Advice on selecting a new drone

TurtleyAwesome

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Not sure if this is the correct [strike]site[/strike] section for this question, but I was looking into purchasing my first camera drone for recreational filming along hikes and outdoor adventures. I've flown some cheap sub-$100 drones before and loved it, but was looking for a more capable drone that could give some cool experiences and videos. I do not have a lot of money to spend at the moment, preferably something under 400. In my research I found the Bebop 2 at a current price of $299 with the sky controller and two batteries. Seemed like a good deal, compared to other drones such as those made by DJI, which had better camera quality, but at a cost of around $150-$200 more than the Bebop 2. I've also read about the MJX Bugs 3 which is below $150 and has less features, but may be more suited for a beginner like me?

I'm new to this field and I may be overlooking some key factors. The bebop 2 seems to have decent reviews, and so do the drones made by DJI, but maybe those are too complex for beginners and I should just stick with cheaper drones. I'm curious if there is any input the community can give regarding a possible purchase? really what I'm looking for in my first drone is something that can take decent video (1080p is fine with me), durable, and intuitive - as I'm still new.

Any advice or experience you can share would be much appreciated, thank you!
 

Saturnity

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Well, Phantoms are pretty good and fairly common. Yeah they are expensive, but they are very high quality and fly pretty well. But thats for someone a bit advanced that can fly well. But yeah, you should probably go with the MJX Bugs 3, because its a bit more simpler, but still a great drone. Plus, good for the price.
 
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Build one, it's fun and a lot cheaper than buying a prebuilt. But if you do go with a prebuilt one, I would get a phantom 3 standard, as it's very easy to fly and can take off and land for you.
 
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