Have you ever looked at drones and thought about getting one yourself but you weren’t sure on which one to get and you moved on? Choosing your first drone isn’t an easy choice for anybody and that’s why we made a list of the 5 best drones for beginners that cost less than $50!

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50

It’s worth noting that while the drones mentioned below are really affordable, they’re made even easier to purchase with discounts going on thanks to the Singles’ Day or 11.11 festival in China!

We’ve mentioned the special discounted prices in parenthesis so you don’t have to waste your time. 🙂

P.S.: Remember to make your purchase on the 11th of November to avail the discounts, and keep in mind that the discounts will be limited by stock!

1. Syma X5C & X5HW ($30)

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50: Syma X5C & Syma X5HW

The Syma X5 (without ‘C’ for Camera) is THE “beginner drone” according to almost everybody and their grandma. It has a good build quality, it’s sturdy and easy to fly — what more can you ask for?

The Syma X5C is the same mostly drone but with the addition of a 720p HD camera which allows to take photos and record videos.

The drone is a very stable flier and it can do 3D flips. It’s powered by a 3.7mAh capacity battery that gives the drone a flight time of more than 6 minutes.

The Syma X5HW on the other hand, takes this one step ahead with the addition of features like a WiFi FPV camera (you can view live feed on your phone’s screen) and altitude hold mode!

2. Yizhan Tarantula X6 ($41)

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50: Yizhan Tarantula X6

The Yizhan Tarantula X6 is one the best drones you can get for the price, but you should also be aware this thing is a beast! It’s big, really fast and a bit harder to control than other drones on this list.

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The Tarantula X6 is also powerful enough to lift an action camera, so if you’re interested in taking somewhat good aerial video, this is the best choice; beware though, stressing too much the motors leads to their early death. You can find some nice and affordable GoPro-alternative action cameras here.

The Tarantula X6 can allocate a potent 7.4V 1200mAh battery which allows for great perfomance and an autonomy of about 7 minutes.

3. JJRC H36 ($11.89)

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50: JJRC H36 mini

The JJRC H36 (read the JJRC H36 review for more info) is a good option if you want to begin flying the drone at home. It’s tiny, quite crash resistant and it can do flips in every direction, so that’s going to be a fun experience.

The drone comes with a 3.7V 150mAh that paired with the super low weight, still gives the JJRC H36 a flight time of around 5-6 minutes. Interestingly, it’s also fairly hackable — in fact it even features in our list of the best indoor FPV quadcopters and Tiny Whoop alternatives!

4. JJRC H98 ($24)

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50: JJRC H98

The JJRC H98 is a cool looking drone with an interesting design and form factor. The quadcopter also sports a 0.3MP for taking photos a videos, it supports headless mode and one key return.

JJRC H98’s 3.7V 390mAh Lipo battery allows for about 6-8 minutes of flight time, really not bad considering the small size.

What’s more, it is one of the cheapest quadcopters both, in this list… and in the market!

5. JJRC H31 waterproof drone ($26)

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50: JJRC H31

The JJRC H31 has a similar size to the JJRC H98 mentioned above, but this one is also waterproof, so you could accidentally drop it in water and it would survive. By no means you should intentionally land it on deep waters though, as it would just sink and… goodbye drone.

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We’ve tried and tested this one to its limits (read the JJRC H31 review for more) and it’s a ton of fun to fly, even at home!

The drone has all the ordinary features you can expect, such as Headless Mode, One Key Return and 3D flips. It’s powered by a 3.7V 400mAh Lipo battery and can fly for around 8-10 minutes, depending on the speed mode.

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50: Have your say!

Top 5 Best Drones for Beginners Under $50

That concludes our list of the top 5 best drones for beginners under $50. Did you finally decide what to buy to get in this fun and exciting hobby? Let us know in the comments below!

Meanwhile, you can find some other lists on RC Drone Arena to make your drone purchasing decision easier, for example:

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and more here