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Top 10 Best drones under $500 – New list of Quadcopters

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Another day, another drone! Today we are discussing the top 10 drones under $500, those every proud enthusiast should have. They include some of the best technology combined with the finest hardware. These are not the usual Toy Graded drones, they are 10 of the most powerful quadcopters currently in the market.

All of them are packed with useful features and capable of great performance. As always we at DronesWorld aim to always bring you the best of the very best. Therefore, considering both price and quality we have compiled this list of 10 best drones under $500.

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If you seek high-performance drones at a lower price check our Top 10 Drones Under $300 list, you will love them! If you are looking for Toy Grade drones with awesome features at a reasonable price we have also compiled a Top 10 Drones Under $100 list. Now, let’s take a deeper look into these amazing best drones under 500 dollars Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

The Table of Best Drones Under 500$

NameFlight timeControl rangePrice
Traxxas Aton Plus20 minutes0.3km Check On Amazon
Walkera QR X35025 minutes2km Check On Amazon
Parrot Bebop 220 minutes0.3km Check On Amazon
Hubsan X4 Pro H109S 25 minutes1km Check On Amazon
Blade 350 QX310-15 minutes1km Check On Amazon
Xiro Xplorer Aerial18 minutesAround 1km Check On Amazon
Blade Chroma30 minutes0.4km Check On Amazon
DJI Phantom 225 minutes1km Check On Amazon
Yuneec Typhoon G25 minutes1km Check On Amazon
DJI Phantom 3 Standard20 minutes3km Check On Amazon

Best Drones Under 500 Dollars list:

Note: This Top 10 List has been updated regarding the new drone market in 2017.

10- Traxxas Aton Plus

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Traxxas Aton Plus

Most likely you have never seen this drone before, but prepare yourself, because Traxxas Aton Plus is a great drone at a reasonable price. It has good specifications and a nice set of features. Traxxas Aton Plus was designed to be compatible with GoPro 3 and 4 series cameras, it comes with a protective mount and 2-Axis gimbal on which you can perfectly fit one of these mentioned GoPro action cameras. Therefore, you know you will get beautiful aerial footage from it.

Aton Plus has Sport and Expert modes that allow you to perform awesome aerobatics with the safety and reassurance of the Air Brake feature. Aton is a very affordable sport quadcopter, ideal to take on your outdoor sporting events.

Traxxas Aton Plus features three flight modes: Film Mode, Sport Mode and Expert Mode. It also features Return to Home, a Status Bar, Dual Mode GPS, Geofence Safety and Flight Altitude Safety. Aton also comes with open source software components that are compatible with applications such as Mission Planner that allow pilot to view flights on satellite maps. Aton Plus has a flight time of 20 minutes and a maximum control distance of 300 meters.

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Features:Specifications:
Compatible with GoPro 3 and 4 seriesRemote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
Dual Mode GPSControl Distance: 300 meters
Film Mode, Sport Mode and Expert ModeFlight Time: 20 minutes
Geofence Safety
Flight Altitude Safety
Return To Home
Status Bar

Charging Time: 2 hours

9- Walkera QR X350

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Walkera QR X350

You may already be familiar with Walkera QR X350, after all, it is one of the bestselling quadcopters in the market at a fairly affordable price. It’s Walkera’s biggest hit. A powerful and reliable drone, at an affordable price, packed with great futures and capable of carrying a GoPro.

It has GPS which allows for functions such as Auto-Return to Home and Auto-Pilotn. Auto-Pilot works through waypoints, pilot selects the waypoints on the map and QR X350 will perform the programmed flight by itself. It also has a Safe Function feature, when drone is losing connection it returns back to where began flight. On top of all this X350 has a control distance of 2km and an amazing flight time of 25 minutes!

One of the best and most affordable drones you will find for GoPro (it includes a G-2D Gimbal for the camera).

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Features:Specifications:
G-2D GimbalRemote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
GPSControl Distance: 2Km
One Key Take Off

Flight Time: 25 minutes
One Key Landing
Return To Home
Altitude and Compass Sensor
Compatible with Arducopter Mission Planner


Charging Time: 2 hours
Drone Size: 28.9 x 28.9 x 20.5cm

8- Parrot Bebop 2

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Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2 is the upgraded version of Bebop 1, and it is a very fun and easy to control camera drone. The number one choice for first time drone buyers looking for an easy and fun to control quadcopter with a great camera to record awesome aerial footage.

