This is the time of the year in many parts of the world – mainly Europe and North America, where a lot of drone enthusiast live – when it is simply too cold for multirotor pilots to fly outside. Of course the die hard fanatics will still head out and no matter the weather and use things like transmitter gloves, but there are circumstances simply too cold for our tech gear to fly. The rule of thumb is that it is not advisable ato fly outdoors below -5 Celsius, or 23 degrees Fahrenheit because of the batteries and mechanical components.
Chinese companies are pumping out truckloads of mini quads right now, and while they can’t find their own way home, they can teach you the basics of how to fly a speedy four-propeller craft for under $100 even in a tiny apartment. They won’t make cops nervous, and they’re an absolute blast to fly around.
*Quick Guide to Top 3 Indoor Drones
The hard part, I found, is picking the right one. When I realized how cheap and easy it would be to get started, I bought the first drone I laid my eyes on. It lost its tiny propellers whenever it crashed into objects, and my puppy nearly swallowed one.
The second put scratches on my walls, and another one in my palm. So I set out to find the perfect beginner drone: easy to learn, durable, cheap, and safe to fly indoors.
Cheap drones are still relatively new, and they’re hard to find even in hobby shops. But go online, and you can find practically as many flying objects as you’d need to blot out the sun.
The Best Indoor Drones Review
Whether big or small, I found that most cheap miniature quadcopters have the same battery life of roughly 6 to 8 minutes, have roughly the same long range thanks to 2.4GHz transmitters, are nice and stable due to internal gyroscopes, and charge over USB in about an hour. You know what they don’t all have? Propeller guards.
If you’re learning to fly—and aren’t fond of damage—those are priority number one. So I did what any red-blooded gadget lover would do: I nabbed a crapload of drones with propeller guards and flew my heart out.
Altair Aerial AA108 – #1 Indoor Drone With Camera
The Altair Aerial AA108 is a new drone on the market that has fantastic specifications and is backed up by a US Based company in Nebraska. I spoke to these guys when I wrote my complete review of the Altair Aerial AA108 which you can read here. They picked up their customer service phone line on the 2nd ring, which in itself is amazing when you’re talking about drone companies. I’m so used to trying to reach a company only to find out they operate out of China!
I spoke to the founder Matt Cookson and he told me that customer service is their #1 priority. They have a great product, with specs at least as good as any other drone in this category.
They even have an Altair Video Tutorials page that helps you get started.
The following is a list of the specifications: 3 Flight Skill Levels – for beginner up to advanced users. GREAT Feature for indoor flight!! Headless Mode for easy beginner flight. Altitude Hold Function – the drone holds its position in the air even if you let off the controls. Real Time FPV when using the flying see app that is included. Great Range for the price, both video and flight range. 720P HD Camera Capable
Overall you can’t go wrong if you’re looking for in the toy drone section with something for a camera to play with. The HD 720p camera takes great video and pictures. The price is right at under $130.00 amazon, and really the customer service is the kicker. No other drone company we’ve spoken to has displayed such dedication to making sure their customers are happy.
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The 818 PLUS has lots of the same features that make the Altair AA108 so great – the HD camera, the beginner-friendly design features, the real-time transmission, etc. But it also has a feature that’s almost unheard of in drones under $200: it can get 15 minutes of flight time off of a single battery. Combine the fact that it can actually handle a long shoot with the fact that it comes with everything you need for photography/videography right out of the box (including the TF card the AA108 so annoyingly lacks), and you’ve got easily the best indoor drone for anyone interested in trying their hand at aerial photography. All with the same Altair Aerial customer service guarantee.
The following is a list of the specifications: 3 Flight Skill Levels – for beginner up to advanced users. 150 meter flight range Headless Mode for easy beginner flight. Altitude Hold Function – the drone holds its position in the air even if you let off the controls. Real Time FPV streaming from up to 60 meters 15 minute battery life 720P HD Camera TF card included Click To Shop or Read Reviews Force1 UDI U818A
Finding an awesome drone that has both VR and FPV all wrapped up into one at a price that is more than affordable can be a challenge. However, the UDI U818A by Force1 (not to be confused with the similarly-named previous entry on this list) is definitely what you want to be looking at if these are the requirements you’re on the lookout for. It’s small enough to be flown indoors, doesn’t sacrifice any awesomeness for being so compact, and only costs up to $120. The camera is only a 2MP stationary build with 720p resolution, but that’s still pretty decent for the entire package.
