Updated January 26, 2019 by Lydia Chipman

The 10 Best Drones For Beginners

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in January of 2019. When you're learning your way around new technology, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you might be out a pile of money if you mess up and break it before you get the hang of it. Among this assortment of beginner-friendly drones, you'll find easy-to-use and crash-resistant options that won't cost a fortune to replace — in whole or in part — in the event of a mishap. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best drone for beginners on Amazon.

10. DJI Tello

9. Eachine E58

8. Holy Stone HS230

7. Blade Nano QX BNF

6. Holy Stone HS220

5. Syma X20

4. Holy Stone HS150 Bolt Bee

3. Drocon Ninja

2. Holy Stone HS177

1. Syma Z1

Editor's Notes

January 24, 2019:

Whether your interest in drones leans toward entering racing competitions without having to build your own aircraft from scratch, or you just need an easy-to-use remote-operated camera for taking the occasional selfies, spending a fortune on a high-end quadcopter doesn't make much sense until you've had some practice manning the controls. The items in this list are suitable for a range of interests, chosen for their ease of use, beginner-friendly features like altitude hold and headless mode, affordability, and crash-resistance. Those with modular batteries, cameras and other parts that can be easily replaced get higher ranking, as do those priced within reach of a couple weeks' saved-up allowance.

Lydia Chipman
Last updated on January 26, 2019 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience -- with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist -- she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new. Lydia holds a master of arts in English from Georgia Southern University, and a bachelor of arts cum laude in integrative studies from Clayton College. Her expertise is in the areas of robotics, electronics, toys, and outdoors and computer equipment.

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