The Best Drones Under $200: Top 15 Camera Drones for 2019

This post was last updated on: July 1, 2019

Looking for the best drone under 200 dollars? 

Unfortunately,  this is the price range were a lot of crappy drones flood the market, and if you are not careful, you may get ripped off by an "Ali-Express Special".

Luckily for you, there are some gems hidden in the rough, and this is why we are identifying the top 10 drones around $200 list currently available on the market in 2019.

In the table below, we list the drones that we would recommend to my friends and family, depending on their budget and needs.

Table of Top 3 Drones for $200 or less

Product
Details
Rating
Our #1 Rated
Potensic D80 GPS Drone, RC with 1080P Camera Live...
Potensic
D80
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5 out of 5
"Editor's Choice"
  • 【Brushless Motors 20Mins Max Time】: 4 Strong Brushless Motors with 7.4V 1800mAh smart lithium battery, up to 20 mins of...
  • 【Dual GPS】: GPS + GLONASS positioning provides you with the accurate positioning details of your drone. It also features...
  • 【Greater Control Distance】: 500 - 600 meters control range if there's no signal interference.
Our #1 Rated
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5 out of 5
"Editor's Choice"
Our #2 Rated
ElementDigital MJX Bugs 5W GPS Drone App IOS...
Holy Stone
H110D
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4.5 out of 5
"Budget Pick"
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE: 1080P 5G Wi-Fi camera, one key return, altitude hold, bugs go app(ios, android), track flight, headless...
  • BUGS GO: Follow Me, Point of Interest, Track Flight, Photo/Video, RTH,etc. This App has both photo and video shooting...
  • PROPULSION SYSTEM: Li-polymer battery (7.4V 1800mAh), Brushless motor (4 MT 1806 1800KV brushless motors, working steadily in...
Our #2 Rated
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4.5 out of 5
"Budget Pick"
Our #3 Rated
Potensic Drone with Camera, FPV RC Quadcopter 720P...
Potensic FPV Goggles
Drone with FPV Goggles
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4 out of 5
"Best FPV Option"
  • First Person View & VR Goggles: Equipped with VR goggles, provides an amazing visual fidelity and outstanding 3D experience....
  • HD Camera: Built-in 5.8Ghz 720P camera captures pristine HD aerial footage and photos, records all your wonderful time.
  • Altitude Hold Mode: When you release the throttle stick and the mini drone will be locked at a certain height, which makes...
Our #3 Rated
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4 out of 5
"Best FPV Option"


What you need to know before buying a drone

In order to get the best bang for your buck, it’s important to be aware of the average specifications and features of the products under such price and category.

Average Flight TimeAverage Control RangeAverage PerformanceAverage FeaturesAverage Camera Quality

Nowadays, a drone under $200 should have an average flight time of 9 to 12 minutes. Of course some brands focus on an increased flight time as a selling factor, while others prioritize other specifications or features. However, most drones on this list already feature a 10+ time flight time.

Note: Smaller drones will have a flight time more towards the lower side of this spectrum, mainly due to the power of the battery. Although large drones can also have low flight time due to a high payload.


We all love a drone that fly’s way past eyesight and stuns the crowd with its distance. Fortunately, nowadays, most drones within this budget already have an amazing control distance of around 100 to 300 meters. Don’t worry about losing it. Most come with a Return to Home Feature.

Drones within this price range already present an amazing performance, providing a very stable and steady hovercombined with responsive controls and enough power to fight windy conditions. For this top 15 list, we have only picked the ones which perform above average when compared to others of the same price.

Yes, you can expect a neat set of features in most drones on this list. We are talking about everything from common features such as Headless Mode, Auto-Return, Auto Takeoff and Landing, Low Battery Alarm, Altitude Hold, LED lights and 360º Aerial Stunt; to badass features such as Follow Me, Orbit Mode, Selfie Mode, Waypoints Auto-Flight, etc.

Most of best drones under $200 already come with good quality image cameras and Live Video transmission. You will be able to get some aerial footage and photos that you can proudly share online with your friends and family. Some cameras are even good enough for school projects. On the other hand, most of these drones are powerful enough to carry a GoPro camera, which we strongly advise if you are looking for HD and 4K quality footage and if you are looking for a better camera quality you can look top drones under 1000$ list.


