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Drones are growing increasingly popular in the consumer, commercial, and military spaces. BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, expects mass adoption to occur around 2021 with $12 billion in total spending in the drone market.

One of the biggest appeals of drones is their versatility. Consumers can use them for recreational purposes. Farmers can use them for monitoring crops. Amazon wants to use them to deliver packages. The military uses them for surveillance.

But for those looking to take the first step into the world of drones, the prospect can be a bit daunting. What are the best drones for beginners? What’s the most expensive drone? What are the best drones with cameras? What are the legal restrictions surrounding drones?

Below, we’ve put together a list of the best drones out there on the market right now in the consumer, commercial, and military spaces.

Table of Contents

Personal/Consumer Drones

Personal Drones Under $100

  1. UDI U818 HD+: This model is arguably the best drone under $100 on the market today. The UDI U818 HD+ features a two megapixel camera and has a 100 meter range. Perhaps the biggest selling point is Headless Mode, which locks the drone’s direction to be the same as your transmitter. This makes it excellent for beginners. Price: $89.99
  2. HUBSAN H107D X4: This drone contains a 480p camera and a 4.3-inch LCD remote control screen. Price: $79.99
  3. Yizhan Gift Tarantula X6 H16: This model contains no camera, though it does have a mount to attach one. Owners have remarked on the intense speed of this drone. Price: $55.99
  4. JXD 6-Axis Gyro Drone: The JXD features a one-touch command that automatically returns it to the takeoff point and lands it, which makes it perfect for beginners. Price: $57.95
  5. Syma XSUW: This model features a 720p HD camera and real-time WiFi transmission. Price: $73.99

Personal Drones Under $200

  1. Holy Stone F181: The key to this drone is the Altitude Hold Function, which uses powerful air pressure that allows you to let go of the throttle stick to let the drone hover at its current height. This makes it easy for beginners to shoot high-quality images or videos with the two-megapixel camera. Price :$109.99
  2. MJX Bugs 3: The two-way transmitter in this drone allows for an operating range of up to 500 meters. Price: $129.99
  3. Hubsan X4 H502S: This drone features Headless Mode, Altitude Hold Mode, and a 720p HD camera. Price: $150
  4. Kidcia Quad: This quadcopter comes loaded with Headless Mode, a one-touch return home feature, altitude hold, and a gravity sensor mode that lets the user…