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Best Drones Under $300

Nov 12, 2019

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205 Drones Considered 59 Hours Researched 25 Specialists Interviewed 95 Buyers Consulted

Budget is one of the most important perspective before buying a drone. You must consider your budget first and then start looking it that bracket. Drones need various attachments and keeping them in mind will be better before choosing a drone.

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Top 5 Drones Under $300

If you’re interested in aerial photography or video and have started looking online for drones to buy, you may have seen some pretty high price tags. While many of the cheaper drones are “you get what you pay for” kind of deals, there are well-made drones under $300 that give you great features and performance for the price. In this post, we’ve rounded up the top 5 drones under the $300 threshold.

1. Contixo F24 GPS RC Quadcopter Drone

Top Pick

Contixo makes great drones, and when you invest in the F24 RC model, you get some excellent features not included in their cheaper models. Because it’s GPS-enabled with a “follow me” feature, it’s very beginner-friendly. It can hover over the GPS signal of your smartphone so you can take the perfect selfie wherever you are. In fact, it’s a great pick if you love taking selfies, because it has a Selfie Mode for hands-free control of the camera. While you pose for a selfie, you can simply wave at the camera to have it takes a picture. Or, for some aerial photography or video, you can send your Contixo off with a custom flight path determined on your phone app. Amazing remote control distance up to 1,100 meters, it covers a lot of ground without being too easy to lose. The camera resolution is 1080p, and with the altitude hold feature you can reduce blurriness while capturing video.




Pros Cons
Foldable for compact travel Headless Mode and Auto Return Home features make flying easy for first-time pilots
Up to 30 minutes of flight time per charge The battery takes about 4 hours to charge
GPS and “follow me” feature
Great for taking selfies
First-person-view (FPV) feature for real-time streaming with 5G connection

Camera Details

The camera resolution is 1080p

With the altitude hold feature you can reduce blurriness while capturing video.

Flight Time & Speed

A battery on single charge provides up to 30 minutes of flight time.

Range

Amazing remote control distance up to 1,100 meters.

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2. UPair One Drone

Best Value

If you want a drone with better camera quality than the Contixo F24 RC, the UPair One Drone is a great option. While the range is only 300 meters, you get up to 20 minutes of flight time with a 2.7K HD Camera. Another great feature for photographers is that you can adjust the camera gimbal angles from the controller. The controller features a 7-in LCD display for first-person-view (FPV) flying. There’s no need to attach your smartphone and connect it to the drone, since this feature is built-in. The UPair One hovers steadily when you let go of all controls, and it’s fairly easy to fly. However, it’s still not the best starter drone, because it isn’t built to withstand hard crashes. It features an altitude hold option, return to home and headless mode.




Pros Cons
FPV display built into the controller Short range of 300 meters
Comes with a gimbal package that stabilizes your captured videos Not highly durable
Great quality camera.
GPS with “follow me” and return to home features
Easy to fly

Camera Details

2.7K HD Camera.

Another great feature for photographers is that you can adjust the camera gimbal angles from the controller.

Flight Time & Speed

You get up to 20 minutes of flight time

Maximum speed of around 31mph (ca. 50 km/h) this drone is pretty fast.

Range

The range is a typical 100 meters

UPair One range 300 meters

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3. Potensic GPS FPV RC D80 Drone

Budget

The Potensic D80 has a sleek steel appearance and is powered by 4 strong brushless motors. With its LED lights, it’s fun to fly at night. You can attach your phone to the remote and connect the drone with your phone for FPV real-time view of what the drone is capturing. You get up to 20 minutes of flight time with this Potensic model, but you could get as little as 10 minutes depending on wind conditions and the features you’re using. Overall, this drone is well-built and gives you several of the features expensive drones have, without the exorbitant price tag.




Pros Cons
2K HD 1080p resolution 300 meters range
GPS with return to home and “follow me” features Short battery life
4 LED lights for night flight The battery takes about 5 hours to charge
Altitude hold feature.
FPV feature
LED lights
Comes with an aluminum case for travel
4 Strong brushless motors

Camera Details

2K HD 1080p resolution

Flight Time & Speed

You get up to 20 minutes of flight time with this Potensic model

Max RC Speed up to 40km/h

Range

300 meters range

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4. MJX Bugs 2 Quadcopter

The MJX Bugs B2W rocks a cool black and red design and is powered by brushless motors. With its red “eyes” in the front, it’s easy to tell the front of the drone from the back. It features a 1080p HD camera an gives you up to 18 minutes of flight time at a whopping 1000-meter range. It has a FPV system when you connect it with your smartphone. For improved stability, there is a 6-Axis gyroscope on the flyer. It has GPS and a “return to home” feature, and a failsafe headless mode for easier flying. It also has altitude hold capabilities for better video capture. The downside is its lack of a camera mount or gimbal for those who want to put a higher-quality camera on the drone, since its built-in camera is not 4K ultra HD. For its price, however, you get a great value, and it can even be used as a starter drone for beginners.




Pros Cons
FPV with LCD display on the remote control No camera mount or gimbal for high-quality action cams
Easy to fly.
1000 meter range
Great quality camera and stability
GPS navigation
Comes with 3 batteries

Camera Details

It features a 1080p HD camera

Flight Time & Speed

Gives you up to 18 minutes of flight time

Range

A whopping 1000-meter range.

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5. Altair Aerial’s Outlaw Se GPS Drone

Easy to fly and great for selfie-taking, this GPS drone has “return to home” and “follow me” features. It has 4 LED lights for flying at night. It has a headless mode and is great for beginners learning how to fly, but still has many of the features photographers appreciate, like altitude hold and waypoint flight. You get a range of 600 meters and up to 20 minutes of flight time. Some features we wish it had been 360 flip capabilities and the ability to take pictures at 90 degree downwards.




Pros Cons
Great value for the price The battery only lasts around 15 minutes when up against wind or using features
Accurate GPS Require preflight calibration after every battery change
Comes with extra propeller blades
Accurate GPS

Camera Details

1080P High Definition live video action camera

Flight Time & Speed

20 minutes of flight time.

Range

You get a range of 600 meters

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