10 Best Drone Camera Under 500 Of 2022 – Review And Buying Guide

Finding the best drone camera under 500 that will meet all your needs can be a bit of a challenge, even for the most seasoned expert. While many companies still create good drone camera under 500s, the market has turned its attention toward advanced models that carry higher price points.

In our quest to find the most suitable models, we focused on features like comfort, adjustability, and durability. We recommend you take a close look at each product we listed here and see the features you need for your personal use.

Keep reading to learn more…

Top 10 drone camera under 500 : Editor’s Pick

10 Best drone camera under 500 Reviews:

1. DJI Mini 2 – Ultralight and Foldable Drone Quadcopter, 3-Axis Gimbal with 4K Camera, 12MP Photo, 31 Mins Flight Time, OcuSync 2.0 10km HD Video Transmission, QuickShots Gray

Features :

  • 【PACK LIGHT, FLY FREE】: at less than 249 g, it weighs about as much as an apple and fits in the palm of your hand. compact and convenient, this small drone is your ideal travel companion, transforming how you capture your favorite memories.
  • 【3-AXIS GIMBAL WITH 4K CAMERA】: a 12mp camera in the sky delivers content guaranteed to impress. along with 4k/30fps video and a 3-axis motorized gimbal, mini 2 ensures stunning image quality that is consistently smooth no matter how adventurous your piloting gets.
  • 【OCUSYNC 2.0 VIDEO TRANSMISSION】: mini 2 supports up to 10km of hd video transmission and has excellent anti-interference capabilities, giving you the ability to fly farther and see clearer.
  • 【POWERFUL PERFORMANCE】: with a max battery life of 31 minutes, dji mini 2 grants more than enough time to compose the perfect shot. mini 2 can resist level 5 winds and take off at a max altitude of 4,000 meters, so your footage is stable even when flying along a windy coastline or high above an alpine forest.
  • 【4X ZOOM】: there’s no need to get so close for your dream shot. 4x digital zoom makes it safer and more convenient when transitioning between shots of varying distance and composition. Operating Frequency 2.400-2.4835 GHz, 5.725-5.850 GHz
  • 【QUICKSHOTS】: with just a few taps, dji mini 2 automatically records and shoots professional-level videos to share directly on social media. whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced flyer, the dji fly app helps you produce impressive results complete with soundtracks and filters.

Additional Info :

Color Gray
Item Dimensions
Height 7.36219
Width 5.5118
Length 5.70865
Weight 0.54875

2. UranHub UF500 Foldable Drone with Camera for Adults 1080P HD Camera FPV WiFi RC Quadcopter for Beginners w/Optical Flow Positioning, Voice Control, Gesture Control, Circle Fly, Trajectory Flight

Features :

  • 【1080P HD FPV Camera】The UranHub UF500 offers 1080P HD images and videos with superb clarity. 120°adjustable wide angle helps expand the shooting range. Built-in advanced FPV real-time transmission function allows you to see the gorgeous scenery in flight on your cell phone. Through the APP, you can immediately share these cool moments to your own social platform with one click.
  • 【Optical Flow Positioning & Altitude Hold】The Optical Flow Positioning function helps the drone achieve excellent performance in precise positioning and photo taking for beginners and photographers. Combined with the base feature Altitude Hold Mode, you can lock the altitude and position more accurately and shoot HD photos and videos steadily.
  • 【Voice Control & Gesture Control】Voice Control and Gesture Control make it super easy to operate the drone. Say the control words “take off, land, forward, backward, etc.” and the drone will immediately respond and execute your “flight commands”. If you gesture “victory” at the drone, it will automatically start shooting pictures; if you gesture “palm”, it will automatically take videos.
  • 【Multifunctional & Unlimited Fun】Trajectory Flight, Circle Flight, Mark and Track, Speeds Switch and more, all bring endless fun to flying. It is the ideal choice for holiday gift giving. UF500 also has One-key Takeoff/Landing, Headless Mode, Emergency Stop and other features, so even beginners can easily navigate and have a safe and fun flying experience.
  • 【Portable & Powerful】Foldable design, making the drone easy to store and carry, more suitable for outdoor travel. You can take it anywhere you go. It comes with 2 new upgraded batteries, which are long-lasting and durable, so you can enjoy more than 24 minutes of drone flight. Enjoy flying continuously! You don’t need to register your drone or get a drone pilot certificate.

