We know that the term ‘drone’ is on everybody’s lips. It seems like everyone wants one, but of course not everyone needs a drone. There are many who may really want one of these devices but can’t justify spending big bucks for an item they will probably only use a few times before putting it away in a drawer to collect dust. You don’t have to spend thousands on your first model – there are plenty of small drones out there which a newbie might find fun and useful without spending too much money. We’ve put together this list of 5 best small drones for beginners – some with camera – that you should consider if you’re interested in buying one:
1) Hubsan X4 H107C 2MP Camera RC Quadcopter
If you are looking for a small, beginner-friendly drone with some bells and whistles, this might be the one. The Hubsan X4 H107C packs in a camera – something which is usually not part of the package when it comes to small drones. It also has two modes: normal and expert mode, so that as your skills develop, you can move up from the lower mode to the higher one. There’s even an LED display on the remote control so you can always tell at a glance what mode you’re flying in. It’s very durable and lightweight – but remember that all surfaces and rotors will need protection if flown indoors – just like any quadcopter! With its 720p video camera, you can take video and photos while flying.
2) Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter
If you are looking for something even smaller than the Hubsan X4, take a look at this little guy – the Blade Nano QX. This is an ultra-micro drone that weighs just over half an ounce with a battery, but don’t let its size fool you! The remote control unit also has the FPV option which displays what the drone’s camera sees right on your transmitter. You can fly it indoors or outdoors, but remember that due to its size it benefits from extra protection by covering all rotor blades when indoors. It’s almost crashproof because of its SAFE technology feature which holds flight steady if you release the sticks, plus it’s very responsive and maneuverable. For all these reasons, this is a good choice for beginners.
3) Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadcopter
Parrot is known for its high-tech toys, so you can bet that this one is packed with features. It has an HD video camera that records at 720p which you can share on social media or just look at when in flight using the Parrot control app available for iOS and Android devices (WiFi connection required). You will need to install your own microSD card in order to use the camera though. The flight time of 12 minutes is not so great but there are some tricks you can employ in order to increase it like flying in windless conditions and lowering the power levels. Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadcopter, Black/Yellow is not just for entertainment – it can help you out with some work too! It’s equipped with a pressure sensor which you can use to measure the height of trees or other plants in your garden. The drone also has an infrared scanner to detect heat loss around windows and doors when looking for drafts during winter time.
4) UDI U818A WiFi FPV RC Quadcopter Drone
The name ‘UDI’ should be quite familiar to anyone who has been into quadcopters or drones recently, since this company makes many inexpensive models that are a hit among beginners. The best part of this model is that it has an HD camera so you can shoot 720p video while flying, but the bad news is that there is no WiFi FPV connection included. The range of this drone is 100 meters which should be enough even for newbies.
5) U818A BLH8700 Nano Quadcopter with Camera
This little guy looks like a miniature version of its bigger brother – the U818A WiFi FPV RC Quadcopter Drone (see number 4 on our list). It doesn’t have FPV like its bigger bro, but it’s small and light enough to fly indoors or outdoors if there are no strong winds around. A bonus feature of this is that it comes equipped with a camera so you can take photos and videos while flying.