Best Drone For Under $500
Posted on November 20 2015
Looking for a drone under $500? Whether a quadcopter newbie or simply interested in adding to your drone collection without shelling out a few grand, you’re in luck. The DJI Phantom 2 is an under-$500 model when on sale, and offers plenty of cool features. Let’s take a closer look at this nifty quadcopter:
Easy to Fly
Hailed as being incredibly easy to fly, the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter blends improved propeller design with longer flight time and a 1KM remote control. The control includes spring-centered sticks that “center when released for automatic hovering.” The propellers tighten on their own when necessary, and the integrated GPS auto-pilot provides position provides exceptional position holding, stable hovering, and altitude lock. This makes it easy to focus on shooting your footage rather than stressing about crashing the drone.
Should your controller disconnect from the Phantom 2 mid-flight, fear not. The drone’s failsafe protection system will help you out, and if the signal is strong enough, the quadcopter will return to its home base and land automatically. Nice, right? Assistant software is also available if interested in programming a One Key Go Home function.
Powerful Battery Featuring Simple Replacement
If you’ve dealt with annoying drone battery issues in the past, your troubles are over with the Phantom 2. It includes an integrated battery compartment that makes changing the battery a few-second operation. The battery itself is a high-performance 5200mAh Lithium Polymer battery with built-in intelligence. It offers 25 minutes of flight time, maintenance reminders, and overcharge/discharge protection.
Lightweight and easy to carry, you’ll enjoy stabilized footage thanks to the H3-2D gimbal. The gimbal doesn’t come with the quadcopter, but is perfect for mounting a GoPro Hero4 or Hero3+ camera. Take it with you on your next adventure and enjoy capturing amazing footage.
Be sure to check out our full line of drones for sale. We have lots of different styles and pricing to fit and holiday budget.