One might consider a drone as some toy-like gadget, but spending money on a quality drone can be a wise investment. You can explore the world of photography better than ever; if you have a drone. It can be your best buddy during traveling and capturing the world via the lens.
With advancements in every other industry, changes occur in the quadcopters industry too. Competition increased, and today there are uncountable options available when you go out to buy a quadcopter in several price ranges. Buying a perfect drone for you as per your requirements or need without breaking your bank account is no doubt an extreme sport nowadays.
Quality is an essential aspect of buying drones. Though it can be wise to spend money on a good quality drone yet, we are here to help you in this decision by providing you price-quality comparison (including technical specifications, pros, and cons) of some of the latest quadcopters in the market. In this article, you will find details about:
Best of Drones regarding Price-Quality Ratio
- DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro
- Potensic T25 GPS Drone
- Holy Stone HS700D
- Holy Stone HS370
- Holy Stone HS200
In this post, I will also give you the option to check another opinion about the best cheap drones, by watching a three parts video by CAPTAIN DRONE. Here it is part one:
Let’s glance at these quadcopters and help you find out which suits you best:
DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro
The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone is our first consideration for the best drone regarding the price-quality ratio. There are several features in this drone that differentiate it from others besides the DJI name tag; DJI is known as one of the market leaders for providing high-quality drones with up-to-date features.
- Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 8 inch (43 x 43 x 20 cm)
- Weight: 2.2 pounds (1 kg)
- Power consumption: 3.12 W
- Wingspan: 22cm
- Range: 300 meters
- Communication distance: About 1km
- Suitable environments: outdoors
- Control channels: 7
- Frequency: 2.4 GHz
Generally, this drone is the one, which can be considered up to the mark. There are several features in it; intelligent orientation control, 15 minutes flight time, radio transmitter with a long-range of 580 feet, advanced GPS positioning, accurate image capturing, fail-safe features, Naza M autopilot system, sleek design and a lot more.
This quadcopter is very durable, user-friendly, and designed as ‘ready-to-use.’ It weighs only 2.2 pounds with a dimension of 17 x 17 x 8 inch (43 x 43 x 20 cm) and can be carried around easily. It gives an output of about 15 minutes of flight time. A 3S Lithium-Polymer 2200 mAh battery powers this flight time.
The range of radio-transmitter of the drone is pretty long and impressive. It is around 580 meters. It helps the quadcopter to cover the large area for photography and videography. Besides an extended coverage area, it is also super responsive.
This drone goes perfectly with Go-Pro cameras. Go Pro cameras are known for giving out optimum optical results, and these results are further boosted with DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone. This drone uses a feature of intelligent orientation control.
Using this feature makes the aircraft fly in the intended direction only and prevents loss of aircraft or direction. Not only this, Fail-Safe System ensures the safety of drones. When the drone loses the signals from the controller during flight, this system makes the body come back to the point of flying automatically.
UAV is perfect for flying outdoors without any fear of losing it. Not only is it easy to control, but also the Advanced GPS Positioning system enables the photographer to keep a continuous track of drone. Ease of flying can further be enhanced by using the Naza M Auto Pilot system, via software. This system lets the photographer to configure the device and to make it fly independently.
- Impressive flight stabilization
- Fail-Safe System
- Automatic orientation control
- Naza M Auto Pilot System
- More than 15 minutes of battery life
- Capturing capabilities better than others in the category
- Adjustable settings
- Uses joysticks instead of mainstream touch screens
- Charges very slowly
- Hard to understand for beginners
- Spare parts of aircraft are costly.
- No camera
Potensic T25 GPS Drone
Our next aircraft to review is Potensic T25. The Potensic T25 is very easy to operate. As it is a drone for beginners and comes with some amazing features. Here are some details about it:
- Battery capacity: 3.7V 1000mAh
- Motor: normal
- Control distance: 980 feets
- GPS: present
- Camera: 1080p
- Aircraft size: 10.6 x 10.6 x 4.7 inches
- Weight: 2.25 pounds
- No. of channels: 4
- Battery: lithium-ion battery
- Skill level required: beginner
- Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up
- Camera Angle: 90° Adjustable angle
This drone can be in the list of drones for beginners without any second thought. It has 1080p UHD Camera, FPV, Compatibility with VR Headset, Intelligent Flight Modes, Altitude Hold, 9 Axis Gyroscope, 10minutes Flight Time, and a lot more to offer.
Potensic T25 has a very sleek design and ergonomically fit for the user. The legs of the aircraft support the body of the drone. These legs are designed not only for safe landing but also to protect the camera; the camera is present between these legs.
Landing legs are replaceable, just like propellers and propellers guards. It measures 10.6 x 10.6 x 4.7 inches and weighs less than 4 pounds making it easy to carry around during traveling and other circumstances.
It is designed to be suitable for night time flying. For this purpose, LED lights are added under the router. These lights also enhance the look of the quadcopter. This drone is available in two colors; Black and White.
