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Table of Contents Drones Under $150 FAQ Best Drones Under $150 #1 Altair Aerial AA108 Force1 U45W Blue Jay Force1 Headless 360 Flip Mode FPV Drone UDI U818A Wifi FPV Drone DROCON Blue Bugs 3 Holy Stone F181W Conclusion about Drones Under 150
There’s never been a better time to get into drones. Not long ago, unmanned aerial vehicles were prohibitively expensive, requiring thousands of dollars and an FAA registration just to get started. But then the market exploded, making consumer-affordable quadcopters widely available. Now all you need to learn how to fly is $150 and some spare time.
Many beginners try to jump into the deep end before they know how to swim, purchasing something like the DJI Phantom 4 because they read online that it’s the best consumer drone on the market. I mean, it probably is – lord knows we can’t stop singing its praises on this website. But it’s also a giant, unwieldy piece of complex machinery that will crash almost immediately in inexperienced hands. Next thing you know, you’ve just paid a thousand dollars for an ugly paperweight. Better to start with something lightweight and durable – and, preferably, cheap, just in case something does go wrong.
Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift as we approach the 2017 holiday season. Or maybe you’ve always been interested in drones but never knew how to get started. In any case, this list is for you. Dronethusiast has tested every vehicle on this list and can vouch for the quality of the product and – at least in most cases – the manufacturers. So keep reading, soon-to-be dronethusiast, and learn everything you need to know about buying drones for under $150.
Drones Under $150 FAQ
What are drones?
A drone is simply an unmanned aerial vehicle. The most common drones are quadcopters, which simply means that they have four propellers. Drones are usually controlled with a radio transmitter (just like an RC car), but more recently may also be controlled with a mobvile device via WiFi.
Are cheap drones any good?
Absolutely! Once upon a time, any drone worth its salt would run you at least $1,000, but that’s no longer the case. The drone market has exploded in recent years with lots of great options at every price range. That’s why we had to narrow this list down to the six best!
Can I get a professional drone for $150?
Not really. The drones in this article are best for first-time fliers and hobbyists who are interested in using drones mostly for recreational purposes. If you’re looking for something that you can use for professional photography/videography, or something with more than 15 or so minutes of battery life, you’ll have to be prepared to spend a lot more. If that’s what you want, we wrote an article here that will help you get started.
Do I need to register my drone?
It depends. If you’re in England, yes. In America (as of 2017) you only have to register your drone if you’re using it commercially – that is, if you’re using it in some capacity that makes money. If you’re selling the pictures, for example. This rule varies in some states. In short, it’s worth doing some research to find out what the law is where you live and to make sure you’re flying in accordance with all local regulations.
Best Drones Under $150
If you’re looking to get into quadcopters but you’re really just a hobbyist, the $150 price point is pretty much the perfect place to start. You’ll get a wide array of features to keep you interested, and you can even find some solid camera drones if you’re interested in amateur photography. Plus, all these drones make great gifts for the upcoming holidays – no matter the recipients’ level of experience.
#1 – Altair Aerial AA108
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You can read our full review of the AA108 here, but the bottom line is that this is a great drone for beginners and more advanced fliers alike. If you’ve never flown before, there’s a wide array of features like headless mode and one-touch takeoff that make it easy to control, and it’s durable enough to take a few hits. If you’re an experienced pilot, this drone has a fast yaw and can really let loose at the higher speed settings. Plus, it has a high definition camera perfect for aerial photography and videography.
Tech Specs: Altitude Hold Function – saves so many crashes and makes it easy to fly! 1 Touch Take Off and Landing 8 Minute Flight Time 300 ft range Uses a 6-axis gyro stability for maneuverability and ultimate wind resistance 720p HD camera that takes video and photos Heading Hold (Headless) Mode (Great beginner drone function) 3 speed levels – beginner, medium, and advanced
Altair also prides itself on providing good customer service – you can call them day or night and you’ll get a real human being, not a phone tree. This makes this drone especially good for those who are looking for a low-stress hobby – unlike some of the other entries on this list, it’s really easy to get replacement parts or after-sale service if something goes wrong.
