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8 Remote Control Drones to Buy

Updated With New Drone Models for 2019

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DJI Mavic 2 Pro
The latest and greatest camera drone from DJI, with a professional-grade camera from Swedish camera manufacturer, Hasselblad

In this article, we’ll show you some of the best remote control (RC) drones you can buy right now on Amazon.com or DJI.com (two of the most trusted online UAV retailers).

These quadcopters are some of the highest-rated rigs on the market from some of the top drone manufacturers, like DJI and Force 1.

Whether you’re looking for a remote control drone for sale with a camera, a beginner quadcopter to learn with, a more professional drone for aerial photography, or even an FPV (first-person view) racer, you’ll find the full spectrum of RC drones for sale in this article.

Not so interested in the specs, and just want to see the list of drones? We’ve got you covered:

Our hope is that this guide will help you get a strong feel for the options available without being overwhelmed with choices, so you can decide which RC drone is right for you and your needs.

Enjoy!

Note #1: All specs/features are obtained from the manufacturer or retailer.

Note #2: On this list, we’ve included models available for sale on Amazon and DJI — as Amazon and DJI Associate partners, we earn a small commission for qualifying purchases. Please know that we’ve tested many of the models on this list, and we wouldn’t recommend anything we wouldn’t fly ourselves!

01

Scoot Mini Drone

Battery Life

8 Minutes

Good For

Hobbyists

The Scoot Mini Drone features hands-free operation which makes it a great drone for all ages. With an enclosed frame and infrared obstacle sensors, it is also safe for use in any indoor space.

It comes with a USB charging cord making it easy to charge it anywhere and it gets a full charge within an hour.

With 8 minutes of nonstop flight time, this drone is great for playing fun interactive games with your friends at a very affordable price.

Key Specs/Features

  • Hand operated, no remote controller
  • Up w/ 1-Key Take Off/Landing and Altitude Hold
  • Infrared motion sensors to detect obstacles
  • Max flight time: 8 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: Intuitive hand gesture flight modes
Scoot Is Hands Down The Coolest Hands-Free Drone!
02

UFO 4000 LED Mini Drone

Battery Life

18 minutes

Good For

Hobbyists

The UFO 4000 LED Mini Drone is a small drone that will be hard to miss with it’s bright red, white, and blue LED lighting system as it zips through the sky.

Propeller guards wrapped in LED lighting increase the durability and visibility of the drone and make this affordable drone great for beginners. The simple remote controller makes this drone perfect for all ages with 1-Key Start/Stop and easy joystick directional controls.

Looking for a beginner stunt drone? Look no further, with 4 channels, 2 speeds, Altitude Hold, and Headless Mode; this beginner drone also performs 360° mini flips.

Key Specs/Features

  • Remote controller with 1-Key Start/Stop and easy joystick directional controls make this drone great for beginners
  • Durable propeller guards wrapped with glowing red, blue, and white LEDs making the drone durable and easier to see
  • Max flight time: 18 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: Stunt flights featuring 4 channels, 2 speeds, Altitude Hold, and Headless Mode; this beginner drone also performs 360° mini flips
UFO 4000 LED Stunt Drone
03

F111WF Folding Drone

camera

720p HD

battery life

7-8 Min

good for

Hobbyists

The F111WF Folding Drone is an affordable drone that is a great choice for those who like to travel due to its folding arm design typically found on high-end drones.

Its 6-axis gyro offers optimal stabilization for the 720p HD camera to easily capture high definition aerial photos.

Live stream allows the drone operator to see exactly what the drone is seeing through your smartphone via the iPhone/Android mobile app. The extra battery, propeller guards, and propellers that are included make this a great camera drone.

Key Specs/Features

  • Camera resolution: 720p HD
  • Flight time: 7-8 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: 6-axis gyro offers optimal stabilization, foldable arms, 1-Key Take Off/Landing
WHOA: Fold This Drone Up And Take It Anywhere!
04

U49WF FPV Camera Drone

camera

720p HD

battery life

12-15 Min

good for

Hobbyists, FPV Racing

The U49WF FPV Camera Drone boasts altitude-hold and a first-person-view (FPV) screen with Camera Live Video, so you can see exactly what the HD camera of your drone sees in real-time.

It also comes with an extra battery to help you fly for even longer before having to charge, and an outstanding 720p camera for clear HD pictures and live video.

Add to that it’s impressively long flight time of 25 minutes with the extra battery, and you’re looking at a great drone for beginners (or intermediate pilots, for that matter) at an inexpensive price.

Key Specs/Features

  • Camera resolution: 720p HD
  • Max flight time: 12-15 minutes (Per battery)
  • Notable Attributes: Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, Full Trim, and Real-Time WiFi FPV.
Blue Heron Wi-Fi FPV HD Camera Drone | Beginner RC U49WF Quadcopter
05

DJI Tello

camera

720P

battery life

13 Min

good for

Hobbyists

The DJI Tello is a small drone that comes packed with advanced features that we have come to expect from DJI. Low battery protection, vision positioning system, and auto takeoff and landing are just a few of the advanced features that make this a great beginner drone.

