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Best toy drones for kids in 2017

By Kirsty / January 10, 2017
best toy drones for kids

Remote control toys are a great way to tempt older kids and teenagers out of their bedrooms and in to the great outdoors.  With it being a really popular toy and lots coming on the market, the best toy drones for kids might be hard to figure out.

Drones, or quadcopters as they are sometimes known, are a really exciting and trendy toy to have at the moment which is great as it not only gets them outdoors, but also will help with hand to eye co-ordination too and if you get one with a camera could start a nice little project of making videos.

 

But first – RC flying safety

With the increased popularity of these remote control flying toys, there has been some rules put in place by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) about how they can be used, especially as some come with cameras and videos attached.  As a toy and with no commercial intent you should have no issues, but the rules about where to fly these drones should definitely be adhered to.

As a general rule I’d say to only fly them in open spaces such as a park or a field and always stay away from buildings and people.  Also stay away from water while you’re learning to fly – you don’t want to lose it to the fishes!

Please take some time to check out the Dronecode on the CAA website here.

 

What to look for when buying a drone

You can get drones that are RTF (ready to fly) or which require being built.  In this article I’m looking at the best quadcopters on the market in 2016 that are ready to fly.  If your child has an interest in building though, definitely consider moving on from the RTF drones and think about building your own – would be a great educational opportunity!

Images online can be deceiving.  I’ve been caught out by this – I’ve looked at something, thought it looked great and a reasonable cost and then the size was smaller than my hand!  Always check the dimensions of the drone you’re looking to buy.  Look out for the words ‘micro’ or ‘nano’ when describing the drone.

Don’t be tempted to go for the fancy and expensive drones that run in to the £200+ range (like the DJI Phantom), not yet.  I mean you can, but always be aware that what goes up doesn’t necessarily come down easily and if you’re buying for children or looking for the best starter drone, then something that won’t cause as much heartache if it does crash is much better.  Start small and build up.

 

When looking for the best cheap drone or quadcopter for kids, it’s important to look at the features.  This table should help you decide which is best for you and scroll down for more in depth reviews on each model.

 

Best quadcopter under £100 comparison chart

NameSize (cm)Flying / charging time (mins)CameraPriceOur RatingAge
Hubsan X4 Micro Quadcopter With Camera


11 x 9 x 47 /40Yes - 0.3 MP camera£4.514+
Syma X5SC-1

32 x 32 x 118 / 120Yes - HD 720p£4.412+
Stoga Tfun STG002 Hubsan X4 H107C

18 x 13 x 77 /40Yes - 2 MP camera£4.812+
AKASO K88 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter


33 x 33 x 6.45-7 / 100-120Yes - HD camera£4.412+
MJX X300C Wifi FPV 3D Function 4CH 2.4GHz 6-Axis Gyro RC Drone


24 x 24 x 59 / 120Yes - 0.3MP live feed on iOS and Android££4.714+
Parrot MiniDrones Airborne Cargo Drone


18.5 x 18 x 47-9 / 60Yes - ££4.57+
DBPOWER FPV WiFi Motion-Sensing Control Quadcopter

20 x 20 approx6-7 / 120Yes - 2MP 720P HD camera live feed on mobile£££4.514+

 

Hubsan X4 Micro Quadcopter With Camera

The first drone I’m looking at is the Hubsan X4 Micro Quadcopter, which is the smallest of the drones I’m looking at.  It measures just 11cm at it’s widest point so would also be a good choice to fly indoors if you have the space.

It has a front mounted camera which can record video – you’ll need a micro SDHC card for it though.

For the price and the fact it doesn’t take an age to charge, I think this is an excellent starter drone.
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Syma X5SC-1 Quadcopter with HD camera

This is the biggest of the drones in the cheapest price bracket and is a great choice.

It does take 2 hours to charge for an 8 minute flying time, which is a shame, but the features on this one are great and for the price can’t be beat really.   The camera comes with a 4GB memory card, although you’ll need some batteries for the remote controller.

Again, a strong contender if you’re looking for a drone for beginners.

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Stoga Tfun STG002 Hubsan X4 H107C

This is one of my favourite drones and it has excellent reviews on Amazon.  It’s a reasonable price, not too big or too small, and gives good quality images with the video camera.  What I like most is the charging time which is just 40 minutes compared to around 2 hours for some of the other drones.

Again you’ll need an extra memory card and batteries for the remote for this one – just something to bear in mind with the price.

You get some spares blades with this drone and spare parts are available from the manufacturer should anything happen to it.

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AKASO K88 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with HD Camera

 The design of this quadcopter is quite unique compared to the others and it looks like it would stand up to crashes slightly more, so if you’re worried about that then get something similar to this one with the plastic frame covering the blades.

This drone has an HD camera, although some reviews state the quality isn’t that great, and also has some fun lights around the drone so if you decide to take it out in dimmer light on a cloudy day or just a little later on it would look quite cool flying around.

A good choice for beginners worried about crashing too often!

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MJX X300C Wifi FPV 3D Function 4CH 2.4GHz 6-Axis Gyro RC Drone with 0.3MP Camera

If you’ve been tempted to get a drone for your kids that they can use with their smartphone then this one would be a great choice.  You can see the views that the drone captures on a live feed straight to your iOS or Android device.

The different functions available with this drone is great for the price point and if you want something with a bit more features than the cheapest quadcopters available this one could be a great choice.

The colour is a nice bright white, so less risk of losing it if it crashes down in long grass or bushes.
Check out more reviews and latest price here.

 

Parrot MiniDrones Airborne Cargo Drone

This drone is the only one in my list that says suitable from a much younger age.  They say suitable from age 7 and their marketing even goes so far as to say it’s good for taking up small bricks as a pilot – I’m thinking Lego Minifigures!

I love that it charges fast (that’s a complete winner with me) and that there are plenty of spare parts available to buy online too.

Great for young kids who want to have a go, obviously with a bit of supervision from adults!

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DBPOWER FPV WiFi Motion-Sensing Control Quadcopter with 720P HD Camera for IOS and Android Device

Lastly is this quadcopter from DBPower – it’s the highest priced of the lot but packs a lot of features for that money.

It features a high quality camera and wifi motion sensing control.  This means you can use your mobile to control the copter which is very exciting or you can use the regular controller.  You’ll see a live feed on your phone too and can send images straight to social media networks.

The downside for me with this one is the charging time compared to how long it flies for, but that does seem to be pretty standard.

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About the author

Kirsty

Kirsty is the mum of two kids and has spent the last 16 years on a quest to get them outside more, enjoying nature and the world around them.

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