Top 10 Camera Drones $999 or less

Top 10 Camera Drones $999 or less

These are the 10 Best Camera Drones money can buy. You won’t be disappointed with any of these models. Links to all the drones shown in the video are below (Note, pay attention to Discount Codes for the Banggood Store):

DJI MINI 2:
-AMAZON USA Store: https://amzn.to/3D7UG4d
-AMAZON CANADA Store: https://amzn.to/3o5d21C
-INTERNATIONAL Store: https://click.dji.com/AIzI9ZNT_33lSI9bEFIcag?pm=link&as=0036&ch=MINI2

FIMI X8 MINI:
-BANGGOOD Store: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/G33dsh5yka
-AMAZON USA Store: https://amzn.to/3xIl0Rl

HUBSAN ZINO MINI PRO:
-BANGGOOD: Use Discount Code at Checkout: BGZINOMINIP
-BANGGOOD Store: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/GvKYARVRzB
-AMAZON USA Store: https://amzn.to/3E9KdGE
-RCGOING Store: https://www.rcgoing.com/hubsan-zino-mini-pro-249g-gps-5g-wifi-10km-fpv-with-4k-30fps-camera-3-axis-gimbal-3d-obstacle-sensing-40mins-flight-time-rc-drone-quadcopter-rtf/#a_aid=Captaindrone&a_bid=6a4f4e18

HUBSAN ZINO MINI SE:
-BANGGOOD: Use Discount Code at Checkout: BGZINOSE
-BANGGOOD Store: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/KvKYNdFdkn
-AMAZON USA Store: https://amzn.to/3ljbSxw
-RCGOING Store: https://www.rcgoing.com/hubsan-zino-mini-se-249g-gps-6km-fpv-with-4k-30fps-camera-3-axis-gimbal-45-minutes-flight-time-atvt3-0-visual-tracking-rc-drone-quadcopter/#a_aid=Captaindrone&a_bid=7885bdbf

AUTEL EVO NANO & NANO+:
-BANGGOOD Store: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/Km3Rbd5RUk
-RCGOING Store: https://www.rcgoing.com/autel-robotics-evo-nano-drone-3-axis-gimbal-10km-28mins-flight-250g-classic-mini-camera-rc-quadcopter/#a_aid=Captaindrone&a_bid=fb003096

FIMI X8 SE 2022:
-BANGGOOD: Use Discount Code at Checkout: BGf6fbba
-BANGGOOD Store: https://www.banggood.com/custlink/vD3dNd5y7D
-RCGOING Store: https://www.rcgoing.com/fimi-x8se-2022-camera-drone-fpv-3-axis-gimbal-4k-camera-professional-quadcopter-gps-10km-rc-helicopter/#a_aid=Captaindrone&a_bid=401a1167

POWERVISION POWEREGG X:
-POWERVISION Store: https://store.us.powervision.me/products/poweregg-x?ref=5e3b5c2f4d0a9

AUTEL EVO II 8K:
-AUTEL Store: https://auteldrones.com/collections/refurbished/products/evo-ii-refurbished?ref=y6pn-nzlpr6

SKYDIO 2:
SKYDIO Store: https://www.skydio.com/skydio-2

DJI AIR 2S:
-AMAZON USA Store: https://amzn.to/3I4yRpX
-AMAZON Canada Store: https://amzn.to/3d4hszr
-INTERNATIONAL Store: https://click.dji.com/AI98g0Z9UXo2xKH1F4GQRA?pm=link&as=0036&ch=AIR2S

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BELOW IS THE GEAR I USE TO CREATE MY VIDEOS:

Action Camera Hat (USA): https://amzn.to/2OFz5Hu
Action Camera Hat (CANADA): https://amzn.to/2NwT7Zh

SOFTWARE I USE TO EDIT MY VIDEOS IS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
iMOVIE
FINAL CUT PRO X
DA VINCI RESOLVE

Lipo Batteries I use on most FPV Drones: https://genstattu.ositracker.com/191200/13968

