Drones are one of the most popular gifts for Christmas and graduation. But with so many options to choose from, how can you find a drone that is within your budget? Luckily, there are drones available online that will not break the bank or make you feel guilty about spending too much money. This blog post will review some of the best drones under 50 dollars on the market.
What is the Best Drone Under 50?
We could say that we traveled the world to find for you the Best Drone Under 50 and it’s partially true – we’ve been on the road since 2011 after all.
More importantly, we have done a very thorough research online and have gone through most of the available drones for less than $50 that you can buy today. We read the comments left by people who bought and used these drones under 50 dollars.
We also wrote a brief drones under 50 dollars Buying Guide and FAQ sections to address most questions you may have.
Without further ado, here’s the list of top 4 drones for less than $50 based on their pricing, specs and ratings by real users.
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Weight: 0.4 Pounds (0.2 kg)
Max Flight Time: 6 Minutes
SD Card Slot: 0.5
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The A20 mini drone is another budget-friendly option in the same price range as the NH320 and H823H mini-quadcopters reviewed here. What makes the A20 slightly different is that it is made as a kid’s toy, although it is also an excellent beginner drone for adults. It also does not feature the 3D flip. The A20 remote controller is one of its most outstanding features. It is smaller than most for kids to hold and control easily. The controller features 2.4Ghz, which delivers a stable transmission speed and makes the drone highly responsive. It features a 3-Speed Mode to use in different environments, the headless mode, and altitude hold that make it easy for newbie pilots to fly. Many users have noted that the A20 delivers smooth flying. However, it also requires calibration every time you power it up, which was a nuisance. On the upside, the transmission performance of the controller makes the pairing an easy process. The landing process is equally simple, and interestingly, the drone features a soft landing material to protect it from heavy impact.
Another outstanding feature is the Emergency Stop that allows the quadcopter to land itself if you lose control. Although the drone features a headless mode that allows you to fly it in any orientation, it also comes with an LED headlight and a red tail light for the more experienced users.
- Short battery charging time of 30 minutes,
- Affordable and high-quality construction,
- Small-sized remote controller for kids hands,
- Lightweight and durable construction for indoor flying,
- Features a headlight and taillight for orientation
- It needs calibration every time you power it on,
- Difficult to remove and replace the batteries
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Weight: 0.1 Pounds (0 kg)
Max Flight Time: 7 Minutes
SD Card Slot: 1.5
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Although Neheme is not a well-known brand, they have made a fantastic effort in producing affordable quadcopters for children and entry-level drone pilots. The NH320 is a scaled-down model compared to the more popular Neheme NH525, and it is also the budget choice drone on my list. It features a protective cage around the propellers that serves two functions. It protects your children from getting injured by the rotating propellers, and it also protects the propellers from getting damaged on impact. Although this is a fantastic design feature, it also makes it harder to clean out the dust bunnies collected in the propellers. The NH320 also comes with some fun features that are attractive to kids, such as the 360-degree tumbling action that users have noted is exciting. Another feature is the 3-speed mode that allows you to change speed according to your skill level and LED lights that make it fun to fly in the dark. On the upside, the remote controller is highly responsive and makes it a nice educational drone for newbies. It allows a one-key lift-off and landing sequence and altitude hold, both of which make it easy to fly. The drone comes with three batteries that may give you up to 21 minutes with a charging time of 90 minutes each. However, the battery compartment is a little tight and makes removing and replacing the batteries a tedious process for some people.
- Easy to fly with one-key takeoff/ landing,
- Highly responsive 360-degree tumbling action,
- Child-safe construction with full propeller guards,
- 3-Speed mode for different skill levels,
- Great value for your money
- Tedious battery removal and installation process
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Weight: 0.4 Pounds (0.2 kg)
Max Flight Time: 10 Minutes
Control Range: 148 ft (45 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: Yes
SD Card Slot: Yes
Charging Time: 60 Hours
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Cheap drone option, especially good as the first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to learn how to fly and capture aerial footage. Easy to control with built-in safety controls.
While the price is so low it could seem it’s a toy, the footage is still better than most videos you have recorded on your mobile just a few years ago. Still, if you’re thinking of starting a YouTube career, this drone may not be enough for today’s audience.