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#2 – Force1 U45W Blue Jay
The Force1 U45W Blue Jay is an excellent choice if you’re a hobbyist looking to get involved with aerial photography – the bird name refers to the fact that it promises “a bionic bird’s-eye view.” It has a very long battery life for the price range and comes with an extra battery and a power pack, which makes it perfect for longer shoots, and it comes with a built-in 720p HD camera that works in VR and specializes in 360 degree shots.
Tech Specs: 2 3.7 500 mAh batteries 1 Touch Take Off and Landing 360 degree flip Can be flown with an app that streams a 720p live feed and works in VR Headless and altitude hold modes Power bank for longer battery life
Fair warning – this drone is a little less beginner-friendly than the AA108. It doesn’t have quite as many stability features and it may crack easily if it crashes. However, this is still an easy-to-use and exceptional drone for any user, and the gorgeous images it produces speak for themselves.
Click To Shop or Read Reviews #2 – Force1 U45W Blue Jay
This drone – also produced by Force1 – is similar to the Blue Jay in terms of its specs and in that it’s a photography-focused camera drone. But for a little extra cash, it comes with a lot of features that make it a great starting point for amateur videographers. For one thing, you no longer need a smart phone – there’s a live video feed built right into the controller, complete with adjustable screen brightness settings. It also comes with an SD card and a reader right out of the box, which most camera drones don’t provide. All you have to do is open the box and you’re all set to take beautiful photos and video.
Tech Specs: 2 3.7 500 mAh batteries Live video feed built into the controller 1-touch landing 360 degree flip 720p wide-angle HD camera Headless Mode Extra durable body with LED lights for nighttime flight
The Flip Mode FPV also comes with a much more durable body – those prop guards may look a little silly, but they do a great job of protecting delicate parts during a crash. And as the name implies, it’s great for stunts – it can flip 360 degrees in 3D, which looks really cool when you’re taking video! All in all, an excellent $150 drone.
Click To Shop or Read Reviews #4 – UDI U818A Wifi FPV Drone
The UDI U818A is a staple of intermediate drone ownership, and it’s not hard to see why. It takes videos in 1080×720 HD and professional color and white balancing and still has four times the battery life of the AA108 thanks to its new batteries and power pack. It also has many of the beginner-friendly settings shared by other drones on this list, including Headless mode.
Tech Specs: 2 3.7 500 mAh batteries and power pack 7-9 minutes of flight time per battery Requires the free UDIRc app for Android or iOS 1-touch landing 360 degree flip Video taken in 1080x720p HD at 30 FPS Headless Mode Comes with a 4GB Micro SD card (but no card reader)
Though it’s got some incredibly features, this is another drone that’s ideal for those at a non-beginner level of experience. The drone’s reasonably durable but the prop guards are made of a light plastic, and it doesn’t control as smoothly as the AA108. It can also be difficult to take photos since that involves taking your hands off the controls and pushing a button on your smartphone. But if you’ve got what it takes, this drone has the best camera available for under $150.
Click To Shop or Read Reviews #5 – DROCON Blue Bugs 3
All right, enough of the cameras. If you just want to fly, look no further than the DROCON Blue Bugs 3. This handsome devil has a seriously impressive range of 500 m and a battery that can last up to 20 minutes in the right conditions thanks to its brushless metal motors. It’s two-way signal also means that it controls extremely well with no lag.
Tech Specs: Brushless metal motors that don’t melt, ensuring a longer flight time 15-20 minutes of flight time per battery Action camera mount Super bright LED light 300-500m control range Two-way communication between drone and remote
It doesn’t have a lot of fancy features – if you want to take photos or video you actually have to buy a GoPro seperately and mount it to the frame. But at this price, it’s hard to beat the Bugs 3 for a long-lasting, stable flight that remains steady even at ridiculously long range.
