8 Beginner Drones to Hone Your Flying Skills
If you're interested in learning how to fly a drone, starting with a low-priced, easy-to-use model is strongly suggested.
Learning to fly a drone isn’t easy, especially if you’ve never flown an RC aircraft before. Many pilots crash (a lot) and burn through propellers and multiple drones before becoming proficient flyers.
If you’re interested in learning how to fly a drone, starting with a low-priced, easy-to-use model is strongly suggested. Not only will you save money on crashes, you’ll also be able to take more risks as you won’t drain your bank account.
Here are eight beginner drones that are fun to fly and great for building your pilot skills.
The Cheerson CX-10 is a tiny drone (0.42 oz. and 1.57 x 1.57 x 0.67 inches) that can fit in the palm of your hand, but it’s powerful enough for some fast flight. The CX-10’s light framework helps ensure a flight time of 4-8 minutes, and it’s powered by a rechargeable 3.7V 100mAh lithium battery.
This mini quadcopter is excellent for learning basic flight skills, like taking off, landing, yaw, roll, and it can even do 360-degree flips. At under $20, the CX-10 is one of your best bets for learning to fly for the first time.
2. Blade Nano QX
The Blade Nano QX is one of the most popular mini quadcopters. It has amazing power for its size, allowing it to handle outdoor winds. It also comes with propeller guards, which are excellent to help new pilots minimize the number of replacement props they need to buy.
The Blade Nano QX is small enough to fly indoors. This is probably the most important aspect for new pilots, because it’s best to start building your skills in an environment without wind or other environmental conditions impacting your flight.
The Blade Nano QX also comes with an agility mode for when you want to really push the drone to its limits.
3. Syma X5C
The Syma X5C is one of thetop 10 drones on Amazon for under $500, and it’s the best seller in “Hobby RC Quadcopters & Multirotors.”
For the $40.79 price, you get a quadcopter with a bigger size and a 2MP camera for taking pictures. Its size allows you to start transitioning to larger drones, and the camera gives you experience with aerial photography.
The Syma X5C can also perform 360-degree flips in either direction, and it’s powerful enough to test your skills outdoors.
4. Voomall MJX X901
This is one of the most interesting beginner drones I’ve come across. The Voomall MJX X901 is a miniature hexacopter (six blades). Most hexacopters only come in expensive, professional models. Due to its six blades, this is one of the most stable small drones you can buy. It also comes with a 6-axis gyro for added stability.
You can perform 360-degree flips in any direction, and its LED lights allow you to fly in low-light conditions. For under $30, the MJX X901 can be a fun drone to learn with.
5. Hubsan X4 (H107C)
The Hubsan X4 is widely regarded as one of the best drones to start out with as it provides a nice combination of size, stable flight, and power.
The H107C version comes with a camera for taking aerial photos and videos. You really can’t go wrong with a Hubsan X4 model as your first drone. It can fly for seven minutes and can be recharged via USB. It’s currently $37 on Amazon.
6. Hasakee Mini Drone
This Hasakee Mini Drone is a sweet drone that comes with strong propeller guards as a standard component. Again, if you’re building your pilot skills, prop guards are highly recommended.
It also comes with a camera on the front, has a flight time of 5-7 minutes, which is standard for this size, and only takes 30-50 minutes to charge. With this drone, you can maximize your flight time and have some fun taking pictures and videos.
7. Eachine E010
The Eachine E010 specializes in stability and safety. It comes with propeller guards that fully surround each propeller, and its built-in positioning system allows you to return the quadcopter back to you with the push of a button.
The Eachine E010 also comes with four LED lights that indicate what direction the drone is flying at night.
8. UDI U818A FPV Drone
The size of the UDI U818A makes it a good transitionary quadcopter to larger models, and it comes with WiFi FPV (first person view) capability. You can connect your smartphone to the drone’s camera, attach it to your controller, and get a live view of its feed. Very few drones in this price range have FPV capability.
And the UDI U818A comes with some of the strongest prop guards around.