Drones are everywhere, there seem to be drones for everything, from professional photography to filming large budget movies and even drones for agricultural use. There are also fun drones that are made for beginners and those who just want to have some fun but do not want a sophisticated flying robot. In this article, I list some of the best drones for beginners that are both easy and fun to fly.

Flying a quadcopter is undoubtedly a learning process by itself, which means along with being a fun activity, you also learn some valuable skills.

Drones are a powerful tool to develop your hand-to-eye coordination skills as well as ignite a potential spark for the lifelong fascination of flight and the science behind it. That is not all! Flying drones is an excellent way for friends and family to spend some quality time together.

However, with a huge variety of different types of drones and a new one coming to the market every other day, it has become more challenging than ever to pick out the best drone for absolute beginners

When purchasing a quadcopter, the user must pay special attention to its camera (if it has one), flying range, battery life, and other capabilities. While some drones come with their own cameras, others require a product like a GoPro attached to them. For beginners, I highly suggest you choose a model that has its own built-in camera.

The maximum range at which the remote control can work varies from drone to drone but for low budget drones, it should be no more than 50m. Battery life is one of the most significant aspects to consider. Whether you are buying the drone for yourself or your child, the last thing you want is for it to be dead within a few minutes of use.

Most drones for beginners,do not have long flight times,this is why it is always a good idea to purchase extra batteries when you buy your drone.

So,this is my list of the best drones for beginners,you may notice,like my other lists,that DJI have the best drone in this category as well!!

My No.1 Pick – Tello Drone From DJI/RYZE Tech

Top of my list is the new Tello drone from DJI and Ryze Tech, DJI are known for dominating the higher end of the drone market. So it came as no surprise that they would sooner or later produce a beginner friendly drone in the lower price bracket. This drone is under $100 and it is worth every penny. It comes with some really advanced features that you will not find in more expensive drones.There is a 720p HD camera at the front which also takes 5-megapixel images and with electronic image stabilising software, your images and videos will be ultra-smooth. There are also 3 intelligent flight modes and it is compatible with DJI goggles for a more immersive flying experience. It has a failsafe system so that you never lose your drone and comes with propeller guards. With features that let you do cool flips and hover in mid-air,this drone is perfect for beginners.

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 5 MP
  • 13-minutes flight time
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Vision positioning system
  • Propeller protectors
  • Auto takeoff/landing

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is the most expensive drone on this list and quite rightly so. Its HD camera will provide stunning images and videos. The drone is controlled by a smartphone or tablet via the FreeFlight 2.0 app. The camera is digitally stabilised so that distortion and jello effect is reduced. You can share videos or images straight from the app and it comes with interchangeable hulls that can be used for indoors and outdoors. Has a flight time of around 12 minutes with a range of 50m and stabilisation technology that lets you fly with ease.

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 12-minutes flight time
  • Share videos and images via app
  • Advanced 6-axis flight control system for better stability
  • Propeller protectors
  • FPV Capability

DROCON U31W Navigator Drone

The DROCON U31W Navigator drone comes with some very cool features,ones that will make flying this drone both fun and easy. The Drone features a 720p HD camera with altitude hold that makes it easier to hover in the air and take photographs and videos. The drone can also be paired up with VR headsets and along with the cameras 120° field of view, this should make for a more immersive drone flying experience. It has a flight time of 7 minutes and control range of 30m. Definitely one of the more feature rich drones on this list.

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 7-minutes flight time
  • Altitude hold for easier flying
  • Compatible with VR headsets
  • One button takeoff/Return home
  • FPV Capability

UDI U818A HD

If you are looking to buy a personal drone or quadcopter without spending too much money, then UDI U818A Upgraded Version 2.4 GHz Quadcopter with Camera is a good bet.The four-ring design of the drone ingeniously protects the rotors that help eliminate damage to the most vital parts.  The UDI U818A HD is well built and can hold up well to harsh weathers. It features two flight modes that can be accessed via the controller one modes is for absolute beginners and the other for those with a bit of flying experience. This is one of the more advanced drones for beginners and a fun one to fly and its camera doesn’t disappoint.

