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Best Drones Under £200 Table of content

  1. About Drones
  2. What You Need To Know
  3. Terminology
  4. Best Drones Under £200 Comparison Table
  5. Best Drones Under £200 List

About Drones

A drone, also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is a remote controlled aircraft that allows the pilot to fly the vehicle from the ground using a transmitter. Over the past few years we’ve seen a massive rise in the usage of drones, from controversial military use to industrial surveying. In this article we are going to be looking at the best affordable drones that are perfect for entry-level hobbyists.

Drones are awesome for a number of reasons. Firstly, they give you a fantastic aerial perspective of the world, a view that until their release would have cost you a fortune. Secondly, they’re just so much fun, from getting the perfect shot, to racing around a field with a friend, they provide endless hours of entertainment.

With an ever-increasing demand, more and more drones are appearing on the market at all kinds of prices. We know how hard and daunting this process can be, that’s why we’ve put together a list of the best drones under £200, taking into account both price and features.

What You Need To Know

Best Drone Under £200

Terminology

Before we get to our list of the best drones under £200, I thought it would be a good idea to go over some of the terminology that’s going to be thrown about in this article later.

  • Headless Mode– Also known as carefree or head free mode. When flying a drone it can be hard to differentiate the front and the back. Usually there are LED lights or different coloured propellers to help the pilot tell which way the drone is facing, however even with these features it can still be hard to tell. When the headless mode is activated, the drone will go in the direction the transmitter stick is being pushed, no matter which way it’s facing. This mode is perfect for beginners as it eliminates the need to check which way the drone is pointing and makes the flying process a lot easier and safer.
  • Gimbal– A gimbal can be simply described as a device that keeps the camera steady and vibration free whilst flying. Gimbals are highly complex and were unseen in the consumer market until 2012.
  • Return to home– The return to home function orders the drone to fly back to the location where it took off; usually the drone will fly at an increased altitude in order to avoid obstacles.
  • RTF– Ready To fly – This means that the drone comes fully built, along with controller and batteries. Usually the propellers do not come attached as they may break during transit.
  • BNF– Bind-N-Fly – This is when a product comes with everything that is needed other than the transmitter. Usually with these types of drones you connect your own transmitter to the device.
  • ARF– Almost Ready To Fly – This is for people who wish take on the DIY approach to drone flying. The product usually arrives dissembled alongside an instruction manual.
  • FPV – First-Person-View – This is when you fly the drone by looking at a monitor that’s displaying live video feedback from the quad copters camera.

Best Drones Under £200 Comparison Table

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Best Drones Under £200 List

1.) Parrot AR 2.0

Specs:

  • Controller: Smartphone/ tablet
  • Camera: 720p
  • Flight Time: 12 minutes
  • Charge Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 60 Meters
  • Size: 58.4 x 1.3 x 58.4 cm
  • Weight: 1.6kg

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Parrot AR 2.0 Review

At the top of our list and undoubtedly one of the best drones under £200 is the Parrot AR 2.0 The Parrot AR 2.0 is a step up for those who are wanting to progress from toy-like quad copters to more enthusiast level drones that can be used professionally. Although rich with high quality features, the Parrot 2.0 is still a fantastic drone for beginners.

The Parrot AR 2.0 features an automatic video stabalisation system that allows the pilot to shoot stable HD 720p footage in mild winds. The drone is able to maintain stability in winds up to 15mph, which is great as you’re less restricted by weather conditions than with other drones. This easily makes the Parrot a great choice if you’re looking for an inexpensive camera drone.

The drone itself is flown using a smartphone or tablet and has an absolute control piloting mode, which is a unique mode patented by Parrot. This allows the pilot to steer the drone by tilting the device in the direction they wish the it to go. As well as this, the Parrot AR 2.0 has auto takeoff/landing and return to home functions, meaning that beginner pilots are able to fly the Parrot drone with ease.

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best drones under 200

The smartphone doubles as a transmitter and a live point-of-view feed that allows the pilot to see through the drone’s camera. The footage taken on the drone is stored onto the device, eliminating the need for an SD card, keeping your costs down.

Flying the drone using a smartphone or tablet as a transmitter can take some getting used to. This is because you’re unable to feel how much acceleration you’re giving the drone, meaning it may move faster than you may want it to. This takes some practice and can easily be mastered. As the drone is connected to the smartphone via wifi, it’s possible that it can experience wifi connectivity issues. This is pretty rare and Parrot have a great customer support system that will be able to help you if this did happen.