Bebop 2 has a built-in 14MP FPV (real time video transmission) camera capable of recording at 3072p 30fps. The camera has a fish-eye lens with a 170º Field of View. Parrot Bebop 2 doesn’t make use of a 2.4 Ghz controller, it uses your smartphone or tablet device as a controller. Control is done via a free app available for both Android and iOS, all the drone features are also available through this app, as well as the live video displayed on the tablet’s screen. Bebop 2 features include: Altitude Hold, Position Hold, Flight Planning (paid app feature), Autopilot, Follow Me, Automatic Landing and Return to Home. As you can Bebop 2, even though the cheapest drone on this top 10 list, it still includes a wide set of powerful and important features. Parrot Bebop 2 has a maximum control range of 300 meters, but it can be boosted up to 2000 meters if you purchase (separately) the Parrot’s Skycontroller.

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Features:Specifications:
14MP Camera with 170º FOVRemote Controller: WiFi via Phone or Tablet
Flight Planning (paid app extra)Control Distance: 300 meters
Auto-PilotFlight Time: 25 minutes
Altitude Hold
Position Hold
Follow Me
Auto-Return
Auto-Landing
Auto-Takeoff

7- Hubsan X4 Pro H109S

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Hubsan X4 Pro H109S

X4 Pro H109S is another powerful and affordable drone made by Hubsan. It has a long control range as well as FPV range of 1000 meters and an outstanding flight time over 25 minutes! It comes with a 3MP 1080 action camera manufactured by Hubsan itself. Camera is good quality and can be remotely controlled through the remote controller. This is also a FPV (real time video transmission drone), it comes with its own built-in (on the remote) FPV screen.

There a couple more other things that make this a very interesting drone. First of all, it is the first commercial drone to come with an emergency parachute, yes H109S will actually open a parachute if needed. Other features include: 1 Axis Gimbal for the camera, GPS Position Hold, Altitude Hold, Headless Mode and Return to Home/Landing. A very nice set of features as you can see. It also displays flight telemetry such as GPS status, range, speed, height, remaining battery power and quadcopter position (latitude/longitude). A truly amazing drone for a very affordable price.

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Features:Specifications:
3MP FPV CameraRemote Controller: 2.4Ghz
Parachute Emergency SystemControl Distance: 1000 meters
GPS Position HoldFlight Time: over 25 minutes
Altitude Hold
Headless Mode
Return to Home/Landing
Flight Telemetry

6- Blade 350 QX3

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Blade 350 QX3

Horizon Hobby has produced great RC products. Among them we can find powerful drones such as this one from Blade series. 350 QX3 has plenty of lifting power, therefore one of the best fits for the GoPro camera. However, depending on the package it may also include a 16MP camera. QX3 has two flight modes: Smart Mode and Aerial Photography Mode.

Smart Mode (much like Headless Mode), powers other feature as the virtual barrier around the pilot, QX3 won’t fly near the pilot for safety. The second flight mode mimics the standard GPS control. QX3 also includes a GPS Antenna and Return to Home feature. Control distance is around 1km, the average range for quads within this price range and flight time ranges between 10 and 15 minutes maximum.

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Features:Specifications:
CGO2 GB 16MP Camera (optional)Remote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
GPS AntennaControl Distance: around 1km
5.8GHz Wi-FiFlight Time: 10-15 minutes
Advanced SAFE® Technology
Smart Flight Mode
AP Flight Mode
Return To Home
Charging Time: 2 hours
Drone Size: 46.5 x 46.5 x 13.8 cm

5- Xiro Xplorer Aerial

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Xiro Xplorer Aerial

One of the best looking quadcopters out there in the market, the Xiro Xplorer. This amazing drone has a unique design to it. Packed with great features such as Follow Me mode (drone follows target), Circle Around Me (name is self-explanatory) and Return to Base function (drone returns to where began flight). It’s one of the best and most affordable choices for photography and videography.

It does not include its own camera but one can be easily attached to its gimbal. Capable of flying as far as 1km at a speed of 15m/s and with a flight time of 18 minutes. Xiro Xplorer, indeed is a powerful alien looking drone.

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Features:Specifications:
Easy Upgradable to camera versionRemote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
Follow Me FunctionControl Distance: around 1km
Vertical Speed: 6m/s
Horizontal Speed: 15m/s
Circle Around Me FunctionFlight Time: 18 minutes
Return to Base
Vibration Alerts
Charging Time: 2 hours
Drone Size: 37.59 x 35.30 x 16.25 cm

4- Blade Chroma

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Blade Chroma

Another outstanding quadcopter from Horizon Hobby, the big boy of the Blade series. Depending on the package version it may come with a CGO3 4K camera, a CGO2+ 12MP 1080p, or with a 3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro cameras.  Chroma’s ST10+ RC controller comes with a touchable 5.5” LCD screen which also works as FPV monitor. This screen is also great for aerial photography and videography as it gives you a real time view of whatever the quadcopter is watching.

