Following weeks spent conducting extensive research, we present out Best Drones For Sale 2018 guide. The guide offers the best recommendations following a thorough review of the currently available models to determine which drones are the best across some different categories.
The post is divided into sections which are linked below:
|1. Things to consider when buying a drone|
|2. Common features and how they work|
|3. How we sort drones on this list [IMPORTANT]|
|4. Top 30 quads for sale – sorted by price|
|5. >> $10 to $50|
|6. >>>> $51 to $100|
|7. >>>>>> $101 to $300|
|8. >>>>>>>> +$500|
MANY TOP DRONES FOR SALE. WHICH IS THE BEST FOR 2018?
The growth of drones or UAVs continues unabated. It is like one cannot put the genie back in the bottle now. Whether being able to fly without risking human pilots during flights in the military with the best military drones for sale or for private citizens who enjoy seeing aerial views of their property or points of interest, there are no signs that interest in drones is going away.
With the ongoing interest in flying drones for sale, the drones themselves continue to evolve, improve, and provide better features than previous iterations offered in the marketplace. These versatile products also are becoming more affordable for the average citizen because as their popularity increases, so does their mass market appeal, production costs decline, and lowered retail prices tickle the fancy of the mainstream consumers who begin to consider the idea of a drone for the first time.
When thinking about buying a drone for the first time, one must look at what factors should be reviewed before purchasing one:
HERE ARE A FEW FEATURES THAT SOME DRONES OFFER:
TOP QUADCOPTERS, WITH A CAMERA:
$10-50 Low-priced best commercial drones For Sale available now:
With the cheapest quadcopters, they tend to be tiny quads which look more like toys than true drones. For small kids or as a tentative bigtoe dipped into the drone waters for the first time, these inexpensive drones are ideal. Typically, their main bodies use plastic, and the included cameras don’t hold a candle to a GoPro. When moving up to higher-priced models, the product gets bigger, and the cameras’ image quality improves markedly too.
The Pioneer JXD 509V is a newer model than the other ones shown. The newness of the product benefits it because it includes some often unseen features that other small drones lack. These include a headless option, return to base, and the ability to hover at the same altitude for several minutes. The JXD 509V can fly for 5-6 minutes depending on how hard this little guy is pushed. The 80 meters it can cover is reasonable for its class too. The camera drones on sale offer 2-megapixel shots which are several other models in this category. This is a new looking foam drone that apes the appearance of more expensive offerings.
The Moontop MT9916 perhaps suggests its dreams of reaching to the moon, but this little guy only has a range of 50 meters, so it’ll have to remain a distant dream for now. The drone body is very basic, lightweig ht and aerodynamic with good air flow. The flight time is a reasonable 8 minutes which is enough to get partway across the park and back without any difficulty. There is a controller with this drone which looks a little like a PlayStation one, but the limited 50 meters it reaches out to is a tad disappointing, to be honest. With that said, this model is a good little performer and an excellent option as the first flight for young kids.
The JJRC H8C gives off a real sci-fi kind of vibe with its design, so it’ll suit someone who enjoys t his genre the most. Unlike another colorful offering, its jet-black appearance is best for daytime flights as it will virtually disappear into the night sky which will envelop it. The 8 minutes it can spend flying around is one of the best in its class. The supplied drone with a camera for sale is decent enough to offer 2-megapixel video and photos which are also in line with other mini quadcopters.
The FY326 Q7 is a white drone that does things a little differently than other quad copters in thi s class. It offers a greater range of flight with between 100-120 meters supported rather than the more typical 60-80 meters. It is also capable of staying in the air for up to 8 minutes which is respectable. The FY326 Q7 has sufficient power to attach a decent HD camera to it, which will be necessary if one wishes to take either photos or video because this model lacks a camera of any kind (all the other models suggested include at least a primary shooter). However, it’s a cheap little model which makes this an acceptable trade-off for people who’ll accept this compromise for a better range.
The HTF803C is the most colorful of mini or toy quadcopters drones for sale with a camera on o ur list. It includes white, black, green, and orange in its kaleidoscope of colors used on the body. The colors may distract from the fact that it will only stay airborne for six or 7 minutes per charge. There is a limited drone with cameras for sale on board that only offers 1-megapixel images which are a lower specification than other models in this class. However, it has a 100-meter controllable range which is the trade-off here.
More advanced quadcopter for sale with camera in this table remain toy rated. Their increased price of a drone boosts their size;improves lift ability, camera specifications, and other features beyond what the sub-$50 quads offered above.