The drone comes with two Styrofoam hulls, one for inside one for outside. These lightweight and durable hulls provide great protection for the drone and propellers. The Parrot drone can perform a unique acrobatic roll at a push of a button; the internal navigation system will automatically recover from the flip and allow the pilot to maintain control.

If you’re looking for an affordable drone with a camera, then the Parrot AR 2.0 is one of your best bets. The 720p HD camera shoots stable footage that’s sure to impress. It’s a great quality drone that anyone can fly and to top it all off… it comes at a great price too, definitely one of the best camera drones under £200.

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2.) Syma X8G

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 1080p
  • Flight Time: 7 minutes
  • Charge Time: 200 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 100 Meters
  • Size: 50 x 50 x 19 cm
  • Weight: 1.6kg

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Syma X8G Review

The Syma X8G is a few years old now and has been tried and tested by thousands, easily winning a place one our list the best drones under £200. Its modest price tag and great quality make this a great drone for beginners. If you love Syma as much as we do, you can check out our mini review of the Syma X5C  in our “4 Best Drones For Kids” post.

The X8G comes ready to fly, minus the batteries for the controller. It features a 6-axis gyro stabilization that allows a controlled and stable flight both indoors and out. This stabilization technology lets the Syma X8G perform 360-degree eversion stunts at the click of a button. The drone can handle mild winds; so don’t be afraid to fly, even if it’s windy outside!

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A great feature and another reason this is one of the best drones for beginners under 200 pound, is its headless mode. If you’re not sure what this is, I have described it further up this article.

The X8G features LED lights that are protected by an opaque plastic shell. This allows for night flying and determines the front end of the drone when headless mode is not active.

Overall the Syma X8G is pretty good quality, it’s able to withstand minor knocks and collisions. The landing gear is slightly light and fragile, but still protects the drone from small bumps against the floor. One thing to note about the Syma, is that although the drone has its own camera, it doesn’t have a battery. This means that it can’t be used as a separate action camera as it must be connected to the drone to have power.

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If you’re a beginner or even an enthusiast looking to expand your collection, the Syma X8G is definitely one of the best drones you can get for less than £200.

3.) Hubsan X4 H501C

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 1080p
  • Flight Time: 20 minutes
  • Charge Time: 210 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 200 Meters
  • Size: 5 x 28.5 x 9.5 cm
  • Weight: 4kg

Hubsan X4 H501C Review

The Hubsan X4 H501C is one of the pricier items on our list of the best drones under £200, but comes with a number of awesome features that makes it well worth the price.

One of the Hubsans most impressive assets, is its 1080p camera that delivers high quality photos and videos. The H501c is one of the only drones on our list with a 1080p HD camera.

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One of the Hubsans most impressive assets, is its 1080p camera that delivers high quality photos and videos. The H501c is one of the only drones on our list with a 1080p HD camera.

The X501C also has headless mode, altitude hold, a return to home button and two difficulty modes – beginner and expert. The return to home function makes this drone perfect for beginners as it’s capable of flying itself back to the pilot if control is being lost. These features make the Hubsan X501C one of the best drones for unexperienced pilots.

The H501C is very similar to Hubsan’s X501S model, with 2 differences. Firstly, this drone doesn’t have first-person-view (FPV), which helps if you’re looking to film whilst flying. Secondly, it doesn’t have a follow me mode, which at this price bracket isn’t a common feature anyway. If you’re interested in FPV flying and want to make use of a follow me feature, it’s definitely worth checking out the H501S model.

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The H501C has a gamepad style controller so if you’re a frequent gamer then you’ll be used to the layout. The quality of the drone itself is good; the shell is solid and is able to withstand some minor collisions. The drone doesn’t have any landing gear so be careful when flying low to the ground.

Unfortunately the drone doesn’t come with an SD card, however you can a good one here for a decent price.

If you’re looking to buy an affordable HD camera drone, then the Hubsan H501C is for you. Without a doubt one of the best drones under £200!

4.) UDI U818A FPV

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 720p
  • Flight Time: 7-10 minutes
  • Charge Time: 70 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 50 Meters
  • Size: 9 x 12.4 x 18.3 cm
  • Weight: 794g

 

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UDI U818A FPV Review

The UDI U818A FPV is a great cheap drone for beginners and is number 2 on our Amazon best sellers list for drones. The U818A comes in two models, one with FPV the other without. In this article we are going to be looking at the FPV version.