3. Holy Stone Drone with Camera for Kids, HS430 FPV HD 1080P Video Drones for Adults Beginner, Foldable Nano Hobby RC Quadcopter,Toys Gifts with Circle Fly, Throw to Go, 3 Batteries 39 Mins Long Flight Time

Features :

  • FPV Drone with 1080P Camera: Equipped with a 1080P WiFi camera and Gesture Control function. The HS430 Drone captures stunning scenery with live video and gets those perfect details of a fun family gathering using simple gestures. Very easy to upload your videos and pictures to social media directly from your IOS or Android device.
  • 39 Mins Long Flight Time: Includes 3 modular Li-Po batteries providing up to 39 minutes of flight time. Longer flying time allows you to experience all of this drones excellent features. The HS430 Battery has a built-in chip for overvoltage protection. And there’s more….. The remote control emits a warning sound when your battery is low. No need to worry about losing your drone!
  • Throw to go, Easy to use: Easily use the one key start function or toss the HS430 into the air to quickly start a flight. With Gravity sensor, move your cellphone up and down to control the flight just like a VR game. Perfect Gift for Kids and Adults.
  • Pocket-Sized: Holy Stone New Release Mini drones—Folds into the size of a mouse. The HS430 with camera was thoughtfully designed to be compact, easy to carry, and will even fit in your pocket. It’s also small enough to fit in the palm of your child’s hand. Nice Drone with Camera for Kids.
  • More Than 10 Different Functions: High Speed Rotation, Circle Fly, Trajectory Flight, Voice Control, Gesture Control, Gravity Control, Throw to Go, Headless Mode, One Key Take off/ Landing, Altitude Hold, 3D Flip, VR Mode.

4. SANROCK U52 Drone with 1080P HD Camera for Adults Kids, WiFi Live Video FPV Drones RC Quadcopters for Beginners, Gesture Control, Gravity Sensor, Altitude Hold, 3D Flip, Custom Route, One Key Backward

Features :

  • ✈【HD Camera & WiFi FPV Drone】Built-in 1080P HD Camera with 90° adjustable angle, FPV Real-Time transmission, you are able to see real time first-person-view on the App. The video clips are automatically saved to the Micro SD card. You edit HD footage and directly upload it to social media from your iPhone or iPad.
  • ✈【Multifunctional & Add Fun to Fly】Our camera drone can perform 360° flips and rolls, circle fly makes fly more attractive. You can define an exact flying route on the App map, brings you spectacular flying experiences. You can fly the drone by moving smart phone up or down with Gravity Sensor enables the drone follow your phone’s direction. Great best drone toy gift for beginners.
  • ✈【Steady & Intelligent Alert】This drone does Auto Hovering, this mode that ensures a steady hover in the air at a certain altitude when we focus on take great aerial pictures and videos. It will easier to control under headless mode, especially when the drone is out of sight. If the battery of the transmitter or drone is low, the transmitter will sound an alarm. Also when the drone exceeds the distance of 100 meters, the transmitter will sound an alarm, you need to press the return home button.
  • ✈【Easy to Control】The Big drone is suitable for beginner, press the “One Key Start/Landing” button, the drone will take-off or landing automatically. There are 2 speed switch, low speed drone suitable for kids and beginners; high speed drone suitable for adults and profession operation. With One Key Return, press the button in emergency situations and get it returned to you, so it can’t be lost.
  • ✈【Safe & Long Flying Time】The RC quadcopter has protective propeller guards to ensure a safe flight for you. High-quality ABS material to free your worries of a sudden shock or drop. One battery can support about 10-13 Minutes flight which makes it easy to replace the battery and safe to charge battery. We also sell this type of battery separately, you can contact us if you need it.

Additional Info :

Color White
Item Dimensions
Height 2.3
Width 11.2
Length 12.6
Weight 0.9

5. DJI Mavic Mini Combo – Drone FlyCam Quadcopter UAV with 2.7K Camera 3-Axis Gimbal GPS 30min Flight Time, less than 0.55lbs, Gray

Features :

