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Best drones on sale under £100, £200, £500 and £1,000 for 2018

  2018-02-06

introduce:Best drones on sale under £100, £200, £500 and £1,000 for 2018 Below you'll find bargain drones under £100, right through to professional-grade flyers that cost well north of £1,000. Best drones under £100 At below £100, there are seri

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Best drones on sale under £100, £200, £500 and £1,000 for 2018
Below you'll find bargain drones under £100, right through to professional-grade flyers that cost well north of £1,000.
Best drones under £100
At below £100, there are seriously slim-pickings. You'll either have to compromise on flight time/range, handling/stability, video quality – or all three. But if you're just looking for a toy-grade drone that won't go very far, there are still some decent options:
Hubsan X4 H107C (£27.30 at Amazon) – This is a great entry-level drone for first-time flyers, but don't expect the camera to record any decent footage. Cheap, cheerful, and perfect for low-cost mucking about.
Syma X5SC (£35.98 at Amazon) – The Syma is another great budget option, and has a slightly more grown-up design. It only manages about eight minutes of flight, but has a 2-megapixel camera – which means you'll get more detailed images, compared to the Hubsan.
Parrot Swing (£59.99 at Amazon) – Parrot is a well-known drone maker, and offers great options for enthusiasts on a budget. The Parrot Swing features a cool X-wing design that Star Wars fans will love. It also means you can do loops and rolls, and hit a nippy maximum speed of 19mph.
Sky Viper SR10001 Streaming Drone (£89.99 at Amazon) – This bargain buy lets you live-stream your footage straight to your smartphone, and can film HD video to boot.
Best drones under £200
Edge over the £100 mark and you can find a few great steals, although nothing that will suit seriously dedicated snappers looking to take their photography to the skies. These are our top picks:
Revell Control C-Me (£146.70 at Amazon) – This drone will let you record in Full HD, has a 360-degree panorama mode, and has a bunch of camera modes that include "Burst" and "Timer".
Parrot Mambo FPV (£149.99 at Amazon) – French firm Parrot's FPV Mini drone is a dinky flyer that comes with first-person-view glasses – so you can see through the eyes of your drone as you fly. It's also got a decent 100-metre range, and can perform pre-set tricks and flips.
Nikko Air DRL Race Vision (£189.99 at Amazon) – This Nikko drone features a first-person-view mode that works with a bundled VR headset, and has multiple speed settings. It's also endorsed by the USA's Drone Racing League, so it's perfect for anyone with decent reflexes and a need for speed.
Best drones under £500
At this price, you can get some quality drones that will be good enough to take on holiday and create a decent footage reel to share on social. We also get our first drone from DJI in this price bracket, which is great – the Chinese company is generally see as the global leader in drone-making:
Parrot Disco (£419.99 at Amazon) – The Parrot Disco is the only fixed-wing drone on this list, which makes it fairly unique. Like other Parrot flyers, it comes with FPV glasses for a virtual reality in-flight view. It also boasts an incredible 45-minute flight time and a top speed of 50mph – huzzah!
DJI Spark (£439 at Amazon) – The baby of the DJI drone family, the DJI Spark is an ultra-portable aircraft that comes with a host of smart features. It can lift off from your hand by recognising your face, and has intelligent flight modes that help you create cool cinematic aerial videos with a few taps.
Parrot Bebop 2 FPV pack (£439.32 at Amazon) – This higher-end Parrot drone is lightweight, and comes with cockpit glasses for an immersive first-person view. It's got a maximum range of two kilometres, and a generous 25-minute flight time.
Best drones under £1000
As long as you're not a professional drone user, you'll be able to get a perfect flyer for under £1,000. These bad-boys will make you the envy of all your mates, and will suit anyone into extreme sports, YouTubing, or general drone hobbyism. And you don't really have to compromise on any features, either:
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DJI Mavic Air (£795 at Amazon) – The DJI Mavic Air is one of our favourite drones, and captures incredible footage in 4K resolution. It's foldable and portable, comes with a 3-axis gimbal for the camera, has three-directional object sensing, and can stay airborne for 21 minutes. Incredible value, and potentially the best all-rounder on the list.
DJI Mavic Pro (£888.88 at Amazon) – If you're willing to spend a little more, the DJI Mavic Pro scales up the size of the Air marginally, and boasts some improved specs. You'll get 27 minutes of flight, a max speed of 40mph, a peak range of 4.3 miles, and (again) support for 4K video capture.
GoPro Karma (£989 at Amazon) – GoPro is killing off its drone business, which means you can now bag the Karma for well below its original £1,300 asking price. This impressive drone flies for 20 minutes, and comes loaded with a GoPro Hero 6 camera that you can detach.

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