Chroma’s flight control system is GPS-based and enables great features such as Smart, AP (Aerial Photography), Follow Me, and Tracking modes. This drone as an amazing flight time of 30 minutes thanks to its 5400mAh battery. Serious about aerial photos and videos? This drone is the one for you!

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Features:Specifications:
CGO3 4K camera, a CGO2+ 12MP 1080p, or with a 3-Axis GimbalRemote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
GPS AntennaControl Distance: 400 meters
Wi-Fi
Tracking Modes

Flight Time: 30 minutes
Advanced SAFE® Technology
Smart Flight Mode
AP Flight Mode
Return To Home

Charging Time: 2 hours

3- DJI Phantom 2

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DJI Phantom 2

DJI’s bestseller, Phantom 2 was a huge success in the market, with reason to be. This powerful quadcopter is the number one choice for many enthusiasts looking for great performance and lifting power. Phantom 2 includes awesome features such as an integrated GPS which supports auto-pilot function (through waypoints program pre-flights and drone will fly the route by itself), altitude lock (drone won’t fly above that altitude), position holding (drone maintains same height without pilot input) and steady hovering.

Phantom 2 can fly as far as 1Km horizontally and its batteries power up to 25 minutes of flight time. Phantom 2 comes with a Gimbal made to support GoPro Hero cameras. Phantom 2 also supports FPV (real time video transmission) flights.

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Features:Specifications:
Gimbal Support For GoProRemote Frequency: 2.4Ghz ISM
Autopilot
GPS
Control Distance: 1000 meters
Horizontal Speed: 15m/s
Return to HomeFlight Time: 25 minutes
IOC
FPV Ready
Charging Time: 120 minutes
Drone Size: 29 x 29 x 18 cm

2- Yuneec Typhoon G

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Yuneec Typhoon G

An amazing quadcopter by Yuneec! Do you wanna know something great? The price for this high-quality drone dropped dramatically recently, therefore we are now able to afford it! ST10 transmitter, Yuneec’s Personal Ground Station, has a built-in touchscreen and FPV (First Person View) video feed, meaning you’re able to see what your GoPro is seeing from the air, in real-time. Typhoon G features useful modes such as Smart Mode (kind of like Headless Mode), Follow Me, Angle Mode, Home Mode and GPS.

It has a good range of 1Km and a flight time of 25 minutes. It also includes a Gimbal, making it the ideal drone for a GoPro 3 or 4 camera. If you are into photography and videography, Typhoon G is the one for you. Yuneec Typhoon G is very close to take the best drone under 500 dollars spot, but they will need to work a little bit harder in Yuneec company.

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Features:Specifications:
GimbalRemote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
GPSControl Distance: 1Km
Smart ModeFlight Time: 25 minutes
Follow Me
Angle Mode
Home Mode
Charging Time: 2 hours
Drone Size: 42 x 42 x 24 cm

1- DJI Phantom 3 Standard

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DJI Phantom 3 Standard

The holy grail of drones, at least for now. DJI’s most recent version of the Phantom series, the Phantom 3. They come in three different packages: standard, professional and advance. For the sake of price (under $500) we only referring to the Standard version. For Phantom 3, DJI has manufactured their own high-quality cameras.

This version comes with a 2.7K camera with 12MP. Phantom 3 includes amazing features such as Auto-Pilot (through waypoints program pre-flights and drone will fly the route by itself), FPV (First Person View) in great quality, Follow Me mode (drone follows target) very useful for videography and photography! Point of interest (Phantom flies around a targeted object) also useful for video, and many others (check table). It has an overwhelming control distance of 3.5K to 5km and a flight time of 25 minutes. Without doubt DJI Phantom 3 Standard is best drone under 500 dollars.

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Features:Specifications:
12MP 2.7K CameraRemote Frequency: 2.4Ghz
GPSControl Distance: 3.5 to 5 km
Auto-pilot (waypoints)Flight Time: 25 minutes
Point of Interest
Follow Me
Charging Time: 2 hours
Home Lock
Vision Position System
Flight Live Data

You can check our old drones list from 2016 clicking the “OLD DRONES LIST Below”

OLD DRONES LIST (2016)

 

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