Sounds good? Lets get to it then, here's our list of Top 15 Drones Under $200:


1. Potensic D80 - Our Top Drone under $200

Potensic D80 Top Drone less than 200

Editors Choice

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"Ideal For: Intermediate and Experts"

The Potensic D80 is a brilliant quadcopter, equipped with all the finest hardware one can have for under $200.

It’s one of the few quads on this list equipped with brushless motors. Specifications? Does 600-meter control distance sound good to you?

First of all, let me start by saying this is not a drone for beginners. It does require at least an intermediate level of expertise.

Why? Well, the D80 is very fast and highly maneuverable, in beginner hands it may be a struggle. The quad is equipped with 4 powerful Brushless motors and can reach up to 40km/h!

Specifications:

If you are like me and you enjoy a top of the line flight time and control range to enhance the whole drone experience, my friend you are going to love Bugs 6. Powered by a 7.4V 1800 mAh LiPo battery, the D80 can fly for 20 minutes! Way more than other drones on this Top 15.

When it comes to control range, the max control range is 500-600 m (depending on signal interference) and Potensic D80 can fly as far as 300 meters while streaming full HD without losing connection! Truly impressive.

potensic D80 review

Camera: 

The Potensic D80 features one of the best full HD cameras in this review. With the built in 1080P 5G WIFI real-time transmission camera, it can capture clear pictures even if the drone flies in high speed. You can also pair the 5G transmission system with a pair of VR goggles. See our drone accessories guide for more info.

Features: 

The D80 is simply loaded with features, and this is the reason, along with superior control range and flight time, that it comes out tops in the under 200 dollar category. It includes:

  • Brushless Motors
  • Weak Signal Alarm and Low Voltage Alert 
  • VR goggles compatibility 
  • Follow Me mode
  •  Auto Return Home
Note for Beginners: Beginners may struggle with the speed and agility of this drone. The quad is equipped with 4 powerful 1800KV Brushless motors and can reach up to 40km/h!

PROS

  • Top Performance
  • Brushless Motors
  • 40km/h Speed
  • Price
  • Amazing Specifications

CONS

  • Not for beginners

"Ideal For: Intermediate and Experts"

The only drone on this list equipped with an action camera with full HD video. It is the upgraded version of MJX Bugs 3 and one of the best quadcopters in this price range that you can possibly buy. Great value for your money!

Looking for the top performing drone? You found it.

The MJX Bugs B5W is an outstanding drone with a top performance like no other. The number one choice for anyone seeking a drone to film in the outdoors.

Great stability, easy to control, although not a good fit for beginners. It is equipped with 4 MT1806 1800KV Brushless Motors allowing it to fight the wind very well; overall 10/10 performance.

Specifications:

The MJX Bug B5W specs are out of this world! If you are like me and enjoy long range and extended flight time, surely you will fall in love with the BUG! Powered by a 7.4V 1800mAH Battery (packages comes with 3 of these batteries), each giving 10 to 13 minutes of flight time, or 13 to 18 minutes without camera weight. Control range is way past the average for the best drone under $200, we are talking about an amazing 300 to 500 meters! Unlike any other you will find on our Top 15!

whats in the box

You get a lot of extras!

Camera:

This drone comes with an HD Action Camera (WIFI distance 300 meters, 1080P 30fps, at zero lantency to your smartphone). One of the best low-budget cameras you can get already included with a drone. However, if you are looking for more than a recreational action camera, the MJX Bugs B5W can also easily carry other action cameras such as the SJCam and the popular GoPro.

Features:

The Bug comes with a list of features, including  auto return, follow me mode, flight tracking software, one-button take off and landing and brushless motors. 

Editors Award -This drone clinches the award as our best drone under $200. The specs and features are that of a $500 drone. If you don't believe us, just read the user reviews on Amazon!

PROS

  • Top Performance
  • Brushless Motors
  • Live Video
  • Tons of features
  • Amazing Specifications

CONS

  • No FPV Goggles or Monitor, you have to use your smartphone

3. Holy Stone HS110D – The Budget Bestseller

"Ideal For: Beginners, Intermediate and Experts"

Holy Stone HS110D has quickly become one of the bestselling drones under 150 dollars. Why? Well, first of all, it is the best bang for your buck. Truly worth the investment, especially to beginners. Secondly, performs as expected from a modern day quadcopter.

