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!!

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 to choose one that suits your needs.

That is why I have put together this list, which has been updated regularly as there are always new drones being released. On a personal note, my favourite drone under this price range is the DJI Tello, which I believe is one of the best drones for beginners and kids, it’s small, fun to fly, weighs less than 250 grams and you can learn to code with it

Drones under $200 are very popular and hence the reason there are new ones being released every month or so, I will try and update this article as much as possible if I believe a drone deserves to be on this list, however, I do advise you to do your own research and see what other drones are available that I may have missed.

One last thing I want to add is regarding drone laws, now, all of the drones on this list are for recreational purposes, however, you will need to comply with the drone laws in your country even if the drones are flown for fun. For example, if you live in the UK, you will need an operator ID if the drone has a camera (all of the drones on this list have a camera) and if it weighs above 250g, you will also need something called a flyer ID, which will require you to take a small test.

Check out the CAA website for more information on the UK drone laws.

If you live in the USA, you will not need to register any drone under 250g that is flown for recreational purposes, however, if it weighs more, you will need to register the drone with the FAA, click here for more details on the USA drone laws

 

14 Best Drones Under $200

#1. 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.It has an automatic take-off and landing feature and it returns to its flight of origin should you ever lose connection.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

Key Features

  • 720p HD Camera
  • 5 MP Sensor
  • Electronic Image and Video Stabilisation System
  • Failsafe Protection
  • 13 Minute Flight Time

#2. Snaptain SP510

The Snaptain SP510 is the most expensive drone on this list, it costs just under $200 and comes with some amazing features. It has a compact foldable design, although the main body of this drone is a little bulky for my taste, it is well built and its bulky design lets it fly well even in windy conditions. Although if you are completely new to drones I would advise against flying in any kind of harsh weather. It comes with a good HD camera that is capable of recording videos in 2.7K and taking still images in 4K. There are several smart flight modes that you can operate the drone with and it comes with a flight time of 16 minutes.

Key Features

  • 2.7K HD Camera
  • 8MP
  • GPS
  • Smart Flight Modes
  • Automatic Return Home
  • 16 Minute Flight Time

#3. Snaptain SP500

The Snaptain SP500 is personally one of my favourite drones on this list, it looks good with its all-black colour scheme and sleek foldable design. It has some really nice LED lights on the end of each rotor arm and one the front that looks like eyes. They will come in handy if you want to fly this drone at night. It has a 1080p camera with a 110° FOV that can be adjusted 45° up r down. One of the best features of this drone is its remote controller which has a minimalist look and very comfortable to hold. This drone comes with a GPS module that allows it to hover accurately and is also the reason it has a few intelligent flight modes. It comes with two batteries that provide a combined flight time of around 30 minutes and is a drone that is great for beginners.

Key Features

  • 1080p HD Camera
  • 2MP 
  • Smart Flight Modes
  • Failsafe Protection
  • Gesture Control
  • 15 Minutes Flight Time

#4. Potensic T25

The Potensic T25 is a well-constructed drone that looks a lot like the DJI Phantom range of drones, more specifically a mini version of the Phantom 4 Pro. It’s a beginner-friendly drone that comes with an HD camera with a 120° wide-angle lens that can be remotely adjusted for better viewing angles. It has some nice LED lights underneath each rotor and comes with GPS and a couple of smart flight modes including a return home feature that will be activated automatically if the drone goes out of range or the battery gets low on charge. It has a flight time of 15 minutes and comes with two batteries, a good drone that is suitable for everyone.

Key Features

  • 1080P HD Camera
  • 2MP Sensor
  • GPS
  • Smart Flight Modes
  • Automatic Return Home
  • 10 Minutes Flight Time

#5. Eachine E520s

The Eachine E520s is one of the best selling low-cost consumer drones on the Amazon market place. Its not difficult to see why it comes with a good camera that is capable of recording video footage in 1080p and taking still images in 4K (8MP). It is a foldable drone that looks very similar to the DJI Mavic drones (hence why its so popular). It comes with a GPS module, a few smart flight modes and 16 minutes of flight time, it’s a fun drone to fly and one of the best drones for under $200.

Key Features

  • 2.7K Camera
  • 8MP
  • GPS
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • FPV Capability
  • 15 Minutes Flight time 

#6. Eachin E511s

The Eachine E511s is another well-designed drone that looks a lot similar to that of the DJI Mavic Air. I love the overall look of this drone, with its all-black colour scheme and foldable design, it looks very futuristic. It has some cool LED lights on the front that look like eyes and has a fixed 1080p camera on the front. The drone also comes with GPS and several smart flight modes like orbit me, follow me and waypoint. It has a flight time of around 15 minutes and is an enjoyable drone to fly.

