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Top 10 Drones of 2017 for under $500

You are looking for the best drone under $500? I research the top 10 drones I found for you to make your decision easier. I’ve researched and found some of the best features for what to me feels like a bargain. You can find a very nice drone in this range. Mostly $199 – $499. Don’t get me wrong the more that you spend the better the total features you get. Honestly though, you wont choose a bad one if you go with one from this list. If your feeling this list doesn’t have what your looking for I made a list of the top drones you can buy for under $1000. Or if you want to stay under the range of $500 I got you a list I’m sure will get you the drone your looking for under $300.

This is my top 10 list of the drones under $500 I came up with. You can find your drone on this list.  In no particular order. 

I provided a brief run down of the specs and features to consider. Hope This helps you make a choice.


Top 10 list of the drones under $500

Name Image Camera Time Price
 Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone    13 Megapixel Photo / 1080p FHD Video / 75°  lens  9 mins  See Price
 Yuneec Breeze   4k HD  12 mins  See Price
 Xiro Xplorer Mini   1080p  15 mins  See Price
 Traxxas Aton    1080p  19 mins  See Price
 Upair One    4K HD  25 mins  See Price
Hubsan H501S    1080p  20 mins  See Price
Aee Ap10 Pro   1080p  25 mins  See Price
Parrot Bebop 2   1080p  25 mins  See Price
Hubsan H109S    1080p  21 mins  See Price
DJI Spark    1080p  16 Mins  See Price

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

The first drone on the list is the Dobby drone. With innovative technology packed into its pocket-sized design, DOBBY can be toted anywhere to take family and group selfies to the next level. The drone is easy to pilot and snap photos and

video clips using the Do.Fun smart phone app. The camera’s facial recognition, target tracking and auto track short video recording allow the user to create cinema-quality effects during daily

shooting. DOBBY will fly higher and come back automatically and take videos. The new Orbit Video Mode feature flies DOBBY circularly and takes videos at the same time, making it easy for users

to create 360° selfie videos.

Key Specs

Folded dimensions

135mm x 67mm x 36.8mm




13 Megapixel Photo / 1080p FHD Video / 75°  lens

Shooting modes

Real time shooting / Self-timer shooting / Burst


·         Outdoor: GPS + GLONASS Dual Satellite Positioning

·         Indoor: Sonar + Optical Flow positioning

Other features

·         Voice-enabled control         

·         Palm take-off and landing   

·         Motion guided control        

·         Target tracking

·         Electronic image stabilization system

·         One-click sharing to social media

·         Auto track short video recording

·         Facial recognition

·         Orbit Video Mode

Yuneec Breeze

The UAV by Yuneec is designed from plastic, is white in color, and has the dimensions of 196x65x196mm and weighs approximately 385g. Most would think that a drone crafted from plastic is not

durable enough for outdoor use, but the Breeze is made and designed with features that utilize and showcase the power of outdoor video through portrait photos, or “selfies”, and the recording

of activities with friends, family, or solely by yourself

Aircraft Specs
Dimensions 196 x 196 x 65 mm
Take-off Weight 385 g
Battery 3S 11,1 V 1150 mAh LiPo
Flight Time up to 12 minutes
Maximum Flying Height 80 m
Maximum Horizontal Speed 5 m/s (limited by software)
Maximum Climbing Speed 1 m/s

 Xiro Xplorer Mini

This might be the drone your looking for. The Xplorer has an operating ceiling of 165 feet, but it’s very slow to ascend. It’s only rated to communicate with your phone at distances of 330 feet, and it’s top speed is about 18mph. I don’t think I

ever got it moving that fast—the drone lumbers through the air. If you’re in the market for a small UAV to fly around a local park or your backyard, the Xiro Xplorer Mini can seem like an attractive

choice. Even though it’s slow, it handles pretty well, and gets longer flight times than other small, low-cost drones. I’m not a fan of smartphone control, as a remote control makes it possible to

control a drone over longer distances and with more precision, but for something that’s not intended for high or long-distance flight, I can live with it.


Diagonal Motor-Motor 225mm
Size 310*310*55mm
Weight (Including Battery) 431.2g
Hovering Accuracy H:±1.5m、V:±0.5m
Max. Flight Height 50m (adjustable)
Max. Flight Distance 100m
Max. Flight Time Approx. 15mins
Max. Ascent Speed 3m/s
Max. Descend Speed 2m/s
Max. Horizontal Speed 8m/s

Traxxas Aton

High-performance, durability, and ease of use, that’s what Traxxas is known for. Those same qualities have been engineered into Aton. This one-of-a-kind sport quad is the ultimate flying machine.

