What Is The Best Drone For Beginners?

What is the best drone for beginners?

 

Drones and drone technology are exciting concepts to tech lovers. These days, more people are buying drones for various purposes. These flying gadgets are actually flying off the shelf! Obviously, new drone and quadcopter owners face a few hitches on the technical part of the drones. Even more challenging to drone beginners is starting to fly the drone itself. Drone lovers also often ask what would be the best drone to start out with. I am probably asked what is the best drone for beginners more than any other question here, and that just goes to show that each day there are novice pilots eager to take the skies.

Ideally, for beginners, it is advisable to start out with the cheap toy drones before you graduate to the real deal; bigger and faster drones and quadcopters that have powerful cameras and longer flying time. The reason for this is so as to gain sufficient flying experience, with a few crashes being commonly experienced.

So, below, I have sampled a few pocket-friendly drones for beginners. Note that all of them are below $200 as I don’t believe you need to start at the top price range to enjoy flying drones.

REVELL X-SPY

what is the best drone for beginners

This is a plastic model tiny drone that measures 148 x 148 x 45mm and weighs 80 grams. It has a camera underneath it that can shoot in HD with a resolution of 720p. The drone comes with an extra set of rotors mainly because the propeller guards are not that strong to offer protection when the drone hits trees and walls. It does not need any assembly, just install four AA batteries on the remote and the Revel Control app on your android phone or iPhone and you are set to fly!what is the best drone for beginners

The X-SPY however requires careful attention when powering it. Always power on the drone first. To use the physical sticks, make sure you turn on the controller. The drone can also be controlled by tilting the phone, or by using the joy sticks on the screen after you have connected the android app to the Wi-Fi network of the X-SPY. The maximum flying time is 6 minutes, which falls below the average of 10 minutes. With an increased payload, the drone will last less in the air. The operating frequency is 2.4 GHz. Also, with an operating range of 40 meters, the X-SPY falls way below the 100 meters average of other similar drones.

Hovering is usually one of the greatest challenges, and with the X-SPY, it is not different. Adjust the sticks to hover and also remove the camera to perform flips. Fly the X-SPY outside when there are no winds. You won’t want to risk the X-SPY blowing away!

Overall, the X-SPY is ideal for photography and for just having fun especially for beginners who want to get first-hand experience.

Costs around $160 from Amazon.

 

NIGHTHAWK DM007

what is the best drone for beginners?

 

The Nighthawk is also known as GW007 and is an ideal drone for beginners and also for those looking to explore. It comes in white and black colors, with the black nighthawk being referred to as the real ‘spy’. You will get a complete package when you buy the drone, which includes an LCD transmitter, spare propellers and a 4 GB SD card. The transmitter is powered by 4 AA size batteries.

The nighthawk comes with 6 axis gyros enabling you to conduct 360 degrees flips. Flying the nighthawk can be in either the low or high speed modes available in the drone. As a beginner, you can start practicing hovering indoors before flying the nighthawk in the outdoors.

The DM007 has a durable frame but the stability of the drone is not really impressive. However, mastering your flying skills should counter this. With a 2.4 GHz operating frequency, the nighthawk’s range goes up to 300 meters. Flying time is also impressive with the DM007, at 10 minutes. However, you will require 150 minutes to recharge the copter.

The camera is a 2MP on-board type, offering first person view on HD at 720p while flying. The video recording is stored on the removable 4GB SD card.

The nighthawk is quite an impressive drone for beginners. In fact, it is one of the best! Just remember to start indoors first, and look out for the battery when flying at high altitudes. It just might fall off!

Costs around $40 from Amazon.

 

BLADE NANO QX RTF

what is the best drone for beginners?

 

The Blade Nano QX is a fun and simple drone that is suitable for beginners. RTF means ‘ready to fly’ and you have to simply insert the battery to start flying the quadcopter. Measuring at just 5.5 x 1.97 inches, it is designed for indoors flying but you can also try some stunts with it. It is made of light but tough plastic that ensures no damage upon crashing.

The quadcopter is powered by a 150-mAh battery that offers about 7 minutes of flying and takes slightly less time to fully recharge compared to its peers, at 25 minutes only. A two-stick remote what is the best drone for beginners?control that uses 4 AA batteries helps with the navigation with a range of 40 feet. This is quite fine for a drone its size.

Since it is mostly designed for fun indoor flying, the Blade Nano QX quickly reacts to the controls to offer you the beauty of precise flying. The design is also quite nimble and agile, and the copter can make fast turns at decent speeds. The quadcopter employs sensor technology called SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) that enables it to hover when you are not touching the controls.

Due to reparability, the quad comes with spare rotors and canopy which don’t require tools to replace.

