In this blog post, I suggest the best mini drones for beginners under 50 USD that will help you master stick movement and boost your confidence levels.
Dreaming of making a career as a drone pilot? But unsure where to start? It is best to start out with a cheap mini drone under 50 USD that you are not afraid to crash. Starting out with a $1,500 drone with no flying experience under your belt is not a good idea. You can cause some serious damage to people and property – and not to mention, you might end up losing your drone.
The Syma X5C is a great training drone for beginners. In spite of the low cost, this training mini drone is surprisingly quite sturdy and can take a hit or two. If you break a prop, do not fret. The Syma comes with four replacements. This two pound drone is powered by a 3.7V battery which generates 7 minutes of flight time. We highly recommend you buy spare batteries for longer flight times. Because there is no GPS and no level stabilization, the Syma is a great drone for learning orientation. The 2 MP camera shoots in 30 fps – with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the “HD” camera quality is not great. But, at less than 50 USD, this drone is a great bargain. Click HERE to get yours now.
The Hubsan X4 is another alternative for folks looking to learn orientation. Even cheaper than the Syma, the Hubsan does not come with a camera. You can expect 5 minutes of flight time. Again, we recommend keeping spare batteries on hand. Weighing barely a pound, the Hubsan X4 comes with –
Because the mini drone is so tiny, it is more suited for indoor flying. If you need a drone with a camera, we recommend going for the HubsanH107C. You can buy one HERE.
The Blade Inductrix is another good training drone. This tiny yet impressive mini drone come with Electric Ducted Fans (EDF) instead of traditional propellers. Powered by a 3.V battery, you can expect 5 minutes of flight time from this drone. Check out this video where dronies are flying the Inductrix to play their own variation of soccer:
At $64, the Inductrix is a great alternative for folks wishing to learn stick movement. Click HERE to get yours now.
If you have a slightly higher budget, the Tello EDU is a great training mini drone that retails for $129. Developed by Ryze Tech with some help from Intel and DJI, the Tello is a great training drone that offers a bunch of other cool features too. Tello allows users to code missions using languages like Scratch, Python and Swift. The Tello comes with a HD camera and different flying modes. Get yours HERE.
There are some great flight simulators which can also help you learn stick movement and flying. Liftoff is an award winning simulator that works with MAC as well as PC. This cool simulator offers you the alternative to customize your drone and racetrack. Moreover, Liftoff also supports the use of FPV goggles, controllers and transmitters – further enhancing the real world experience. Check out this awesome video -
Commercial pilots who are thinking of starting their own drone business might find our show, "Drones for Beginners | Phantom 4, Mavic 2 Pro, Inspire 1 vs Inspire 2" particularly interesting. Check it out now!
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