Many new RC flyers don’t want to spend a lot of money on their first drone. Instead, they’d rather buy something cheap to practice on. Then, once they become more comfortable behind the controls, they can upgrade to a more expensive model. In this post, I want to show you the best beginner quadcopters you can buy.
1. Syma X5C
In my opinion, the Syma X5C is one of the best beginner drones you can buy. The reason why is because it’s super-easy to fly. Even if you’re a total beginner, you shouldn’t have any difficulty flying the X5C. This model has a flight time of about 7 minutes.
This can be higher or lower depending on how aggressively you fly it, as well as whether you’re flying it in wind. Another great thing about this model is that it comes with a camera. It’s not HD by any means, but it’s still decent for the price.
2. UDI U818A
Another great quadcopter for beginners is the UDI U818A. Of all the models on this list, the U818A is one of the toughest. Each of its four propellers are completely enclosed by a tough plastic shield. This means the propellers will be less likely to break during a crash.
Like the X5C, the U818A comes with a camera and has an average flight time of about 7 minutes. Newbie drone flyers will love the “single-button flip” feature on this drone. Simply press the button on your transmitter and the drone will automatically perform a 360-degree flip!
3. Air Hogs Helix X4
The reason I recommend this drone for beginners is because it’s super-durable. As a beginner, you’ll probably be doing a lot of crashing, so you’ll need something that won’t break. The Helix X4 is very difficult to break. That’s because all the propellers and internal parts are surrounded by foam.
You can literally crash the X4 into rocks, pavement, or tress and it will keep on flying. It’s not invincible (no drone is), but it’s one of the most durable models a beginner can buy. The best part? It won’t break the bank. Check it out and you won’t be disappointed.
4. Cheerson CX-10
Don’t let its small size fool you- the Cheerson CX-10 is very fun to fly. In fact, it’s one of the first RC quadcopters I ever owned. The CX-10 is an example of a mini-quadcopter, meaning it’s quite small (about the size of the palm of your hand).
It has a flight time of about 4 minutes, is capable of 360-degree flips, and can be charged in about 30 minutes. The reason it’s one of the best beginner quadcopters is because it’s so cheap.
If you break it, you won’t be out very much money. If you’re a new fly who’s intimidated to fly larger models, then start with the CX-10.
5. Syma X5SW
The Syma X5SW is made by the same company that brought you the X5C. The major difference is that the X5SW is capable of FPV flight. For anyone who doesn’t know, “FPV” stands for “First Person Viewing”.
This is basically when you’re able to see what your drone’s camera sees in real time. For the X5SW, the display is your smartphone.
Simply download the Syma app, connect it to your drone, and you’re ready to fly! Most FPV quadcopters can easily cost over one thousand dollars, but the X5SW will only cost you a fraction of that.
6. Hubsan X4 H107L
Looking for a beginner quadcopter that’s easy to fly, cheap, and durable? If so, look no further than the Hubsan X4 H107L. Without the battery, it weighs around 28 grams. For this reason, it’s not suitable for flying in windy conditions. Its lightweight design has some advantages, too.
The main one is that you can fly the drone very aggressively (i.e. change directions very quickly, etc.). Depending on how aggressively you fly this beginner drone, the H107L has a flight time of about 7 minutes. Also included in the box is a transmitter, extra propellers, a USB charging cable (charge from your laptop!), and an owner’s manual.
7. Hubsan X4 H107D
A close cousin to the H107L is the Hubsan X4 H107D. In my opinion, the H107D is better because it comes with a camera that’s capable of FPV flying. The FPV display is a 4.3-inch viewing monitor that’s built into the transmitter itself. While this quadcopter isn’t the most durable out there, it can take some hits.
For example, I’ve crashed mine into pavement multiple times and it still flies like champ. Weighing in at about 35 grams, be careful about flying it in windy conditions. It also has two pairs of LED lights than make it easier to fly at night.
8. Proto X
The Proto X is one of the smallest quadcopters in the world. Due to its small size, it’s able to zip through the air effortlessly. As a beginner, you’re going to love it. Not only does the Proto X fly quickly, but it also has a cool design. It’s safe enough to fly indoors, which is a huge bonus.
The Proto X has a flight time of about 4-7 minutes, charges up to maximum capacity in 30 minutes, and, most importantly, won’t break the bank. If you want to hone your skills on something cheap, then this is one of the best models to do it with.
9. Cheerson CX-10C
The CX-10 has essentially all the same features as the standard CX-10. The major difference is that the CX-10C comes with a camera! That’s right- this tiny drone actually has a camera on the end of it that’s capable of recording.
Needless to say, I had to include it in this list of best beginner quadcopter models. The only downside to the added camera is that the flight time is a bit lower than the standard CX-10.
Specifically, the CX-10C has an average flight time (when recording) of about 3 minutes, whereas the standard CX-10 has a flight time of about 4-5 minutes. Not a huge difference, but it is something to think about.
10. Syma X8C
Finally, we have the Syma X8C. Of all the beginner drones on this list, the X8C is the largest. Due to its large size, it’s capable of withstanding the wind quite well.
Even if you’re flying in windy conditions, the drone should be able to maintain its position in the air. This high-flyer comes with a camera and has an impressive flight time of about 12 minutes.
For the price tag, that’s great. The only potential downside is that it has a charging time of about 2 hours. However, that’s not a big deal considering that you can simply buy extra batteries.
If you’ve got the funds and feel comfortable, great. But if you’re a bit more conservative, and want to “test the waters”, then the drones above are the perfect ones to get started with. Good luck and fly safe!