If you are looking for a drone that will meet your needs at an affordable price, this is the article for you. Lucidcam has searched to find the best drone under 800 dollars and compiled them in this article so that you can make an educated decision about what type of drone works best for you.
Top Rated Best Drones Under 800
1. DJI Mavic Air
- Distance: 2.5 mi (4km).
- Flight time of 21 minutes
- 12MP photos, 4K/30fps videos
- Hand gesture/Wi-Fi remote control/hand control
The Mavic Air drone is extremely small. It folds down to the same height as a smartphone. You can fold the remote control and remove the control sticks to make it portable.
Mavic Air’s camera is mounted on a 3-axis tripod. You can take DHR photos in six different ways. Twenty-five photos can be captured in just 8 seconds. These images are then combined to create 32MP sphere panoramas. You can film in slow motion with the 4K video. You have an 8GB internal memory card to store your videos and photos. They can be exported to a USB or shared directly to social media via the DJI Go 4 App.
With the main characteristics above, The Mavic Pro can be flown for 21 minutes at a max range of 2.5mi (4km). The maximum altitude at sea level is 3mi (5 km).
We love the Mavic Air’s selfie mode and ActiveTrack. Active Track allows you to track up to 16 objects, even if they are running or jumping.
- DJI Mavic Air can withstand winds up to 20mph and still remain stable.
- To help drone pilots who are just starting out, the rear, bottom, and front collision cameras are great.
- Wi-Fi connections are reliable
- For those who love to travel, the size of their vehicle is a huge advantage.
- DJI Mavic Air is very easy to control the drone using hand gestures.
- Mavic Air would be great to fly for a longer time. Although the maximum flying time is 21 mins, it’s often only 17-18 minutes.
2. Upair Two
- 1.25mi (2km), range
- Flight time: 24-minutes
- 3-eye lens, 4K 3D camera, 16MP photos
- Wi-Fi remote control and the UPair app
The Upair Two is great for beginners and young people. It has a wide range of features that make it easy to use. You only need one button to take off and land. You can use the headless assist mode or follow me mode, GPS, and a self-creating flight path function.
GPS includes an integrated return-to-home function. The drone will automatically return home if the GSP signal or battery is low.
The UPair app allows you to connect your UPain drone with your smartphone. The remote control is also possible. You can fly for up to 24 minutes and have a maximum range of 2k.
There are three eye lenses. The main lens is the 4k ultra-high-definition lens. Two 2k FHD lenses are the other. The 3-axis gimbal allows for a wide-angle 110-degree view. You can stream the live video to your smartphone. The drone comes with VR glasses so you can watch the 3D video in VR.
- Excellent video quality and great stability.
- Blades are strong, durable, and well-fitted.
- The battery is approximately 75% charged. This should be enough to enable you to set it up.
- The controller felt great and the app was easy to use.
- Excellent value for money
- This quick guide will not be of much assistance in setting up.
3. Parrot PF728000
- Distance: 2.8 mi (4,6km).
- Flight time: 25 minutes
- 4K Ultra HD video, 21MP photos
- Wi-Fi remote control, FeeFlight app
This lightweight, compact carbon frame allows for speeds up to 55 km/h. It has a range of 4.6 km and a flight time of up to 25 minutes. The drone and remote control can be folded to save space.
The Parrot model is sleek in design. For unique shots, the camera is mounted on a tilt gimbal that tilts 180 degrees. For more detailed shots, there is a 3-axis hybrid imaging stabilization. You can record slow-motion, zoom up to 2.8x and preserve image quality.
Smart RTH will return the drone to you if the battery is low or if there is a loss in connection. You can tap the button to find your drone, and it will sound like a beep if you lose it. The location can be viewed on a map.
Advanced features such as Follow Me are available on the Parrot. The feature can be purchased through the app. You can program the drone to follow you horizontally or vertically.
- The app is easy to use and the prices for purchases are very affordable. Follow Me costs less than $1
- It takes less than 5 minutes to set up your aircraft and get it flying.
- The Parrot is lightweight and portable, but strong enough to withstand wind.
- The camera is excellent and the zoom-in feature keeps the quality high.
