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My pick for the best drone under $200 is the Eachine EX5 (normally just a couple dollars over $200, I am sneaking it in here because it’s worth a couple extra bucks for the features, and you can often find deals that will actually put it under the $200 mark). The Eachine EX5 is a compact, foldable design drone that is great for travel, and comes with a 4K camera and 3-axis stabilization gimbal. With GPS, return to home, 1km controller range, and up to 30 minutes of flight time, this drone delivers more bang for your buck than almost any other drone in this range.
Who is it for?
The Eachine EX5 is a good choice for beginning drone hobbyists, with its GPS features that will help get a stable hover and smooth flight, not to mention the return to home feature in case you need it. Although it doesn’t have obstacle avoidance, other flight and camera features are above what you would expect for a drone at this price point. With decent camera quality, this drone is also a good backup drone for enthusiasts who want to travel with a drone but may be reluctant to take their pricier aircraft along on the trip, as this one is small and foldable, and comes with a great carrying case.
The Eachine EX5 is also a good choice for those looking to start in on aerial photography without committing to a higher end camera drone. And it is compatible with FPV controllers, so this drone would also be a great way to start for those looking to get into FPV flight.
What we like
- No need to register (under 250g)
- Great GPS stability and functions
- Stable 3-axis gimbal
- 1 km controller range
- 30 minutes of flight time
- 4K camera
What we don’t like
- Controller app requires a smartphone to support 5G wifi
- No SD card slot or internal storage (video streams live to the smartphone)