If you’re in search of the best drones for beginners, there is a huge range of options for you. Whether you’re looking for a drone for general photography or a cheap drone to learn how to fly, we have rounded up the best drones for beginners to suit every budget.

Picking the best drone that is suitable for beginners can be undoubtedly a little challenging, as there are so many options out there.

This is why in this guide for the best drones for beginners, I have listed a variety of drones all with varying features and at different prices ranges.

This is not an exhaustive list but you should find a drone is that suitable for your needs and at a price that is affordable.

Some of the cheaper drones on this list, like the DJI Tello, are great for beginners and kids. This is a favourite drone among drone enthusiasts as it is easy to fly and you can even learn how to code in a simple programming language and make it manoeuvre how you want.

Something you will have to take into consideration is the rules and regulations regarding flying drones in your country. For example, if you live in the USA, you can fly drones that weigh less than 250g without needing to register the drone. A similar rule used to apply in the UK, but the rules have now changed and you will need to register any drone that has a camera, even if it weighs less than 250g.

If your drone weighs more than 250g, you will have to register it with the organisation that manages air travel. In the UK that is the CAA and in the USA it is the FAA.

Also, there are other restrictions like keeping the drone in line of sight and certain places where you will not be able to fly. Please do check out the website of the organisation that manages air flight so you are up to date with the rules and do not violate them.

The choices below are all excellent drones for beginners and kids. As drone technology keeps on advancing and more drones enter the market, this list will be updated when it is necessary.

10 Best Drone For Beginners.

#1. DJI Mavic Mini

I didn’t know whether to include this awesome drone because it is expensive when compared to the rest of the drones on this list but because it’s from DJI and is targeted for beginners, I decided to include it. The DJI Mavic Mini is a fantastic little drone that comes with most of DJI’s innovative features, including a high-quality 2.7K camera that is stabilised by an advanced 3-axis gimbal. This will provide you with professional quality images and videos that will impress family and friends. It also comes with a 12MP sensor, dual GPS and an incredible flight time of 30 minutes. Plus DJI have engineered this drone so that even with these stunning features it weighs less than 250g and is so small it can fit on the palm of your hands, if you have the budget, this is a drone I highly recommend.

Key Features

  • 2.7K Camera
  • 12MP Sensor
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • New DJI Fly App
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • 4KM Range
  • 30 Minute Flight Time

#2. DJI Tello Drone 

Second 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

#3. Drocon Navigator

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

#4. UDI U818A

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. It features two flight modes that can be accessed via the controller one mode is for absolute beginners and the other for those with a bit of flying experience. This is a good drone for beginners and a fun one to fly and its camera doesn’t disappoint.

Key Features

  • 6-9 minutes of flight time
  • Up to 300ft range
  • 2MP Camera
  • Propeller protection
  • Record HD videos
  • FPV Capability
  • 3D Flips

#5. Eachine E511S

This is one of the coolest looking drones on this list, it has a very futuristic design and comes with tons of features, including a 1080p camera and a transmitter capable of streaming videos in ultra-fast 5G. There are a few intelligent modes that will allow you to fly this drone hands free. The transmitter has a range of around 300 and it has FPV capability. It comes with GPS and automatic return home function, its one of the more expensive drones on this list but totally worth the price and great for both beginners and experienced pilots.

Key Features

  • 1080p Camera
  • GPS 
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • Foldable Design
  • FPV Capability
  • 3D Flips
  • 16 Minute Flight Time

#6. Holy Stone HS100

One of the more expensive drones on this list, the Holy Stone HS100 looks similar to the DJI Phantom range and actually comes with some of the same features. There is a full HD 1080p camera with 120° field of view that will allow you to capture some amazing aerial videos and images. It has FPV capability and is also compatible with VR headsets which will give you a more immersive flying experience. One of the best drones on this list and suitable for beginners.

Key Features

  • 1080p Camera
  • GPS 
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • FPV Capability
  • 15 Minute Flight Time
  • VR Headset Compatible
  • Automatic Home Return

#7. Holy Stone F181A

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

#8. Holy Stone HS200

Another beginner friendly drone from Holy Stone, the HS200 features a 720p HD camera 2MP sensor. It comes with FPV and gravity sensor mode which will allow you to control the drone through hand movement. It has a 6 axis gyroscope for better flight stability, this make sure your videos and images are more clear. 3D flips can be done at the push of a button and has a one key take-off and landing feature. For a drone that costs less than $100, this is a great choice for a beginner friendly drone.

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 2MP Sensor
  • Cool maneuvers
  • Advanced 6-axis flight control system for better stability
  • Gravity Sensor Mode
  • Propeller protectors
  • 50-100 meter range
  • 9 Minute Flight Time

#9. Aura Drone

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

#10. Snaptain S5C 

The Snaptain S5C is one of the best drones under $100 and a great drone for beginners, its well designed and looks awesome especially with its red and blue LED lights. It comes with an HD camera which you can use to stream live video footage straight to your mobile device and the app allows you to share pictures and videos to your social media accounts. It also cimes with altitude hold for a more stable flying experience, gesture control and is compatible with VR headsets. 

Key Features

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

Conclusion

No matter if it is Christmas or someone’s birthday, a drone is a great gift for any special occasion and flying them is extremely fun. All the drones on this list are geared towards beginners but they are are suitable for everyone. I personally love the DJI Tello drone and believe it is the best drone for beginners.

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