A lot of people have been asking about cheap drones for those just starting out so I decided to create this post about 13 inexpensive drones you can buy today for under $200.

These drones are a good starting point for beginners to practice their flying skills before graduating to the more expensive offerings like the DJI Mavic Pro.

The drones considered in this article may not be some of the best drones for sale out there but they do pack a lot of technology and performance into their tiny bodies.

If you don’t want to buy an inexpensive drone to practice flying with, you have the option of going with a drone simulator. One of the best drone flight simulators out there is the RealFlight Drone Flight Simulator. It gives you the option of practicing with several models without the actual drone.

In the past few years, technological advancements in small drones have occurred at an exponential rate. Even smaller, cheaper drones are using some of the advanced technologies we see in the expensive models. These drones are flown the same way you’ll fly your expensive models and are, therefore, perfect to learn how to fly before taking your $1,000 drones to the sky. They are also great gifts for kids and adults alike and are really fun to fly.

If you don’t want to read the entire article, here is a list of the drones included in the article. You can click to go directly to that drone.

Let’s now go through the list and check out the specifications and my thoughts on each of the drones on the list.

UDI U818A FPV Cheap Drone With HD Camera

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UDI has developed a reputation as one of the top manufacturers of cheap drones in recent years. They keep pumping out new models of their small training UAVs.

The U818A comes equipped with an altitude hold feature which allows you to fly the drone without crushing it into the ground.  It also has an FPV screen integrated into the controller/transmitter which lets you see live what the HD camera sees. This makes it a great practice drone for anyone wanting to get into the sports of drone racing.

The package also comes with an FPV headset, an additional battery, spare propellers, plus a power bank to charge the batteries while you are out in the field.

What’s included in the box?

  • UDI 818A Drone
  • 1 Transmitter/Controller
  • 8 Propellers
  • 2 Batteries
  • A USB Battery Charger
  • An SD Card (4GB)
  • A Spanner
  • Instruction Manual

UDI U818A drone in box

It comes with an HD camera that can record videos onto the SD card at a resolution of 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 fps (frames per second). The UDI 818A has been a favorite training drone for many beginners and continues to be so. The fact that this model comes with an extra battery is great because it gives you extended flight time.

The FPV screen on the transmitter also displays telemetry data such as battery status, altitude, and speed.

Summary of features

  • It has a forward-facing HD camera that is easy to control for beginners.
  • Record videos in High Definition (HD) in 1280 x 720 resolution at 30 frames per second (fps).
  • Can be used with any compatible remote controller/transmitter and FPV headset (goggle).
  • The included 4GB SD card is enough to store HD videos and photos from several flights.
  • USB compatible. Use the supplied USB cable to transfer video from the drone to your computer. You can also insert the SD card into a card reader to transfer your shots to your computer
  • You get a free additional battery to extend flight time.
  • Separate buttons for taking photos and recording video

Manufacturer specifications

  • Transmitter frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Drone weight: Under 250g (Does NOT require FAA registration)
  • Battery charge time: takes about 80 minutes to fully charge the battery
  • Flight time: On average, expect about 8 – 10 minutes of flight time on a single charge.

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UDI U45W Blue Jay Quadcopter With HD Camera

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UDI U45W Cheap Drone With Camera

This drone is exclusive to the guys at USA Toys and Force 1 RC. It is an excellent drone for beginners because of its durability and how easy it is to fly. Novices can also use it as a practice drone to learn how to fly a drone and control the camera. It is strong and can withstand a lot of abuse. It comes with blade guards which protect the propeller blades itself, other objects and people.

Although this drone is perfect for beginners, experienced pilots looking for a thrill will also have tons of fun flying this drone. It comes with altitude hold feature which ensures that you don’t crash the drone into the ground when flying.

The controller/transmitter has holders for a smartphone. You connect your smartphone to the transmitter to get FPV. It also has a one-touch take off and landing, which is helpful for beginners.

One feature I like is the “Custom Route Mode”. This allows you to trace a path on your smartphone screen and the drone will automatically fly along the path you’ve drawn.

What’s included in the box?

