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.
Best Drones For Beginners ,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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.