Best Camera Drones to buy with long battery life and under 200$ [2018]

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Hello readers! Penguin Engine is here with our list of the 7 best camera drones on Amazon available for under 200$ (USD). These come with a great camera and a battery that will last better than others in the market in this price tag. You will find our articles about drones, the different types of drones, as well as their various uses. These articles will clarify you many different words and acronyms that are mentioned here.

7 Best Camera Drones to buy, with long battery life under 200$

We have set an eligibility criterion for the drones to be featured on our best camera drones list. Some of our readers may believe that this criterion is quite strict to feature a drone in it. Our perspective on this is that we strive to provide our readers with information on drones that have great specs and are obtainable on a low budget.

  • The price of the drone should be around 200$ (USD) or less.
  • Only a fresh, new, and clear item is considered.
  • The battery capacity of the drone should be at least 1000 mAh or better. It can have more than one battery attached to it at one time.
  • Flight time should be around 10 minutes or better.
  • Drone should come with a camera. It does not matter if the camera is fixed or detachable.
  • The camera should be around 2 MP or better and capture HD footage.
  • Only aerial drones are considered.
  • Drones must have average review ratings of 3 stars or above. The number of reviews or votes is not considered.
  • Drones which were categorized as intermediate or experts are considered only. Visit us again for the drone lists for beginners or kids.
  • Only drones available for sales on Amazon are listed.

Keep in mind that all the drones on our best camera drones list will need an FAA registration and may be flown by 14-year users or older. The registration will cost only 5$ and can be done on their website online. Before we start with the reviews, please check following comparison table which summarises the basic specifications of below listed best camera drones:

Comparison table for below listed best camera drones

Hubsan H501S X4

The first drone on our best camera drones list is the Hubsan H501S X4. Hubsan is a well-known drone manufacturer producing drones with cameras that are capable to give live streaming video. The FPV (First Person Viewing) feature is a nice addition to this drone which works on a separate channel that communicates on 5.8 GHz frequency. The video is beamed back to the transmitter with a 2 MP camera in high-definition 1080p. Supported by a 6-axis gyro stabilizer, the drone is capable of capturing amazing pictures and videos. This drone is considered one of the best drones for taking selfies at such an affordable price.

Notable Features

The integrated GPS on the drone as well as another on the drone’s transmitter makes it easy to locate it when needed. The Follow Me mode coupled with the steady altitude (Barometer) feature enables it to follow the user’s transmitter in a set elevation and distance. The headless mode makes it easy to fly as the drone can go towards the exact commanded orientation despite the direction of in which the drone’s front is pointing to.

The OSD (Operation Suitability Data) display function on the drone’s transmitter is one of the greatest features of this drone. The OSD data which is displayed live while in flight can display information such as drone’s position, altitude, speed, and battery power among other. Another loveable feature is the One-Key Return Landing on the transmitter, pressing which returns the drone to the location from where it began its flight and land it on that same spot.

Hubsan H501S X4 Best camera drones
Hubsan H501S X4/

With 300 meters transmitter control range and a 2700mAh Li-Po battery, the drone can remain in flight for around 20 minutes which is great. With its brushless motors and the price tag, we can say that the Hubsan H501S X4 might be one of the best drones produced by Hubsan. Check out the following summary of its specification:

Model: Hubsan H501S X4
Camera: 2 MP, 1080p HD, FPV capability communicates on 5.8 GHz Frequency
Battery: 2,700 mAh 7.4-volt Li-Po, Around 150 minutes recharge time
Flight Duration: 20 minutes
Flight Range: 300 meters
Controller: Yes, Communicates on 2.4 GHz
Stabilizer: 6-Axis Gyro
Review Ratings: 3.7/5 (155 Reviews)
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Contixo F10++

The second on our best camera drones list is the Contixo F10++ which is one of the latest camera drones from Contixo. It comes with a 2 MP camera which can take photos and videos in 720p HD resolutions. The added function to provide real-time video to the smartphone running on iOS or Android is cool if you want to use its FPV capability. This drone provides customers with a great customizing option where you can replace the camera with another compatible one such as GoPro Hero.

