Best Drones for Beginners 2019

March 01

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Drones have really taken off (literally and figuratively). But to make sure your dream of becoming a pilot doesn’t come crashing down along with your drone, it’s best to start with a drone designed for beginners.

Drones have really taken off (literally and figuratively). But to make sure your dream of becoming a pilot doesn’t come crashing down along with your drone, it’s best to start with a drone designed for beginners. The following are some of the best drones for beginners that’ll fit any budget.  

1. Yuneec Typhoon H Pro

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This is one of the most expensive drones for beginners. It boasts eight strong propellers and more than five autonomous flight modes. But its most impressive feature is its 10,000-meter range. Some of its other features include a built-in camera, excellent obstacle avoidance, and a flight time of 25 minutes. Just bear in mind that as it’s quite big, it’s not really portable.

2. F100 Brushless Drone

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This drone will have you walking on stratus cloud nine. Although the F100 doesn’t come with a camera, it does include a mount for your GoPro Hero and several fabulous features. It boasts a flight range of almost 500 feet, which is sufficient if you’re still new to drones. The flying experience is straightforward thanks to flight modes that you can program beforehand. Once you’ve flexed your flying muscles, you can customize the throttle, which will make the whole flying experience even more fun.

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Although some customers have complained about the shock mount not being good enough, this drone’s frame is strong and solid. Overall, the medium-sized F100 and its easy-to-find replacement parts are affordable. It’s the ideal choice for more experienced beginners.

3. DJI Spark

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If you don’t really have much of a budget and don’t care much to learn how to fly a drone, consider getting the DJI Spark. This drone comes with a built-in camera and boasts a flight time of 15 minutes and a range of 2,000 meters. Some of its other features include impressive obstacle avoidance and an advanced gesture mode. Thanks to the automated flight modes, there’s not really a lot you have to worry about other than taking awesome pictures and videos.

4. DJI Mavic Pro

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This model isn’t as complicated as the Mavic 2 that boasts countless features and settings. Though what makes it so great is that it has a sleek design that beginners will really like. Compared to other top-end drones, it doesn’t offer as many features, but it does offer a flight time of 27 minutes and 4,000-meter range. Also, you’ll love the capabilities of its built-in high-definition camera with Cinema 4K support. The camera is so impressive that you could even use it for professional photography.

5. Parrot Bebop 2

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Created for first-person view photography and videography, this drone with a built-in camera is not too complicated to fly. As a matter of fact, thanks to the intelligent flight assistance, it actually flies on its own to some degree and therefore you don’t have to do too much. It boasts a range of 2,000 meters and a total flight time of about 25 minutes. That being said, some might say that it’s behind the times and that durability is not its strong suit.

6. Parrot Anafi

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This is one of the more top-end drones aimed at beginners. What makes it so great is that it offers the complete package, yet it’s still really simple to fly. Some of its best features are its excellent HDR, impressive 25-minute flight time, and 4,000-meter range. Be sure to use its easy-to-understand app to edit your pictures and videos. Though just like with everything else in life, the Anafi is not perfect. One drawback is that its obstacle avoidance features aren’t that great compared to the DJI.

7. Altair Aerial Blackhawk

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For beginners who value speed and durability, this is a good choice. The Altair Aerial Blackhawk is really fast! A camera isn’t included, but you can attach your GoPro or another similar drone camera. You’re looking at a flight time of about 16 minutes and a range of 300 metres, which is a lot considering its price.

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8. Altair Aerial AA108

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This is one of the best drones a beginner can buy. It boasts excellent features, a built-in camera, and a strong design. Overall, it’s great value for the money. What makes it so simple to fly is its headless hold mode and its ability to hold altitude. It offers a flight time of about 10 minutes, a 100-meter range, and three different flight modes. In short, it offers virtually everything that a beginner could need.

9. Altair Outlaw

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The Altair Outlaw is a GPS-enabled drone with a built-in camera. Similar to the Parrot Bebop 2, it can basically fly on its own when it’s in GPS flight mode (the only thing you have to do is steer it). One drawback is that it doesn’t come with propeller guards, so it’s not as durable as some of the other beginner drones. The Outlaw has a flight time of almost 20 minutes and a 1000-meter range.  

All things considered, the Altair Outlaw is an easy-to-fly drone thanks to advanced stabilization and three different flight modes, including headless flight mode.

10. Altair AA818 Hornet

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This drone is a specialized version of the AA108. It boasts great battery life (although it comes with only one battery, unfortunately) and a range of 150 feet. All things considered, anyone will enjoy flying this drone. It’s easy to fly, comes with a built-in camera, and boasts a stable design. On top of that, it offers additional features like automatic altitude hold and different flight modes to suit your skill level.

11. Holy Stone HS170 Predator

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Just because a drone doesn’t cost a fortune doesn’t mean the design has to be any less stylish. The Holy Stone proves this. In addition to its unique design, the HS170 Predator boasts three flight modes to suit your skill level and a six-axis gyro to boost stability. Although its overall performance and flight range of 50 meters is good, it doesn’t come with a camera and its battery doesn’t last too long (you can expect about seven minutes of flight time max).

12. Holy Stone F181 RC

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This drone with a built-in camera, is made from elastic plastic, and comes with blade guards, which means it’s ideal for beginners as the durable material offers protection against those inevitable crashes.

Although it doesn’t boast a long flight time, an extra battery is included. But let it first cool down for a couple of minutes before you pop in the extra battery to make sure the motors last longer.

13. Syma X5C-1 Explorers

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This is one of the most durable drones aimed at beginners. Sadly, though, its features aren’t as great as its robust design. For instance, it doesn’t come with any additional flight modes. Also, its battery doesn’t last very long and takes a long time to charge. But enough with the cons. The X5C-1 boasts a built-in camera, a six-axis gyro that ensures stable hovering, and an altitude hold mode – to mention only a couple of its features. Its flight range is 45 meters, and you can expect about seven minutes of flight time.

14. UDI 818A HD+

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If you’re a beginner who’s looking for a fun flying experience , look no further than the UDI 818A HD+, you can perform fun 360-degree flips with this daring drone. Thanks to its robust design and elastic plastic blade guards, a crash won’t be the end of the world or of your drone.

What makes the UDI 818A so great is that it comes with a forward-facing camera that lets you take pictures and videos with sound. Considering its price, the quality is really good. Plus, it comes with an easy-to-use remote control that means it’s really oh-so easy to fly.

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