Looking for the best affordable drone? You have a ton of options and trust me, it can be difficult to choose what drone to purchase because there are so many affordable drones on the market now.

Drones are very fun to fly and hence the reason for their huge growth over the past few years. There are a few drone brands that specialise in low-cost affordable drones and they dominate this list, these include drones from Holy Stone, Snaptain and Eachine.

All of these affordable drones come with a camera which I believe is the main reason for the huge demand for consumer drones. Drones with cameras are more fun to fly around with and some of the drones below come with really good cameras, especially for drones that cost less than $150.

One thing I must add is that if you live in the UK, Canada or the USA, you will need to register some of these drones if they weigh above 250g. If you live anywhere else, I believe there is no need to register any drone regardless of weight if you just want to fly for fun. However, please still check what the rules are just to be safe.

10 Best Affordable drones Under $150

#1. DJI Tello

My no.1 pick is the DJI Tello drone, this is one of the best drones to fly because it is suitable for everyone and comes with some really cool features. It is DJI’s only toy drone and is the best affordable drone with a camera and costs less than $100. It’s a mini drone that weighs less than 100g, this makes it a great drone to travel with, the Tello comes with a 720p camera that will allow you to take some good video footage and has a 5mp image sensor. It has an electronic image stabilisation feature, a video processor from intel and comes with a flight time of 13 minutes. The drone allows you to take some really cool videos and photos with a bunch of flight modes called EZ shots and comes with two antennas for smoother video transmission. A really useful feature of this drone is it allows you to program different flight modes with the use of a programming language called Scratch. It’s a very easy language to learn and is especially suitable for kids.

Key Features

  • 720p HD camera
  • Shoots 5mp still images
  • Electronic image stabilisation
  • EZ shots
  • Code your own flight modes
  • 100-meter range
  • 13 minutes of flight time

#2. Holy Stone HS160 Pro

This is one of the best-designed drones on this list, it is a foldable drone and comes with some fun features. The drone a couple of LED lights on the front that looks cool if you fly the drone in a dark room and has a decent HD camera wit which you can live stream video footage to your smartphone. The drone has a flight time of around 12 minutes and comes with an extra battery which is always nice as it helps you save money from having to purchase one later on. Some cool features the drone comes with include an optical flow sensor, gesture and voice control mode, one-button take-off/landing and multiple speed settings.

Key Features

  • 1080p wide-angle camera
  • Portable foldable design
  • Stream live video footage
  • Smart flight modes
  • Gesture control mode
  • 80-meter range
  • 10 minutes of flight time

#3. JJRC H71

This is another cool foldable drone and looks similar to the HS60, its small compact design makes it a good drone to travel with and it comes with some nifty features. The drone comes with an HD camera that will allow you to take cool selfies with and come with an optical flow sensor which makes it suitable to fly indoors. The drone has a transmission range of around 100 meters which is standard for cheap drones and has a flight time of around 10 minutes.

Key Features

  • HD camera
  • FPV capability
  • Optical flow sensor
  • 3 Speed modes
  • Gravity sensor control
  • 100-meter range
  • 11 minutes of flight time

#4. Snaptain S5C

One of the bestselling drones on Amazon and also one of the best-reviewed, it has a 4+ star rating and is fun to fly. The Snaptain S5C comes with a host of fun features and is one of the best affordable drones and costs less than $70. The drones come with a 720p camera and with it you can stream live video footage from 80 meters. Other features include altitude hold, gravity sensor control, voice control and it is also compatible with VR headsets which will give you a more immersive flying experience. It has a flight time of around 8 minutes, and you get two batteries with the drone package.

Key Features

  • 720p HD camera
  • Cool LED lights
  • One button take-off/landing
  • Voice and gesture control
  • Compatible with VR headsets
  • 80-meter range
  • 8 minutes of flight time

#5. Snaptain A15H

Another drone from Snaptain, the A15H is a huge seller on Amazon and has some good really good reviews. It’s a foldable drone and has an overall nice design, I especially like its metallic grey colour scheme and the cool LED lights on its front and on the end of each rotor arm. You can take some nice videos and photos with its HD camera and it is also compatible with VR headsets. Some other features include one-button take-off/landing, 3D flips and gravity sensor control. It has a flight mode called trajectory flight, this where you can draw a path on the drone app and the drone will fly along it automatically. A hugely popular drone which sometimes goes out of stock on Amazon because of its huge demand.

