Best Camera Drones Under $100


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Camera drones have grown in popularity within the past few years. Due to technological advances, prices of camera drones have decreased and become more affordable. Using drones, also known as quadcopters, for photography has become a popular phenomenon. Therefore many drones nowadays come with a camera attached. Although there are still some on the market with no camera.

The drones on this list are all under $100 USD. And, all come with a camera.  However due to this low budget, not all the camera drones have the best quality camera. But they do make for a perfect beginner camera drone. If you are looking for a camera for your adventure, check out our list of adventure cameras under $100

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1. Hubsan X4 H502C

hubsan x4 h502c camera drone

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The Hubsan X4 camera drone is one of the top drones under $100. This camera drone can record video and take still photos. Since it is GPS equipped, have no fear of losing this device.

MSRP: $99.99

Camera: 2 MP

Flight Range: 200 m

Flight Time: Up to 10 minutes

Cheaper brand alternative: Hubsan X4 502E Desire

 

2. SYMA X5C

syma x5c camera drone

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The SYMA X5C, or its upgraded X5C1, are both camera drones that are highly popular. The camera can be removed from the mount. Therefore this drone can even haul small objects when the camera is removed. It does come with a prop guard, making it easy to fly indoors.

MSRP: ~ $53 USD

Camera: 2 MP

Flight Range: 60 m

Flight Time: 7 min

Brand alternative: SYMA X8C 

 

3. UDI U818A HD

udi U818a camera drone

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The UDI U818A HD camera drone is an upgrade from the 808A HD. The forward-facing camera offers HD video and photo. This camera drone is also a lot of fun to fly. Use two different speed modes depending on your skill level. The U818A HD can also do 360-degree flips and rolls.

MSRP: $55 USD

Camera: 2 MP

Flight Range: 80-100 m

Flight Time: 6-9 min

 

4. DBPower X400W

dbpower x400w camera drone

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The DBPower X400W is a great beginner’s drone. This drone is wifi compatible, so you can connect your phone to the camera in real time. With blue and orange lights, which can be switched off, the drone looks really cool flying in the dark.

MSRP: $59.99

Camera: 2 MP

Flight Range: 100 m

Flight Time: 8-9 min

Brand alternative: DBPOWER Hawkeye-I

 

5. JXD 509V

jxd 509v camera drone

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With a variety of flying features and a decent camera, this camera drone is a great bargain. The camera can actually tilt at a 30-degree angle, making it perfect for different points of view. This drone has the highest megapixel camera out of all the ones on this list.

MSRP: $64.99 USD

Camera: 3 MP

Flight Range: 80 m

Flight Time: 6 min

 

6. JJRC H26W

jjrc drone

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The JJRC H26W comes with a camera that can be titled in four different directions. This is great for those seeking different recording angles. This camera drone also has wifi, making the camera’s image accessible on your portable device. This drone also has the largest control distance out of any on this list at 300 meters.

MSRP: $79.99

Camera: 2 MP

Flight Range: 300 m

Flight Time: 7 min

Brand alternatives: JJRC H8D or JJRC H16 Tarantula X6

 

Honorable Mentions

These camera drones listed below are only a little over $100 but still worth mentioning. 

JJRC H26W Wifi Camera – $119

Holy Stone F181 RC quadcopter drone with HD camera

Holy Stone HS110W FPV


What camera drone do you recommend for those on a budget? Tell us your recommendations in the comments below!


Sources:
http://www.dronesglobe.com/affordable-list/under100/
http://drone-supremacy.com/best-drones-under-100/
http://www.dronethusiast.com/best-drones-under-100/
http://www.flybestdrones.com/5-best-drones-with-camera-under-100-dollars/
http://quadcopterr.com/best-drones-under-100-with-camera/
http://charged.io/cheap-drones-under-100/
http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/10-best-camera-drones-under-100-525912/11/

 

Madison Dragna

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  1. Roma said on March 18, 2017 10:09 pm:

    Nice list , i would like to go with DB POWER X400W Quadcopter