- If there is interference from buildings, the Wi-Fi signal will drop quickly
4. DJI Phantom 3
- 3mi (5km range)
- Flight time of 23 minutes
- 1080p HD 2.7K video and stills
- Lightbridge Wi-Fi remote connection, DJI pilot app
Phantom 3 is one of the DJI Phantom series. It marked a defining point in the consumer drone industry. The Phantom, like the Mavic Air, is close to $800. The Phantom is a more advanced drone that has a greater range and takes a slightly longer flight duration.
It is not foldable, unlike the Air. This drone can be connected via Lightbridge Wi-Fi and the DJI pilot app.
The drone comes equipped with Vision Positioning Technology. The drones can be flown indoors or low to the ground in areas without GPS.
For Main characteristics, the camera can record 2.7K videos. The app can be used to live stream via iOS and Android. All videos are saved to the internal microSD card. The camera is mounted on a 3-axis tripod.
Because of its safety features, it’s a good drone for beginners. The drone comes with a database of no-fly areas. To learn how to fly in restricted areas, you can fly the drone in beginner mode.
- This set includes everything, including an anti-drop kit and vibration absorbers as well as landing pads, stickers, and landing pads.
- The video has a wider range and retains the same quality images.
- You can follow me and see points of interest.
- Flying is easy with one button
- You have a lot to update.
5. Walkera F210
- Range: 0,5mi (800m).
- Flight time: 8-9 minutes
- 700TVL Night Vision, 5.8G Video
- Devo 7 transmitter control
Although it may appear that it has a few limitations, it makes up for them all in other areas. The range and flight time are both limited in comparison to other drones.
It can fly at a maximum speed of 96 km/h. This drone is suitable for professional racers. To fly at these speeds, you will need to have some skills.
This drone is controlled by the Devo 7 Transmitter. There are two antennas and 40 channels. These allow for real-time HD image transmission.
This drone is ready to fly Mode 2. It is easy to set up. The transmitter comes pre-tuned, so it can be used straight out of the package.
The HD camera uses a 120-degree superior vision lens. Low light technology allows drones to fly at night without being noticed. It also has 700TVL Night Vision 5.8G video transmission.
You can also enjoy 3D viewing with the Google 4 glasses.
- For those who have experience, it’s fast and fun.
- There are three flight modes: advanced, intermediate, and stabilizer. For those who are just starting out, the stabilizer mode is ideal.
- We love the materials it is made of. It’s strong and lasts a long time.
- Google 4 glasses offer a first-person view
- The non-removable battery takes approximately 2 hours to charge
6. DJI Mavic Pro
- 4,35mi (7km), range
- Flight time: 27 minutes
- Full HD streaming video 1080p
- Remote control
This DJI drone has the longest range of all the DJI drones that we have seen at 4,35mi (7 km). It has the longest range of all DJI drones. It also has the longest flight duration of 27 minutes. It is also one of the more expensive drones.
For main characteristics, the camera is mounted on a 3-axis tripod. OcuSync allows the DJI Mavic Pro to transmit Full 4K HD 1080p video. You can access all settings, edit, and share videos from the DJI Go mobile app.
Mavic’s flight autonomy protects it from accidental bumps and knocks. It can detect obstacles up to 49ft (15m). Precision flight autonomy allows the drone to hover in many environments and even land on the same spot it took off from. You can control it by tapping and gestures.
If you want to take your drone out on the road, this drone is another great option. The bag includes a shoulder strap. You can fold the antenna at the control down so it fits into a pocket.
- Combining cameras, GPS, sensors, and ultrasound, flight autonomy is incredible
- ActiveTrack allows the app to track moving objects.
- The camera is ideal for professionals as it transmits both video quality and still images of high quality.
- We love the design and the clean edges, the materials are of good quality and durable
- Obstacle avoidance
- Excellent battery life
- It has been refurbished. However, Amazon offers a Guarantee
- Great for beginners
- 8-10-minutes flight time
- 1080p HD Full HD video
- Mini remote control
This is another option for beginners who want to fly drones. The remote can be used at distances of approximately 70-80 meters. The remote is not designed to fly at distances, but it is best suited for high-speed aerobatics.
It allows you to do a wide range of high-speed maneuvers like side flying, forwards and backward, ascending, descending, and flying up and down, as well as 360-degree rolling. Although the frame is light, the propellers are of superior quality and provide maximum stability.
The live video feed is provided by a 1080p HD camera with a 6-axis tilt gimbal. You can follow me and use the headless mode. It also has GPS. The one-touch button is another feature that will help beginners.
