Best Drones for Video Under $200
- 1 Which drone should you get?
- 2 BAYANGTOYS X16 Brushless Quadcopter
- 3 Syma X8HG HD Camera Drone
- 4 Hubsan X4 H501C Brushless Quadcopter
- 5 X8AMG Brushless Quadcopter
- 6 LiteHawk Focus Quadcopter Drone
- 7 UDI U818A WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone
- 8 MJX X101 FPV Quadcopter Drone
- 9 Have a bit of extra cash?
Quadcopter drones can get pretty expensive and the market has surged in popularity with a huge range of (varying quality) options, you don’t need to invest a fortune to get started though, and this article lists some of the best drones for video under $200.
A good drone can provide you with breathtaking video footage, offer unique angles, or allow us to record locations previously inaccessible.
However a decent video setup can get pretty Expensive , and going for cheaper options you run the risk of ending up with unusable shaky or low quality video.
Lucky for you, being on a budget ourselves we’ve taken the time to research the drones that will get you the “best bang for your buck” in features and video quality in the sub $200 price range.
If you are looking for the best cheap drone for video, read on to find which is the quad for you.
Which drone should you get?
Update 14 April 2017 Right now you can get the superior Hubsan H501S for just over $200 on gearbest.com!
The well featured Hubsan X4 H501C Quadcopter is our pick from the multicopters of this list.
For ~$160.00 it has many of the features seen in much more expensive drones, such as GPS, automatic return, Brushless Motors (offering considerably more power than brushed motors), a 1080p camera and a very impressive 20min flight time which almost doubles most other drones on this price range.
The main advantage of this model is you get a good flyer and very good video quality right out of the box, without having to replace cameras or invest in accessories.
That said, other options in this list can provide greater video quality with a little tinkering, specially if you already own an action camera.
What’s the catch?
The H501C also lacks FPV (first person view) capabilities meaning you won’t be able to see what is being filmed in real-time like some of the other options on the list.
Any of those downsides a deal breaker? read on to see some other very good alternatives.
You can see some sample video footage of the Hubsan X4 H501C further down the page.
BAYANGTOYS X16 Brushless Quadcopter
The Bayangtoys X16 can be a good choice if you already own a decent action camera, it is a very affordable brushless motor drone, making it a good and stable flyer, both important characteristics for taking video.
Like all other drones in this list it has headless mode capabilities meaning that the drone will always travel in the direction pushed on the control by the user (regardless of where it’s facing).
This reduces the risk of the drone going out of control and helps bring the drone back, this is especially important with non GPS drones.
For ~$150 The X16 offers standard features such as altitude hold and headless mode, the stock camera also offers FPV mode (transmitted through WiFi to your phone).
But if you want good quality footage you will need to switch it for a better action camera (which can significantly bring up the price of this setup).
BAYANGTOYS X16 Video Sample
Syma X8HG HD Camera Drone
The Syma X8HG is a very popular beginner drone, and it offers some well rounded features: 360 degrees flip stunts, 6 axis gyroscope, Headless mode, flashing LED lights, hover function and a very decent HD camera which you can also swap out if you own a better GoPro style action camera.
The X8HG is also very affordable going for roughly $130, but it lacks some more advanced features such as FPV and GPS, and it uses brushed motors which are considerably less powerful compared to their brushless counterparts in other drones.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money this is a good sturdy drone , and specially if you swap the camera it is capable of some very impressive footage on a budget.
Syma X8HG Video Sample
Hubsan X4 H501C Brushless Quadcopter
The H501C is our pick for the best video drone under $200, although it lacks FPV capabilities it makes up for it with it’s video quality, powerful motors, impressive range, GPS features and long battery life.
This strong and stable flyer is also more than capable of lifting you GoPro or similar action camera should you want even higher quality video, although you will need to rig or purchase a special mount and of course have a compatible action camera and the extra weight will impact the overall flight time you get on a battery charge but the gains in video quality might be worth it.
Hubsan X4 H501C Video Sample
X8AMG Brushless Quadcopter
The X8AMG is a fairly new drone that looks a lot like the similarly named Syma X8HG, the main difference is it offers more powerful brushless motors, a fantastic 300m range and a few more flight assistance features like One Key landing and takeoff.
Unfortunately while it does offer FPV, the quality of the stock camera is not up to par, so this is another one where those of you who already own a GoPro or other action camera will benefit by swapping it for the stock camera, otherwise you will need to spend a bit more to get that breathtaking HD footage.
X8AMG Video Sample
LiteHawk Focus Quadcopter Drone
The Focus stands out by having digital stabilization and headless controls as well as a return home mode, all of which will be invaluable for beginners.
The controller features an inbuilt screen providing live video feedback to the user. This is a great feature for recording video with a quadcopter as it allows the user to easily control the drone in a way that creates the desired style of recording.
This LiteHawk model also boasts a durable construction made from plastic that is resistant to damage from impact and weather, making it ideal for filming in tight situations.
LiteHawk Focus Video Sample
This Quadcopter drone from UDI features Altitude hold and FPV capability, boasting easy integration with VR headsets. Some models even come include a VR headset (needs a smartfone) in the purchase price and allows user to experience a live video feed of the drone’s camera in first person.
The camera is able to capture video at 720p (1280 x 720), and is capable of OK quality footage and stills for the price range, but you definitely won’t be blown away.
It has a long flight time and is easy to control for beginners, all for a very affordable ~$60 which earns it a place amongst the top 5 best drones for video under $200.
The drone comes with multiple rechargeable batteries included which will help extend the 7-9 minute flight time, as the user can easily switch between them while recharging flat batteries.
Unfortunately despite the wide range of features and ease of flying, as you will see in the video below the quality of the camera could be better and it’s the only thing that keeps this drone from being a top choice.
UDI U818A Video Sample
MJX X101 FPV Quadcopter Drone
This drone stands out by providing different camera options and even an action camera mount allowing you to add your own GoPro or other high quality action camera.
It has a fairly standard set of features like 6-Axis Gyro Stabilization System, One Key Auto Return, Headless Mode, Throttle Limit High Mode, however it joins this list (Best video drones under $200) thanks to its very affordable price since it can usually be picked up for well under $100.
The four rotor design will provide a good level of stability and control resulting in smooth video quality. The system has good connectivity features both to smartphone and virtual reality headsets, and if you upgrade the camera it is another good contender for high quality footage on a budget .
MJX X101 Video Sample
Have a bit of extra cash?
If you are able to spend a little more, then the Hubsan H501S X4 is a fantastic choice, price varies from $220-$300 and if you pay more you can get the Pro version which has a better transmitter and range (the drone is the same though).
This drone offers everything the X4 H501C (our top pick for this article) in pretty much the same body, but the extra price adds some nifty features, like FPV allowing you to see in real time what is being recorded and “Follow Me mode” where the drone will automatically follow you around and keep you in frame. Weather these features are enough to justify the extra price is up to you and your needs.
What’s more at the time of writing it is being offered at just over $200 on gearbest.com!
We hope you found your list helpful, as you can see If you are looking for a cheap drone for video you have plenty of choices!
We hope you found this article has helped you narrow down your choices of video drones. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below.