Banggood are among the top online resellers for drones, with some others being listed here. My contact from BG got in touch to tell about some nice deals that are taking place as part of their 10th year anniversary, so I thought of sharing them here. Here are the top 5 best drones under $300!
If you don’t wish to spend as much, you can also check out our list of the best 5.8GHz FPV drones.
NOTE: The list below has been updated for December 2016.
Top 5 Best Drones Under $300
Since there are a lot of ways to list the top 5 best drones under $300, let me choose a popular way to do it — descending order. So I’ll start from the most expensive one in the list and go down to the most affordable!
Also listed with the drones will be the USP (Unique Selling Point(s)) of each one, to help you decide better.
Here’s a table of the top 5 best drones under $300
|UPair One||4K Camera||Check Here|
|Hubsan H501s X4||RTH||Check Here|
|Cheerson CX-20||Open Source||Check Here|
|JYU Hornet S||Various Configs||Check Here|
|JJRC H8D||5.8GHz FPV||Check Here|
1. UPair Chase / UPair One – $289
UPair burst onto the scene with the UPair Chase, which later went on to be known as the UPair One. The USP of this quadcopter is that it is probably the most affordable 4K drone in the world (at $360).
The 2K version of the UPair One/Chase sells for under $300, making it one hell of a deal!
- USP: Cheapest 4K drone, 2K version costs less than $300
2. Hubsan H501s X4 – $199.99
I haven’t seen the Hubsan H501s X4 go for lesser than this. It is usually a $250 (and upwards) drone that comes with some really nice features, including 5.8GHz FPV, Return to Home, Altitude Hold, GPS hold, and more.
There’s also a more expensive version of the Hubsan H501s X4 (Advanced Edition), which comes with a better controller than the standard.
- USP: RTH, GPS Hold, Brushless Motors, FPV as standard
3. Cheerson CX-20 – $199.99
The Cheerson CX-20 is my personal favourite, and I’ve been flying one for almost 2 years now. There’s a few versions of the CX-20 (I use a BFS version), with the open source one being the most potent — and that’s the one on sale here.
While I wouldn’t say that $199.99 is a ‘killer’ price to pay for it, it’s still a decent bargain at that much.
- USP: RTH, GPS Hold, Waypoint Mission (Mission Control), Long Range
4. JYU Hornet S – $159.99
The JYU Hornet S is an extremely versatile quadcopter drone with a few different versions. The base version at $160 isn’t a bad deal at all; you can decide to hook up a camera module onto it and do some smooth aerial filming.
Or you could go for the FPV version and show off your fast flying skills on a race!
- USP: Versatile drone with many functions
5. JJRC H8D – $65.99
If you’ve been in the hobby for a bit, you’ll definitely have come across tonnes of mentions of this wonderful quadcopter drone. It’s a full 5.8GHz FPV drone with a controller that has a display on top — completely ready to fly.
It even comes with some features to aid first time fliers, such as headless mode and return to home (non-GPS). Besides sending a video feed to the monitor, the 2 mega-pixel camera on the JJRC H8D also shoots pictures and video.
- USP: 5.8GHz FPV, Community Support, Affordability
Top 5 Best Drones Under $300: Conclusion
With the number of drone releases increasing each day, it can be tough to keep up with the market. Picking one from the array of available options becomes even harder, which is where I hope this guide about the top 5 best drones under $300 helps you.
Do let us know in the comments section below if you decide to go with one!