Key Features

  • 720p HD camera
  • Gravity sensor control
  • Voice control
  • 3D flips
  • One button return home
  • 90-meter range
  • 9 minutes of flight time

#6. Holy Stone HS161

What I really like about this drone is its unique foldable design, this makes it ultraportable and very easy to carry around. As a beginner-friendly drone, it comes with some very good features, the main feature being its 1080p HD camera. It comes with altitude hold and headless mode for easier flying and you can also control the drone via its app. The drones unique folding design and LED light at the front allows you to use it as a flashlight. It has a flight time of around 8 minutes and a transmission range of 100 meters, this is slightly reduced if you use its FPV feature.

Key Features

  • 1080p camera
  • FPV capability
  • Optical flow sensor
  • Slim foldable design
  • Handheld camera mode
  • Use the drone as a flashlight
  • 10 minutes of flight time

#7. Eachine E520S

This drone looks a lot like the DJI Mavic, only without the advanced technology and huge price tag. If you ignore the exaggerated claims about its camera, this is one of the best drones under $150, it comes with a decent camera that can take some very good videos and photos, especially for its price. The Eachine E520S is one the best-looking drones on this list and that should not surprise anyone because it is modelled after the very popular Mavic Pro. This is a GPS enabled drone that allows for better flight stability, minimises the risk of losing the drone and comes with several smart flight modes including follow me mode. The drone has a flight time of around 16 minutes, which is good for a cheap drone and has a transmission range of 300 meters.

Key Features

  • 1080p adjustable camera
  • 4k images
  • GPS
  • Smart flight modes
  • Automatic return home
  • Compatible with 3D headsets
  • 16 minutes of flight time

#8. Eachine E511S

I love the overall look of this drone, it looks and feels like a premium drone and comes with some fantastic features. Its black and silver colour scheme with a small blue LED lights on the top make it look futuristic. It comes with a very good 1080p HD camera that has a wide-angle lens and can be remotely adjusted to get better viewing angles. This is a GPS enabled drone so you will be able to track it on your phone and the drone comes with three intelligent flight modes including a mode where the drone will automatically follow you from behind. It has a one-button return to home feature and has three-speed modes which will allow you to test your flying skills. A very impressive drone and definitely one of the best drones under $150.

Key Features

  • HD camera with adjustable angle
  • Live video streaming
  • Comes with GPS
  • Smart flight modes
  • Cool foldable design
  • 300-meter range
  • 16 minutes of flight time

#9. Snaptain SP500

The Snaptain SP500 is a great looking foldable drone that comes with some premium features without the huge price tag. The drone is suitable for beginners and is very easy to fly thanks to the GPS system it comes with and headless mode as its default flight mode. As it is a GPS enabled drone, it comes with the many benefits that GPS technology allows. The drone hovers accurately, flies smoothly and has an automatic return home feature that will minimise the risk of losing the drone in mid-flight. It has a transmission range of 250 meters and a flight time of around 15 minutes and you get two batteries with the drone so you can extend your flight time without having to wait for the battery to recharge. Some of its advanced flight modes include follow me, orbit, and gesture control mode. This is another hugely popular drone on Amazon and has been known to go out of stock because of its huge demand.

Key Features

  • 1080p HD camera
  • FPV capability
  • GPS enabled
  • Smart flight modes
  • Automatic return to home
  • Gesture control mode
  • 15 minutes of flight time

#10. F100 Ghost

This drone is a rebranded version of the MJX Bugs 3 which is a hugely popular drone especially because you can mount a GoPro action camera on it. It’s a very fun drone to fly and is very fast, as it does not come with GPS, it’s not as feature-rich as some of the other drones on this list and it does not have FPV feature. Still, it does come with a 1080p action camera that will allow you to take some decent videos and photos and it has some really cool LED lights underneath each rotor arm that look spectacular if you fly the drone at night. One of the best features of this drone is its brushless motors which are powerful and efficient and will allow the drone to fly in mildly windy conditions.

Key Features

  • HD action camera
  • Compatible with GoPro Hero 3&4
  • Powerful brushless motors
  • Multiple speed modes
  • 3D flips
  • 500-meter range
  • 15 minutes of flight time
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