The public’s intrigue in unmanned aerial vehicles is skyrocketing . As drones become increasingly mainstream, companies come up with ways to make them more accessible to the general public. Providing consumers with low-cost options makes the hobby accessible to children, newcomers, and the thrifty. Quadcopter's can cost hundreds of dollars, which, for many of us, is pretty pricey. Anyone learning to fly for the first time risks damaging an expensive piece of machinery, but an inexpensive option lowers the monetary risk.
Whether you’re a complete novice or someone who’s looking to maintain their favourite hobby on a budget, here are 4 of the best reviewed drones available on Amazon for less than $50 (in no particular order).
The qualifiers for this list were items under $50 with at least 4 stars and over 100 reviews.
This quadcopter by Cheerwing is close to our budget at $44.98 and is equipped with a 2MP (720P) HD camera. Its maximum flight time averages 6-8 minutes. The top positive review states that this drone has managed to stay intact after numerous falls. The top critical review is dissatisfied with the product, stating that the camera is low quality and the battery has only given them around 2 minutes of flight time. Reviews
This quadcopter is one of the cheaper ones on this list $29.48. It has a camera and about 7 minutes of flying time. The top positive review lauds this product as being perfect for beginners. The top critical review stated that their motor burned out after 35 days. Reviews
This is the cheapest drone on this list at only $26.90. It also has the shortest flight time of about 5 minutes and no camera. The top positive review for this product states that it is easier to fly than other drones of the same price, but it is slow and best suited for indoor use. The top critical review states that their drone stopped flying after only 3 days. Reviews
This racing drone is also $45.99. It does not have a camera, but it does come with a bonus battery. The average flight time is 5-7 minutes. The top positive review believes they were right in choosing this drone to get their grandson into racing. The top critical review thinks that this product is good for its price but not the best, preferring a different model at the same price. Reviews
Whatever form of technology you choose to consume, there are always high-end and low-end versions of a product. Choosing the less costly option may seem like a good way to save money, but when you buy the cheaper option you run the risk of buying an inferior product that isn’t even worth the money you spent on it. On the other hand, you might be getting a great deal on a product or missing a feature found on more expensive quadcopters.
Amazon carries various models of drones at different price points. There are even more drones than what's on this list available for under $50. Check them out and let the community know how well they hold up.
I am a writer and an artist based in Georgia. Specializing in illustration, graphic design, and video art, I love to explore the new ways technology intersects with art. I think drones have done amazing things for photography and video art, making what would previously be costly and difficult more accessible. As a complete novice, it was only recently that I saw what independent artists could do with their drones, and I continue to be impressed by the sights that drones are able to explore and the images they can capture.