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Looking for a cheap drone?
There are many models available that will get you in the air for an affordable price.
Not only that, but drone technology has advanced far enough to pack these inexpensive quadcopters with some fun features as well (like cameras and FPV capability).
This article breaks down the best cheap drones for sale in 2017.
The drones are ordered by size and price, with the smallest size and cheapest drones first.
You can get an overview of each drone in this list using the table below. Or scroll down to start from the beginning.
If you’re looking for a drone in a specific price range, check out our price range recommendations:
And if you’re looking for a mini drone (smallest size) specifically, here are our picks for the best mini drones for sale.
The Cheerson CX-10 is one of the funnest drones to fly.
At a size that’s smaller than the palm of your hand, it’s great for indoor flying. The CX-10 can also handle outdoor flight in moderate winds with its 3 speed levels.
The quadcopter can perform 360 degree flips in either direction, and you can buy a propeller guard to protect it during crashes.
For the money, the Cheerson CX-10 makes building your pilot skills quite affordable.
The GoolRC T10 Nano is one of the cheapest mini quadcopters available. And it comes with a nice set of features.
It’s small size means it can be flown indoors no problem. It also comes with headless mode, meaning there is no need to adjust the drone’s position before flying. And with One Key Return you can bring the drone back to you with the push of a button.
The T10 Nano can do 360-degree flips in any direction, comes with two speed settings, and it has a 6-axis gyro flight control system to help with stability.
The UDI RC U27 is one of the coolest quadcopters in this list.
It’s the biggest one so far at slightly bigger than your palm. This gave UDI more room to add a bigger battery and stronger motors.
And it’s also one of the only drones that offers inverted flight. With “Inverted Mode” you can fly the quadcopter upside down. This makes it a cool gift and a nice sized drone for beginner pilots
Hubsan is one of the most popular names in RC drones. And their X4 series is one of the most popular period.
The X4 H107L is a fantastic drone for new pilots or more experienced pilots who want to have some fun.
In comparison to the H107C, it does not come with a camera. However, it is the more powerful version and was manufactured to handle a heavier beating. The drone is also a bit more stable.
So if having a camera isn’t a big deal to you, and you want more power and durability, the Hubsan X4 H107L is a reliable choice.
It handles nicely, is small enough to fly indoors, and is powerful enough to fly outside in moderate winds.
The H107C version comes with a camera as its defining feature, making it one of the best cheap drones with a camera you can buy.
It can do 360 degree flips in either direction, and the 6-axis stabilization system helps new pilots get in the air quickly and efficiently.
This quadcopter is a great option for new pilots, and a fun one for more experienced flyers as well.
With 4.5 stars and over 2,400 customer reviews, the Holy Stone HS170 Predator is one of the top rated cheap quadcopters on Amazon.
The headless security system lowers the learning curve so that any level of drone pilot can fly it. It’s also powerful enough to be wind resistant outdoors, yet small enough for safe flight indoors. And it has a high top speed for the daredevils out there.
The HS170 Predator‘s three flight modes also mean that as your skills increase, you can continue training with this quadcopter for an extended period of time before upgrading to a new one.
The DBPOWER MJX X400W is one of the top drones on Amazon in this price range, with 4.5 stars and over 600 reviews.
It’s one of the only quadcopters in this price range with FPV (first person view) capability. You can connect the drone’s camera to your phone via WiFi and see what your drone sees in real time via the MJX FPV app. Or you can use your own virtual reality headset.
The MJX X400W also has a control distance of 100 meters, giving you ample range to get an aerial view of the world around you.
The Syma X5C is one of the most popular drones sold to date.
It’s cheap for a camera drone, so if you crash you aren’t risking a large investment. And it offers image capture with its built-in 2 megapixel camera.
You won’t get the best quality shots, but you will be able to learn how to fly indoors, outdoors, and practice the necessary skills to step up to a more advanced rig.
If you’re looking for a big cheap drone that’s packed with features and won’t break the budget, look no further than the Cheerwing Syma X5SW.
This quadcopter sports a DJI Phantom-like design and comes with WiFi FPV (first person view). You can stream a live feed of what your camera is seeing to your mobile device. This allows you to fly accurately, get a bird’s eye view of the world around you, and take great pictures and videos.
The remote control comes with a holder for your smartphone, and this package comes with extra propellers and propeller guards.
You can’t get FPV flight at a much better price than the Cheerwing Syma X5SW.
Make sure to have a look at their sleak black version as well.
UDI is a fantastic drone manufacturer. And the 818A is one of their most popular models.
This version (the HD+) from USA Toyz is an upgrade of the original. It comes standard with sturdy propeller guards and an upgraded camera for taking aerial images and videos. The package also comes with a 4GB Micro SD card to store your shots.
Despite its size, this quadcopter can do 360-degree flips in any direction, and it comes with two LiPo batteries to extend your flight time.
This UDI 818A HD+ package is perfect for pilots who want to test their skills with a larger quadcopter.
The Syma X8G is an excellent quadcopter for aspiring aerial photography and videography pilots.
It’s an inexpensive drone that offers a surprising set of features. The onboard camera shoots HD 720P and 1080P videos, and it takes 8 megapixel still photos.
The Syma X8G also comes with Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC), meaning you have the option of maneuvering the drone based on where the nose (front) is facing or having the forward direction have nothing to do with where the nose is facing. This lowers the learning curve and can make it easier to take certain shots.
The camera’s holding case is also compatible with GoPro cameras.
All in all, this is an excellent UAV for aspiring pilots and aerial photographers/videographers.
Here’s another excellent quadcopter from DBPOWER, their version of the UDI U818A.
Already a popular drone, this version of the U818A comes with WiFi FPV capability. You can see what the drone sees in real time through your smartphone or other mobile device. (It’s also VR headset compatible.)
The drone also comes with Gravity Induction Mode — download the mobile app and you can control the quadcopter through your phone simply by angling your device in different directions.
The camera shoots video in 720p HD at 30 fps and takes 2MP still photos, and the package comes with two batteries to extend your flight time per charge.
The DBPOWER UDI U842 is an extremely high-rated drone.
The quadcopter comes with first-person-view capability through a WiFi link between your smartphone and the drone’s camera.
The quad can also be controlled using the remote control or your mobile device using the DBPOWER app.
The 720P camera gives you quality shots, and the package comes with two batteries for extended flight sessions. Its powerful motors also give it a strong lift and allow it to handle outdoor winds.