Notable Features

There are several features which you may like that this drone can provide. Beginners can take advantage of this drone’s headless mode, which automatically adjusts the forward direction of the F10++ quadcopter. Although lacking on the GPS front, the drone’s One-Key Hovering feature can provide you a great device to take selfies or record video from 100 feet distance. The drone’s ability to do 360 degrees barrel rolls is quite exciting to watch.

Contixo F10++
Contixo F10++/

With around 150 meters control range and a 1200 mAh Li-Po battery, the drone can remain in flight for 15 minutes, which is more than what similar drones in the same price offer. You can also control the drone’s speed with 3 gears of slow, medium and high.

Model: Contixo F10++
Camera: 2 MP, 720p provides video for FPV
Battery: 1200 mAh 7.4-volt Li-Po, Around 120 minutes recharge time
Flight Duration: 15 minutes
Flight Range: 150 meters
Controller: Yes, Communicates on 2.4 GHz
Stabilizer: 6-Axis Gyro
Review Ratings: 4.2/5 (13 Reviews)
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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition was released in 2012 considering the success of its predecessor. This drone was meant to delight the users who were interested in having a drone for racing. The drone is controlled by the smartphone app called the AR.Drone (previously known as AR.Freeflight).

The AR.Drone app is available for iOS and Android devices. The app can easily control the speed of the drone which can go up to max at 11 mph. The app can also use drone's main fixed front camera (with a 93-degree lens) for photos or video capturing or streaming (FPV capability at 30 FPS). The high-definition resolution the camera provides is 720p, the pictures and video can be saved directly to the phone. There is also a USB port on the drone which can be used to record longer duration video for up to 64 GB. The drone also has secondary low-resolution camera, used when the drone is required to land.

Notable Features

A special feature of the drone’s app is that it can provide you with a Director’s Mode, which played a huge part in this drone's inclusion in our best camera drones list besides the selection criterion. Using this mode, you can insert movement programs for the drone for auto maneuver. This capability is great for recording video from specific angles automatically. The drone comes in 3 different colors for terrains such as desert, arctic and rainforest landscapes. Another special feature that you may like is the drone’s ability to be water resistant, be advised that if submerged in the water the underwater control is very limited and communication can easily break. The drone can also do forward and backward flips as well as an in-flight barrel roll on your command.

ParrotAR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition
ParrotAR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition/

The unique integrated stability sensors and navigation system enable the drone to maintain its position in windy condition and altitude, even when the wind is blowing at 15 mph. With the 1000 mAh Li-Po battery, the drone can be flown for about 12 minutes within the radius of 50 meters. This drone has the lowest control radius of our best camera drones list.

(*) Camera megapixels needs verification.

Model: Parrot Ar.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition
Camera: ~2 MP (*), 720p provides video for FPV
Battery: 1000 mAh 7.4-volt Li-Po
Flight Duration: 12 minutes
Flight Range: ~50 meters
Controller: Only controlled via an iOS or Android device
Stabilizer: 3-Axis Gyro
Review Ratings: 3.4/5 (249 Reviews)
Amazon: Check for Prices! [There is a big discount of 34% on this drone right now!]

Holy Stone HS300

One of the best camera drones created by Holy Stone, which itself is new to the drone industry founded in 2014, the Holy Stone HS300 is a suitable drone gift for kids or adults. Boasting of a great 5 MP camera the drone can capture photos and videos in high-definition 1080p imagery. These can be saved on the 4 GB SD card that comes with the drone. The drones 6-axis gyro stabilizers with dampening balls and precise-lock mechanism you can obtain great photos and videos without any blurriness due to drone shaking and motor vibrations.

Notable Features

Although the greatest asset for this drone indeed is its camera but the features such as one-key return, emergency stop, auto-altitude hold, headless flying, one key landing & takeoff, and controllable LEDs makes this a prime choice for beginners as well as experienced flyers, and therefore included in our best camera drones list. But, the greatest thing about this drone is that it comes with extra stuff without any additional charges. The bonus equipment includes a spare battery, extra propellers, landing gears, and propeller guards.

