Not sure what you want the video for ?
Many people are seeing the drone as a camera platform, and many would be better off with a stick, possible a stick with a gimbal. For smooth video you do need a 3-axis gimbal. That is another $50-$100.
There are so many components in this. IMHO, a safe bet would be to buy a DJI Phantom P2V+ (had one of these), and it makes smooth HD video - So see if you can find one on a shelf. Otherwise the Phantom 3 standard is $500 currently. And you can get 1 hour of flight trraining included to save on parts and repairs.
I'm still doing short tuning flights still of 2 - 3 minutes. I did six flights yesterday with the same pack. I expect 20 minutes or more with a weight of 1400 Grams.
David R. Boulanger
For $300, it would be tight, try walkera 250 racer
you still have few dollars left for extra pops,
Quanum Venture FPV Deluxe Quad Copter Set w/ DJI FatShark & Afro Parts (PNF).
Just add a 5ch Radio and 2200~4000 3s battery.
that kit does not include radio, rx, battery and goggles, With the required components, it will cost more than $300.
Cool but im the more sort of guy who just wants to jam a gopro on a gimbal to take smooth footage. Is the iris+ a good option?
Iris+ is no longer manufactured - you can still buy it, but it sounds like you just want something that's really plug-n-fly.
Spend $500 and get the Phantom 3: http://store.dji.com/product/phantom-3-standard?site=brandsite&...
I'm betting that you just want to mess around and do some flying. This is probably the least hassle and the right value.
Spending less will probably end up with a lot of frustration for you. Remember that you're entrusting a flying thing to keep your GoPro from breaking. Not for $300.
If $300 is your limit, then get this:
Or this and buy a ton of batteries with what's left.
I looked at the hover drone 360. The drones look good but the only problem is that they have been out of stock for a few weeks so buying one isn't possible. I checked out the DJI F450 and it looks pretty reliable. It carries a 2 axis gimbal so that means okayish footage. It is around $300 as well.
If $300 is your ceiling, you will not able to operate a $300 drone, there are other expenditure like radio, prop, extra battery, spare parts for repairs that could double your total cost.