The 7 Best Cheap FPV Drones

FPV drones can be extremely expensive, but you shouldn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy one! That’s why I made a list of the 7 best cheap FPV drones.

Not only will you save money when buying one of these drones, but you are also not losing out on the quality of the drone in order to get a cheaper price. Most of these drones are under $100, which is great for people on a budget.

What Are The Best Cheap FPV Drones?

If you don’t have the time to read this entire article, below is a chart of the entire list of the 7 different cheap FPV drones. If you want to learn more about a specific drone, scroll down the list until you find the one you are looking for. If you want more drone options, check out this post to find camera drones that fit your specific need. Enjoy!

FPV DronesEstimated Price
Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 $50.98 - Check today's price
Holy Stone X300C$89.99 - Check today's price
Cheerwing Peregrine U28W$69.98 - Check today's price
Babadio X5SW-1 $74.99 - Check today's price
Holy Stone X400C$109.99 - Check today's price
Cheerwing Syma X8W-V3$79.98 - Check today's price
DBPower UDI U845$105.99 - Check today's price

1. Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3

Cheerwing-Syma-X5SW-V3

Weight: 4.16 oz

Length: 12.4 inches

Recommended Age: 10+

Price: See here

Items Included:

  1. X5SW-V3 Quadcopter
  2. Remote controller
  3. USB charger
  4. 3.7V 500 mAh Li-polymer battery
  5. 4 propellers
  6. Phone Grip
  7. Screw Driver
  8. Blade guards

Flight Video

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Affordable price
  • Easy to find and replace parts
  • Adjustable flight settings
  • Ease of use for beginners

Cons:

  • Does not have a return to home function
  • Uses WiFi for the camera, so the real time video can occasionally lag

Design

The Cheerson Syma comes in two colors, black and white. It has LED lights, which are great for flying both in the day and at night.

There are blade guards that are provided and need to be assembled. If you are prone to crashing a drone, I would highly recommend putting the guards on your drone. You’ll thank me later.

Camera

In order to use the camera, you would need to download the Syma FPV app. This app is available for both iPhone and Android. The camera is based on a WiFi system, so in order to use it, you need to connect to it with your phone. The video can lag at times, and can happen more often the further the RC drone is from the transmitter. The quality of the camera is not bad, but you do get what you pay for.

The megapixels on this camera is .3. The FPV WiFi transmission is 640 by 480p, with the frames per second being 30. The unfortunate thing is that this camera does not zoom, so you have to get pretty close to get good quality videos and pictures. The camera does not rotate as well.

Transmitter

The transmitter needs 4 AA batteries to function, which does not come included. The transmitter is 2.4 Ghz, so you can fly more than one at the same time with no issue. The range is about 150 to 200 feet, which is ok, but not great.

The transmitter has 2 modes, mode 1 and mode 2. The transmitter will most likely be in mode 1 right out of the box. You can change the mode by holding the mode switch to the right under the right stick, while turning the transmitter on. The display will tell you which mode you are in.

There also 2 settings, low and high. The low setting is great for beginners as the drone tends to be less responsive, allowing beginners to learn at their own pace. The high setting is more responsive to controls, which will be preferable to more advanced drone pilots.

Charger

The flight time is about 6-7 minutes per charge. This can vary depending on whether you use the camera or not, so keep that in mind. It takes about 45 minutes to fully charge a battery. For a more enjoyable experience, I would recommend getting extra batteries.

More Information

The Cheerwing Syma has a headless function, which is great for beginners. Rather than worrying about which direction you are facing, you can just fly in any direction with ease. Another great reason why this cheap FPV drone is great for beginners.

2. Holy Stone X300C

Holy-Stone-X300C

Weight: 3.6 oz

Length: 9.5 inches

Recommended Age: 14+

Price: See here

Items Included:

  1. Quadcopter
  2. 2.4Ghz transmitter
  3. FPV Phone Holding Gear
  4. 3.7V 750mah Battery
  5. Bonus 3.7V 750mah Battery
  6. 2 USB chargers
  7. Goggles
  8. 4 Blades
  9. Screw Driver
  10. Manual

Flight Video

Pros:

  • Various modes depending on your skill level
  • Has headless mode
  • Great customer service
  • Easy to replace parts
  • Durable
  • Stable

Cons:

  • FPV can lag at times due to using WiFi

Design

The Holy Stone X300C has a silver body with red and black blades. The red indicates the front of the quad and the black indicates the back.

There is an off/on switch at the top of the quadcopter and LED lights at the bottom. Also at the bottom is the landing gear. The X300C has rubber feet that don’t bounce around much when you land them. Many other quadcopters have a tendency to bounce and flip over, which can be pretty annoying.

