Best Drones of 2019: Fly High in the Sky Without Wings

Are you planning to buy drone but not sure which one is the right for you? Have a look at the list of the best drones to buy in 2019. They are sorted based on different requirements along with their pros and cons to make your buying choice easier.

Drones are the new cool gadgets, and they are indeed here to stay. Right from playing on the farm or doing professional photography, drones are used everywhere. Finding the best drone to buy depends on many factors and one of the most important one is your experience with flying drones.

Everyone crashes the drone at some point in time. These are expensive gadgets, and if you don’t have experience flying one, I would strongly suggest going with the wallet-friendly drone before you buy an expensive one. Besides that, before purchasing the drone make sure to check with the local law applicable to flying. You don’t want to get in trouble just for the sake of some fun.

To make your buying choice easy, we have done rigorous research on various drones available in the market and then sorted the best out of them. These are listed based on the number of ratings they have received, make sure to check them out.

Best Drones to buy in 2019

#1. Holy Stone HS170

Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Drone

Starting the list with an affordable drone for beginners and kids. Before we talk about the features, make sure you read the manual before flying it, else you are likely to crash and turn this gadget to scrap.

Talking about the features, it has a headless mode, which means the drone doesn’t have a head. The front is front and back is back, no matter in which direction the drone is facing.

This is quite helpful for newbies who don’t have much experience flying the drone. The battery life is merely 6-8 minutes and needs almost 45 minutes of charging. It is quite impressive if you wish to gift someone.

Who should buy?

  • Kids and first-time drone flyers
  • With fun on the top of the list
  • No professional photography requirement
  • Limited budget to buy a drone

Ratings: 4900+ with average 4.5/5

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Pros
  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to get started
  • Lightweight

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Cons
  • No Camera

#2. Syma X5SW-V3

Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV Explorers 2 Drone

This is yet another entry-level drone for beginners in an affordable price range. Unlike the one above, this one has a camera; of course, it is not of top-notch quality. For starters, it is excellent as they can learn to fly a drone along with learning drone photography. Besides that, this too has a headless mode, making the flight control an easy task.

There’s an app for iOS and Android to view live video of the drone. You can rest your device firmly on the dock on the controller. It is just a couple of dollars higher compared to the one above.

Who should buy it?

  • Beginners and newbie photographers
  • Playing outdoor with friends
  • Gifting for kids

Ratings: 1700+ with average 3.5/5

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Pros
  • Camera in reasonable price
  • iOS and Android app

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Cons
  • Short remote range
  • Very less battery life

#3. Holy Stone F181W

Holy Stone F181W WiFi FPV Drone

It’s time to raise the stakes with a little-advanced drone for intermediates. This one from Holy Stone has a 720p camera with a 120-degree field of view. It certainly doesn’t have the quality of a professional drone, but it is undoubtedly useful for casual photography when you are out on vacation.

With built-in Wi-Fi, you can see what your camera sees through your smartphone app. One of the nifty features is its ability to hold at a specific altitude; this allows you to take perfect pictures and videos. The company claims that you don’t need FAA registration, but we will recommend you to double check it before flying this product.

Who should buy it?

  • Basic experience with flying a drone
  • Newbie photographers to learn aerial photography
  • Kids and adults who like to have fun

Ratings: 1600+ with average 4.5/5

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Pros
  • 720p camera
  • 120-degree FOV
  • Built in Wifi

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Cons
  • Comparatively little big in size to carry around
  • Looks are not durable

#4. DJI Phantom 3

DJI Phantom 3 Drone

DJI is a well-known brand in the drone market. The Phantom 3 from the company is a mid-range gadget when it comes to price tag. It has a 12MP camera that can record 2.7K videos along with live streaming on your mobile at 720p. The drone is assisted using GPS which unlocks many attractive features like Point of interest, Follow Me, and Waypoints mode.

When it comes to battery, it can last for 25 minutes of flying. The Phantom 3 is surely not for beginners, because if you crash, you’ll lose a little more than half a grand.

Who should buy?

  • Casual photographers
  • Experienced drone flyers
  • Frequent travelers who love to capture the aerial view

Ratings: 1200+ with average 4/5

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Pros
  • 2.7K video recording with a 12MP camera
  • Automatic Return to home feature
  • Live video on mobile using the app

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Cons
  • 500m range
  • Hard to set up the first time
  • Unreliable automatic landing

#5. Holy Stone HS110D

Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone

This one is for people who have somewhat experience of flying a drone, but they are not expert. Even if you crash this one, you won’t regret much, and that’s mainly because of its price. Even though it is not costly, it doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t worth it. The built-in camera has a 120-degree field of view and can capture videos at 720p.

It comes with a remote that has a smartphone holder. The mobile app has many functions that you can use to make your flying experience a memorable one. It has a 1000mAh battery that gives a little more flying time compared to other drones in this price range.

Who should buy?

