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

Top 3 Best Drones under $300 in 2020 (My winner at the end)

Drones-under-$300

The “drones under $300” price category was quite empty for a long time now, as there really weren't any good ones I could recommend. Things have changed. And my number one drone on this list can be found super cheap for what it can do.

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

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

What to look for in a drone under $300?

As mentioned above, at this price level you should already be looking for good image stabilization and definitely solid GPS. A new trend you should take note of is the appearance of cheap foldable drones that can be great for trips or vlogging.

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Battery Life

In the price category of under $300, a drone that flies under 15 minutes is not that great, so expect to find drones that fly even over 20 min.

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Camera quality

When it comes to cameras, resolution isn't all that matters, you should look for dynamic range, frames per second and compare the samples.

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Gimbal Stabilization

You should expect at least a 2 axis gimbal in this price category, and a good one at that. The 3 drones on this list all have great gimbal stabilization.

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What are the Best drones in this price range?

The table I made above have my top 3 drones under $300, but bellow you'll be able to find details for each of these so you you can go more in depth about the details you want to check for and maybe compare them side by side.

I even made some videos myself.

Top choice - Hubsan Zino

  • Great GPS stability
  • 3 axis gimbal (very stable)
  • great flight time
  • 1km range
  • 4k camera
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3.JJRC X12/Eachine Ex4 ( the most compact)

1080p

25min 

1km

2 axis image stabilization

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The JJRC X12 is a drone that comes with a 3 axis gimbal stabilization. THis means that the video camera is stabilized by 3 motors, and let me tell you that the difference between a gimbal stabilized camera and a non stabilized one is huge. 

 

It's also a really compact drone that's also foldable, this means it's easy to take it in trips with you and store it comfortably.

The build quality is really surprising, some of the best plastic I found in a drone so far, pretty much on par with DJI in terms of that. All the Drones on this list also have brushless motors, which means they last longer and are more powerful, but this is frequently found in this price category anyway.



This quadcopter that resembles the DJI mavic Air quite a lot also flies for quite a long time. The battery life being somewhere at 25 minutes in perfect conditions, but I have experienced about 20 minutes of total flight time, which is plenty, about as much if not more than the  Mavic Air.

 

The main reason the JJRC X12 is not higher on this list is that even though the camera is stabilized and the build quality is great, the camera quality itself is not extraordinary, still a great drone for exploration, especially since i tested its range and I got to 1km, albeit with interferences after 800m, but still a great cheap drone for exploring.

Advantages

  • Great GPS stability
  • 3 axis gimbal (very stable)
  • Camera Isn't fisheye
  • Comes with a great case
  • great flight time
  • 1km range

DISAdvantages

  • Dynamic range isn't great

2. Xiaomi Fimi A3(transmitter with display)

1080p

20 min battery

1000m

2 axis gimbal

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The Xiaomi FImi A3 is a really well built drone, solid with an extremely capable transmitter. It records in 1080p and has a 2 axis gimbal. The disadvantage of this drone is that it doesn't fold down, so it's a bit bigger than the others, but it still has a slim profile and can easily fit in a backgpack.

 

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.

It makes it so 

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.

In terms of flight modes, it comes with return to home which is very precise, as well as a great hovering stability thanks to it's GPS and GLONASS satelite connection.

It also has easy access to the menu directly from the transmitter.Two reasons why you'd want to buy this instead of the next drone that's on the number one spot are the fact that the transmitter comes with an included screen that makes it much easier to get the drone ready for flight and is more compact overall. And also the fact that it has almost no image lag because the transmission is in 5.8ghz analog.

 

This makes it easier to couple it with a pair of FPV goggles to see the image feed.

Advantages

  • Super stable GPS
  • no image lag
  • transmitter with screen included
  • great build quality
  • stable footage

DISAdvantages

  • not foldable

1.Hubsan Zino (the best drone under $300)

4k

20min

1000m

3 axis gimbal

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Although there are reasons you might want to choose the Xiaomi fimi A3 for example like the better transmitter, If you're looking for the Best image quality and features, the HUbsan Zino is by far the best drone on the market, don't even look further. It's quite well under $300, and you can get it both from amazon or banggood, usually banggood.com is even cheaper. You can check the current prices in the description, they're affiliate links so you'd help me make money for a coffe too.

The zino comes with a 3 axis gimbal and a really good one that's on par with high end DJI drones in my opinion. The camera is 4k, and really good 4k at that, and as you can see in these videos, the footage is stunning for the price, far from any other drone you might see recommended by most people in this price range.

The GPS positioning is quite solid, especially since Hubsan did a few updates in the software department and now the drone flies excelent. I agree, the controller isn't as high quality as the Xiaomi Fimi A3 and you have to connect your phone to it, but in any other way, it's better than everything on the market.

 

The Flight modes it comes with are also really capable and well made, from Waypoints, circle me function to  course lock and it even returns back home on low battery.

 

If you want to see more details about it, I have made a complete review and linked it in the description. Now I'll leave you with some side by side footage of all of these three drones, so you decide for yourself what's best.

While watching, please hit the like button because it helps with the algoritm, and make sure to watch some more videos from Dronesgator, because you might find interesting things.

Advantages

  • 3 axis gimbal
  • 4k camera
  • great flight modes
  • precise gps
  • foldable

DISAdvantages

  • really none for this price
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A few bonus drones I like a lot

If you're on an even lower budget or you simply want to check some alternatives, I have a few other drones as a bonus you can choose from.

Upair one Plus 2k drone

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.

C-fly Dream Drone

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.

Advantages

  • Great GPS stability
  • 2 axis gimbal (very stable)
  • Great 1080p camera
  • great quality transmitter

DISAdvantages

  • gimbal not as smooth as something like the spark

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

3 Comments
  1. Hi Paul, just found your YT channel and now your great site. So nice that you don’t mess around or spend too much words on things. Just exactly the right amount of info someone like me (rookie) needs!
    However, there’s a little mistake in the top drone’s section; the link is not to Amazon but to Banggood so the label should change.
    Good luck and best wishes, Ernie.

  2. Please I need I good quality drone for my cinema video shooting on range of $300 iam in Nigeria… I choose Fiji a3 and parrot bebop 2 ,,if there is a better one than these tell..with at list 20 to 30 min flight time..

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