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

 

12 Best Drones Under $200

1. DJI Tello

Best Drones Under 200My no.1 pick for drones in this price range is the DJI Tello drone, this fantastic little beast is the best drone under $200, 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

    • Records  videos in 720p
    • Captures 5MP still images
    • Acrobatic manoeuvres
    • 13 minutes of flight time
    • Electronic image stabilisation
    • EZ Shots for quick video creation
    • Code your flight modes with Scratch 

2. Syma X500

Best Drones Under 200

The Syma X500 costs a little over $200 and that is because it comes with an extra battery. This is a nice looking drone with a foldable design and has two LED lights on the front and at the end of each rotor arm. This is a GPS enabled drone that has a good flight time and a decent range and comes with autonomous flight modes. The camera can record videos and images in HD and has a video transmission range of around 300 meters for FPV. The drone also has an optical flow sensor and automatic return to home.

Key Features

    • HD camera with 120° FOV
    • Records videos in 1080P
    • Captures images in 4k
    • GPS Automatic return to home
    • Autonomous flight modes
    • 18 minutes of flight time

3. Contixo F30

Best Drones Under 200

One of the smallest drones on this list, the Contixo F30 mini foldable drone comes with some exceptional features. This drone weighs less than 250 grams, so there is no need to register it with the FAA. The drone comes with brushless motors and GPS technology for better flight performance. It has a flight time of 16 minutes and an overall control range of around 600 meters (300 meters for FPV). The drone is equipped with a camera that can record video footage in 4k and capture HD images. It has an optical flow sensor for indoor and comes with autonomous flight modes.

Key Features

    • HD camera with 120° FOV
    • Records 4k video footage (requires SD card)
    • Captures HD images
    • Dual GNSS receiver
    • Intelligent flight modes
    • Automatic return to home
    • 16 minutes of flight time
    • 300-meter FPV range

4. Contixo F22

Best Drones Under 200

The Contixo F22 has a nice overall design, it’s a foldable drone that comes with GPS technology and advanced automated flight modes. The drone is equipped with an HD camera that can be remote adjusted and has a wide-angle view. The drone has several advanced features such as automatic follow mode, gesture control for videos and photos and automatic return home. The flight time is around 15 minutes and the maximum transmission range for videos is around 200 meters.

Key Features

    • HD camera with 120° FOV
    • Adjustable lens
    • Records videos in 1080P
    • Captures HD images
    • GPS automatic return to home feature
    • 15 minutes of flight time
    • 200-meter range

5. Eachine E520S

Best Drones Under 200

The Eachine E520s is one of the best selling low-cost consumer drones and comes with some cool features. It comes equipped with a good camera that is capable of recording video footage in 1080p and taking still images in 4K (8MP). It has a foldable drone that makes it very compact and portable. 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

    • HD camera with a wide-angle view
    • Records videos in 2.5K (SD card required)
    • Captures 4K images
    • GPS automatic return home
    • Intelligent flight modes
    • 16 minutes of flight time
    • 250-meter FPV range

6. Potensic T25

 

Best Drones Under 200

The Potensic T25 comes with a 2K camera that has a 120° FOV wide-angle lens and has FPV capability. 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 better flight stability. The drone has a range of around 300m and a flight time of 15 minutes and comes with two batteries. 

Key Features

    • HD camera with 120° FOV
    • Records videos in 2K
    • Captures HD images
    • Adjustable camera angle
    • GPS automatic return to home
    • 15 minutes of flight time
    • 300-meter range

7. Contixo F18

Best Drones Under 200

 

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 autonomous flight modes, automatic return to home and 20 minutes of flight time.

Key features

    • HD camera with 110° FOV
    • Records videos in 2K
    • Captures HD images
    • 720p live video feed
    • 20 minutes of flight time
    • 600-meter control range
    • Intelligent flight modes

8. MJX Bugs B20 EIS

Best Drones Under 200

 

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 much better. You can live stream video footage in 720p resolution from a maximum distance of 600 meters. The drone also comes with a GPS module that will allow you to track the drone on your smartphone and fly it hands-free with its autonomous flight modes. The drone comes with autonomous flight modes and has an automatic return home feature.

Key features

    • HD camera with 130° FOV
    • Records 4K video footage (micro SD card required)
    • Captures 4K images
    • 1-axis gimbal for stabilisation
    • Electronic image stabilisation
    • 22 minutes of flight time
    • 600-meter range
    • GPS automatic return to home

9. ZLL SG906 Pro 2

Best Drones Under 200

 

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 with 110° FOV
    • Records videos in 2K
    • Captures images in 4K
    • 3-axis gimbal for stabilisation
    • 24 minutes of flight time
    • Intelligent flight modes
    • Automatic return to home
    • 800-meter range

10. Potensic D58

Best Drones Under 200

 

The Potensic D58 is a lightweight drone that comes with some impressive features. The drone is equipped with an HD camera that can record and capture some nice videos and photos. The camera angle can be adjusted for better viewing angles and it has FPV capability. The drone also comes with GPS assisted autonomous flight modes and automatic return to home function. It has a flight time of 16 minutes and has a range of around 100 meters.

Key features

    • HD camera with 120° FOV
    • Adjustable lens
    • Records videos in HD
    • Captures 2K images
    • GPS return to home
    • Intelligent flight modes
    • 16 minutes of flight time

11. Holy Stone HS110D

best drones under 200

 

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.

Key features

    • HD camera with a wide-angle view
    • Records HD videos & images
    • Can control with app
    • Capture videos & images with gesture control
    • 10 minutes of flight time
    • 100-meter control range

12. Holy Stone HS200

best drones under 200

 

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 and capture decent quality images in 2MP. The drone comes with some cool features such as one-button take-off/landing, 360° flips and capturing images via gesture control. The drone has a flight time of 8 minutes and a maximum range of 50 meters.

Key features

    • HD camera
    • Captures nice videos and images
    • Voice & gesture control
    • One button 3D flips
    • FPV capability
    • 8 minutes of flight time
    • 50-meter control range