  • People with little experience of flying a drone
  • Travelers that like to click aerial photos and videos
  • Gift your kid his first drone

Ratings: 600+ with average 4.5/5

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Pros
  • Automatic takeoff and landing
  • Hold altitude to capture still images
  • Emergency stop when the drone is out of sight

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Cons
  • Only 10 minutes of flying time

#6. Syma X20

Syma X20 Mini Pocket Drone

Syma X20 is a compact drone dedicated for beginners and kids. It is so small that you can hold it in your palm. As it is for beginners, there is no camera, but it has some handy features to get the newbie started. One-click automatic takeoff and landing is one of such useful features.

Besides that, the drone can hold at a specific altitude, even if you let go of the controls. Headless design allows first-time users to get hold of the directional movements easily. Overall, it is a decent product to get started with flying a drone at an affordable price.

Who should buy?

  • First-time drone buyers
  • Perfect gift for kids
  • A user with a limited budget

Ratings: 600+ with average 4.5 / 5

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Pros
  • Easy to carry around
  • Lightweight
  • Wallet-friendly price

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Cons
  • Not durable enough when crashed
  • Shorter flying range
  • Only 5 minutes of battery backup

#7. Holy Stone HS150

Holy Stone HS150 Bolt Bee Mini Racing Drone

Most of the drones we talked about were either for beginners or for photographers; there were none for racers. Yeah, you got that right. This one from Holy Stone has high-speed motors that can deliver almost 50 km/h flying speed. With that speed, drone racing is exciting and fun.

It doesn’t have a camera, and this makes it a little difficult to fly, but it has two LED for low-light flying. Besides, it comes with two extra batteries, so that you can have fun for a longer time. The headless design makes it extremely easy for beginners.

Who should buy?

  • Beginners to learn drone flying
  • Kids and adults who like to have a drone race
  • Perfect for gifting

Ratings: 550+ with average 4.5/5

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Pros
  • Fast motors for increased flying speed
  • Lightweight
  • Wallet-friendly price

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Cons
  • Not durable enough when crashed
  • Shorter flying range
  • Only 5 minutes of battery backup

#8. Holy Stone HS200D

Holy Stone HS200D FPV RC Drone

The HS200D is a perfect drone for beginners as well as for intermediates. It features a headless design along with a camera that has 120-degrees of FOV. In addition to that, one key takeoff and landing feature makes it extremely easy to get started with flying the drone. With a 720p HD camera, you can capture stunning images and videos from an aerial view.

On top of that, altitude hold function allows you to go handsfree from controls and focus on capturing pictures. The controller has a dock for the phone, which can then be used to have a live aerial view from the drone camera.

Who should buy?

  • Intermediates for clicking pictures
  • Beginners to learn flying a drone

Ratings: 490+ with average 4.5/5

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Pros
  • 720p HD camera
  • Headless design for easy controlling
  • 120-degree field of view
  • Altitude hold function

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Cons
  • Only 10 minutes of battery backup
  • Concise range to control the drone

#9. SNAPTAIN S5C

SNAPTAIN S5C WiFi FPV Drone

I particularly like the design and outlook of the Snaptain S5C drone. It is stylish and looks quite durable. The best part is that you can control the drone using voice control by downloading the app on your smartphone. Besides that, the drone has almost all features like altitude hold, one click takeoff and landing, and much more.

Apart from voice control, the mobile app is also compatible with VR to experience real-time immersive video of the drone camera. Given the price tag along with the feature it offers, it is a real value for money.

Who should buy it?

  • It is ideally for kids and beginners
  • 720p HD camera allows taking photos, but not for professionals
  • Tech enthusiast who like to try new gadgets

Ratings: 400+ with average 4 / 5

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Pros
  • VR supported app
  • Voice control drone using the mobile app
  • Durable and sturdy design

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Cons
  • Only 7 minutes of battery backup
  • Setting up and controlling needs a lot of practice

#10. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone

Ideally, this should have been on the top of the list, but because it is a hardcore professional drone with a premium price, it didn’t make it on the top. Regardless, this is one of the best drones to buy in 2019, if you are an expert photographer as well an expert drone flyer. It costs almost a grand and features and quality justifies it correctly.

The drone comes with a bundle of goodies with itself including a 64GB SD card. As it is a professional drone, it comes with a 12MP 4K camera that can capture crystal clear pictures and videos. On top of that, it has a massive 4+ miles of range along with 27 minutes of battery backup.

Who should buy it?

  • Expert drone flyers
  • Professional photo and videographers
  • Surveillance or security agencies

Ratings: 20+ with average 4.5/5

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Pros
  • 12 MP 4K Camera
  • Better battery backup
  • 4+ miles of controller range

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Cons
  • Need technical knowledge for setup
  • Bulky along with different accessories
  • Only 78.8-degree Field of View

That’s all, folks!

Flying off

Drones are indeed a cool gadget to have fun or for professional photography. But like all other gadgets, they are costly. On top of that, they are hard to master, and a single mistake can make you lose your drone forever and forget about the money. So make sure you choose the right drone based on your usage.

Did we miss any awesome drone that should be on the list? Make sure you let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram. Also, make sure to download our app on your iPhone and iPad.

Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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