Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Devices, are all the rage in 2019. They’re essentially flying devices which are operated remotely via a controller or an app.
This kind of tech equipment has been used to gather some of the most impressive movie scenes, soaring over landscapes from above. The clever technology has also been used for surveillance purposes in war zones and remote locations.
However, drones have a lot less serious uses in 2019 and 2020. Gone are the days of being occupied by simplistic games consoles, now flying your tech around the skies is more appealing.
Whether you’re a budding aerial photographer or you simply enjoy taking in the world from above, drones are definitely great fun for everyone.
Take off from the stresses of everyday life and set your sights upon the world from a totally different, drones-eye-view!
Best budget drone with a camera: UK
From foldable drones to those with in-built GPS, there are a lot of specs to consider when buying yourself one of these devices.
Let’s take a look at the top seven drones we’ve found – which are all available to purchase through online retail giant Amazon.
- Mondo Ultradrone X30.0
- Parrot Bebop 2
- DJI Mavic Air Drone
- Cewaal FPV Drone with Camera
- HUBSAN JYZ drone
- Potensic T25 GPS Drone
- Holy Stone HS720 Foldable GPS Drone
Best budget drone UK: Mondo Ultradrone X30.0
- Price: £50 & free delivery
The very first use of a drone was in 1839, but rest assured technology has advanced tenfold since then. And the drones we see in 2019 are a far cry from anything that was made in the 19th century.
The Mondo Ultradrone X30.0 was released in 2017 and this piece of kit really offers great value for money.
The drone is equipped with an FPV camera and memory to save photos and videos to SD card (4GB) – which is included.
This remotely controlled device weighs 921g and includes a 3.7V rechargeable battery, however, the controller requires four AA batteries.
Buy the Mondo Ultradrone X30.0 on Amazon now to make the most of its features including the camera and headless function which makes for easier flying.
The frequency for this drone is at the lower end of thing at 2 4GHz, however, for £50 the Mondo Ultradrone is a steal.
JJPRO H68G GPS Drone
- Price: £100 & free delivery
Next up we have the JJPRO H68G drone.
Its capabilities are incredible with two 15 minute runs of flight time completely manageable. You’ll need four AA batteries for the remote controller but other than that it’s good to go.
The main element that sets this drone apart from the rest is its 5G Wifi capability. With FPV Real-Time Transmission and the built-in WiFi module, you can use the drone in sync with your phone. Live video can play out through your mobile so sharing to socials couldn’t be easier.
This drone has many great features including Way-Point Flying which sees your drone fly to selected points on a map by the user.
Auto-Circling is another impressive aspect of the JJPRO H68G, this feature allows the user to choose a point and automatically circle around it. The radius of the circle can range from 13 – 65 ft.
DJI Mavic Air Drone
- Price: £901 & free delivery (monthly payment options available)
Perfect for adventurers and explorers all over, the DJI Mavic Air Drone has a lot to offer.
Although this one isn’t quite classed as a ‘budget’ option, payments options are available. Plus there are so many features with the DJI Mavic, we just had to include it.
Capture ultra-steady video and camera shots with its 3-Axis 4K Gimbal Camera.
Slow-motion video is also a readily available feature with this drone, as well as HDR photos, DSP acceleration for serious photographers. Twenty-one minutes of flight time should also satisfy those using drones for fun or as a hobbyist.
ActiveTrack, SmartCapture and TapFly are all ingenious aspects of the drone, too. ActiveTrack can sense up to 16 separate subjects at the same time, SmartCapture allows you to launch the drone with hand gestures and TapFly means you can make the drone fly wherever you tap on the mobile screen.
Differing from the competition, and making it worth the price tag, the DJI Mavic Air Drone is also foldable. When folded it’s around the height and width of a smartphone meaning that there are literally no limitations to this device. Buy yours through Amazon online.
Cewaal FPV Drone with Camera
- Price: £45 & free delivery
Released on December 9th 2019, Cewaal gives us a brand new drone featuring an HD camera for under £50.
This Quadcopter drone features a 720P camera and spans 37 cm in width. When folded the drone is just 12.5 cm wide meaning that it’s easily portable.
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Best budget drone with camera UK: HUBSAN JYZ drone
- Price: £150 & free delivery
The HUBSAN JYZ drone offers a 1080p HD camera giving the user high-quality photography and video footage. Real-time video transmission and viewer display on its a 4.3 inch LCD screen are also of high quality.
With built-in GPS, find your quadcopter drone easily. This device offers intelligent one-key take-off and with ‘automatic return’ you’re less likely to lose your drone. It can fly up to 400 m away and weighs just 450 g.
The HUBSAN JYZ also has a ‘follow me’ function which means that the drone will follow you wherever you go. The ‘altitude hold’ functions keep the drone’s altitude position locked.
Another impressive aspect of this drone is the additional feature of ‘headless mode’. This means that the drone won’t recognise its head nor tail and therefore makes it easier for you to fly.
The HUBSAN JYZ offers a 5,8GHz FPV transmitter, a brushless motor, a slot for an SD card and reaches flight speeds of 20 m/s.
Look forward to flying a more stable drone with smooth flight as it is made up of a 6-axis flight system. Purchase this drone – which we’d say is perfect for beginners – on Amazon today.
Potensic T25 GPS Drone
- Price: £160 & free delivery from Amazon
The Potensic T25 GPS Drone offers the same great features as many of the other top-rated drones around. ‘Headless mode’, one button take off and one button landing are all available.
However, this drone has the added bonus of having its own app – the Potensic-G app – which can be used on Apple and Android devices.
The Potensic T25 offers over 300m remote control distance. As well as this, it has four LED lights which make night flying as easy as the day.
As with many of the other models, ‘Follow Me mode’ is also included, as well as GPS assistance and Smart Home Return so that you don’t lose your drone.
Holy Stone HS720 Foldable GPS Drone
- Price: £255 & free delivery
The Holy Stone HS720 drone looks like it combines many of the features we’ve seen in other models but with its own added functions, too.
This drone, which was released in August 2019, offers a 2K camera with image stabilization. A built-in shock absorber makes things much easier when watching back your content, you can rest easy knowing that what you’re filming is going to come out well.
Again, this one has GPS assistance, so unless you really try to, you’re not going to lose your drone. To take things up a notch, the Holy Stone HS720 returns automatically if the battery runs low, signal is lost or you press one key return button.
This drone is foldable and comes with its own carry case making it the most transportable out of our top seven.
The Holy Stone drone battery will give you a huge 26 minutes of life once it’s charged which is a fantastic amount of time to be flying for.
It also features a 2.4GHz transmitter which stays in range up to 3000 feet high. A brushless motor and 5G motor are also included within this device as well as ‘Follow Me’ features and Optical Flow Positioning which makes for great hovering indoors.
To bag yourself a Holy Stone HS720 drone head over to Amazon today.
Camera drones to look out for in 2020
If you thought that 2019 was the year for impressive releases in the drone field, then think again, because in 2020 more devices are hitting the market.
Fans of camera drones will be pleased to see the release of not one but two DJI drones. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro+ and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom+ are likely to be released in early 2020.
Anafi had a new release in 2019 with the FPV model, but we could perhaps expect something new from them again in 2020.
Remember to register your drones online at register-drones.caa.co.uk. A November 2019 report from The Guardian reads: “Drone users in the UK must now sit an online test and pay a £9 annual fee or face a £1,000 fine after the launch of a mandatory national registration scheme.
“All drones weighing more than 250g, which encompasses virtually all but the smallest toys must be registered and labelled with a unique licence number.”
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