Hey Bill - thank you for the reply.
I was actually thinking about Hubsan X4 - saw it as a good recommendation for beginners on multiple boards and forums.
p.s. would you agree with this article - http://dronepedia.xyz/top-10-best-camera-drones-for-beginners/. Is Syma better than Hubsan? Which has a better camera?
If you just want to make a gift for your son and this is going to be his first drone, I'd recommend you to choose DJI Spark. This is the latest selfie drone, released by DJI a month ago. I bought ir for my daughter from www.aeromotus.com and she is more than just happy. It is not expensive (around $500) but has a plethora of flight modes, including even gesture control. She likes making selfies and this is a nice tool for doing this. I am the owner of Phantom 3 but this drone is not for kids. Even I was surprised with the functionality of Spark.
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How old your son? If it is the first time he flies the drone, maybe a cheap toy-drone could be a great to learn.. or else you could try Syma (depend on your budget)
Buying a drone will depend on what exactly you are looking for and what is your spending limit.
If you are ready to spend some $ then
If you are looking for some cheap toy drones
If you are looking for something to tinker with
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I assume your son is a school student. I'd recommend something that he could make mistakes on and get hooked enough to motivate him to explore more.
For him to expose to aerial cinematography, a Tello drone is good start.
For purely fun stuff, Parrot Mambo is a good idea.
I think you may choose a stable, reliable and cost-effective aircraft for your son.