We thought there were a few more things that we should mention. The LED lights allow you to use it nightly. It is durable and waterproof. It also comes with a protective covering.
- A well-made drone is a great investment.
- Recharging the battery takes only one hour
- It’s an excellent choice for those who are just starting out, but it has amazing capabilities once they have mastered the basics.
- It is a drone with a very short range.
8. Ruko F11
- Range: 0.75mi (1.22km).
- 60-minute flight time
- 4K Ultra HD, 120-degree FOV lens for a wide view
- Remote control transmission
It’s not the most expensive on our list, but it has many features. It comes with two batteries with a 30-minute flight duration. This gives you an incredible 60 minutes total flying time.
It is 4k Ultra HD. The camera has a 90-degree adjustable angle and a 120-degree FOV. This lens allows for a wider view. You can send photos and videos to your smartphone over Wi-Fi.
The right features are there for beginners, such as headless mode and one-key take-off and landing, auto returning, tap fly, and auto return. It can fly at speeds of 9,8ft, 19,7ft, and 39,3ft. Experts will also find it fast with the three speeds (6m/s and 12m/s). Maximum speeds can reach 26,8 mph (43 km/h).
It also comes with a foam carrying case that protects the drone during transport. You can exchange or return your drone within 180 days.
- The drone is ready to fly immediately after you have assembled it.
- It charges quickly, at approximately 75m with a USB connection
- The controls are responsive and easy to use
- It also has to Follow Me and other flight features
- It cannot detect obstacles
9. PowerVision PowerEggX: Waterproof Camcorder
The PowerVision PowerEgg X drone is an AI-driven beast. The object tracking is the best part of the PowerVision PowerEgg X. You can see that the gimbal bounces around while it follows an object. This tracking works when the drone is being flown normally. It also works when the waterproof shell is installed. A versatile machine.
Do I need the PowerVision PowerEgg X or another product?
We love the many ways you can use the camera system. The waterproof shell makes it possible to fly the drone anywhere you want. We are satisfied with the drone’s performance as a drone. The drone is capable of flying well but not exceptionally, has decent flight modes and camera quality, but is cumbersome to transport, and is susceptible to intermittent connectivity issues.
- Use it for fun
- Amazing object tracking
- Use it as a camcorder
- Optional waterproof shell
- Average camera output
- Traveling is not a very good idea.
10. DJI Mavic Mini
DJI’s first attempt at a fully GPS-enabled drone camera, the DJI Mavic Mini, introduced us to DJI. It weighs less than 250g. The DJI Mavic Mini comes equipped with a 2.7K camera and is the most affordable drone that we could consider for aerial photography. Its compact size and lightweight make the Mavic Mini ideal for transportation. And, because it’s so easy to fly, it can also be used to teach new pilots. Although the 2.7K camera is smoother than 4K, it is not as good as other models.
Do I need to buy the DJI Mavic Mini?
Although the DJI Mavic Mini drone is a great small drone, we recommend spending a bit more money to get the DJI Mini 2. The Mavic Mini is a great drone. We still love ours. However, the DJI Mini 2 is much faster, more powerful, with long battery life, and has a better camera with 4k video. It also has a longer range of connectivity, which is a plus.
- Superb portability
- Solid 2.7K camera
- It’s easy to fly
- Flying is fun
- Weighs under 250g
- Fully stabilized (hardware and software) aerial footage
- Front controller arms flexible
- Only 2.7K cameras
- Flight range limited
- Inferior to DJI Mini 2
11. DJI Phantom 4 v2
The drone everyone desires. The drone everyone desires. The DJI Phantom 4. It is DJI’s greatest success and could be called the most well-known commercial drone on Earth.
It is renowned for its reliability, autonomy, ease-of-use, and quality camera. The Phantom 4 is loved by the entire world, and BuyBestQuadcopter too.
You already know what I am going to say. Phantom 4 is a phenomenal performer, a performance only Mavic, Vitus 320, and Yuneec can match.
It’s so easy to fly, and it’s easy to control. Phantom 4 is powerful and precise in all wind conditions. It’s a must-have for anyone who values top performance.
