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The 9 best quadcopters for under $100

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Despite the low price point of this list of quadcopters, these drones still come with occassional cameras, extra batteries and decent flying times. They are the ultimate learning tool before you go down the route of more expensive flyers, but are still fun enough on a standalone basis.

We review 9 of our favourite quadcopters for under $100 in this article. Each of these quadcopters comes with a number of features that sets it apart from other similar-priced quadcopters.

So let's get into our review of the top 9 quadcopters for under $100!


Syma X5C quadcopter
Syma X5C Control
SYMA X5C Explorers 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter With HD Camera

Pros:

  • Equipped with HD camera and 2GB memory card
  • Perform flips at the press of a button with 360 degree eversion
  • Wind resistant and can be flown indoors or outdoors

Cons:

  • Customers say the battery life is quite short
  • Camera quality could be better

The Syma X5C is a great starter drone and for the pricing is worth flying a number of times until you get the hang of flying and break it. This quadcopter has all the requirements of a basic drone, so use it to learn before moving on to higher quality drones.

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Holy Stone HS170 quadcopter
Holy Stone HS170 Box and controller
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channels Quadcopter

Pros:

  • "HEADLESS FLIGHT SYSTEM" orients the quadcopter's flight on the controller
  • Reasonably robust and handling for price range
  • Extra propellers

Cons:

  • Long charge time (60-80 minutes) relative to flying time of 7 minutes
  • Some customers have experienced battery issues

The Predator has 3 different modes for beginners to more advanced flyers and really is a lot of fun to fly. Customers noted it holds up well to a number of crashes without bending a prop. It's very stable and responsive and the lights on the bottom are bright enough to identify front and back from a ways away. This can be a indoor or outdoor quad and it's pretty quick in the highest speed including recovering from flips and rolls.

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Syma X11 quadcopter
Syma X11 R/C Quadcopter - Red

Pros:

  • Attractive pricing
  • 6-axis, may throw to fly
  • Prop guard and a spare set of 4 propellers

Cons:

  • Some customers noted that little warning is given prior to battery running flat
  • Customers have noted some connectivity issues

This drone is perfect for beginners to learn how to fly. The Syma X11 is very stable once you have set up proper trim. A great little drone, just watch out for the very quick run flat scenario as it only gives about 10 seconds of warnings with flashing lights before going flat. Perhaps a good idea is to time it separately and ensure a softer landing.

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Akaso X5C quadcopter
Akaso X5C control
Akaso X5C 4CH 2.4GHz 6-Axis Gyro Headless RC Quadcopter with HD Camera

Pros:

  • Built-in camera
  • Stable flying
  • Spare parts

Cons:

  • Customers have expressed disapointment that the camera is poorer quality than advertised
  • Some customers feel other quadcopters are more robust

This quadcopter is well priced for including a camera as well as the usual one-touch trick and flick contollers. The camera is mounted on the battery door and is done so in such a way that with the removal of a few screws and simply unplugging the lead you could fly without the extra weight of the camera if wanted. The trick mode is awesome, bump the trick button and flip the control stick in any direction and the Quadrcopter will do a barrel roll/360 degree flip in that/any direction.

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Hubsan X4 quadcopter
Hubsan X4 (H107L) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quadcopter, Black

Pros:

  • Durable one piece main frame.
  • Ready to Fly
  • Decent battery life

Cons:

  • No camera
  • Short flight time

The Hubsan is a great little quadcopter toy, but it is suggested picking up extra larger batteries right away. Flight indoors is a bit longer with hovering, landing, and taking off again. The batteries should give about 4 minutes flying outdoors at or near full throttle

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Akaso K88 quadcopter and control
Akaso K88 quadcopter control
AKASO K88 Quadcopter 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Drone HD Camera

Pros:

  • Solider protection: the propeller blades are protected by high quality frames
  • Built-in camera
  • Spare props and lots of batteries

Cons:

  • Larger drone is heavier
  • Some customers feel the frame is of poor quality

Although this drone is quite a bit larger than other similar priced drones, a real advantage is the 10 minutes of flying time per battery and the inclusion of 4 batteries with the purchase. This gives a great amount of flying time for the price.

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Cheerwing Peregrine U28W quadcopter and control
Cheerwing Peregrine U28W features
Cheerwing Peregrine U28W Wifi FPV Drone 2.4Ghz 4CH Headless RC Quadcopter with 120° Wide-angle 720P HD Camera

Pros:

  • Pair the drone camera with FPV on your phone or goggles
  • Wifi 120° Wide-Angle 720P HD Camera
  • Headless mode makes easier flight

Cons:

  • Some customers have had issues with buttons for the 360 flip and the auto return button are on the bottom of the remote
  • Some customers feel the drone motors are not strong enough relative to its weight

The Cheerwing has some nice features related to its decent camera for the price, the FPV mode as well as being compatible for VR. It might be a bit more difficult to control due to the camera weight, but is at least internal to the drone. Battery life seems to be quite good as well as additional batteries included.

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UDI 818A HD quadcopter
UDI 818A HD control
UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

Pros:

  • Headless mode for directionless flying
  • HD Camera
  • Return to home button

Cons:

  • Some customers have had issues with controller communication
  • Some customers feel the manual is of poor quality

The UDI flies very nicely. It's light relative to size but moderate winds will not treat it kindly. It's robust and very well made. The transmitter looks good, less toyish looking than other controllers. The video however is interrupted if signal is lost.

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Akaso X8C quadcopter
Akaso X8C quadcopter control
AKASO X8C 2.4GHz 4.5CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with HD Camera

Pros:

  • Built-in HD camera
  • Robust due to propeller guards
  • Large sized drone

Cons:

  • Replacement parts are difficult to come by.
  • Size of drone requires FAA registration

Considering that most of the drones with decent cameras on it cost far more. The protective sides for the blades help if you hit something you dont need to worry about the blades snapping off. The camera is great for aerial shots.

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AUKEY Mini Drone
AUKEY Mini Drone control
AUKEY Mini Drone, 2.4G Quadcopter with 6-Axis Gyroscope

Pros:

  • Lightweight pocket-sized mini quadcopter
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Extra propellers

Cons:

  • Some customers have noted it is delicate
  • Flight time is short due to small batteries

AUKEY's mini quadcopter packs a lot of fun into such a tiny quadcopter. It works well considering the size, but there is a learning curve if you've never used one before. If this is your first time, I would recommend practicing in a large open area with soft landing spots. The quadcopter is as delicate as it appears to be.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of 9 of the best Quadcopters for under $100. The best brands consistenly show up and there are some great offerings from the like of Syma and Akaso in particular.

Agree with our choices? Or have we missed an awesome option for under $100? Let us know in the comments below!​

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