Cheap Drones – Best Drones for the money, ordered by price

Cheap Drones - Ordered by price

This is going to be a list with the cheapest drones in each category along with links to my top best drones for the money in each price range.

If you're on a low budget or simply want to find how much you're gonna pay for the different types of quadcopters you might want, this is the article you should read.

Click any of the images bellow if you want to check out my top drones for the respective price range.

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What to look for in a cheap drone?

Transmitter

The controller is a good indicator of the price of a drone, look for good quality materials, hobby grade sticks and preferably a monitor.

Battery life

Battery life usually increases with the size of the drone and the price.

Range

Cheapest drones can go for 50m, while the more expensive ones can reach 8km.

Camera

Camera quality is an important factor when it comes to price, so make sure you're spending money wisely on what you actually need.

Stabilization

Image stabilization is very important for camera drones. Having a 3 axis stabilized gimbal is going to add at least $100 just for that.

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How much Is a drone?

What you should look for in a drone that's well price for its category depends on what specs you're willing to compromise.

There's a few types of drones that might interest you:

  • Beginner drones (can even be as cheap as $20) – usually don't have a camera, only used to learn controls
  • Camera drones (are usually over $50, at least) – These can be beginner level with a basic 720p camera, up to expensive DJI products a few houndred dollars worth.
  • FPV Drones – These usually come with Brushless Motors and are made for people who're in the hobby of flying racing drones, with goggles usually.
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What's the cheapest quadcopter?

Eachine E010

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
PROS:
  • durable
  • easy to fly
  • won't fall if it hits the walls
  • spare parts on the internet
CONS:
  • nothing really
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Cheap drone with camera

DJI Tello

Battery Life

12min

Range

100m

Camera

720p

Stabilization

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When it comes to camera drones, If you're interested in a capable drone that has a good enough camera for taking good quality selfies and landscape photos along with pretty good videos, go for the DJI Tello.

It even Has Electronic Image Stabilization and sensors underneath to keep it flying stable.

Even though the standard range won't be much over 50m, with a good range extender,  you can go to 200m and something like that.

You can attach an optional bluetooth controller to you phone to fly easier.

Average Score 9
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • very good battery life
  • flight modes
  • stabilized video
  • very good photos
  • can use a separate controller
CONS:
  • video can be glitchy
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Best Cheap GPS Drone

JJPRO X5

Battery Life

15min

Range

300m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushless

This is my top recommendation for a drone under $200, and for a good reason, as it has a pretty good 1080p camera, GPS and amazing battery life.

One of the features that make it my favorite is the camera that can swivel up or down and of course the brushless motors.

Brushless motors are more expensive than brushed ones, but offer more power and way longer life time.

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
$184.84 Buy It Now
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Cheapest FPV Drone

Eachine E013

Battery Life

4min

Range

150m

Controller

Yes

Camera

720p

One of the more complete packages under $100 for a great indoors FPV drone that's quite cheap for what you're getting.

It comes in different package that include FPV goggles and a pretty ok transmitter.

The camera has no lag, as it's 5.8 ghz and it's quite fun to play with inside.

Average Score 8.5
Durability
8.5
Flight experience
9
Battery life
5
PROS:
  • ducted propellers
  • well protected from crashes
  • good camera
  • spare battery
CONS:
  • doesn't work with universal transmitters

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.

2 Comments
  1. Hi, u have a very nice account, i just ordered a Funsky 913, but ineed *Extra Battery..help ! 😉

  2. I’m looking for a drone to go fishing with. I’m looking at dji mini drone. Would have to attach hook somehow. Is this drone too small?

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