The UDI 818A comes with an altitude hold feature that when enabled, fixes your drone to a desired altitude. This is awesome if you want to take photos and videos, as it’s much easier to stabilize the camera. The UDI also has a flight route mode that allows you to plan your drones’ flight using the map on your smartphone.

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The auto takeoff and landing function is great for beginners who aren’t comfortable doing it themselves. The UDI 818A also comes with an FPV virtual reality headset that allows you to immerse yourself in flying the drone, a truly awesome extra.

You can either control the drone via your smartphone or via the transmitter, using your phone to display the cameras point of view. This means you don’t have to have the transmitter with you for every flight.

In terms of build quality, you couldn’t ask for a better drone for an inexperienced pilot. The lightweight protective frame is extremely durable and is able to withstand a number of crashes. However, due to this lightweight shell the drone struggles in windy conditions and is easily blown around.

The flight time on the UDI is about 5-6 minutes, which is pretty low! To compensate for this, a spare battery and a power bank are included, meaning that you can charge your drone whilst on the go.

To recap, with this drone you get: a transmitter, a spare battery, power bank, 4GB SD card and a virtual reality headset. This is insane amount of extras and is awesome, a great way to get introduced to the hobby.

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Overall, the UDI 818A is a brilliant drone for all experience levels, from beginners to long-term enthusiasts. It has a great range of features and includes some pretty impressive extras that make the UDI one of the best drones under £200.

5.) MJX Bugs 3

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: No
  • Flight Time: 18-20 minutes
  • Charge Time: 60 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 300-500 Meters
  • Size: 31 x 31 x 140 cm
  • Weight: 485g

 

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MJX Bugs 3 Review

The MJX Bugs 3 is MJX’s entrance to the low cost brushless quad copter market. Brushless motors are a lot more efficient and reliable than their brushed alternatives. These motors give the drone a much better power to weight ratio and break a lot less often. Due to a lack of auto take off and landing features and also no return to home button, this drone is aimed towards more experienced pilots who are comfortable handing such maneuver themselves.

The MJX quad copter is primarily designed for capturing aerial footage rather than being sporty. The brushless motors do add a nice amount of power and allow the quad copter to fly against the wind.

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The Bugs 3 has a camera mount positioned underneath the body that’s able to fit a Go Pro or similar sized action camera. Having an action camera attached to the drone will reduce its flight time, although its battery life is pretty good so that doesn’t matter too much.

The drone has an impressive range of 300-500m, which at this price is one of the best you’re going to get. If the quad copter goes out of range, the controller will start to beep and the LED lights will begin to flash.

Although this drone is designed primarily for shooting aerial footage, it doesn’t feature a 3-axis gimbal meaning that some of the footage may be shaky. If your aim is to film with this drone, you can always edit this with some postproduction software such as Adobe Premier Pro.

The MJX Bugs 3 is perfect for those of you who are looking to find a cheap drone that can carry an action camera. It does what its designed to do and does it well.

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In my opinion this is one of the most fun drones to fly on our list of the best drones under £200. If you’ve got a bit of flying experience and want to step up to a more powerful drone, then the MJX Bugs 3 could be the one for you.

6.) Hubsan X4 H107D

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 640 x 480p
  • Flight Time: 7 minutes
  • Charge Time: 100 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 50-100 Meters
  • Size: 3 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm
  • Weight: 350g

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Hubsan X4 H107D Review

The Hubsan X4 H107D is the smallest quad copter on our list of best drones under £200. It’s considerably smaller than the H501C we discussed earlier and comes a lot cheaper too! The H107D is designed to be an affordable entry-level FPV quad copter, so if you’re looking to practice some FPV flying and have a relatively small budget, the Hubsan H107D is perfect.

The transmitter has a 4.3-inch LCD screen that displays real time footage from the drone’s camera. The controller also features a video and audio output jack that can be used to connect FPV goggles.

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The H107D has a number of different modes that can be selected depending on the pilot’s experience. Beginner mode decreases the drones maximum speed and sensitivity making it easier to fly. Expert mode can be enabled once you’re comfortable flying at faster speeds.

 

The Hubsan also had a headless mode that can be activated which is another reason this drone’s so well suited for beginners. The H107D does tend to go through its battery pretty quickly, so buying a couple of spares comes highly recommended, which you can get here.

