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10 Best Budget Drones 2017

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10. Skeye Pico by TRNDlabs

Tiny enough to launch from your fingertip, the Skeye Pico by TRNDlabs achieves superior precision with 6-axis gyroscopic flight control. It's capable of flipping, spinning and diving for 7-8 minutes per half-hour charge and has LEDs for low-light performance.
  • maximum range of 50 meters
  • lightweight body drifts easily
  • too small for camera mount
Brand TRNDlabs
Model 2621
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. Dromida Ominus FPV

With under an hour of charging, the Dromida Ominus FPV flies for up to 12 minutes at a stretch, giving operators more than enough opportunity to develop their remote piloting skills. Distinct flight modes for slow, fast, flips and windy conditions add to its versatility.
  • wi-fi enabled hd camera included
  • one-button automatic flip function
  • motor may need frequent replacing
Brand Dromida
Model DIDE02GG
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Hubsan X4

The release of the FPV version of the Hubsan X4 makes the popular starter drone an excellent value for amateurs. Compact and easy to use, it's durable enough to survive the learning curve and flies for 7-8 minutes on less than an hour of charging time in good conditions.
  • range of up to 100 meters
  • 6-axis flight control system
  • struggles to maintain course in wind
Brand Hubsan
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. UDI U818A

With the combination of its innovative gravity induction mode and FPV WiFi feature, the UDI U818A gives you access to live video feed, while also allowing you to fly the drone in almost any direction in correspondence to the angle of your mobile device.
  • 2-megapixel hd camera
  • 6-axis gyro for superior stability
  • 2 lithium batteries included
Brand USA Toyz
Model pending
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Syma X5C

Flying indoors or outside for up to 7 minutes per 100 minutes of charge time, the Syma X5C weighs in at just over 100 grams and offers greater stability and wind resistance for aerial acrobatics and photography at a reasonable price.
  • gyroscopic stabilization on 6 axes
  • faa registration not required
  • great for beginners
Brand Syma
Model X5C-W
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Holy Stone HS170 Predator

For less than $50, the Holy Stone HS170 Predator delivers 6-axis gyro stabilization and a wind-resistant control range of between 30 and 50 meters. Anti-interference technology and a headless mode help ensure smooth operation and exceptional ease of use.
  • ideal for ages 14 and up
  • responsive and powerful motors
  • 6-8 minutes of flying per charge
Brand Holy Stone
Model F180c
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Parrot Mambo

Charging in 30 minutes or less, the Parrot Mambo comes with a playful cannon to fire projectiles at targets and a grabber to grasp light payloads in flight. Designed for fun, it's ideal for kids and young-at-heart pilots eager for some remote-operated airborne playtime.
  • does flips and barrel rolls
  • 200-foot controller range
  • flies at up to 11 miles per hour
Brand Parrot
Model PF727001
Weight 11.4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. UDI U45

Features like VR headset compatibility, altitude hold, customized routing and one-touch takeoff and landing make the UDI U45 a great entry-level option. Its sturdy construction withstands beginner flubs, and more experienced users can appreciate its HD aerial photography.
  • includes bonus powerbank and sd card
  • does 360-degree flips
  • headless mode functionality
Brand Force1
Model pending
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. QCopter QC1

With its included bonus battery, the QCopter QC1 provides up to 30 minutes of exciting flight time before having to recharge. Its HD camera also allows for bird's eye photos and aerial views for documenting your adventures. Colorful LEDs offer nighttime illumination.
  • sleek and stylish
  • lightweight and sturdy construction
  • faa registration not required
Brand QCopter
Model QC1
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Holy Stone X400C

Packing the capabilities of a higher-end drone into a less costly, lightweight and durable airframe, the Holy Stone X400C features 6-axis gyro stabilization, 3D flip function and real-time HD image delivery. Left and right switchable throttle controls are easy to use.
  • outstanding maneuverability
  • 1 hour charge yields 8 minutes aloft
  • replacement parts readily available
Brand Holy Stone
Model pending
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0
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