The Tarantula X6 (awesome name!) is a terrific commercial camera drone for sale with a distinctive white and black color scheme that is a clear leader in this market. Under your control, it flies true and up to a 300-meter distance which is excellent. Better make haste with getting that range though as it stays airborne for 8-10 minutes at best. There is a unique control feature known as Intelligent Orientation Control which uses the internal navigation to help the drone get around safely. The return to base feature works better than many more expensive models too. For easier beginning flights, the headless option will prove useful. There is the choice whether to purchase a separate camera pack or not; the package includes a 5-megapixel camera which is a significant step up from the 2-megapixel cameras in the previous category. At its price, it’s tough to beat the Tarantula X6.
The MJX X600 goes beyond the usual FPV quadcopter drones for sale design with their hexacopte r version (this model has six rotors taking it airborne rather than a quad’s four rotors). The speed of the rotating spin is higher than most drones in its class too, which helps it achieve faster in-flight speeds. It gets all the way out to 125 meters from its take-off point and can safely stay in the air for 9 minutes. It has some useful features including a headless option for novice flyers and a return to base option to get the hexacopter safely back on the deck before its battery runs dry.
The WLtoys V686G drone is a good FPV model. It’s four props get it into the air fast, and the battery lets it fly around 9-10 minutes which is one of the better flight durations in this class. Flying out to 120-meters from its take-off point is also pretty good too. The included camera is a 2-megapixel model which won’t produce the clearer images of the higher specification cameras in other drones in this category but is still decent nonetheless. The video images transmitted to the FPV display are almost lag-free too.
The JIRC H11D is a good compromise of price, features, and abilities in a single package. It’s black, red and orange design almost looks spider-like which suggest it will fly true. The FPV control system for t his quadcopter has a display that makes it simple to fly this drone around. The in-air time of 10 minutes is better than the average in this class. Going the distance, the JIRC H11D gets all the way out to 120-meters but don’t too far with not enough time to get back. To avoid this issue, there is a single button to direct this drone back to its starting point automatically. One excellent feature of the included camera is the adjustable angle which is remotely changeable with ease. For its price, the JIRC H11D has a lot to recommend it.
The Syma X5SW is a low-cost quadcopter which still offers FPV to visualize exactly what the camera is recording in real-time. The camera is a reasonable 2-megapixel version which is acceptable, but not as good as some other models in this class. The model comes with its Intelligent Orientation Control system to help it navigate successfully. For novice flyers, the headless option is a useful way not to get confused which way is front and which is rear when flying. The biggest letdown with the X5SW is that it only flies out to 50-meters which make it strictly a drone for close aerial shots rather than distance ones. In any case, the 6 minutes it stays up in the air is also quite restrictive.
The Syma X8C Venture is the biggest quadcopter in this category with a familiar-looking desig n. Flying this model is a real pleasure as it feels very smooth. It will go out to 100-meters and has a decent aerial time of 10-12 minutes depending on how much you push it with steep banking and sharp turns that burn through the battery power faster. There is a headless option to change how you control this Venture model which is helpful for new drone pilots. There are two packages available with the X8C: a 2-megapixel camera model and a 5-megapixel camera model. Obviously, the 5 megapixels is a substantial improvement with a greater ability to zoom into a shot to look closer at one part of it than the 2 megapixel photos will ever offer. Something to bear in mind when making a choice between the two models.
The JIRC H6C is a good allrounder as a micro drone for sale with a camera and other four props. It flies smooth and accurate using the supplied transmitter. Its display screen is pretty small but still manageable. The 2GB microSD card included with this package is useful to save images in the 720p HD camera that’s also supplied. The screen is helpful to check the battery level and see what the camera is picking up in real-time. The 80-meter flying distance is a little below what one would hope for, but it does deliver a 6-minute time one can keep this drone in the air. The battery is a 350 mAh one which doesn’t take too long to recharge again.
The GP Toys H20 has one added feature that isn’t included with any of the other reviewed s mall drones with a camera for sale in its class: it’s waterproof. This flying UAV drone for sale is capable of landing on water or to take off while it is still on the surface of the water too. Therefore, this drone is a good one for taking low-level shots over a river or lake without worrying if it will survive the journey. The range is a decent 100-meters which is long enough to stretch over most of a good length river or lake to get the right shot. The Li-Po 650 mAh battery delivers up to 8 minutes of flying, which drops to only 6 minutes when maneuvering a lot during the flight. There is a set of LED lights making this a good drone for nighttime flying too. The 30-day guaranteed money returned from the manufacturer is also good to see.
$100-300 Price range:
At this price, we’re reaching the top of the budget-priced models. They’re still quadcopters that are professional small drones for sale which is enough to be labeled toy sized, but their features and specifications continue to improve as the price increases.
