Looking for the best drones under $400? Fortunately, you have a lot of choices, all of the drones I have listed are very good, they all come with excellent cameras, the top 4 which you can use for professional drone photography. They are all GPS enabled drones and come with all the benefits that a GPS system brings like autonomous flight modes, automatic return home and the ability to track the drone on your smartphone. 

Before you go purchasing any type of drone, please make sure that you are familiar with the drone laws wherever you live. For example, if you live in the UK, you will now need to register any drone that comes with a camera, even if it weighs less than 250g. This wasn’t the case before, but recent changes in the UK drone laws now require owners to get an operator ID which must be displayed on the drone.

For more information on UK drone laws, please check out the CAA website.

In the US, if you intend to fly for just recreational purposes, you will not need to register any drone that weighs less than 250g, however, any drone that weighs over 250g, will need to be registered. If you intend to fly any drones for commercial purposes, you will need to register the drone and obtain an FAA drone license, check out this article for more information on US drone laws.

Something else, you may want to consider is getting drone insurance, it is not required by law (if you fly for fun), but since some of the drones on this list are quite expensive, you may want to get drone hull insurance, just in case something happens during flight and your drone is seriously damaged. 

12 Best Drones Under $400

#1. DJI Mini 2

The DJI Mini 2 is one of the best drones for its price, it actually costs a little over $400 and is the successor to the Mavic Mini. The drone is small and compact which make it easy to carry around and would make a great drone to travel around with. It comes with an HD camera that is capable of recording in 4k at 30fps at a speed of 100Mbps. You can also shoot images in both RAW and JPEG and capture 3-types of panorama photography. It has a feature called quickshots that will allow you to record short cinematic videos hands-free and the camera comes with HDR support. It’s a fantastic drone that suitable for professional drone photography and comes at a reasonable price.

 

Key Features

  • 4k/2.7k at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps camera
  • 12MP still images
  • Quickshots for hands-free cinematic videos
  • 3-axis gimbal for video/image stabilisation
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • GPS+GLONASS+GALILEO
  • Optical/infrared sensor
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology
  • 10km range

#2. DJI Mavic Mini

The DJI Mavic Mini does not have the best specs on this list but it is my favourite drone, and it does come with some awesome features. One of the main attractions of this drone is how lightweight it is, the drone weighs less than 250g, which is important because it means you will not have to register the drone with the FAA (or the CAA if you live in the UK). The Mavic Mini comes with a very good HD camera that has a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor that can capture 12MP still images and record videos in 2.7k at 30fps. This is a good drone for people looking to get into drone photography, you can shoot slow-motion videos and capture short cinematic videos through its Quickshot feature. It has a dual GPS system for easier navigation and an optical flow/infrared sensor on its belly for more accurate hovering capability. The drone also has a great flight time of around 30 minutes which is on the higher-end for consumer drones.

 

Key Features

  • 2.7k/30fps or 1080p/30fps camera
  • 12MP still images
  • Enhanced WiFi system for better video transmission
  • 720p FPV
  • 3-axis gimbal system
  • Take short cinematic videos with its Quickshot feature
  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 4km control range

#3. Fimi X8 Mini Drone

The Fimi X8 Mini is a fantastic little drone, it has more or less the same features as its larger counterpart, the Fimi X8 SE but I decided to put this further up the list because of its small size and compact design. The drone weighs under 250g (with the pro battery) and has a good flight time of 31 minutes. It comes with an HD camera that records video footage in 4K at 30fps and captures still images in 12MP. It has an advanced image chipset from Hisilicon that records more colour details in every shot that results in HDR images and videos and has a feature that allows you to take short videos at the push of a button. What sets it apart from the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Mini is the intelligent flight modes, the drone comes with active track and waypoint flight modes.

 

Key Features

  • 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor
  • 4k/30fps videos
  • 12MP still images (RAW & JPEG)
  • HDR support
  • Enhanced WiFi system for better video transmission
  • 720p FPV
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 3-axis gimbal system
  • Take short cinematic videos
  • 31 minutes of flight time
  • 8km control range

#4. Fimi X8 SE

The Fimi X8 SE is well worth its price, it comes with an HD camera that has a Hisilicon chipset which allows it to capture UHD 4K videos at 30fps and 2.7k videos at 60fps and records at a speed of 100Mbps. The camera also has HDR support that will allow you to capture the true colours and details of any videos or photos you take. And captures images in both JPEG and RAW and comes with a 12MP sensor. It has a cool video taking flight mode called Cineshot that will allow you to take short cinematic videos from different angles totally hands-free. The drone also comes with several smart flight modes that include 3 image tracking modes and has a fantastic flight time of around 35 minutes.

 

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps or 2.7k/60fps camera
  • 1/2.6” CMOS sensor from Sony
  • 12MP still images
  • HDR support for both videos and images
  • 3* digital zoom
  • Captures image in both JPEG & RAW
  • 35 minutes of flight time
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Dual GPS system
  • 8km control range

#5. Hubsan Zino Pro

One of the best-looking drones on this list, the Hubsan Zino Pro is a big upgrade to the original Zino drone. It’s a medium-sized that has a compact foldable design, which makes it great for travelling with and it comes with many advanced features. The Zino Pro comes with a 4K camera that is supported by a 3-axis gimbal and has a Sony image sensor that can capture images in 12MP. The camera is compatible with ND filters that will give you more options for better drone photography and has an image chip from Ambarella that enhances the quality of the videos and photos. It has a good flight time of 23 minutes and comes with several smart flight modes.

