I have a DJI Spark who accompanies me on every trip, and I couldn’t be happier with the value for money. It’s compact (it fits in the palm of my hand), it’s a cheap drone (for a semi-pro) and it records in 1080p with a good quality camera (for the price it has).
And what features do they have to have? First, they have to be drones with a 4k, 1080p or HD camera, “cheap”, and they have to fit in a backpack. That is to say, good quality and low price drones, of comfortable size to travel, and with professional or semi-professional cameras.
We will bring you comparisons, ranking, and where to buy each one. I usually recommend buying the drones at Amazon, which often come cheaper than other “official” sites, but everyone can buy them anywhere.
We are already with the ranking of the 7 +1 best drones with camera cheap for all types of travel and travelers:
The 8 Best Drones with camera for Travel (quality/price)
I must say that to make this ranking I have taken into account several variables such as reliability, brand, technical characteristics of the camera, sensor, gimbal, megapixels, etc … and of course the quality and price.
- The best drone with camera for beginners (because of its price and characteristics): Idea 10
This Idea 10, a beautiful drone with a similar look to the DJI Spark but at a very very competitive price, and this is one of the cheapest HD camera drones that can be recommended today.
It’s ideal for beginners, especially if it’s going to be your first or second drone and you want to learn how to fly it without fear. The price is a bargain for what it offers, so we wanted to open directly with it.
It is a drone with a camera perfect for travel, as it fits in any backpack. Its dimensions are 15 x 6 x 10 cm.
If you are looking for a first drone for beginners, with camera and cheap, you have in the Idea the best of the market.
If it is going to be your first adventure in the world of camera drones, and you are looking for something cheap, and easy to learn how to pilot, go directly to this one here.
- From the best 4k camera drones: GoPro Karma
With beautiful aesthetics and brutal image quality we have in the sixth position the GoPro Karma, a professional drone perfect for travel. It can be folded perfectly, and has ideal stability for capturing those cinematic bird’s eye views.
The GoPro brand, specialized in cameras and already in the world of drones, is a safe bet. You’ll get a drone with unbeatable features, with a 4k camera in super high definition and plenty of megapixels. You can include the GoPro Hero 6 and you’ll have a lethal combination.
It folds up to fit into the included case, and you can find it in either black or white. It is a professional drone but very very easy to use.
Plus, it features the removable Karma stabilizer for the incredible look of a professional production.
The front mount design of the Karma camera ensures that the propellers, arms and landing gear are kept out of the shots.
It measures 45 x 12.6 x 30.3 cm and weighs 1.82 kg. But don’t let this fool you, because its portability is almost unbeatable. This camera drone is a great value for money item, and it’s backed by a well-known brand like GoPro.
- Drones with camera to take on the road (by car): Hubsan H109S
This 3-axis Gimbal drone offers a bird’s eye view with its 1080p Full HD camera. Okay, it’s not 4k recording, but for the price it is we can’t ask for more. Anyway, we all know that nowadays there are very few devices that can read 4K so the difference is almost imperceptible, so a drone with 4k camera is nowadays only recommended for professional use.
The design is very accomplished, and the controller is a marvel. To put some glue on it, the dimensions are a bit large 58.4 x 50.8 x 30.5 cm and I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who wants to ride in too many planes with it. If you are planning to travel by car, where it is easier to transport it, perfect. It does have a 1 km range and automatic return. One of the best drones with a camera.
This “cheap” camera drone is within the ranking of best quality price because it really does not have much to envy to other more expensive and much more famous brands. This is a safe bet.
- Drones with camera with an inimitable design:Parrot Bebop 2
With this drone, we’ve already started talking about big words. It is one of the best quality price drones with a professional brand, an impeccable design and perfect (no, perfect) to take on the road.
It weighs less than 500 grams, and has a “fisheye” camera of
14 Megapixels and 3 axis stabilized Full HD 1080p video recording Built-in GPS with automatic return home function, flight plan with waypoints and high altitude flights It has its own Skycontroller 2 controller and FPV glasses.
The dimensions of the drone (38.1 x 8.9 x 32.8 cm) make it perfect to take with you on a trip and take out at any time. The Bebop 2 camera drone has a range of between 300 and 500 metres and a speed of up to 60 km/h.
It is also equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, 3-axis magnetometer and a 180° lens. You’ll be dizzying to fly it with your FPV glasses, you’ll see!
