6 Best Practice Drones under $100

It is recommended that, when you first starting to learn to fly the drone, use cheap practice drone.  It is not recommend using expensive drone such as DJI Phantom which will cost over $1000.

Following drones are under $100.  They are perfect drone for you to practice when you first starting out. Of course, you cannot expect these models to perform like DJI drones.  But, you’ll be surprise that they are still uniquely good for its price.  They have many of the features that expensive drones have.

NOTE: The drone price as of Jun 2018.

1. Discovery UDI U818 HD+  ($80)

Discovery UDI U818 HD+ is very good drone for its price. It is easy to handle, reliable and extremely durable with its prop guards.  This drone can take heavy pounding.

Some of the impressive features include, headless mode and one key 360 flips. UDI U818 HD+ incorporates only Low Battery Alarm and LED lights.

UDI U818 HD+ camera records in 720p HD. It has the best camera option in this price range.  Unfortunately, it lacks GPS and any kind of stabilization. All in all, UDI U818 HD+ is very good entry-level model for you to practice.

Camera: 720p HD

GPS: No

Gimbal: No

FPV: YES

2. Syma X5C1 ($45)

Syma X5C1 is one of most popular budget drone in the market. Syma has four powerful 7x20mm motors and its ready to fly out of the box.

Syma X5C1 has detachable 720p HD camera and with camera detached, you can increases the flight time from 5 to 6 minutes because X5C1 doesn’t have most powerful battery.

Since it comes with prop guard, it is perfect for indoor and outdoor flight.  When you learn how to fly it, I suggest removing prop guard, camera and landing gear.  This will increase the flight time.

Camera: 720p HD

GPS: No

Gimbal: No

FPV: No

3. Syma X5UW ($60)

Syma X5UW is one of the newest drones from Syma. Because of that, it comes with some of the more “advanced” features such a altitude hold, FPV, and auto take off and landing.

Syma X5UW is very durable drone. The frame is very durable and it should survive most of your crashes.

Battery that comes with Syma X5UW is one of the most advanced batteries. It provides with 6-10 minutes of flight time.

Syma X5UW has a control distance of 80 meters.

You can fly it indoor and outdoor but indoor flights are not recommended for beginners because its size.

Camera: 720p HD

GPS: YES

Gimbal: No

FPV: YES

4. JXD 509W ($89)

The 509W is a WiFi version of extremely popular 509G drone.  JXD 509W is very durable. It is made of ABS plastic and the propellers are flexible for 90º so it won’t bend or break easily.

JXD 509W features Altitude Holder, One-Key Home Return, Headless Mode, Automatic Landing.  JXD 509W is only drone in this price range that has all these features.  JXD 509W also comes with FPV with very descent controlling range.

Camera: 720p HD

GPS: YES

Gimbal: No

FPV: YES

5. Holy Stone F181 ($99)

Currently, Holy Stone’s F181 is one of the popular entry level drone on Amazon.

Holy Stone F181 is packed with features such as One Key Return to Home, headless mode, altitude hold, One Key Engine Start / landing, and One Key Flips. It also comes with extra battery

Holy Stone F181 can travel far as 100 meters, and it can stay in the air roughly 8 minutes.

Holy Stone F181’s built-in HD camera incorporates a 2MPX sensor, but it struggle to take good video or photos at night.

Camera: 720p HD

GPS: YES

Gimbal: No

FPV: No

6. Hubsan X4 ($76)

Hubsan X4 is very compact and durable and packed with features, so it is perfect for indoor flights.

Hubsan X4 has an amazing 100 meter range distance and come with decent mountable HD camera.  It has flight time of 6-8 minutes and it has only 30 minutes to recharge its 3.7V 380mAh battery which is built-in to the drone.

Hubsan X4 come with FPV and come with built-in 4.3-inch screen on transmitter. FPV range is somewhere around 50-100 meters which is more than enough for most beginners out there.

Camera: 720p HD

GPS: No

Gimbal: No

FPV: YES

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