ACTION VLOGGING CAMERAS:
DJI OSMO ACTION 2: https://click.dji.com/AMlY5d2ucYWP3HLV6DiIlw?as=0035&pm=custom
INSTA360 ONE R: https://store.insta360.com/product/one_r?insrc=INRM6DQ
INSTA360 GO2: https://www.insta360.com/sal/go_2?insrc=INRM6DQ
INSTA360 GO: https://www.insta360.com/sal/go?insrc=INRM6DQ
GOPRO HERO 10 (USA): https://amzn.to/3zIvWxM
GOPRO HERO 10 (CANADA): https://amzn.to/3EUzXmn
GOPRO HERO 9 (USA): https://amzn.to/3dlZasS
GOPRO HERO 9 (CANADA): https://amzn.to/30Ttmq2
GOPRO HERO 8 (USA): https://amzn.to/31BWboJ
GOPRO HERO 8 (CANADA): https://amzn.to/2MYs5WX
GOPRO HERO 7 (USA): https://amzn.to/2XXqeWv
GOPRO HERO 7 (CANADA): https://amzn.to/2Xjq6Vr
MOBILE OSMO POCKET2: https://click.dji.com/ABIkCjLwufxszCwdkduYyQ?as=0028&ch=OSMOPOCKET2&pm=custom
ACTION CAMERA 3 AXIS GIMBAL: https://amzn.to/2DCrTJj

PRO CAMERAS:
Canon EOS R: https://amzn.to/2W0qPq9
Canon M6 MkII: https://amzn.to/2n0ISiO
Canon 80D: https://amzn.to/2Kmggb4
Panasonic 4K Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2JYGFdx
Lenses: https://amzn.to/2AWjZJ9
https://amzn.to/2Gwb6JT
Gorillapod 5K Tripod (AMAZON USA): https://amzn.to/368TFtH
Gorillapod 5K Tripod (AMAZON CANADA): https://amzn.to/2Tg3G39
Cool Orange Mini Tripod (AMAZON CANADA): https://amzn.to/2Xk5vNV
Cool Orange Mini Tripod (AMAZON USA): https://amzn.to/2X4JYsn

SOUND AUDIO:
TASCAM MOBILE AUDIO RECORDER (USA): https://amzn.to/2IKMr6n
TASCAM MOBILE AUDIO RECORDER (CANADA): https://amzn.to/2p3mExN
ZOOM MOBILE AUDIO RECORDER (USA): https://amzn.to/3bHzh86
ZOOM MOBILE AUDIO RECORDER (CANADA): https://amzn.to/3sqFA5A
RODE STUDIO BOOM MIC (USA): https://amzn.to/2LqTzrL
RODE STUDIO BOOM MIC (CANADA): https://amzn.to/2XIX3s6
STUDIO VOICE OVER MIC: https://amzn.to/2TlTjJt
RODE WIRELESS: https://amzn.to/2LS2nqp

LIGHTING:
STUDIO LIGHTING (USA): GVM: https://amzn.to/35HcV2K
STUDIO LIGHTING (CANADA): GVM: https://amzn.to/3bG0kAD
STUDIO LIGHTING: FalconEyes SO-40TD: https://amzn.to/2N9pp7J

DRONE ACCESSORIES:
Round Landing Pad: https://amzn.to/2HBqp2w
Square Landing Pad PRO SMALL (USA): https://amzn.to/3e9Us2c
Square Landing Pad PRO SMALL (CANADA): https://amzn.to/3BQou5Y
Square Landing Pad LARGE: https://amzn.to/2nukqqH

50 Comments

  1. BlackSunflare on August 23, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Love your suggestions. What do you think of the EXO line of drones?

  2. stu walton on August 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Awesome as usual. VERY helpful. Thanks!

  3. Mark Reingold on August 23, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Love this drone it’s one of my favorites 😊

  4. Sparc Sapphiredge on August 23, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    @Captain Drone

    I find myself re-visiting this video and the information it contains after discovering my order for the Hubsan Zino Mini Pro never went through (and I actually was never charged for it [it never came out of pending])…

    So, I am now considering the Fimi X8 Mini in place/instead of the Hubsan

    But what I really wanted to ASK was:

    Did you create this list in any type of particular order (IE best to worst or worst to best), or is it just a pretty nondiscriminatory listed list?