  • U45W Drone
  • Controller/Transmitter
  • 2 Batteries
  • 4GB Micro SD Card
  • SD Card Reader
  • USB Battery Charger
  • Power Bank
  • 4 Additional Propellers
  • A Screw Driver
  • Instruction Manual

UDI U45W transmitter

Summary of features

  • FPV (first person view) through your connected iPhone or Android mobile smartphone. Get a live video feed of what the drone’s camera sees as it flies.
  • Altitude Hold: This function lets the drone hold its altitude and prevents it from crashing into the ground when flying. This makes it an excellent drone for beginners and kids. It also helps you take very stable photos and videos with the HD camera
  • One-touch take off and landing. For inexperienced pilots, this is a pretty useful feature to have. The drone automatically takes off with the touch of a button and hovers a few feet above the ground, waiting for your command. You can also land the drone with the touch of a button until you are comfortable landing it manually.
  • Custom Route: Want the drone to fly along a certain path? Just draw a path on the video feed on your smartphone and the drone will automatically fly along your drawn path.
  • Equipped with an HD camera that captures videos at a resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. The video is stored on the SD card.

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Focus Headless FPV Drone

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Force One Focus cheap drone

The focus FPV drone has specs similar to the two above it. It offers FPV with live video feed from the HD camera with a wide-angle lens, 4GB SD card, remote controller/transmitter with a built-in screen for FPV.

The drone is super easy to fly even for beginners. Kids and older pilots will have loads of fun flying this drone. It is a headless drone which means that the drone will always move in the direction you push the joystick. With drones that have a head, you can lose orientation when the drone spins a few times. When this happen, pushing the joystick right might move the drone left, pushing it forward might fly the drone backward. But with a headless drone, the drone will always fly in the direction you push the joystick. This is one of the features that make it so easy to fly for beginners.

It also features the “return home” mode. Activate this mode and the drone will fly right back to you.

What’s in the box?

  • Focus FPV Drone
  • Controller/transmitter with FPV display.
  • 2 Batteries (for the drone)
  • 2 Batteries (for the controller)
  • 4GB Micro SD Card
  • SD Card Reader
  • USB battery charger
  • 4 additional propellers
  • Mini screwdriver
  • Instruction manual

Force 1 Focus drone controller

Summary of features

  • Let FPV put you directly in the pilot’s seat via live video feed from the camera to the controller screen.
  • Capture amazing HD 720p (1280 x 720) video footage and photos of your flight onto the SD card.
  • A wide-angle lens lets you capture wide-angle videos and photos
  • This drone is easy to fly with its advanced flight modes, altitude hold, and stabilizers. It is great for beginners and fun for kids and adults alike.
  • Headless and return home modes. The drone flies in a headless mode which lets the drone move in the direction you push the joystick no matter the orientation of the drone. The return home button will automatically fly the drone back to you.

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Syma X5C RC

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Syma X5C drone

The Syma X5C is a fun and easy to fly drone that beginners and experienced pilots alike will enjoy flying. It is equipped with a 720p HD camera to capture aerial videos and photos of your flight onto the included 2GB SD card.

Perform aerial acrobatics with the push of a button. The drone will do 360-degree flips and barrel rolls mid-air.

Autonomous flight modes such as headless mode and altitude hold make it a good choice for beginners. It also has a hand launch feature.

When you buy this drone, you get 4 additional propellers, an additional battery to double your flight time and SD card reader.

It also has brightly colored LED lights that come to life and allows you to fly the drone at night.

My only negatives with this drone are that it does not have the return home button or an FPV capability. However, at the price, it is a lot of fun to fly.

Syma X5C drone and controller

What’s in the box?

  • X5C Drone
  • 2.4 ghz transmitter/controller
  • 2 batteries.
  • 4 additional propellers
  • 2GB micro SD card
  • SD Card reader
  • Battery charger
  • USB charging cable
  • Instruction manual

Summary of features

  • HD 720p camera to capture 1280 x 720 videos at 30 frames per second (fps).
  • Headless mode allows you to fly the drone without having to adjust the drone’s position during take-off and in-flight.
  • Aerodynamic lightweight design with superb durability

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Horizon Hobby Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter

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Blade Nano Drone

As someone just starting to fly drone’s, you’ll want all the assistance you can get. And this drone gives you some assistance with its SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) which basically helps you fly the drone without crashing into stuff. It makes it very easy to fly the drone indoors and also helps with take-off.

The Blade nano is a tiny quadcopter with powerful performance. During the flight, you can just let go of the joystick and the drone will come to a stop and just hover.

After you’ve practiced for a while and have gained enough experience, you can go into the agility flying mode to fly at high speeds and perform some cool tricks.