Overall, the Blade Nano QX is without doubt, a beginner’s choice. It is lightweight, cheap and fun to fly.

Costs around $85 on Amazon.

 

HUBSAN X4 H107C

what is the best drone for beginners?

This is almost an RTF quadcopter, only that you will have to fit the propeller guards first before flying. The Hubsan X4 H107C is a small copter measuring 8 x 8 x 2.5cm. It fits well on the palm and is quite fun flying for beginners. The copter comes with two flying modes to suit your preference. Beginners can use the normal mode which limits the speed and agility, so no stunts using this mode. The expert mode just as it sounds, is for the experienced. This mode allows full speed and different flips in all directions.

The camera on the copter is at 2 MP. It can produce good quality footage at 25 frames per second, with a resolution of 720 x 480. All video is stored in an SD card. The quadcopter offers relative stability thus you will require to master the fine art of flying to avoid unstable footage. The controls on the copter respond quite well enabling you to maneuver well. To absorb the impact on landing, the drone has rubber feet.

The maximum control range is 100 meters, enabled by a 2.4 GHz 4 channel transmitter. This allows you to fly the copter without fear of interference. However, if you want to try flying outside, consider a time when there are minimal or no winds at all. A 3.5V 380-mAh battery will enable the drone to fly for about 8 minutes, and requires about 30 minutes to fully recharge.

The main advantages of this drone is the camera quality at 2 MP, its strength to fly outside even with slight winds and the propeller guards which provide durability. The downside however, is that you have to shut off the camera before you turn off the quadcopter to avoid losing video footage.

The Hubsan X4 107C is an inexpensive and durable quadcopter that provides great ease in flying. It offers one of the best experiences for beginners.

Costs around $40 from Amazon.

 

SYMA X8G

what is the best drone for beginners?

 

The Syma X8G is an easy to use FPV drone that offers good drone experience. It comes with a complete package that makes it ready to fly, you only have to install the batteries. The drone has a powerful 8 MP which is way above average for drones in its class. However, it slightly heavier than its peers, weighing 3.5 pounds. The drone is also fairly big, measuring 19.7 x 19.7 x 7.5 inches.

The camera on the drone is a GoPro style HD type that can capture amazing aerial shots. The camera however cannot work independently, and has to be attached to the drone. It records video at HD 1080p, which is a pretty impressive resolution. Photography using this drone should be something fun and exciting.

The battery is a 2000-mAh which provides about 12 minutes of flying time with a capacity to fly longer with a lesser payload. This is better than most drones in this class. With such a flying time, it is expected that the battery takes longer than average to fully recharge, at 200 minutes.

Flying the Syma X8G can be a nice experience and any beginner will concur with this. First, the headless mode, 4CH with 6-Axis Gyro technology ensures that stunts and various maneuvers at 360 degrees is possible. Also, with this Headless mode, you can avoid some common crashes when flying in the outdoors.

A 2.4 GHz powerful transmitter ensures that there is no interference while flying. The flying range of the drone stands at about 100 meters. I find this distance quite impressive.  Also, the transmitter allows a standard and high speed mode according to the experience that you want.

The main advantages of the Syma X8G are the reliable and tough design, the headless mode that enables one to perform aerial maneuvers and the 12 minute flying time. Also, the drone is relatively cheap and easy to fly. The disadvantages are the weak propellers and the long time it takes to fully recharge.

Costs around $140 from Amazon.

what is the best drone for beginners

 

Good luck choosing your first drone. And remember, once you’ve got the hang of flying and decide to upgrade, there are practically no limits to what you’re capable of doing, from filming HD or even 4K movies, to even drone racing! 

To see the best selling drones on Amazon, click here.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, perhaps you have a personal preference to what is the best drone for beginners, please comment below. 

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– David. 

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28 comments

  • Hi David, drones are super popular at the moment. In the media, business and industry, even recreation as they seem to adapt to a whole spectrum of uses. The full potential of these crazy things has not been fully realised yet. I expect that they will become a huge part of our lives over the next decade. I have noticed a big trend in drone and camera filming and this has created a rise in the sale of GoPro cameras, as more and more people discover the wonderful results when filming anything from above. May I suggest you post something about the best compatibility between different drones and the GoPro.

    • Hey Mark, thanks for reading! I notice more and more now when watching TV or a movie, which shots were filmed using a drone. It’s fascinating. Better Call Saul had a long shot which I believe was from a drone in one of their openings.
      That is a great idea regarding the GoPros. I will definitely look into that.

      David.

  • Cool drones I have always been interested in them ever since I seen Amazon using them to deliver products to people. I was always hesitant about buying one because I’m not an expert flyer by any means. But I want to know which type of drones would be best for a beginner and I have read your post and I think I’m going to go with the SYMA-X8G. Thanks for the help and I will be back to let you know how it goes.

