Next to robot building kits, drones have turned into one of the most sought-after toys on the market, becoming one of those unique gifts for kids that will go down a storm.
While younger kids may love the idea of flying a drone high in the sky, many drones are not for beginners. They will be bounced into walls! These little machines will get thrashed about so finding a durable drone is important.
There is such a variety of features to consider, that picking the perfect drone might seem like an impossible task. Finding drones for teens is an easier job as the majority are suitable for over 14’s, but that doesn’t necessarily make them kid friendly. Some drones have cameras and feature a very high resolution HD, some only take still pictures, and others are just great fun for gaming.
Having the chance to fly a drone is an exciting prospect all in itself, but to be able to have their own drone, and fly whenever they want, is even more exciting. Flying requires patience and hand-eye coordination, two skills that for teenagers especially, are vital to develop.
Here are 25 cool drones to help you find that perfect gift.
1. Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone
The Airhogs DR1 Official Race Drone comes packed full of technology, able to capture and stream video to a headset. The race drone can resist many of the crashes that first-time fliers will likely experience. The compatible app makes recording and editing film incredibly easy, with the drone being small enough to fly inside and outside the house.
2. Aura Drone with Glove Controller
The Aura Drone by KD Interactive is one of the most anticipated and ground-breaking drones for kids to be introduced. Kids wear a glove that controls the drone using simple hand motions. The gesture-controlled drone uses patented Gesturebotics™ technology powered by LocoRobo. Kids can fly Aura up and down, forward and backwards, and even perform tricks like a sideways flip! Designed for kids age 7 and up, this is one drone to watch out for.
3. Sky Viper v2450FPV Streaming Drone with FPV Goggles
The Sky Viper Streaming Drone comes with fantastic camera features, where kids can either capture video from underneath the drone, or record its flight-path. Videos can be recorded directly using an SD card, or kids can view in first person using the included goggles. With the ability to hover, and land or take off with easy, the drone can easily be used by children 12 years old and up.
4. Drone Force Morph Zilla
One of the best aspects of the Drone Force Morph Zilla, is that it can transform quickly from a ground vehicle, to a fully usable drone. A colourful drone, with a charming robotic design, the drone has 360 degrees of control in the sky, with a range of flight making it ideal for use inside and outside of the house.
5. DBPOWER MJX X400W
Making flying that much easier, the DBPOWER MJX X400W drone has simple to use controls with the ability to attach a smartphone to the main controller. The headless mode makes flying similar to controlling a remote-control car, with the drone always flying in the direction of the controller. Packed full of unique features, this drone is an ideal first time high-tech drone.
6. Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Wi-Fi Video Drone
A fantastic first drone for children older than 10 years, the Air Hogs Helix Sentinel comes with first person goggles to allow kids to really get into the experience. The drone can link up with Wi-Fi to allow for streaming, but can also capture video to be saved on a smartphone or SD card.
7. DBPOWER UDI U818A
Equipped with a HD camera that is capable of capturing clear pictures and video footage, the DBPOWER UDI U818A is a great choice for budding photographers. Able to connect to Wi-Fi for a real-time live feed, or to be able to take the controls via the app, there are plenty of ways to get creative.
8. Drone Force Angler Attack
One of the most kid friendly drones, Drone Force Angler has a design that younger kids will love. Perfect as a first-time drone for kids that aren’t quite ready to handle the standard drone design. The drone has 7 minutes of flight time at a full charge, with great light-up features that make flying at night incredibly fun.
9. Holy Stone HS110
A sleek, modern looking drone, the HS110 Holy Stone offers both the headless mode feature and the altitude hold feature. That’s a great added extra that really makes taking clear photos easy for children. All images and videos can be captured using a smartphone, with live video options making this drone a great experience to share with friends and family.
10. Syma X5SW-V3
This cool looking quadcopter has a HD camera, 3D lock, and also includes the headless function, making it very easy to use. A diverse drone with Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to take both high-quality pictures and videos, the Syma X5SW-V3 is one of the coolest drones for teens. It is especially fantastic for performing stunts, with the great added 360-degree roll feature.
11. WowWee Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (R.E.V)
Famous for their popular kids robots, WowWee mix their REV drone and car kit featuring a ground to air combat. The drone is self aware, and can detect the car to instantly track on and follow it. You can compete against your friends for high scores or against AI drivers on your device. Both the drone and the car feature the tracking capabilities for constant play.
12. Hubsan X4 Quadcopter
One of the coolest features with the Hubsan X4 Quadcopter are the advanced controls, with a screen fitted to the controller so kids can always see what images their drone is capturing. The instant video has a good range of 100 metres, with the videos captured also able to be stored on the SD card, making this drone ideal for beginners who enjoy the extra visuals.
13. Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
Holy Stone’s HS170 Predator Drone is a good drone for kids who have flown before, but want the added security of the drone not flying off by itself, with the headless security system. The drone comes with modern anti-interference technology, so more than one drone can be played with at the same time by different children, without any problems with the controls.
14. Rabing Flying Car Quadcopter
The Flying Car Quadcopter by Rabing looks like it has come straight out of a sci-fi movie, with the futurist car drone able to travel quickly along the ground, and soar through the sky. A colourful drone with a 6-axis control system that is ideal to use inside and outside. The Quadcopter is an exciting choice of drone for teenagers who really want to stand out.
15. Makeblock Airblock
If you’re looking for kid friendly drones that are educational, then the Makeblock Airlock
is a super choice. Developed with STEM learning in mind, kids can learn how to program the drone for flight. When you’ve gotten the hang of the basics, you are able to write your own coding for tricks. The propeller houses are connected by magnets so you can change the shape of the drone or connect it to a hovercraft. Crash tested and able to resist bumps, the Makeblock Airlock drone was made for play.
Last update on 2018-01-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API