Best Quadcopters Under $500

Quality drones, in the price range of $200-$300, are also available in the market. The higher the budget you have, greater will be the number of features you will find in the drone. Most on the drones in this price range have high definition cameras, great range, decent flight time and powerful motors. Some of the best pieces which you can find in this range are-

HUBSAN H501S X4

This product is a marvel in the world of drones. This is a comparatively new old in the drone market. Launched in 2015, the drone stole the heart of millions. The drone is equipped with some very interesting features. It delivers a very high-quality performance at a feasible price. It is one of the best quadcopters for clicking selfies. The quadcopter is capable of working in different modes and is the best bang for your bucks.

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Specifications:

Pros:

  • The Barometer Altitude Mode enables the quadcopter to lock at a specific height. The quadcopter will be able to automatically maintain this height without any input from the pilot.
  • Headless Mode helps the quadcopter to fly as per the commanded orientation.
  • OSD live data is displayed on the FPV monitor.
  • Great flight time for the cost.
  • The drone has longer than the average flight time.
  • Live video works in 5.8 GHz frequency and 2.4 GHz remote controller. This ensures that there is no disturbance during the transmission.
  • The drone has a remarkably high flight range of 300 meters.
  • The KV 1650 AND PM 1806 brushless motors are powerful and durable.

Cons

  • The quadcopter may drop at when the speed increases.

Thoughts:

The quadcopter is definitely worth your investment in terms of money, time and efforts. It is one of the handiest models to begin with. It is a small yet a powerful and sturdy model which can make you fall in love with drones.


CHEERSON CX 20

This is one of the most bought quadcopters in this range at present. It is an awe-inspiring machine at a decent price. It can carry a Go Pro camera is full of special features.

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Specifications:

Pros:

  • The flight time is pretty good. In one charge, the battery can make the drone hover for around 15 minutes which is decent when compared to other drones in the same range.
  • Impressive design. CX 20 is an highly integrated and compact machine.
  • The interior of the quadcopter is made up of ABS plastic which gives the machine a decent durability.
  • Easy Navigation. It is very easy for beginners to fly this machine.
  • The flight range is huge.
  • Intelligent Oriented Control, altitude control mode, and return to home function provide the best possible flight experience.
  • When the transmitter and the controller go out of range, the failsafe function kicks in. This makes the drone hover at one place until the connection is re-established.
  • The auto-pilot system of CX 20 does a great job in keeping the quadcopter stable.

Cons:

  • The camera is not included in the drone set-up.
  • Controller and batteries are also not included.

Thoughts:

The model is a good bang for your buck. This Auto-Pathfinder has managed to perform better than many other Cheerson products. It is essentially a full-size drone with a not-so-expensive price tag. There might be some small glitches here and there but overall, it is worth your investment. We can give it a 9 out of 10.


DUALSKY HORNET 460 ARF

Dualsky's products have been in the market for some time now. However, with 460 ARF, it has succeeded to leave a mark in the drone market. This quadcopter is equipped to deal with the changing and increasing competition. It si fun to fly and is not like any other drone or quadcopter.

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Specifications:

Pros:

  • Very easy to control.
  • All the pilot needs come in one single box (except the transmitter batteries).
  • The high-quality and uniform dimensions make it an ideal drone in this price range.
  • It has an excellent FPV platform.
  • Stabilized flight with a 6 axis flight control system.
  • Bright LED lights guide the pilot in dim light.

Cons:

  • Very less flight time.
  • This quadcopter is not for beginners. There are no auto-pilot or auto-level features.
  • Its size and weight make it poor in durability.

Thoughts:

It is a decent quadcopter. Usually, the drone comes pre-assembled in a good packaging. However, there are better pocket-friendly quadcopters available in the market.

Best Quadcopters Under $500

Since the drone industry has boomed, it is important to cover all the good drones in different price categories. People do not like to surf different sites for simple information. Hence, we try to bring before you, all the information on top drones in one single article. Let's have a look at the top 3 drones in the range of $300-$500.

DJI PHANTOM 3 STANDARD

This is perhaps the best drone for the beginners in the market. The high price of the model is definitely worth it. DJI Phantom 3 is available in three versions- standard, advanced and professional. Here we will talk about the most pocket-friendly version ie. the standard version.

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Specifications:

Pros:

  • Intelligent flight system. This automatically keeps your drone in the air and under the control of the pilot.
  • Advanced gimbal stabilization gives a superior video quality.
  • Very good camera quality which gives crystal clear images.
  • Very high flight time and good flight range.
  • All the paraphernalia needed for the model comes in the packaged box.
  • Real time video transmission is of extremely good quality.
  • Additional features like follow me mode, point of interest etc. make the flight enjoyable.

Cons:

  • Easy to crash.

Thoughts:

DJI Phantom 3 is perhaps the best model for your budget. Despite the weight, the drone is pretty stable when compared to other models. DJI has always successfully met out the needs of the customers by taking care of their pockets and also their desires.


TRAXXAS 7909 ATON

The second on our list is the powerful Traxxas Aton - 7909. Traxxas is a US-based manufacturer famous for its trucks, RC cars etc. This drone model by Traxxas is a power pack of essential features. It might be priced competitively high but it also abounds in some features which are not readily found in the same range. Its flight needs to be linked to your iOS or Android device.

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Specifications:

Pros:

  • Perfect model for beginners. It is easy to use and no prior experience is needed to fly this quadcopter.
  • The set-up of the drone is a cake-walk.
  • The functioning is very quiet. The quadcopter does not generate high decibel noises.
  • Stunning high-definition images can be captured with the camera.
  • Auto take-off and return modes available.
  • Engaging and high-definition Graphical User Interface for iOS and Android.
  • Loaded with many interesting features like the air brake, LED lights, Dual mode GPS, one key return etc.
  • Works in three modes ie. the Sport mode, Expert mode and Film mode.
  • If radio signal is lost, the quadcopter simply returns home.
  • Landing gear protects the camera.

Cons:

  • None

Thoughts:

It is a perfect choice for any drone enthusiast. Despite its ease of handling, it is a professional drone and can be operated by anyone. Its unique design and sleek and slim body makes it our second choice in this price range. We can give it a 9 out of 10.


WALKERA F210

This is the third drone model to be launched by Walkera. Initially, it bought Furious 320 and Runner 250 to the industry. Both these models were a moderate hit in the quadrotor market. With the launch of F210, the company rejoiced some extra share in drone market and some increase in their profits.

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Specifications:

Pros:

  • It is a sturdy and strong drone.
  • A seamless racer designed on an anti-drop and anti-collision mechanism.
  • Use of powerful and brushless motors.
  • Different features like aerobatic mode, night vision, signal alarm, low battery indicator, lock/unlock etc. make the flight convenient.

Cons:

  • Not as sturdy as DJI models.
  • The design of the model is not very aesthetically pleasing.

Thoughts:

F210 is a light weight, solid and anti-crash drone. It is ideal for drone racers. It has some extraordinary features like night vision camera, aerobatic mode etc. which make it a decent purchase for 380 dollars.