This Christmas list is for those who want to spend around $200 to $300, if you are that person then you’re in the right place! Here we try to suggest the 10 best drones under $300 for Christmas which are also ready to fly, so you won’t need to buy any additional parts.
10 Best Drones Under $300 for Christmas 2016
The UPair One is another drone aimed at folks looking to get some great aerial footage. This time the camera is included, though. Specifically, it’s a Sony (1/2.3 inches) 12 megapixel CMOS camera with 4K resolution. The included gimbal is brushless and with 2-axis stabilization.
There’s also a huge 7-inch FPV monitor mounted on the transmitter which will give you a real time view of what you’re recording. Among other features there are double GPS positioning, altitude hold, hover mode and return home, also available as a fail-safe measure in case of lost signal or low battery voltage.
Since we’re talking about batteries, the UPair One comes with a big 5400mAh battery which give the drone around 15 minutes of flight time, which is pretty good, all things considered.
As always with Hubsan you find an interesting product in every price segment. This time we take a look at the Hubsan H501S X4 in the standard version. The quadcopter comes with a 1080p camera, GPS positioning, automatic return, altitude hold and Follow Me mode.
The Hubsan H501S X4 is powered by four durable brushless motors and a big 7.4V 2700mAh 10C battery with 18-20 minutes of flight time.
The FPV monitor is built-in into the transmitter itself and it’ll show 1080p video in real time.
The Cheerson CX-20 is a great drone for aerial video recording with the additional gimbal, if you already own an action cam, that is. Never mind if you don’t because some affordable GoPro alternatives are here to help!
This drone has all the basic features you need for shooting videos, such as GPS positioning, altitude hold and it’s also very stable.
There’s also a failsafe feature that will bring back the drone to the starting position is the transmitter loses signal.
With the included 2700mAh 3S battery you will have a flight time of about 10-15, which isn’t a lot if you’re trying to get good video, thus pick up some extra batteries.
The JYU Hornet S is a fast FPV racing drone with a maximum speed of 120km/h. It features dual GPS auto system for more accurate positioning, One Key home return / take off / landing and photo / video recording.
The drone comes with a 700TVL 120 degree camera which transmits video at 5.8Ghz to the included 4.3-inch FPV monitor placed on the transmitter.
Fueled by an 11.1V 2500mAh battery the Hornet S can stay up in the air for about 20 minutes. The Hornet S is, in reality, a bit of a ‘modular’ drone that can transform. In other words, you can use it as a racing drone, an FPV explorer, or simply, as a gimbal-powered aerial video platform!
The TOVSTO Aegean V2 is an easy-to-fly, DJI-style drone focused on aerial photography / videography. It comes with a gimbal so all you need is add your favorite action camera and you’re ready to go.
This quadcopter comes with some neat features, such as flying around a subject, One Key return / take off / landing and GPS positioning. It can also come back to the taking off point if you lose signal, which is a great feature, even more so if are a beginner.
The Aegean V2 is fast and can go to a speed of up to 15m/s thanks to it’s 11.1V 2200mAh battery and brushless motors. Also the flight time expectancy is pretty good with around 14-15 minutes.
Similarly to the Aegean V2 we’ve seen above, also the FreeX MCFX – 01 is a drone aimed at aerial video filming. It features altitude hold mode, GPS positioning and auto return to home. On the FreeX MCFX – 01 you can also decide what you want the drone to after you lose signal, as it can either return to home or just hover in the last known position.
The gimbal on the FreeX MCFX – 01 is made of CNC aluminum alloy with two-axis brushless stabilization. It’s specially designed for a GoPro 3 but you should be able to mount an action cam with some workarounds.
The MCFX – 01 can fly for about 15 minutes with the included 11.1V 3S 3000mAh LiPo battery
As you might have guessed from the name, the Eachine Racer 250 is an FPV racing drone. It this configuration it includes an Eachine I6 Transmitter and a huge 7-inch 5.8Ghz monitor.
The Eachine Racer 250 is made of carbon fiber materials and supports the more energetic 4S LiPo batteries. Being a racer it’s also very powerful, indeed it sports four 2204 2300KV motors and an high voltage 11.1V 1500mAh battery. You can expect from 10 to 14 minutes of flight time.
8. WLtoys V383 500 Electric 3D
The V383 is a crazy looking 3D flying quadcopter with collective pitch (one motor controls all propellers). Due to that, it can do things like inverted flight, vertical flight, forward / backward spin, hurricane and more tricks that ordinary quadcopters cannot do.
The drone comes with four really powerful 2216 3000KV brushless motors and the battery is no less, with a voltage of 14.8 and 2200mAh capacity. All these factor limit the flight time to about 6 minutes.
The Ideafly F210 is a ready to fly little racing drone built on a carbon fiber frame. It sports a 700TVL HD camera with high-definition night vision lens and high-performance sensors. The powerful D2204 2300KV brushless motors give this quadcopter a great push and reliability.
The F210 comes with an I10 transmitter, DJI 18A ESC and F3 10DOF flight control together with a FPV monitor to stream live video from the quadcopter. The drone also packs a 11.1V 1500mAh 3S professional racing battery.
The FEILUN FX127 is an aggressive looking FPV racing drone. Made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, the FX127 only weighs 380 grams, which paired with four 2204 2300kv brushless motor and 11.1V 1600mAh battery, give this this quadcopter a great amount of push and maximum speed.
The FX127 comes with a 5.0-inch FPV monitor which you can mount on the transmitter, it’ll receive the 5.8Ghz video feed coming from the 600TVL HD camera positioned on the drone.
You can expect an autonomy of 6 minutes, give or take.
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