  • Weighing less than 0 55lbs / 250 grams Mavic Mini is almost as light as the average smartphone In the United States and Canada you can fly this camera drone without the need to register your drone with the government
  • The compact yet powerful Mavic Mini camera drone is the perfect creative companion capturing your moments in a way that effortlessly elevates the ordinary
  • Mavic Mini’s weight allows it to stay in the air longer than similar consumer FlyCams on the market Enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery
  • Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2 7K HD videos A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear Ultra-smooth footage
  • What you get DJI Mavic Mini Remote Controller 3x Intelligent Flight Battery 3x Pairs of Spare Propellers 2x Micro USB Cable Gimbal Protector RC Cable (Micro USB connector) RC Cable (USB-C connector) RC Cable (Lightning connector) Pair of Spare Control Sticks 18x Spare Screw Screwdriver 360° Propeller Guard Two-Way Charging Hub DJI 18W USB Charger Carrying Bag.DJI Fly App requires iOS v10 0 Android v6 0 or above Compatible devices include iPhone 11 Pro Max 11 Pro 11 XS Max XS XR X 8 Plus 8 7 Plus 7 6s Plus 6s 6 Plus 6 Samsung Galaxy S10+ S10 S9+ S9 S8+ S8 S7 edge S7 S6 Note9 Note8 Huawei P30 Pro P30 P20 P10 Mate 20 Pro Mate 10 nova 5 nova 4 nova 3e nova 2 Honor 8X 10 9 20 Pro Magic 2 Mi 8 MIX 2S MIX 2 Redmi Note 5 Oppo Find X R15 Vivo NEX X27 X21 X20A OnePlus 7 6T 5 Pixel 3 XL 2 XL 2 LG V20 LG G6

Additional Info :

Color DJI Mavic Mini Combo
Item Dimensions
Height 0.393700787
Width 3.149606296
Length 6.299212592
Weight 0.00625
Release Date 2019-11-11T00:00:01Z

6. Drones with Camera for Adults with Carrying Case – ATTOP 1080P FPV Drone, Foldable RC Drone Voice/Gesture/Gravity Control, One Key Return Emergency Stop Safe Design Teen Boys/Girls Gifts

Features :

  • 【Gift Ideas & Carrying Case】Our video drone with camera for adults and beginners is a foldable design and comes with a handy carry case which makes it easy to take out to enjoy the fascinating functions and have fun with your family when going outside. Besides, the considerate design with carrying case is perfect as best friend gift, Christmas gifts for teen boys and girls.
  • 【1080P 120° FPV Drone & APP Control】Attop X-Pack 18 drones with camera for adults equipped with 120° wide-angle 1080P photography, which provides a wider breathtaking field of view and lets you enjoy HD pictures and videos from the perspective of the camera drone via the “ATTOP CLUB” APP. By connecting your phone/iPad with drones, you can enjoy a real-time panoramic view of the landscape 196-292 feet away, review them from the folder, and share them on your social media with ease.
  • 【Easy to Play】Just press one button to take off/ land. Unlike the other drones, Attop drones for adults come with one key return, the drones for kids can find its way back home easily without being lost. When you want to free hands or get higher quality pictures and videos, altitude-hold ensures a steady hover and can guarantee all these needs. 3 speeds make beginners and kids quickly master the functions and also allows advanced players to enjoy the fun of shifting.
  • 【More Fun to Fly】Multiple smart functions waiting for your exploration. Draw a route on the app to let skyline drone fly along, speak to control the flying direction, or show “V” gesture to let the camera drone automatically recognize and take pictures for you. And you can also experience a cool 360°flip during the flight. A built-in G-sensor of our drone is compatible with VR glasses, which can let the drone swing with your phone/iPad and enjoy a breathtaking 3D experience.
  • 【Long Flying Time & Safe to Use】The camera drones are equipped with two 3.7V /1100mAh lithium rechargeable batteries. The 2 modular batteries greatly improve the endurance of the RC drone to 20 minutes. Worried about the drones for adults will fly far away with no battery to back? Low battery warning design can avoid this. Worried about the drones for adults will crash? Emergency stop function can let the kids drone immediately stop and land. All these ensure the drones’ safety!

