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$200-$300 is a great price point for a drone.
Once you get into this range, you’re leaving most of the beginner nuances behind and are trekking into more advanced features and flight capability.
This article breaks down 10 of the best drones under $300 in 2017.
These quadcopters come with some fantastic features, and one of the most advanced drones on the market has finally dropped into this price range (the 3DR Solo).
These drones are in the $200-$300 price range. If you’re looking for a drone that’s less than $2oo or more than $300, check out the links below.
You can get an overview of each drone in this list using the table below. Or scroll down to start from the beginning.
This is the third post in our “Best Drones Under $” series:
UPair One with 2.7K Camera
Hubsan H501S FPV Quad
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite
Cheerson CX-20 Professional
Potensic F183DH with Carrying Case
AP10 Pro with 16MP Camera
Riviera Raptor FPV Drone
XIRO Xplorer for GoPro
The quadcopter also comes with a large 7-inch LED screen attached directly to the controller. This allows you to get a first-person-view of what your drone is seeing in real time.
And the 5400mAh enables up to a solid 18 minutes of flight time.
At this price-to-features ratio, the UPair One is tough to beat.
Hubsan has been a trusted brand in the drone/quadcopter industry for years now. And rightly so.
They’re products are fun, durable, and they get the job done.
The Hubsan H501S is no different.
This quadcopter is on the smaller end of the spectrum, yet it still comes with a powerful 1080p camera and FPV capability. The drone’s remote control comes with a 4.3 Inch LCD screen built in that gives you a real time view of what your drone is seeing.
The H501S also comes with some surprisingly advanced features:
The 3D Robotics Solo is one of the most technologically advanced drones available. And it has come down drastically in price.
The drone allows in-flight access to your GoPro, giving you the ability to adjust camera settings, start recording, and stop recording while flying. Solo also comes with four autonomous flight modes that differ slightly from DJI’s — Follow Me, Orbit, Cable Cam, and Selfie.
The quadcopter’s controller is manufactured in a video game design to make it easier to handle, and it offers one-touch takeoff and landing.
This is one of the few drones that beginners and veterans alike can fly to get professional quality shots.
Note: 3D Robotics, as a company, is struggling right now. This could explain the price drop. So be forewarned that this could result in a discontinuation of the drone at some point, which could also mean discontinued support/accessories.
The Parrot AR.Drone was one of the first drones to gain widespread appeal, and there’s a reason why their 2.0 model has maintained that popularity.
The AR.Drone 2.0 shoots video in 720p, and using their their AR.FreeFlight app you can get a live video feed to your smartphone, see your battery level, adjust settings, and even control the drone itself.
You can record videos and take photos then share them immediately through the app. And its propeller guard comes standard, making it a durable quadcopter and a safer investment.
The Parrot Bebop is a great all-around camera drone.
It’s one of the best quadcopters for learning aerial photography and videography because you get a powerful camera at an affordable price point.
The camera takes crisp 14 megapixel photos and shoots video in 1080p with a 180-degree field of view. And just like the Parrot AR.Drone, you can use their Free Flight app to control the drone, adjust settings, view battery level, and get a first person view.
The Parrot Bebop is a great quad for aspiring photographers and videographers on a budget.
The camera mount supports a GoPro, the camera of choice for many pro aerial photographers and videographers (no matter the drone model). The CX-20 also offers a very respectable 15-minute flight time.
It’s ready to fly right out of the box with a max speed of 10 meters per second, and the quadcopter’s Auto-Pathfinder has GPS Attitude and Attitude Control Mode to customize your flight experience.
If you’re a GoPro user or want to become one, the CX-20 Professional is an affordable path for you to get in sky and start taking expert quality shots.
The Potensic F183DH comes read-to-fly with a nice set of additional accessories.
The drone itself comes with a 2MP camera, a 5.8GHz wireless transmission system, and an LCD screen to get a live FPV stream of your camera’s view in real time. It also comes with four propeller guards to protect it during crashes.
And this particular version comes with Altitude Hold. The push of a button keeps the quadcopter hovering at your desired altitude.
The package also comes with extra propellers, extra batteries, a USB card reader, a carrying case, and more.
The Potensic F183DH is a great setup for experiencing first-person-view drone flight.
This quadcopter is jam-packed with features:
The AP10 Pro is a feature-rich drone for aspiring aerial photographers and videographers, or anyone who wants to get in the air and view the world around them.
The Riviera Raptor is a sleek camera drone.
It comes with FPV capability standard through its built-in monitor and 2MP camera.
The package includes a 4GB SD card and a USB reader to record and save your flights, and it can do 360-degree flips with the push of a button.
It also comes with LED light for flying in low-light conditions.
The XIRO Xplorer comes in many versions, but this is the Xplorer G.
It comes fully ready to house a GoPro camera. If you’re a GoPro user, this allows you to take professional quality shots for less than half the price of the more expensive rigs.
The 3-axis camera stabilization system gives you smooth footage, and the drone comes with “Follow Me” and “Circle Around Me” autonomous flight modes.
It can also fly up to a whopping 25 minutes on a single charge.
The XIRO Xplorer is fantastic quadcopter for GoPro users.