple batteries in the package and even a carrying bag for it, which is very nice.

Average Score 8.5
Flight Stability
8
Signal Strength
7
Camera Quality
7
Features
7
PROS:
  • good build quality (feels expensive)
  • high FOV camera 120 degrees
  • 25 min of flight time
CONS:
  • average camera quality
  • camera not stabilized
$149.99 Buy It Now
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ZLRC Beast SG906 - 4k drone under $200

Battery Life

23min

Range

350m

Camera

1080p

GPS

YES

The newest drone on this list, being on preorder as I’m typing this, the ZLRC beast SG906 has the potential to become one of the coolest and most capable drones in this range.

It is the only 4k capable camera drone that’s considerably under $200 while also sporting a great design, brushless motors and a camera that can change angle in flight (you know I like these, don’t you).

The flight time is amazing as well as coming with a bunch of interesting flight modes and tracking.

Average Score 8.5
Features
9.5
Flight stability
9
Camera
8.5
PROS:
  • Long battery life
  • Foldable
  • good GPS
  • optical flow sensors
  • camera can swivel up and down
  • up to 4k resolution
  • gesture modes
CONS:
  • the 4k resolution is probably not going to be much better in quality than the 1080p
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MJX bugs 2 SE - a reliable gps drone

Battery Life

15min

Range

1000m

Camera

1080p

GPS

YES

The MJX Bugs 2 SE is the new version from the original BUGS 2 that has a few flight modes included like follow me and so on.

It has a different silver look to it, yet the same 1080p camera, that actually looks pretty nice and has a very wide angle lens, just like the drone on the number one spot.

It’s a really high quality drone with great GPS stability and a slim profile while being sporty enough to get it out of GPS mode and fly it around to get used to the speed.

 

Average Score 8
Flight Stability
8
Signal Strength
7
Camera Quality
7
Features
7
PROS:
  • Stable GPS
  • Aditional functions like RTH, circle and follow
  • brushless motors
  • solid battery life
CONS:
  • Live streaming range is a little bit limiting
  • Camera is not stabilized
$239.99 Buy It Now

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