The following is a list of the specifications: Custom Route Mode 1280px720p HD camera, takes video at 30 FPS Bonus VR headset included and FPV WiFi Altitude Hold mode 1-touch takeoff and landing 7-9 minutes of flight time Transmission range of 120 meters with the remote, 40 meters with the smartphone app Click To Shop or Read Reviews Force1 UFO 3000 LED
At just under $50, the UFO 3000 LED is one of the cheapest drones on this list, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time. In fact, this quadcopter can turn a dark, indoor room into an awesome light show just by flying it around. It’s quick, boast neon LED blue and green lights, has great overall control and lasts up to 9 minutes on a single charge. It’s also incredibly stable, even when you are performing some of the featured 3D stunts that it’s able to do. In short, an excellent novelty drone for hobbyists and those who care most about the “cool” factor.
The following is a list of the specifications: 1-button 3D stunts and 360° flips Low and High speed modes and 3 flight modes Very lightweight and aerodynamic shape, designed for speed and stunts Comes with two batteries with up to 9 minutes of flight time each Click To Shop or Read Reviews Air Hogs Helix X4 Stunt
No sense in sugarcoating it: the Air Hogs Helix X4’s got some issues. It’s not nearly as fast as the UFO 3000, the controller requires a ridiculous number of batteries, and it screeches like a hair dryer while in use. However, it excels in an area that’s extremely important for indoor drones: safety. Covered in lightweight styrofoam armor, the X4 is capable of bouncing of walls, sticking to ceilings – heck, you can put your finger straight into the ducted fans without sustaining any damage to yourself or the drone. One reviewer on our staff even flew the X4 directly into his Panasonic plasma TV at top speed, and it didn’t leave so much as a scratch. The drone also compensates automatically for minor deviations, making it mostly very easy to control (though it lacks proper trim adjustments.) On the whole this is a great drone for beginners, children, and those without a lot of living space – and at a price of only $68, you certainly get your money’s worth.
The following is a list of the specifications: 1-button 3D stunts and 180° flips Two control modes Gyroscopic stabilization Compensates for minor deviations Incredibly durable and great crash protection Controller takes 8 AA batteries (yikes) Ideal for children and beginners. Click To Shop or Read Reviews Force1 DYS XDR200
For a racing drone kit that costs $500 we hope you’re expecting an absolute masterpiece. Well, this drone kit delivers quite a bit and then some, but in reality, your love of it all depends on you. Do you favor speed over technical aspects? This carbon fiber racing drone kit with 9 channels, a balance charger, FPV, and high-quality goggles has quite a bit of bang. Whether or not it’s bang for your buck depends on your level of patience and any mods you may have planned. Overall, it’s pretty impressive, and if you stick to the specifics then you’ll probably be very pleased with the end results.
The following is a list of the specifications: Integrated HD video camera Radio link AT9 transmitter FPV goggles included Lightweight carbon fiber frame built for incredible speed Fully customizable controller Click To Shop or Read Reviews Blade Nano QX
The $90 Blade Nano QX makes the Helix X4 look like a giant blimp. With hobby-grade motors set in an incredibly lightweight frame, it’s blazing fast. When you set the controller to beginner mode, it’s stable enough to use indoors and there’s a expert mode that disables the gyroscope entirely for outdoor stunts. (It sounds like an angry bumblebee, which is comparatively a plus!)
Still, this quadcopter has so much power under the hood that its prop guards and bendy frame can’t protect it from the worst, as I discovered when cracking its cockpit, permanently deforming a propeller, and accidentally ripping out one of the motors (while trying to remove that propeller) over the course of an afternoon. While it comes with two sets of propellers and spare parts are modular and cheap, you’ll want to be a seasoned quadcopter pilot before taking off the safeties.
The following is a list of the specifications: Item Weight: 0.6 ounces Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.3 x 2.5 inches Small enough to fly in any room or office 4-in-1 DSMX Receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit Features exclusive SAFE™ technology with stability and agility modes Click To Shop or Read Reviews Force1 Freedom U32
For under $40 you’re getting some cool stunts, red and blue LED lights, decent stability, and some speed that is made better by precision steering. This quadcopter may be a small one, and a toy at that, but it has a lot of neat features and specs that make it one of the more high-tech indoor drones that a lot of people will get a kick out of.
The following is a list of the specifications: 7-9 minutes of battery life Red and blue LED lights provide great visibility Small, compact design ideal for indoor flight 6-axis gyro comes with 2 batteries with 7 minutes of flight time each Click To Shop or Read Reviews UDI U839
Best Indoor Drones was originally posted at https://www.dronethusiast.com/review-of-the-best-indoor-drones/ by Zsolt Vaszary