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Best drones under $50 in 2019 – My top 7 cheap quadcopters

Best Drones Under $50 in 2019- my top 7

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 houndred 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.

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What to look for in a cheap drone?

These drone size categories aren’t well established in any book, so they’re left for the people to decide where each type of drone fits depending on what it can do and the aproximate size.

I’ll be trying to give you a clue about the different sizes so you get a clue about how small drones can get.

And then I’ll give you real life examples for my top Small drones on the market and which is the best for their respective category.

Transmitter

If you’re a beginner trying to learn how to fly, I recommend not using a phone-controlled drone, but one with a proper controller instead.

Battery life

Don’t expect much battery life for Drones of smaller size and especially under $50, but most of them are over 5minutes.

Range

Flight range for beginner drones this cheap will most of the time be somewhere between 50m-100m.

Build Quality

Make sure the drone is durable enough to not get destroyed at the first crash.

Recharge time

A drone’s recharge time is mainly important when it doesn’t have spare batteries.

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MY TOP 7 Drones under $50

This table is not necesarily 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.

ProductRatingBatteryRangeCamera
Eachine E010 review – the best beginner drone
Eachine E010 review – the best beginner drone
5
50
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$22.99 $44.99 Buy It Now
2 JJRC H20 – micro Hexacopter drone
JJRC H20 – micro Hexacopter drone
5
50
~
3 Propel Star Wars Drones Review
Propel Star Wars Drones Review
8
50
~
4 Hubsan x4 drone review – FPV, H107c and H107L models overview
Hubsan x4 drone review – FPV, H107c and H107L models overview
7
50
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5 Eachine E58 drone review – Awesome tiny Mavic clone
Eachine E58 drone review – Awesome tiny Mavic clone
7
100
720p
$75.99 $79.99 Buy It Now
6 Scoot Hands Drone Review- Hand operated drone for kids
Scoot Hands Drone Review- Hand operated drone for kids
8
50
~
$34.99 $39.99 Buy It Now
7 Holy Stone Predator HS170 Review
Holy Stone Predator HS170 Review
7
50
~
$35.99 $50.00 Buy It Now
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Eachine E010 - Safe Beginners drone

Battery Life

5min

Range

50m

Controller

Yes

Recharge Time

30min

Eachine E010 is what I call the simple yet perfect beginner drone. A quadcopter that can be crashed over and over again and can teach you the basics without you having to cry over it.

Its whole canopy is made to protect the propellers and this means it’s super safe to pilot inside too.

I would recommend this for kids and beginner pilots. It doesn’t come with a camera, so if you really want one, check the other options bellow.

This is simply a reliable drone with a changeable battery and high durability.

This is what I recommend to anyone wanting to start learning how to fly drones.

  • Great protection
  • You can find spare parts
  • great for kids
Average Score 9
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • durable
  • easy to fly
  • won't fall if it hits the walls
  • spare parts on the internet
CONS:
  • nothing really
$22.99 $44.99 Buy It Now
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Propel Star Wars Drones

Battery Life

8min

Range

50m

Controller

Yes

Recharge Time

40min

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:

  • 2 batteries
  • a hobby-grade controller
  • wall charger
  • spare propellers
  • prop guards
  • spare drone parts ( canopy)

 

  • Great controller sticks/quality
  • Great paint details
  • 3 models to choose from
  • Great packaging

I am really impressed by the build quality of these drones compared to what the chinese have been releasing lately.

Average Score 9
Durability
8.5
Flight experience
9
Battery life
5
PROS:
  • high quality build
  • very good packaging
  • complete accessories
  • 2 batteries
  • good quality transmitter
CONS:
  • battery is a bit hard to insert
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Eachine E58 - tiny mavic clone

Battery Life

7min

Range

100m

Controller

Yes

Recharge Time

60min

This drone makes it on my list not because it’s one of the most popular quadcopters in 2019, 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.

  • electronic image stabilization
  • can be programmed
  • has a few flight functions
  • can work with a bluetooth controller
Average Score 8.5
Durability
8.5
Flight experience
9
Battery life
5
PROS:
  • manually tiltable camera
  • foldable design
  • good controller
  • multiple batteries available
CONS:
  • the prop guards aren't that great
$75.99 $79.99 Buy It Now
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Holy stone Predator HS170

Battery Life

7min

Range

60m

Controller

Yes

Recharge Time

70min

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:

  • you want a drone that can fly both indoors and outside
  • something you’re not affraid to crash
  • not interested in cameras
  • want to learn flying
Average Score 8.5
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • durable frame
  • steady flight
  • 3 fligth speeds
  • can do flips
CONS:
  • doesn't have a camera
$35.99 $50.00 Buy It Now
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JJRC H20 - Micro Drone hexacopter

Battery Life

5min

Range

50m

Controller

Yes

Recharge Time

30min

The JJRC H20 is a tiny micro hexacopter that flies surprising fast and stable thanks to its many motors. Not only that, it’s still a good size to fly both indoors and outdoors.

I wouldn’t recommend you fly it on strong wind though, as it may just fly away.

It doesn’t come with a camera and the motors are brushed, but this tiny drone is so cheap you can buy a bunch of these for $100 and you can literally give them to all your friends to have fun at the same time.

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.

The controller it comes with is neither small nor big. It’s a standard toy RC with a lot of good looks and power.

The batter isn’t the best, but you can always get spare ones to change.

Average Score 9
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • unique 6 motor design
  • big enough for flying outside too
  • can do flips
  • 3 speed modes
CONS:
  • nothing for this price
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Cheerson CX-10WD

Battery Life

5min

Range

50m

Controller

Yes

Recharge Time

30min

This drone is small, yet rocks a tiny camera!

Not only that, for the price, it comes with a transmitter that can double as a carrying case and launching pad for it.

The transmitter also transforms so you can hold the phone for FPV and have a larger grip.

I recommend this for people who:

  • look for a beginner FPV drone
  • Want to play inside mostly
  • have a difficult time with smaller controllers.
Average Score 8.5
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • Great transmitter
  • perfect for indoors flight
  • very stable
  • can do flips
CONS:
  • can't change batteries
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Scoot hands Drone - Not only for kids

Battery Life

8min

Range

infinite

Controller

no

Recharge Time

50min

This is the number 1 most sold drone on Amazon at the current time!

The main reason for this is that it’s SUPER easy to fly, extremely safe and very fun to play in a group.

This is why parents usually choose to buy it, because it can actually turn into a team game.

However, i do think this can be a lot of fun for adults too.

Just imagine what 2 or three of these can do at a party. Even transforming into a drone battle.

 

Average Score 8.5
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • very durable
  • safe for kids
  • easy to control
  • many color choices
CONS:
  • battery can't be replaced
$34.99 $39.99 Buy It Now

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

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