This beginner’s quadcopter if great for learning how to fly and costs under $100. You’ll have a lot of fun flying this little quadcopter.

Summary of features

  • It comes with two flight modes – agility and stability modes. SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) ensures that you can fly the drone without worrying about crashing into things.
  • Very small in size but extremely tough and hard to break
  • The propellers come with blade guards.
  • Powerful rotor motors.
  • Includes a transmitter/controller

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DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone

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DBPower Cheap Drone

This FPV drone comes equipped with a camera with a 3D function. If you’ve got a VR headset, you can use it to explore the skies with the quadcopter.

Connect your iPhone or Android smartphone to the controller/transmitter and get live FPV feed on your screen through the quadcopter’s 720p HD onboard camera.

With headless mode, the drone will always travel in the direction you shift the joystick no matter the orientation. Makes it very easy for newbies to fly.

Want to impress your friends with some cool tricks, this drone can do 360-degree flips and rolls in mid-flight.

Take some awesome aerial photos and videos with the on-board HD camera. Your photos and videos will be stored on the included SD card.

It has a range of approximately 100 meters and can stay in the air for about 10 minutes per charge. This drone does not require FAA registration.

Summary of features

  • It has a headless mode which makes the drone much easier to fly for beginners.
  • Pair your VR headset and get a cool 3D experience of your surroundings from the sky.
  • FPV view: connect your iPhone or Android smartphone and receive a live FPV feed on your screen. Put yourself in the pilot’s seat and see everything they see.
  • Impress your friends with cool 360-degree flips and rolls in mid-air with the touch of a button.

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Syma X11C RC Quadcopter

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Syma X11C Cheap Drone

For those looking for a cheap quadcopter for beginners, the Syma X11C RC is an excellent choice to buy. It comes with a bunch of features that makes it a good choice for newbies.

Features such as 3D lock, 6-axis gyro direction stabilizer, and blade protectors make it a safe and easy-to-fly drone for the inexperienced pilot.

It can also do tricks such as flips and rolls mid-flight which will impress kids. Kids and adults will have so much fun flying this drone. It also has colorful flashing lights to allow for night flights and make the drone look extra cool.

It is a drone with camera which comes equipped with a 2MP HD 720p camera to capture your flights in video and photos.

Summary of features

  • 6-axis gyro direction stabilizer for easy flying of the drone.
  • 3D lock makes for a much precise flight
  • HD camera to capture aerial photos and videos
  • It is very cheap
  • Can perform aerial tricks such as flips and rolls mid-flight

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NightHawk DM007 Quadcopter

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NightHawk DM007 Drone

For those looking for a fun, easy-to-fly and cheap drone with a camera that can take good aerial photos and videos, the NightHawk DM007 quadcopter might just be your answer.

A little research reveals that the blades have a slight tendency of getting detached during flight. However, you can apply a bit of glue to hold them in place if this happens.

Summary of features

  • Integrated HD camera that captures video and photos from the air. The package comes with a 4GB SD card and an SD card reader.
  • You don’t have to assemble anything. Take it out of the box and you are ready to go.
  • Comes in two flight modes – beginner mode and professional mode
  • Get telemetry information about your drone during the flight on the LCD screen of the controller.
  • Very durable and can withstand crashes
  • Can perform all sorts of flips and rolls in mid-air

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Hubsan X4 H107L

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Hubsan X4 H107L

The Hubsan X4 H107L is one of my personal favorite learner drones. It is one of the first drones I ever flew and have bought many as gifts for my little nieces and nephews and everyone loves them. Even adults seem to have a lot of fun flying this little quadcopter.

It is a small, basic drone but performs very well. It comes with an integrated HD camera that can record footage onto an SD card but it does not have live FPV capability.

It is tiny and can be flown indoors. It can crash into things without breaking. It is a great drone if you are just starting out but lacks a lot of features of some of those listed above. But this is not a surprise when you consider how cheap it is.

Summary of features

  • Uses latest most innovative drone technology
  • Built with high-quality lightweight components
  • 6-axis gyro technology for flight stability
  • Integrated HD camera
  • There is an easy flight mode for novices and advanced flight mode for experienced pilots

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Hubsan H111 Q4 Nano Drone Quadcopter

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Hubsan H111 beginner drone

If you are looking for the tiniest of drones, the Hubsan H111 meets your requirement. That is why it is called the nano-drone. It is perhaps the world’s smallest quadcopter but is a lot of fun to play with.

