5 Drones for beginners under $500

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Getting your first drone is exciting but seeing it crash certainly isn't. Rather than going big, start with an affordable drone that you're not afraid to crash. It's a great way to learn without hurting your wallet.

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If you haven’t jumped on the drone bandwagon yet, chances are that you’re going to face a lot of crashes during your first few flights. For that reason, your drone needs to be tough enough to handle your learning curve or affordable enough to be replaced.

But, with power and ability comes price.

Before dropping thousands on a well-equipped drone, hone your skills in a more economical way. Here are the best drones for beginners. They’re all under $500 so you can fly (and crash) with confidence.

DJI Spark Mini Drone

Complete with a camera, this drone has advanced technology to snap images like never before. The Spark Drone offers intelligent in-flight modes. Coming from DJI, this drone is easy to fly with a single tap. In addition, the powerful camera is able to actively track subjects to always keep them in the frame.
Price: $499

Why we love it: If it comes from DJI you know it’s a great drone. With 16 minutes of flight time, you can really improve your flying as you learn.

TRNDlabs FADER Stealth Quadcopter

Coming in all black, this drone blends in when you need it. Ready to fly right out of the box, it’s easy to retain total control. It even has auto takeoff and landing features to keep the entire unit safe. In addition, the six-axis gyro module steadies the flight for impressive captures.
Price: $129

Why we love it: Even with all the great specs, this impressive drone fits in the palm of your hand!

Mark Drone Foldable AI Aerial Camera Drone

Capable of 13MP images and true 4K video, this drone also comes with an image stabilizer to ensure clarity. Weighing about as much as your iPhone, this ultra-portable drone easily fits in your pocket or bag. It also delivers optimal portability and power with 20 minutes of flight time.
Price: $239

Foldable AI Aerial Camera Drone

Foldable AI Aerial Camera Drone

Why we love it: Capturing ultra 4K video at this price is certainly worth a try. 

UVify OOri Smart Micro Racing Drone

The OOri racing drone is so easy to control that anyone can use it. Plus, it’s fun to fly and exceptionally fast, reaching speeds of up to 60mph. The newest addition to UVify products, OOri shares the DNA of the company’s multiple-award-winning Draco racing drones.
Price: $389

Why we love it: You won’t find that type of speed for a better price.

Moment Foldable 4K Camera Drone

This powerful smart drone is small enough to take with you anywhere. Featuring a user-friendly UI, you can capture images and aerial views in an instant. With its auto-tracking function, the Moment effortlessly follows you to capture every moment of any activity.
Price: $189

Why we love it: Aerial photography is great but tough to master. This one does the thinking for you to deliver stunning footage.

Which one will go you for to start your drone-flying journey? Share in the comments below.

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Ashley Timms is the Editor in Chief at Gadget Flow where she gets to write about the most incredible products in the world. When she’s not writing, she’s producing fine art dog photography.

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