If you’re looking for a good RC helicopter, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the available options.
Beginners will want to go with a small, inexpensive, easy to use chopper, while photographers may want a helicopter that comes with great video and photography capabilities.
Today we will review the Best RC Helicopters of 2017 to help you select the right one for you whether you are flying outdoors, indoors or shooting video.
Quick List of Best Hobby RC Helicopters Today
- Blade 120 SR RTF
- UDI U13A 3 Channel 2.4GHz Metal RC Helicopter w/ Video Camera
- Blade mCX2 RTF
- Syma S107G 3.5 Channel Remote Control Helicopter
- Syma S109G 3.5
- Syma S108G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro
Best Outdoor Remote Control Helicopter
|Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 5.9 inches|
|Flight time: 7-12 minutes|
|Camera: No camera|
|Weight: 2.7 pounds|
If you want a RC helicopter that offers performance, out-of-the-box flying, great flight times, and a reasonable price, the Blade 120 SR RTF is the perfect choice.
About the Manufacturer: Horizon Hobby is the manufacturer that makes the Blade mCX2 RTF, and the company is known for their radio control products. All products from Horizon Hobby are backed with excellent customer service, phone support, online resources, and warranty repairs.
About the Product: The Blade 120 SR RTF is a sub-micro size RC chopper and it’s perfect for both outdoor and indoor use. You can fly this helicopter as soon as you take it out of the box, and it offers stable, fast flying. The product dimensions are 17.4 x 10.7 x 5.9 inches, and it weighs in at 2.7 pounds. The controls are extremely easy to learn, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
While the Blade 120 SR RTF is designed for indoor and outdoor use, it flies best in moderate outdoor conditions with low winds. If you plan to fly it indoors, you’ll need a large room for the best flying experience.
Depending on conditions, flight time ranges between 7-12 minutes on one charge. With the AC adaptor, the helicopter can be charged completely in just 30-60 minutes. This option is perfect as a starter RC helicopter.
Best Helicopter with Camera
|Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches|
|Flight time: 10 minutes|
|Camera: Camera for video or still photos|
|Weight: 2.2 pounds|
When you plan to take videos or photos with your RC helicopter, you need a quality chopper with great stability, as well as a product that offers a good camera. The UDI U13A 3 Channel 2.4GHz Metal RC Helicopter w/ Video Camera is an excellent choice, and it’s still reasonably priced.
About the Manufacturer: The UDI company manufactures a variety of RC toys, including RC helicopters, RC quadcopters, and RC cars.
About the Product: The UDI U13A 3 Channel 2.4GHz Metal RC Helicopter w/ Video Camera is a high quality helicopter that comes with a camera for taking videos and photos. It moves in six different directions, including backward, forward, anti-clockwise, clockwise, down, and up. The Lipo battery comes with overcharging protection, which prolongs the lifespan of the battery. It has a flight time of approximately 10 minutes and charges in just 20-30 minutes with the included AC wall charger.
The product dimensions are 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, and the helicopter weighs 2.2 pounds. The three axis gyro and flybar provide excellent stability, making it easier to enjoy great photos and video from the included camera. The included camera is easy to operate, with individual buttons for video or still photos. It also has an SSD slot so you can save photos and videos taken in the air.
Best Remote Control Helicopter for Beginners
|Dimensions: 16.5 x 8.5 x 5.7 inches|
|Flight time: 15 minutes|
|Camera: No camera|
|Weight: 2.4 pounds|
About the Manufacturer: Horizon Hobby is the manufacturer that makes the Blade mCX2 RTF, and they are well known for their radio control products. All products from Horizon Hobby are backed with excellent customer service, phone support, online resources, and warranty repairs.
About the Product: The Blade mCX2 RTF is a high-quality, easy to use chopper that offers great flying, wonderful performance, and excellent stability. It is small and easy to fly, which makes it a great option for beginners. Not only does it offers great control and stability, it’s extremely durable as well, which is important for individuals just getting started with RC helicopters.
When you open the box, the Blade mCX2 RTF is ready to fly. The body is sleek and attractive, and flashing LED lights are included. It will fly for about 15 minutes per charge. The dimensions of the product are 16.5 x 8.5 x 5.7 inches, and it weighs 2.4 pounds.
The Budget-Friendly Choice
Syma S107G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro
|Dimensions: 17.8 x 7.3 x 3 inches|
|Flight time: 5-8 minutes|
|Camera: No camera|
If you’re looking for a RC chopper that is easy on the budget, the Syma S107G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro is the perfect option. It’s easy to use, it offers great stability, and it’s very reasonably priced.
About the Manufacturer: The Syma toy company makes this helicopter. The company is located in China. They make helicopters, quadcopters, and other technologically advanced toys.
About the Product: The Syma S107G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro offers forward/backward, left/right, and up/down controls that are very easy to use. The helicopter uses infrared control, so it should only be used indoors. It comes with a Lithium Polymer battery that offers 5-8 minutes of fly time, and recharge time takes about 20-35 minutes.
No assembly is required, so beginners don’t need to worry about putting together small parts. Since it’s a mini helicopter, it’s easy to get used to flying, making it the perfect entry-level option. The product dimensions are 17.8 x 7.3 x 3 inches, and the chopper weights only one pound.
Best Indoor RC Helicopters
Syma S109G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro
The Syma S109G is super cheap, and great for beginners. It flies stable, but keep in mind that it is an indoor RC helicopter.
About the Manufacturer: Syma is very reputable and builds quadcopters and helicopters of very good quality. They are based in China, but that should not put you off as many of the worlds best quadcopters and RC choppers are built there. Syma is a favorite for many lovers of RC helis and quads.
About the Product: Syma S109G has a cool US army look. It is also very durable, and should be able to handle smaller crashes fine. You can control it up and down, forward and backward, left/turn right, and it has gyro.
The charge time is around half an hour, and you can fly it for around 5-8 minutes.
Syma S111G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro
The Syma S111G is very easy to fly and great for beginners. It is not very fast, but since it is an indoor helicopter I think that is preferred.
About the Manufacturer: Syma is based in China, but they have a very good reputation for creating quality RC choppers and quadcopters.
About the Product: Its flight characteristics are similar to the Syma 107G, very smooth and well balanced. Speed does not seem to be the emphasis for this RC helicopter, rather it is built to be steady, smooth and easy to fly.
It is solidly built, and can take hits well.
It can fly for around 5-8 minutes on one charge and takes around 40 minutes to charge.
In my opinion, you cant go wrong with the Syma S111G. The price is set very low, and its flies fantastic.
Syma S108G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro
Just like the Syma S107G, the Syma S108G is a classic. It has a military design, with missiles (dont worry, are just for looks).
This is another easy to fly, smooth flying micro helicopter from Syma, that is available at a very cheap price.
About the Manufacturer: See reviews above.
About the Product: The S108G is durable, and can take hits well. It is also easy to maneuver in the air.
It has a flying time of around 5-8 minutes on one charge.
It does seem to have more plastic in its design than the S107G, which may be a negative.
The S108G does seem more powerful and responsive than the S107G, which may make it more interesting to someone with a bit of experience flying RC helicopters.
These are our reviews of the top RC helicopters so far in 2017, we will be waiting to see what else this year will bring, and possibly update the list.