What are the best drones under 150

Drones in comparison: the best quadrocopter for beginners from DJI and Parrot

Drones are ideal for impressive aerial shots and have long since ceased to be seen only in professional film recordings. Small models fit in a jacket pocket. We show what you have to look out for when buying a drone, under what conditions you are allowed to fly with it in Germany and which are the best drones for beginners.

The small quadrocopters are available in very different price categories - from less than 100 euros to several thousand euros. The drones differ mainly in flight behavior, video quality and various additional functions.

For beginners, simple controls are particularly important so that the fun of flying does not fall by the wayside. Many manufacturers rely on their own smartphone, which you integrate into a joystick. Make sure you have a long flight time and several batteries when you are on the move. These are our recommendations.

DJI's bestseller: Mini 2 drone

The DJI Mini 2 is the current bestseller and, with its simple controls and good features, is very suitable for drone newbies. The highlights include the integrated camera stabilization (gimbal), which compensates for flight movements and thus makes the video look like it was in a movie. With the successor to the popular Mavic Mini, the manufacturer has worked on the few weaknesses of the predecessor. The Mini 2 now also films in high 4K resolution, has a more powerful motor and a significantly longer range.

The drone is controlled via a joystick. The highlight is that you place the smartphone in the remote control and it serves as a display. You can see the live image from the drone directly on your mobile phone. You can also use the appropriate app to adjust settings and change modes during the flight. You can fly for almost 30 minutes on one charge. With the Coming Home function, the drone always comes back to the pilot. This is useful when she's out of sight or when the battery is low. Additional modes create a cinematic feeling: the drone, for example, circles around an object and slowly ascends. The Mini 2 is available individually with a remote control and battery or as a Fly-More Combo for just under 100 euros more with three batteries and even more accessories. Especially because of the batteries, the Fly-More Combo is clearly our recommendation. Otherwise, the fun of flying is over much too quickly on the way.

Our savings tip: If you can do without the high 4K resolution, you won't go wrong with its predecessor, the Mavic Mini. Especially when they are now available at reduced prices.

The innovation winner: Parrot Anafi Extended

Strong competition for DJI comes from the French manufacturer Parrot. With the Anafi drone, you can also film in 4K quality. Thanks to HDR, the images are rich in contrast and score with rich colors. As with the Mini 2, zooming is also possible. As with the competition, the camera is stabilized by a gimbal and thus ensures smooth recordings.

Other pluses are the long range of four kilometers and the battery life of just under 30 minutes. It is controlled via a remote control and the owner's smartphone. With ready-made tracking shots, beginners can start filming straight away. A special feature that otherwise only the very expensive models have is the automatic follow-up function. When doing sports or hiking, the drone follows you by itself. Due to the higher weight, however, you need a license plate with your place of residence for this model, which you have to mount on the drone. We'll provide more information on this later in this article.

The price-performance winner: Holy Stone HS110G GPS drone

For less than 150 euros, the drone from Holy Stone is significantly cheaper than the competition. This model is a good choice for beginners who do not want to spend more than 200 euros. Compared to the much more expensive competition, however, you have to compromise on battery life and image quality. According to the manufacturer, the battery lasts almost 25 minutes when fully charged and the camera records in HD quality. That's enough for snapshots from the air. You also have other functions such as a "Follow Me" mode and automatic landings and take-offs.

The drone is controlled via a remote control and transmits the live image to the smartphone. The drone maintains its position via GPS and automatically returns to the pilot when the battery level is low. With this equipment, the drone is a price-performance tip.

The price tip: EACHINE E58 drone

For all drone fans, the Chinese manufacturer EACHINE offers a model at an entry-level price. The drone for less than 100 euros is controlled either via the remote control supplied or via the smartphone. The HD camera offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. While the camera is attached to the outside of the more expensive models and is stabilized with a so-called gimbal, the camera of the E58 is built into the housing. Wind gusts and fast turning maneuvers therefore look a bit restless on the recordings.

At the push of a button, the drone automatically returns to the pilot. However, if it is out of radio range, this no longer works due to the missing GPS function. The flight time of 10 minutes is sufficient for a short snapshot. In view of the otherwise quite high drone prices on the market, the E56 is a good price tip for beginners despite the cutbacks.

Conclusion: the best drones for beginners

Our recommendation is this Best seller from DJI. The Mini 2 impresses with very simple controls, excellent image quality and practical functions. The app is clearly structured, easy to understand and supports you when flying. If you want more camera modes and a follow-me feature, this is it Parrot Anafi a good choice.

The models from Holy Stone and Eachine are for entry-level customers and are significantly cheaper. If you don't want to spend over 400 euros straight away and still want to learn whether a drone is the right one, these models offer a good price-performance ratio.

Interesting facts about drones and the rules in Germany

Before you start: observe compulsory insurance

Insurance is compulsory for all drones. However, most private liability insurances do not cover the unmanned aerial vehicles. It is therefore necessary and recommended to take out cheap drone insurance. The prices start at just under 30 euros per year.

Labeling: New EU regulation from May 1st, 2021

From May 1, 2021, every owner of a drone must register their aircraft online on the website of the Federal Aviation Office! This obligation is part of the new EU drone regulation, which was passed at the turn of the year 2021. Registration only needs to be done once, regardless of how many drones you have.

Registration is mandatory for all models presented here and as soon as the aircraft weighs more than 250 grams or has a camera. After registration, you will receive a so-called eID, which must be visibly affixed to each drone in the form of a sticker or sticker. A valid drone insurance is also required for registration.

Where can you fly a drone?

Buying a drone and flying off somewhere is not that easy. Check carefully in which areas the use of the aircraft is permitted. Especially near airports, drones are taboo. In Germany you have to keep a distance of 1.5 kilometers to airports. The gadgets are also forbidden on shipping routes, at power plants, motorways and hospitals. They are also only allowed to fly in sight and not climb higher than 120 meters. You can find out exactly where you are allowed to fly on the "Map2Fly" page, for example.

Expensive versus cheap: what are the differences between the drones?

Cheaper drones usually do without GPS functions and additional sensors. For example, if a drone orientates itself without GPS, then the pilot has to steer it back again and again manually using the remote control. If this does not happen in time and the battery is already used up, it crashes somewhere. Expensive models also usually have several sensors built in to protect against collisions. For example, they recognize a tree or other obstacles and stop. With cheap models, the pilot usually has to make sure that the flight space is free.

There are also differences in image quality. Expensive models can record in 4K at up to 60 frames per second. This creates breathtaking images. However, models with full HD resolution or 2.4K are also sufficient for everyday use and entry-level use.

Correction: In a previous version of this article, we did not take into account the new EU drone regulation. We have explained and adapted the changes in the section "Labeling: New EU regulation".

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