The 7 Best Drones to Buy in 2018 for Under $250

Drones have become super popular recently (both recreationally and professionally), and if you’re looking to buy one, it’s important to do your homework first. If you’re just starting out flying drones, it’s a good idea to buy a cheaper option since it’ll take you some time to get used to the controls and maneuverability. And even though you’re buying a more inexpensive model, you can still get a decent drone that has a good amount of flying time, a camera, range and more. Read on to see which beginner/budget drone is best for you.

Best Budget: Syma X5C

Our pick for the best overall drone is the Syma X5C, and it also happens to be Amazon’s No. 1 best seller. It has only seven minutes of flight time and we’d love to see that number triple for our top choice, but the low price tag has to have some drawbacks. Fortunately, it only takes around 90 minutes of charging before you’re back in business and up in the air again.

The X5C is durable, but has plenty of cheap available parts in case of damage. The 720p camera won’t win any awards, but it’s more than enough to capture the moment and provide some eagle-eyed views of the world around us. The six-axis gyroscope allows for flight both inside and outside and, while there’s balance, we’d recommend keeping it out of any strong winds. Flying with the controller is responsive and smooth and the 150-foot range is more than enough for first-timers.

This drone is a fantastic deal, punching well above its price tag and providing a great introductory experience to the drone and quadcopter world. If you want something that will help you learn how to fly before stepping up to more expensive models, the X5C is a great place to start.

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