Most people expect bad performance from a “cheap drone”, but such reality has faded some time ago.

Nowadays, most drones are able to provide a decent performance, making it easy for even to beginners to fly. HS110D tops the competition and truly shows how much these modern, “cheaper” drones, have evolved. 

Even without previous piloting experience, once you get your hands on HS110D you’ll see how steady its hover is and how responsive it is as well.

Specifications:

In all honesty, Holy Stone HS110D maximum control range is nothing amazing. The drone can fly as far as 100 meters, which is more than enough for children and beginners, but less than what an enthusiast might want from their drone.

I personally like long-range drones, so this max distance is the only spec I don’t appreciate this product. The flight time, however, is exactly how much I need it to be, a nice 10 minutes of pure fun (per charge)!

Holy Stone HD Camera Drone


Camera:

The video recorded from HS110D has no latency and “jello effect”, two very common factors among toy drones. The image quality is also slightly above average, which is a nice addition to an already great purchase.

Don’t get me wrong, of course, this is not High Definition video and photographs. But it does have a good 720p resolution and a lens with a 120º Field of View. If you want this drone with slightly longer range and 1080p full HD camera, then check out our drones for sale megapost, where we covered its bigger brother, the 120HD in detail.

Ensuring you get a clear picture, good enough to post on Youtube and social media and show off to your friends. The drone also transmits Live Video via Wifi directly to a smartphone device through a free to download app (Android and iOS).

The camera can be placed on a phone holder attached to the 2.4Ghz remote controller.

Features:

Besides the already mentioned Live Video, HS110D is also compatible with VR glasses. An awesome addition, making the quadcopter even more fun. Keep in mind the package does not include the VR glasses.

Other features are Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Mobile Control (drone can be controlled via smartphone or through the remote controller included in the package), Low Battery Power Alarm, Emergency Stop, Gravity Sensor Mode (control the drone by tilting the phone), and of course 360º aerial stunt.

PROS

  • Good Camera with no Latency
  • Live Video
  • VR Compatible
  • 10-minute flight time

CONS

  • No Auto-return

"Ideal For: Beginners, Intermediate, Experts and FPV Beginners."

Looking for the complete First Person View package that includes Goggles + LCD monitor? You just found it. The Potensic is one of the best values you can currently in the market. With the Potensic, you can get everything you need to start flying FPV right out of the box.

Want top performance? Well, this drone from Potensic delivers what it promises, a top quality performance that excels when compared to other drones on this list. Accurate control, very stable hover, everything you need despite your skill level. Comes with 3 speed modes (low to high).

Specifications:

The specs are slightly below our expectations, but still meet the average requirements. Flight time is around 8 to 10 minutes, while control range is around 80 to 100 meters max.

Headless Mode Camera Drone

Camera:

The built-in HD camera has a 720p resolution and works at 30 frames per second. It has a camera quality like no other drone on this list and it definitely is a must-have if you prioritize video camera quality. It of course, as already mentioned, transmits Live Video directly to the LCD monitor and FPV Goggles (both included in the box). Just simply detach the monitor from the remote controller and place it on the goggles (Sharing Monitor functionality).

Features:

Besides the already mentioned Sharing Monitor functionality,  this drone from Potensic also features Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, One-Key Takeoff and Landing and Gravity Sensor Control. The VR Glasses definitely are what makes this drone unique.

PROS

  • Complete FPV Package (FPV Goggles & Monitor)
  • Live Video
  • Fast Speed
  • Good Set of Features
  • Price

CONS

  • No Features

"Ideal For: Beginners, Intermediate, Experts and Beginners."

A very complete FPV package that includes LCD monitor and an aluminum box to easily transport the quadcopter around. F181W is a cheap FPV drone with all you need to start flying right out of the box.

If you want to invest in a complete FPV package, and want a nice box to fit your items and carry them around on your ventures, this is it. The drone performs greatly and is a good fit to even the most of beginners. Easy to control, hovers steadily without much pilot’s input. A nice detail is that F181W is able to fly even in windy conditions (even at 10mp/h wind).

Specifications:

The specs meet the average requirements. Flight time is around 8 to 10 minutes, while control range is around 80 to 100 meters max.

Potensic Drone HD Camera

Camera: 

The 2MP camera is capable of recording good quality video and take photos. However, the highlight is the 5.8Ghz Live Video transmission. Displayed on the LCD screen, watch the real-time video as you fly in the outdoor.