Holy Stone HS300 Best camera drones
Holy Stone HS300/

A powerful 7.4V 2S 2000 mAh Li-Po battery can give you a flight time of around 15 minutes in a controllable radius of 150 meters. But if you plan to use the drone for recording video, the flight time lowers a bit to 10 minutes, which is not bad considering the low cost the drone comes at.

Model: Holy Stone HS300
Camera: 5 MP, 1080p HD resolution
Battery: 2000 mAh 7.4-volt 2S Li-Po
Flight Duration: 15 minutes
Flight Range: 150 meters
Controller: Yes
Stabilizer: 6-Axis Gyro
Review Ratings: 4.3/5 (178 Reviews)
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Ares AZSZ2500 Ethos HD

The Ares Ethos HD platform is churning out greatly affordable drones that can give you high-quality aerial pictures and video. The drone is equipped with an Aegis 6-axis Flight Stability System (FSS) and an anti-vibration mount which gives tremendous stability to it for taking optimal images with very low interference. The video can be recorded in two modes: 1080p HD at 30 FPS, and 720p HD at 60 FPS.

Notable Feature

The Ares Ethos HD is a Ready-to-Fly (RTF) drone which comes completely assembled from the factory and you can start flying it as soon as you get it. The flexibility provided by this drone is great which you can use to the fullest by attaching fun accessories of its predecessor, the Ares QX130. The accessories are Rocket Launcher, Water Blaster, Bubble Machine, and Winch Unit. It comes with the integrated LED light system and can do 360 degrees flips. The package also has a 4 GB high-speed SD card (supports up to 32 GB) and a card reader included in it which can help you greatly with accessing the photos and videos recorded in it anytime at any place.

Another great feature that this drone provides you is the option to add a 4 and a half inches LCD screen directly to the transmitter and get live FPV video footage from the drone. This accessory includes an anti-glare shield which is a great addition to watching the video in sunny conditions.

Ares AZSZ2500 Ethos HD Best camera drones
Ares AZSZ2500 Ethos HD/

A 7.4 volts 1200 mAh 2-cell Li-Po battery with a convenient AC charger gives about 10 minutes of flight time (which can vary depending on the drone’s throttle) within a transmitter control radius to around 200 meters. This drone can obtain a height of almost 200 feet which is enough for enthusiasts to take photos or videos.

Model: Ares AZSZ2500 Ethos HD
Camera: ~2 MP, 1080p HD on 30 FPS, 720p HD on 60 FPS
Battery: 1200 mAh 7.4-volt Li-Po
Flight Duration: ~10 minutes
Flight Range: ~200 meters
Controller: Yes
Stabilizer: 6-axis Aegis FSS
Review Ratings: 3.2/5 (8 Reviews)
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MJX B2C Bugs 2/Force1 F200C Specter

The next mention in our best camera drone list is manufactured by MJX (Mei-Jia-Xin: a Chinese company) based in Hong Kong. The MJX B2C Bugs 2 is a drone capable of providing great specs within a low budget. This drone is also known as Force1 F200C Specter and comes in three colors for choosing. With an ABS plastic frame design, this drone has an integrated camera capable of capturing 1080p high-definition photos and videos. The 6-axis gyroscope provides the drone with great stability for the camera to be utilized in an optimal fashion.

Notable Features

The drone comes with a GPS enabling it to be called back through the transmitter’s One-Key Return function. Other features include; the Failsafe Headless mode (Intelligent Orientation Control – IOC), Altitude Hold, One-Touch Landing, and the option to access the FPV feature through a mobile app on your smartphone which can be attached with the controller. The app is available for the iOS and the Android platforms, although the iOS version performs better. The drone’s One-Key Return function can work in 3 modes: One-Key Return, Low-Power Return, and Low-Signal Return. It is also equipped with luminous LED which lights up beautifully during night time flights. All these features make it possible for this drone from MJX to feature on our best camera drones list.