  5. willykemp3015 on August 23, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I’m a helicopter Ems pilot and I want to get a small drone so I can scout out cool areas to hike when I go on trips to New Mexico and in Pennsylvania. I watched the video best drone under 1000$ and like the dji mini 2 but I dont like the geofencing restrictions. I also have my UAS license. What do you recommend that is small like a mini or close to it for travel that works well. I was reading about autel evo and and evo 2 referbished ones. Not sure what you would recommend for me. Cheaper the better but also I know you get what you pay for too so.

  6. curbie1150 on August 23, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    love your channel, but you should also mention if you check your roof with your new drone, technically its no longer flying for pleasure and, at least in the U.S., is VerBoten !!! I personally like looking at the geometric patterns as they get skewed by the optics… its a side passion of mine, and therefore still for pleasure and enjoyment ! πŸ€”πŸ˜πŸ˜Ž

  7. Sniper on August 23, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I like your reviews they have some opinions, objective and subjective, but none I’ve found that aren’t valuable. Your opinions seem prettty unbiased, which is great!

  8. Pete Dizbon on August 23, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    AGAIN, NO LINKS !!!!!!!!??????????

  9. Ed B on August 23, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Way too many Logos, really off-putting

  10. Xuan Technology on August 23, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    steve where is your mavic 3 review

  11. David Ellis on August 23, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Have you ever been to the Niagara falls , or is it too far from you, because April 8th 2024 Total Solar eclipse over the falls, should be spectacular, some 4k or even 8drones should be flying then, the line of Totally goes over New York as well .

  12. Cliff Bellas on August 23, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Well if you gave lessons on drone flight and didn’t live so far away I would sign up for such lessons as my first attempts in flying my DJI Mini have left me with such low confidence the drone has sat idle for the last year ie I gave up before losing it or breaking it. To be clear this is not a drone thing but more of a me thing:)

  13. Hotwire on August 23, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to review all these drones. Would have been nice to see the Hubsan Ace in this list. Is a review coming for this drone?

  14. Dan King on August 23, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Steve, great video as always. I actually made a purchase based on your information. I used the link that you provided so I hope a little $$ comes back to you to help fund your channel

  15. Fact King on August 23, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    The refurbished Autel Evo II 8K costs the same as my DJI Mini 2, Steve!!!
    Pretty surprising that mini drones are really costly in India…

  16. 360 Videos on August 23, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    As usual super great video.
    I’m looking to upgrade my drone, currently using a dji mini SE (will be gifted to a friend for Xmas). What I’m looking for is a sub 250g that has the best interference resistant transmitter. The Dji Mini 2, Zino Mini Pro and Ximi mini F8 all promise a 10km range. But range is not exactly what I’m looking for but rather the ability to operate in a clearing in a forest surrounded by trees. With the mini SE I usually get 400~500 meters before loosing the signal. Of the three I mentioned which one is the best?

  17. Lisa Frank on August 23, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Do any of them have thermal imaging

  18. Rick Charbonneau on August 23, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Hey Captain….
    After watching your reviews in this video, I decided on the Hubsan Zino Mini Pro. I have found that this drone seems unavailable for anything near the price you speak of in your video (<$500 US). and the link to the Banggood site says the link is bad. Has this been discontinued or replaced with a different model? If so, is there another Drone you would recommend with GPS tracking, OA and a range similar to this model or the Mini SE?

  19. no boundaries on August 23, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    would u recommend getting the air 2s over the mavic air 2

  20. akenedy on August 23, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Which of these drone systems allow the user to output real-time video to a large HD display (ie. an HDTV or Computer monitor) via HDMI output from the controller…if any ?
    Being restricted to a cellphone or small tablet for the FPV display is a serious but rarely discussed limitation for enjoyable piloting of these drones.
    Thanks so much for all of your fantastic reviews.

  21. adamf663 on August 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    an FYI regarding drones without sd card storage: non-removable memory like emmc is much much faster.

  22. Charles Bryson on August 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Haven’t found a better source for factual drone information. Not mention video reviews

  23. JustMe on August 23, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Great video. Could you please make a list of camera drones that can shoot RAW & AEB (Bracketed) photos? I’m looking for an affordable backup for my Mavic 2 Pro that can do this. Thanks 😊

  24. Lee Man on August 23, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Do you have a full review for the FIMI X8 SE 2022 Camera Drone?