- The quintessential old-school camera drone: Dji Phantom 3
This Dji Phantom 3 is already big words, entering the podium occupied by the giant “droner”, Dji. The Phantom 3 is a professional drone and one of the best sellers today. No wonder.
The integrated camera records video in 2.7K, at a speed of 30fps and a maximum of 40 MB/s. It flies up to 25 minutes on a single charge and has perfect flight stability.
It sets height and distance limits to keep flights in a safe flying area and will automatically stop if you go outside the set limits during flight. An inexpensive and safe camera drone. The most recommended on the market especially if you are going to take it by car (it can be something “big” for a plane). Nowadays you can find smaller camera drones with similar features, but not so “cheap”. We are talking about value for money, remember.
Dji’s Smart Flight Battery continuously informs you how much flying time you have left, based on distance and altitude. It tells you when it’s time to return, with the information relayed in real time to your mobile phone via the Dji GO application.
This camera drone is very useful for travel by car. We recommend it for trips with space, since it is perhaps one of the biggest of the ones we have in this list. You will not be able to fly it in big cities like Madrid, Seville, London or Rome, because it will look more like a plane than a drone hahaha (recently they dropped one flying near the Vatican).
If you go to the beach, watch out for flying it (this one, like any other) near cliffs where there might be a lot of wind, e.g. Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias, Basque Country.
The Dji Phantom 3 is a safe bet, one of the best camera drones on the market at an affordable price and really easy to fly.
You can buy this camera drone at Amazon here
- The semi-professional drone that never fails: Dji Mavic Pro
When we talk about the best quality/price drones, we are already talking about Mavics, Phantoms and Sparks. This cheap drone with 4k camera has almost half an hour of flight, a dual GPS vision system with sensors for a perfect landing and an Ocusync transmission system that allows you to see in FULL HD up to a distance of 7 km/s.
In sport mode, the Mavic Pro reaches a speed of up to 65 km/h.
Includes: smart battery; stabilizer cover; remote control; battery charger; power cable; 1 pair of propellers; Micro USB cable; RC cables; RC cable slider.
Despite not being a cheap drone it’s certainly a perfect choice to take on the road, as the quality of the camera is second to none.
- The best cheap drone with camera: Dji Spark
Yes, indeed, if we’re ranking the best camera drones for travel, Dji Spark beats almost all the others. Why? Because of its price/performance ratio, that’s for starters. But what else?
Because of its size, 14.3 x 14.3 x 5.5 cm with less than 300g of weight. Seriously, it fits in the palm of my hand!
It records in 1080p at 30 fps, more than enough for an impressive image; its Wifi HD technology allows to transmit video at 720p in real time up to 2 km away.
Seriously, I’ve been using this drone for a while now and every day I’m amazed by all it has to offer in such a small size. Be careful because they won’t let you fly it, of course, in several important monuments during your travels (like the Acropolis in Athens). But the last time I went, I was left dreaming that it would be a joy to fly it around.
It is without a doubt the best drone with a camera to take on a trip, and its price is lately quite reduced on Amazon so take advantage before they raise it again to the official price.
- The best camera drone for travel: Dji Mavic Air
Here we are in front of a real jewel of art. The Dji Mavic Air is the perfect blend, the exact hybrid between the Mavic Pro and the Spark. It has the spectacular camera of the former and the size and design of the latter, making it without a doubt the best drone to travel with.
Drone with camera and 3 axis stabilizer, includes a 12 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor. An f/2.8 lens with a focal length equivalent to 24 mm allows you to shoot movies and take pictures in quality you won’t believe.
The drone camera records 4K video at 100 Mb/s at 30 f/s to capture everything in Ultra HD quality.
It allows you to take HDR photos by selecting exposure settings according to the ambient light of the location where you are shooting.
Seriously, this Mavic Air drone has it all. A perfect size for travel, a beautiful design, and technical features that are second to none. The price is quite competitive for everything it offers, and since Travel Learning it is, without a doubt, the best quality/price drone on the market today.
Conclusion of the best cheap camera drones
In conclusion, I’d like to say that the Dji Spark is the drone we recommend most to take on a trip if you’re on a tight budget. First, because of its size, like the palm of a hand. Second because of its weight, less than 300g. And lastly because it offers a camera that records in 1080p, more than enough for any important work you want to do.