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Best Drones under $300 -My top 5 quadcopters in 2019

Best Drones Under $300 in 2019- my top 5

The “under $300” price category when it comes to drones was quite empty for a long time now, as there really weren’t any good ones I could recommend.

Recently, more companies are focusing on this price range and that’s a good thing. 

At this price level you can already start expecting things like:

  • gimbals
  • electronic image stabilization
  • longer range
  • brushless motors
  • GPS
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What to look for in a Drone under $300?

We’re already getting more high level  components, compared to what we saw in the Under $200 category and although there aren’t that many drones worth mentioning, companies like Xiaomi have recently released drones that are more than worth it!

At this price level you can already start expecting things like:

  • gimbals
  • electronic image stabilization
  • longer range
  • brushless motors
  • GPS

Transmitter

You should be looking for a hobby-grade transmitter with antennas and good stick gimbals.

Battery life

Battery life in this price range is already usually over 15 minutes.

Range

Flight range in this category will be over a few houndred meters, even over 1km sometimes.

Build Quality

The plastic the drone is made from is already better than cheaper versions and even the accessories get better.

Image stabilization

Image stabilization is usually done by a 2 or 3 axis gimbal at this price or even just EiS

GPS functions

Drones at this price range almost all have GPS. You should look for things like Return to home,  follow me, circle around features.

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MY TOP 5 Drones under $300

This table is not necessarily ordered by what’s the best one, as I tried to put a variety of different quadcopters that can appeal to a wider audience. 

Therefore make sure you choose what you like best, as they’re all pretty much in the same range of quality.

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Xiaomi Fimi A3 - My Top choice!

Battery Life

16min

Range

1000m

Image stabilization

2 Axis Gimbal + EIS

Camera

1080p

The Xiaomi Fimi A3 is a drone released in 2019 by one of the better companies out there.

The design isn’t foldable unfortunately, but it’s considerably slimmer than its bigger brother the Mi4k drone.

What I’m most excited about in this drone is the FPV option, as it has 5.8ghz transmission and you can connect a cheap pair of goggles to it.

Besides that, the huge 1km range, the super stable video and long battery life make it the best choice in my opinion for this budget.

The build quality is also fantastic, as we’ve been used from Xiaomi in all their products.

The drone doesn’t come with flight modes like waypoints, circle around and so on, as it doesn’t connect to the phone (which in my opinion is a benefit, lol).

  • Can use googles
  • Great Stabilization
  • Huge Range
Average Score 9.5
Flight stability
9.5
Camera quality
8.5
Features
9
PROS:
  • 2 axis gimbal
  • Electronic Image stabilization
  • long battery life
  • slim profile
  • 5.8ghz signal
  • great quality transmitter and build
CONS:
  • I wish this was 2.7k in resolution
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JJPRO X5 - cheap RTH camera drone

Battery Life

15min

Range

300m

Image stabilization

None

Camera

1080p

This drone is exactly the same as the MJX Bugs 5W, but usually is cheaper. Just check out their prices.

The Drone is WAY under the $300 mark for this article, yet it competes with some of the most expensive ones, coming with:

  • Great GPS
  • Flight functions like Waypoints, follow me, etc
  • Moving camera( from controller)
  • great range
  • brushless motors

Just keep in mind it doesn’t have a gimbal for image stabilization, but the image is stil pretty good thank to the more than average 1080p camera.

  • comes with a good controller
  • everything you need in the package
  • you can mod it for better range
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

Image stabilization

None

Camera

1080p

Although prices similarly compared to the previous drone, the Hubsan H501s can’t change the camera angle, as it’s fixed.

Even so, it does have some really cool advantages. It’s a very popular drone and for good reasons, the image quality is pretty good.

It can be modded to reach greater ranges and it comes with two versions of transmitters.

Both types of transmitters do the same thing mainly, but one is fancier and has a slighter bigger range.

One really big advantage is that it sends 5.8ghz signal to the controller that comes with an included screen. This means there’s not gonna be any lag in the transmission and you can also connect it to FPV goggles.

  • Great controller with screen
  • 5.8ghz no lag video
  • great range
  • stable GPS
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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Upair One Drone

Battery Life

18min

Range

800m

Image stabilization

2 Axis Gimbal 

Camera

2.7k or 4k

The Upair one comes in a few versions, including 2.7k and 4k cameras and even a newer version called “plus” that works by connecting the phone, instead of the included FPV monitor.

It comes with a 2 axis gimbal, which makes the footage more stabilized and the signal is also in 5.8ghz which means almost no lag, compared to drones that use phones wifi.

It’s a strong reliable Phatom-like drone with powerful brushless motors, good GPS and quite a lot of Range.

It’s only drawback compared to the others on this list is that it’s kinda big for 2019, the year of the foldable drones.

Average Score 8.5
Flight experience
8
Camera quality
7.5
Features
7
PROS:
  • precise 1m return home
  • very stable flight
  • high resolution 7 inch monitor (no need for phone)
  • fail safe return to home (low battery or signal)
  • 2 axis stabilized gimbal
CONS:
  • controller doesn't show when it's on or off
  • waypoint flight is clumsy and useless
$289.99 Buy It Now
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C-Fly Dream drone

Battery Life

14min

Range

600m

Image stabilization

2 Axis Gimbal

Camera

1080p

The C-fly dream is probably the best DJI Spark alternative for people who have a lower budget.

Keep in mind the camera quality isn’t as good as the Spark, but because it comes with 2 axis image stabilization, a pretty good GPS and even some flight modes, it can be enough for some people to enjoy flying.

The transmitter is also pretty good quality and simple to use. The app is going to contain all the detailed settings, including the option to do circle around, follow me and so on.

 

In my humble opinion, this definitely looks really good and it’s quite a breath of fresh air to see something else than standard quadcopters.

Average Score 8.5
GPS Stability
9
Build quality
8.5
Features
7.5
Camera quality
7.5
PROS:
  • Super stable 2 axis gimbal
  • excellent FPV signal
  • can move the gimbal
  • powerful brushless motors
  • you can see the distance and height info
  • has micro SD card slot
  • great quality transmitter
CONS:
  • horrizon can be slightly tilted sometimes
  • gimbal not as smooth as something like the spark

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