    • Hey Heath, unfortunately, Amazon still seems to be having problems with their drones delivery service. Hopefully one day we’ll get to see them in full flight. Until then, I’m just glad we have the opportunity to be able to fly these amazing drones for fun. Good luck with your new drone!

      David.

  • Neat. I did not know that there were so many different kinds of drones. I don’t have one. And if I do decide to get one, I will make sure I come back to see which one to get. Interesting information on drones. The pictures are really nice and help to separate each drone. I like the layout of your page. The information and suggestions for the beginner really helped especially with the picture of each drone above the picture. I didn’t know that they only lasted so long either. Great to know.

  • Haha I want a drone so I can spy on people. I once had a remote controlled helicopter which was kind of like my drone haha. I wonder why so many people like drones so much. What do you use your drones for? Are good for carrying things like packages or cameras? They look cool!

  • Hi Davby,
    Passion for drones is indeed on the rise. Thanks for this website and the great information you are giving us on it. I have liked the NightHawk model and have seen that it has a nice price at Amazon. (only I didn’t immediately see the link 🙂 but I know of course it’s somewhere so it makes it easier to go read further customer reviews). If I may ask, what is the largest coverage for domestically used drones in terms of square miles? Thanks.

  • Great post David! I ordered the Hubsan X4 some days ago actually. Weirdly I currently own three drones which I got when I was still a beginner with drones (at least I would like to think I’m not a beginner anymore), but none of these drones made the cut in your post.

    Have you seen the Holy Stone X400C, Syma S5SW and another one whose model I can’t remember right now? It’s a JJRC quadcopter though.

  • These drones look so cute and they also look portable, so they might be a great option for backpackers or people travelling? I’m looking for something for my boyfriend that we can take away with us on our trip. I quite like the looks of the REVELL X-SPY.

  • What a hard decision, picking just one drone. I’m really indecisive as it is so I’m not sure how I’m going to come to a final decision. I will have to check out the Amazon top sellers list that you mentioned in your post.

  • Am I reading this right? The Nighthawk is only $40? That seems insanely cheap? I bought a cheap drone for my Dad a couple of years ago, and even then it was about $150. Do you know why it’s so cheap in-comparison to the others?

  • Out of all of these drones, which ones do you think would be best for filming footage for youtube videos? Is there one that would be better than the others, or are they all up for the job? I want to film some aerial footage on our next holiday. Thanks.

  • My cousin has the Blade Nano QX, and it is awesome! I think it is really reasonably priced as well. To be honest I thought it was going to be more expensive. Are all these prices in USD? I might have to get one as well.

  • I completely agree! The cheaper the better for your first drone. I stupidly purchased an expensive drone, and a week later I crashed it into pond. Broke a few bits on it and it no longer works. I really underestimated how difficult it would be to fly.

  • The SYMA X8G drone looks good and sturdy. I’m looking for a present for my kids – something they won’t break straight away. Then there is the questions, do I buy 2 and do I get the exact same. So many decisions to make.

  • Great article! Drones are so popular at the moment, it’s hard to know where to start when looking for one. You’ve definitely given me a lot of things to consider to find the best drone for our family.

  • I really like that look of the BLADE NANO. It reminds me of a bumblebee! If I had seen this one earlier I may have gone with this option, however I ended up purchasing a different drone. I guess I could always exchange it.

  • I found your blog through a Google search. I’ve been wanting a drone just to play around and relax after work. Tired of the pushy sales people in the mall. They spend more time playing and pushing a sale than answering questions. The Nighthawk and Syma X8G appeal to me the most. I’ve been a good guy all year; think I may order them both. Thanks for the honest reviews on drones.

  • Hey, David, I have a question: wouldn’t the Odyssey Toys Pocket Drone be a good choice for a beginner? I’m talking about a total newbie when it comes to drones, one that would pretty much smash it into every object until he learns the ropes.

  • I have my eyes on the Nighthawk DM007, not because it’s a great drone (because it’s not that great) but because it’s a good fit for a beginner and it’s so cheap. At around $40 this is a real steal and I’m probably going to get one by New Year’s Eve. I can’t believe this little drone can go up to 300 meters! That’s really impressive! Plus the flying time is also very good for such an inexpensive model. Plenty of other much more expensive drones don’t offer that much flight time.

  • David, if you have $40 and had to choose one drone between the Hubsan and the Nighthawk, what would you choose? Please keep in mind that I want to get this drone for a 10 year old that has never flown a drone before. I would like something a bit durable, that can handle a bit of a shock considering it will hit a few trees.

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