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is a pleasing drone to use. It hooks right up either with an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet used to control it. The display on the mobile device becomes the FPV screen showing real-time views from the 720p camera, battery life, speed, rotation, direction, and other location-specific information. Under the hood of this AR, the drone has a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 32-bit processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM which runs the 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis magnetometer, 3-axis accelerometer, and ultrasound sensors. With this level of sophistication, the drone knows exactly where it is, whenever its back in the air. It can fly out to 100 meters from the launch site and stays airborne for 10-minutes per charge. The degree of precision with the various sensors is excellent with this model.
The Cheerson CX-20 Auto-Pathfinder is a popular model currently because it offers a selection of features for its price. It can fly out up to 300 meters without difficulty using the supplied chunky controller. The return to base feature ensures it is easy to get the drone back from a location too far to see. The increased flight time of 14 minutes is better than some other models in this class too. This model doesn’t come with its own camera, with the manufacturer preferring to put the money towards the features of the drone instead. This choice seems to pay off handsomely. The lifting capacity is enough to hold a GoPro safely which opens up a world of possibilities for excellent aerial photography and videography using the CX-20 Auto-Pathfinder as the trusty guide.
The WLToys V393 model is an ideal one for anyone who wishes to fly out around casually. The 120-meter range is excellent and being able to stay airborne for up to 15 minutes is good too. The drone has a built-in GPS system for better navigation, a 6-axis gyro, a brushless motor for improved reliability, and a single button return to base feature. There are smart flight options to take the pressure off the pilot, a headless option to change how to control the drone once it’s in the air, and the V393 can land for you too. Built using carbon and strengthened polystyrene, the central light and LEDs ensure it stays visible during night flights. No camera is provided with this model, but it will support a GoPro.
The JIRC X1 upgrades performance possibilities with a 300-meter range and being able to stay aloft for 13 minutes. When not changing direction too often, sometimes this drone even reaches 400 meters during a flight. This brushless model has four props that deliver enough uplift to support a mounted GoPro (no camera is supplied with the X1). The return to base feature is especially useful when flying beyond the range of the human eye and the headless option changes how to control this drone should that be required. Affordable premium features at a lower price are the hallmarks of the X1.
The WLtoys V666 is a devilishly intelligent video drone planes for sale that is larger than many of its compatriots in this class. The better build quality and protective foam included in the design will help with landings. This model uses FPV, so it’s possible to see what’s being viewed by the drone on its 2-megapixel camera right from the included 4.3-inch LCD screen. The range is a disappointing 100+ meters which are the trade-off here. Flying is possibly up to 7-10 minutes depending on how direct the flight path was.
The Hubsan X4 H107D is a compact quadcopter with distinctive white and red propellers that gets high marks for quality because of the people behind it. The 5.8GHz band is used for communications which deliver clearer signal and reception, with improved responsiveness during flights. The X4 H107D flies out to 100 meters before hitting its limit. The 8 minutes of in-flight time is acceptable, but not exceptional. The controller is easy to hold and use with a good display screen built-in. The supplied 0.3-megapixel camera sounds disappointing, but it’s able to capture high-quality images.
The WLToys V686G is a more basic drone from this modern drone manufacturer. It offers up to 8 minutes of time in the air and flies out to 100-meters safely. The headless option lets newbie drone pilots get used to flying, and the simple return to base feature makes it easier to get the drone back without having to fly it home yourself. The supplied FPV monitor provides lag-free visuals too.
These drones are aimed at serious hobbyists and professional users. They represent the best consumer UAVs on the market today.
The DJI Phantom 4 is an exceptional drone which is elegantly designed with subtle curves and clean white lines. The latest model, now in its fourth version, has many advantageous features now found in many other drones. Controlling this drone is a little smoother than in its 3rd iteration. A flight app from DJI drone for sale is offered both on iOS and Android for controlling flights directly from your smartphone. Collision avoidance is a big issue with longer flights, and this feature is included with the Phantom 4. Object tracking is also part of collision avoidance and included here too. The range is a full 2,000 meters which are massive; it’s difficult to imagine needing a longer range than this. Flying time is maxed out at 25 minutes which is at the top in this professional class. The camera offers the latest HD 4K video recording standard and 12-megapixel photos for expansive imagery. It is hard to fault the DJI Phantom 4; until the Phantom 5 comes out at least.