Additional Info :

Color Black

7. Hilldow Foldable Drone with Camera Video for Adults Beginners, 1080P HD Mini Drone for Kids, FPV RC Quadcopter 30 Min Long Flight Time in 3 Batteries, 3D Flip, Outdoor Carrying Case, Gift for Girls/Boys/Teens (Black)

Features :

  • Foldable Drone Beyond Your Imagination✈️ Redefine your entertainment with Hilldow camera drone – Fits in the palm of your hand and comes with a carrying case, our small drone is ultra-portable as your traveling/hiking/fishing companion
  • 1080P HD Camera & Live Video✈️ Capture the moments and share instantly on social media through APP control – Equipped with built-in camera and advanced FPV transmission tech, the drone can deliver 1080P image/video and first-person-view to the pilot in real-time, leaving you with immersive experience!
  • 30 Minutes Flight Time✈️ You can enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time in total with three fully-charged batteries. Hilldow rc quadcopter also comes with four protective propeller guards, to avoid propeller damage during flight and extend the drone life
  • Premium Features & Propeller Guards✈️ Give wings to your imagination – Hilldow camera drone features in 3 adjustable speed levels (from low to high, beginners to experts), One Key Take Off/Landing (beginner-friendly), 360°Flip (fun trick in the sky) – a perfect gift for families and friends!
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE✈️ We suggest you test flight in an open space first time flying the drone. (Note: there might be wind interference when using outdoors) If the drone/remote control/APP has any issue during flight, do not hesitate to contact seller and we’ll provide 24hrs technical support, 18-month quality warranty and 30-day money back for any reason

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 1.6
Width 6.6
Length 7.7

8. UranHub Drone with Camera for Adults HD 2K Camera Live Video Drone for Beginners w/Gesture Control, Voice Control, Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, Compatible with VR Glasses

Features :

  • Ultra HD 1152P Camera Drone: The HD 2K camera captures crystal clear aerial photos and 2048 X 1152 @ 25fps videos. With adjustable camera design, you can catch every moment of your adventure from a bird-eye perspective. Real time FPV transmission allows you to edit footage and directly upload it to social media from your iPhone or iPad
  • Intelligent Interactive Drone: The drone is integrated with smart voice control and gesture control. You can speak to control the flying direction, or pose to the camera to trigger photo/video shooting, adding fun to your flight
  • Multiple Flight Modes: this drone can perform stunts like 360° flip . Combined with trajectory flight which allows you to draw flying course on your phone, this drone brings you spectacular flying experiences
  • Easy to Learn and Operate: Altitude-Hold function ensures a steady hover in the air at a certain altitude when no command was given. And upon just one tap, the drone will Take off/Land or Return back automatically. It also equipped with Headless Mode and 3 Speeds Switch functions, super friendly to beginners, newbies, and even kids
  • More Considerate Designs, More to Explore: To ensure safety and numerous funs, this drone is designed with Out-of-Control Protection Technology and Lower Battery Alarm. It will beep to remind you getting the drone back while the battery is low. Protective Propeller Guards to ensure a safe flight. High quality ABS material to free your worries of a sudden shock or drop

9. NEHEME NH525 Foldable Drones with 720P HD Camera for Adults, RC Quadcopter WiFi FPV Live Video, Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, One Key Take Off for Kids or Beginners with 2 Batteries

Features :

  • ✈HD CAMERA & FPV FUNCTION: NEHEME Mini Selfie Drone equipped with 45° adjustable 720P HD camera, which can broaden your views and record every unforgettable moment in your life. Meanwhile, with advanced FPV real-time transmission tech, you can enjoy real-time images through App for beautiful scenery.
  • ✈SAFETY & ULTRA-LONG FLYING TIME: NEHEME NH525 drone is equipped with 4 Propeller Guards to protect you from spinning propellers and ensure the drone’s propellers from the collision; 2 intelligent batteries for up to 22 minutes ultra-long flight time. Besides, it also can reach up to 100m control distance giving you more extensive flight experience.
  • ✈USER-FRIENDLY & DESIGNED FOR BEGINNER: Just one key is all it takes to take off and to land the drone, keep it simple to control for even beginners. Other functions, like Headless Mode, Speed Adjustment functions, Altitude Hold Mode, Hand Gesture Photo/Video. Best choice with enough fun for beginners.
  • ✈MULTIPLE FUN FLIGHT: After improving several times, NEHEME NH525 is a versatile drone, can perform stunts like 360°flip, high-speed rotation and etc. And you can draw a route on the App screen and the hover drone will fly following the path accordingly. Last but not least, there are 3 ratio options available to meet all kinds of needs, you can have fun with this mini foldable drone.
  • ✈FOLDABLE DESIGN & GREAT GIFT: Foldable blades with a gift box design make this quadcopter drone small, you can take it anywhere you like. More user-friendly design, it comes with a detailed manual that provides accurate instructions about the function and usage of this HD drone. ADD TO CART NOW and buy it as a great gift for your friend, son, grandson, etc.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Weight 0.2535316013