This drone has a UHD camera with a 1080p resolution and 120-degree FOV. The price for which this drone is available is the best camera you can get. 120-degree field of view enhances the surface area which the camera is covering for you. The camera can be tilted 75°. This can surely become a reason behind aesthetic videos and images you will capture. Overall, the camera does a very decent job for its price. Whatever you are capturing, you can see it live on the remote controller screen of the drone.
Normal battery time for the aircraft is 8 minutes, but it can be doubled up, adding an extra battery. This battery timing is a kind of drawback, but the good thing is T25 returns back home automatically when the battery is about to die. This good feature can help the owner to ensure the safety of the drone.
Did we say that its beginner’s drone? Right? Well, there is a reason behind it. There is a single button take off. You can fly your drone by pressing just a button. Just like this button, there is also an auto-land button too. You can also keep track of your drone and control it completely during flight via its pretty accurate GPS.
Flying performance of T25 is enhanced via two intelligent flying modes; Follow Me Mode and Custom flying plan. With follow me mode, the drone will connect to your smartphone via the app using a dual GPS and then follow you around where ever you go. Custom flying mode allows the users to draw a custom path on the Potensic app for drones, and then the drone will follow that path.
- Reasonable price
- Intelligent flying modes
- Nine axis Gyroscope
- Intelligent battery
- Headless mode
- 1080p HD camera
- Altitude hold
- Compatible with VR Headset
- Camera’s FPV
- Very low battery timings
- Some users can face issues with it about weak internet connections
- Without SD card, capturing videos and images can be troublesome
Need a break on reading? Here is the part two video by CAPTAIN DRONE about the best drones regarding price-quality ratio:
Holy Stone HS700D
Are Holy Stone drones any good? The answer is always yes! Not only ideal for beginners, but professional users of drones can also get a lot from this aircraft. This company is known for providing for GPS equipped drones with high-resolution cameras, and many other advanced functions at very reasonable prices.
The Holy Stone’s drone, which made into our list of the best drone according to the price-quality ratio at number 3., is HS700D. Here are some details about it that you might be interested in
- Item weight: 608 g ( FAA Needed)
- Dimension: 8.66 x 8.66 x 6.10in (Without protection guards)
- Flight Time: 22 Mins
- Charging Time: 5 – 7 Hours
- Camera: 2048 x 1152p / 2k
- Live Video Transmission Range: 1640 – 2600 ft
- Max Control Range: 3280 ft
- Battery Capacity: 2800 mAh
- Motors of the drone: 2204 1500KV Brushless Motor
- App supported by IOS 8.0 or Above & Android 5.0.2 or Above
Core features of Holy Stone HS700D are 2k camera, 5.0Ghz FPV, GPS Auto Return, BrushlessMotors, 22 minutes flight time, custom flight path, intelligent flight, and easy control. Users can control the quadcopter with elementary operations, which makes it a very suitable drone for beginners.
If we look at its design, this drone is equally ideal for flying indoors, outdoors as well as during the night. It is very compact and lightweight, which makes it a good companion for traveling, and flyers can easily carry it along to places.
It only weighs around 608 grams, and its size is 8.66 x 8.66 x 6.10 inches. With the package of these drones also comes protection guards to enhance the lifetime and security of the drone. Holy Stone also upgraded propellers for this drone. The upgraded propellers make the flight more efficient and smooth. These propellers can be adjusted very easily.
Holy Stone HS700D comes up with a 5G 1080p FHD camera with a 110° Field of view. Getting this good camera in the price range of this drone is undoubtedly a thing that can win competitive advantage for Holy Stone, over other competitors.
The lens with a 110-degree panoramic field of view makes sure to attain premium quality optical results. FPV(first-person view) is one new feature added to the camera’s operations. This feature helps the flyer to see precisely what the drone sees. This camera can easily be replaced with GoPro cameras.
The 22 minutes flying time(when FPV transmission is off) is supported by 2800mAh battery. This flying time is the highest you can get in this price range. The charging time of this battery is more than 5 to 7 hours. This flying time can be doubled up, keeping up an extra battery or two.
There are 1500KV effective and efficient brushless motors inside the drone. These motors help to make flight smooth and make the operation of drone quieter than regular batteries. These motors also avoid the body of aircraft from heating up, and the battery won’t die because of the raised temperature of the drone.
The flight of this drone is called “intelligent flight,” and there is a reason behind it. Many modes are working behind providing the ease of intelligent flight, i.e., simple control, GPS follow me, Auto return, and custom flight path.
Using simple control, aircraft can be launched for flight by pressing a single key and allows a person to focus on other things rather than flying, i.e., capturing images and videos.
With GPS, Follow me; the drone will automatically follow you wherever you are using GPS. This mode can be used via the application of this drone on your smartphone. This mode also enables you to go hand-free.
There is also a built-in auto-return feature too. Drone flies back to the point of flying in case of low battery, lost connectivity, weak signals, etc. It prevents it from getting lost.
Using a custom flight path, the user can draw a track on the app, and the quadcopter will follow this path automatically.
