One of the main reasons that many tech-enthusiasts enjoy their gadgets, other than their practical purpose of course, is simple, and its spelled “F U N”. Out of the many new gadgets that have become available to the public over recent years, drones are amongst the most entertaining of all. Owning a good quality one, however, can be pricey. Or at least that used to be the case.

The following is a list of insanely cool tech drones available right now that are also highly affordable.

  1. The Skydio 2+

Approx. 1200 Euros

For a decent good-quality drone with a bit of price tag, the Skydio 2+ is a popular choice. This smart, sturdy, reliable, and relatively affordable drone employs a special technology known as “Keyframe” that allows the user to plan out routes for Skydio 2+ to follow. It also allows for complex pre-defined camera movements and speeds for the routes. For a good-quality project tool for photography and video capture, this is an excellent drone to get.

  1. DJI Mavic Air 2

Approx. 780 Euros

One of the best drones available under 1k, the DJI Mavic Air 2 employs a compelling blend of cutting-edge imaging, excellent stability, highly functional operation and safety measures, and a whole lot of fun. Furthermore, it has a flight time of over 40 minutes, and is highly programmable.

  1. Parrot Anafi

Approx. 470 Euros

The Parrot Anafi is a small, compact, fairly cheap, and highly versatile drone that is ideal for drone enthusiasts that do a lot of travelling and sight-seeing. It has an excellent 4k camera, is light, highly manoeuvrable, highly portable, and can be easily charged via USB.

  1. Holy Stone HS100 Navigator

Approx. 180 Euros

The Holy Stone has become a dependable brand for drone pilots of every level of skill and experience. The HS100 Navigator is a large, heavyweight FPV, first-person view, drone model, that is also highly affordable. With a 2K camera that provides an adequate 2048 x 1152 resolution, it can easy capture wide-angle pictures and videos, is easy and stable to control, and has a control distance of up to 500 metres, and much more.

  1. Ryze Tello

Approx. 100 Euros

Though it may be classified as a toy drone, and its video quality isn’t anything to write home about, the Ryze Tello is nevertheless a popular entry-level drone. For those just dipping their toes into drone piloting, or perhaps wanting a cheap but decent-quality drone, maybe give as a present, this is the one to get.


Like mobile pokies in NZ, drone piloting is one of the fastest growing technologies for recreational or professional use. With so many to choose from though, and ranging greatly in quality, its best to check as many rating lists as possible before purchasing. Also, remember to make sure that you are fully briefed on the drone-flying restrictions, policies, and guidelines, for your area, before taking off. And, just in case you don’t know, be sure to watch out for tree branches.

Last modified: May 16, 2022