Phantom 4 has a number of outstanding specifications; in addition to all the other features, we have already discussed. Phantom 4’s flight time is amazing at 28 to 31 minutes per charge. This depends on how fast you fly and the conditions. The maximum range is 7km. You are correct; it is 7000 meters
The quality camera is an important feature. Phantom 4 features a high-performance camera that can shoot sharp, clear video at up to 4K at 30fps or Full HD 1080p at 60fps for slow motion. It features a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, a lens that has a 94o FOV (Field Of View), and an f/2.8 aperture.
Still, photos can be taken in 12MP HDR, and the maximum video bitrate is 60mbps. (Keep in mind that Mavic Air has a 100mbps bitrate; it’s a newer model). It’s no wonder Phantom 4 is a top choice for aerial photography and videography.
It can capture breathtaking and stunning photos and videos. It can also transmit live video in stunning high-quality and with zero latency.
There are many features to choose from. Here is a list:
- DJI Go (share photos and flight paths, connect with friends, and create flight paths)
- Tap to Fly (Tap the Screen to activate the drone)
- Obstacle Avoidance (high precision sensors that prevent drones from striking objects while in flight)
- Precision hovering, Automatic Flight Positioning (GPS + GPS), ActiveTrack
- Automatic Return to Home
- Also…let’s take a deep breath…One-Key Landing and automatic Takeoff, POI, Follow Me Waypoints, Home Lock and Course Lock, Sport Mode, and
We haven’t forgotten anything, I believe! It is overwhelming. It is truly a quadcopter with a lot of features. There is no commercial drone that comes close to it.
- Reliable and difficult to crash
- Amazing Set of Autonomous Features
- Amazing range and performance
- Amazing Specifications
- Popularity means that many times, they sell for more than $800
12. Yuneec Typhoon H – Hexacopter
We review quadcopters (4 motors), but we also included this incredible hexacopter (6 Motors) from Yuneec.
It is the ‘6-legged brother‘ of Yuneec Typhoon Q500. Typhoon H is considered one of the most versatile drones available for aerial photography and videography. It has been awarded the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show Best of Class.
6 Motors really make a difference. This translates into a stable hover and high payload capability. It’s a heavy and bulky drone that is difficult to fly for beginners.
The Typhoon H has plenty of intelligent flight modes to add variety to your shots, along with a flight time of 25 minutes.
Yuneec TyphoonH has average specifications, nothing extravagant but enough to make it one the best. The maximum control distance is 1.6km. This is slightly more than the average for drones of similar price.
The Typhoon H looks great and has some serious features you won’t find anywhere else. It includes retractable landing gear, a 3-axis stabilized gimbal with built-in 4K cameras that can rotate through an unlimited 360deg range of motion, as well as the ability to control both the drone and the camera separately. The company claims that it is a hexacopter and can land safely even when one of its motors is damaged.
The drone’s camera is undoubtedly the best feature. The CGO3+ 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ camera can capture 4K Ultra HD video and 12MP still images. It can also rotate on a 360o range.
The glass is high-quality and features a 98o FOV (Field Of View), wide-angle lens, and manual camera settings. It can also transmit live video directly to the Android-powered ST16 ground station 7-inch touchscreen.
Yuneec Typhoon H, a feature-rich hexacopter with all the necessary features to improve camera usage, is the Yuneec Yuneec Typhoon H. These features include:
- Oral Mode
- Point of interest
- Journey Mode
- Curve Cable Cam (program an invisible route for Typhoon H, fly between pre-set coordinates, and autonomously control the camera position)
- Sonar Collision Prevention (Obstacle Avoidance)
- 6 Motors
- 4K Camera
- A great set of semi-autonomous features
- Amazing Performance
- Good Specifications
- Sonar Collision Prevention System only works at low speeds
- Flying time slightly shorter than average
13. Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon – Great Camera Quality
Due to its 4K videography and photography capabilities, the Yuneec Q500 is a favorite among drone enthusiasts who first started flying them. The Yuneec Q500 is a top-rated drone that offers power, quality, live video, and camera quality at a price that is affordable. It’s also one of our Top 13 Best Drones under $800.
It’s difficult to find an aerial photography drone that is better at this price. The Yuneec Q500 drone isn’t fast or acrobatic. It’s a stable quadcopter and a great choice for aerial photography and videography fans.
It is extremely wind-resistant and stable in all wind conditions. It does exactly what you need for a camera drone.
The factory control range of the Yuneec Q500 is disappointing. It only goes as far as 400m (in perfect flight conditions with connection).