  25. John Eldan Mangolari on August 23, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    me who buys 2nd hand drones hehehe

  26. The Drone Experiment on August 23, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    I have always been super interested in the Skydio 2 … I just dont know how I would implement it into my footage. Thank you for featuring it again .. its pretty dang cool! And of course, at this price point the Air 2S is king!

  27. Sparc Sapphiredge on August 23, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    I am not too sure if you would actually remember my previous comments from various other videos of yours but, in a nutshell:

    I am (now / already) HOOKED..!

    I went from "I am going to get a Mavic Mini, to a Mini SE, to a Mini 2" ~ so my first drone was the Mini 2..! (first flight was 30 NOV 2021)

    Then, even though it has not been an issue to me (yet) I have been reading about how much of a head-ache the GEO-FENCING of a DJI drone could be… So, as of today, I placed my order for BOTH the Autel Evo Nano+ and the Hubsan Zino Mini Pro..!

    Next, I do think, I will be waiting for the Mini 3 (like everyone else), and purchase that, and/or the Air 2s..!

    I hope I am going to be happy with this "fleet", especially only being 41 days (1 month 1 week & 4 days ~ but who is counting) into flying drones..! I also (already) plan on getting my FAA ~ Part 107..!

  28. Ali Trotman on August 23, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Take a shot beverage of choice, every time he says the word "drone(s)"πŸ˜‚

  29. Lisa Frank on August 23, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Captain Drone have you every thought about going to EAA? They have all kinds of drones there πŸ™‚ Also I am still struggling on deciding which drone would be best for me. I want a nano or mini drone. I want to fly across my families retired farm land and to be able to see wild life. I live in Wisconsin so the weather is much like where you are. I don’t plan on flying much in winter – as we don’t go to our land that often when it is cold. I want something good with pictures, send to home, tracking – want it be able to follow me when I am atving in the open fields. I was thinking about aulte eve Nano (maybe +) or zinon mini pro. I would like get some family pictures from above as we have a large family. i want a drone that I am happy with once I get beyond the beginner stage also. I love your videos’. Let me know if you every plan on coming to EAA with the other drone pilots I would love meet you in person if you do !!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Ron Lee on August 23, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Great video Steve . Thanks for your dedication to this hobby !
    May I ask Steve, just how many camera drones do u own .
    Thanks again

  31. Ken Nash on August 23, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    always like your vids captain honest reviews thank you

  32. Fox Viewer unboxed on August 23, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    This video answers to my all the questions. Thank you for uploading this video . 😊

  33. Steve Cartee on August 23, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Captain Steve, wish you had published this 4 months ago…… But, did buy a mini, so I got part of it right.

  34. Mtl Mkshp on August 23, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Mr Capitan if u have to choose between evo 2 8k or dji fpv. I know they’re different but wish u can help a little to decide. Thanks capitan always great video.

  35. Chris Haskins on August 23, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I keep going back and forth on a zino amd dji mini… dji has the proven track record, but i can get a zino mini pro with 2 batteries and the hubsan care for $100 less then a mini 2 fly more package from banggood right now…

  36. Theresa Volk - The Select Group of COMPASS on August 23, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

  37. Kurt Anderson on August 23, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Can you suggest a drone that I could use to arrowhead hunt in fields and creek beds? Some locations are hard to reach on foot so a drone with close up hovering and excellent clarity would help greatly.

  38. Fact King on August 23, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Time for my evaluation!
    1. DJI Mini 2 is literally a good one…
    He is sitting next to me right now and I am flying it since 10 months…
    Not a bad one, will take it off again in an hour or so!
    But, the lack of active track, follow me and obstacle avoidance are the negativities.
    Overall its a really good <250 grams drone to have fun with…
    I have clicked many photos with it and they are amazing!

    2.Xiaomi’s Fimi Mini is also good drone for its price!
    Can click pretty good pics and record videos but its stability is the main con!