- 2K FHD 90°Adjustable Camera with 5G Transmission
- Brushless motors
- 22 minutes of flight time
- GPS Return home
- 5G Wi-Fi transmission
- Modular battery advanced selfie
- Follow me
- Takes long to charge
- Battery time is reduced to 13 minutes when the camera is used
- Better options available at the same price
Holy Stone HS370
Our next drone for the price-quality ratio is HS370, also by Holy Stone. This drone is tiniest among all the above, and here are some details about it.
- Model: HS370
- Weight: 46g
- Flight Time: 10~12 minutes
- Motor Model: 615
- Dimensions: 178 x 170 x 34 mm
- Battery Capacity: 450mAh
- Charging Time: 70~80 minutes
- Controller Frequency: 2.4 GHz
- Transmission Distance: 50~60M
- Camera Lens Angle: 60 °
- Video/Photo Resolution: HD1280 x 720p
- Image Return Distance: 20M~30M
- Photo: JPEG
- Video: AVI
Holy Stone is one of the trusted names among drone users. They always come up with user-friendly drones like HS370. It is a mini drone but has a lot to offer despite its small size.
Holy Stone HS370 measures only 7.0 x 6.7 x 1.3 inches, and it weighs 171g only; making it lightest and smallest drone of our today’s review. Even kids can fly it easily. There are four rotors on the body of the drone. The front two are red, and the other two on the back are black. It gives an aesthetic look to the drone. There are also propellers guard on aircraft to protect the flying blades.
HS370 comes with a built-in 720P HD camera with a 60-degree wide-angle lens to help you capture good-quality videos and images. One can also take aerial footages of flight. Captured videos and images can be automatically saved on the phone. Selfies can also be captured on this drone by just holding hands extended in front of the screen. This feature is called Gesture Control.
With the package of this drone, two modular Li-Po batteries come, which provide the total flying time of 24 minutes. These batteries are straightforward to remove and insert. One battery takes around up to 80 minutes to fully charge. Besides, the flying time can be extended by buying a third spare battery for the drone.
There are several automated flight functions which makes it a very suitable choice for beginners. These automated flight functions are; One key take-off and landing, Headless mode, Altitude Hold, Draw trajectory flight, Gesture control, Emergency stop, etc. these all collectively make flying and capturing an easy task like never before.
- 720p HD camera
- Wi-Fi transmission
- Altitude hold
- One key start and landing
- Draw path
- 3D Flips
- Two modular batteries. Prolonged flight time
- Clear real-time video transmission
- two charging cables and a spare set of blades in the package
- rough take-off
- lightweight is very troublesome in harsh weather conditions, i.e., wind
And finally, part three of the video about the best cheap drones by CAPTAIN DRONE, enjoy and please comment below with your opinion:
Holy Stone HS200
There is another great and reasonable drone – Holy Stone HS200. It is a beginner-friendly drone that is easy to fly and control. It also has a lot to offer to users. Here are some of the details
- Quadcopter Weight: 108g (FAA Registration NOT Required)
- Drone Dimensions: 12.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 Inches
- Video Recording Modes: 1280 x 720P
- Charging time: about 60 mins
- Playing time: 7-9 mins
- Transmitter Operation Range: about 50-100 meters
- Video Transmission Range: about 50 meter
- Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required
This drone has a very well-designed body and is available in two colors; red and black. It’s of size 12.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 inches and is also very lightweight, which makes it easy to handle. For safe landing and other safety of drone, there are landing legs and propellers attached to the body of the drone.
To enhance the aesthetics of drones, there are some nice LED lights on it. These lights also made it suitable for night time shooting.
On the belly of the drone, there is a camera. This camera is capable of recording HD 720p videos and taking still images in 2 MP. As this camera is pretty cheap so getting such optical results is a plus point. Users can also capture aerial videos and photos with your iPhone or Android phone devices.
For better flying experience, this drone also has headless mode and one key home return function. With headless mode, the orientation of the drone’s flight is paired with the pilot, and it makes using a drone so easy. One key home return makes aircraft to fly and land by pressing just a single key.
One toughest aspect of flying a drone, especially for beginners, is keeping it still in mid-air to take images and videos. However, with a feature like an altitude hold, it makes it easier to hover. Altitude hold can also add up a lot in the quality of your captured images and videos.
New technology is used in this drone named as 2.4G 4CHANEL 6-AXIS GYRO TECHNOLOGY. Because of this technology, several modes can be used at the same time without facing any kind of interference. This also gives more stability and helps the drone to manage 360° flips.
- HD Camera
- Live transmission
- 2.4GHz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro Quadcopter
- Altitude hold
- Gravity sensor
- Headless mode
- One button take-off and return
- 9 minutes of flying time
- Better options available at the same price
Best of Drones Conclusion
For the price-quality ratio, we reviewed five drones for you, and every drone is unique with several incredible features. And to be very honest, it’s up to you which drone suits you best according to your requirements.
No matter what drone you choose to purchase, we can guarantee you about one thing at least, it is possible to buy a quality drone without breaking your bank account!