The prop guards do a great job at protecting the propellers and can take a fair amount of damage before they need to be changed. Despite the drone being lightweight, it has a very sturdy build. Its 100m range is more than enough for its size; if it were to go any further than that, it would be impossible to see.

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The transmitter also goes through its 4 AA batteries pretty quickly as well, so I would suggest buying some rechargeable ones. You can get them relatively inexpensively here

The Hubsan H107D is the perfect FPV drone for learning to fly and is one of the most fun copters on our list of the best drones under £200. Its light but sturdy build means that it can withstand the inevitable bumps and knocks that come with learning to fly a drone. Although it’s the smallest on our list, it’s definitely not to be overlooked.

7.) UDI U28-1

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 720p
  • Flight Time: 7-10 minutes
  • Charge Time: 70 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 50 Meters
  • Size: 9 x 12.4 x 18.3 cm
  • Weight: 794g

 

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UDI U28-1 Review

The UDI U28-1 is the second UDI model on our list of the top 10 best drones under £200. This model is significantly different to the 818A drone that we discussed earlier for a number of reasons.

The controller of the U28-1 is one of the coolest controllers I’ve seen. UDI call this “technology and fashion of RC art”.

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The controller consists of a 4.3 inch LCD screen that provides a live transmission of the drones’ camera. The two sticks are located either side of the screen, which I think is a fantastic design. The controller is lightweight and extremely easy to use. The UDI U28-1 is a great drone if you’re looking to do some FPV flying for less than £200.

The U28-1 has a few features that make it an awesome FPV drone for all levels of ability. Firstly, it comes with an altitude hold function that makes flying this drone a lot easier for beginners.

Secondly, there is an alarm that goes off if the drone is running low on battery or is flying out of range of the controller. This is extremely handy as it helps prevent any crashes and loss of the quad copter.

The U28-1 also has a one-button auto takeoff and landing function that makes it a lot easier to fly. This feature doesn’t always work properly, so if you’re able to do this yourself, I would recommend doing so.

The UDI U28-1’s ability to perform 360-degree flips in four directions make the drone a lot of fun to fly. A 4GB SD card is also included with the drone, which is a nice addition.

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The UDI has sturdy plastic landing gear underneath its body that helps protect it from collisions with the floor. It also has 4 LED lights equipped that are coloured green and red. This helps to distinguish the front from the back and also provides the drone with the light needed for night flying.

This is one of my favourite models on our list of the best drones under £200. Its innovative design makes it a great drone to fly using first-person-view. If this is something that you’re interested in, check it out on Amazon.

8.) Potensic F183DH

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 2 megapixel
  • Flight Time: 8 minutes
  • Charge Time: 50 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 50 Meters
  • Size: 33 x 33 x 10 cm
  • Weight: 998g

 

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Potensic F183DH Review

The Potensic F183DH is a toy grade drone designed for FPV flying. It features a 2-megapixel camera that can both record and take photos. The camera is great if you want to record your FPV flying and any tricks you can perform. The drone itself comes almost ready to fly; you need to attach the prop guards and landing skids yourself. Potensic provide the screwdriver needed to do this.

The F193DH has a few nice features that make this one of the best drones under £200. The altitude hold feature is seriously impressive as the drone maintains its height comfortably, allowing the camera to capture nice stable footage.

When hovering in altitude mode you should be mindful of the winds, as the drone’s lightweight it can be blown away slightly.

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The Potensic responds to the controller nice and quickly, allowing the pilot to feel in control, whilst the FPV monitor lets the pilot to see a live feed through the drones’ camera. This means that you are able to flying using first person view.

The Patensic can also perform aerial flips by pressing a button on the controller, these can then be recorded with the camera for some pretty cool looking footage. 2 sets of LED lights are located on the bottom of the drone, allowing the drone to be seen at night.

The flight time isn’t great with the Potensic F193DH, however it does come with a spare battery and you can get a pack of four pretty cheap.The motors aren’t great on this quad copter; they burn out fair quickly, so make sure you look into getting some spares.

The Drone itself is very durable, it’s so lightweight that crashing it doesn’t create enough force to break it – it just seems to bounce off things (with the prop guards on). The Potensic comes highly recommended to anyone looking for a durable high quality drone for less than £200.

