With the popularity of drones now bigger than ever, manufacturers have stepped up their game to produce good quality affordable drones. Finding an affordable drone for recreational and professional use is now possible especially if your an amateur or just buying your first drone. It’s always important to do your homework first before you take the plunge to buy a drone and even though these cheaper more affordable drones have good quality and performance, they’re still some ways behind the more expensive premium drones. So if you want the best drones on the market you won’t find them in this price range. Below you will find our collection of the best drones under $250 these drones have decent flying time, range, camera and more. Read Next: Best Drones Under $60
Priced From $89USD
This drone is perfect for beginners or those trying to master flying a drone. It has a 500mAh battery which delivery around 8 minutes of flight time with a 6-axis Gyro stabilization system and accelerometers to ensures maximum stability during flight. It has a 720p HD camera for recording videos but the video quality is far from impressive, it’s average at best. The U818A has a flighting distance of up to 90 feet and close to 2 hours recharge time. The user-friendly controller has is simple and easy to use. The Force1 U818A drone doesn’t have a lot of the features that most of the drones on this list have but it will be a lot of fun to fly.
Holy Stone F181C
Priced From $99USD
The Holy Store F181C has the latest technology of any drone in this price range. It has a flight time of 7-9 minute with a range of 50-100 meters. This drone has an ABS plastic body that will help protect against bumps and crashes. There’s an Altitude Hold function that allows you hover steadily to use the 2-megapixel camera to shot and record 720p video. The camera quality is pretty basic which is what you would expect from a drone of this price range.
Its also capable of doing 360 degree flips 4-Ways (left, right, forward and backward), so you will be able to do awesome tricks to entertain your friends and family. There are a few LED lights which give you a bit of flair and aid with your night flights. The F181C comes equipped with One Key Return and Headless Security System to assist beginners and help prevent losing the drone by automatically returning it to you at the push of a button. One drawback it that the camera doesn’t allow streaming back to your smartphone to see live feeds from the drone.
Priced From $126USD
The ALTAIR AA108 is an impressive drone that punches above its weight and is a great drone for kids and beginners. It has a 720p HD wide-angle camera that’s able to capture real-time footage and record videos. Images quality is pretty decent considering the price and you’ll get a flight time of up to 10 minutes with a range 500 feet to record videos and take photos.
Using the FlyingSee app by UDI RC on your iOS or Android smartphone you’ll be able to get a live video feeds and the ability to customize your flight routes. Similar to the much more expensive drones on this list you get features like Altitude Hold which gives even the newest of fliers excellent stability and control. You also have a take-off/ landing feature which will assist the flier when taking off or landing. This feature will come in handy for most amateurs or first-time fliers.
If you find yourself low on battery or out of range, the ALTAIR AA108 will alarm to let you know so you won’t lose your drone. The ALTAIR AA108 doesn’t have the range or flight time like the more expensive drones but it has few features to match them.
MJX BUGS 2W
Priced From $254USD
The MJX Bugs 2W is one of the best drones you can buy in this price range. You get an impressive flying range of up 1000-1500 meter and with FPV ( Real-time First Person View video) a distance of up to 500 meters. This GPS drone can stay in the air for up to 18 minute which is way more than most of the drones on this list and very impressive for any drone in this price range.
By installing the MJX Bugs Go app on your Android or iOS mobile device you’ll be able to get live video feeds from the onboard camera. The camera has an integrated wide-angle CMOS sensor that will record 1080p HD videos straight to a microSD card or on your smartphone via MJX Bugs Go app. Like most of the drones on this list, this drone has altitude hold and the ever popular headless mode that helps to provide the best flying experience.
It has a return home feature which makes sure the drone automatically return to the same place it took off from if it loses signal from the controller for longer than 6 seconds. The MJX Bugs 2W is a little over our $250 budget but its well worth it.
U45W Blue Jay
Priced From $129USD
The U45W Blue Jay is excellent for beginners. This easy to use drone is VR compatible which allows you to view your entire surroundings giving you a real live feeling so you’re able to glance at live video feeds of the flight from your iOS or Android smartphone. It has wifi connectivity which allows you to watch the live streams of your flight to a range of 320 feet. The 2MP camera is pretty decent considering the price, your able to take acceptable photos and record 720p HD videos from 360-degree angles.
It has a headless mode feature which let you have accurate control when flying the drone no matter where the drones head is facing. The custom route mode lets you fly you the drone without assistance tracing the desired route on your mobile phone screen.
This drones also has altitude mode so it will hover in the air on its own and you can also do 360-degree flips to add a bit of style to your flying. With the built-in LED lights you will be able to have flying sessions at night.
Holy Stone HS300
Priced From $179USD
The Holy Stone HS300 is one of the best drones you can buy under $200. It has a great mix of features making it a must-have for every type of pilot. This drone is well made and very impressive thanks to its build quality and camera that features a 5-megapixel 1080p HD 120-degree wide angle camera which is one of the best cameras you can find on a drone in this price range. You’re able to capture high-quality videos and very sharp photos thanks to the 6 axis gyro and automatic altitude hold functions. All recording are stored immediately on the included 4GB memory card.
It has a range of 100meters and will stay in the air for up to 10-15 minutes. The remote control has your typical features like one key start/ landing, emergency stop, headless mode and much more. You’re also able to do 3D flips and fly at nights thanks to the LED lights. For the price, the Holy Stone HS300 drone delivers performance that you only get on more expensive drones, this makes it an excellent investment for any drone enthusiast. Read Next: Best Drones Under $60
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