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Ready for takeoff? You too can reach for the heavens with this $50 drone (that's a sky-high 80% off)

In case you haven't noticed: Drones are no passing fad. The little remote-controlled flyers grow more popular by the year, with the overall market estimated to reach a value of $54.6 billion by 2030. That's a lot of amateur pilots! If you'd like to join their ranks, there's never been a better time than now. In one of the single best Memorial Day deals we've seen, period, Amazon has gone full Freddy Krueger on the price of a beginner-friendly drone, slashing it to just $50.

This drone comes with a high-definition camera that can capture beautiful shots from the sky and let you see through its eyes, all while helping you with the most difficult parts of drone piloting: takeoff and landing, maintaining altitude, and more. 

$60 at Amazon

It's 80% off. Need we say more? We do? Okay, what about this: It also comes with a controller, two batteries and a carrying case.

We're not going to lie and say this is a necessity. A drone can definitely be a useful tool, but ultimately, they're mostly used as toys. That said, if you've been wanting to try your hand at drone-ing without paying the usually high cost of entry, this deal is a fantastic opportunity that you shouldn't pass up.

Multiple built-in functions make it easy for even the most inexperienced pilot to take up the controller. When the battery gets too low, it will alert you when it's time to land. It also handles things like takeoff and landing — both difficult parts of flying — and will fly for up to 26 minutes. It's so easy to use that even kids can pick up the drone and operate it without a problem.

The company even provides 24-hour tech support and a warranty if there's a defect with the drone (but not if you crash it at full speed into the side of a building, so be careful!)

drone with controller
Got a tech-head, nosy neighbor or aspiring filmmaker in the family? Send them up, up and away with this unforgettable gift. (Amazon)

This drone is a bit of an undiscovered gem, with just a little over 500 reviews overall — but 400-plus are five-star!

One fan raved that you don't have to spend a lot of time on setup before you're flying. "First and foremost, this drone is marketed towards beginners and kids, and it delivers on its promise of being user-friendly. The setup process was straightforward, and I was able to get the drone up and running within minutes of unboxing it."

The carrying case is also a major check in the plus column. "I really like It's foldable design made it super easy to take with me anywhere in the storage case. And I must say the carrying case is a plus, it is compact and everything fits there," shared another pilot.

And if you're worried about flying it in the wind, it tackles a breeze with ease: "I was also impressed by the drone's stability and precision thanks to its optical flow positioning system. Even in windy conditions, the drone remained steady and easy to control, ensuring smooth and steady flight every time. The one-key takeoff and landing feature further simplifies the flying process, making it easy for beginners to get the hang of flying a drone."

Although most all of the features are excellent, several reviewers complained about the resolution. "The video capabilities is his only complaint. the video turned out more like a series of photographs."

Another pain point for some shoppers was the battery life. "The only issue I have is the battery life. It takes about two hours to charge the batteries, which isn't bad. The issue is they only last 13 minutes each, which is only 26 min of battery life. But overall, pretty good drone."

With up to 26 minutes of continuous flight, you can explore quite a long way before it's time to call the drone back home. Your photography game will never be quite the same once you see the world from this angle. 

$60 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

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