Best-Selling Quadcopters under $500 Comparison Chart

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Price Range

$$$$

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Type

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Best for

Beginners who need a RTF, low-cost aerial platform along with smart flight modes

Drone training

Taking HD videos and photos

Beginner pilots because of the Advanced SAFE Plus technology

Learning

Skill Level

Intermediate & advanced

All

Beginner, intermediate, & advanced

Beginner & intermediate

Beginner

Advanced Quadcopter Features

Flight Time

25 minutes

12 minutes

Up to 15 minutes

30 minutes

25 minutes

Number of Rotors

4

4

4

4

4

Maximum Flying Altitude

6,000 meters

150 meters

Transmitter range over 300m (980 feet)

400 meters

500 meters

Advanced Flight Features

Ready To Fly

Bind And Fly

GPS Compatible

Altitude Hold

Position Hold

Flight Planning

Autonomous Flight

Follow Me Capable

Automatic Landing

Return To Home

Collision Avoidance

Headless Mode

Quadcopter Physical Attributes

Weight

1,216 grams

420 grams

2.2 pounds

1,300 grams

12.6 pounds

Dimensions

15 x 14 x 8.2 inches

330 x 380 x 36 mm

8 x 17 x 17 inches

19.6 x 15.9 x 11.1 inches

14.8 x 13.9 x 6.4 inches

Wingspan (mm)

590 mm

248 mm

400 mm

Body Material

Carbon Fiber

Plastic

Maybe plastic

Plastic

Carbon Fiber

Rotor Material

Carbon Fiber

Plastic

Maybe plastic

Plastic

Carbon Fiber

Available Colors

White

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Yellow

White

White

Black

Camera Basics And Attributes

Still Camera Resolution

12 megapíxels

14 megapíxels

Depending on the external camera

16 megapíxels

14 megapíxels

Max Video Resolution

2.7K

1080p

Depending on the external camera

1080p

1080p

Supported SD Card Types

Micro SD

Maybe Micro SD

Micro SD

Controller Basics And Attributes

Operating Range

1,000 meters

2,000 meters

Transmitter range over 300m (980 feet)

400 meters

500 meters

Controller Frequency

5.825 GHz

2.4 GHz

2.4 GHz

2.4 GHz

5.8 GHz

Control System

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Remote Control

Remote Control

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Battery Basics And Attributes

Battery Capacity

4,480 mAh

1,200 mAh

5,400 mAh

5,200 mAh

Battery Type

Lithium Polymer 4S

Lithium Polymer

4 AA batteries

Lithium Polymer 3Sr

Lithium Polymer 3S

Battery Charger Voltage

17.4 V

11 V

11.1 V

Photography And Video Details

Photo File Formats

  • DNG
  • JPEG

  • DNG
  • JPEG

Depending on the external camera

  • DNG
  • JPEG

Photography Modes

  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5
  • Bracketed Frames at 0.7 EV Bias
  • Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 shots
  • Single Shot
  • Time-lapse

Depending on the external camera

Max Image Size

4000 x 3000

4096x3072

Depending on the external camera

1920 x 1080

4384 x 3288

VR Headset Compatible

Depending on the external camera

Live View

Depending on the external camera

Video File Formats

  • AVC
  • MOV
  • MP4

H.264

Depending on the external camera

Maximum Bitrate of Video Storage

40 Mbps

Depending on the external camera

Video Recording Modes

  • 1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
  • 720p (1280 x 720): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
  • 2.7K: (2704 x1520) 30p (29.997)

1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p

Depending on the external camera

1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p

  • 1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
  • 720p (1280 x 720): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p

Miscellaneous Quadcopter Specification

Software Type

Proprietary

Open Source

Proprietary

Proprietary

Replacement Parts Available

  • Batteries
  • Canopy
  • Motors
  • Rotors

  • Batteries
  • Frame
  • Motors
  • Rotor Guards
  • Rotors

  • Batteries
  • Rotors

  • Batteries
  • Motors
  • Rotor Guards
  • Rotors

Technical Support Available

Phone

  • Email
  • Phone

Phone

Phone

  • Email
  • Phone

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