Looking to purchase your first drone but do not want to spend too much? Or maybe you are looking for a cool gift for someone? Well, you have come to the right place because in this article I will show you the best drones under $100 that also comes with a camera. In my view, a drone without a camera is not nearly as fun to fly as a drone with a camera.

Most consumers just fly for fun while others fly to practice their aerial photography /videography skills. As the demand for drones increases, new drone companies emerge to try and fill any gap in the market. One of those areas is the market for cheap but good drones with advanced features.

The drones in this list will be geared towards beginners but even experienced flyers will have some fun with them. One of the best features of modern consumer drones is the fact that most of them now come with very good cameras, the following is a list of the best drones under $100 that also come with a decent camera.

Best Drones For Under $100 – DJI Tello Drone

The Tello drone tops this list and for under $100, you do get your money’s worth and more. This drone is suitable for beginners,kids and even more experienced pilots,the drone is designed to be flown indoors and outdoors and has a robust build that can withstand the occasional crashes. The drone is tiny and can fit in the palm of your hand,it weighs just 80g making it a superb travel companion.It has a 5MP 720p camera that takes outstanding videos and images, the quality of which is far superior to every other drone on this list.The drone is flown via its own app,this is a break from DJI as all other DJI drones are flown via the DJI GO APP. It has a few intelligent flight modes that makes taking videos and images far easier and with its electronic image stabilization software, the resulting videos and pictures are of excellent quality. This is by far the best drone under $100 and is worth every cent.

 

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 5 MP Images
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 8D Flips
  • 13 minutes flight time
  • Automatic take-off/landing
  • Automatic return home

Overall Rating

Eachine E58

The Eachine E58 comes with a lot of cool features that makes it a bargain for a drone under $100.It comes with a 2mp 720p HD camera that can take pretty decent videos and still images. The camera has a 120° FOV and can rotate downwards at 90°. Other features include altitude hold for a more stable flight and headless mode, so you don’t have to worry about the orientation of the drone.The controller is also similar to the Mavic and has retractable smartphone holder which will allow you to fly in FPV mode.

Key Features

  • HD Camera
  • 2 MP Images
  • Foldable design
  • Acrobatic moves
  • 10 minutes flight time
  • Automatic take-off/landing

 Drocon U31W

I am still surprised that this drone can be purchased at such a cheap price,the Drocon U31W is a beginner friendly drone that is suitable for kids and adults and is a lot of fun to fly It’s small with a lightweight frame and propeller guards that will come in handy if you should crash the drone. It also has a pretty good 2mp 720p camera at the front with a 120° FOV and with its FPV capability,you can stream video straight to your smartphone.

Key Features

  • HD Camera
  • 2 MP Images
  • Acrobatic moves
  • 7 minutes flight time
  • Automatic take-off/landing

GoolRC T47

This is an upgrade to the GoolRC T37, as well as a better camera it also comes with a gravity sensor controller,a longer flight time and better transmission range. It’s a well-designed drone with foldable arms for better portability and LED lights at the front which makes it suitable to fly at night time.This drone has a lot of features and I am still amazed that it costs under $50!! It has a 2mp 720p camera and takes some good videos and aerial images and you can stream live footage to your smartphone via the GoolRC APP. 

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 2 MP Images
  • 3D Flips
  • 7 minutes flight time
  • Gravity sensor control
  • Automatic take-off/landing

Holy Stone HS200

Holy Stone have established themselves as one of the leading manufacturers of drones for beginners and the HS200 is no different. This is an awesome camera drone that comes with some solid features like FPV,altitude hold and 4-speed modes that will be suitable for beginners and more experienced pilots.The camera shoots videos in 720p and takes still images in 2mp,both videos and images are of good quality especially for the price its selling for. It has a headless mode for beginners and has a flight time of 7-9 minutes. Read my full review of the Holy Stone HS200.

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 2 MP Images
  • FPV
  • 9 minutes flight time
  • 4 Speed modes
  • Gravity sensor control
  • Automatic take-off/landing

Holy Stone F181W

Another Holy Stone drone on this list,the F181W is an upgrade to the F181 with one of the upgrades being FPV capability. The F181W comes with a 2mp 720p camera with 120° wide angle FOV.The camera quality is pretty good considering the price you are paying and with its altitude hold function,you can take good quality images and videos with little distortion. The drone comes with FPV capability which allows you to attach your smartphone on to controller and stream live video fed from the camera. Flight time is around 7-10 minutes. Definitely a drone worth considering.

Key Features

  • 720p Camera
  • 2 MP Images
  • 120° FOV
  • 10 minutes flight time
  • 4 Speed modes
  • Cool design with LED lights

DBPOWER  X400W

When you see drones like the  X400W for under $100,you start to realise just how far drone technology has come. This is quite an advanced drone that is suitable for both beginners and advanced pilots.The X400W is similar to that of other beginner quadcopters,the design isn’t anything new,it has an all-white body and propeller guards to protect it if you crash the drone. 

Key Features

  • HD Camera
  • 2 MP Images
  • One-key 3D flips
  • 10 minutes flight time
  • FPV
  • One button return home

Holy Stone HS160

The Holy Stone HS160 is part of a new breed of foldable drones that are becoming more and more popular. This is a very lightweight drone that you can travel around with and is small enough to fit in your back pocket. It comes with a 720p camera that is fitted on its nose and can take some good quality videos and images.The drone is controlled either by the controller or your smartphone, controlling it through your smartphone gives you more options like first person view and using a VR headset. There is a gravity sensor feature that will allow you to control the drone through motion when using your smartphone. 

Key Features

  • 720p HD Camera
  • 2 MP Images
  • VR Headset
  • 9 minutes flight time
  • Gravity sensor control
  • FPV 

Summary

What is your favourite drone? did it make this list? Although I do like all the drones on this list, I still maintain, if you are looking to purchase the best drone under $100, It is the DJI Tello, you will not be disappointed.

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