Force1 F200C Specter/MJX B2C Bugs 2
MJX B2C Bugs 2/Force1 F200C Specter/

With an 1800 mAh Li-Po battery, this drone can provide around 20 minutes of flight time in comparison to the 30 minutes claimed by the manufacturer. The drone can be controlled effectively from its transmitter more than 500 meters although the manufacturer states that the transmitter can work up to a mile.

Model: MJX B2C Bugs 2
Camera: 2 MP, 1080p HD resolution
Battery: 1800 mAh 7.4-volt 2S Li-Po, 120 minutes recharge time
Flight Duration: 20 minutes
Flight Range: 500 meters
Controller: Yes
GPS: Yes
Stabilizer: 6-Axis Gyro
Review Ratings: 4.2/5 (91 Reviews)
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Holy Stone HS400

The last inclusion of our best camera drones list is another drone from the Holy Stone company. The Holy Stone HS400 is a great drone to have and it justifies its worth by offering many features for its users. The drone comes with an adjustable 2 MP camera which can capture astounding images and videos in high definition 720p resolution. This camera can be rotated at a 75-degree angle from the transmitter, so you can take photos or capture videos easily from any angle you like while having the drone hover at a single point.

Notable Features

The Holy Stone HS400 comes in an expertly designed frame which makes this drone look larger than an average unit. Just like the Holy Stone HS300, this drone has many features that you will definitely like considering a sub-200$ cost. The features include One-Key return function, Altitude Hold, Headless mode, Emergency Stop, Speed Control, FPV real-time video streaming to the smartphones, and 3D Flipping which is fun and does not require you to have a lot of experience beforehand. The drone package also comes with a spare battery, 4 extra propellers, and 4 extra blade guards with no additional cost. It also includes a 4 GB SD card and a card reader.

Holy Stone HS400 Best Camera Drone
Holy Stone HS400/

Each Li-Po battery has a power capacity of 2000 mAh and can provide about 10 minutes of flight time to this drone. The control range for the transmitter is around 150 meters. The negatives for this drone are the lack of GPS on the drone and a high recharge time of 300 minutes for a single battery.

Model: Holy Stone HS400
Camera: 2 MP adjustable camera, 1080p HD resolution, FPV enabled
Battery: 2000 mAh 7.4-volt Li-Po, 300 minutes recharge time
Flight Duration: 10 minutes
Flight Range: 150 meters
Controller: Yes
Stabilizer: 6-Axis Gyro
Review Ratings: 4.3/5 (155 Reviews)
Amazon: Check for Prices!

Concluding Remarks

This concludes our best camera drones with long battery life under 200$ list. We reviewed a number of great drones which can be bought with 200$ with great specifications and features. You may have felt that this list didn’t include any DJI drones which are top of the lines these days, and yes we agree with you on that. And because of the reason that DJI drones tend to have awesome specifications, their cost also increases a lot, even twice or thrice to the price tags of the drones listed here.

Honorable Mentions

Before we unveil our recommended drone from this list of best camera drones, we would like to mention a couple of drones which almost made the list. The first one is the Syma X8G, although having a great camera and battery capacity, this drone could only provide a low flight time. The second one is the XIRO Xplorer V, a drone having a huge battery and a camera with a lot of MPs but only its standard version was under 200$ and which sadly does not come with a camera.

Our recommendation from the above list of best camera drones

Considering all the specs for featuring in our best camera drone list, we think that the Hubsan H501S X4 drone is a great addition to your inventory. The price tag for this drone is worth the features it gives you.

A few tips

A few common tips before we sign off. Don't overcharge your drone or transmitter batteries. After flying the drone, give it a cool off period before taking it out for another go. Abide by the rules and regulations for drone flying set by the FAA, or the rules and regulations set by your government. A drone's flight time is dependent on the conditions it is being flown in. Check out our ultimate guide for buying drones, which will greatly assist you in purchasing your first drone.

Thank you for reading our blog. What do you think about our picks for the best camera drones with high battery life and low cost? Do you own any one of these drones? Do you think of any other drone which should be on this list? Provide us with your valuable feedback in the comments section below!

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