Christmas 2016 is at our door and you could still be looking for what to get for yourself, friends or family. If you or somebody you know is in the RC hobby, then you’re in the right place! Here you will find our hand-picked drones which would make for a nice Christmas 2016 present. Check out the best drones under $100 for Christmas 2016!
10 Best Drones Under $100 for Christmas 2016!
So let’s list these drones out. Worth noting is the fact that these are only 10 of the many drones available, many others which could’ve made to this list. Also, the drones are listed in no particular order.
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So let’s get started!
This one is a looker and I sure want one for myself for Christmas! The XK X250 features an highly aerodynamic design with a black & red color scheme. It includes a 720p 5.8GHz camera module to stream live video directly to the FPV monitor on the transmitter.
It comes with all the basic features such as 6-axis gyro, One Key Return, Headless Mode and 360° rolls. It’s powered by an 800mAh capacity battery with a flight time or about 8-12 minutes.
If you’re into filming, then you should consider getting a Kaideng K70C. This drone is mostly aimed at video production and should provide enough stability and features to get usable footage, in no way this should be bought for professional use, though; it costs areound $75 after all.
The Kaideng K70C can accomodate almost any action cam and the arm holding it can be tilted via remote control, thus giving you more in-flight shooting options. The drone also comes with altitude hold which keeps it at a certain height and it gets its juice from a high voltage 7.4V 1800mAh battery for increased performance and about 9-10 minutes of flight time.
The JJRC H31 is a little cheap drone you can get for around $30. For the price it provides a great amount of fun, endurance and it’s wateproof as well. It’s a good all-rounder quadcopter that you can either use at home (while being very careful) or out in the open.
The drone doesn’t have fancy features but it can execute some cooling looking 360° flips. JJRC’s H31 comes with a 400mAh battery for about 8-10 minutes of autonomy in the sky.
If you want something easy to fly with FPV capability then the SYMA X5UW might be a good choice for you, but beware it uses WiFi so you aren’t going to get the best FPV experience. You’ll have to use your smartphone as monitor as well.
The Syma X5UW comes with a 1MP camera which offers “OK” video footage, if you manage to keep the quadcopter steady. It features altitude hold and One Key automatic take off and landing. The drone packs a 400mAh capacity battery with flight time of around 7 minutes.
Hubsan is one of the oldest brands in the RC drones world and as such their products are pretty much always a safe bet, the X4 H502E is not an exception. This quadcopter comes with a 720p on-board camera and tons of features; GPS positioning, One Key automatic return and altitude hold to name a few.
The X4 H502E is powered by a 7.4V 610mAh battery which also gives it a nice push and maximum speed, flight time is good as well with about 12 minutes of autonomy.
The Hubsan X4 H107C looks similar to the H502E we’ve mentioned earlier but this one is small, cheaper and less feature-packed. Its camera can record 720p videos and there’s altitude hold mode, useful to record steady videos
Hubsan’s X5 H107C packs a 3.7V 530mAh LiPo battery for a flight time of around 7 minutes. The drone can be charged directly through USB.
This quadcopter has been launched very recently and it’s a clear clone of the more expensive Zerotech Dobby drone. The JJRC H37 Elfie comes with WiFi FPV and it can only be controlled through your smartphone WiFi connection.
Its retractable arms are the main selling point, folding them up reduces the drone size to just 6.5cm of width, thus making it pocketable.
The included 3.7V 500mAh built-in battery can give a range of 8 to 15 minutes flight time, depending on how you fly the drone.
The H111D is a little cute looking from Hubsan. Although super small it packs more than you would expect; it indeed comes with 5.8Ghz FPV video capability. That is much better than what you can get through WiFi, both in video quality and response time.
Quite ironically the transmitter is huge, but that’s not for no reason. In fact, there’s a big 4.3-inch built-in monitor to enhance your FPV experience.
The Hubsan H111D is fueled by a 180mAh LiPo battery for a flight of around 5-7 minutes.
Close to the maximum budget we have given ourselves, we find the MJX Bugs 3 brushless drone. A drone with brushless motors is more powerful, responsive, sllightly more expensive to produce and thus costs more.
The Bugs 3 can fit a various amount of action cameras, which thanks to the powerful brushless motors will not cause any harm or obvious slow down.
The drone is powered by an high voltage 7.4V 1800mAh battery that translates into the amazing amount of 18-20 minutes of flight time.
The JJRC H11WH is a WiFi FPV-equipped easy to use drone for beginners. It has some neat features such as altitude hold and One Key return. The FPV module provides real time image transmission from the quadcopter’s HD camera to your smartphone’s screen.
The drone comes with a 1100mAh capacity battery which gives about 7 minutes of flight time. The JJRC H11WH can also be controlled via smartphone if you so desire.
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