The “Carolina Drone Range Extender” can be purchased separately and extends the maximum range to 3000m. The Q500’s max control range is certainly not the best. However, the flight time is good at 23 minutes.
The Yuneec Q500 was created to enhance aerial photography and videography. This drone is easy to use and produces amazing images. It is ideal for semi-professional and film school students.
It comes with a 12MP CGO3 CGO3 camera that can record 4K/30fps high definition video or 1080p/120fps fast motion video. It can also transmit Live Video. It eliminates vibrations thanks to its integrated 3-axis stabilized gimbal.
It is distortion-free at 115o wide-angle. You have just found the best camera drone for under $800 if you’re looking for the most affordable and reliable.
We already said that everything was designed to maximize camera usage. You can use the following modes: Follow Me mode (drone tracks the person holding it), Watch Me mode, camera targets and locks, Return to Home, and Automatic Landing. The remote controller also features an Android touch screen.
- Amazing Performance
- 4K Camera
- Ideal for aerial photography & videography
- Remote Controller with Touchscreen Android
- Competitively priced
- Very short control range
14. Parrot Anafi
Parrot Anafi drone is for you if you are into uniqueness. It is smart, foldable, has all the latest features, and has powerful hardware. Its innovative camera mechanism is what makes it stand out from other drones. A good drone for all of you
Features And Camera Drone
Parrot is well-known for creating unique drones. Their latest model, Anafi, is a perfect example. The drone’s unique camera charms the front of the drone and takes up all the space. It can record straight up thanks to its large size. You read it right. Parrot Anafi can rotate 180° vertically to give you an amazing aerial view that will blow you away. This camera can also record 4K HDR footage with professional-grade quality every time.
Parrot Anafi, a high-end drone is no surprise. It’s also not surprising to find a host of advanced features in its app. The sky controller has also been updated, with more functions and better coverage. More details to follow. Let’s just say that Parrot Anafi currently has the best set of camera-based features on the market. Yes, DJI’s entire lineup!
Parrot Anafi has a good range with coverage of 4 km. There are drones capable of flying further, but I believe 4 km is sufficient for 99 percent of the scenarios. Anafi’s battery life can last up to 25 minutes. This is reasonable considering the firepower of the 4K HDR camera and how much power it draws. Parrot Anafi is a unique and amazing drone.
- Good flight time
- Camera points up
- Easy to transport
- Older drone
- Past reliability concerns
Do Quickshots make a difference or are all drones capable of this technology?
There are many drone manufacturers that offer automated flight modes for their drones. Each one is unique and has its strengths and weaknesses. However, most of them are very similar. DJI’s Asteroid mode, which is vision-based and uses hand-gesture controls to control the Spark and Mavic Air, is unique. If you are interested, the number of tools in DJI Quickshots is greater than many of its competitors.
Can I do professional and commercial drone work with an $800 drone?
Yes, provided there are reasonable limitations. You can do most photography tasks and basic inspections with almost any drone. However, there is no unit in this price range that has infrared cameras or RTK GPS accuracy to meet strict inspection standards. The majority of $800 drones do not have the highest safety features and will struggle in GPS-denied areas. Other than that, most $800 drones are capable of capturing weddings from the sky or scouting simple tasks.
Do I need to register my drone at FAA?
If your unmanned aircraft is more than 0.55 lbs (250g) in weight, you must register with the FAA.
These drones can be used to support GoPro and other action camera models.
This list includes drones that can carry and support a GoPro or other action cameras like SJcam or Xiaomi. Due to their large size, powerful motors, and high payload capacity, drones like the Typhoon H and Yuneec Q500 can carry professional cameras.
Remember that almost every drone on this list comes with a camera. These aren’t your standard cameras. These amazing cameras can compete with GoPro and often even exceed its image quality.
What is the difference between an $800 and $500 drone?
As with our price comparison, drones that are more expensive will likely have better cameras and flight capabilities. However, at these prices, you’ll find drones that are less expensive to be missing key features or made for different purposes. The best racing drones cost between $300 and $500. A racing drone would not be suitable for photography. For the camera drones, you are less likely to find obstacle avoidance sensors on a $500 drone.
When it comes to drones, there are many different models and types. The best drone for you may depend on what you want to do with your new toy. We hope this article has given you a good idea of the options available when considering purchasing a favorite drone for under 800 dollars. Rest assured shopping. If not, or if you have any questions about our findings or suggestions, please reach out anytime!
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