Best Drones For Beginners (2019) – Top 5 | Review

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Finding the best drone can be a pain for a beginner who doesn’t know anything about drones. There are so many options on the market and you don’t know which will be the best for you and your needs. In this article, I’ll break down the top 5 best beginner drones in the market in 2019 in the reverse order, based on price versus performance and situations they will be used in.

DJI TELLO QUADCOPTER

Best Drones For Beginners : DJI TELLO
DJI TELLO QUADCOPTER

The DJI Tello Quadcopter is a very interesting lightweight drone with an amazing price and tons of features by a tried and tested DJI manufacturing and the rising talents and bright minds at Rise. This partnership has brought us the Tello quadcopter with decent flight time and no compromise on quality or features.

The DJI Tello Quadcopter is an amazing drone and even an absolute beginner will gain confidence quickly with the DJI Tello. You can control the drone via the smartphone app or via its remote control which is sold separately.

Interestingly, the device provides tons of fun for experienced pilots as well. Most drones on the Tellos price range provide a lackluster battery life from five to seven minutes. Fortunately, Tello provides 13 minutes of flight time, providing you tons of fun and letting you enjoy the experience for longer without charging breaks which would most of the time ruin the experience.

The drone features a 5-megapixel camera with an 82.6-degree field of view and is capable of shooting 720p video at 30 FPS. On top of that, the 14 core intel processor provides exceptional footage on the move and while stable it has electronic image stabilization for less blur and enhanced picture in motion.

Furthermore, it features pressure sensor altitude hold making it very handy while shooting footage as it allows you to focus on the task ahead of flying the drone. On top of that, the pressure sensor of the drone will do the calculations about the altitude during the flight and give you precise and accurate information about it.

Moreover, it features OneTouch takeoff and landing. A very sensible feature for beginners. It’ll also give you alerts when the battery’s low and when you’re getting out of range. And most importantly, the drone will land itself and safely if you run out of battery or if it gets out of range.

With a number of other features, the DJI Tello is a decent lightweight drone that is perfect for any skill level and with its amazing price it’s a bargain.

PROS

  1. Responsive and simple
  2. Cheap compared to other drones with the same features.
  3. Number of flight modes available
  4. VR headset compatible

CONS

  1. Camera capabilities ( but as for $100 drone it’s OK)
  2. Not good for windy conditions

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Overall, It’s an excellent first drone for a beginner.

FORCE1 F100 GHOST

Best Drones For Beginners : FORCE1 F100 GHOST
FORCE1 F100 GHOST

Unlike other drones in this list with integrated HD cameras, the Force1 F100 Ghost is a drone without a camera. However, it can accommodate any action camera that you have in hand. Apart from that, the ghost has countless features for a beginner drone and is built like a tank. Also, when you add the amazing battery life to the mix with its competitive price, it makes it an awesome choice for a beginner drone.

The first impression you get from this drone is just how good it looks. It’s very stylish and sleek and it’s built for purpose as well. It has two legs that ensure smooth landing in various terrains and protection for the camera mount that’s located under its sturdy body. You can even remove the landing legs of the drone to decrease its weight which in turn improves its flight time. Also, the brushless motors provide an ultra-silent experience which is a concern for most beginner drones. Furthermore, the brushless motors provide amazing power and speed.

In the performance department, the ghost is incredible. It has showcased great stability as well as smooth and easy flight controls that are very intuitive. It even provides altitude hold function for easy footage shooting and control, as well as, the enhanced 6 axis gyro stabilization system.

Each motor provides the drone with 2-speed settings. However, it’s pretty fast even in the low setting and can be a little difficult to control indoors. Outdoors, the drone is amazing. Thanks to its power and speed, it can even be flown in windy situations up to 20 mph with ease.

One would expect that when you attach the camera it would decrease its speed and power but the drone performs amazingly in that state as well, not stuttering even for a moment.

Setting up the drone is very easy and intuitive, but if you struggle the included manual provides clear and easy to comprehend instructions. After that, in your first flight, you’ll have to synchronize and pair the drone with the remote and then all that’s left for you is to enjoy this amazing drone.

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The Force1 F100 Ghost is an excellent drone for those who are looking for power and speed.

PROS

  1. Autonomous flight modes
  2. Beginner safety functions included
  3. Easy-to-learn
  4. Has a Go Pro add-on compatibility

CONS

  1. No Integrated Camera
  2. Difficult to control Indoors

ALTAIR 818 HORNET

Best Drones For Beginners : ALTAIR 818 HORNET
Altair 818 Hornet

With tons of user-friendly features — the Altair 818 has a special place in the drone enthusiasts hearts. It’s essentially the upgraded version of the company’s original drone that was a major success. It improves upon it with various speed modes — Head the steering, the ability to hold the altitude, and some video and photo features. Additionally, it has an impressive battery life and exceptionally stable hover.

Let’s dive deeper into the Altair 818 easy controls and countless features. Beginner and skilled users will be delighted with Altair 818’s increased flight time. The Altair 818 drone has improved upon its original design and now boasts a flight time of 15 minutes. It really has no competition in terms of battery life. Only drones in high price points have better battery life than Altair 818.

