If you read my recent Tip on how to buy a drone, you know that one of the big uses for a drone is aerial photography and video. You also know that price tags for drones with cameras range from several hundred to many thousands of dollars.
If you want a DJI Phantom or Inspire that can carry a 1080p or 4K camera, for example, prices start at $500 and go over $2,000. DJI drones are also fairly large, which means they're not a good choice for flying indoors.
Enter the NanoFalcon DigiCam, which is a helicopter-style drone with counter-rotating blades built around a camera. That makes it smaller than your palm.
It comes with a full-size controller, powered by 4 AA batteries. To recharge the drone, you slide it into the controller, which is a nifty design. It takes about 35 minutes to charge.
Of course, given the drone's size, it can only fly for about 4 minutes. Also, the camera isn't exactly HD; it shoots video and still images at 640x480.
Still, when it comes out next month, the NanoFalcon DigiCam will only set you back $75. If you're looking to get your feet wet in piloting helicopter drones, and you want to capture video, this could be for you.
Here it is in action terrorizing a cat:
If you're interested in larger drones or other types of drones or other uses for drones, read my tip on buying a drone for more options.