Features: 

Comes only with basic features, in fact, it’s a bit disappointing when it comes to feature set. Only offers Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, One Button Takeoff and Landing, 3D Flip and LED lights. Nothing fancy but does have the essentials.

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Live Video
  • Complete FPV Package (LCD monitor)
  • Price

CONS

  • No Return to Home Feature

"Ideal For: Intermediate, Experts and FPV & Racing Beginners."

One of the most interesting drones currently available in the market. It is manufactured by the widely popular brand Parrot. The best part is it includes Parrot Cockpit glasses for an immersive drone racing experience!

First of all, let me start by saying this drone is not suitable for beginners. Parrot Mambo is very fast and acrobatic; you will require an intermediate level of skill to control it. Due to its characteristics it makes up for a nice racing drone.

Specifications:

Parrot Mambo can be controlled via the 2.4Ghz remote controller or the app. While the control distance on the remote is a good 100 meters long. The range with the Bluetooth app is very short (20 meters). Flight time is also a good 10 minutes.

FPV Racing Drone
FPV VR Racing Drone Goggles

Camera: 

The 0.3MP camera is low resolution but surprisingly capable of delivering great quality footage, even when streaming Live Video directly to the FPV Goggles. In fact, we didn’t expect the camera to be this good and transmit lag-free FPV video. Live Video can be transmitted to the smartphone screen or FPV Goggles.

Features: 

Besides the FPV Goggles compatibility (included), Mambo packs a very unique and fun set of features like you have never seen before. I’m talking about the remote-controlled gun that fires up to 6 airsoft pellets from the drone’s magazine! And also a remote controlled claw to carry & drop payloads!

Without a doubt some very amazing unique features; extremely fun. Besides this, it is also one of the first drones to efficiently feature an optical position hold system together with an acoustic sonar altitude hold. On top of this, it has 3 flight modes: Easy, Drift and Racing.

PROS

  • Complete FPV Package (FPV Goggles)
  • Live Video
  • Fast Speed
  • Very Fun and Unique Features
  • Price

CONS

  • Short Bluetooth Range
  • Photos are overexposed in bright daylight

​7. Holy Stone HS120

"Ideal For: Intermediate, Experts and FPV & Racing Beginners."

Another Holy Stone Drone, and another strong budget pick.

Bundled in a complete FPV package, Holy Stone HS120 is a wonder. It is fast, acrobatic and fairly easy to control. The 2.4Ghz remote controller has a built-in LCD screen that displays real-time video!

Although it might not be the best option for racing, it still is a great entry racer to anyone looking to practice handling a fast quad. HS120 is able to reach 45km/h (28mp/h). It’s agile and responsive. We wouldn’t recommend it to beginners, it does require some previous experience flying a drone. It fights the wind pretty well, ideal for outdoor flying. Has 3 speed modes.

Specifications:

Both drone and remote controller have its own battery. The drone's battery is a great performer  with aflight time of 18 minutes. Controller batteries are 3.7V 450mAh AA. The maximum control range and Live Video transmission is both 300 meters, which is awesome, because most toy FPV drones have a lower FPV range than the actual control distance.

HS120 holy stone

Camera: 

The built-in camera has a 108p resolution and 120º Field of View, ideal for racing. It transmits Live Video of the flight directly to the LCD screen built-in on the remote controller. The real-time video is transmitted via 5.8Ghz frequency.

Features:

Considering the drone’s focus is on speed and FPV functionality, it does not have many features. However, it does come with Headless Mode, Modular Extra Batteries, 45km/h, Low Power Alert, LED lights and 3D flip.

PROS

  • Complete FPV Package (LCD monitor)
  • Live Video
  • Fast Speed
  • Price
  • Extra Battery

CONS

  • No Altitude Hold

"Ideal For: Everyone!"

It’s one of everyone’s favorite, 818 Hornet has a neat design combined with amazing specifications. It also supports Live Video and Custom Route Mapping!

Indoor and outdoor, Altair 818 Hornet performs exactly as you should expect from an under $200 drone. Great stability, swift and gentle turns, overall great for kids and beginners. It’s also highly durable and has 3 speed modes (flight skill levels). From beginner to expert, you going to love it!

