Looking to purchase a drone for under $200? A few years back buying a good drone under 200 would have been hard to find. However, the rapid rise in the popularity of drones has led to more companies entering the drone market looking to get a slice of this billion-dollar industry.
Of course, this bodes well for us consumers, as not only does it mean drone companies will need to innovate better drones to stay relevant, but more competition will also lower prices!!
Like I said, a few years back drones under 200 would have been rare but now you are spoilt for choice.
There are a lot of good drones that have some fantastic features that you can buy for $200 or less. However, with so many drones to choose from it can get a little exhausting choosing one that suits your needs.
That is why I have put together this list, there will be something for everyone and as the holiday season is upon us, any one of these drones will make a great Christmas gift.
Best Drones Under $200 My No.1 Choice -DJI Tello Drone
My no.1 pick for drones in this price range is the DJI Tello drone, this fantastic little beast is under $100, which I believe to be a bargain.
DJI is not known to make drones in this price range but after dominating the mid-high price range bracket, they decided it was time to develop a drone that is suitable for kids and beginners.
The Tello drone is tiny and makes for it great for travelling with, it comes with some powerful features that you cannot find in more expensive drones.
This is one of the best drones for beginners, but even more, experienced pilots will have fun with this little flying robot.
What I love about this drone is that you can fly it with your smartphone or tablet, it has its own app that is very easy to use and you can share your videos and images to social media from within the app.
It has an automatic take-off and landing feature and it returns to its flight of origin should you ever lose connection.
It has a couple of safety features like propeller guards and collision detection sensors so crashing the drone is minimised.
The camera records in 720p and you can live stream straight to your mobile device. The camera is also capable of taking still images in 5mp which is pretty good for such a small drone.
There is a video recording feature called EZ Shots that allows you to record videos in several ways.
One is having the drone spin 360° on its centre and record its surrounding and another way is to have it orbit the person or object you want to video.
The Tello also comes with a vision positioning system for precise hovering and you can do some cool 3D flips with the push of a button.
Flight time is around 10-13 minutes and its video transmission range is around 100m. It’s a great drone for beginners and makes a great gift for any occasion.
Hubsan H501S X4
Hubsan are well known for making low-cost high-quality consumer drones and the H501S X4 is one of their best.
I really like the colour scheme of this drone, the black and gold along with the design make it look very futuristic.
It comes with some fantastic features that will have you flying this drone for hours on end (as long as you buy extra batteries).
It is a great drone for beginners and coming in under $200 it is one of the best drones in this price range.
There are a couple of automatic flight modes that will allow you to fly the H501S handsfree. Follow me mode the drone will automatically follow you and in Orbit mode, the drone will circle you. Both modes allow you to take images and videos.
For beginners, there is a headless mode which makes for easier flying and there is also an expert mode for the more experienced pilots.
The drone comes with a 1080p camera and you can live stream videos to the remote control which has a 5-inch LCD screen.
There are a couple of safety features like one-key return home and a failsafe mode in which the drone returns home if the connection is lost with the RC.
It has a 20 minute flight time which is one of the longest on this list and a transmission range of around 400m.
This is one of my favourite drones on this list and is suitable for everyone (apart from kids).
This is probably one of the smallest and cheapest drones that has a 4k camera. The Zerotech Dobby is a fantastic drone for travellers and adventurers, it’s so tiny and lightweight that you can pack it into your backpack and not feel the weight.
There is no need for a separate remote control as the drone is piloted through your smartphone via the Zerotech Dobby app.
It has some cool flying modes like follow me and orbit, there is also a feature that lets it track a person by facial recognition. It has electronic image stabilisation that eliminates any shake from your images and videos.
For a small drone it’s robust and can be flown outdoors without any problems and with its GPS it has great stability during flight.
The Dobby is also part of a new range of drones that are used for selfies, with its facial recognition feature you will be able to impress family and friends by taking hands free selfies with this drone.
The drone has a range of around 300m and can fly for around 10 minutes on one charge. It’s not my first choice but a 4k drone under $200 is worth it.
Potensic T18 FPV Drone
Not a well-known name in the world of consumer drones, however, that does not take away the awesomeness of this fantastic drone that not only comes with great features but is well designed and can take the occasional hits.
The Potensic T18 comes with a 1080p camera that has a 120° FOV wide angle lens and has FPV capability.
The remote controller looks like the controllers you use to play video games with and it comes with a smartphone attachment so you can stream live video feed and take aerial photos.
It has a few smart flying features like follow me mode and one-button take off and return home function. The drone also has dual GPS for more precise hovering and when your batteries are low on charge it will automatically return home. The return home feature also kicks in if the drone flies out of range, so there is little chance of losing your drone which is always a plus.
There are some cool LED lights under the rotors and this makes it possible to fly this drone during night time.
It has a range of around 300m and flight time of 10 minutes, so it is a good idea to purchase some extra batteries because 10 minutes is never enough when you are flying a drone.
A good drone but one of the more expensive on this list.
Holy Stone HS110D
Holy Stone are well known for producing high-quality toy drones and the HS110D is one of their best.
This is a drone that not only looks fantastic with its all black colour scheme and LED lights, it also comes with a camera that can record in 720p and has a 120° FOV.
The drone has FPV capability which will allow you to stream live video footage straight to your smartphone. The drone is also comparable with VR headsets, these are fantastic for a more immersive flying experience.
Other cool features include one-button take-off and landing which will be perfect for beginner flyers and altitude hold that will keep the drone stable in mid-air even if you let go of the joysticks.
It also comes with gravity sensor mode that will allow you to control the drone by moving your smartphone in the direction you want to the drone to go.
This is a very fun drone to fly, but like other toy grade drones, flight time is just 10 minutes so purchasing extra batteries is always advised.
Definitely one of my favourite drones on this list and would make a great Christmas gift.
I really love the design of this drone, it’s small and lightweight and comes with a ton of advanced features that makes it one of the best drones on this list.
The Potensic D50 has a 1080p camera that can transmit live video feed via 5G technology and takes high-quality images. It has dual GPS for greater flight stability and a failsafe system in which the drone returns home if it goes off out range, the battery is low or connection with the controller is lost.
There are some cool LED lights beneath its rotors that make it suitable for night time flying and it has a couple of intelligent flight modes.
There is a follow me mode in which the drone will follow you automatically and record or take pictures. There is another intelligent flight mode called draw the dot in which you can draw a path on the app and the drone will follow that path.
It has a decent flight time, you can manage anything between 10-15 minutes and it has a range of around 400m.
A great drone but it is one of the more expensive drones on this list
Holy Stone HS200
This is another fantastic drone from Holy Stone, it is one that everyone will have fun flying but I think it is best for beginners.
The HS200 comes with an HD camera that can record in 720p and has FPV capability. It will allow you to stream live video footage to your smartphone. You will be able to take images in 2MP.
You can take-off and land this drone just at the push of a button and it comes with a headless mode which makes it easier to fly.
It has an App that can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes and with it, you can activate the gravity sensor mode that will allow you to control the drone by moving your smart phone accordingly.
I like to overall design, its all red with LED lights underneath the rotors and comes with propeller guards so if you manage to crash it, the damage will be minimised.
You can fly this drone for around 10 minutes on one charge and it can transmit video feed within a range of 50m.
Overall, this is one of the better drones and make a great gift.