Drones are fast becoming the next big thing, what with the industry set to hit $21.5 billion by 2022. Commercial applications for drones are a dime a dozen, ranging from simple drone delivery to drone racing. Governments are drafting policies and regulations for the use of drones, and they may well be on their way to becoming a preferred mode of transport!
With all this in mind, flying drones or quadcopters as a hobby is also quite enjoyable, whether said drones come with a First Person View option or not. Many options are out there can often be expensive, so we thought we’d compile a list of the top 5 quadcopters under $100 for you.
So here goes — the top 5 quadcopter drones for beginners!
Top 5 Quadcopter Drones For Beginners Under $100
Cheerson CX-10W FPV
Cheerson is a leading manufacturer when it comes to inexpensive, beginner drones that are easy to fly. The CX-10W is a WiFi-enabled mini quadcopter with a 720p camera, 4 channels, and a 6-axis gyro. It weighs in at a mere 15g, and comes with Android/iOS connectivity for remote control. An SD card (up to 32 GB) can be used to store the pictures.
The CX-10W comes with a 150mAh battery (60 minutes to a full charge), and has a flight time of 4 minutes. Control and flight distances both extend up to 30 meters. It runs on a 2.4 GHz frequency, and comes in three colours. Whats more, you can control the drone via your phone!
The X5C-1 is an upgrade to the X5C, and comes with a 2 million-pixel camera, and is a standard 2.4 GHz, 4-channel, 6-axis quadcopter. It comes with a separate controller, however, and does not have Android/iOS compatibility.
The battery included is a 3.7 V, 500 mAh one (90 minutes to a full charge), giving the X5C-1 a flight time of 7 minutes. Flight distance extends up to 30 meters, and control distance distance to 50 meters.
The X5C-1 is particularly suited for photography applications, being able to shoot about 800 pictures, or a 30-minute video, on a 2 GB memory card. It is, however, significantly heavier than the CX-10W, at 916 grams.
The JJRC X1 is another quadcopter with 4 channels and a 6-axis gyro. It does not come with a camera, but makes up for it with a flight time of 15 minutes, and a control distance of 300-400 meters. A 7.4 V, 1300 mAh battery is included. Batteries (4xAA) for the transmitter need to be bought separately.
The X1 comes with a brushless motor, which are more efficient than traditional DC motors, and provide more torque. It weighs in at approx. 200 grams, without the battery and landing gear.
The JJRC H16 has 4 channels, a 6-axis gyro, and comes with a camera mount, but no camera. Operators can choose between a high-res 2 million pixel, or a wide-angle 5 million pixel camera, which need to be bought separately.
The H16 comes with a 7.4 V, 1200 mAh battery (90 minutes to a full charge), with a flight time of 8 minutes. It weighs in at approx. 310 grams, with a control distance of 100 meters.
The JXD 509G comes with a 2 megapixel HD camera, and an FPV screen (LCD) running on a standard frequency of 5.8 GHz. The quadcopter itself is one with 2. GHz operation, 4 channels, and a 6-axis gyro.
Having a flight time of approx. 10 minutes, the 509G comes with a 3.7 V, 600 mAh battery, and weighs in at 996 grams, making it the heaviest quadcopter on this list. It also comes with one-key return functionality, and has a control distance of approx. 150 meters.
Top 5 Quadcopter Drones For Beginners Under $100: Conclusion
Quite clearly, there are a tonne of RC drones and quadcopters that can be bought under the $100 mark. However, the ones listed here are the bestselling ones — we’ve acquired the data straight from sellers worldwide.
That said, there are bound to be other attention-worthy drones in the sub-$100. If you know of any, do leave a note in the comments section below!