Click To Shop or Read Reviews #6 – Holy Stone F181W
The F181W should look pretty familiar by now – it has all the functions you’d expect, like altitude hold and headless mode, one-touch takeoff, and the ability to flip a full 360 degrees. But Holy Stone has a great reputation for customer service, and the F181W is a great drone for beginners or intermediate users. It flies well, it’s easy to use, and it’s very durable. Plus, we found the app a lot easier to use than some of its competition – you can actually take photos without moving your hands completely off the controller.
Tech Specs: Altitude hold function and headless mode function 120° FOV HD Wifi CAMERA 6-axis gyro flight control 7-10 minute flight time 50-100 m flight range One-touch takeoff and landing 3D flips
This drone’s not necessarily going to set the world on fire, but for a mere $120 you get a very high-quality product from a company you can reasonably trust. And it doesn’t get much better than that!
Click To Shop or Read Reviews Conclusion about Drones Under 150
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The Alliance for Drone Innovation
The new organization will address the same issues – but the coalition has now expanded to include suppliers and software developers of both personal and professional drones “as well as the innovative Americans who fly them for recreational, artistic, and business purposes,” says the Alliance.
“ADI is focused on promoting innovation and the growth of the unmanned aircraft industry for both personal and professional use,” says ADI. “…ADI promotes awareness among policymakers, media and the general public of how drones help society, ensuring that government policies allow everyone to achieve the benefits of safe and responsible drone flight.”
“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration, and other stakeholders on policies that promote innovation and allow the drone market to flourish in a responsible and safe manner,” said ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg.
In addition to legal protections for recreational operators as mentioned above, the ADI supports a micro-drone classification exempting very small and lightweight aircraft from certain laws, and the preservation of FAA preemption. FAA preemption refers to the idea that the FAA should maintain ultimate authority over the airspace, preventing state, tribal and local governments from passing their own drone laws.
The Alliance for Drone Innovation was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/07/alliance-drone-innovation/ by Miriam McNabb
Firefly Drone Shows: The Team Behind That Viral Video Expands Their Fleet
Press Release: Firefly Drone Shows, founded by Kyle Dorosz and Ryan Sigmon, is expanding their fleet to 200 custom-built drones and booking for a variety of outdoor events this summer. They are the third company in the United States to gain approval for performing across the country, and one of the few in the world to also possess a night waiver from the FAA for drone shows. Routines are pre-programmed, choreographed, and automated by a computer to create any design imaginable in the sky. This level of customization makes light shows an ideal alternative to traditional fireworks for corporate, private, and special events.
Firefly recently made headlines in regional news outlets, including MLive and ABC 12, after a video of their first test performance, recorded by Grand Blanc resident Kaylin Adams, went viral. Dorosz was operating 30 drones at dusk, from Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field, which piqued the curiosity of Adams plus 10-15 other drivers who parked on the shoulder of the I-75 highway to safely view the synchronized light show.
Traditional fireworks are loud, costly, can be used only once, and emit various harmful toxins. Drone shows don’t leave a carbon footprint and can be executed repeatedly, something co-founder Dorosz believes will appeal to to eco-conscious industries including music and entertainment. “We are able to create bright, impactful displays in the sky without the significant pollution or steep costs generally associated with fireworks.”
A light show can last up to 20 minutes. However, additional drones can be launched to replace drones with depleted batteries, creating a seamless and continuous light show. Anyone attending a music festival, county fair, or corporate event this summer will be relieved to know that if they spot groups of lights performing mesmerizing routines, it’s likely a Firefly Drone Show at work and not a visit from extraterrestrial beings.
About Firefly Drone Shows
Firefly provides synchronized drone light shows for corporate and private events, as well as custom applications. One of the only FAA-approved companies in the world, Firefly offers the latest technology operated by the most experienced pilots.
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