Drones are extremely popular right now, yet the sheer volume of options and the colossal scope of costs can make it hard to decide what to purchase and the amount to spend. Here we reveal what you have to think about when it comes to purchasing a drone and look at drones under $100.


Drone purchasing guide: Price

Entry level toy drones go for as low as $10, yet you won’t get a camera except you pay between $40 and $50. With a budget close to $100, you should be able to get drones under $100 with live video and first-person view on a smartphone by means of a free app, or even a remote control with a color screen.

At greater costs, you get more bang for your bucks. Apart from the amazing auto-hovering feature which makes it easier to fly the more expensive drones, you also get longer flight times. Without the auto-hovering feature, it is significantly more difficult to keep your drone in the air.


Drone purchasing guide: Flight time and range

Modest drones will only fly for around 5 or 10 minutes before they require a recharge, which could take about 30 to 60 minutes on a USB charger. It’s better to get a drone that runs on rechargeable batteries and you should stock up on some spares. Even though some manufacturers assert a flight range of more than 100m, it’s safe to assume that what you’ll get is around 50m. Moreover, the law stipulates that your drone should always be in your line of vision every time.

The best times to fly small and light drones are warm, windless days, otherwise they stand the risk of being blown about in the wind.

Bigger drones like the DJI Phantoms and some other drones under $100, will deliver a flight time of around 20 to 25 minutes. Apart from being bigger and heavier than toy drones, these drones also use big batteries.