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This folding drone with a 4K camera costs less than $100

This drone has a slight learning curve and many features making it easy to control and take clear, stable shots.
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While drones can take stunning videos and still photos, they usually have a bit of a learning curve. Plus, they can be a bit bulky to take with you when traveling, and that's likely to be when you want one most. But if those are the only things holding you back, your wait is over. You can get a user-friendly folding drone for under $100.

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The Ninja Dragon Storm X has an upgraded remote control that can maintain the drone up to 100 meters. It's user-friendly enough for beginners, including teens and even kids. Alternatively, the Storm X offers intelligent gesture recognition, so you can control it using simple hand movements. Plus, the drone has a built-in, three-sided sensor, which provides it with frontal and side-to-side obstacle avoidance. Best of all, the compact body is made with aircraft-grade materials and folds up, so it's small enough to fit in your hand yet durable enough to tote in your bag while traveling.

The Storm X has a 1,800 mAh modular battery, giving it up to 15 minutes of flight time. Smart altitude settings and level seven wind resistance help make the drone easier to control in breezy conditions.

The dual 4K camera setup lets you capture sharp video and still images. Need a better angle? You can pan, tilt, and zoom the cameras up to 90 degrees. And with the Storm X's precise positioning, anti-shake function, and high-pressure shock system, you won't have to worry about blurry photos.

An optical flow positioning system lets you lock the drone's height for even greater shooting stability. It also makes taking off and landing easy, especially from higher settings, like trees. The Ninja Dragon Storm X comes in its own storage bag, making it even easier to pack, and it includes spare propellers, as well. The only add-ons you need are a storage drive to house your 4K footage and a good editing program.

If you want a user-friendly drone you can fold up and take anywhere, get the Ninja Dragon Storm X for just $92.99, down from $169.

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