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Best Drones Under $50

Looking for the best drones for under $50? Well, you have a huge number of choices as there are so many cheap drones in this price range.

If you are looking for your first drone or maybe even looking for a cool fun gift for someone, these drones are suitable for everyone. They are perfect for beginners and kids as they are cheap so that anyone can learn how to fly a drone without worrying about damaging an expensive gadget.

Most of the drones on this list come with similar features, many of them have cameras and features that will make it more enjoyable to fly. All of these drones are very lightweight but some do weigh over 250g, which means you will have to register the drone if you reside in the UK, USA or Canada.

Best Drones Under $50

1. Eachine E520

A cool foldable drone that comes with a lot of features especially for a cheap drone, this drone comes in several versions, the cheapest cost less than $50 and comes with a 720p HD camera. There are two other versions that come with a better camera but are a little more expensive. The drone comes with several autonomous flight modes that will allow you to fly the drone totally hands-free.

Key Features

  • 720p HD camera
  • Stream live video footage
  • Ultra-portable design
  • Can control the drone via the app
  • Drone comes with a couple of autonomous flight modes
  • 15 minutes of flight time
  • Altitude hold and headless mode for easier flying
  • Multiple speed modes

2. SG106 WiFi FPV Drone

A very lightweight drone that comes with some fun features including an HD 1080p camera that can record at 25fps. The drone also has a small camera on its belly that acts as an optical flow sensor and comes with gesture control mode that will allow you to take videos and photos through hand gesture.

Key Features

  • 1080p HD camera
  • FPV capability
  • Optical flow sensor for smoother flying
  • 20 minutes of flight time
  • Gesture control mode
  • Follow me flight mode
  • One-click take-off/landing
  • 100-meter control range

 3. JJRC H37

Also known as the selfie drone, this is a mini foldable drone that comes with a decent HD camera and gesture control mode that will allow you to take some cool drone selfies with family and friends. The drone also comes with gravity sensor mode and has trajectory flight mode that will allow you to draw a flight path on the drone app and the drone will fly along it automatically.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • Small and lightweight (no need for FAA registration)
  • FPV capability
  • Control the drone with your smartphone
  • Good flight time
  • Can be flown indoors
  • One-click 360° flips
  • One-button take-off & landing

4. Eachine E61HW

The Eachine E61HW is one of the smallest drones and is perfect for indoor flying, it weighs under 50g, so you should only fly it outdoors in windless conditions. The drone zips around pretty fast and comes with a 720p camera that will allow you to stream live video footage to your smartphone via the drone app.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • FPV capability
  • Weighs only 50g
  • Perfect for indoors
  • 3 speed modes to test your flying skills
  • 8 minutes of flight time
  • 3D flips

5. Visuo XS809S

This is a really popular drone on Banggood, it’s a foldable drone that is very compact and comes with some cool features that make it fun to fly. The drone comes with 2MP 720p camera that can stream live video footage to your smartphone. It’s a very light drone weighing only 160g, so there is no need to register the drone with the FAA.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • 2MP still images
  • FPV capability
  • Good flight time
  • 100 meter range
  • One-button take-off and landing
  • Headless mode for easier flying

6. ZLRC SG107 FPV Drone

There are some exaggerated claims about this drone, especially regarding its camera, so don’t believe the hype on its product description page. Other than that, it’s a good cheap toy drone that is fun to fly and comes with a lot of cool features such as an HD camera that can record some decent video footage and an optical flow sensor that will allow the drone to maintain a steady altitude during flight.

Key Features

  • HD camera
  • Digital zoom
  • Allows you to stream live video footage
  • Can control the drone via the app
  • Gesture control mode to take videos and photos
  • 15 minutes of flight time
  • 150-meter control range

7. Eachine E58

This is a very popular drone, mainly because it looks so similar to the more expensive DJI Mavic. The Eachine E58 is a nice looking foldable drone, its very light and only weighs around 100g and comes with some decent features. The drone comes with a one-button take-off and landing feature and it can do 360° flips at the push of a button. The drone also comes with a decent camera and has several other features like gravity sensor mode, headless mode and a few speed modes to test your flying skills.