Capture crisp 5-megapixel pictures and 720p videos with the Tellos onboard camera system. With VR headset compatibility, fly with a breathtaking first-person view with an 82.6º FOV/

13-minutes of flight time, DJI technology, and FPV headset compatibility at such an affordable price ($100!), make this a very compelling option for an inexpensive drone.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 5-megapixels photos
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Max flight time: 13 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: intelligent flight modes improve safety, use a smartphone or a separate remote controller to fly the drone, Tello EDU.
DJI Tello | Feel the Fun
06

DJI Mavic Mini

camera

12 MP, 2.7K Video

battery life

30 Min

good for

Hobbyists

The drone manufacturing juggernaut DJI has done it again with the release of the DJI Mavic Mini .The Mavic Mini is the companies lightest and smallest drone to date. Weighing in at just 249 grams, this model is exempt from the FAA’s requirement to register any drone that weighs 250 grams or more. For its small size (around the size of a smartphone) DJI has done an incredible job packing the Mavic Mini with a large array of features.

The popular foldable design from the Mavic series also shows up in the Mini, making it one of the highest tech portable drones on the market. With a 30 minute flight time, 12-megapixel camera, and a three-axis gimbal it will be difficult to find a comparable aircraft in this size and price range. Pilots will have the option to choose from four pre-programmed flight maneuvers like Rocket, Circle, Dronie, and Helix. GPS receivers and downward visual positioning sensors make the Mini easy to operate with precise hovering. This drone is a great choice for hobbyists who want DJI technology in a small and relatively affordable package.

See our review of the Mavic Mini here.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still image resolution: 12 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 2.7k
  • Max flight time: 30 minutes
  • Max speed: 29 mph (13 m/s in sport mode)
  • Notable Attributes: weighs 249 grams, DJI Geofencing, visual positioning system, Return-to-Home, and Aeroscope remote identification

Two Buying Options

Base Package

Fly More Kit

DJI - Introducing Mavic Mini
07

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

camera

20 MP, 4K 10-bit HDR Video

battery life

31 Min

good for

Construction Filmmaking Marketing

DJI designed the Mavic 2 Pro to pack features from DJI’s larger drones into a smaller platform and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular drone models on the market. With a professional-grade camera from Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad; the 1-inch CMOS sensor, Hasselblad camera offers 20-megapixel photography with enhanced HDR and color sensitivity.

The Mavic 2 Pro may be small but it is perfect for professional photographers, videographers, and content creators just to name a few. Its portable design makes it an essential companion for travel bloggers, documentary compilers, and commercial drone pilots in any industry.

See our review of the Mavic 2 Pro here.

Key Specs/Features

  • Still Image Resolution: 20 megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 4K 10-bit HDR Video
  • Max flight time: 31-minutes
  • Max speed: 45 mph (72 kph) in sport mode
  • Notable attributes: foldable/portable, intelligent flight modes, obstacle sensing
Introducing the DJI Mavic 2
08

DJI Matrice 200 V2

camera

Compatible with various payloads

battery life

24 Min

good for

Public Safety Inspections Construction

The DJI Matrice 200 V2 is one of DJI’s larger drones that offers multiple configurations for different applications. Like the DJI Inspire, the Matrice features a 2-axis FPV camera allowing the operator to see what’s ahead while simultaneously controlling the other sensors. The installed anti-collision beacon improves safety by complying with FAA regulations for anti-collision standards by making the aircraft visible to other aircraft. A multitude of DJI gimbal sensors can be interchanged and even select third-party sensors can be installed greatly increasing the functionality of the platform.

The FlightAutonomy system includes obstacle avoidance sensors on the front, bottom, and top of the drone. The Matrice is also equipped with AirSense, which alerts drone pilots when a manned aircraft is in the immediate area. The self-heating battery system and the airframes IP43 weather rating make this drone suitable for any weather condition. Ideal applications for the Matrice include public safety, energy, infrastructure, and construction.

Key Specs/Features

  • Compatible with various Zenmuse sensors and third-party sensors
  • IP43 weather rating
  • Anti-Collision Beacon
  • Ocusync 2.0 / TimeSync
  • Discreet Mode: Turn off all aircraft lights for more discreet missions
  • Max Flight Speed: 50.3 mph (81kph) in Sport Mode
  • Max Flight Time: Up to 38 min with a payload, 24 min with a payload
  • Notable Attributes: mobile SKD compatibility; Develop custom mobile apps for flight planning and data collection.

Checkout other Matrice Models from DJI here.

Accessories

DJI D-RTK Mobile Station

DJI – Introducing the Matrice 200 Series V2

 

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