Camera

To use the FPV correctly, you need to download the app, which is compatible for both IOS and Android. Visit www.mjxtoys.com to download the app that relates to the model of your drone.

The camera is .3 MP, which is not amazing, but decent considering the price. The FPV Wifi transmission is 640 by 480p, with 30 FPS. The camera does not move, so you need to adjust the drone to get the picture or video you want.

Transmitter

The X300C transmitter needs 3 AA batteries (not included!) in order for it to work properly. With the 2.4 Ghz Auto Connection Technology, you have the ability to fly more than one drone in the same area.

Thee transmitter has 3 different modes that you can choose from to have the optimal flying experience. The modes are beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

The control distance of the X300C is about 150-300 feet, which is not bat.

Charger

The battery life for one of these drones is about 10 minutes . This will vary depending on how much strain the quadcopter receives. With the extra battery, that is about 20 minutes of flying time, which is awesome! It takes about 1 hour or so to fully charge a battery.

More Information

Like the Cheerwing Syma, the X300C has a headless function, allowing beginners to fly with ease. Keep in mind that winds greater than 5 mph can make flying more difficult.

3. Cheerwing Peregrine U28W

Cheerwing-Peregrine-U28W

Weight: 2.4 oz

Length: 6.5 inches

Recommended Age: 8+

Price: See here

Items Included:

  1. U28W Peregrine Quadcopter
  2. Transmitter
  3. 2 3.7V 500mAh Drone Battery
  4. USB Charger
  5. SD Card Reader
  6. 4 Blades
  7. Spanner
  8. User Manual

Flight Video

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Great price
  • Has headless mode
  • Has a return to home function
  • Virtual reality compatible

Cons:

  • Relatively short battery life

Design

The Cheerwing Peregrine U28W is a blue quadcopter with 4 blue blades and black landing gears. At 6.5 inches, it is on the smaller side of RC quadcopters. You have the option of attaching blade guards as well if you are worried about crashing.

Camera

The camera is 1280×720, and is 2 MP. The camera faces forward on the drone, and does not move. You can achieve real-time FPV by connecting to your phone via WiFi. The app used for FPV can be downloaded on Google Play and the iOS app store.

The app is interesting in that you can quickly edit video parameters as well as select a storage location for pictures and videos.

Transmitter

The transmitter requires 4 1.5V AA batteries in order to function. The control distance is about 175 ft.

Something unique about the U28W is that you can control it with the transmitter or through the app, which is pretty cool. I would suggest sticking with the transmitter as a beginner since the controls will be much easier to manage.

There is a one key return home function on the transmitter, which is great for bringing the drone back with a push of a button.

Charger

The weakest aspect of the U28W is the battery life span. It only lasts about 5 minutes, which is not very good. They do provide an extra battery however, possibly to compensate for the life span. The other issue is that the charging time is nearly an hour! You would think that if the lifespan of the battery was short, the charging time would be short as well.

More Information

The quadcopter has 3 levels of sensitivity, low, medium, and high. Low sensitivity is great for beginners, whereas high is more for seasoned pilots.

4. Babadio X5SW-1

Babadio

Weight: 4 oz

Length: 12.4 inches

Recommended Age: 12+

Price: See here

Items Included:

  1. X5SW-1 Quadcopter
  2. Transmitter
  3. 2  3.7V 780mh Li-Po Batteries
  4. 4 Blades
  5. Support frame
  6. Screwdriver
  7. USB charger

Flight Video

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Comes with an extra battery
  • One key return function
  • Headless mode
  • Motion sensing control function

Cons:

  • Average battery life
  • Average camera quality

Design

The Babadio X5SW is black and looks very similar to the Syma X5C. The Babadio is black with LED lights at the bottom.  The camera is on the bottom of the drone facing forward. There are also blade guards that come with the drone, which has to be assembled.

Camera

The camera that comes with the X5SW is 2 MP.You can also adjust the angle of the camera for better shots. It uses WiFi in order to send live video feed, so you need to download their app in order to do that. Their app is compatible for both iPhone and Android.

The camera is not amazing, but for the price it does get the job done. This is more of a beginner type in the sense that you can see how a camera functions while flying.

Transmitter

The transmitter is 2.4Ghz, so flying more than one of these drones will not cause any issues. The transmitter is Mode 2 and requires 4 AA batteries (not included) in order for it to work. You can use your phone rather than the transmitter as well, although I personally think it would be much more difficult to do.

The range is about 150 to 200 feet. Since the camera uses wifi, the greater the distance, the higher the chance that the video input on your phone will be lag.

Charger

The battery for the drone is a 3.7 V LiPO battery. The manufacturers were generous enough to provide an extra battery, which means longer flight times. Each battery lasts about 6-8 minutes, which is pretty average. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to charge the battery as well. The charger is USB as well, so you will need a device that has a USB input to use it.