Specifications:​​​​

One of the highlights of 818 Hornet is the 15-minute flight time powered by a 7.4V lipo battery. The best part is the package comes with 2 batteries! So you have an extended flight time of 30 minutes. Another amazing spec of 818 Hornet is the long range of 150 meters; fly it past eyesight!

Hornet HD Camera Drone

Camera: 

818 Hornet packs a 2MP camera with 720p resolution and 120º wide-angle lens. The camera is capable of recording some surprisingly great quality video, as well as take awesome aerial photos. It can also transmit Live Video via WiFi directly to the pilot’s smartphone. The remote controller has a phone holder where you can attach your device when flying FPV; watch a real-time video.

Features:

Nice set of features, with one exceptionally fun, the Custom Route Mapping where you can draw your flight path on the drone’s app (installed on your phone, free download). Besides this it has Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, One Button Takeoff and Landing, Low Battery and Out of Range Alarm and 3D VR compatibility. No 3D flip.

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Live Video
  • Long Range
  • Extra Battery

CONS

  • No 3D Flip feature
  • Live Video transmission is only 60 meters

"Ideal For: Everyone!"

The First Person View version of the U49 drone series by UDIr/c. Blue Heron is an awesome FPV entry quadcopter to anyone looking for a good and durable aircraft with Live Video.

Like its brother Red Heron, Blue Heron is a good fit for any skill level, from beginners to experts. Can be easily flown without much hassle. It’s stable and responsive to the controls. Can be flown indoor and outdoor. However, also avoid flying it on windy days. It also has 3-speed modes.

Specifications:

Blue Heron’s best characteristic, besides the Live Video, is also the 15-minute flight time per battery. The package includes 2 batteries, so you can switch batteries and extend the flight time to 30 minutes, which is an amazing bonus! In terms of control range, Red Horen has a maximum distance of 100 meters.

Blue Heron Content Box

Includes Extra Propellers and Motors

Camera: 

The camera’s outcome photos and videos have the same good image quality as the Red Heron. The only difference is that U49W supports Live Video. This Live Video is transmitted via WiFi directly to the pilot’s smartphone device through a free to download app, available for both Android and iOS. Basically, it’s the same camera but with FPV support.

Features: 

Packs a standard set of features, namely Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Low Battery Alarm, One Key Takeoff and Landing. Unfortunately, it does not feature 3D flip, which can be disappointing to children because it can’t do 360º aerial spins with the push of a button.

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Live Video
  • Extra Battery

CONS

  • No 3D Flip feature

"Ideal For: Intermediate and Experts / FPV Enthusiasts."

A complete and ready to fly out of the box First Person View drone! UDI Mini U835 is the best bang for your buck if you are looking for a cheap and easy to fly FPV drone with 4” LCD monitor! The remote controller is unique and resembles a video-game!

This one isn’t aimed at beginners. You will need to have at least an intermediate skill at flying drones before you try U835. Why? Because it’s a fast drone, stable but not without some pilot control input. If you already have some experience flying quadcopters, you will love UDI U835, but if you are a rookie, you better off training with other more user-friendly drone first. 3-speed modes.

Specifications:

First of all, we must point out that the remote controller with FPV monitor, although very unique and fun to use, has its own battery. Unfortunately, this battery tends to last only 10 minutes, while the drone’s battery can last 13 to 15 minutes. This is a negative aspect of this drone, controller battery runs low before the drone does. When it comes to control range, it can fly as far as 100 meters.

UDI Box of Content

This is what is in the box of the UDI Mini U835

Camera: 

The camera is standard VGA quality, 720p resolution. It’s able to take photos and record video in decent quality, however don’t expect anything top quality. The Live Video is also decent quality, practically lag-free, and is transmitted via 5.8Ghz frequency to the 4” monitor built-in on the remote controller itself. The camera lens is 120º wide-angle.

Features: 

The Live Video with complete FPV package, definitely is the highlight of this drone. When it comes to other features it only packs the standard: Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Return to Home, Low Battery Alarm and 3D flip.

PROS

  • Unique Remote Controller with 4” FPV LCD Monitor
  • Live Video
  • Price

CONS

  •  Remote controller battery time is short

"Ideal For: Everyone!"

A clone of the renowned Parrot Bebop. Altair AA108 has a very similar design and is a very cheap alternative to the popular quadcopter by Parrot. Yes, it does come with a built-in 720p 120º Wide Angle camera!