- Easy to control and ideal for drone flying training,
- It can be used with VR glasses to experience the speed sense of flying,
- The low price makes it the best option on a tight budget
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Weight: 0.2 Pounds (0.1 kg)
Max Flight Time: 22 Minutes
Control Range: 328 ft (100 m)
Gimbal/ Stabilization: No
SD Card Slot: No
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JJRC H71 is a cheap drone with quite decent specs. It will work very well as your first drone and thanks to its very light weight under 250 grams, it doesn’t require registration while it has a long battery life and at the same time costs very little for what it offers.
Works best as a training for beginners or as a toy drone for kids.
- Ultra light design,
- Long flight time,
- Very cheap quadcopter,
- Durable and good at surviving crashes
- No SD Card Slot so video is recorded only when the connection is good,
- Short control range
TLDR: Quick summary of our findings as to what can be considered best drone under 50 below:
Overall best drone under $50 out there: Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone
Premium Pick if money is not much of an issue: Simrex X300C Drone
Budget Choice – there’s no shame in spending prudently: NEHEME NH320 Mini Drone
Our other reviews you may find useful in your research:
What You Should Know Before Buying Drones Under 50 Dollars
Drone Flying Precautions
When you are flying a drone, do not fly it too high. A good height to start with is 50 meters and gradually increase your altitude as you become more confident with controlling the drone. Do not fly where there is a lot of other air traffic — especially commercial airliners — or near airports. Check local regulations before launching your drone and avoid restricted areas such as military installations. You should always stay within line-of-sight of your aircraft, so that you can react quickly in case something goes wrong – this way, you will be able to see any problems immediately and avoid collision risk.
Remember, only drones under 250 grams or 0.55 pounds don’t need to be registered with FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
This largely depends on your needs and whether or not you have a need for long distance drone flying. The faster the drone, the more expensive it is. However, if your only need is to fly for 10 minutes at a time then speed won’t matter.
Range greatly depends on how much you want to spend. The cheapest drones are usually only able to fly up to 15 meters away but the most expensive drones can fly up to 50 kilometers away.
This also varies depending on how often you plan to use your drone but typically can range from 8-25 minutes per charge depending on your speed settings, the battery, and weight.
This is fairly self-explanatory but check the age requirement on your drone before buying any equipment. Many times there are lower limits based on battery size, flight time, etc.
Size & Portability
When it comes to flying any drone at home you should be sure to keep in mind how large it is so that it doesn’t crash into anything when flying around the house (or worse). Many models have foldable designs that allow them to be easily stored away but its best to measure the drone itself and take note of its size before making any purchases.
Questions and Answers About Drones Under 50 Dollars
What are the minimum specs for drones under $50?
For drones under $50, I would recommend that you get one without a camera and gimbal. Drone technology has advanced so much in recent years that cheaper options are more than enough for most beginners – especially if you just want to fly around and practice. The camera and the stabilization are the expensive parts.
What is the price range of a cheap drone?
The answer to that is up to you! It all depends on what the drone does, how many features it comes with, and its size. Some drones are inexpensive for a beginner while others can be quite costly for someone who has been flying for years. However, there are general prices that a cheap drone can cost. At the low end of the price range is $20 to $50. These drones don’t come with many features and they tend to be quite small. The larger ones in this price range tend to have fancy lights or a camera but are still on the smaller side.
Most drones fall into the middle price category which ranges from $250-$500 taking into consideration inflation, as well as for users who are looking for value for money at an affordable price point. These drones give you more advanced features such as GPS technology and FPV (First Person View) and may also include a 720 or 1080p HD-capable Camera/Video Recorder depending on the model. Some of the more expensive drones however can cost $1000 and above, but you do get a more professional looking drone in return for your money; so it is really about what features you are after.
How long is the battery life on a cheap drone?
The battery life will last up to ten minutes, even with a cheap drone.
Are cheaper drones really that bad?
This question can be answered both ways. When we say ‘cheap drone’ we mean cheap in price, and not necessarily quality for the purposes of this article – although it is true that if you do not spend a lot on a drone then you will get less features and overall value for your money. However, there are some very good drone brands that offer affordable flying platforms which may lack advanced features such as GPS but still manage to deliver an excellent user experience. The important thing to note here is how much you actually need these extra features and what level of drone piloting experience you have already acquired; because if this is your first time buying a drone or you only intend to use it for casual flying, then a cheaper model will suit your needs just as well.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a drone that can fly on its own and takes aerial footage from an IP camera with little input from yourself but will cost more money; then you might be better off saving some cash than buying a cheap drone.