Here are the top drones for kids or beginners that I personally recommend.

Getting a drone for the first time is a pretty awesome experience.

I remember when I got my first toy RC drone for Christmas. It was a little RC helicopter with two functions. It went up, then it went down. The worst part was that you really didn't tell it where to go, the wind did! Even though the range was only 30 feet with a flight time of about 40 seconds, I still remember waiting for it to charge, going out to fly, crashing it, and at the end of the day I still wanted more.

Fast-forward about six years later and here we are today, in a world where little palm sized quadcopters can maneuver in any direction they want, fly faster than you can run, and even record video. 

Before talking about each drone individually, you should know that there are other drones out there, all with similar prices, but these are the most popular, and my personal favorites.

All three of these drones are very fast and agile (unlike most co-axle helicopters), so they can be a bit challenging to fly at first. But once you learn how to properly fly one of these with confidence, you should be able to fly almost any quadcopter (including bigger and more advanced models like the DJI Phantom 2).

Model

Estimated Price USD

Syma X5C

$44     Check today's price

Proto X

$29     Check today's price

Hubsan X4

$46     Check today's price

Hubsan X4 with HD camera

$80     Check today's price

Blade Pico X

$50     Check today's price

Extreme Micro Drone 2.0  w/ Camera

$75     Check today's price


Syma X5C 

The Syma X5C is supper cheap, really durable and arguably the most popular mini drone there is. In the box, you're getting the quadcopter, battery, controller, charger and it even comes standard with a 720P camera. One of the best features about the Syma X5C is that it's almost indestructible and it's supper fun to fly. It's also much larger than the Hubsan X4 which makes it easier to see while flying and harder to lose or step on, so if you're planning on buying drones for kids, the X5C is a great option.

Another thing you can do with the Syma X5C is use it like a mini training drone for the Phantom 3. For example, if you want to fly the Phantom 3 manually, but you're too scared to watch it drift all over the place and potentially crash, you can use the X5C to build more confidence by practicing all of the maneuvers that you're not comfortable doing with the Phantom. 

Estes Proto X

The Proto X is the worlds smallest commercially available quadcopter on the market. It's a great little drone to fly around and annoy your dogs and cats with. The best part about the Proto X is that it comes with everything you need to fly for only $28.99 USD, making it one of the cheapest drones you can buy.

One downside about the Proto X is that the battery is pretty hard to remove. So if your planning on buying more batteries for continuous flying, then the Hubsan will be a better option. Over all, I think that the Proto X is a great stocking stuffer or birthday gift. It's fun to fly, but if it breaks after a month it's cheap enough to replace.

Hubsan X4

The Hubsan X4 is a great little quadcopter. It's a bit bigger than the Proto X, making it much easier to see when flying far away. Another feature is with the X4 is the removable battery. Unlike the Proto X, you can remove the battery from the Hubsan X4 without having to take the cover off, making it much easier to change the batteries out.

All of these drones have spare parts available, but the Hubsan has an optional propeller guard to help keep the motors and props from breaking. You can even buy a set of bigger batteries that will provide more flight time, and an upgrade charger for charging up to 4 batteries at once.

Hubsan X4 With 720p Camera

Hubsan X4 With HD Camera

Out of all the cheaper drones out there, my favorite is the Hubsan X4 with the built in 720P camera. You can find a Hubsan X4 with "a camera" for under $60 USD, but the lower priced models don't have the 720p camera.

Just like the other Hubsan X4, this quadcopter flies great. The only downside (compared to the one without the camera) is that the flight time is slightly less and it's a tiny bit heavier. Let me know in the comments if you'd like me to do a full video review of the Hubsan X4.

Some Interesting Facts

All of these drones are slightly different, but the biggest difference in functionality between the two Hubsan models and the Proto X are the controllers that they come with.

One reason why the Proto X is my least favorite in this list is because of the tiny controller that it comes with. It's so small that you hardly have anything to hold on to. Plus, it doesn't have as many features as the Hubsan controller does. The good news is that the Hubsan controller will actually work perfectly with the Proto X, but adding the better controller will bring the price up by $19, making it about the same price as the Hubsan X4.

Here's a list of the features you get when using the Hubsan controller:

  • Adjustable flying sensitivity (dual rates)
  • Stunt mode (for flips and faster flying)
  • More accurate control sticks
  • Ability to turn the LED lights on and off
  • Adjustable yaw trim

Some Other Interesting Drones

Blade Pico

The Blade Pico is a lot like the Proto X, but the small controller that comes with it has almost all of the features of the bigger Hubsan. it also has built-in propeller guards to keep the motors and props from breaking.

Extreme Micro-Drone 2.0

This drone is about the same size as the Hubsan, but it has a camera that can be tilted up or down to get different perspectives. it also has little rubber feet that keep it from sliding around while taking off and landing.

Model

Estimated Price USD

Syma X5C

$44     Check today's price

Proto X

$29     Check today's price

Hubsan X4

$46     Check today's price

Hubsan X4 with HD camera

$80     Check today's price

Blade Pico X

$50     Check today's price

Extreme Micro Drone 2.0  w/ Camera

$75     Check today's price