For realistic purposes, we are not talking here of military drones, but commercially sold flying cameras embedded in helicopter-type of flying machines. Just like any other technology similar to Android smartphones, drones used for spying were a bit expensive when the products first came out on the market. Today, cheap drones that can fly with a camera are available in many shops, malls and online stores all over the globe.
It has become one of the new hobbies of camera enthusiasts, being able to purchase and fly a camera that can fly, glide, swoop, and hover above landscapes, people and places. One of the best online stores to look at is LAZADA where drones can come by cheap. As to whether the cheap ones have flight capabilities that can match the expensive drones is a matter of experience.
The price of today’s cheap drones ranges from $26 to $110. But if you buy a drone that costs $26, it does not come with a flight battery which you need to purchase for about $25. Many of the cheap drones today that are sold in both shops and online markets are made in China like the red-colored SK JY018 Portable 0.3 MP HD Camera Pocket Drone that now sells for $26 a drop of 69% from its previous price of $83.
The JY018 is known as a Pocket Drone and like other drones has a WiFi remote control. Its flight functions include Sideward flight/Turn left/right, Up/down, Forward/backward/3D rollover/WIFI FPV/Gravity Sense Control/Headless Mode and Altitude Hold. Its control distance is about 40 meters which are relatively low and a flying time of 8 to 15 minutes. You can charge its battery within one hour.
Another drone model is the JY019 WIFI FPV With 2MP Wide Angle Camera High Hold Mode Foldable RC Drone Quadcopter (Mega Kart) that sells for $55 plus a 900-mAh Lipo battery that you need to buy for $9.59. The description says the drone comes with foldable arms, is small in size and easy to carry.
The JY019 WIFI FPV has an altitude hold mode function to provide stable flight, with a Wi-Fi function that can be connected to an APP or APK system to take pictures, video, and make real-time transmission through the phone camera image. You can choose from any of the two cameras, the 2.0MP or the 720P wide-angle camera that give a full range HD pictures and video. It has a 2.4GHz technology adapted for anti-interference, and one key to press to make the drone easy to find its way home.
The white-colored Syma X5HC-1 2MP HD Camera 2.4GHz 4 Channel 6 Axis Headless Mode Quadcopter Drone (White) sells for $38.46. It’s cheap for high technology. It comes with 2.0 Megapixel HD cameras, a High Hold mode that can set height and a Headless mode for a 360-degree roll. The 6-Axis gyro quad-rotorcraft is easy to control, allows strong flight stability, can easily implement various flight maneuvers, and makes for stronger wind resistance.
The Syma X5HC-1quadcopter can fly in both indoors and outdoors. Including 4CH digital proportional RC system. It has a high-performance battery. It can go up/down, left/right sideward fight, forward/backward, turn left/right, with gyro/flashlights, plus a 360-degree 3D and special functions or continuous rolling.