The Altair 818 comes with a 720p wide-angle, high-density camera that can shoot images from higher and further in the air — combined with its long battery life, this means you’ll capture quality content like a breeze. Furthermore, Altair 818 has altitude hold mode to make it even easier to shoot videos or photos.

Taking off or landing drones is a nightmare for beginners and it can prove very difficult to grasp the controls and it can get overwhelming at first and take away the fun of your first few sessions. However, The Altair 818 has a one-button takeoff and landing feature making it a beginner favorite. Moreover, the Altair 818 has alarm systems that provide sound and light alerts if the device gets out of range or is low on battery. On top of that, the device will land itself automatically before its battery runs out to prevent disastrous crashes.

Another interesting feature is the heading hold flight mode, the drone is always set to the side facing away from you. Meaning that — winds will not upset your drone and will allow you to better control it.

With a competitive price and its countless features, the Altair 818 is the way to go if you don’t want to be bothered with complex controls.

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To conclude, it’s a great option at its price point.

PROS

  1. Much more sturdy even after several crashes
  2. Good battery life
  3. Three flight skill modes – for advanced users up to beginners
  4. Great for the price

CONS

  1. Poor camera quality

ALTAIR AA108

Best Drones For Beginners : ALTAIR AA108
Altair AA108

The Altair AA108 is a great drone for newbies and for experienced pilots as well. It’s a great drone for beginner drone enthusiasts with its tons of easy-to-use controls and a combination of features that will make it a joy for every skill level.

The device will come on a cool white and blue box that contains the drone and its accessories which include the fully assembled drone with four propellers. Two 3.7 volt Li-Po batteries, the USB charging cable, memory card reader, 4 extra propellers, as well as the installation kit for them and a screwdriver. PLUS there’s also four extra foot guards and a direction book that’ll help you grasp the basic and more advanced controls.

You’ll have to download the flying C mobile app on your phone. Turn on the drone, connect to the Wi-Fi and just push a button on the drone after that you’ll have full access to the drone and camera controls.

Despite having a small size that’s designed to be used indoors and outdoors, the drone provides tons of fun and is a blast to fly indoors in tiny apartments and whatnot. It’s interesting to see that the drone didn’t go crashing straight into walls and furniture showcasing its great maneuverability in tight spaces.

It’s pretty pleasing to fly the drone outdoors as well, where it gives you access to its full set of features. It’s very versatile with its manual and automatic takeoff and landing and the first person flying via the smartphone app was a blast to use.

Besides ease, it has similar features to the aforementioned Altair 818, like the heading hold mode for the beginner, 3 speeds, double batteries. However, it doesn’t provide the same battery life as the Altair 818.

The Altair AA108 has prop guards that protect the drone when accidents happen. It was interesting to see that this lightweight and inexpensive drone takes those kinds of hits like it was nothing.

To conclude, I’d like to state that this is a perfect drone if you’re a beginner and want to take things step-by-step.

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To conclude, I’d like to state that this is a perfect drone if you’re a beginner and want to take things step-by-step.

PROS

  1. Price
  2. HD camera
  3. Three-speed levels – advanced, medium, and beginner.
  4. Ultimate wind resistance

CONS

  1. Poor battery life compared to Altair 818

DJI SPARK

Best Drones For Beginners " DJI SPARK
DJI Spark

At the top of our list, we have another DJI product. With the DJI Spark, the company is democratizing market and simplifying complex technology as stated by the brand. This translates to a top-notch device that provides all the features of commercial drones to a consumer drone with its lightweight, small build, ease-of-use, and great image quality.

It’s not small enough to fit in your pocket but it is DJI’s smallest drone to date. The main body of the device is as big as the palm of your hand, making for easy palm launches that are incredible. You’ll barely feel the weight of this drone if you carry it in your backpack. Put together with its durability, you can take this spark everywhere.

The drone comes with both GPS and GLONASS sensors, giving Spark the ability to connect with 24 satellites at once for accurate positioning. Also, there’s a 3D infrared sensor camera on the front of the drone for the purpose of avoiding objects.

For Indoor flying, where there’s no GPS or GLONASS available, the spark has a vision positioning system that has a downward-facing camera and IR sensor. The aforementioned downward-facing camera also records a video, in turn, providing footage for the return to the base landing feature.

The 1/2.3″ sensor captures 12 Megapixel pictures and 1080P video at 30 FPS. Unfortunately, there’s no 4K recording available. The lens is also 2-axis stabilized with the third stabilized digitally.

The Spark can be controlled via a Smartphone with a Wi-Fi direct connection that has a 100-meter range. The app also provides a lot of interesting features but if you opt for Fly more combo pack, you get the remote control which provides the fine-tune controls, a top speed of 50 KPH and a range of 2 kilometers.

The drone has a battery life of 13 minutes which is a little disappointing. Also, it takes a long time to charge. Buying Spare batteries is an attractive option or buying the fly more combo pack.

To conclude, the DJI Spark is hands down the best drone for beginners in the market.

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To conclude, the DJI Spark is hands down the best beginner drone in the market.

PROS

  1. Lightweight construction
  2. Camera quality
  3. Autonomous flight modes

CONS

  1. Too many features can be overwhelming for a beginner.

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