As the technologies of, and lithium-ion batteries have evolved in recent years, drones have come a long way since the advent of expensive models that were once the sole domain of . Now, for at your electronics retailer of choice, you can get a drone that will pilot itself, shoot 4K video, and remain in the air for more than half an hour. Flying a drone is about as close as most of us will get to personal flight — at least, until we get to the point where everyone uses .
But the low end of the market has also matured, and $50 (about £40 or AU$80) is now enough to cover a basic quadcopter drone with an integrated camera that can fly for nearly 10 minutes on a charge. And there are plenty of options that fall somewhere in the middle, offering various combinations of features, video quality and price for every drone enthusiast. Below, we’ve got recommendations for the best drones for beginner and intermediate pilots looking to spend less than $1,000.
Best drones, compared
|Best drone for most people||Best cheap starter drone||Best camera drone||Best racing drone for beginners|
|Model||DJI Mavic Mini||Hubsan X4 H107C Plus||DJI Mavic Air 2||Emax Tinyhawk|
|Buying info||See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon|
|Photo||12 megapixels||2 megapixels||12 megapixels||600 TVL|
|Video||2.7K at 30fps||720p at 30fps||4K at 60fps||600 TVL|
|Flight time||30 minutes||6 minutes||34 minutes||8 minutes|
|Weight||249 grams||54 grams||570 grams||9 grams|
|Requires registration (in the US)||No||No||Yes||No|