    3.Hubsan Zino Mini pro is a great mini drone…
    Being under 250 grams, it has gps follow, has internal memory, active track, higher flight time and obstacle avoidance which is impressive!
    The only negative point, leaving the smooth zoom is that its does not show live feed while it is on the ground which is very disappointing…
    I think that this is the only bad thing in Zino Mini Pro

    4.Zino Mini SE is about the same as pro but has less features and also costs less, which is a positive point for it to be a low cost drone with a massive battery flight time…

    5.Autel Nano and Nano+ are going to be awesome!
    Will wait until they are released.

    6.The refurbished Autel Evo II are not that costly…
    Autel Evos are really impressive but, yes, you are right.
    These enormous drones are truly scary for beginners.
    The 360Β° obstacle avoidance is one of the best feature when someone is flying near tall buildings!

    7.Never knew that Fimi X8 2022 will be there!
    Looks good but no obstacle avoidance?
    Not a good thing…
    Its rain and snow resistant?
    Definitely an awesome thing…

    8.Power EggX is also impressive…
    It just looks like an *egg* with a nice 3 axis gimbal camera.
    We can use it for many purposes and it is rain and snow resistant too which is a positive point!

    9.Skydio 2…
    One of the most beautiful and intelligent drone!
    After being 2 years old, it rocks!
    The controller is beautiful, according to me. That Beacon looks like a pretty good tiny controller.
    The obstacle avoidance of Skydios is veryy impressive.
    36:18 lol

    10.DJI Air 2S is really awesome.
    Looks beautiful, has obastacle avoidance and can click beautiful photos and also record amazing videos…
    After its release, less people are talking or referring about Air 2 and the legendary old mavic air is completely forgotten by the majority!

  39. Versye O'Berry Jr. on August 23, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I’m wondering if the mavic air 2 is still worthwhile. It’s probably better than the mini 2 and less money than the air 2s.

  40. joesbarbecue1 on August 23, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I’m sure appreciating your channel as I try to make a decision. My first drone ( an Altair Aerial received as a free promo) may be the only one on the market with ZERO return home functions.
    Second flight, I lost control, it flew out of range, and off into the wild blue yonder.
    Although I’m in AZ, maybe you could look out your window and see if maybe it’s flying around somewhere near you?πŸ˜‰
    I’m pretty much sold on the Mavic air2S, although the egg one on this video looks perfect for anyone who ever wanted a drone they could throw like a football.🀣
    Thanks again for your work, which in reality for you is probably hardly work at all!

  41. Seer Seerwealth on August 23, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Classy, excellent practical reviews, with a pinch of clowning, helps to digest them.

  42. Richard Trinidad on August 23, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Hello Captain, Im ready for the next step, I have the Mavic air 1 but Im ready to go up, in your opinion: mavic air 2, Evo 2 8k refurbished or mavic air 2s? Your opinion is very important for me. Thanks so much from Puerto Rico. I have my 107 license yessssss

  43. Adam Karty on August 23, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Have you used the wifi phone mode for the Fimi X8 Mini? It’s one feature I found really interesting after piloting the Tello very efficiently with a large smartphone

  44. Aslei Cortes on August 23, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    26:32 I just received my FIMI X8 SE 2022 drone. And I feel that the drone is really dangerous, because its motors feel powerful, luckily it is stable, so it can fly in the rain. Its camera records better than that of the fimi mini.

  45. Drone Videos on August 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    So happy that I found your channel. Great information packed into your videos. Thanks from Vancouver Island. πŸ™‚

  46. Darren Frank on August 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I think the mini 3 will only be $600, 8 for fly more.

  47. rmvelecky on August 23, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Great πŸ‘ review

  48. BwayneAnnaLee(shutdown has been hacked) on August 23, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I’m actually looking fwd to the Fimi 2022! The 2020 version isn’t a bad drone at all, if they got that horizon tilt and vignette problem fixed this will be a major player, IMHO

  49. uduma ezera on August 23, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    captain i saw a drone called mjx mg-1 I think It’s a good drone and I would like a review thanks πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  50. BwayneAnnaLee(shutdown has been hacked) on August 23, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    For the longest time my favorite mini has been the mini 2 from DJI but after a week with the HZM se its a close race now, the Hubsan mini SE is a great, great bargain especially with everything you get!

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