8 of the best drones for beginners – Mashable

Everyone starts off as a beginner. Even someone like Roger Federer was a beginner at one time, and look how far he got. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the Federer of droning one day.
But for now, you have to start somewhere. We scoured the internet looking for the best and brightest drones for first-timers. No matter what your field of interest, whether that’s photography or racing, we have found a drone that’s perfect for you. 
PSA: Before you start flying, it’s important to register your drone with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) first, so you won’t get in any bother with the authorities. In case you didn’t know, piloting an unregistered drone is against the law. Go to CAA.co.uk for all the rules and regulations and CAA Consultations for drone registration.
Once you’ve checked out all the rules and regulations, you can start thinking about which device you actually want. Fortunately, we have done all the hard work and tracked down the best devices for every type of beginner, taking into consideration the safety features and settings that will help prevent accidents and mishaps.
These are the best drones for beginners in 2021.
The Potensic D58 drone is equipped with a 1080P camera, GPS, and many other impressive functions. It’s a great option for beginners, but does come in at over £100.
Under the GPS mode, the drone can fly with good levels of stability whilst automatically recording the flying route. This helps with finding the way home when an emergency arises. This could be anything from low battery to loss of signal. Either way, it’s a great feature that helps beginners retrieve their drone.
It’s made from high strength plastics, that are built for durability and collisions. The bright LED lights also flash at night, helping you to keep an eye on your progress. 
The Potensic D58 drone is a slightly more expensive options compared to some of the other models on this list, but the wide range of safety features more than make up for this.
If you’re looking for an all-purpose drone that’s good for light photography or doing tricks in your backyard, then the Syma X5C is the beginner quadcopter for you.
It features a solid HD camera to take photos or shoot video, while its anti-collision blade guards make it great for flights indoors and outdoors alike. The drone features a six-axis Gyro stabilisation system, which is perfect for beginners, as its seven-minute fly time makes it ideal for measured and stable flights.
The Syma X5C remote control is made for beginners with its very user-friendly interface and controls. Even assembly is a breeze and comes with everything you need to get started, including screwdrivers and other tools. 
This is the affordable, easy-to-use, and durable drone that’s built for beginners. It’s ready to fly out of the box, and includes everything you need to get going.
For less than £100, the Nikko 8996 drone is one of the best devices you can buy on a budget. It’s a speedy lil’ devil with a top speed of over 25 miles per hour with three flight modes for beginners and advanced pilots alike.
The drone comes with an LCD screen on its remote and a really cool pair of FPV goggles, so you can get an up-close-and-personal view during flights. Simply put, you can see exactly what the drone sees in real-time. In fact, this drone uses a 5.8 GHz analog transmission and true FPV (first-person view) without the delays of WiFi connections.
This drone is also highly durable and flexible, so don’t let that inexpensive price point fool you into thinking that this drone is cheap. After all, the Nikko 8996 is for beginners, and novice pilots crash all the time. 
If you’re a teen or have one in your family, then the Syma X5SC-1 is a great entry into droning without spending a lot of money on something high-end that you’d be too afraid to crash. And let’s face it, you’re going to crash again and again. But that’s OK. That’s how we learn.
The Syma X5SC-1 features a headless/IOC function that lessens the learning curve and frustration young pilots get when droning for the first time. Instead, new pilots can enjoy flights, while learning specific orientations of droning.
It features a six-axis control system that makes it really easy to learn the ups and downs of flight, while it also has one-button tricks for thrilling 360-degree flips and breathtaking drops. Although this drone’s camera is mediocre at best, the true mission for the Syma X5SC-1 is for first-timers to build confidence and learn how to fly. 
If you’re a first-time drone pilot and have some money to spare, the Parrot ANAFI Drone is a very good high-end drone for beginners. In fact, it’s a near-professional drone that’s also suited for first-timers with up to 25 minutes of flight time and easy-to-use controls.
The drone is designed with a lightweight carbon frame, while it’s also compact and foldable for instant portability. With a top speed of 34 miles per hour, the Parrot ANAFI Drone is speedy and durable with Geofencing, SmartRth, and Find My Drone features, which means you’ll never lose this baby in the field.
It’s also equipped with a full HD camera with 21 megapixels that can take 10 photos per second in Burst mode. The camera can also film in 4K with HDR. With its build quality, camera, and durability, you can see why it’s a high-end option, but its Skycontroller remote with smartphone activation via the Parrot Android and iOS app make it a good choice for beginners too. 
Do you have a need for speed? No, this is not Top Gun, but it comes pretty close to the “danger zone.”
The Blade Inductrix Radio Control Drone is the perfect FPV (First-Person View) drone for beginners for indoor use. Don’t be put off by its size, this drone is crazy fast and more than capable of making tough turns and maneuvers, as you learn to become a better racer. 
Made with Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope technology, this drone racer is ready to fly out of the box. It can also race several drones at one time without getting interference from the other racers, while its controls are simple and intuitive, so you can focus on racing and not the remote.
Since it’s for beginners, the drone is easily repairable, even after crash after crash with exchangeable propeller blades and mounts included. 
The Holy Stone F181W drone is a great introduction to the wide world of aerial photography because of its easy and intuitive controls and solid HD camera. 
With a full range of 100 metres and a flight time of up to 10 minutes, this drone has very good stabilisation features that make it possible to shoot amazing photos from above the ground.
This drone also features a robust 360-degree axis with four-way directional flips that make it a very good option for first-time photographers looking to up their game. The camera is also very dependable at 720p HD, while it can record video at any moment in the air. Keep in mind that this is a drone and camera system that’s made for beginners, so it’s not as high-end or advanced as drones for experts.
One feature that sticks out for first-timers is the drone’s one-button return, which can assist pilots when winds get rough. This feature prevents the drone from ever getting lost, even if you lose sight of it altogether. Just push the return button and this drone will come back to its remote control source with ease. Honestly, every drone should have this feature.
This drone also features one-button takeoffs and landings that beginners can use until they build enough confidence to pilot without it. 
With adult supervision, the Akaso A21 can be a fun and safe drone for kids. The plastic build might make it feel like a toy, but make no mistake about it, this drone takes off and soars. However, it does have some safety features that will make parents feel better, like propellor guards and collision detection. 
The Akaso A21 even has one-button tricks to really wow your friends and family. They’ll think you’re an expert at droning, but little do they know, you just pressed a button to perform flips and dives.
While its HD camera can record video and shoot photos in the air, it’s really just there to give pilots a better sense of flight at a low cost. It also flies with ease without interference from other drones or radio frequencies because its 2.4GHz transmitter is on its own separate channel. 

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