Aton takes the fun of flight to an entirely different level. With three selectable modes to choose from, anyone can fly. Aton is also incredibly versatile. In just a few short minutes, capture the world

around you with amazing aerial footage. Aton is a blast to fly and easy to use. With features like Air Brakes, GPS, Return-to-Home, Six-Axis Stabilization, and Push-Button Tricks, the sky really is

the limit. Aton is the quad that you would expect from Traxxas!

Aton Specs

Blade Circle: 22.83″ (580mm)
Rotor Diameter: 8.27″ (210mm)
Rotor Center Distance Diagonal: 14.57″ (370mm)
Rotor Hub Distance Vertical: 10.30″ (262mm)
Width: 18.57″ (472mm)
Overall Height: 3.70″ (94mm)
Overall Height with Landing Gear: 8.57″ (218mm)
Ground Clearance: 0.11″ (3mm)
Ground Clearance with Landing Gear: 4.87″ (124mm)
Overall Flight Weight (with Battery): 30.33 oz (860g)
Flight System: Auto-Leveling Six-Axis
Radio System: 2.4GHz 6-channel Multi-mode
Main Frame Structure/Material: Molded Composite
Battery Type: 3-Cell Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Voltage: 11.1V
Battery Discharge Rating: 20C
AC Battery Charger Rate: 3.0A
Motor Type: Sensorless Brushless Outrunner
Skill Level: 1

Upair One

If your new at this this drone is a great choice. You wont be shorted on features for the price. Unlike most drones, UPair One Drone comes with multiple features aimed at giving you the best flight

experience. Some of the features that make this drone a top beginner drone include its high-definition camera for taking photos and videos, an intuitive controller, and a large screen for watching the

videos captured by the camera. If you have tried this drone, we hope you would not mind sharing your experience to enlighten users who are thinking of buying it.

Upair One Specs and Features

Total Flying Weight: 47.62 oz (1350 g)
Rotor Span: 14″ (355 mm)
Height: 8.66″ (220 mm)
Construction: Polycarbonate/ABS composite plastic shell and skids; plastic gimbal mounts with silicone dampeners; plastic propellers
Onboard Electronics: UPair proprietary ten-channel 2.4 GHz multirotor
Transmitter: UPair ten-channel 2.4 GHz multirotor with 5.8 GHz FPV screen, gimbal pitch control, video/photo selector switch, flight mode switch and 2200mAh 3S lithium polymer battery
Battery: UPair 5400mAh 3S intelligent lithium polymer
Motors: UPair 2212 brushless outrunner; Kv rating not specified
Propellers: UPair 9450; identical to those of the DJI Phantom 3
Camera: UPair by Firefly with Sony lens and CMOS pickup, 900mAh lithium-ion battery, OLED status display, WiFi, HDMI and USB connectivity and up to 4K resolution in .mov and .jpg formats; 32 GB Class 4 micro SD card required
Gimbal: UPair two-axis with gyroscopic control and brushless motors; maximum pitch 90 degrees; tilt is adjustable via the transmitter
Operator Skill Level/Age: Experienced beginner; 14+
Typical Flight Duration: 19 – 25 minutes

Hubsan H501S

Hubsan H501S Is amazingly tuned 5.8G FPV with 1080P HD camera to capture stunning pictures and videos from the sky

A built-in GPS (Universal version) positioning system for accurate positioning. Perfect advanced follower to follow you around

Brushless motors, Follow me function, Headless mode, One key return. Battery flying time is lasting up to approximately 20 minutes

Feature Break Down

  • Size- 8.6*8.6in
  • Flight Time- 20 minutes
  • Flying Weight- 500g
  • Battery- 7.4V 2700mAh Li-Po
  • Charging Time- 210 minutes Distance- 300 meters
  • Real Time FPV
  • Photo/Video
  • Brushless Motors
  • Camera Resolution- 1920*1080P
  • GPS/Follow Me/Headless/RTH


Aee Ap10 Pro

The AEE AP10 PRO HAS a 1080P Full HD Video at 60 FPS camera, 16MP Still Images, 90 degree capable vertical tilt camera with live first person view streaming, GPS auto stability semi-

autonomous flight (Automatic position hold and hover), maximum flight range of 500 meters. 10 inch propellers for maximum flight stability and maneuverability, 44 MPH maximum speed, 22 – 33

MPH cruising velocity, all weather body for light to medium rain and snow, Class 4 wind resistance rating. 5300 mAh intelligent LiPo battery for up to 25 minute flying time, fail safe protocol with auto

return home feature (returns to takeoff point). Mini-B USB input for hassle free firmware updates, mobile App available on iOS and Android store for FPV, telemetry data, camera zoom, and other

useful flight and camera control features.


