2016 Best Drones With Cameras

They're the best drones with cameras, and some without. We review and provide in depth video on each drone that you might be interested in getting. The best drones with cameras are found by compiling a list of the best selling drones every month and picking the ones that people have shown the most interest in.


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JXD 509G

Awesome looks and great flying sum up the JDX 509G 5.8gHz FPV Quadcopter.

If you want to get into FPV Drone flying, the JDX 509G is a very good place to start. It comes with everything you need to get started, and the drone comes out of the box essentially ready to fly (RTF). Immediately, you find that you just have to charge up the battery, attach the camera and rotor blades and you're good to fly.

JDX 509G Review

Price: $72-$99

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FPV drones are probably the best way to fly a drone. In real time, you can see what your drone sees as it flies around. The 5.8gHz wi-fi allows extended ranges and you'll get about 8 minutes of flight time under a full load.

The JDX 509G has all the features you'd expect from a FPV drone:

  • 2.4 wireless control
  • 5.8gHz video feed
  • Return to Home
  • Headless Mode
  • Dedicated Camera & Video record buttons
  • Automatic landing / idling
  • 3 rate modes
  • Flip button

There are other features, but these are the top ones that most people are interested in. 

The 509G also comes with a FPV screen and hood to block out sunglare

The JDX 509G is one of the best built quadcopters in the toy drone class that we've seen. It has extra structural bracing and withstands most impacts. The design isn't bad either. 

The camera is manually adjustable before flight from about 20° down to level with the quad, allowing you to get the shot you need.

The most unique thing you'll find about the JDX 509G isn't the drone itself, though. It's that the right throttle is centered. It always pops back to center, and this for the altitude hold feature.

JDX 509G Altitude Hold

Altitude hold allows you to get the drone in position, at the altitude you want and it will hold position automatically.

On a FPV Drone, the obvious benefit is that while you're flying the drone, you don't have to worry about the altitude. You can fly low to the ground to get a speeder bike feeling, or high in the air for more of that bird's eye view. Either way, it makes it so much more simple when you don't have to worry about whether the drone is increasing or decreasing altitude during the flight.

This is done through an onboard barometer. The barometer senses the altitude and remembers it. The drone will then lock itself to that height, with a bit of variance (you wouldn't want to fly closer than 10 inches from the ground to accommodate the variance).

The JDX 509G comes equipped with an on/off switch. You won't need to open the battery cover every time you want to turn the quadcopter on or off.

JDX 509G Flight

When it's time to fly the drone, like all quads, you need to bind the drone to the controller. NOTE: You can't turn the camera on to record anything until after binding the quad to remote. 

Hitting the idle button, the 509G will begin to spin it's rotors, but not fast enough to take off. It's just ready for you to send it up at this point.

If you crash the drone, make sure to stop the rotor motors from trying to spin by pulling the left joystick to the left and right to right simultaneously and holding the position for three seconds. This cuts power to the motors so they don't burn out.

Manual Liftoff - Thoughts

One thing we noticed was that the liftoff was very smooth - there was almost no wobble and the motors didn't slow down under load causing the drone to bump the ground as some do. The other thing we noticed was that the liftoff was very controllable as well, giving us the thought that this would be a great quad for new FPV drone fliers.

JDX 509G Camera

The first thing we noticed when we watched the flight video was that there was a lot of "camera jello" or jiggle to the camera. This is typical on the 5.8G cameras, and there is ways to dampen the jiggling. The video quality isn't bad, with the exception of that jiggle, and the camera could probably do some really nice amateur video recording for Youtube if you can stop the jiggle. Did we mention the camera had jiggle?

JDX 509G Stability

When the drone is up in the air, you'll immediately notice that it is a very, VERY stable drone. Partly due to the altitude hold, but also thanks to the 6 axis gyros working in conjunction with the altitude hold. You'll be able to use the drone for selfies, still photos and other situations where you need the drone to hover. (note, Quadcopter 101 had a bit of issue with the trim settings on the drone. we also experienced a bit of drift until we fully trimmed the controller).

JDX 509G Range

One of the most impressive things with this drone is it's range. Remembering that it's just a toy drone, you can easily fly in full FPV over 80 meters, and almost to 120 meters if you aren't using the FPV transmission to fly. In our experience, the video dropped out around 100 meters to where it was spotty at best. We were testing on a cloudy day at a ball field in Michigan. Perhaps the weather had something to do with the 509G not getting as much range as Quadcopter101's?

Final Thoughts

In closing, The JDX 509G is a great transitional drone to take a toy drone enthusiast into the world of FPV flight. The drone is forgiving and easy enough to fly. Having the altitude hold helps to get you used to flying in first person view too - you don't have to worry about nose diving back into the ground or the drone flying off on you. 

The camera is marginal at best, but again, this is a beginner FPV drone, and you'll soon want to upgrade to something better.

Price: $72-$99

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