You get a lot for your money with this purchase. All the following items come alongside the quad copter:

1 x Potensic 5.8GHz Quadcopter Drone with FPV Monitor
1 x Transmitter/Controller
2 x 7.4V 500mah Batteries(1 already attached to Potensic)
1 x User Manual
1 x Monitor Charging Cable
1 x USB Battery Charger
8 x Black Propellers (4 already attached to Potensic)
4 x Rotor Protection Guards
2 x Landing Skids
1 x Small Screwdriver
1 x 4GB Micro SD Card & USB Card Reader

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9.) MJX X101

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 720p
  • Flight Time: 8-10 minutes
  • Charge Time: 150 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 100 Meters
  • Size: 35 x 20 x 35 cm
  • Weight: 360g

 

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MJX X101 Review

The MJX X101 is a great drone that’s well liked amongst the drone flying community for a number of reasons. It has a good-looking design compared to its competitors and also comes at a great price.

Although one of the cheapest models on our list of the 10 best drones under £200, the MJX comes with some great features that make it ideal for beginners. It offers fantastic value for money and is worthy investment if you’re looking to learn the basics

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The MJX’s throttle limit mode is designed to protect the safety of beginners. This feature allows you to limit the maximum amount of throttle that is being sent to the drone whilst you learn the ropes.

The one key return it also handy as the drone will automatically return back to the pilot if you lose line of sight.

Headless mode also helps the learning process as it removes the need to know which way the drone is facing; instead it is orientated around your position. The MJX X101 can be flown FPV by connecting a smartphone to the camera using the MJX app.

The drone features internal red and blue LED lights that illuminate your drown when night flying. This is a super cool feature and makes the drone look awesome!

 

The drone flies pretty aggressively whilst maintain a smooth flying motion. It’s super controlled and easy to fly, perfect for anyone who hasn’t flown before. It’s a decent weight, which also means that it doesn’t get blown around too much in low winds.

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The battery life is ok, but it will decrease if you’re recording. This isn’t too much of an issue as you can pick up a four pack of batteries on Amazon pretty cheap here.

Overall, if you’re looking for a drone to learn the basics with, MJX X101 is perfect for you. The drone is very reasonably priced and offers all the basic features needed when learning to fly. Not only does the MJX boast an awesome design, it’s incredibly fun and safe to fly, making it one of the best drones under £200 that you can currently buy.

10.) XK X252

Specs:

  • Controller: Remote
  • Camera: 720p
  • Flight Time: 12 minutes
  • Charge Time: 60 – 80 minutes
  • Maximum Range: 300 Meters
  • Size: 6 x 31.4 20 cm
  • Weight: 360g

 

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XK X252 Review

The XK X252 is pretty different to the rest of the drones on our list of the best drones under £200. This is an entry level FPC racing quad copter that comes in a sleek and sporty design. The X252 is able to perform an array of stunts and is great if you’re interested in recording your sports flying.

The XK’s brushless motors generate a low of power, allowing the quad copter to reach speeds up to 20 m/s.

The transmitter has a range of 300m that allows you to really open the copter up over long distances, reaching some pretty impressive speeds. There is also a FPV monitor on transmitter that allows you to fly the drone through the eyes of the camera.

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The quad has a 720p camera that can film your flights in HD. The XK 252 has a number of different modes that allow you to perform different maneuvers, such as inverted flying in 3d mode.

I wouldn’t recommend trying this as a beginner, instead focus on learning the basics before attempting to fly inverted. There is also a full acro mode that is designed to allow the drone to perform acrobatic movements.

The drones’ shell is made from plastic so be careful when attempting acrobatic manoeuvres, as crashing the quad copter could easily render it useless.

There are LED lights that allow the pilot to distinguish the front of the copter, which aren’t great, as you can’t really be seen if you’re at the full 300m limit. This doesn’t matter too much as I assume you will be flying FPV, therefore will be aware which way the drone is facing.

The drones’ shell is made from plastic so be careful when attempting acrobatic manoeuvres, as crashing the quad copter could easily render it useless.

The XK X252 is perfect for speed freaks looking for an entry-level racing quad copter. It provides the pilot with different modes that can be enabled depending on their skill level.

If you’ve never flown a drone before, do not be put off buying the XK because of its high speeds and aggressive flying. This drone is fantastic to learn on and after a while is easy to pick up. It’s also a lot of fun to fly and can provide endless hours of entertainment. Definitely one of the best drones under £200!

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