The quintessential man's toy of the moment, we've got drones to suit every pocket | December, 2019
While not everyone has the cash to invest in expensive quadcopters with top of the line features like Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 (both from the house of DJI), the world’s leading drone manufacturers have ensured that you can get quality quads at budget prices. Other high end models may have been created with experienced and advanced pilots in mind, but beginner friendly UAV drones are perfect for those who don’t want to break the bank, but still be the proud owner of a quadcopter. Toy drones can be the perfect route for drone enthusiasts.
Hubsan X4 H107L is a four channel, 2.4 GHz RC quadcopter with a durable one piece main frame. It also offers precision 6 axis gyro, 4 channel 2.4 GHz control, a high capacity rechargeable LiPO battery and is just palm sized for compactness you can count on. The quadcopter also comes with powerful coreless motors and stunt mode. This toy drone is perfect for indoor and outdoor flights both with its 6 axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity. A USB charger is also supplied to offer a fully functional drone at all times.
Four channel, 2.4 GHz RC quadcopter
6 axis gyro
No camera/ Further, no additional cameras like GoPro can be added to the quadcopter
Weight: 1.3 pounds
DJI Phantom 3 4K white and gold is a toy drone which offers a 4K video and 12 MP camera for the perfect picture or aerial shots. There’s also a Wi-F video downlink and maximum transmission range of 0.75m. This DJI Phantom toy drone is an easy to fly intelligent system with a 3-axis stabilization gimbal. Made for aerial photography and cinematography, the cinema spec DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24 fps and UDH 4K (3840×2160) at 30 fps offers excellent and crisp videos and images. The quad copter can also fly for up to 25 minutes and has a 2.4 GHz link with range extending features for live HD tracking and camera control.
Sophisticated aerial videography and photography
Smart control system
Signal in High Wi-Fi area lost
Weight: 8 pounds
The DJI Phantom 2 V2.0 is a quad-copter that offers the perfect flight to fancy, with aesthetics and a remote transmitter pre-tuned and ready to use in minutes. Charge the included batteries, attach the propellers and get set for the flight of your life You can even attach a GoPro camera to record the action. This drone is tested with Hero models of cameras. Inbuilt support for Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal offers extremely smooth and seamless video recording and exceptional camera stability. Using the 5200 mAh lithium polymer battery, you can get a record flying time of 28 minutes on a single charge, making this the most high-end toy drone in this range.
Record flying time of 28 minutes
Gimbal/mount sold separately
Weight: 2.4 pounds
This XIRO UAV is a complete quadcopter, with a remote transmitter. Its ready to fly out of the box, being super easy to set up and pre-tuned and ready in just a few minutes. Attach the propellers, start the remote and charge the battery and you’re good to go. Shoot complete HD videos at 1080p r 30 fps and 720p/30fps. Take pictures with resolutions as high as 14MP. The camera also supports timed capture and burst mode, creating the perfect performance. Get real time live previews and flight status on the dot by attaching your smartphone to the review. High precision, 3-Axis camera stabilization leads to a whole new game changing photo capture and aerial video recording in the skies.
3-Axis Gimbal Image Stabilization Technology
Follow Me and Circle Around Me functions
Calibration causes vibration of the remote in some cases
Model#: V version
Weight: 12.6 pounds
The MJX B2W Bugs 2 is a Wi_Fi drone with GPS too. Now, this fly in drone Wi-Fi FPV ensures your video drone sees a crisp 1080p images and offers the sharpest videos. With 3 return to home modes, this drone can be automatically brought to the ground position from up to 500m. It is perfect for beginners or pros with a single key lift and land, as well as altitude hold and headless mode. Brushless motors, a bonus battery and electronic speed control make sure this drone stays ahead of the competition.
Night flight LED lights
Intelligent orientation control
Tough to maneuver for novices
Weight: 3.5 pounds
This SereneLife Predator Wi_Fi FPV drone from Sound Around offers you a chance to reach cloud nine literally! Get to see stunning aerial views without getting your feet off the ground. Take detailed photos and record and stream HD real-time videos of the world using recording and streaming capabilities. Aerial footage can be taken in 720p HD or 30 frames per second. This fully functional drone can go in every direction and even headless mode. Your flying experience will be hassle-free as you fly this drone using its powerful 2.4F remote control. Now, control the drone by remote from 80-100 meters distance.
720P HD camera/30 fps
Remote control range is 80-100m.
No sophisticated video screen, just an LCD with throttle percentage and other types of data
Weight: 11.7 ounces
Force1 U45W Blue Jay us a superb Wi-Fi FPV Drone with HD camera. Get the images that are crisp with a fly-in drone Wi-Fi FPV with VR headset compatible iPhones or Androids. Take off and land all with a single button, and this great HD camera drone for kids or for adults offers an easy flying experience. Altitude hold and headless mode makes this an easy-fly drone with excellent first person view and the perfect choice for beginner level camera drones. All you need to do is trace the video drone’s route and watch it fly on auto. This one is a bionic lightweight flier which offers a super stable HD drone with altitude hold and headless mode, making the capturing of sharp photos and stunning videos simple as can be.