Flight modes: GPS and Normal Modes
Positioning System : GPS
Safety : Return to Home
Hovering accuracy: Horizontal 8.2 ft (2.5 m) Vertical 2.62 ft (0.8m)
Maximum angular velocity : 120 degrees per second
Maximum ascent speed : 19.69 ft/s (6 m/s)
Maximum descent speed : 13.12 ft/s (4 m/s)
Flight Speed : 65.6 ft/s (20m/s)
Maximum flight altitude 4000m (13 123 feet)
Flight Time : 25 mins
Dimensions: 14.49 by !4.49 In (368 by 368 mm)
Weight : 2.87 pounds (1300 g)

Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2 is designed to fly both inside and outside. It is the first leisure drone weighing less than 500g with up to 25 minutes of battery life. The Full HD 1080p camera records stunning video

footage in flight. The 3-axis digital stabilization system ensures that footage is smooth and clear, no matter how the Parrot Bebop 2 moves in flight. The Bebop 2 is also compact and easy to

transport, meaning you’ll never miss a chance to capture great videos and photos!

Parrot Bebop 2 Specifications

Camera: 14 mega-pixels with fish-eye lens

  • Video: 3-axis full HD 1080p
  • Stabilisation: Digital stabilisation (Parrot system)
  • Battery life: 25 minutes flying time (with 2700 mAh battery)
  • GPS: Yes
  • Processor: Dual core processor with quad-core GPU
  • Storage: 8 GB flash storage system

Hubsan H109S

Its evident that H109S comes in two variants, while there is no much difference in flight controllers and its characteristics, the difference between the two variants are the gimbals and the transmitter.

The Standard version comes with a 1-Aaxis detachable gimbal- meaning there is only a pitch control that is offered, while the High-edition comes equipped with the 3-axis Gimbal, which has the

ability to control, Pitch , Roll and Yaw for a better control on capturing the aerial shots through the 13 MP 1080P camera, below is the quick specification picture of 3-axis gimbal


  • Size- 11.8*11.8in
  • Flight Time- 21 minutes
  • Battery- 7.4V 7000mAh Li-Po
  • Charging Time- 150 minutes Distance- 1000 meters
  • Real Time FPV
  • Photo/Video
  • Camera Resolution- 1080P
  • 3 Axis Gimbal
  • Waypoint Setting
  • GPS/RTH/Headless/Altitude Mode


DJI Spark

Spark is a mini drone that features all of DJI’s signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a

camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries. Quick Launch With Face Aware, Spark lifts off from your hand by recognizing your face. It takes off and

hovers in place within seconds of powering on. Simple Control Take amazing aerial photos using just hand gestures, without a remote controller or mobile device. Create with Ease Intelligent Flight

Modes and intuitive controls help you create cinematic aerial videos with just a few taps. Edit and Share The DJI GO 4 app features automatic editing templates and an array of filters. Quickly edit

videos and share them straight to social media.

Aircraft Specs

Takeoff Weight 300 g
Dimensions 143×143×55 mm
Diagonal Distance (propellers excluded) 170 mm
Max Ascent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Sport Mode without wind
Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Auto Landing Mode
Max Speed 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode without wind
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 13,123 feet (4,000 m)
Max Flight Time 16 minutes (no wind at a consistent 12.4 mph (20 kph))
Max Hovering Time 15 minutes (no wind)
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
+/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-0.5 m
+/- 0.3 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-1.5 m
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 2.4 GHz
FCC: 25 dBm; CE: 18 dBm; SRRC: 18 dBm; MIC:18 dBm
5.8 GHz
FCC: 27 dBm; CE: 14 dBm; SRRC: 27 dBm; MIC: –
Operating Frequency 2.400 – 2.483 GHz; 5.725 – 5.825 GHz



Jacob is a drone enthusiast who likes to spend his free time researching the latest news and models of drones. When he's not in his "drone" world he loves spending time with family and exploring the outdoors.

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