Key Features

  • 6-9 minutes of flight time
  • Up to 300-foot range
  • 2MP Camera
  • Propeller protection
  • Record HD videos
  • FPV Capability

Hubsan X4 H107C

The Hubsan X4 H107C is one of the best drones for beginners that offers cool features that make it easy and fund to fly.It is an excellent and inexpensive mini-drone which is extremely easy to fly, making it an ideal choice for beginners. The 720p camera can shoot surprisingly well and record nearly jello-free videos. It comes with wraparound prop protectors that make it a durable flyer. The entire unit, excluding the battery, weighs about forty grams, whereas, with the battery, the total weight is about fifty grams. Since it is very lightweight, the quadcopter is well-suited for indoor flying. The controls are very responsive and allow you to manoeuvre through the air with great ease.

Key Features

  • Features the latest six-axis flight control system
  • Has a lightweight airframe that is extremely durable
  • Suitable for both indoors and outdoors
  • 0.3-megapixel camera
  • Allows four directional flips

Syma X5C

Recognized worldwide as one of the best RC toy makers, Syma has maintained an excellent reputation over the years. It has released around twenty helicopters and quadcopters so far, and all of them are of pretty good quality. The drone comes with a six-axis gyroscope that enables precise hovering and strong balance in the air, even when there is light wind. It features a 360-degree roll control that allows beginners to cool manoeuvres it without sacrificing control. Moreover, due to the spread spectrum control, the drone can fly at greater distances with enhanced responsiveness and less interference than radio control. The Syma X5C comes with a 2MP, 720P HD camera to capture fantastic stills and record stunning videos from the air. 

Key Features

  • HD Camera
  • 7 minutes flight time
  • Cool maneuvers
  • Advanced 6-axis flight control system for better stability
  • Propeller protectors

 Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter

Holy Stone F181a is one of my favourites drones and is a really good drone for beginners. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing to the eyes,it also comes with some pretty cool features like a 720p camera.

It features LED lights on the bottom where red lights are for backward movement and blue lights are for forward movement, which makes it quite suitable for flying at night. The F181 RC quadcopter comes fully fitted with a two-megapixel camera that is able to take snaps of 720p resolution and record videos at thirty frames per second.The drone comes ready to fly and all you need to do is insert four AA batteries.

Key Features

  • 2 MP Camera
  • 7-9 minutes flight time
  • Cool maneuvers
  • Advanced 6-axis flight control system for better stability
  • Propeller protectors
  • 50-100 meter range

Syma Upgraded Version X5SC-1 Explorers RC Quadcopter

The Syma X5SC-1 is an upgrade to its predecessor the X5C-1 and this can be seen from the redesign of its body with longer landing legs and headless mode for easier flying. It also comes with an HD camera and which can take 2 MP images and record videos in 720p. The transmitter has a range of around 50m which is in line with most toy drones. It’s a fun drone to fly and although its camera will not provide sharp crisp images, it is still a useful feature to impress people with. One problem with the X5SC-1 is that it doesn’t hold up very well in slightly windy conditions,other than that its a great drone for beginners.

Key Features

  • 2 MP Camera
  • 7-minutes flight time
  • One push 360 rolls
  • Advanced 6-axis flight control system for better stability
  • Propeller protectors
  • 4 GB memory card

Aura Drone With Glove Controller

I wasn’t quite sure whether to put this drone on this list or not, it is not a traditional quadcopter drone. However, it is for kids and that means its perfect for beginners as well. This is one of the most fun drones you will ever fly,it doesn’t come with a normal controller that you hold with two hands. Instead, the controller has a circular interface and two straps which you wrap around your hand. You control it through the motion of your hand pretty much how a Jedi uses the force to control objects. This drone will make you feel like a superhero!!

Key Features

  • Gesture Controlled Drone
  • 6-minutes flight time
  • One push 360 rolls
  • Auto Take-Off and Landing
  • Propeller protectors

Conclusion

No matter if it is Christmas or your kid’s birthday; a quadcopter can be the ultimate gift for the little one. The kid’s drones recommended in this guide are easy to fly and keeps them engaged and teaches them new skills. The Syma X5C is an ideal choice for a present, followed by the Hubsan X4 H107C, Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter, Syma Upgraded Version X5SC-1 Explorers RC Quadcopter and UDI U818A Upgraded Version 2.4 GHz Quadcopter.

There are many other drones that are suitable for kids but I haven’t yet reviewed them and hence why they are not on the list, as I review more kids drones, I expect this list to get longer.

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