Among the top Christmas gift ideas are drones in 2015, which have been on sale off and on throughout the holiday season. Many shoppers are looking to find the best bang for their buck whether buying for themselves or others on their holiday wish lists. While there are drones that can cost in the thousands of dollars, there are plenty that go for $500 or less, or even under $100, depending on who the drone is for. Beginners, intermediate and advanced users can all find suitable devices for their needs heading towards the holidays.
A report on Dec. 11 via Heavy indicates that the Soma X5C drone is their pick for the best model currently priced under $100. The item features a 2.4G four channel 6-axis Gyro and includes an HD camera with 32GB storage card. That will allow for filming about eight hours of footage or 24,800 photos. The battery life may leave something to be desired as it clocks in at just around a total of eight minutes per battery. Of course, extra batteries can also be purchased to swap in as needed. The item goes for a reasonable price of $59.99 with the card included and makes for a great beginner model, even if the footage might not be top quality.
When it comes to a drone priced under $500, there’s even better news as the recommended item there is actually under $300. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter has a snow camouflage theme for its stylish look and takes 720p high definition live video. That video can be streamed and recorded to mobile devices while the drone flies. It’s considered a perfect drone for those who are of the intermediate level when it comes to piloting these popular new devices. A special app, the Parrot FreeFlight 3 app, is used to tailor the flight controls for an even better experience.
Among the most popular drones with a camera for under $500 is the DJI Phantom FC40 Quadcopter which goes for about $450 or higher on Amazon. It includes a Wi-Fi FPV 720p video Camera as its main selling point along with a 5.8 Ghz control connection which won’t interfere with the Wi-Fi signal. In addition to that, it has advanced GPS that include a nifty “return-to-home” features in case the drone has flown to a great height and is losing battery power or seems lost. The FC40 camera is built into the device, but its also replaceable with a better camera such as a GoPro for those wanting to get even more advanced quality footage!
As Christmas approaches with less than two weeks to go, drones seem to be increasing in popularity. While sales prices may fluctuate, the three particular gadgets mentioned in this report won’t disappoint beginner, intermediate and advanced users and will still be under a decent budget for the savvy holiday shopper!