Wi-Fi enabled FPV
2MP drone HD camera
Suited only for beginners
Weight: 4.2 ounces
MJX B6 Bugs 6 Wi-Fi FPV camera drone is a Wi-Fi quadcopter perfect for FPV racing. The thrill of FPV drone racing can be carried out with a manually adjustable 720P HD camera that is 5.8G. All you need to do is insert a memory card into the camera to capture photos and videos in every angle and turn. This toy drone offers breakneck brushless motors and a tremendous power-to-weight performance for the perfect racer, with its 1806 1800KV motor. It also offers independent electronic speed control and remote voltage plus signal alarms. The drone remains safe with a 4-in-1 ESC/Electronic Speed Control that keeps you updated on the health parameters of the gadget.
4-in-1 Electronic Speed Control
1806 1800KV motor
To use phone for monitor, adapter must be used
Weight: 2.9 pounds
UDI U818A is a 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC quadcopter with a camera RTF. It offers the pilot complete posture control of the aircraft and integrated design guarantee for the precise positioning of the aircraft. A 4-Channel function provides easy operations and a stable flight. Additionally, there’s a high capacity battery and strong motor powers enabling the helicopter to fly for longer periods of time and more efficiency. Charging time is just 120 minutes while flight duration on a single charge is 7 to 9 minutes.
Remote distance of up to 30m
A 4-channel function for quick operations and stable flight
Suited for novices, no remote control
Weight: 4.2 ounces
WiFi FPV version U818A is a drone that comes with a 720P HD camera and offers beautiful images that make photography a true work of art. With real time Wi-Fi for incredible experiences, these drones are your eyes and offer the perfect HD aerial view of your flight to your smartphone. With the headless mode, controlling the drones is easy and you don’t have to worry about its direction when flying it. Get total control for straightforward flying experiences and utilize the batteries to get up to 10 minutes of flying time on a single charge. With this toy drone made with durable materials that offer extra longevity, flying is as simple as A, B, C.
Video transmission range of 30 meters
720P HD camera
Motor and circuit boards heat up with use
Model#: U818A WIFI
Weight: 5.6 ounces
How much should you spend on your drone? What makes the extra money worthwhile if you go for the more expensive models?
Toy drones are cool gadgets, but they are more than glorified tech toys. These game changing UAV quadcopters offer amazing use in imaging and cinematic applications both small and large. The latest innovations have made these amazing gadgets the perfect hi-tech acquisition. Models on the market outshine and outperform the earlier quadcopters as far as image stabilization and video quality are concerned. If you want to capture stunning footage though, be prepared to shell out extra cash that is worth your while. As drones are pricey propositions, you need to do your research. Low cost drones are always an option for a fun-filled flying adventure, but if you are looking for a solid model stable in flight with exceptional videography and photographic capabilities, you need to make an investment. Some of these smart drones even connect with smart phones or tablets built into the remote control. GPS and automatic RTH functionality is a safety feature most drones have. If you need extended flying time and quadcopters that have automated flight mode functionality, you can get a mean machine and not a boy’s toy!
Budget Toy Drones: The Benefits
As the toy drone manufacturing industry expands and companies compete for price and technology, the product with exceptional features and specifications wins. Companies seeking to refresh the market offer hi-tech, quality drones at budget costs. Affordable toy drones are now a reality. These are just the drones you need if you are starting out and need just the basics to get started. Nowadays, even the famous smart headless mode is being introduced on low budget toy drones. Moreover, the recent drones in the market have introduced the Altitude Hold function. This allows pilots to focus on the camera while the drone manages to stay stable while airborne by itself. Losing a drone is no longer possible with even budget toy drones offering GPS and RTH functionality. One key take off and landing make these drones an amazing choice for those looking for motors with power and efficiency and quads that add panache. Flying drones is no longer an expensive hobby. As technology advances, it has become affordable to purchase the perfect toy drone and take it out for a spin.
Toy Drones for Kids: What To Watch Out For?
While purchasing a toy drone for kids, there are numerous factors you need to take into account. Finding the best toy drones for your kids can be a major challenge. Fast moving parts, sharp edges and small parts can be a hazard to your child. Make sure you choose an age appropriate toy drone for your child. Parents also need to take responsibility for ensuring drones are flown in suitable areas, so children and everyone else remain safe. Most drones have cameras which can offer educational benefits too. Having a drone with a camera can be a wonderful learning experience. Additionally, parents need to watch out for a few things too. Drones should be in absolute form. They should also be made of non toxic material and be easy to fly. Toy drones make the perfect gift for kids, provided the precautions are taken.