Believe it or not, buying a drone or a quadcopter is an investment. You just do not buy it but you earn it. Given that no quadcopter is easy to manoeuvre particularly either when you or the drone is new, buying a quadcopter that burns a hole in the pocket is a very bad idea.
Although higher-end quadcopters offer a variety of features like camera, live streaming and good stability it is not always possible to bring ourselves to buy a costly drone. At the same time, it may not suit you to buy a small beginner drone hat is poorly designed with a frail and flimsy body. Hence finding that middle ground where you can stand and operate and fly your drone is quite hard to find. Especially if you are an iPhone owner, you may find it easy to have your smartphone included as a part of your quadcopter’s journey. Again it is hard to find a satisfying quadcopter that suits all your needs. That is why we have compiled a list of the best quadcopters for iPhone under $500.
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Top 7 Best iPhone controlled Drone with Camera under $500
UPair One Plus Drone
At around $350, this is one of the best drones in the budget range that can offer a variety of functionalities. This drone is equipped with a 4K camera that can not only shoot pictures and videos but can transmit the FPV through a dedicated UPair app that can be downloaded from the App Store. The UPair One Plus is designed to have a U-shape anhedral design that offers stability. Follow me, Auto take-off and landing, Flight route planning are just some of the features in this drone.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a quadcopter that has one the best specifications in the entire drone market. It is an iPhone controlled drone with camera that can take breathtaking 2.7K HD videos and photos of 12MP resolution. The live visuals from the Phantom 3 Standard’s camera can be streamed to your iPhone or any other device using the DJI GO app. Also, it has one of the best flight times with a long flight duration of 25 minutes. You also get an 8GB microSD card to store your photos and videos.
Parrot Bebop 2
Do not let the list price of Parrot Bebop 2 fool you. This powerful quadcopter is an iPhone controlled drone with camera that can be bought below $500. It has an enhanced 14MP fish-eye lens that allows you to capture videos and click pictures of resolution 1080p. The visuals can be viewed on an iPhone or tablet with an app called FreeFlight 3. This drone can do tricks, flips and stunts easily. It can also be made to take-off and land with just the touch of a button!
3DR Solo Drone
Whether you are a video game addict or an iPhone freak, it does not matter as the Solo drone can be controlled using either a Video game inspired controller or an iPhone with a dedicated pilot app. It has a GoPro camera that can click and captures stunningly beautiful images and videos that can be streamed wirelessly to iOS or Android devices. This drone can take-off, land, pause its flight in mid-air and do much more. Hence, pilots do not have to worry about crashing it. Also, it can be operated in Orbit, Follow Me, Cable Cam and Selfie mode depending on the need of the pilot.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0
Many DJI quadcopters are a bit on the higher side of cost but nevertheless offer drones of great quality. Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0, on the other hand, is priced reasonably and has several great features. It can be controlled using an iPhone with the DJI GO app. The HD video camera is supported by a 3-axis gimbal which allows it to stream smooth videos and pictures without blur through the built-in FPV link. This drone has a battery of 5200mAh capacity that can keep it flying up to 25 minutes.
Yuneec Breeze Flying Camera
This is another iPhone controlled drone with camera that has several features under its sleeves. It is equipped with a camera that can shoot 4K ultra HD videos and 13MP photos with crystal clear clarity. It is suitable for beginners as wells as professionals and it can be operated in 5 automated flight modes. Yuneec Breeze Flying Camera can be safely flown indoors as well as outdoors and can be easily controlled using an app that lets the pilot navigate, edit and share pictures.
EhangGhost Drone V2.0
Another iPhone controlled drone with camera that is very much affordable is the Ehang Ghost Drone. It is very easy to fly and can last in the air for around 25 minutes with a single charging cycle which is pretty impressive. It flaunts a good design and a 4K sports camera which can be used to take pictures in four different resolutions in four different modes. The Ehang Ghost Drone can also be operated in Waypoint mode, Companion mode, Avatar mode and Flight Planning mode very easily with a single tap on your iPhone if you have the free EHANG Play app installed in it. And there is NO FAULT warranty too!
So here is it – our picks for the best quadcopters with a camera that can be controlled easily using an iPhone. All the quadcopters listed here have been selected after having considered a lot of factors and hence any of them will be a good pick for you to buy. And Most of all, none of these quadcopters will cost more than $500. So, collect your pennies and grab a brand new quadcopter to enjoy this season by capturing great videos and photos.