 

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps camera
  • Sony image sensor
  • 3-axis gimbal for stabilisation
  • Ambarella A12S Chipset with EIS
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • GPS automatic return home
  • 23 minutes of flight time
  • 4km transmission range

#6. Hubsan Zino

The original Zino drone still remains very popular, it’s a 4k camera drone that costs less than $300 and in my view one of the best drones for its price. The camera comes with a Sony image sensor and an Ambarella chipset both of which will enhance the overall quality of your videos and photos. The camera is supported by a 3-axis gimbal for video stabilisation and comes with intelligent flight modes including line fight mode, image tracking and waypoint. The drone also has several speed modes and has a flight time of 23 minutes.

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps camera
  • 1/3” CMOS image sensor
  • 10MP still images
  • HD live video streaming
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 22 minutes of flight time
  • 600-meter control range
  • Automatic return home feature

#7. MJX B20 EIS

This is one of the newer drone models from MJX, it’s a nice looking drone, although not very compact and weighs just over 500g, so you will need to register it with the FAA. As it is a medium-sized drone, it can be flown in mildly windy conditions and it comes with a dual GPS system and an optical flow sensor for better flight stability. It is a fast drone and can reach a top speed of 40 km/h, the drone comes with brushless motors and is one of the few drones that actually comes with a 4k camera and costs less than $200. The camera has an electronic image stabilisation system that will allow you to capture clearer photos with little distortion.

Key Features

  • 720p HD camera
  • Gravity sensor control
  • Voice control
  • 3D flips
  • One button return home
  • 90-meter range
  • 9 minutes of flight time

#8. MJX B7

This is one of the smallest drones on this list, it has a foldable design, weighs less than 250g and comes with many advanced features. Surprisingly, this is actually a 4K drone, it records 4k video footage at 16fps, while that may not be the best frame rate, the quality is pretty decent for what you pay. Other features include powerful brushless motors, GPS system, intelligent flight modes and an automatic return home feature. The drone comes with a decent flight time and has a maximum control range of around 300 meters.

Key Features

  • 4k/16fps or 2.5k/25fps camera
  • 4k still images
  • 720p FPV
  • 15 minutes of flight time
  • GPS return home feature
  • Smart flight mode
  • 300-meter transmission range

#9. Holy Stone HS720E

One of Holy Stones newest drones, the HS720E comes with some impressive features that includes a camera that records actual 4k video footage, which is a first for a Holy Stone drone. This is a beautiful drone that has a nice foldable design, its classed as a toy drone but it has a very premium feel to it. The drone comes with a decent HD camera that can record video footage in 4k at 30fps and capture very good images in 10MP. It has an electronic image stabilisation features that will minimise any kind of distortion in your videos and photos, for a toy grade drone, this very good feature. The drone also comes with a GPS module and an optical flow sensor and can be flown autonomously via its smart flight modes.

 

Key Features

  • 4k/30fps camera
  • 10MP still images
  • Single-axis gimbal
  • Electronic image stabilisation
  • GPS & Optical flow sensor for better flight stability
  • 22 minutes of flight time
  • 900-meter control range

#10. MJX Bugs 5W

Another good drone from MJX, the Bugs 5W isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but it is a solid overall drone and is very fun to fly. This was MJX’s first drone to come fitted with a real 4K camera and comes with many other solid features. This a GPS enabled drone which means you can track it more accurately and also allows you to fly the drone hands-free via its intelligent flight modes. The drone is fitted with powerful brushes motors and has cool LED lights that will allow you to fly at night. It has a good flight of arp8nd 20 minutes and a transmission range of 600 meters.

Key Features

  • 4k/20fps camera
  • 1/2.7” sensor
  • 10MP still images
  • GPS enabled automatic return home feature
  • 20 minutes of flight time
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • FPV capability

#11. Eachine EX5

This drone is a cheaper clone of the DJI Mavic Mini, but don’t let that put you off, it’s a very good drone for its price. It’s small and very lightweight and has a compact foldable design, the drone comes with brushless motors, a dual GPS module and an optical flow sensor. It’s one of cheapest 4k drones on the market and captures videos footage in 4k at 25fps and shoots pretty decent HD photos. It has a very good flight time of around 23 minutes and a transmission range of 1km.

 

Key Features

  • 4k/25fps
  • 10MP still images
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Automatic return home
  • 23 minutes of flight time
  • 1km control range
  • Dual GPS System

#12. Holy Stone HS700E

This is an upgrade to the original HS700 drone, the drone comes with some impressive features which include its HD camera that has electronic image stabilisation (EIS) and records video footage in 4k at 30fps. While footage may not be as good as some of the top-end drones on this list, it’s still good quality for a Holy Stone drone. Its EIS feature will reduce any distortion in your images in videos, although to record videos and images in their best resolution, you will need a fast memory card. The drone has a flight time of around 20 minutes and you get 2 batteries, which is always an added bonus.  

 

Key Features

  • HD Camera
  • 4k@30fps videos
  • 8MP still images
  • Electronic image stabilisation
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • GPS Automatic return home
  • 20 minutes of flight time
  • 1km control range
  • Dual GPS System
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