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    Hubsan H502S Desire

    (7.1)
    $100.00 BUY
    • 10 - Minutes
    • 720p - 30FPS
    • 11 - MPH
    • 300 - Meters
    The Hubsan H502S Desire is a great starter drone. It offers stable basic flight and some GPS functionality, usually unheard of in a sub-$100 drone.
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    UDI U818

    (6.1)
    $80.00 $50.00 BUY
    • 8 - Minutes
    • 720p - 30FPS
    • 11 - MPH
    • 50 - Meters
    The UDI U818 is a series of toy drones that you can find online or at your local store. These are not fantastic drones, but...
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    Walkera Rodeo 110

    (7.3)
    $170.00 BUY
    • 6 - Minutes
    • FPV
    • 45 - MPH
    • 100 - Meters
    The Walkera Rodeo 110 is the smallest in the Rodeo line of racing drones. A great beginners drone for the racing world.
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    Hubsan H501S

    (7.6)
    $219.00 $168.00 BUY
    • 20 - Minutes
    • 1080p - 30 FPS
    • 45 - MPH
    • 300 - Meters
    The Hubsan H501S was one of the first GPS-enabled drones from Hubsan with brushless motors and a 1080p camera.
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    Syma X8 Pro

    (5.8)
    $199.00 BUY
    • 9 - Minutes
    • 720p - 30FPS
    • 11 - MPH
    • 200 - Meters
    The Syma X8 Pro is an impressive drone for the Syma line, with GPS, FPV video and a camera gimbal, but it's still a toy-class...

There are a lot of good drones on the market today, figuring out what you want and need of a flying machine is a smart place to start, as is finding your ideal budget. We’re here to help – complimenting our other priced drone lists, let’s explore the best drones under $200.

Unlike our list of drones under $100, we’re stepping up from simple toys today, but, of course, we’re not getting as advanced as the machines on our list of drones under $500.

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Jonathan Feist, Drone PilotJonathan Feist

Why trust Drone Rush?

I’ve been a fan of flight since a young age; while I’ve had few opportunities at the helm of manned aircraft, the hours on my fleet of drones continue to grow. I enjoy putting cameras into the sky, silky smooth aerial imagery makes me happy. My goal is to help all pilots enjoy flight legally and safely.

 

Safety first

As you add more features to a drone, you add more weight. It is likely that your $200 drone will weigh more than 0.55 lbs, which means that you are fully subject to the flight laws of the FAA in the United States.

Things to know before you fly

 


1. Hubsan H502S Desire

Hubsan H502S Desire: Reliable toy drone

Desire

Hubsan H502S Desire

August 2016

Release Date

At launch, the Hubsan H502S Desire was one of the very best toy-class drones that Hubsan produced. It rocks basic GPS and flight features like a follow-me mode. The little drone still has brushed motors, which is a clear distinction in the Hubsan line between their low and high-end models, the higher end models have brushless motors. Don't hold this against the H502S, it may not be as fast or battery efficient as the brushed models, but it still flies very stable, holds a hover quite well and the FPV through the 720p camera gives you that fun flight experience.

You can get into the Hubsan H502S Desire for around $100 today, that's approaching half of its initial price at launch.

2. UDI U818

UDI U818: Available everywhere

Popular

UDI U818

November 2015

Release Date

The UDI U818 series has a few drones to speak of, one of the best is the U818A HD+. The HD+ model comes with a 720P camera and some basic GPS functionality. This is a toy-class drone, the type you have likely seen in the electronics department of your local supermarket. There is little to say about this machine, it flies fairly well, for a toy-class machine, it is affordable and is great to learn on. There is no FPV, the camera just records and takes photos for viewing afterward.

Check out the UDI U818A HD+ for around $80.

3. Parrot AR Drone 2.o

Parrot AR Drone 2.0: Simple fun

Fun

Parrot AR Drone 2.0

September 2012

Release Date

As you may have noticed, Parrot makes a lot of drones. Most of their machines are toy-class or commercial drones, with a few in between. Parrot likes to play with different designs, including fixed-wing planes and, like the AR Drone 2.0, standard quadcopters. The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is like most of their machines, made of foam and plastic. This is great for making light-weight crafts that are easy to operate, and safe for young pilots.

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 offers a 720p camera for FPV flight, and holds up very well considering its age. Check out the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 from around $180. Be forewarned, this is a discontinued drone, it sold for under $100 for a time.

4. Walkera Rodeo 110

Walkera Rodeo 110: Racing drone