- Inexpensive, yet good quality
- Durable, can survive crashes
- Easy to assemble and use, even for first-time drone pilots
Inexpensive, perfect for beginners; great for performing tricks; tough little quadcopter.
Doesn't handle well in high winds.
Performance: The UDI U818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone is great for those who want to practice with a cheaper drone before buying a more expensive one. The camera snaps decent-quality images at up to 1280x960 resolution, and it's excellent in low-light situations. The video camera can stream live to your smartphone, or it can be set to store the footage/images to the onboard storage device. The USB cable makes it easy to transfer your footage/images from the drone to your computer. While the range on the drone is not ideal (less than 100 feet), it zips through the air with surprising speed.
Operation: The battery life on this drone only gives you about 9 minutes of flight time, but it also only takes 45 minutes to charge. However, it includes a bonus battery pack to extend your flight time. It handles well, but you have to keep a close eye on it. If it flies out of range, it will disconnect and drop. Do not use in heavy winds. Thankfully, the on-remote switches allow you to adjust the drone's stability in-flight, making it easy to keep it trim and level. On days when there is no wind, it handles like a dream, even for newbie pilots. It's got a surprisingly good speed for such a cheap, small drone!
Features: The camera can be a bit shaky if the wind is high, but on calm days it takes clear, blur-free pictures. The controller allows you to adjust the throttle, trim, camera, and even monitor the battery life. Press the 360 inversion button, and you can make the drone do flips. The "Headless" feature makes it easy for beginners to use the drone, as it auto-adjusts the drone to improve control. It even has a "Return Home" to bring the drone automatically back to its starting place.
Price: Priced at $100, it's a solid little copter that can take a beating and still run well. It's a great first-timer drone, as it handles easily and can survive crashes thanks to the plastic rotor guards.
- Rated #8 in 13 Best Camera Drones