To be honest, this is not a drone that can perform a lot of tricks (it can do flips) but as a beginner, it is a good drone to practice with. It will help you learn how to use the controls, maintain altitude and change direction.

It is a basic drone with no cameras and, therefore, no FPV.

And at only $25, this makes a great gift for the little ones to play with.

Summary of features

  • The smallest quadcopter in the world. It fits in your palm and does not require FAA registration
  • Can do 360° flips in mid-air. Comes with LED lights for a colorful night time flight. Loads of fun for the little ones.
  • Comes with 4 additional propellers and propeller guards.
  • It comes with a tough single frame design, position recovery technology, and 3 gyroscopes for flight stability. Makes it a very easy-to-fly drone even for beginners
  • The battery takes about 30 minutes to charge and a full charge will get you about 6 minutes of flight time.
  • Recommended for people aged 14 and over.

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Yizhan Gift Tarantula X6 H16

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Yizhan Gift Tarantula X6 H16 cheap drone with camera

So you have to admit that this drone looks pretty cool right? It does look like a giant tarantula except it has only 4 arms.

This drone was built for you to have fun flying so it does not have a camera. It’s all about the flight for this little one. The battery can last for 10 minutes per charge.

It focusses more on maneuverability and can perform some awesome maneuvers mid-flight. The drone is very easy to fly even if you are just a beginner which makes it a good drone for those just getting into the hobby.

Summary of features

  • 6-axis gyroscope for flight stability
  • A high capacity battery that takes about 150 minutes to fully charge and gives you about 10 minutes of play time
  • Perform 360° flips and rolls as well as other acrobatic maneuvers mid-flight.
  • A great beginner’s drone for the inexperienced pilots.

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Hornet FPV Drone with HD Camera

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Hornet FPV Camera Drone

The Hornet FPV is a more advanced drone than most of the other options on this list. It features advanced features such as altitude hold, return-to-home, an integrated FPV display on the remote controller/transmitter, and a headless flight mode.

You also get a free additional battery, 4 extra propellers, a card reader and a 4GB micro SD card.

The advanced flight modes make it a very easy to fly drone even for beginners.

Hornet FPV Drone Controller

Summary of features

  • Headless flight mode: Whatever direction the drone is facing, it will always fly in the direction you push the joystick.
  • Return Home: With the push of a button, the drone will automatically fly back to you.
  • Integrated FPV display in controller allows you to put yourself in the pilot’s seat and see everything the HD camera sees live on your controller.
  • Capture a video of your surroundings from the air with the integrated HD 720p camera. Videos and photos are saved to the 4GB micro SD card.
  • Altitude hold mode will ensure that you can fly the drone without the fear of crushing it to the ground. This, coupled with the FPV, makes it a perfect practice drone for those wanting to get into the sport of drone racing.
  • Get one free additional battery to double your flight time and four extra propellers as a backup.

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UDI RC U845 FPV Drone With HD Camera

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UDI RC U845 Drone1

The UDI u845 is a hexacopter designed to look like a flying saucer. It features an HD camera which gives you a live FPV feed if you connect your iPhone or Android smartphone to the controller.

Its six motors and propellers set it apart from the other beginner drones on this list. This gives you a lot more redundancy as the drone can continue flying even if you lose one propeller or one of the motors stop working.

It comes with 6-axis gyro for extra flight stability, a headless flight mode which makes it an easy-to-fly drone, and ability to do 360° flips.

It is a fun-to-fly drone for both kids and adults.

UDI RC U845 Drone Remove Controller

Summary of features

  • An onboard HD 720p camera gives you a live FPV feet to your connected iPhone or Android smartphone device.
  • Headless flight mode
  • Ability to fly the drone with just your mobile device.
  • You get an additional battery to double the flight time
  • An easy and fun-to-fly drone with flight assistance, safety features and the ability to perform mid-air tricks.

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I want to state that this list of cheap drones with camera is not exhaustive and is in no particular order. I just wanted to introduce you to some of the great beginner drones out there. If you feel a drone needs to be included in this list, don’t hesitate to let us know by leaving a comment below.

When you finish practicing with these drones and are ready to move on the big league drones like the DJI Phantom 4, check out our article on the best drones for sale today.