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Drones: Small, Medium & Impressive Options

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Husband Q4 & Estes Proto X Nano Quadcopters

If you want something to play around with, and possibly fly indoors, you'll want to take a look at the Husband Q4 Nano Quadcopter for under $20 or the Estes Proto X Nano Quadcopter for about $30. The Estes Proto can be found in local stores, while the other option can easily be purchased online. Both options are available in multiple colors. 

Disclaimer: Cheap quadcopter can be frustrating and hard to fly if you have high expectations. Unlike a larger drone with GPS, cheap copters aren’t stable and it’s a matter of time before you get hurt, break them or lose them! 


Syma X5C Quadcopter with Camera

The next option for buying a drone this year is the Syma X5C Quadcopter with Camera for slightly more than the above options, at $55. The X5C is the standard outdoor quadcopter under $100. Although the camera isn’t high quality, it is a neat feature to use. A friend who uses this one says it even survived an incident with a pool!


DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone

The camera is reliable and better than some of the higher end models. The Phantom 3 Standard has GPS automated flight and most of the features you’d find in drones that cost three times as much.  The DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone will be on sale for Black Friday for between $369-399, depending on features. 


Thanks to Michael Smith, my friend and 'drone expert', for
recommendations and opinions on each of these.