Indoor or outdoor, Altair AA108 is a great quadcopter to fly. From beginners to exports, AA108 is loved by everyone. It is a gentle flyer, but can be quite acrobatic once you get the hang of it and start flying at faster yaw speeds (3-speed modes).

Specifications:

Specs are right on average. Flight time is below average, only 7 minutes max, powered by a 3.7V 1S lipo battery (included). Control distance is also a good 100 meters.

Great HD Camera Drone

Camera:

Amazing camera! The image quality is outstanding, definitely worth the price just for this 720p HD camera with 120º Wide Angle Lens. We were truly surprised by it, without a doubt a 10/10 grade, we highly recommend it if you are looking for a cheap drone with above average image quality. Live Video image is also amazing (although it has short range; 50 meters).

Features:

Altair AA108 does have a surprisingly neat set of features, especially if we take into consideration the drone’s price! AA108 features Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Custom flight route (available through the app, this feature yes can be considered top of the line!), Return to Home, One-key Takeoff and Landing, Out of Range and Low Battery Alarm and VR compatibility.

Note:  Custom Flight Route allows you to draw the flight path on your smartphone.

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Amazing Camera Quality
  • Live Video
  • Price
  • Very Interesting and Useful Set of Features

CONS

  • Below average Flight Time

"Ideal For: Everyone!"

Manufactured by the widely popular brand UDIr/c, U49C is the non-FPV version of 2 UDI models the Red Heron and the Blue Heron. A long flight time drone with a neat wide-angle camera.

A good fit for any skill level, from beginners to experts, Red Heron can be easily flown without much hassle. It’s stable and responsive to the controls. Can be flown indoor and outdoor. However, avoid flying it on windy days. It has 3 speed modes.

Specifications:

Red Heron’s best characteristic is definitely the 15-minute flight time per battery. And in addition the package includes 2 batteries, so you can switch batteries and extend the flight time to 30 minutes! In terms of control distance, Red Horen has a maximum range of 100 meters.

Red Heron Flight Time

The Red Heron has a 30 minute flight time!

Camera:

The U49C camera has a good image quality and will surely provide some nice aerial footage. It’s important to note that if the sun is to bright it may have a visible effect on the video and be harder to see. The camera has a 720p resolution and a 120º FOV (Field of View) lens.

Features: 

Packs a standard set of features, namely Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Low Battery Alarm, One Key Takeoff and Landing. Unfortunately, it does not feature 3D flip, which can be disappointing to children because it can’t do 360º aerial spins with the push of a button.

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Extra Battery

CONS

  • No 3D Flip feature

"Ideal For: Beginners and Kids / FPV Beginners."

Also known as Blue Jay, U45W-A is one of the very first drones most people buy when flying FPV for the first time. This is mainly due to its low price, emergency landing button and overall great value for the entire package.

Equipped with a 6-Axis Gyro system, like most toy drones, UDI U45W-A actually performs above average. Steady hover and good maneuverability, make it a good beginner drone. However, keep in mind it doesn’t fight wind very well (it’s very lightweight). Don’t fly it on wind conditions.

Specifications:

While the control distance meets the average specs for a drone under $200; 100 meters. Flight time is a bit disappointing, only 7 to 8 minutes, which is slightly under-performance. Battery used is 3.7V 500mAh LiPo (included).

UDI Force Camera Drone

Camera:

One of the most interesting features about U45W-A is the 2MP camera with 720p resolution. Enables good footage and aerial photos for you to share with your friends. The Live Video is also good quality and is transmitted directly to your smartphone via a free to download app (Android and iOS).

Features: 

U45W-A has a very interesting set of features. The highlight, besides the Live Video, surely is the custom route mode (available on the app). We than have Altitude Hold, Emergency Landing Button (great for beginners), 3D Flip and VR headset compatibility (not included).

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Live Video
  • Emergency Landing
  • Price
  • VR Compatibility

CONS

  • No Return to Home feature
  • Below average Flight Time

"Ideal For: Beginners and Kids / FPV Beginners."

One of the most sold drones on Amazon with over 1,100 customer reviews. Manufactured by a renowned brand, F181W combines affordability, a nice set of features and FPV flight.

