The 20 Best Cheap Drones [Updated November 2018]

  Updated November 2018 Cheap Drones For Beginners Table of Contents FAQ’s For Cheap Drones #1 Cheap Beginner (10 Minute Flight – $119) #1 Inexpensive Beginner Drone (15 Minutes – $160) #1 Affordable Long Range Blackhawk Drone (300 Meters $119) Cheap Camera Drones Cheap FPV Drones Best Cheap Mini – Micro Drones We get a …

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GoPro Fusion vs Insta360 One X: Which Should You Buy?

Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?
Apple or Samsung?
Chevy or Ford?
In the world of greatness, rivalries are bound to happen and I’m going to walk you through the latest match-up to hit the market:

Keep reading to see if one of these cameras emerges victorious!

Who 360 Cameras Are Designed For:
Unlike other action cameras, 360 cameras have a little more of a niche market, thanks to the majority of 360 content being experienced through our smartphones.
Even established filmmakers start producing 360° content with the technology evolving.
Start recording and frame the shots afterwards (either on the smartphone or the computer).
Focus on the action, not on your camera.
So, if you’re here, you’ve already decided that you want this awesome tech in your life.
No, you need this tech in your life, and I don’t blame you!
Chances are, you’re not looking to invest in these kinds of cameras so you can start a rivalry with Google Maps, right? So, how do they appeal to you:
The aspiring filmmakerThe extreme sports enthusiastThe mobile and web content creatorThe creative hobbyist
Let’s discuss.
It’s safe to say that GoPro has a leg up on the popular opinion race because they’re GoPro. Who doesn’t know GoPro? They revolutionized high-quality, immersive cameras and then they made them accessible and affordable.
So, they’ve got that going for them.
You can’t hold that against Insta360, though because it’s a lot to live up to. However, when it comes to the world of 360 cameras, they’re turning up some serious heat.
GoPro Fusion Breakdown

The GoPro Fusion review goes like this:
– 18-megapixel photo capability – 5.2K/30p quality 360 videos – Improved image stabilization – Submersible in up to 16 ft (5m) of water – Voice control option
Those are some pretty major assets for you but that’s not all. What other features has GoPro added to its Fusion model to sweeten the deal? For starters, there’s no denying it’s part of the GoPro family. It’s got a tough, easy to hold body covered in friction material that makes it harder for you to drop.
Which is good, for two reasons:
1. Things are slippery when wet. This helps you hang onto it underwater if you’re shooting without additional equipment or removing it from wet equipment.
2. Lenses are fragile and with 360 cameras and one scratch can be a huge deal. The GoPro Fusion lenses are super durable.
Speaking of the lenses, the dual lens set up means that it records to two MicroSD cards at the same time and offers seamless wireless uploads. There are no extra cables to carry around (or misplace) with this camera.
The GoPro Fusion also boasts 360 audio, helping you not only make sure your video and audio match, but the perspective of sound changes as you move around the video.
You get Overcapture, available through the app. This is GoPro’s editing tool that effectively lets you unpeel your 360 videos like an orange and turn them into flawless, traditional videos. It’s been a major selling point for these kinds of cameras.
With an additional adaptor, you can attach the GoPro Fusion to your DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom Drone, taking your 360 videos to the next level!
Check the price and buy a GoPro Fusion right here!
Insta360 One X Breakdown:

The Insta360 One X review goes a little something like this:
– An 18-megapixel camera for photographs – 5.7K/30p 360 video capabilities – Super smooth FlowState Stabilization – Cinematic slow motion
Right away, you probably noticed that the Insta360 One X is not waterproof out of the box. You will need to purchase an additional case.
The cool thing about this is that you get two options with the Insta360 One X:
Venture Case which goes up to 5 meters deepDive Case which goes up to 50 meters deep
Insta360 One X also gives you options when it comes to file transfers. You can always conveniently upload over wifi but you can also upload with a MicroUSB to USB cable. This can be a game changer if you need to edit your footage fast.
Insta360 One X can regulate its own temperature. When you’re shooting continually for an hour, this feature can be really nice. It’s also advertised as being impact resistant.
It’s extremely streamlined and easy to hang onto, especially with the grip-friendly coating.
The Insta360 One X is compatible with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom with an easy to install adaptor.
The app for Insta360 One X is compatible with any newer mobile device and offers in-app editing tools are awesome for quickly editing nearly every aspect of your video from the basics like exposure and contrast all the way to video speed. The app is sometimes laggy though.
Check the price and buy a Insta360 One X right here!
How They Stack Up:
Both of these cameras have dual ultra wide angle lenses. Both offer incredible video quality, and both offer roughly an hour of continuous shooting, depending on your settings and battery configuration.
The GoPro Fusion does get warm after an hour, whereas the Insta360 One X is able to minimize that issue through temperature regulation.
One of the biggest tech differences is in the video quality. While GoPro Fusion technically shoots at 5.7K/30p, it’s only capable of rendering at 5.2K/30p. Side by side quality differences are nominal, however, and both hold their own.
They both have an impressive list of accessories for purchase, aimed at enhancing your videos, depending on what kind of environment you’re shooting in. Probably the coolest accessory out of all of these kinds of cameras though is the Drifter.
The Drifter lets you snap the Insta360 One X into it and throw it like a football. As it torpedos through the air, you’re getting amazing perspective in your videos.
At the end of the day, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t need the low down on the two best 360 cameras on the market right now. Despite being similar to one another, there are a lot of unique features between both the GoPro Fusion and the Insta360 One X.
Both cameras are an awesome investment. The GoPro Fusion rings up at $699, while the Insta360 One X runs $399.
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Drones For Kids – Updated November 2018

Children of all ages are interested in flying toys just as much as us adults if not more, that’s why we’re reviewing the best drone for kids! Remember, we’re all children at heart! There are now plenty of drones for kids. In the past, I’ve bought various flying toys for friends and family. They’re long-lasting …

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North Carolina Drone Startup Makes 5th Acquisition Of 2018

PrecisionHawk, a drone startup founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2010, announced on Monday that it has purchased Chicago-based drone inspection company Uplift Data Partners. This is the fifth acquisition the company has made this year alone, following their purchase of and Airvid in the first half of 2018 and HAZON Inc. and InspecTools …

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MIT Researchers Create Drone Fleet To Rescue Lost Hikers

“Essentially,” says Yulun Tian, a graduate student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, “we’re replacing humans with a fleet of drones to make the ‘search’ part of the search-and-rescue process more efficient.” Tian is describing the results of a research paper which he and other students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be …

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The Best Mavic Pro 2 Accessories

The Mavic Pro 2 is a favorite drone for many reasons: it’s smaller than a Phantom, easy to use, it has a 1” sensor and many obstacle avoidance sensors.
However, there are so many different accessories and options out there for the discerning Mavic owner – how do you know which ones are essential?
Here’s my list of the best accessories you can invest in to really enhance your drone ownership experience.

Lens Filters
Filters are essential for any serious drone pilot seeking to capture the most in any weather or lighting condition.
Filters are simple and easy to install and change over, which makes it easy to adapt to ever-changing weather and lighting conditions during a flying day.
For example, you can capture a good amount of motion blur only when using ND filters.
A short explanation and a graphic that shows you when to use which ND filter can be found right here. I recommend buying these ND filters for your DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
Extra Batteries
This one is a no-brainer: more batteries mean more flight time!
Have at least one spare battery for your drone to make sure you can fit in all of the flying and filming you have planned for the day.
If you’re planning to travel by air with your drone, remember you’ll also need a battery safe bag to transport your batteries in.
DJI make an ideal battery bag, with the small size ideal for two batteries, and the large size three. Buy your flight batteries here and if you are traveling by plane, check out the battery safe bag here!
Hub Charger
Charge several batteries at once to make sure you’re as productive during your flying time as possible. A hub will charge multiple batteries so that you can constantly charge and switch your power supply for a full day of flight time.
A rapid charger is ideal as your batteries could be fully charged in as little as 60 minutes. However, make sure you check the weight of your batteries and hub together if you’re planning to travel, as too many batteries could go over airline restrictions. Buy a multiple charger here or invest your money into a rapid charger here.
64GB Micro SD Card
The Mavic Pro comes with a 16GB storage card, which is enough to get you started but it won’t hold much when it comes to your 4k films.
Invest in a 128GB Micro SD card (or several!) to make sure your aerial filming experience isn’t disrupted by on-the-spot editing to create space on your storage. Buy a MicroSD card for drone flying here!