10. DEERC D20 Mini Drone for Kids with 720P HD FPV Camera Remote Control Toys Gifts for Boys Girls with Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, One Key Start Speed Adjustment, 3D Flips 2 Batteries, Silver

Features :

  • HD Pictures and Live Videos: D20 equipped with 720P HD Wi-Fi camera to take better aerial photos and videos; with FPV transmission, you can see the sky from a live video feed through smartphone app
  • Best Drone Toy for Kids: Fly D20 is magically simple, just tap the One Key Start/Landing button to start the fly; Altitude Hold can maintain the drone at a certain height, which makes it so easy to control and take high quality footage
  • Powerful and Safe: Features with low power alarm, Emergency stop, and 4 propeller guards to ensure a safe flight, 2 rechargeable and powerful batteries support up to 20mins, charge safe and fly longer
  • 3D Flips and Waypoints Fly: Pushing the control sticks inwards to perform an impressive flip; Drawing a flight course on your smartphone, the drone will fly accordingly, add funs to your flight.
  • Voice Control and Gesture Selfie: Allow to control the drone with simple voice comments like “ Take off” “ landing”; Post a V sign or palm in front of the camera, the drone can automatically take photos or video, good for selfie

Additional Info :

Color A-Silver
Item Dimensions
Height 1.7
Width 4.7
Length 7
Weight 0.15211896078

Buying Guide: What to Consider When Select drone camera under 500

Price

How much should you expect to spend on a product like this? Is it a one-off cost, or is there some kind of recurring element?

When it comes to drone camera under 500, a great value can come in many different forms. It could be a lower price, impeccable construction, and design, or higher durability. We’ll cover all of these different factors below, where we’re sharing our top picks for the best drone camera under 500 for the money. We’ll go over everything consumers should know to get a great value out of their drone camera under 500!

Durability 

The phrase “people get what they pay for” is especially true when it comes to drone camera under 500. The range in durability from person to person can be pretty substantial depending on the materials used in the construction. If someone saves $100 on a drone camera under 500, but it wears out in 1 month, are they really getting a good value?

Compare that to a drone camera under 500 that costs $50 more but wears out after 1 or 2 years. Most people would argue that the second option is the better deal over the long term. Before purchasing, you should consider how long you want to have the drone camera under 500 and then read reviews to make sure you know how long you can expect it to last.

Consider Where You Purchase 

 

A vast majority of people now buy their drone camera under 500 online rather than going to a brick-and-mortar physical location. That’s largely because online shopping offers greater convenience, and many brick-and-mortar stores can be confusing when it comes to their models, pricing, and types.

While people can’t try out an online drone camera under 500 the way they can in a store, brands often come with generous trials. These allow people to try out the drone camera under 500 for a while and return it if they’re unhappy.

In addition, many online drone camera under 500 are more affordable than their in-store counterparts, because they have less overhead and have cut out the middlemen to pass savings directly to the consumer. If you purchase online, make sure to check to see if they will have to pay extra for shipping or not. A lot of the new companies offer free shipping, but not all.

Types of drone camera under 500

Before even thinking about all the different drone camera under 500 available,  You should choose the product types that will be ideal for your task.

Design

Choosing a product based on a design that people will love can be tough. Just because you might like the look and style of it, doesn’t mean it’s the best. Below are some steps you can follow that I’ve used in the past when making decisions on which product designs to choose. Today, a lot of e-commerce sites have the same products. Naturally, it means people use product photos and videos to find the best item. Some of the tips in this article will help you choose or design a successful product.

  • Dimensions. How big are these products?
  • Materials. What are they made from? Is there an advantage to choosing one material over another?
  • Generic characteristics. What sort of features do products in this category include?
  • Product-specific functionality. Do certain products have key characteristics that others don’t? 
  • “Vs.” comparisons. Wireless or wired? Portable or desktop? Metal or wood? These are the key A/B-style decisions typically made early in the buying process.

The Verdict

Finally, we hope that our reviews about these drone camera under 500s will help you to choose your ideal product available on the maker. The question remains, how many of these drone camera under 500 will you use and how often? Some manufacturers come out with newer drone camera under 500 every few months. This is because they know that people want the better drone camera under 500. It’s all a matter of choice and your budget. The good news is that the features of good drone camera under 500 tend to trickle down in price. If you start off with a cheaper version, chances are you can afford the more advanced versions of it a few months later.