 

Key Features

  • 1080p HD Camera
  • 2MP Sensor
  • GPS For Better Flight Stability
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • One button takeoff/Return home
  • FPV Capability
  • 16 Minutes Flight Time

#7. Potensic T18

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.t 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.

Key Features

  • 1080p HD Camera With Wide Angle 
  • Dual GPS System
  • 9 axis advanced gyroscope 
  • Propeller protection
  • FPV Capability
  • 10 Minutes Flight Time

#8. 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.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.

Key Features

  • 720p HD Camera  
  • Altitude Hold
  • Gravity Sensor Control 
  • Propeller protection
  • FPV Capability
  • 10 Minutes Flight Time
  • Compatible With VR Headsets

#9. Potensic D50

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

Key Features

  • Advanced 5G 1080P HD Camera 
  • Dual GPS 
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • Propeller protection
  • FPV Capability
  • 15 Minutes Flight Time
  • Compatible With VR Headsets

#10. 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.

Key Features

  • 2K camera
  • 720p FPV
  • Powerful brushless motors
  • 20 minutes of flight time
  • 600 meters control range
  • GPS automatic return home
  • Intelligent flight modes.

#11. Contixo F18

The Contixo F18 is a rebranded version of the popular MJX Bugs 2 drone, this is a powerful drone that comes with many advanced features and is suitable for most people. It’s a medium-sized drone that has a solid build and comes with brushless motors that give it better-hovering capability which will allow you to take smoother videos and photos. For a drone that costs less than $200, it comes with a pretty good camera, this HD camera can record video footage in 2k and transmit live video feed from a distance of 500 meters in 720p HD resolution. This is a GPS drone and so comes with the benefits a GPS system provides a drone, like tracking the drone on the app, autonomous flight modes and an automatic return to home feature.

Key Features

  • Advanced 5G 1080P HD Camera 
  • Dual GPS 
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • Propeller protection
  • FPV Capability
  • 15 Minutes Flight Time
  • Compatible With VR Headsets

#12. Simrex X11

The Simrex X11 looks like a mini version of a DJI Phantom drone and is a very popular drone on Amazon with a 4-star rating. It is one of the few drones in this price range that comes with brushless motors which allows the drones to fly and hover more smoothly. The drone comes with a decent 1080p camera that is stabilised by a motorised gimbal system. The overall quality of the videos and photos this camera takes is decent enough but not the best on this list. The drone comes with several autonomous flight modes and an automatic return home feature. This is a GPS drone so you will be able to track it on your smartphone and it comes with a decent flight time of around 20 minutes.

Key Features

  • 1080p camera
  • 720p FPV
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • GPS automatic return home
  • 20 minutes of flight time
  • 500-meter transmission range

#13. MJX B20 EIS

The MJX B20 EIS has the best camera for a drone under $200, this drone actually comes with a camera that can record video footage in 4K at 30fps and capture HD still images in 8MP. The camera is supported by a 1-axis gimbal, this will reduce shakiness and jello effect and make your videos and photos look more professional. You can live stream video footage in 720p resolution from a maximum distance of 600 meters. The drone also comes with a GPS system which will allow you to track the drone on your smartphone and fly it hands-free with its autonomous flight modes. The drone also comes with an automatic return home feature and has a very good flight time of 22 minutes.

Key Features

  • 4K/30fps camera
  • 8MP still images
  • Multiple speed modes
  • Stream live video footage in 720p
  • 1-axis gimbal & electronic image stabilisation
  • 22 minutes of flight time
  • Intelligent flight modes with GPS automatic return home feature

#14. ZLRC SG906 Pro 2

This is a nice foldable drone that comes with some advanced features. The ZLRC SG906 Pro 2 comes with an HD camera that can record in 2K at 25fps and capture images in HD 4K resolution. The camera is supported by a 3-axis gimbal, the only drone on this list to come with this feature and it also comes with dual GPS modules for a safer and more stable flying experience. Its GPS system allows for the drone to fly in several autonomous flight modes and also comes with an automatic return to home feature. It has one of the best flight times for a drone that costs less than $200 and is compatible with VR headsets for a more immersive flying experience.

Key Features

  • HD camera records in 2K/25fps
  • Captures still images in 4K
  • 3-axis gimbal for image and video stabilisation
  • FPV capability
  • 24 minutes of flight time
  • 800-meter control range
  • GPS automatic return home feature
  • Intelligent flight modes
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