With many drones on the market, finding the perfect one can be quite a challenge. There are hundreds of brands with different price points and features. We decided to write a blog for a question that we get a lot; "what is the best drone to buy?". To make things easier for you, we have compiled our top three drones with camera under £500. Perhaps you are a beginner or a professional, our compilation of the best drones with camera will provide you with an affordable option.
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DJI Mavic Mini
Most countries require you to get a license when you are flying a drone that weighs over 250g. Weighing just 249g, Mavic Mini is a palm-sized drone from DJI with 30 minutes flight time. DJI Mavic Mini features a 3-axis gimbal, a 2.7K camera and can transmit HD video from up to 2.5 miles away. The size of this mini drone makes it a perfect candidate for capturing amazing shots on your adventures. Mavic Mini drone can be used by new and experienced drone pilots for photography or pleasure. It can be flown indoor and outdoor! The standard package has 1 battery, remote control and other accessories to get you in the air. The Fly More Combo comes with 3 batteries and additional parts that will keep you flying and recording for longer. DJI offers what could be considered as a drone insurance through the Care Refresh Card which covers your drone for accidental damage by water or collision; letting you fly with peace of mind.
DJI Mavic Mini is popular for many reasons:
- 30 minutes flight time with the Intelligent battery.
- 249g ultralight weight makes it easy to fly for new pilots.
- 4km HD video transmission.
- Vision sensor and GPS precise hover.
- 3-axis gimbal, giving you a stabilised shot for your footage.
- 12 megapixel that allows you to capture amazing aerial photos.
- 2.7K camera which makes it perfect for capturing cinematic videos.
- Simplified recording and editing via the DJI Fly App.
Buy DJI Mavic Mini [upgraded to DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo]
Holy Stone HS720
Holy Stone HS720 is a game changer for the drone industry because it is equipped with Multi Sensors which guarantees hovering with great stability. HS720 is a GPS drone with 4K ultra HD camera and many features including 26 minutes flight time.
Holy Stone HS720 has multiple features:
- 26 minutes flight time with one battery.
- Brushless motor, giving it a smooth flight for the drone pilot.
- GPS and Optical Flow mode, making hovering possible and stable to fly. The drone can return to home with one click of a button.
- 4K camera with 90 degrees adjustable lens through the remote control or app.
- 2.4GHz remote control frequency that allows up to 800 meters from the drone.
- The drone is designed with ultra-high precision steel materials, giving it a sleek look.
- With the follow me function, the HS720 drone can easily follow you on the move.
Buy Holy Stone HS720 [upgraded to HS720E]
ZLRC Beast SG906 Pro 2
ZLRC Beast SG906 Pro 2 is a 4K camera drone with 25 minutes flight time; an upgrade from the previous version of SG906 Pro drone. Beast SG906 Pro 2 is fantastic for beginners and experienced drone pilots that want to enhance their flying skills. With its 3-axis gimbal and other features, Beast SG906 Pro 2 has gained attention from the the drone community:
- Capture photos using hand gestures within 1-3m of the drone.
- Set a flight path and let the drone automatically follow the route.
- Easily share your footage with friends and family via the app.
- SG906 Pro 2 has a slot for SD port, allowing you to save your footage on a Micro SD card.
- GPS signal allows Return Home with just a click.
- Brushless motor, meaning it operates without the mechanical brushes. This makes it a drone more powerful with lower noise than the first SG906 drone.
Buy SG906 Pro 2 [upgraded to SG906 MAX]