Looking for the best RC helicopter reviews in hopes of finding out what copter you should get next? Look no further, then, because this is the perfect guide for you. Here we cover five of the most highly-rated remote-controlled copters on the market right now, covering options for professionals as well as hobbyists. That way, you can find a killer copter that will suit your needs (and your wallet) without having to compromise on quality where it counts.
A complete, ready-to-fly system, this quadcopter-drone comes with a pair of batteries (each designed to yield up to 25min of air time), 2 pairs of propellers, and an aluminum carrying case. The removable camera is a 16-megapixel 60-FPS unit with full HD 1080p recording. It comes with a Follow Me feature that has the drone automatically adjusting to follow the pilot’s location. The transmitter also has a 5.5-inch screen that displays a real-time feed of the camera’s recording.
- Very easy to fly with GPS lock
- Follow Me feature
- Real-time feed on transmitter’s screen
- A bit slow (maximum speed is 15MPH)
- Camera snaps can be oversaturated in very bright lighting
Far and away the most expensive item on this list, the Yuneec Q500+ is a serious toy for serious boys (or girls, of course!). It costs about $1,220, so it’s definitely for those with more cash to spare. This is a large quadcopter with some great features for most of the adventure-chasing crowd. “Follow Me” alone will make this copter worth a look for many a user who wants to create a record of his trailblazing without having to direct the drone. It has a good camera (not great, although that’s only if you’re looking for professional-quality images) and rather good batteries. It’s admittedly a touch slow, but it’s overall quite reliable and well-made.
This quadcopter has 6-axis Gyro stabilization for improved flying performance and comes with a pair of 3.7V 750mAh batteries. The camera takes 1280x720p images and records video at a rate of 30FPS.
- Affordable ($90)
- Easy to fly once you are familiar with the controls
- Decent battery performance (about 10 minutes of air time) for its price
- Very erratic in windy conditions
- Battery quality can be unreliable
This is a great RC drone for most hobbyists, and with a 720p camera, it will suit even the more discerning of them. It’s also coming at a bargain price for its features, actually falling under $100. It’s not great when it comes across any wind and a lot of people do seem to find one of their batteries falling in performance around two weeks after purchase, but again, remember that you’re getting this for only $90. If one battery takes three hours instead of two hours to charge, that’s still not that raw of a deal.
This micro-quadcopter comes with a 6-axis gyroscope for stability built into its design. It has a transmission control distance of up to 30 meters. The 500mAH battery can deliver up to eight minutes of flight time.
- Very stable and easy to carry around given the small size
- Easy-to-handle controls
- Very affordable
- Long charging time (about 100 min) for the battery
Not every RC copter enthusiast needs a camera—or a huge quadcopter, for that matter. This is best for those who really just want to get their toes a bit wet before taking the plunge and getting a bigger copter. It’s also a superb deal if you’re buying it for a child as a toy. It costs a measly $25 yet manages to deliver flight performance that’s often more comfortable than what you’d get with items five times its price. That’s because it’s so small that it tends to be more stable in the air. It’s also easily replaceable given its cheapness, so you can bang it up without feeling too nervous about the investment.
This 18.5cm RC copter fits in the palm of your hand at just 18.5cm long. It has an aluminum frame, giving it strength without unnecessary weight. It is designed for indoor use and is equipped with a 4-in-1 infrared receiver for control transmission.
- Very stable and easy to hover
- Easy to fly on the first go
- Quite well-built for the price ($23)
- Battery life is a bit short (just about 7min or so)
- Restricted to indoor usage
This is the representative for traditional RC copters on this list—and what a representative it is! It’s cheap, ludicrously easy to use, sturdy enough to take a crash or two, and wickedly fun. Its lightness and the fact that the control is done via infrared does mean you won’t be taking it outdoors any time soon, though. Still, there’s a definite market for these small indoor copters. A lot of kids love them, so it’s definitely something to consider if your child wants one of these but still has trouble controlling the outdoor quadcopters.
This micro-quadcopter can be flown inside as well as outside a house and is equipped with a color LED for illumination. The transmitter comes with a mini LCD screen to aid your flight practice and 2 flight modes are available (normal and expert).
- Good build quality
- Very stable due to small size
- Two flight modes allow you to tailor the experience to your skill level
- Controls can feel a bit tough on the fingers after sustained use
This is a fantastic little quadcopter for those who want to try outdoors RC flight toys. It has some of the best flight performance in its category and even above its price point. It’s also undeniably well-built, given how well it stands up to crashes. The controls do feel a bit rough after heavy use—especially in Expert Mode—but then again, the battery only lasts 8 minutes (not bad, but not great) so you probably won’t be worrying about that too much.
The best product here is the one that suits your needs. If you’re buying it for a very young child, the Syma and Ionic models are of great value. They can also be good starter drones if you’re a little older but just want to try it once before dropping cash on a more costly model.
Then again, Hubsan is probably the best starter if you’re that type of buyer. If you actually need a model that comes with a camera already, though, the Yuneec and Holy Stone models are your choices—which one you pick depends on your budget.