The best drones under $50 is a category where there's A LOT of abundance, especially coming from Chinese companies.
This means it's even harder to choose.
But since I tested probably over a hounded of these and even reviewed some on my youtube channel, I'll try to help you make a decision instead of letting you waste your time researching.
If you have a slightly higher budget, I recommend you go for my top drones under $100.
Drones under $50 usually are suitable mainly for beginners or kids (check out my best drones for kids).
This means you should go for a cheap but durable drone that can handle flying mainly indoors and has prop guards.
Bellow are a few of the main characteristics you should look for in a cheap drone.
You want your drone to fly at least 5 minutes in most cases and preferably the battery should be replaceable.
The distance for how far a drone flies will make the difference between indoors only drones and those you can fly outside.
On this list I only chose the most durable and high quality drones I experienced flying myself, as you'll definitely smash into walls as a beginner.
Having prop guards is mandatory, especially for larger drones. If your drone is smaller, you can go past that, but it would still be helpful if you don't want to destroy tons of propellers.
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!
prop guards - durable - no camera - super cheap
foldable - LED lights - durable
comes with fpv goggles
720p camera - foldable design - great flyer
great camera - many options to choose
Great size for both indoors and outdoors
Amazing build quality - great transmitter -fun sounds
8 min battery
Initially one of these drones were at a price of $120 so it's quite amazing how low they are now.
To be frank, these are the only drones I consider to be collection items from all my drones. They are so unique, well made and they actually fly pretty good too.
The packaging for these is very impressive. Not so much now after the price reduction ( because they removed the presentation case).
However you're getting:
7 min battery
The holy Stone HS 170 has been one of the best selling drones on amazon for quite some time now and is basically what you should be looking for if:
The Hubsan X4 is in fact an entire series of small beginner drones, some with camera and others without one.
Although quite old on the market, these are extremely well made drones and quite durable too.
If you're looking for a camera drone under $50, I think the Hubsan X4 with a camera is what you're looking for.
This drone makes it on my list not because it's one of the most popular quadcopters in 2020, but because it actually has what it takes.
It even comes with a 720p camera!
It's foldable and looks a lot like the very expensive DJI Mavic Pro.
It flies pretty well and the footage is not half bad, at least for a toy drone.
For a very small aditional price you can get up to 3 batteries, so the charging time will get irrelevant at some point.
The Eachine E 013 is a really cheap drone for the package it comes in.
You get a pair of 5.8 ghz FPV goggles, the controller and the drone.
It's a great way to experience lag free First person View flying with goggles.
It's a perfect indoors drone, although I wouldn't recommend it for total beginners though.
The perfect package for people who want to have 2 drones instead of one, in case you crash (you certainly will).
Having two drones also helps by doubling the battery life. They are controlled with the same transmitter though.
The main advantage of these drones is that the package is super cheap.
My top drone for beginners, simply because it works, it's resilient, well protected and can do flips.
What more can you want?
It comes in multiple colors and it's super safe to let even kids play with it.