New Drone Pilots: Try These 5 Quadcopters to Improve Your Skills

When you’re first learning to pilot a drone, the drone itself is just as important as the way you train.

Certain rigs are much easier to learn with than others. And they have features that allow you to practice different skills without needing to buy a new one.

In this article, I’m going to break down five quadcopters that are great for improving your skills.

Let’s check ’em out:

1) Hubsan X4 (H107C)

Hubsan X4 H107C

The Hubsan X4 series is one of the most popular drones for new pilots.

They are small enough to fly in almost any indoor area, but they’re also powerful enough to have fun outdoors and handle moderate winds.

Their H107C version comes with a camera for taking aerial photos and videos. So if you’re thinking about getting into aerial photography/videography, you can start getting the hang of it with this quadcopter.

The X4 H107C also has one of the best price-to-features ratios of beginner drones (under $50).

2) Syma X5C

Syma X5C

The Syma X5C is another popular training drone. In fact, it’s a #1 best seller on Amazon.

The X5C is a step above mini drones in size, but it sells for around the same price. This means you can build your skills with a larger quadcopter without needing a larger budget.

Note: As a new pilot, you should keep your budget pretty low.

Like the Hubsan X4 H107C, this drone also comes with a camera (2MP) for taking aerial photos and video. And it can perform 360-degree flips with the push of a button.

The X5C is a great all-around drone for beginners.

3) Syma X8G

Syma really upped their game with the X8G.

If you’re serious about learning how to take aerial shots, this is an excellent quadcopter to train with. It goes for a little over $100, but you get a quad with a DJI Phantom-like frame and an 8 megapixel camera.

It also comes with prop guards to help protect against crashes, and the camera’s holding case is compatible with GoPro cameras.

I would highly suggest this quad if you’re interested in aerial photography and videography.



This is a pretty awesome quadcopter.

The DBPOWER MJX X400W is a smaller drone that’s packed with features.

It comes with four propeller guards to protect against crashes. These are great for saving money on replacement props.

The MJX X400W is one of the few small-sized drones that comes with FPV (first person view) capability. Using WiFi, you can connect the quadcopter’s camera to your smartphone and see what your drone is seeing in real time. It’s also compatible with VR headsets.

FPV is a great way for new pilots to truly understand how they are orienting a drone.

5) UDI U818A


The UDI U818A is widely regarded as one of the best quadcopters for beginner pilots.

Its main distinctions are its stability and durability. The quad comes with a 6-axis gyro for posture control, making it a smooth ride.

It also comes with some of the best propeller guards possible. They fully surround all four propellers and are sturdy against crashes.

The 818A is also ridiculously cheap at around $50, making it a solid all-around starter quad.

Over to You

If you want to improve your pilot skills, you can’t go wrong with one of these quadcopters.

And they each have some nice features that will still be fun to play around with even when you become a more advanced pilot.

What drone are you learning to fly with? Let me know in the comments below.


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