The drone market is still crowded in the year 2019, many new Chinese drone manufacturers are coming to the surface with their cheap and not so much quality products. There are exceptions, as always, and I’m trying to present to you the best ones, learn more and take a look at the Top 7 Best Drones To Buy For Under 250 in 2019.
If you are looking for a budget and reliable four blader that has value for your money, this comparison, and review may be a help for you. I’m trying to categorize them by general properties and distinguish them by usage areas, price, and usability. So let’s see the list and the short reviews.
This is one of the most popular budget drones on the market so far. The price tag and the reliability is a great factor on this machine. The Syma X5C is cheap enough to get at around 50 bucks. Yes, only 50. But let’s see some of the stand-out features of this quadcopter. Syma X5C, in general, is a very stable flying machine. Easy to use for the beginner pilots too. In fact, it is so smooth that even your grandpa can handle it.
The quadcopter has an HD camera on board, the quality is not the best one, but at that price range, it is even a miracle that you have a camera. The body is lightweight but made from durable plastic. The 6-axis Gyro stabilization system helps you to have steady flying experience. The fun begins when you discover the 360 degree flips button on the controller.
Speaking about the controller in the box you will find a 2.4GHz Remote Controller with anti-interference technology. The quadcopter is equipped with a 3.7V 500 Mah Li-poly battery which is enough for about 7 minutes of flight time. An extra tip: if you disable the camera from the controller, you can get a little bit longer flight time. The battery can be charged via USB in about 90 minutes.
Overall the Syma X5C is a good budget-friendly, learning drone. You will learn easily on this how to fly a drone and don’t spend much money on this hobby.
UDI U818A-HD is another beginner drone that is sufficiently cheap to not worry about little damages you take during your first flight lessons. In fact, the UDI U818A-HD is so perfectly put together that has some delicate flying capabilities. This quadcopter is perfect for kids too. Speaking about a toy grade drone.
The main advantages of UDI U818A-HD are easy to fly capabilities. It has headless mode, so you don’t have to concern about the orientation of your flying machine. The 6-axis Gyro stabilization helps you in the soft flying experience. UDI U818A-HD has also a basic camera with an HD 1280 x 720 resolution.
If you want more fun, you can get by the 360-degree flips and rolls functions, kids will love to play with. This quadcopter houses a 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po battery that effectuates roughly 8 minutes of flight time power. Operational distance from the remote controller is about 30 meters, which is not too much.
Overall I can say that the UDI U818A-HD could be a great toy to learn how to fly a drone, not only for kids but for adults too.
Parrot AR 2.0 Elite Edition
Parrot AR 2.0 Elite Edition looks like the previous drone but it is like the advanced version of that. Has more quality features than the UDI U818A-HD and definitely is not a toy-grade quadcopter. It owns some advanced specifications, like barometric sensors, and a slightly better camera than the average in this price range. Parrot AR 2.0 Elite Edition is the embodiment of quality at a pretty low price. Maybe the brand, but Parrot seems to be before some competitors.
The main advantages of the quadcopter is that has a decent camera, a 1000mAh battery which provides a 12 minutes flight time, and the AR.Drone 2.0 stability feature, that provides a super stable flight experience. The main disadvantage of the Parrot AR 2.0 Elite Edition that the control distance is about 50 meters only. At about 100 bucks you cannot find a better quality-price ratio.
DJI/Ryze Tello is the star of the category. At 100 bucks, you certainly cannot find a better drone. Inheriting the DJI technology, Ryze in collaboration with Intel, made this marvelous little flying machine to impress the younger aged pilots, but not too. They can learn about coding and drones through the interactive application.
Some of the specs of this little flying machine, that in at of it’self is exciting are a 13 minute flight time, 100 meters of flight distance, a 720p HD camera, that is able to FPV the live stream. It has a 14 core Intel processor built in the quadcopter, image stabilization systems. The app has a programming feature, you can learn to code by adding command blocks to the flight plan and flight tasks, thus you can learn the basics in a fun way.
Holy Stone F181
One of the most popular entry-level quadcopter is the Holy Stone F181. Simple and easy to use, one of those machines that you can learn to fly with. It is well built and you can find a lot of spare parts on the web if one piece brake at the learning lessons. Let’s see the specifications that make this drone so popular.
Holy Stone F181 is a really stable flying machine. It has an altitude hold function that makes this drone to hover over the ground easily. The 6-Axis Gyro System executes the hovering gently. It has a 720p HD camera for video recording or still pictures, but unfortunately lacks the FPV (First Person View) function. You cannot pair with a smartphone either. You can do #D flips and tricks with this drone too.
The headless mode makes it easier to fly, you don’t need to orient to the front of the drone to fly straight forward. The 4-speed control mode makes it easier to fly for every skill level. The control range s about 50 – 100 meters depending on how crowded is the signal. Flight time is about 7-9 minutes.
Hubsan X4 H501S
This quadcopter is a next level machine. At around 210 bucks you can get a decent GPS done with FPV and all the other juicy specifications that you won’t regret if you by one. Speaking about the specifications, this quadcopter exceeds all those others mentioned before. If you are new to FPV, this quadcopter can be a perfect entry-level toy for you.
Hubsan X4 H501S has a 1080p HD camera that takes good quality video footages and still pictures. This drone works on 5.8GHz frequency instead of the 2.4GHz, which means that it has a better transmission rate, more exactly about 300 meters. This data is higher than the competitors have in this category. The transmitter also has a built-in LCD display, to view the FPV footage live.
The automatic return function with the built-in GPS maneuvers your drone back to you if the drone is out of control range. The failsafe procedure is automatic but you can control the quadcopter when you get back the signal. The follow me mode is a common feature at the higher category drones, but in the Hubsan X4 H501S, it is accessible too.
With follow me mode you select and target an object and the quadcopter will follow that. Hubsan X4 H501S has also the standard features like headless mode, 6 axis gyro system for the stabilization. The flight time is also impressive. It is about 20 minutes, which in this category is rare.
Walkera Rodeo 150
Walkera Rodeo 150 is the last from the list, a perfect entry level racing drone. If you are new to this category, this little beast will satisfy all your needs. Racing drones are popular nowadays, and the Walkera Rodeo 150 is ready to fly machine, you don’t have to build the drone piece by piece. It is a powerful and agile quadcopter, stable in the air and has a programmable flight controller. You can program yourself how fast the drone responses to your commands, resulting in unique flight capabilities.
Walkera Rodeo 150 has a 600Tvl mini camera, enough for good FPV footage. The only minus of the Walkera Rodeo 150 package that you have to by FPV monitor or the goggles separately. The image transmission takes place at 5.8 GHz, and the control of the quadcopter at 2.4Ghz. Walkera Rodeo 150 is capable of doing stunt tricks, loops, and flips. The 7.4 V, 850 mAh LiPo Battery is powering up your drone to an 8-minute flight.
Overall I hope you got a glimpse of the market and gave you some information to decide which dorne will be your choice in 2019 under 250 bucks. The choice is not easy but you have to decide which are your priorities about flying a drone. In the meantime check out some hot deals for 2019.