More Information

The Babadio is also capable of doing tricks such as 360 degree flips, which means more entertainment when flying.

Something that might be useful for some people, when getting your drone in the mail, there should be a QR code. Scan the QR code to be directed to the download for the app necessary to set up FPV.

5. Holy Stone X400C

Holy Stone X400C Review Front Image

This review will be brief, as I did a more detailed review for the Holy Stone X400C in the past, which you can find here.

Weight: 6 oz

Length: 16 inches

Recommended Age: 14+

Price: See here

Items Included:

  1. Battery
  2. USB charger
  3. Free protective goggles
  4. Manual
  5. Blade guards
  6. Screwdriver

Flight Video

6. Cheerwing Syma X8W-V3

X8W-V3

Weight: 8 oz

Length: 19 inches

Recommended Age: 8+

Price: Check here

Items Included:

  1. X8W-V3 Quadcopter
  2. Remote controller
  3. AC charger
  4. Propellers
  5. Phone grip
  6. Screw Driver

Flight Video

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Headless mode
  • Great price
  • Good flying time

Cons:

  • Camera uses WiFi, so FPV videos can lag
  • Camera quality is average

Design

The design of the X8W-V3 is intriguing because they remind m of a bowling ball pin. No sure if the design was intended for that, but either way the design is simple but interesting. There are green and red LED lights on the drone, so you can fly these during the day as well as at night. This model seems to be an updated model of the Syma X5SW. The camera is located at the bottom of the drone.

Camera

The camera is what you would expect from a drone that is under $100. That being said, it does work. Similar to the other drones listed, you need to download the correct app in order to have FPV. The camera uses WiFi, so it will most likely lag at times.

The good thing about this drone is that it is large enough that you can mount a go pro, so this is great if you are intending to capture decent quality footage.

Transmitter

The transmitter won’t interfere with other drones because it is 2.4 Ghz. The transmitter is orange and white and shaped similar to a square. This may be uncomfortable for some flyers, but I did not have any issues with it.

The transmitter requires 6 AA batteries that do not come included with the package. The control distance of the transmitter is around 230 feet.

Charger

Flying time of a drone is about 7-10 minutes, which is pretty good considering the drone is relatively large and using a camera. Charging time is about 2 hours, which I personally think is long. In order to minimize waiting, get extra batteries. This will allow you to enjoy flying rather than waiting, and you’ll thank me later.

More Information

The X8W-V3 has a headless mode, so beginners don’t have to worry about figuring out which direction the drone is facing before making a turn.

7. DBPower UDI U845

DBPower-UDI-U845

Weight: 4 oz

Length: 8.3 inches

Recommended Age: 14+

Price: Check here

Items Included:

  1. U845 WiFi FPV Quadcopter with Camera
  2. 2.4GHz Controller
  3. 2 3.7V 700mAh LiPo Batteries
  4. USB Battery Charger
  5. Spare Propellers
  6. User Manual

Flight Video

Pros:

  • Headless mode
  • Bonus battery
  • Fast charging time
  • Unique design
  • Good control range
  • Very durable

Cons:

  • A bit more expensive
  • Camera uses WiFi, so the occasional lag in FPV

Design

I threw a curve ball by including the DBPower UDI U845. Unlike the other drones on the list, this FPV drone looks like a UFO. To top it off, their are LED lights on the drone, which might make flying at night interesting.

There are 6 red blades that are used to fly this drone, and all of these blades are protected since their within the drone. This drone is designed in a way where it is very difficult to damage, which is great for beginners.

Camera

The video recording mode of the camera is 640X480.The image mode is 1280 x 960. The maximum bit rate for video storage is 30Mbps. I was quite impressed with the camera quality given the price. It’s not amazing, but it is better than most of the other drones on this list.

Transmitter

The transmitter requires 4 AAA batteries to function. It’s also 2.4Ghz, so there won’t be issue with having more than one in the area. The control range of the transmitter is about 260 to 330 feet, whereas the maximum range to receive video feed is 100 to 130 feet.

You can operate the drone through either your transmitter or your phone with the app, but it may be easier to control with your drone. The transmitter is shaped like a video game controller, which is great since it fits nicely in your hands.

Charger

The flight time on one battery is about 6 to 9 minutes. Even better is the charging time. It takes about 50 minutes to charge. Anything less than an hours is great. On top of that, they provide an extra battery for even more flight time.

More Information

This drone has headless mode, which is great since it would be a bit difficult to figure out where the front and the back of the drone are.

Conclusion

That ends the list of the best cheap FPV drones. If you’re reading this, that means you made it all the way through, and I thank you for that! I hope this list helped you get started with FPV drones. I’ll update this list as time goes on, so stay tuned!

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