Key Features

  • 720p HD camera
  • Allows you to stream live video footage
  • 2MP still image
  • 6-axis gyroscope for better flight stability
  • Lightweight foldable design
  • 7 minutes of flight time
  • 80-meter control range

8. ZLRC SG701 Foldable Drone

A very sleek foldable drone that has a compact foldable design and is very lightweight. It comes with a 720p camera and a standard 480p camera on its belly that also acts an optical flow sensor. The camera is of decent quality and it also comes with 50* digital zoom, although as it is a toy drone, the zooming function only makes the video and photo resolution grainier. The drone also comes with several other features such as one-button take-off/landing and allows you to take quick videos and photos through hand gesture.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • Optical flow sensor
  • FPV capability
  • 15 minutes of flight time
  • Control the drone with your smartphone via the app
  • Take photos and videos through mere hand gesture
  • 150-meter control range

9. Simrex X300C

This is one of the smallest mini foldable drones on the market, this drone should only be flown indoors but you can fly it outdoors if the weather is good and not windy. The drone has an HD camera that can stream live video footage to your smartphone and can also be controlled via the app.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • Altitude hold
  • Headless mode for easier flying
  • 360° flips
  • One key take-off/return
  • 40-meter control range
  • 8 minutes of flight time

10. Cheerwing CW4 FPV Drone

This is quite an old drone but remains hugely popular with beginners as it comes with features that make it easy and fun to fly. The drone comes with a decent camera and you can stream live video footage to your smartphone. It’s a very light drone, weighing around 120g and it comes with headless mode and altitude hold and has propeller guards for safer flying.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • 2MP still images
  • 7 minutes of flight time
  • FPV capability
  • Altitude hold & headless mode
  • 50-meter control range
  • 3-speed modes

11. Potensic A30W

One of the best-rated mini drones on Amazon, the Potensic A30W is a perfect gift for kids who want to learn how to fly a drone. This drone is mainly for indoor use and comes with propeller guards to help minimise any damage that may occur if it crashes. It comes with an HD camera that will allow you to stream and record live video footage and comes with altitude hold, one-click take-off and gravity sensor mode.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • Propeller guards
  • FPV capability
  • One-button take-off/landing
  • 6 minutes of flight time
  • Gravity sensor control
  • Altitude hold

12. Snaptain A10H

One of the best drones on this list, the Snaptain A10H is a sleek looking drone that has a foldable design and a metallic grey colour scheme that makes it look futuristic. The drone comes with an HD 720p camera and comes voice and gesture control modes that will make this drone even more fun to fly.

Key Features

  • 720p camera
  • Allows you to stream live video footage to your smartphone
  • Altitude hold for better hovering capability
  • Voice and gesture control modes
  • Make the drone do 360° flips at the push of a button
  • 7 minutes of flight time
  • 80-meter control range

13. Eachine E012HW

The Eachine E012HW is a mini drone that is mainly suitable for indoor use, the drone comes with some fun features that includes a camera with FPV capability, altitude hold and one-click 360° flips.

Key Features

  • HD camera
  • FPV
  • Altitude hold
  • One-button 3D flips
  • 5 minutes of flight time
  • 40-meter control range

14. JJRC H345 Mini Drone

One of the cheapest drones on this list and the only one that does not come with a camera. This is an indoor mini drone that has a foldable design and comes with some cool features such as one-click take-off, 360° flips and LED lights on the bottom. Also, an added bonus is that you get two drones for the price of one (this offer is still available as of writing this drone guide).

Key Features

  • Foldable design
  • One-button 360° flips
  • One-button take-off/landing
  • 2 drones
  • 5 minutes of flight time
  • 40-meter control range.

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