The best drone for beginners depends on your budget and what you intend to use it for.

Buying a Beginner's Drone

To experience the fun of flying and decide if you’d like to get into drones as a hobby, you can pick one up on Amazon for less than fifty pounds. If you have a little more to spend you can get drones with quite advanced features for around a hundred pounds.

Simple quadcopters are the best drones for beginners with no experience of flying models. Some will flip and perform stunts, making them great fun for kids. If you’re interested in aerial photography, cheap drones offer very little in terms of flexibility and image quality. A drone with a camera capable of shooting high resolution pictures and video will cost several hundred pounds.

The best drone for beginners with around four hundred pounds to spend is arguably the DJI Spark. It’s truly pocketable weighing 300g and fits easily inside a backpack making it ideal for travel and holidays. In spite of its small size, the DJI Spark is packed with impressive features found in larger more expensive drones. With a flight time of sixteen minutes and a built-in camera capable of shooting 12 megapixel stills and full HD video is ideal for aerial photography.

If you’re planning on making money with a drone, you’ll need to spend around a thousand pounds. The DJI Phantom 4 is ideal as a first drone for a professional pilot. Visual tracking makes capturing moving subjects a breeze, and image quality rivals the cameras on more advanced drones. The Phantom 4’s three-axis gimbal means footage is free from vibration and has a cinematic quality. Five direction obstacle avoidance makes it one of the easiest and safest drones to fly, so even beginners can operate the aircraft.

If you want to get into FPV drone racing there are a number of options. These aren’t really the best drones for beginners, as a higher level of technical knowledge is required. Some arrive as kits and need assembly. Going straight to FPV flying with goggles takes a lot of skill, so it’s better to start with something simpler. Hubsan and Holy Stone drones are worth considering if racing really appeals to you.