Hard Protector Case for the Mavic Pro 2
Protect your pride and joy from bumps and knocks during transportation with a hard case.
Available from DJI, this bespoke hard case is IP67 rated to protect against water and dust, and the padded interior will minimize shock damage to your drone. Buy a hard case for your drone here!
Extra Propellers
At some point in your drone flying journey, you’re going to lose a propeller or two. It happens to the best of us, which is why it’s important to be prepared.
Always carry a set of spare propellers so that you can repair your Mavic in the field, instead of having to cut your fun short and go home. This is particularly important for any career drone pilots, as the downtime caused by broken propellers could be costly to both you and your client.
Propeller Guard
If you’re flying your Mavic drone near people, indoors, or around any potential obstacles, a propeller bumper guard is a great way to protect your drone.
It’s an inexpensive investment that’s really easy to install, and could significantly improve your flight time as the bumpers will minimize the risk of broken propellers. Buy prop guards for your drone here!
Drone Landing Pad
Ease takeoff and landing from almost any surface by using a landing pad. The pad creates a smooth surface and helps to reduce the risk of ground objects, impeding the gimbal during takeoff and landing.
A pad also acts as a target to help new drone operators improve their flying skills. Landing pads fold up to a small and portable size, which make them ideal for traveling.
Camera and Accessories Bag
Your Mavic is brilliantly portable, but you still need to find a way to transport your drone accessories and camera safely.
A well-padded camera bag designed to hold drone accessories will help you to keep your baggage light and well-organized. You’ll be able to easily find and access your camera and add-ons when you need them, which reduces downtime during a flight day. Buy an affordable and good bag for your drone here!
Three Non-Drone Accessories You Should Consider, Too
So, that’s the actual hardware accessories that will enhance your drone enjoyment and extend your flight days, but there are some other things you should consider investing in, too.

Drone Film School
This won’t cost you a penny, just a little bit of time. My Drone Film School will help you to make the most out of your 4K camera by showing you the best tips and techniques for drone filming.
Learn the basics of filmmaking, plus how to achieve some interesting techniques like the classic Hitchcock Vertigo ‘dolly zoom’ effect with any drone.
You can even download a bunch of materials, like checklists and guides to help your filming in the field.
DJI Care Refresh
If you thought drone insurance didn’t cover pilot error, you now stand corrected. The DJI Care Refresh is an excellent additional insurance for any drone pilot – even the most experienced of us still make mistakes!
The DJI Care Refresh cover allows you a full 12 months from the date of activation to return your Mavic for repairs – even if the damage was caused by pilot error, collision, or even water.
If you only want protection against drone failure then you’re already covered by the DJI warranty. However, if you have any suspicion that your drone might be involved in an incident or land in water (instead of next to it), the Refresh scheme is an ideal investment. Buy DJI Care Refresh for your drone here!
Editing Software
There are lots of software packages available for drone operators, but the more you can invest in the programs the better results you’re likely to get.
A good editing package will help you to make the most of your aerial photography and 4k films so that you can truly show off the wonders of drone flight to its full potential.
Make the Most of Your Mavic Drone
You’ve got the drone. You’ve stocked up on the accessories. It’s time to get flying!
Want to know more about how to make the most of your Mavic Pro 2 drone?
Check out my Mavic info section that covers everything from DJI Goggles to how to adjust the gimbal to maximize your drone enjoyment!

Dubai Municipality Develops Flying Drone Lifeguard

Dubai has long been known as a city that’s at the forefront of innovation – and in the last five years, that innovation has also been extended to the drone industry. The city (largest in the United Arab Emirates) has some of the best drone infrastructure in the world and desperately wants to become the …

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Kespry Forms Partnership With DJI – Will Use Mavic 2 For Surveys

If you’re reading anything on this site, you’ve almost certainly heard of DJI, the Chinese corporation that holds a massive majority share in the drone industry. But unless you’ve been a follower of our news section for some time, you may not be as familiar with Kespry, the data-based drone solutions startup founded in 2013. …

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Outlaw Drone Review | Altair Aerial’s New Cheap GPS Drone

Altair Aerial is a company known for their low-cost drones and great reputation for customer service. Just last month, they released their new Tomahawk drone, a stellar effort which our reviewer called their best aircraft yet. Now they’ve followed it up with the Altair Outlaw, their first drone with GPS capabilities. There’s no question that …

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