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Dronepedia. Best Drones for Beginners in 2017

Best Drones for Beginners in 2017

Drones (Quadcopters) for beginners should have a few qualities.

- The first is ease of use. Drone features such as maneuverability are important for those who have no experience handling a drone.

- Second is affordability. Thanks to their newness to the field, most beginners want a quadcopter that is relatively inexpensive so they can crash it, test out their interest level, and more without worrying about how much money they have put into it.

- Finally, beginners should look for quadcopters that are lightweight and durable. These features make the drone more likely to withstand the inevitable crashes that accompany learning how to fly a drone.

What follows is a look at some of the best 2017 quadcopters for beginners. They each have features drone beginners need, with additional advantages that make them a good choice for newbies.

Holy Stone HS170 Predator Drone

The Holy Stone HS170 Predator drone is designed with a number of features that make it an excellent choice for beginners. For example, this drone comes with a headless security system. Typically, quadcopters move according to where their head is facing. However, with a headless system, the drone moves in relation to the controller. This makes it easier for a beginner to maneuver the quadcopter without having to worry about where the front and back of the drone are oriented.

In addition, the Predator comes with LED lights that make it easy to see the front and back of the drone at night. A three speed feature allows beginners to start with a slow speed and increase their speed as their skill and confidence increase. Finally, the Predator is wind resistant, making it easier for beginners to handle windy conditions.

In addition to being a good choice for beginners, the Predator is a well-built drone. Its 2.4 GHz technology, 6-8 minute flying time, relatively fast charge time of 60-80 minutes, and quick responsiveness make it an overall smart choice for anyone looking for a reliable beginner quadcopter to fly.

EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Drone

Known for its responsiveness, power, and stability, the eachine mini UFO is a great little quadcopter for beginners. Available at a low price, this drone brings quite a bit to the table. For example, it boasts a stability that allows one reviewer’s six year old to fly it easily. It comes with a responsiveness that makes it simple for even a beginner to fly. And, it boasts 360-degree roll over abilities that make it a sure fire hit with company, children, and friends.

One feature that makes this a good quadcopter for beginners is its return key ability. With the one push of a button, this quadcopter will immediately return to the controller. In addition, a compass feature allows the drone to move in whatever direction the controller is pointed.

This quadcopter comes with a 5 minute fly time and 30-50 minute charge time. In addition, it can be flown either indoors or outdoors, and is small enough to fit easily into the palm of the hand. Reviewers also enjoy a durability that includes high quality rotor guards and often mention this drone’s surprising speed.

Holy Stone F181 RC Drone

A great value for the price, the Holy Stone F181 quadcopter sports a number of features that make it one of the desirable quadcopters for beginners. One of these features is the 720 pixel camera that allows it to take reasonable photographs and video from the air. To accompany this camera is the ability to hover in the air when the pilot’s finger comes off the controller. This is not only a safety feature to keep the drone from crashing but also a simple way to steady the drone enough to take photos and videos.

In addition, the F181 receives strong reviews from users for its stability and its durability. They report that the drone repeatedly survives and continues performing well after crashes, even without the rotor guards in place.

To make it even safer and easier to use, Holy Stone has incorporated both a key return and headless mode. The key return draws the drone back to the controller. Headless mode allows the drone to move according to the position of the controller and not according to the position of the drone’s head. This makes it easier for beginners to identify where the quadcopter is going to move when they use the controller.

Finally, this beginner quadcopter does flips and rolls with ease and allows the user to remove the camera and rotor guards in order to lighten the load and improve its responsiveness. With a 7-9 minute fly time and a 50 minute charge time, as well as two extra batteries, it is relatively simple to keep up in the air.

SYMA X5C-1 Explorers

The Syma X5C-1 Explorers quadcopters was made as a beginner quadcopter. The reason? It is light, responsive, stable, and, above all, possesses a simple design that makes maintenance and part replacement easy. This inexpensive quadcopter is also wind resistant, making it ideal for still learning drone pilots to use even in a breeze. In fact, some reviewers praise this drone for its ability to handle light winds.

The Explorers quadcopter comes with a camera that takes acceptable photo and video from the air. Beginners find this camera easy to use, as well as of satisfactory quality for an introductory camera. For added fun, it can perform 360 degree flips, as well as hover in the sky through the use of a 6-axis gyroscope stability system. This drone can fly for up to 8 minutes but comes with a larger capacity extra battery that will allow it to fly for up to 15 minutes.

UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter

The UDI U818A is an outstanding quadcopter for beginners because it comes with a number of reliable features for a reasonable price. First, it comes with a camera that, while small, does an acceptable job of capturing photos and videos.

In addition, the U818A boasts a 6 axis gyro with posture control. The posture control adds a layer of precision to the quadcopter’s ability to keep itself upright and oriented in the air. In addition, the modular design simplifies the placement of parts and regular maintenance. Flips and rolls can be accomplished by pushing a single button for an extra and easily added element of fun.

Finally, reviewers note that this quadcopter is exceptionally stable and able to withstand multiple hard crashes. These crashes have even included buildings and cars, yet the drone emerges unscathed. This level of durability combines with a long flight time of 7-9 minutes to make for a reliable quadcopter for beginners.

Beginner quadcopters need to make flying easy, and the best quadcopters for beginners add other features like headless mode, durability, and good cameras to improve the experience. With any of the quadcopters above, you enjoy an exceptional flying experience.

Drones for Beginners Guide

Starting out in flying quadcopters can be a daunting task. Quadcopters come in a wide variety of sizes and with many different features, and the total beginner will have a hard time picking out the right drone for them. We made a comparison chart of the best quadcopters for beginners to get you started with the most bang for your buck.If you’re shopping for a child, these are also the best drones for kids.

Drone Size
The size of the quadcopter matters! Most beginner quadcopters are in the neighborhood of 1 foot by 1 foot squares, with the exception being the Hubsan X4, which is much smaller than the rest. This would make the Husban X4 a good choice for beginners wanting to fly their quadcopter indoors.

Drone Camera
Many people find the most important aspect of their quadcopter to be a camera attached to their drone. For our list, almost all of these beginner quadcopters come with cameras attached for you to practice your aerial photography.

Drone Camera Resolution
It’s important to know what resolution your drone camera will film to if you plan on making many videos. These quadcopters range from 480p – 720p. If you want to do more than just practice filming, you should look for at least 720p.

Drone Flight Time
How long you can fly your quadcopter before needing to recharge is an important factor to consider. Unfortunately, most of these quadcopters won’t get more than 10 minutes of flight time per charge. There’s good news though in our next section.

Drone Changeable Batteries
All of our best beginner quadcopters have the ability to swap batteries in and out easily, so don’t need to wait hours between flights. Just be sure to buy some additional spare batteries from Amazon when you checkout.

Drone Propeller Guards
If you’re a new drone pilot, you might want to choose a quadcopter that comes with propeller guards. This will extend the life of your quadcopter by preventing the propellers from breaking if you run into something hard.