f you’re new to drones and quadcopters, you may be cautious of spending a lot of money on something that can easily be damaged or lost if you don’t know what you’re doing. We recommend the following beginner drones for sale to help introduce you to the world of aerial drone flying

Hubsan X4

Hubsan X4 drone

When considering cost and ease of learning, the Hubsan X4 quadcopter drone is the best drone for any beginner. With a growing collection of different models at various price points, the Hubsan X4 will allow you to pick what features you want for your first drone purchase.

Starting at the lowest price point, the Hubsan X4 H107L is a barebones quadcopter drone that’ll offer you a basic introduction to aerial acrobatics. Next up is the Hubsan X4 H107P, which is the next generation version of the H107L and includes added functionality like built-in altitude control.

Moving up to the mid-tier model, the Hubsan X4 H107C features a fixed camera that can record 480P or 720P video. Like the lower tier model, the H107C also has a new generation version titled the Hubsan X4 H107C+. This new generation quadcopter drone also includes the added altitude control functionality for more stable video capture.

The H107L, H107P, H107C, and H107C+ models all sell for well under $100 dollars and come with easy instructions on how to setup and fly your new drone. If you’re looking to spend a little more, the higher-end Hubsan X4 H107D and latest H107D+ takes your drone to the next level by offering First Person View via live video streaming to the drone’s controller.

One great benefit of the Hubsan X4 is the ease at which you can replace parts for the drone. They come with an extra set of rotors in the original box and “crash packs” are available online for a reasonable price. To change out the rotors, all you need is their special tool (included in box) to pop them off and on. Very easy to do even for someone with zero experience.

Check out our hands on review of the Hubsan X4.

Syma X5C-1

Syma X5C-1 drone

If you’re looking for an affordable starter quadcopter drone that offers stable flight and basic camera features, then the Syma X5C-1 is the drone for you. Priced at around $50, the Syma X5C-1 features a fixed 2MP camera that can record in 720P video. Unlike the first generation Hubsan X4, the camera can be remotely triggered by the controller, so you can decide exactly when to record video or take pictures thus saving on battery lift during flight.

The drone comes mostly assembled right out of the box, so setup is as simple as charging the battery. With a 6-axis gyroscope and a 4-Channel transmitter, the controls on the X5C-1 are responsive and smooth, offering an extremely pleasant flying experience even for the most novice of pilots.

The controller itself comes with a built-in LED screen for displaying flight details in real-time. The Syma X5C-1 also offers two flight modes and a colorful LED light, to allow pilots to adapt to different operational environments like flying with slight wind or in low light environments.

With its predecessor, the Syma X5C, a best seller on Amazon, the Syma X5C-1 is destined to be a top pick for beginner drone pilots. Because of its size and weight, the Syma X5C-1 offers only around 8 minutes of flight time. Batteries are replaceable though, so be sure to pick up extra LiPO packs to allow for continuous flying with little delay.

For just about $10 more, you can grab the Syma X5SW; one of the first FPV drones priced at under $100 USD. The Syma X5SW offers a 2MP HD WiFi camera with headless/IOC flight functionality that makes flying about as easy as ever for beginners. Best part is the included FPV which will give you the added bonus of seeing exactly what your drone sees in real time.

Check out our hands on review of the Syma X5C-1.

COST
~ $50
SKILL LEVEL
Beginner
FLIGHT TIME
~ 10 min
TOTAL RATING
9 out of 10

Key Features

  • Ready to Fly
  • Simple Controls
  • Built-in Camera (optional)
  • Colored Orientation LEDS
  • Easy Acrobatic Tricks
  • Affordable Replacement Parts
  • 2.4 GHz Controller
COST
~ $60
SKILL LEVEL
Beginner
FLIGHT TIME
~ 8 min
TOTAL RATING
8 out of 10

Key Features

  • Ready to Fly
  • Simple Controls
  • Built-in Camera
  • Remote Camera Trigger
  • Easy Acrobatic Tricks
  • Adjustable trim settings
  • 2.4 GHz Controller