The Yuneec Typhoon H is a close second to the DJI Phantom 4 drone for sale. In some opinions, it even beats the competitor above in some regards and which is the best does come down to personal taste. This drone offers six props rather than the more typical four which offers a greater uplift capacity, improved stability during flight, and the ability to stay aloft even should 1-2 motors cut out in-flight. The flying time of 25 minutes isn’t any lower than the DJI Phantom 4, so powering six props doesn’t seem to slow the Typhoon H down at all. There is even a landing gear that gets retracted up when in-flight for the ultimate in airborne sophistication. The 1,000-meter range is half that of the Phantom 4, but for many people, that’s entirely sufficient for their needs. The supplied HD camera supports HD 4K video recording and 12-megapixel photos, plus it can pan around the full 360-degrees for real panoramic visuals (a major selling point for many buyers). The price is also affordable when compared to some other models in its class too.
The DJI Inspire 1 is an interesting choice for drone pilots. With its four propellers, it has a range that reaches up to 4.5 kilometers which truly puts it into a class of its own. Because of the distance, it comes with software to program the flight path it will take to plan its journey thoroughly. A high-quality 4K HD video camera is supplied which supports 12-megapixel photos too. The flight time is 18 minutes. The model also offers an extensive selection of extra features for drone pilots to fully explore.
The 3DR Solo drone for sale is a little different from other models. It is designed not to become outdated as quickly. It is also designed on an open-source platform rather than a proprietary one which suggests th at it may be updatable in the future too. Certainly, for anyone who is a fan of open-source software, this drone could be more attractive to them. An app is supplied which is easy to use, control all features and flying sessions. There is no camera provided with the 3DR Solo, but it does have sufficient uplift capacity to support a GoPro camera addition. There is the option to buy the 3DR Solo with a gimbal or without one. Buying the model with a gimbal will pay dividends to capture steady shots and can control panning and tilting with the supplied software. The range of 1,000-meters is lower than some top competitors. In-flight time is okay at 20 minutes, with spare batteries available separately, providing the option to bring the drone back to swap out the batteries and then send it out on a second flight.
The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is a relatively recent addition to the DJI range of drones. It offers 2.7K video recording (rather than 4K video) and takes 12-megapixel shots. Its gimbal uses 3-axis to help keep the included camera steady, but it can also be used with a GoPro too. Streaming 720p video shows what the drone’s camera is seeing directly displayed on tablet or smartphone. Flights can go out as far as 2,000 meters and a flight time of up to 20 minutes is realistic. The feature set is extensive, with a manual return to base, automatic return to base, and automatic take-off being the best ones.
The DJI Phantom 2 for sale Vision+ is a mid-range quadcopter with four blades and built-in GPS. The generous 5,200 mAh lithium polymer battery delivers dependable flying capabilities over a solid range. The built-in Wi-Fi allows easy manipulation of the controller. The Vision+ stays aloft for 25 minutes at a single charge. The supplied camera has a F/2.8 lens for letting in plenty of light and supports recording 30 fps in the Full 1080p video. It’s also possible to take photos at 14-megapixel sizes. Software updates for the Wi-Fi Extender feature have proven problematic for owners, and third-party batteries are not recommended for this model which is two iterations behind DJI’s latest model.
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 is an affordable mid-range drone with a 600 to the 800-meter range. The flight duration is between 20 minutes and 25 minutes depending on flight conditions. There are some exciting flight modes to play around with using the supplied controller. The GPS is included with the Q500 and helps with successful navigation. The Q500 has an HD 4K Video-capable camera, and it also takes 12-megapixel photos too. This model competes directly with the DJI Phantom 3 drone for market share.
The Cheerson CX22 is perhaps one stage back from the latest generation of drones. Despite this, it offers a lot of bang for the buck here. Stable in-flight controls and dual GPS provide exactness with location specifics that it is rare to find in an affordable drone. A full range of features includes the ability to fly around an object using a specified radius, a return to base, automatic return to base to protect the equipment, a follow me feature, and a way to bring the drone back under control when it is off-course. The range is a pleasing 800 meters, and the 25-minute duration of the flight is certainly decent for its price point. The FPV real-time image is shown on the LCD on the controller. The drone camera for sale supports Full 1080p video resolution and high-quality photos too. However, the customer experience with this drone has been mixed.
The 3DR IRIS+ is a remotely-controlled drone that is supported both by a 9-channel radi o transmitter or a mobile app. Both Android and iOS apps let the owner fly the drone successfully and includes access to automatic features for flight control. Plan journeys using the supplied software to draw up a successful route. An ARM Cortex-M4 chip uses the Pixhawk autopiloting option to follow the path laid out and keep things on track.
Whichever cheap best drones For Sale you choose, it is worth remembering that in many states it is a requirement to file a registration with the FAA. Please check the local rules in your state to confirm what steps are necessary post-purchase to fully comply with the regulations.