Drones are everywhere, there seem to be drones for everything, from professional photography to filming large budget movies and even drones for agricultural use. However, the most popular use of drones still remains flying them for fun and taking aerial images and videos (if it has a camera). In this article, I list 9 of the best drones for beginners that are both easy and fun to fly.

All the drones on this list come with a camera, one of the reasons I love flying drones is because I love viewing the world from the air. As kids, we have all at one point wanted to feel like what it would be to fly and although there are crazy people who do stuff like skydiving for most of us the closest we will experience what it feels like to fly is through drones. 

Some of the drones on this list are also compatible with VR headsets, which will truly give you an immersive flying experience, all the drones are perfect for beginners and kids and would make a great gift for those special occasions.

As regular readers of my website will know, DJI is my favourite drone company (because they make the best drones) and it’s no surprise that one of their drones tops this list.

DJI Tello Drone – Best Drone For Beginners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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