As expected from one of the most sold quadcopters on Amazon, and has recommended by most enthusiasts, indeed F181W is a good fit for beginners and kids. Equipped with the 6-Axis Gyro system (present in most toy drones), it is a stable quad and a gentle flier.

Specifications:

F181W specifications meet the average of drones within this price range. Flight time is 7 to 10 minutes, but thanks to the extra battery you can have an extended flight time. Control distance is around 100 meters max.

Holy Stone Altitude Hold

Camera: 

The camera is standard VGA quality with 720p resolution. It can take photos and record video, however, do not expect high-quality footage. It’s just a recreational drone to practice and try out FPV. The Live Video is transmitted to the pilot’s smartphone via WiFi. The camera lens has a 120º Field of View.

Features:

Although very cheap, F181W still comes with a nice set of features including: Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Gravity Sensor Control, One-Key Return, One-Key Takeoff and Landing, 3D Flip and LED light.

Note: The package is very complete and comes with a wide set of extras, even including a bonus MicroSD card, extra battery and SD card reader. A great value for the money!

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Live Video
  • Price
  • Nice Set of Features

CONS

  • Poor Image Quality

"Ideal For: Beginners and Kids / FPV Beginners."

It is one of Amazon’s bestselling drones. Stable and easy to use, it is among the most popular drones currently in the market. However, we must tell you: it’s a good product, but there are much better options for less money.

One of the reasons why so many people like this quad is due to its ease of use. Equipped with a 6-Axis Gyro system, Predator U842 is a steady flyer’ with the capacity to fight moderate wind conditions. Definitely a good starting drone. It’s mainly an outdoor drone. The drone can be controlled with the remote controller or the app.

Specifications:

Specs are right on average, nothing fancy but enough to please most beginners. Flight time is 7 to 9 minutes per battery (package comes with an extra battery for extended flight time). Max control range is 80 to 100 meters, slightly below average. And for a batter control range take a look at under 500 list.

Headless Mode Drone

Camera: 

The camera is standard VGA quality with 720p resolution, don’t expect a great image quality, but it’s decent enough for some nice footage and photos. The great thing about it is the Live Video, connect your smartphone to the drone via WiFi and watch real-time video displayed on your screen. The 2.4Ghz remote controller comes with a phone holder when you can place your smartphone.

Features: 

Feature set is a bit disappointing, it only has Headless Mode, Low Battery and Out of Range Alarm, 3D VR compatibility, and of course the already mentioned FPV. As you can you see, when compared to other products on this list, this aircraft is very poor on features.

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  •  Live Video
  •  Good Specifications

CONS

  •  No Return to Home feature
  • Short Live Image Transmission Range

To recap here is a table top 10 drones we reviewed, with the most important specs listed.

QuadcopterFlight DurationCameraRange 
 1st  Potensic D80
 Best and Fastest Drone under $200 
20 mins
1080p FPV ready600m - (0.36 Miles)

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 2nd  MJX Bugs B5W
 Great value bundle 
13-18 mins (x3)FHD 1080p 30 FPS500m - (0.3 Miles)

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 3rd  Holy Stone HS110D
 Amazing Bestseller Drone 
10 mins720p resolution100m - (0.062 Miles)

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 4th  Potensic U31R
 Top Quality Performance 
10 minsHD camera 720p100m - (0.062 Miles)

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 5th  Potensic F181DH
 FPV Package + LCD Monitor 
9 mins2MP100m - (0.062 Miles)

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 6th  Parrot Mambo
 + Parrot Cockpit glasses 
10 mins0.3MP100m - (0.062 Miles)

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 7th  Holy Stone HS230
 45km/h Quadcopter 
20 mins7-10mins100m - (0.062 Miles)

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 8th  Altair 818 Hornet
 Great stability, 
15 mins2MP150m - (0.093 Miles)

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 9th  UDI Force1 U49W
 Stable and Responsive 
15 minsLive Video150m - (0.093 Miles)

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 10th  UDI Mini U835
 Fast Drone 
13mins720p resolution100m - (0.062 Miles)

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So which drone are you buying? Let us know in the comment section below. We all want to invest our money wisely, getting the best value for our purchase by making sure we buy a durable, so if you didn't find what you were looking for, check out our drones under 300$ review.

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Have fun and Happy flying!

Ruan Nelio

When Ruan is not reviewing drones, he is busy flying his Mavic 2 Pro all over Oslo in Norway.
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